Update: Village Person Identified
“The ‘hard-hat bandit’ who has looted a dozen banks in Brooklyn and Queens has been identified by authorities, and they are requesting the public's help in bringing him to justice, police said.”
The guy’s name is Burchard Beltran (aka Sheldon Robinson), black, 6-foot-3, weighs between 150 and 160 pounds and goes by the nickname "Slim."
- posted by matt @ 6/07/2003 02:05:00 PM
Escaped Prisoner Caught in the Bronx
"He was found less than an hour and a half later at his apartment on Carpenter Avenue in the Bronx, and was taken into custody again at 1:12 a.m. Thursday, police said."
Come on. You went home right away!?! You couldn't grab a bite to eat or something? Take a ride on the subway? Have a drink? Anything but go home right away, dude. Anything.
- posted by matt @ 6/06/2003 02:33:00 PM
Man bumped in possible bias attack in Woodside
Fourth from the bottom -- (Sorry for copy/pasting the whole thing copyright gods)
WOODSIDE - A 44-year-old man told officers he was bumped by a neighbor while entering the No. 7 train station at Queens Boulevard and 52nd Street the morning of May 28, police said.
The occurrence was labeled a possible bias incident by police. The man said he had been involved in an ongoing dispute with the neighbor before the alleged bumping occurred, and that the neighbor had made anti-gay statements in the past, police said.
The man made the report at 8:10 a.m., but it was not immediately clear when the incident occurred. The investigation was ongoing.
People get bumped every day on the train. Was this a pre-meditated bump?
- posted by matt @ 6/05/2003 06:05:00 PM
Full of Shit
"In recent months, Southeast Queens residents have reported several cases of septic tanks caving in beneath their backyards."
This is the amazing story of Sandra McQueen, her pool, and a four-foot-wide hole.
- posted by matt @ 6/05/2003 05:59:00 PM
Update: Queens Dean Tried To Bribe Boys, Officials Say
His best offer? $65.
- posted by matt @ 6/04/2003 09:55:00 PM
Not Violent/Scary Crime, But 41 Pages Long!
The original intent here was to chronicle all of the things that make NYC a (sometimes) scary place. Sure, Martha Stewart getting indicted doesn't really fit into that category, but how could I pass up 41 pages of legal mumbo jumbo. Does it count that it's scary that MS is 61?
- posted by matt @ 6/04/2003 03:09:00 PM
This Guy's Got It All Wrong
"A man who allegedly tried to sneak into Sing Sing in a prison employee's uniform last month has been arrested and at least two inmates have been transferred as part of an investigation into an apparent escape attempt, officials said Wednesday."
Interesting tidbit from this story: "Sing Sing, on the Hudson River waterfront, spawned the phrase 'up the river' and housed the state's electric chair for many years. "
- posted by matt @ 6/04/2003 03:00:00 PM
Wanted: Man Singh
"On December 22, 1986 at about 11:30 PM while at 97-17 40th Road, Elmhurst Queens, Man Singh stabbed a man to death during a dispute."
- posted by matt @ 6/04/2003 12:55:00 AM
Slashing Puzzles Officials
"A day after a receptionist was slashed and doused with liquid in a Brooklyn law office, the woman tried to recover, her co-workers tried to relax and police tried to puzzle out an explanation for the apparently random attack."
Columbo would first look at the firm's list of clients. Two things to get you started:
STRIPPER PLEADED, 'DON'T DO IT!' -- "But Ortega's lawyer, Michael Obregon..."
Heroin dealers and money launderers who may be connected to Al Qaeda terrorists are using a Brooklyn fried chicken company as a front for their activities, senior law enforcement officials say. -- "Messages for Mr. Azratzada's lawyer, Michael Obregon, were not returned." Weird link, I know.
- posted by matt @ 6/04/2003 12:47:00 AM
Spanking Charge For Dean
Howard Dean? Oh no. Wait.
"The dean of discipline at a Jackson Heights middle school was arrested yesterday for allegedly spanking four students with a hairbrush in his van, police said."
Ok, got it. "Students had to pick detention or being put over his knees for a spanking in his van, police sources said."
I guess some kids picked choice B. Go figure.
- posted by matt @ 6/03/2003 01:18:00 PM
Video store sold cocaine
"A sign in the store’s window asks customers to drop off video and DVD returns at a nearby store and promises they 'will reopen shortly.'"
The sign went on to say, "Drugs may also be purchased at said store. Tell them Manny sent you." Ok, I made that up.
- posted by matt @ 6/02/2003 11:56:00 PM
2/6 of the Village People Involved
"Authorities said they are looking for a man who dresses up like a construction worker to rob banks."
So if a cop catches him, we're just a cowboy, a biker, army guy and an indian short of the popular disco group.
- posted by matt @ 6/02/2003 11:49:00 PM
9/11 Made Me Do It
Man cuts off another man's head. Man claims he thought other man was an "agent for the Taliban." Listen, we all felt a little nuts shortly after Sept 11, but come on...
- posted by matt @ 6/02/2003 06:41:00 PM
Arrest in Bronx Shooting
"A young woman was shot in her Bronx apartment yesterday morning when a man in a separate apartment fired a gun accidentally, and the bullet went through a wall and struck her, police said."
Powerful gun, thin walls or both?
UPDATE: Turns out she was reading the Bible at the time.
- posted by matt @ 6/02/2003 01:50:00 PM
187 on an Undercover Cop
Note the URL of the NYPD DAILY BLOTTER: /regionalnews/187.htm. You know, Dr. Dre - 187 (Deep Cover Remix)
Well anyway, (near the bottom): "A man was shot in the chest while he was sitting inside a car in Hollis last night, police said. The 41-year-old man was able to drive himself to Mary Immaculate Hospital after being shot at 205th Street and Hollis Avenue by an unknown gunman."
Pretty impressive since I can't even drive with a headache.
- posted by matt @ 6/02/2003 01:44:00 PM
Gang rape defendant apologized in written statement
"The five men, who lived in a shantytown near Shea Stadium..." I didn't know NY had shantytowns.
- posted by matt @ 6/01/2003 11:41:00 PM
Woman hit by R train at Forest Hills station
Third down. "A woman was struck by an eastbound R train Monday night, police said." But here's the thing.
"The medical examiner was determining the cause of death."
I don't know. Just a hunch, but I bet it had a lot to do with the train that hit her. Call me crazy.
- posted by matt @ 6/01/2003 02:52:00 PM
NYC Police Assn. Launches 'Don't Blame the Cop!' Ads
While this isn't about violent crime, it's still worth a read.
"City Hall is trying to turn us into a revenue-generating agency rather than a policing agency," said Patrick J. Lynch, president of the New York City Patrolmen's Benevolent Association.
If NYC Cops continue to hand out tickets for flicking butts to the streets, I fear I will have nothing to post.
- posted by matt @ 6/01/2003 02:25:00 AM
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