<![CDATA[NBC New York - Crime and Courts]]> Copyright 2015 http://www.nbcnewyork.com/feature/crime-and-courts http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/4NY_Horizontal.jpg NBC New York http://www.nbcnewyork.com en-us Mon, 25 May 2015 01:43:31 -0400 Mon, 25 May 2015 01:43:31 -0400 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Exclusive: NYPD Hatchet Attack Survivors Talk to News 4]]> Thu, 07 May 2015 17:51:22 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/WNBC_000000007039683_1200x675_440437827788.jpg The four officers who were attacked in Queens last October speak exclusively to News 4's Jonathan Dienst.]]> <![CDATA[D.C Mansion Fire Murders Suspect May Have Been in NYC: Police]]> Thu, 21 May 2015 23:19:58 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/mansion+murder+suspect.jpg

The man suspected in the brutal murders of a family and their housekeeper in an exclusive Washington, D.C., neighborhood last week may be back in Maryland after New York City authorities said earlier he may be in Brooklyn. 

Law enforcement sources told NBC 4 New York Thursday U.S. Marshals and the NYPD were tracking leads that suspect Daron Dylon Wint, 34, may be in the area. Authorities picked up Wint's girlfriend at her Brooklyn apartment and questioned her; she is not considered a suspect.

NBC Washington, citing law enforcement sources, reported that he may be back in Maryland and the D.C. area by now. 

Police were looking into the possibility that Wint took a bus to New York at some point, stayed with his girlfriend Wednesday night and left in the early-morning hours as the national manhunt for him intensified.

NYPD Chief of Detectives Robert Boyce said initial information pointed to Wint having been somewhere in south Brooklyn at some point, though Police Commissioner Bill Bratton emphasized police have not been able to confirm he was in the borough.

"We have a very active investigation underway at this time assisting our colleagues at the Marshal service and the DC metropolitan police," Bratton said. 

Wint is considered armed and dangerous and was last seen wearing blue jeans, a blue hooded sweatshirt and white tennis shoes, authorities said. A U.S. military official says Wint enlisted in the Marine Corps about 15 years ago but never made it through basic training and was kicked out after several days. 

The Marine Corps had no immediate comment.

A law enforcement official says Wint's girlfriend told investigators the suspect told her he was considering turning himself in. 

DNA found on a piece of a pizza delivered to the slain family's home led police to Wint, who is now wanted for first-degree murder while armed in the deaths of Savvas Savopoulos, 46; his wife, Amy Savopoulos, 47; their 10-year-old son, Philip; and housekeeper Veralicia "Vera" Figueroa, 57.

The family had likely been kept bound and threatened overnight May 13, sources close to the investigation told NBC Washington. Police believe the victims were killed the next day, hours after someone delivered $40,000 in cash to the multimillion-dollar house. Some time after the cash arrived, the home was set on fire, leading to the discovery of the bodies, authorities have said.

The cash had been withdrawn from an account at American Iron Works, where one of the victims was the CEO, the sources told NBC Washington. Police said it's believed Wint worked at the company at some point, and they say that the crime was not random. Authorities say they have not ruled out the possibility that multiple suspects were involved in the murders, though they declined to elaborate.

The brutal murders in the 3200 block of Woodland Drive NW in Woodley Park, a neighborhood of security systems and landscaped lawns just blocks from the vice president's home and near the National Cathedral, shocked the local community and drew national attention.

Three of the victims had been beaten and stabbed to death, and some of the bodies smelled of gasoline, police said. The 10-year-old boy was so badly burned that investigators couldn't say if he had been injured before the fire was set, sources close to the investigation told NBC Washington. The boy's body was found in his room; the other three were found on the floor in another bedroom.

The family Porsche was found burning in a church parking lot in suburban Maryland. Police had circulated the grainy image of a person leaving the scene of the car fire, wearing black clothing.

Wint has four previous arrests in New York state in the Oswego area; he has at least two assault and harassment convictions from 2007 and an open arrest warrant for violating an order of protection, a source familiar with the investigation tells NBC 4 New York.

The suspect also has a court record in Maryland's Prince George County that includes charges of assault, carrying concealed weapons and theft. One of those records lists a home address that is less than a half-mile from where the car was found burning. In another case, in 2010, he was arrested near American Iron Works with an open can of beer and a 24-inch machete and a BB gun in a backpack. He pleaded not guilty to charges involving only the alcohol in a plea deal.

The American Iron Works CEO Wint is accused of killing, Savopoulos, and his wife, Amy, were well known in the neighborhood, often hosting parties for neighbors and friends, according to The Washington Post; the family had attended St. Sophia Greek Orthodox Cathedral in the neighborhood.

Their son Philip was a fourth-grader at St. Albans, the private school near St. Sophia and the National Cathedral; two daughters were away at private boarding schools.

Neighbors who have been in the home told NBC Washington the family had an extensive and valuable art collection, which was on display several years ago during the Christmas house tour put on by St. Albans.

The timeline of events that investigators are working from seems to match information from a longtime housekeeper for the Savopoulos family, who said she was a good friend of Veralicia Figueroa.

Nelly, who didn't want her full name used for security reasons, owns her own cleaning company and worked for the family for more than two decades. Nelly allowed Figueroa to work with her at the Savopoulos family's home, NBC Washington reports.

On May 13, Figueroa texted Nelly to say she wanted to work at the home, and planned to finish by 3 p.m., Nelly told NBC Washington. That evening, Nelly missed a call from Savvas Savopoulos, saying Figueroa was spending the night at the family's home. She heard the call on voicemail the next morning.

Nelly said Figueroa's husband went to the home the morning of May 14 to look for her. No one answered the door when he knocked on it, but he told Nelly he had the feeling someone was standing just inside the closed door.

He went around the back of the house to knock again. As he did, Nelly said, Savopoulos called his cellphone. Savopoulos said Figueroa was OK and had spent the night, according to Nelly.
The fire at the home was reported about four hours later.

Nelly said Figueroa was hard-working and loved life. She'd come to the United States from El Salvador to earn money before planning to retire next year. 



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<![CDATA[Cop Hurt in Staten Island Wrong-Way Crash Released From Hospital]]> Wed, 20 May 2015 10:06:36 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/West-Shore-Wrong-Way-Crash-0320.jpg

One of the New Jersey police officers injured in a wrong-way crash on Staten Island that killed another officer and a friend has been released from the hospital.

Patrik Kudlac's mother Eva Kudlacova tells the Staten Island Advance the 23-year-old is "fine" and is "doing his therapy." 

He was released from the hospital Thursday, nearly two months after the car he was riding in smashed head-on into a tractor trailer on the West Shore Expressway.

Linden Police Capt. James Sarnicki says Kudlac isn't close to returning to work.

The March 20 crash killed fellow Linden Officer Frank Viggiano and friend Joe Rodriguez. The driver, 27-year-old Linden Officer Pedro Abad, remains hospitalized. The friends had left a strip club, and their car was traveling the wrong way on the expressway at the time of the crash.

Toxicology tests show Abad's blood-alcohol content was three times New York's legal limit. Hours before the crash, Abad had posted a photo on his Instagram page of three shot glasses filled with what he identified as "Jack Daniels Fire on the house."

Public records show Abad has been involved in eight accidents since 2005 and has two arrests for drunken driving in the last four years. 

The NYPD says it is investigating the crash. No charges have been filed.

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<![CDATA[7 Rikers Guards Raped Inmates, Lawsuit Alleges]]> Wed, 20 May 2015 10:40:12 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/rikers+island+2.jpg

Seven correction officers at Rikers Island raped and sexually abused female inmates over a two-year period, according to a federal lawsuit filed Tuesday by the Legal Aid Society.

Two of the female inmates were in pre-trial custody, and they allege they were "repeatedly raped and sexually abused" by an officer who warned they would be punished if they resisted or reported him, the lawsuit said.

Legal Aid Society attorney William Gibney said there is credible evidence to back up the inmates' claims, including clothing from one woman that contained DNA material from an officer proving a sex act took place. In another case, he said, an inmate became pregnant.

“We are seeking an injunction requiring the city and the Department of Correction to take all necessary steps to prevent women in their custody from being raped and sexually abused by correction officers,” Gibney said.

A spokeswoman for the Department of Correction said in a statement: "We do not comment on pending litigation. Speaking generally, DOC has a zero tolerance policy with regard to sexual abuse and assault, and there is no place at DOC for the mistreatment of any inmate."

The lawsuit specifically named one officer, who has since been placed on modified duty, according to a DOC official. Officers on modified duty do not interact with jail inmates.

A spokesman for the Correction Officers Union did not immediately respond to questions about the allegations contained in the lawsuit.

In the lawsuit filed in federal court in Manhattan, the women alleged numerous sex attacks took place inside the Rose M. Singer Center on Rikers, which houses female inmates. The incidents allegedly took place in 2013 and 2014, and some were reported immediately after they happened, Gibney said.

In one case, a female inmate alleges she became pregnant from one of the alleged rapes. In another case, an inmate alleges an officer molested her in front of other officers and was terminated only after he was arrested for smuggling marijuana into the facility.

The rapes allegedly took place in an inmate's cell or the "officers’ station," the complaint alleges.

Despite rape allegations and complaints to the office of Inspector General, several officers still work at the facility, Gibney said. One woman who complained was assigned to "punitive segregation" and some inmates were allegedly paid to beat up any woman who complained of a sexual assault.

The women were only identified as Jane Doe 1 and 2 in the lawsuit due to the alleged abuse. Several other inmates have also provided statements to Legal Aid and filed complaints with the inspector general.

In addition to punitive damages, the lawsuit says the system for reporting officer on inmate abuse is "grossly inadequate" and needs to change.

Last month, New York City Public Advocate Letitia James proposed new rules that would amount to a zero-tolerance on sexual assault in the 11,000-inmate system, citing federal statistics showing that two Rikers lockups have some of the nation's highest rates of reported attacks.

A 2013 Bureau of Justice Statistics survey found 5.9 percent of Rikers inmates housed at the all-female Rose M. Singer Center said they were assaulted by staff compared to a national average of 1.8 percent for all jails. An additional 5.6 percent of inmates at a second Rikers facility alleged staff sexual misconduct, the survey shows.

Another 5 percent of women in the Rose M. Singer Center said they were victimized by another inmate, compared to a national average of 1.6 percent, the survey found.

City officials said at the time they would review James' proposed rule changes but added they've already begun efforts to make sure city jails are compliant with PREA standards, such as training jail health workers on how to properly handle reports of sexual abuse. 



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<![CDATA[Manhattan DA Says He Intends to Re-try Etan Patz Murder Case]]> Mon, 18 May 2015 18:54:59 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/etan+patz+court.jpg

Manhattan's top prosecutor said Monday he plans to re-try the Etan Patz murder case, which ended in mistrial earlier this month after the 12-person jury told a judge for the third time they could not reach a unanimous decision on whether 54-year-old Pedro Hernandez killed the 6-year-old boy in 1979.

Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance made the comments on MSNBC's "The Cycle." He said he intended to officially announce plans to re-try the case at a court date in June.

At the time of the final deadlock, 11 of the jurors in the recent trial believed Hernandez had kidnapped and killed Patz in SoHo as the boy headed to school. Only one juror said he couldn't overcome reasonable doubt, citing Hernandez's documented mental health issues, the bizarre nature of Hernandez's confession to police and concerns about how that confession was attained.

"I think the evidence put in by our prosecutors was compelling and was clear," Vance said Monday on MNSBC. "It's a challenging case, I've never said otherwise, but it's a case we believe should be prosecuted. That's why we did, and in our system it happens from time to time that jurors cannot be unanimous and this was one of those cases."

Harvey Fishbein, Hernandez's defense attorney, told NBC 4 New York Monday, "I have not received any official notification but if the D.A.'s office elects to retry the case, I assure you we will be ready." 

The jury of five men and seven women labored over their deliberations for more than two weeks and 115 hours, asking for reviews of exhibits and hours of testimony from key witnesses in what became the longest New York City criminal trial deliberations in decades.

The judge granted a mistrial May 8 after jurors said for the third time they could not agree on a verdict. Twice before the jurors had said they were deadlocked but were ordered to keep deliberating.

Hernandez was a teenage stock clerk at a convenience store in Patz's neighborhood at the time he disappeared. After having never been a suspect in the case, he confessed to the crime in 2012 in a case that galvanized the missing-children's movement and confounded law enforcement for decades.

The little boy's body was never found, nor was any trace of clothing or his belongings. No physical evidence tied Hernandez to the boy's disappearance or death.

Speaking to the media after the mistrial was granted, Etan Patz's father, Stanley Patz, said the evidence and testimony presented over the months-long trial convinced his family Hernandez was "guilty of the crimes to which he has confessed beyond any reasonable doubt."

"The family of Etan Patz has waited 36 years for a resolution as to what happened to our sweet little boy in 1979," the father said. "Let me make very clear that we are frustrated and very disappointed that the jury has been unable to come to decision. Our long ordeal is not over."

He said in a statement Monday, "We are pleased that the D.A.'s office is willing to expend the time and energy to retry Pedro Hernandez." 

In a statement after the mistrial, Vance said the challenges in the Patz case were "exacerbated by the passage of time," but he said he firmly believes "there is clear and corroborated evidence of the defendant's guilt beyond a reasonable doubt."

Speaking to MSNBC Monday, Vance said the passage of time, while sometimes difficult to manager in a courtroom, should not deter the prosecution from helping get families closure.

"Victims should not believe that law enforcement forgets about them or their families simply because of the passage of time," Vance said.

Jurors heard from 56 witnesses -- just nine of those for the defense -- during the 10-week trial, but the key issue was statements from the alleged killer himself. Police learned that he'd told people years before on three occasions that he'd killed a child in New York. Then he confessed to police he'd choked Patz and left his body in a box in an alley.

Prosecutors argued an alleged confession to a prayer group Hernandez made shortly after the boy's 1979 disappearance trumped the other accounts.

The defense said the admissions were the fictional ravings of a mentally ill man with a low IQ; they also pointed the finger at another potential suspect.

Patz's photo was one of the first on milk cartons. The day he went missing, May 25, was later named National Missing Children's Day.  



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<![CDATA[U.S. Postal Facility in NJ Evacuated Over "Sweet Odor": Official]]> Fri, 15 May 2015 16:18:27 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/post+office+evacuated.jpg

A New Jersey U.S. mail handling facility was evacuated as a precaution Friday as hazmat crews evaluated the area following workers' reports of a strong, sweet smell in the building, authorities said.

There were no known suspicious packages in the carrier annex, which is where postal workers sort and prepare mail for local delivery, on Route 130 in Hamilton Township, authorities said.

The investigation at the facility, which is across the street from a U.S. post office decontaminated after receiving four letters that contained anthrax shortly after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, concluded Friday afternoon and routine postal operations resumed.

Earlier in the day, Chopper 4 captured an extensive emergency presence outside the facility as crew members donned yellow hazmat suits and firefighters stood by.

No injuries were reported.

"U.S. postal officials are confident that there is no danger in opening mail that has been distributed through this facility," a spokeswoman for the Hamilton mayor's office said in a statement. "All mail distributed from this facility has previously been processed by the United States Postal Service."



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<![CDATA[Hammer Suspect Shot in Midtown After Cop Attack Arrested on Felony Charges]]> Thu, 14 May 2015 09:29:20 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/new+hammer+inset.jpg

The hammer-wielding suspect linked to a series of Manhattan ambushes who was shot in midtown after attacking an NYPD officer has been arrested on felony assault and other charges.

David Baril, 30, was formally charged Thursday, a day after the dramatic confrontation between him and two police officers on a packed sidewalk near Penn Station was captured on chilling video.

Baril, who allegedly attacked four strangers -- three women and a man -- within a span of six hours in Manhattan Monday, was shot near West 37th Street and Eighth Avenue after he attacked two uniformed officers who recognized his photo from surveillance images and approached him.

Dramatic video of the confrontation shows the uniformed officers approach the suspect, wearing a hood and mask, from across the street. The suspect lunges at 27-year-old officer Lauren O'Rourke with a hammer, claw side facing out. He chases O'Rourke into the middle of the road and repeatedly hits her over the head with the hammer as she falls to the ground. Officer Geraldo Casaigne, 36, follows his colleague and the suspect into the street, weapon drawn, and fires.

Casaigne fired four shots at Baril, and the suspect was hit at least three times -- in the head, arm and torso, NYPD Deputy Chief Will Aubry said at a news briefing Wednesday. Police and multiple sources initially said Baril was dead, though police later said he was taken to Bellevue Hospital in extremely critical condition. He underwent surgery there and was in critical but stable condition Thursday.

The officers, both veterans with the NYPD, were not seriously injured; O'Rourke underwent a CAT scan as doctors were concerned about the impact of the hammer on her head, but there was no immediate update on her condition Thursday.

A white-claw hammer similar to the one described in the series of attacks Monday was recovered at the scene. Aubry said investigators looking into Baril's history spotted a photo that appeared to be of the same hammer on his Facebook page in May 2014. The hammer in that photo was bloody.

Baril, whose last known address was in the Bronx, has eight prior arrests, including for assault, weapons possession and drug possession, police said. One of the attacks involved an assault on a police officer; in another, he jumped a counter at a fast-food restaurant and threatened a clerk. Baril, who has a history of mental illness, including paranoia and schizophrenia, voluntarily left a mental health facility in December, authorities said.

Police believe Baril has been living in parks and subways since he left the facility, and frequented the area near Union Square, where he allegedly attacked two women with a hammer in separate ambushes within minutes of each other Monday. NBC 4 New York first reported Tuesday that authorities believed he was behind two similar attacks that occurred in Manhattan earlier that day.

He faces seven counts of felony assault and one count of criminal possession of a weapon. Police say the investigation is ongoing. It's not clear if Baril has an attorney.  



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<![CDATA[No Charges Against Sleep-Deprived Engineer in 2013 Deadly Metro-North Crash]]> Thu, 14 May 2015 19:50:47 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/metronorth+derailment+other.jpg

The sleep-deprived engineer who nodded off at the controls of a Metro-North train just before taking a 30 mph curve at 82 mph, causing a derailment in the Bronx in 2013 that killed four people and injured more than 70 others, will not face criminal charges, prosecutors said Thursday.

The decision not to charge engineer William Rockefeller in the deadly crash had been expected.

Bronx District Attorney Robert Johnson made the decision weeks ago, his office said. The office had no comment on the delay in announcing his final decision.

Rockefeller's sleepiness was due to a combination of an undiagnosed disorder — sleep apnea — and a drastic shift in his work schedule, the National Transportation Board determined. The agency said the railroad lacked a policy to screen engineers for sleep disorders, which contributed to the Dec. 1, 2013 crash. According to the NTSB, had a system been in place to automatically apply the brakes when an engineer nods off, the crash would have been avoided.

The acting head of the NTSB at the time the report came out called the deaths and injuries "preventable," and politicians, including Sen. Richard Blumenthal, the Democrat from Connecticut, slammed the MTA, which runs Metro-North, and said it had "blood on its hands."

Reached by phone Thursday, Rockefeller's attorney, Jeffrey Chartier, said he hadn't been notified about the decision not to file charges against his client. In response to NBC 4 New York's report, he commended the district attorney's office for the "thoroughness of their investigation and for coming to the same conclusion as the NTSB that there's no criminality on the part of Mr. Rockefeller."

"I'm sure this will bring some closure to Mr. Rockefeller and others affected by this tragedy," Chartier said. 

Meanwhile, authorities continue to investigate the circumstances surrounding this week's deadly Amtrak derailment in Philadelphia. Eight people, including six with ties to New York and New Jersey, were killed in the crash, and more than 200 others were hurt. The NTSB has said the train was going at more than 100 mph around a 50-mph curve when it derailed Tuesday night.

The engineer's lawyer says his client has "absolutely no recollection" of the crash.
 



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<![CDATA[Dramatic Video Shows Hammer Attack Suspect Shot by Police]]> Thu, 14 May 2015 09:57:37 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/hammer+attack+suspect4.jpg

The hammer-wielding suspect believed to have attacked four strangers within a span of six hours in Manhattan earlier this week was shot in midtown Wednesday after attacking an NYPD officer with the weapon on the street, authorities said, and the chilling altercation was caught on video.

The suspect, an image of whom had been captured by surveillance cameras and released by police Tuesday, was shot near West 37th Street and Eighth Avenue around 10 a.m. Authorities identified him as 30-year-old David Baril, whose last known address was in the Bronx; he has a history of mental illness, including paranoia and schizophrenia, and a lengthy criminal record.

Dramatic video of the confrontation shows the uniformed officers approach the suspect, wearing a hood and mask, from across the street. The suspect lunges at 27-year-old officer Lauren O'Rourke with a hammer, claw side facing out. He chases O'Rourke into the middle of the road and repeatedly hits her over the head with the hammer as she falls to the ground. Officer Geraldo Casaigne, 36, follows his colleague and the suspect into the street, weapon drawn, and fires.

Casaigne fired four shots at Baril, and the suspect was hit at least three times -- in the head, arm and torso, NYPD Deputy Chief Will Aubry said at a news briefing Wednesday. Police and multiple sources initially said Baril was dead, though police later said he was taken to Bellevue Hospital in extremely critical condition. He underwent surgery there and remained in critical condition later Wednesday.

O'Rourke, who has been assigned to Midtown South since 2009, and Casaigne, assigned to the same precinct since 2003, were in the area responding to a call about an unrelated assault when they recognized Baril from the surveillance images obtained Tuesday and followed him, Aubry said. Aubry said at some point the suspect apparently realized he was being followed, and attacked the cops.

A white-claw hammer similar to the one described in the series of attacks Monday was recovered at the scene. Aubry said investigators looking into Baril's history spotted a photo that appeared to be of the same hammer on his Facebook page in May 2014. The hammer in that photo was bloody.

NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton said O'Rourke was treated at a hospital for abrasions to her upper shoulder area; she underwent a CAT scan at the request of doctors concerned about any potential injuries from the hammer. Bratton said authorities were awaiting the results of that test. Casaigne was not injured in the fray; he was taken to a hospital for evaluation as a precaution.

Both officers were expected to be released from the hospital later Wednesday.

"These officers acted professionally and heroically this morning," Bratton said, adding that Casaigne likely saved O'Rourke's life.

Authorities had been looking for Baril after identifying him Tuesday through facial recognition, an NYPD source said. The suspect has eight prior arrests, including for assault, weapons possession and drug possession, police said. One of the attacks involved an assault on a police officer; in another, he jumped a counter at a fast-food restaurant. Baril voluntarily left a mental health facility in December and has had no recent address, authorities said.

Police believe Baril has been living in parks and subways since he left the facility, and frequented the area near Union Square, where he allegedly attacked two women with a hammer in separate ambushes within minutes of each other Monday. NBC 4 New York first reported Tuesday that authorities believed he was behind two similar attacks that occurred in Manhattan earlier that day.

All four victims were attacked in Manhattan within a span of five hours, police said. The first, around 1:45 p.m., involved a 20-year-old man in Herald Square; Baril yelled profanities at the man before hitting him with the hammer, then ran off, Aubry said. The victim refused medical attention.

About three hours later, police say the same suspect swung a hammer at the head of a 34-year-old woman in Madison Square Park, near 27th Street and Madison Avenue.

The attacks near Union Square unfolded in a span of 10 minutes between 7:36 p.m. and 7:46 p.m. One of those victims, a 28-year-old woman, was sitting on a bench in the park when she saw the suspect looking at her, police said. When she made eye contact, he took a silver hammer out of his bag and struck her, according to police. 

The other woman attacked in that short time span, who is 33, was walking on West 17th Street between Fifth and Sixth avenues when the stranger approached her from behind and hit her in the back of the head with the hammer, police said.

The woman on West 17th Street was taken to a hospital with a scalp injury, authorities said. Both women attacked near Union Square were treated at Lenox Hill Hospital and released Monday.

The NYPD said it was working with the district attorney's office to determine what charges should be filed against Baril. Authorities said he has not been linked to additional attacks at this time, but they ask that anyone who feels they may have been victimized by him to contact police.

Nick Cearley, who said he was on the corner of Eighth Avenue and 37th Street at the time of the shooting Wednesday, said he heard gunshots and ran for cover. In an email, he called the experience "one of the scariest and terrifying mornings in NYC to date."

Thomas Vasicak was walking by Eighth Avenue when he saw the suspect go after the female NYPD officer; he heard shots ring out and "got out of the way" because he didn't know what was happening. Bystanders screamed and pointed toward the bloodied suspect on the pavement.

"I heard the shots and I saw the guy go down. I saw the guy go down and they're screaming, 'That's the guy with the hammer,'" Vasicak said.

Other witnesses said they abandoned their coffees at bodegas and left their partially-eaten breakfasts in diners as they fled the sound of gunshots.

Anina Boise, who saw the suspect on the ground after he was shot, found the situation unsettling.

"When I heard the story I was scared about it because I'm in Union Square all the time, and I had no idea he was in my neighborhood where I work," she said.

Baril's most recent address in the Bronx has no phone number. 

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<![CDATA[Man Who Slashed 5 in NYC Park Sentenced]]> Tue, 12 May 2015 21:09:50 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/riverside+park+stabbings+julius+graham.jpg

The man who went on a slashing spree with a pair of broken scissors at a popular Upper West Side park in 2013, injuring five people, including an 18-month-old boy, has been sentenced to 23 years in prison.

Julius Graham, a homeless man originally from Texas, learned his fate in court on the assault conviction Tuesday as his attorney apologized on his behalf.

Two of the five people hurt in the attack recounted the horror they went through that October morning in 2013.

Deanne Kostel, 36, was practicing for a marathon at Riverside Park last fall when Grahama stabbed her in the back, puncturing her lung in two places. She could not scream as she lay bleeding on the ground, she said.

Ben Loehnen was walking his dog when he said Graham stabbed him in the chest. Despite months of painful recovery, he told Graham Tuesday he hopes he finds kindness and peace in the years ahead.

The judge called it one of the most frightening cases he has seen.

Graham's family said they believe he needs mental help, not prison time.

"I am sorry that it happened to the victims but I'm also sorry for my cousin. He's mentally ill and that was not addressed," said Denise Brown, a cousin of Graham.

Graham attacked five people over the course of nine minutes inside the park at 64th Street. The spree ended when a bystander held the suspect down until police arrived.

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<![CDATA[Thieves in Suits, Fedoras Target High-End Midtown Jewelry Store]]> Tue, 12 May 2015 21:07:22 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/tourneau+heist.jpg

Three men dressed in black suits with red ties and fedoras robbed a high-end Madison Avenue jewelry store in a brazen midday smash-and-grab Tuesday, making off with several dozen Rolex watches, authorities said.

The men walked into the Tourneau store near East 53rd Street at about 1 p.m., smashed the display case with wrenches and stole the watches before fleeing on foot, police said. It wasn't clear what their haul was estimated to be worth.

A retired police officer was working in the store and gave chase. One of the suspects was arrested a short time after the theft and authorities recovered some of the stolen watches. The other two suspects remain at large and police were expected to release surveillance images later Tuesday. 

The manager of a neighboring store said he heard two loud bangs that sounded like shots, and the initial 911 call about the robbery mentioned bullets had been fired, though police said it appears witnesses mistook the sound of smashing glass for gunfire.

Photos from the packed midtown lunch scene showed some bystanders fleeing the cordoned-off area as others paused to check out the commotion. 


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<![CDATA[NYPD Officers Attacked by Hatchet-Wielding Stranger Honored]]> Thu, 07 May 2015 17:47:48 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/cops+of+the+year+2015.jpg

The rookie NYPD officer attacked by a hatchet-wielding stranger police described as a "lone wolf terrorist" was honored as a cop of the year Wednesday, along with his three partners who attended to him as he lay bleeding on the sidewalk and shot and killed the suspect. 

Officers Kenneth Healey, Joseph Meeker, Peter Rivera and Taylor Kraft were honored at the annual NYPD gala at the Waldorf on Park Avenue. 

Healey was critically wounded in the October attack in Queens when, without warning, the suspect struck Healey with a hatchet in the back of the head.

Meeker was wounded in the arm by the attacker's hatchet as he jumped to help stop his partner's bleeding. Officers Rivera and Kraft shot and killed the suspect.

"They protected their partners and the public on that Queens street, and then they turned to save officer Healey's life," Police Commissioner Bill Bratton said at the ceremony. 

"On behalf of a grateful city, thank you," he said as the crowd gave a standing ovation. 

The entire incident lasted six seconds. The officers described the ordeal in an exclusive interview with NBC 4 New York's Jonathan Dienst. 

Healey's skull was fractured and he continues to recover from his traumatic brain injury. 

In a news briefing shortly after the attack, Police Commissioner Bill Bratton said Thompson was a "self-radicalized" individual "self-directed in his activities."

A search warrant of Thompson's home computer revealed he was "visiting websites that are focused on designated terrorist groups -- al-Qaida, ISIS and al-Shabaab -- as well as looking at different acts of violence," John Miller, the NYPD's Deputy Commissioner for Intelligence and Counter-terrorism, said at a news briefing several days after the ambush.

The awards dinner was sponsored by the New York City Police Foundation which over the years has raised $120 million dollars to support NYPD and community programs.
 

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<![CDATA[Officer Attacked With Hatchet in Queens Talks Recovery: Part II]]> Thu, 07 May 2015 17:48:41 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/kenneth+healey+recovery.jpg NYPD Officer Kenneth Healey talks about his long road to recovery after being attacked by a hatchet-wielding terrorist last fall. Jonathan Dienst has the exclusive interview.]]> <![CDATA[Cop Hurt in Hatchet Attack: I Thought I Was Going to Die]]> Thu, 07 May 2015 13:03:52 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/hatchet+attack+cop+inset.jpg

The rookie NYPD officer critically hurt when a hatchet-wielding stranger ambushed him and three colleagues as they posed for a photo in Queens last fall tells NBC 4 New York in his first comments since the brazen attack he thought he was going to die.

Officer Kenneth Healey, 25, and three other NYPD officers were on patrol on Jamaica Avenue in October when they stopped to let a freelance photographer take their photo. As the officers posed for the photo, a man named Zale Thompson charged them with an 18-inch hatchet, gashing Healey in the head and wounding another officer in the arm.

Two other officers shot and killed Thompson on the street, and authorities said he was still holding the hatchet when he was pronounced dead.

The attack -- and the shooting -- happened in less than 10 seconds.

Healey, who had only been on the job four months at the time of the attack, told NBC 4 New York in an exclusive interview he didn't think it was possible to get hit that hard and survive.

He said he felt something strike his head -- then there was only confusion.

“You know, one second you’re taking a picture and the next, you know, I’m staring at my skull on the floor in a puddle of blood," Healey said. "I had no idea why it happened.”

Surveillance video moments before the attack shows Thompson on a street corner crouching down to pull the hatchet out of backpack; he then charges the officers, swinging the hatchet with a two-handed grip, police said.

Healey's partner, Joseph Meeker, who was wounded in the arm, remembers seeing a shadowy figure closing in fast.

“I just put my arms up and put arms up … I remember hearing a big bang,” Meeker said. “I look over and my partner is down -- that quick.”

After striking Meeker with the hatchet, Thompson, whom authorities called a "lone wolf terrorist" who indicated he was a convert to Islam and frequented anti-American websites, headed for officer Taylor Kraft.

"I remember his beard. I remember him standing over -- and that’s when the training kicked in,” Kraft said.

Kraft and his partner, Peter Rivera, both opened fire on Thompson. A bystander was injured by a stray bullet from the officers' gunfire but survived.

“I noticed Healey was down, Meeker was down – he was chasing Kraft,” Rivera said. “We had to stop that threat.”

Once the threat had been neutralized, the officers turned to their fallen comrade Healey, who was lying critically wounded on the ground. The back of his head was shattered, part of his brain damaged.

Meeker jumped over to try to contain Healey's bleeding. Healey remembers the conversation he had with his fellow cop.

"I said, 'I am going to die. I am going to die,'" Healey recalled. "He said, 'No you are not.' He kept talking to me and kept me calm ... as calm as someone can be in that situation."

Kraft and Rivera radioed for help -– and responding officers knew there was no time to wait for an ambulance. They rushed Healey in a patrol car to a hospital – his partner still at his side.

Healey said he wanted to know the extent of his injury.

"I kept saying, 'Don’t lie to me. Don’t lie to me. I know you are lying, it's bad, it's definitely bad,'” Healey recalled.

Healey sustained a traumatic brain injury and lost 40 percent of his vision in the attack; he says he thought at one point he was paralyzed. His vision and abilities are returning, but he is still undergoing intensive rehabilitation and has not returned to work.

He plans, however, to be back on the job when he is able. He says dealing with "lone wolf terrorists" like Thompson has become part of the job as an NYPD officer.

"It's sad, but it's the world we live in right now," Healey said.

After the attack, Police Commissioner Bill Bratton said Thompson was a "self-radicalized" individual "self-directed in his activities."

In the days after the attack, a search warrant of his home computer revealed he was "visiting websites that are focused on designated terrorist groups -- al-Qaida, ISIS and al-Shabaab -- as well as looking at different acts of violence," John Miller, the NYPD's Deputy Commissioner for Intelligence and Counter-terrorism, said at a news briefing several days after the ambush.

Kraft was shaken, as was Rivera, who previously served tours in Afghanistan and Iraq while in the armed services.

“I had some close calls in Iraq, I lost one of my friends over there,” Rivera said, but added, “"Nothing as close and as personal as this.”

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<![CDATA[No Charges for Ex-Cop Who Fatally Shot Man in Subway]]> Tue, 05 May 2015 15:30:16 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/borough+hall+station+shooting+march+10.jpg

The retired New York City correction officer who fatally shot a man in a Brooklyn subway station in March won't be charged in man's death, the Brooklyn district attorney's office announced Monday.

The officer, 68-year-old William Groomes, fatally shot Gilbert Drogheo inside the Borough Hall subway station on March 10 after the two got into an argument that turned physical on board a No. 4 train.

District Attorney Ken Thompson said in a statement that he determined criminal charges were not warranted in the matter.

"Based on interviews of multiple eyewitnesses to the events leading up to the shooting, our review of video tapes of the shooting itself and other evidence, I have decided not to put this case into the grand jury and will not bring criminal charges against Mr. Groomes," he said. "While the death of this young man was indeed tragic, we cannot prove any charge of homicide beyond a reasonable doubt.”

Drogheo's mother questioned why there were no charges when there was video of the altercation. Speaking on her behalf Tuesday, the Rev. Kevin McCall with the National Action Network said Drogheo was very distraught over the loss of her son and is frustrated that there will not be "justice."

Groomes got into an argument with two men after he boarded a Brooklyn-bound No. 4 train at the Bowling Green station in Manhattan on March 10. The altercation turned physical, and one of the men pushed Groomes into an empty subway seat, a source told NBC 4 New York at the time.

Groomes and the two men got off the train at the Borough Hall stop and started fighting on the platform, the source said. That’s when Groomes allegedly identified himself as an officer and told Drogheo and Joschelyn Evering that they would be put under arrest.

The source says that the men ran away, with Groomes following. As the men tried to walk out of an exit gate, Drogheo and Groomes began scuffling again. Then, the source says, Groomes pulled out a gun and fired one round, which fatally hit Drogheo in the abdomen.

The retired officer and Evering stayed at the scene. They were not hurt and no bystanders were injured, police said.

Grooms was questioned by police and released. Evering, 28, of Brooklyn was charged with assault and menacing.

Norman Seabrook, the president of the city Correction Officers' Benevolent Association, told NBC 4 New York in March that they believe the retired officer was acting in self-defense when he shot Drogheo.

In a statement Tuesday, Groomes' attorney Peter Troxler said his client was gratified the Brooklyn district attorney's office opted not to pursue charges.

"Mr. Groomes cooperated with authorities at all stages of this investigation and is thankful that the criminal justice system afforded him an opportunity to provide his evidence and be given a full and fair opportunity to defend himself," Troxler said. 


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<![CDATA[NY Senate Leader Dean Skelos, Son Arrested on Corruption Charges]]> Mon, 04 May 2015 22:35:06 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Skelos-Corruption-Arrest.jpg

New York State Senate leader Dean Skelos and his son were arrested Monday on federal corruption charges, about three months after NBC 4 New York first reported on the investigation into state government’s most powerful Republican.

The pair were seen turning themselves in at the FBI offices in lower Manhattan Monday morning. The men face six counts including conspiracy, extortion and soliciting bribes, according to a criminal complaint unsealed in federal court Monday.

In a statement Monday, Dean Skelos said he expects to be exonerated of the charges.

“I am innocent of the charges leveled against me," he said. "I am not saying I am just not guilty, I am saying that I am innocent. I fully expect to be exonerated by a public jury trial.”

The complaint alleges that the pair began soliciting bribes from stormwater treatment firm AbTech and a real estate developer in 2010. Under the scheme, the pair told the developer to pay Adam Skelos hundreds of thousands of dollars in order for Dean Skelos to take action on legislation that would help the company's business.

During the scheme, the complaint says, Dean Skelos allegedly threatened to block a contract between AbTech and Nassau County unless monthly payments to Adam Skelos were increased from $4,000 to $10,000.

After the firm increased the payments, Dean Skelos allegedly pressured Nassau County officials to award the $12 miillion contract to the firm, which wasn't the lowest bidder, the New York Times first reported.

AbTech says it's cooperating with authorities and is not considered a target in the probe.

"The process through which local authorities selected AbTech was comprehensive and diligent, involving several levels of Nassau County government," the company said. "AbTech is proud ... to have earned this contract after a thorough and fair review process conducted by Nassau County."

Adam Skelos collected about $198,000 over the course of the scheme.

NBC 4 New York first reported on the investigation into Dean Skelos’ in January. After the investigation was revealed, a spokeswoman for the legislator called it “thinly sourced” and “irresponsible,” adding that it “does not meet the standards of serious journalism.

Still, the father and son began trying to cover their tracks after NBC 4 New York’s report, the complaint alleges. It’s when Adam Skelos allegedly began using a “burner” phone and began communicating with certain people via his iPhone’s video chat app, because he allegedly said it doesn’t appear as a phone call on cell phone bills.

In one conversation recorded during the investigation, Adam Skelos allegedly told his father, "You can't talk normally because it's like...Preet Bharara is listening to every... call. It's just...frustrating."

Dean Skelos allegedly replied "It is."

The elder Skelos has said he would not resign his post because of the investigation.

Prosecutors said a news conference would be held at noon to speak about the charges brought against the father and son. Dean Skelos has represented a portion of Nassau County on Long Island in the state Senate since he was elected in 1984. He has been majority leader since January 2011.

Skelos’ arrest comes less than three months after Democratic Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver was arrested and charged for allegedly taking $4 million in bribes.

Silver denies the charges.

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<![CDATA[NY Senate Leader Could Be Charged This Week: Sources]]> Mon, 04 May 2015 09:55:38 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/dean-skelos.jpg

New York State Senate leader Dean G. Skelos and his son could be charged as soon as Monday in connection with a federal corruption investigation, sources familiar with the case tell NBC 4 New York. 

Last month, federal prosecutors started presenting evidence to a grand jury in an investigation of the Long Island Republican, an investigation first reported in January by NBC 4 New York.

Subpoenas have already been served to a number of people close to Skelos -- among them, several state senators on Long Island, according to sources familiar with the investigation. 

Federal investigators have been looking into Skelos' sources of income. Skelos denies any wrongdoing and has called reports that he is under federal investigation "irresponsible."  

A spokesman for Skelos has not returned requests for comment.

The senator's 32-year-old son, Adam Skelos, is also a focus of the investigation, sources familiar with the probe said. He was hired by an Arizona-based stormwater treatment company, AbTech, which was awarded a contract in his father's district despite the fact it wasn't the low bidder, the New York Times first reported. 

U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara is also looking at Skelos' ties to the real estate industry, among other areas of inquiry, sources said. A spokesman for Bharara and an FBI spokesman declined comment.

Skelos, the highest ranking Republican in state government, has not been charged with any wrongdoing.

Skelos said in a second statement last month, "I have and will continue to cooperate with any inquiry."

The revelation that Skelos is under investigation comes less than three months after Democratic Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver was arrested and charged for allegedly taking $4 million in bribes.

Silver denies the charges.



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<![CDATA[Alleged Drunk Cop in Deadly Wrong-Way Crash Hiring New Attorney]]> Mon, 27 Apr 2015 20:09:25 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Pedro-Abad-Wreck-Inset.jpg

A lawyer for the New Jersey police officer who law enforcement sources say had a blood alcohol content three times the legal limit when he hit a tractor-trailer head-on on a Staten Island highway last month, killing a fellow officer and a friend and critically injuring a third cop, says his client is in the process of hiring a new attorney and offered no comment on the case.

The NYPD, which is investigating the March 20 wrong-way crash on the West Shore Expressway, also had no comment on the toxicology results of Pedro Abad Jr., which showed a blood alcohol level of .24 percent, according to sources familiar with the case.

Abad, 27, was driving his fellow officers and friend on the wrong side of the expressway on the way back from a strip club when his vehicle slammed into the tractor-trailer, authorities said.

Hours before the crash, Abad had posted a photo on his Instagram page of three shot glasses filled with what he identified as "Jack Daniels Fire on the house."

Authorities said at the time it was "too premature" to speculate on what caused the accident. They later obtained a warrant to test Abad's blood.

Abad was hospitalized in critical condition following the crash, which killed fellow Linden officer Frank Viggiano and friend Joseph Rodriguez. Patrik Kudlac, another Linden cop riding in Abad's Honda, was also hospitalized in critical condition after the crash.

Kudlac's mother told NBC 4 New York Monday he was doing better. 

The Union County prosecutor's office has said it would hand off the probe into the driving record and employment history of Abad to avoid the perception of any conflicts of interest. The state attorney general's office said the investigation will be handled by the Middlesex County prosecutor's office.

Public records show Abad has been involved in eight accidents since 2005 and has two arrests for drunken driving in the last four years. 

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<![CDATA[Robbery Suspect Fatally Shot by Detective: NYPD]]> Sun, 26 Apr 2015 00:11:32 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/42515cops.jpg

A 24-year-old robbery suspect was fatally shot Saturday during a "violent physical struggle" with two detectives in a Manhattan apartment building, police said.

Authorities withheld the name of the suspect pending notification of his family.

As two detectives approached the sixth-floor apartment in the East Village, where the suspect was believed to be, the suspect bolted out a window and down a fire escape, said New York City Police Department Chief Jim O'Neill. The detectives caught up with him in a hallway and a "violent physical struggle" ensued, the chief said during a news conference.

During the struggle, the suspect grabbed a hand-held radio from one detective and struck him in the head with it, O'Neill said. The fight continued for about five minutes before one detective drew his weapon and fired a single shot, hitting the suspect in the torso, he said.

The suspect, who was wanted in connection with the robbery of a woman on Thursday, died at Mount Sinai Beth Israel hospital, O'Neill said.

The incident occurred at 1:45 p.m. at a halfway house at 538 E. Sixth St.

The two detectives, who were not identified, were taken to a hospital, where one was treated for injuries to the head and shoulder.

The suspect was accused of confronting a 21-year-old woman on Thursday as she was giving a presentation at City College, according to the NYPD. The two then argued in a hallway and the suspect repeatedly punched the woman and stole her purse, which contained her keys, cash, credit cards and identification, investigators said. He fled the scene and eluded a police search.

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<![CDATA[Man Killed in Police Shooting Served in Military, Had 14 Arrests: NYPD]]> Thu, 23 Apr 2015 20:14:30 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Jamaica-Queens-Shooting-Inset.jpg

The 30-year-old man shot and killed by police officers during a foot chase in the Jamaica section of Queens Wednesday night has been identified as a Staten Island native who'd served in the military and had a lengthy arrest record, police say. 

Jonathan Efraim died when he was shot by police officers at 168th Street and Hillside Avenue, according to NYPD Chief of Detectives Robert Boyce. 

Boyce said Thursday the shooting appeared to be justified and called the officers' actions "courageous."

In a Thursday news conference detailing the shooting and the suspect's past, Boyce said Efraim was visiting his girlfriend Wednesday night and went to a nearby bar at 164th Street and Hillside Avenue, telling her he was going to get some food.

He spent two hours drinking in the bar when he got into an argument with another customer, according to Boyce. The bartender tried to escort Efraim outside, and that's when Efraim pulled out a gun and fired once into the ceiling.

The crowd inside the bar fled, and police officers from the 103rd and 107th precincts responded.

Efraim ran out of the bar with the gun in his hand, and responding officers shouted, "Police! Don't move!" and chased him when he allegedly didn't comply with commands, authorities said. 

As police chased the suspect, he fired twice at the officers, Boyce said. They continued to chase him, and when he turned a corner, he turned around and allegedly pointed his gun again at them. That's when two officers in uniform fired five shots at the man.

Two of the shots hit him in the armpit and in the torso, according to Boyce. Witnesses told NBC 4 New York they saw officers administering CPR on the suspect before he was taken to Jamaica Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. 

Boyce said Efraim had a Glock on him at the time, and investigators have recovered shell casings from the scene. Police also have two pieces of video: one shows Efraim on the street with the gun in his hand and officers chasing after him, and the other from inside the bar shows suspect firing the round into the ceiling with patrons running from the bar. 

Police are continuing to look for other video as part of their ongoing investigation. 

No officers were injured but the two who fired their weapons were taken to the hospital for treatment of ringing in their ears.

Efraim had 14 previous arrests in New York and in New Jersey. He was in the military, though his details of his service weren't immediately clear, and his family told police he had psychological problems.

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<![CDATA[Human Remains Found Upstate ID'd as Bronx Woman Missing Since 2012: Police]]> Wed, 22 Apr 2015 09:49:31 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/216*120/RAMONA+MOORE.JPG

Human remains found off a state highway in Orange County last week have been identified as those of Ramona Moore, a 35-year-old Bronx woman who vanished from her apartment in July 2012, according to a preliminary dental records match made during an autopsy Monday, authorities say.

The revelation comes days before a scheduled hearing in the murder trial of Nasean Bonie, a 29-year-old building superintendent indicted in Moore's disappearance. Court records indicate Bonie and Moore argued about rent and fought in the days before she vanished.

Bonie would have been the first person to face a murder trial in the Bronx where there was no body. He is due in Bronx Supreme Court Wednesday to be sentenced for assaulting his wife and for a previously scheduled conference hearing related to the Moore case.

He has pleaded not guilty to murder and manslaughter charges in her death.

The remains were found Friday by workers cutting trees near State Route 208 and Captain Carpenter Road in Blooming Grove. State Police are assisting in the investigation.

Moore has four children in Queens, according to the Daily News.  

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<![CDATA[Man Accused of Murdering Bronx Mom Missing 3 Years Sentenced in Wife Beating]]> Wed, 22 Apr 2015 13:12:13 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/nasean+bonie.jpg

A Bronx building superintendent accused of murdering a 35-year-old tenant whose skeletal remains were found upstate last week, three years after she vanished, pleaded guilty in a separate case Wednesday to beating his wife and was sentenced to four years behind bars.

Nasean Bonie, 29, brutally attacked his wife with a tray table, belt buckle and his fists, punching her in the face and kicking her in the back until she was knocked unconscious, according to a criminal complaint. The woman ended up with a broken orbital bone and had to go to the hospital.

Bonie was also due in court for a procedural hearing in his murder trial for the death of Ramona Moore, the Bronx mother who disappeared from her apartment in July 2012.

There was no trace of Moore, who has four children in Queens, according to the Daily News, until Friday, when utility workers cutting trees near State Route 208 and Captain Carpenter Road in Orange County's Blooming Grove stumbled upon her remains, authorities said. A preliminary match using dental records was made during an autopsy Monday.

In court Wednesday, prosecutors asked for a month before the next hearing in the Moore case so the medical examiner could try to determine how she died. In the meantime, Bonie is remanded, 

Court records indicate Bonie and Moore argued about rent and fought in the days before she vanished.

Bonie would have been the first person to face a murder trial in the Bronx where there was no body. He has pleaded not guilty to murder and manslaughter charges in her death. 



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<![CDATA[Federal Agent Fires Shots at Getaway Car in Brooklyn]]> Tue, 21 Apr 2015 18:31:54 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/generic+caution+tape+vg.jpg

A federal agent fired shots at a suspect's getaway vehicle after nearly being hit by the car during a drug sting in Brooklyn Tuesday afternoon, the U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement Agency said.

The agent was not hurt, nor were any suspects. Three people were arrested in the sting near New Lots Avenue and Bradford Street in East New York, a spokesman for ICE said. 

The operation was being run by the Homeland Security Investigations unit of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

The ICE Office of Professional Responsibility is investigating the shooting, a standard procedure anytime an officer or special ageny discharges their gun in the line of duty. 



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