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12 THE QUEENS COURIER • FEBRUARY 9, 2017 FOR BREAKING NEWS VISIT WWW.QNS.COM police beat COMPILED BY EMILY DAVENPORT, SUZANNE MONTEVERDI AND ROBERT POZARYCKI 104th Precinct, Maspeth, Middle Village, Glendale and Ridgewood Cops seize 11 cars in illegal parking bust If you’re parking your car in Maspeth overnight, you’d better follow the rules. That’s the message the 104th Precinct delivered in seizing 11 illegally parked vehicles and three tow trucks while issuing 15 summonses during a crackdown in the neighborhood on Wednesday night, Feb. 2, into early the next morning. Law enforcement sources said the 104th Precinct’s Traffic Team conducted the towing operation after receiving numerous community complaints about illegally parked vehicles, some of which lacked proper licenses and registration, during overnight hours. “This is a example of how the community and police working together can solve various issues,” said Detective Thomas Bell of the 104th Precinct Community Affairs Unit. Police said that most of the vehicles were towed away from the vicinity of Flushing Avenue and 60th Street. Auto repair shops in the area had been previously warned to keep vehicles that are being serviced at the locations off the street while their businesses are closed. In one picture of the towing operation posted to the 104th Precinct‘s Twitter account, an immobilization boot can be seen on the front wheel of a tow truck belonging to American Autobody & Recovery, which is located on Flushing Avenue near 60th Street. 109th Precinct College Point, Flushing, Whitestone Baby girl suddenly dies in Whitestone A Whitestone infant died on Tuesday morning after suffering breathing issues at her home, sources said. At about 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 7, EMS responded to a home on Clintonville Street near 11th Avenue after the 6-month-old girl was reported to be experiencing abnormal breathing. Paramedics rushed the baby to Flushing Hospital, where she was pronounced dead a short time later, an NYPD spokesperson confirmed. The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner will determine the cause of death. The investigation is ongoing. Sandwich shop robber strikes Flushing Police are asking for the public’s assistance in identifying a man who swiped cash and ran from a Subway in Flushing. At around 7 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 29, an unidentified man entered a Subway Sandwich Shop located at 149-03 45th Ave. The man approached the clerk behind the counter and demanded money while simulating that he had a weapon in his pocket. The clerk complied with the man and gave him an undetermined amount of cash. The suspect left the store and fled in an unknown direction. No injuries were sustained during the incident. The suspect is described as a black male, standing 5 feet, 10 inches tall and weighing 200 pounds. He was last seen wearing a brown jacket, blue jeans, dark gloves, and a baseball hat. Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 888-57-PISTA (74782). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website,, or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) Kidnappers get jail sentences for abducting Woodside man Two Queens men who participated in the abduction of a Woodside businessman held hostage and tortured in a Long Island City warehouse for more than a month are now serving long prison sentences. During a court hearing on Wednesday, Feb. 1, Corona‘s Christian Acuna, 38, and East Elmhurst‘s Dennis Alves, 36, were ordered to serve the next 13 1/2 years behind bars and five years’ probation for their roles in the seizure of the businessman between April 18 and May 20, 2013. According to Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown, Acuna and Alves previously pleaded guilty to charges that they worked with Eduardo Moncayo, 42, of Lyndhurst, NJ, in the plot that began on April 18. Authorities said that Moncayo — while impersonating a police officer — grabbed the victim from in front of a location on Roosevelt Avenue near 88th Street on the afternoon of April 18. Prosecutors said Moncayo dragged the businessman into a waiting SUV, where the victim was punched about then enter TIP577. All calls and messages are kept confidential. the body and a mask was thrown over his face. The culprits then drove the man to a warehouse on 43rd Avenue, taken to an upstairs room, bound to a chair and assaulted further. Law enforcement sources said the kidnappers forced the victim to call his mother in Ecuador to request a $3 million ransom in order to be freed. For the next 32 days, authorities stated, the victim would remain in the Long Island City warehouse and was subjected to periodic beatings and torture. In one episode, one of his hands was burned with acid; in another instance, his captors threatened to sever his fingers and kill him. The victim lost several teeth as a result of being repeated assaulted in the face. The businessman was finally freed on May 20, 2013, through an operation conducted by the NYPD Major Case Squad. He was found by police with his hands bound with cloth and duct tape. “Even after being rescued, the victim was deeply traumatized by this experience,” Brown said in a statement on Thursday, Feb. 2. “Under the circumstances, the sentence imposed by the court was more than warranted.” Moncayo was previously convicted on kidnapping and related charges and is now serving a 25-year prison sentence. “When Only The Best Will Do!” Great Quality, Fair Pricing!

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