<![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 Tue, 01 Dec 2015 17:11:17 -0500 Tue, 01 Dec 2015 17:11:17 -0500 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Exclusive: NYPD Hatchet Attack Survivors Talk to News 4]]> Thu, 07 May 2015 16:51:22 -0500 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[Man Gets Life in Prison for Raping 4 in 7 Days in Brooklyn]]> Mon, 23 Nov 2015 12:25:13 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/dexter+bell.jpg

A 26-year-old man was sentenced to 100 years to life in prison for raping four victims within a one-week period in Brooklyn, including a 15-year-old girl, prosecutors said Monday.

Dexter Bell, of Crown Heights, was convicted Nov. 9 of six counts of predatory sexual assault following a jury trial. According to trial testimony, he primarily used his home neighborhood as his hunting grounds, attacking three women and a teenage girl within the span of a week in April 2013.

In the first attack, on April 4, 2013, Bell followed a 25-year-old woman after she got off an MTA bus near Albany Avenue and Fenimore Street. After trying to talk to her, he grabbed her hand, pulled her into an alley, put his hands around her neck, threatened to kill her and punched her in the face, according to trial testimony. He then raped her.

Four days later, Bell walked up to a 21-year-old woman near Schenectady Avenue and Montgomery Street and said hello, according to trial testimony. The woman recognized Bell from the neighborhood and said she was heading to work. Bell led her into a nearby alley and raped her.

Bell started talking to a 19-year-old woman in Canarsie on April 11, 2013. He eventually led her to a stairwell and grabbed her by the hair when she tried to leave, according to court documents. He raped her.

About 12 hours later, Bell started chatting up a 15-year-old girl walking along the B12 bus route in Crown Heights. The girl had seen Bell in the same area the day before, according to trial testimony. The two went into a building on Midwood Street, where Bell pulled the girl into an elevator and then to a staircase on the sixth floor and raped her, according to trial testimony.

Bell was arrested after an anonymous tipster who saw media reports about the rapes gave police his name and address.

"This serial rapist, who committed four rapes within one week, including one of a 15-year-old girl, is a sadistic and violent sexual predator who is simply not fit to walk the streets ever again," Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson said in a statement. "That’s why he must spend the rest of his life behind bars.”

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<![CDATA[Manhattan Dentist Arrested on Child Porn, Drug Charges]]> Fri, 20 Nov 2015 19:21:52 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/dentist+office+arrest.jpg

A dentist in Greenwich Village has been arrested on child porn charges and investigators are questioning if any of his underage patients might have been abused or videotaped at his offices, NBC 4 New York has learned. 

FBI, NYPD and DEA agents raided the offices of John Wolf, 59, on West 15th Street Friday morning. A criminal complaint alleges Wolf used that office as a place to view and distribute child pornography. 

In recorded conversations with an FBI undercover agent, Wolf allegedly admitted he had child pornography and gave the agent a flash drive that had videos of children as young as toddlers being raped by adult men, among other pornographic media. 

In addition to child porn allegations, Wolf is also facing narcotics distribution charges. Some of the allegations include giving free dental work to a drug dealer in exchange for a supply of crystal meth. He allegedly used some of the meth himself and distribute some to others, according to the complaint. 

A call to Wolf's office seeking comment was not returned. His lawyer said outside Brooklyn court Friday that he and his client were looking into a case of possible government entrapment. 

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<![CDATA[Cop Shoots Man Who Crashed Into Bus, Reached for Gun: Sources]]> Wed, 18 Nov 2015 23:35:35 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/bk+shooting+scene+ny.jpg

An NYPD officer shot and wounded a man who allegedly crashed his car into a city bus in Brooklyn, ran from the crash scene with a gun in his hand, then reached for the weapon when the cop caught up with him, a law enforcement source tells NBC 4 New York.

The 24-year-old suspect was driving a white Mustang and was speeding and weaving through traffic in Crown Heights at about 1 p.m., police said.

A uniformed officer on patrol began following the suspect's vehicle, which crashed into an MTA bus and a flatbed truck, according to police. The man ran from the wreck with a gun in hand, and the officer took off after him.  

A man who works nearby, Abe Levin, said, "I heard a smash and heard the police yelling 'stop, stop, stop' and he went up the block." 

The suspect fell down after about three blocks, on Montgomery Street, and dropped his weapon. Police said that he reached for the gun and the officer fired twice.

At least one of the bullets hit the man in the stomach, and he was taken to Kings County Hospital in stable condition. Police say the suspect has 15 prior arrests, including n gun charges, dating back to 2007. 

The officer was taken to Methodist Hospital for observation. 

Dozens of police officers were at the scene after the shooting, and the roadway was cordoned off. 

A police official on the scene praised the officer who went after the suspect. 

"He did an admirable job. He was solo," said Chief of Patrol Carlos Gomez. "Utilized good tactics, gave warnings. These warnings were heard by witnesses. He did a great job."

Chopper 4 footage from the scene shows the Mustang wrecked in the roadway as if it were traveling on the wrong side of the road at the time of the crash.

What appears to be a handgun can be seen on the sidewalk at the shooting scene.

The suspect has not been named because police are continuing their investigation.

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<![CDATA[New ISIS Video Shows NYC, Officials Say No New Threat]]> Thu, 19 Nov 2015 09:06:38 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/bratton+times+square+11+18.jpg

The Islamic State has released a new propaganda video celebrating the recent terror attacks in Paris and showing images of Times Square as fighters make vague threats against France and the U.S., which U.S. law enforcement officials say are not new. 

The video contains images of Times Square, Herald Square and Central Park that were originally published in April. Senior law enforcement officials say there is no new specific threat information to New York, and one official called it more propaganda from ISIS.

The video shows French-speaking and Arabic-speaking fighters, including a child, discussing the "successful" operation in Paris last week. The video also mentions France and the U.K., but there was no specific threat directed against the countries, either. 

Officials stressed the video contained no specific and credible threat against New York City.

"To be quite frank with you, there's nothing new about the video," NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton said at a news conference at Times Square late Wednesday night.

"The video, our review of it, it looks like it's been hastily produced, it looks like a mish-mash of previously released video," Bratton said, noting snippets from another video targeted against Germany in August and one against Israel in October. 

About 19 seconds of the five-and-a-half minute video showed shots of New York City, he said. 

"In New York, we understand that we are a terrorist target. It reflects the importance of the city," Bratton acknowledged.

But he stressed that the NYPD has counterterrorism tools and systems in place and partnerships with the FBI and other government agencies that make New York the best prepared city to protect and defend against a terrorist attack. He and Mayor de Blasio also highlighted the additional Critical Response Command teams that have been deployed throughout the city out of an abundance of caution. 

"The people of New York City can rest assured that extraordinary efforts are being made every single day to keep them safe," Bratton said. 

"As we move into this time of year of great celebration and great activity... people can feel comfortable coming into the city, enjoy themselves, celebrate," he said. "Be aware, but do not be afraid. The NYPD will protect you." 

Mayor de Blasio also urged New Yorkers to continue to go about their business normally.

"It is the goal of terrorists to intimidate and disrupt our democratic society," he said at the news conference. "We will not submit to their wishes."

At the same time, Bratton and de Blasio asked New Yorkers to remain vigilant and report any suspicious activity to authorities. 

There has been a heavy police presence across New York City since the Paris attacks, particularly at key transit hubs like Grand Central Terminal, as well as at so-called soft targets like theaters and stores. 

Police Commissioner Bill Bratton said earlier Wednesday he has no security concerns about the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade next week and that he'll be there himself "happily watching" with his family. 

<![CDATA[Several Arrested on Federal Drug, Firearms Charges in Queens]]> Wed, 18 Nov 2015 10:29:24 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/fbigeneric2.jpg

About half a dozen people were arrested on federal drug and firearms charges in Far Rockaway early Wednesday, law enforcement officials say.

The arrests were conducted by the FBI, NYPD, ATF and other law enforcement agencies.

Details of the investigation and charges are expected to be released later Wednesday by the U.S. Attorney’s office in Brooklyn.

The defendants are expected to appear in court later Wednesday.

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<![CDATA[NJ Therapist Sexually Abused Patient, 16: Prosecutors]]> Wed, 11 Nov 2015 09:10:03 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/elliot+halberstam.JPG

A therapist who counsels children and teens was arrested by the FBI Tuesday for allegedly sexually abusing a 16-year-old patient.

Prosecutors charged Elliot Halberstam of Bergenfield, New Jersey, of filming his own sexual relations with the teenage boy, whom he had been seeing since 2011. 

Halberstam, who is listed as an assistant director with Jewish Family Service & Children's Center of Clifton-Passaic, is also accused of asking the teen to make numerous explicit videos that were later emailed or texted to him.

According to the FBI, Halberstam groomed the victim, who had dreams of becoming a model, then exploited him. Authorities said Halberstam created fake email accounts, posing as a lawyer promising to help the teen break into the modeling industry.

The graphic emails encouraged the victim to perform and record sex acts with Halberstam. In one email, Halberstam allegedly said alcohol would be provided at a photo shoot in a hotel room to "take the edge off." 

Halberstam rented hotel rooms to film some of his interactions with the teen, the FBI said.

He also allegedly wrote to the teen, "Break through the barrier and let go of your prudishness." 

The victim eventually reported Halberstam to authorities.The FBI arrested him Tuesday, and investigators searched his home Tuesday morning.

Authorities are concerned there may be more victims, especially because in one email he said, "I'm actually currently trying to use my amazing grooming techniques to convince and lure another teenager into coming to a hotel room," according to officials familiar with the case.

Calls and emails to Halberstam were not returned. Workers at the Jewish Family Center in Clifton told NBC 4 New York he no longer worked there, and the center later released a statement saying it was cooperating with law enforcement and trying to learn more about the situation.

"Our chief concern of course is the privacy and welfare of our clients," the statement said. 

During a court hearing Tuesday afternoon in federal court in Manhattan, Halberstam was ordered held without bail. He's facing federal charges because he sent emails from computers in several states, and from the U.K., where he's originally from. 

At his Bergenfield home, his wife seemed stunned and offered no comment Tuesday night. 

<![CDATA[NY Cardiologist Indicted in Alleged Murder-for-Hire Plot]]> Mon, 09 Nov 2015 15:44:17 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Doctor-Arrest-Charges.jpg

A Long Island cardiologist has been indicted for allegedly contracting hitmen to kill a competing doctor in a murder-for-hire conspiracy that included the sale of assault weapons, arson and the criminal sale of prescription drugs, prosecutors said Monday.

Anthony Moschetto, 55, of Sands Point, was arrested in April after joint investigation by the Nassau County district attorney and police department as well as the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.

Moschetto was arraigned Monday on a 77-count indictment handed down by a grand jury that charges him with arson, burglary and multiple counts each of conspiracy, criminal solicitation, arson, weapons and drug charges in connection with the alleged plot.

He pleaded not guilty and is due back in court next month.

Prosecutors allege Moschetto began selling prescription drugs and weapons after a professional dispute with the other doctor, who was at one time his employer.

Undercover police investigating prescription drug sales in the county in December stumbled upon the alleged murder and arson plots, prosecutors said. The officer began by buying oxycodone, but was able to buy heroin and guns in February. Police later discovered that the guns and drugs were allegedly purchased by Moschetto before being transferred to the seller.

During one of the buys, the seller asked the undercover officer if he could get dynamite to blow up a building, prosecutors said. A few months later, the seller told the undercover officer that he no longer needed the dynamite because he had another man burn down the doctor’s office in Great Neck in February. A third man was also allegedly involved in the arson, which didn’t destroy the office.

Later, prosecutors said, Moschetto gave a confidential informant and an undercover cop blank prescription pads and cash on separate occasions to have the rival doctor attacked and then killed. The doctor allegedly told the informant and officer that they should attack the doctor’s wife if she was present during the initial beating, then suggested that the would-be hit men kill the rival cardiologist with a gun he was known to carry.

Two other men were arrested on multiple charges including arson and burglary, in the alleged conspiracy.

A search warrant execution at the home of Moschetto following the three arrests led to the discovery of a cache of weapons in the doctor's home, including an AR-15 and an M1 Carbine, prosecutors said. Many of the guns and other weapons such as knives were found in a hidden basement room only revealed via a switch-activated, moving bookshelf in the doctor's home, prosecutors said.

In April, Moschetto's attorney said his client was eager to return to work.

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<![CDATA[Rikers Officer Needs 26 Stitches After Inmate Attack]]> Fri, 06 Nov 2015 23:10:36 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/rikers+guard+attack+web.jpg

Two inmates have been charged with slashing a Rikers Island correction officer in the face and wrist, leaving him with more than two dozen stitches and glaring lacerations across his head.

William Whitfield, 18, and Darnell Green, 19, did not enter pleas at their arraignment Friday in Bronx Criminal Court. They were ordered held on $500,000 bail on assault and other charges stemming from the attack Thursday evening on officer Ray Calderon.

An attorney for Whitfield, who is being held at Rikers on an attempted murder charge, said his client was presumed innocent and planned to contest the charges. A lawyer for Green, who is being detained at Rikers in a murder case, did not immediately return a message seeking comment.

Green approached Calderon from behind and wrapped both arms around his neck, choking him as Whitfield advanced with a sharp object, according to a criminal complaint. Calderon then kicked Whitfield, fell to the ground with Green and was slashed on the left side of his face along his forehead, cheek and ear, as well as his right wrist, the court papers show.

"A correction officer was doing his job conducting his inspection the way he is supposed to when an inmate emerged, grabbed him around his neck, put him in a chokehold and another inmate commenced slashing his face repeatedly with what we believe was a scalpel or a razor, missing his jugular vein," Norman Seabrook, president of the Correction Officers' Benevolent Association, said. "This would have been a different story had he hit the officer's jugular vein." 

Photos obtained by NBC 4 New York show nearly half a dozen bloody cuts streaking across the left side of Calderon's face. One jagged mark stretches from the corner of his left eye up beyond his hairline; another reaches from his left ear down to his neck.

He was hospitalized for treatment but was discharged Thursday night, authorities said.

Department of Correction Commissioner Joseph Ponte said he was "outraged by this horrific assault." He said he visited the injured officer in the hospital and pledged to support him and his family.

"Attacks against the hardworking men and women who serve in our department are unacceptable and will not be tolerated," Ponte said in a statement.

Seabrook said the two inmates "brazenly attempted to murder" the officer.

"Correction officers have the right to return home to their families safely every night," Seabrook said. "This violence is unacceptable."

Exactly what type of sharp object was used in the attack wasn't immediately clear, and officials said investigators are examining how the inmates obtained it. City officials have moved to restrict visitors to Rikers, arguing those visits are an entry point for weapons. But a report earlier this year found that nearly 80 percent of the 2,100 weapons recovered in city jails in 2014 were shivs and shanks made out of materials found inside the jails.

Ponte said DOC has already tightened entrance procedures to keep weapons and contraband out of jails, bolstered security camera coverage and redesigned emergency response teams to get to officers faster when they are in dangerous situations. The DOCs facilities are on lockdown as the agency conducts searches to root out contraband, authorities said.

Ponte said the DOC will also issue a new use-of-force policy that will give officers more guidance when placed in "situations where force may be necessary for the safety and security of staff and inmates."

Seabrook said the DOC shouldn't issue new guidelines without consulting the union.

"We demand action and a seat at the table from the leadership of the department," Seabrook said.

<![CDATA[Ex-NYC Teacher Sentenced in Hamas-Tied Gun Smuggling Ring]]> Thu, 05 Nov 2015 14:41:39 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Teacher-Gun-Cigs-1105.jpg

A former New York City teacher who sold untaxed cigarettes and guns in a massive smuggling ring that he thought was trying to raise money for Hamas was sentenced Thursday to 18 years behind bars, according to prosecutors.

Theophilis "Mike" Burroughs was sentenced after pleading guilty to weapons, tax fraud, money laundering and conspiracy charges, according to Bronx District Attorney Robert Johnson.

Burroughs, a former music teacher at Stuyvesant High School, tried to sell a small arsenal to police in the Bronx in 2009, believing the undercover cops were supporters of the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas, according to Johnson.

He also bought 27,000 cartons of untaxed cigarettes, sold oxycodone to investigators and offered to sell them explosives, night vision goggles and gunpowder, the prosecutor said.

Throughout the investigation, Johnson said, Burroughs was heard saying he supported Hamas and other terrorist organizations.

"It is particularly disturbing when someone who is tasked with educating our young commits crimes. It is more disturbing that he did so complicit in the belief he was promoting terrorism," Johnson said.

Sixteen other suspects were also charged in the smuggling sting, and police in recovered several weapons from a cache in the upstate of South Carolina.

Burroughs still faces weapons, cigarette and drug charges in New Jersey, Johnson said.

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<![CDATA[Man Who Tried to Help Organize 'Small Army' of ISIS Fighters Pleads Guilty]]> Thu, 29 Oct 2015 18:52:05 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/sadeeh+terror+plot.jpg

A 24 year-old New Jersey man who tried to help organize a "small army" of ISIS fighters in the Garden State and New York pleaded guilty Thursday to terror-related charges.

Alaa Saadeh was part of a group of men who were trying to support the ISIS terror group. Saadeh admitted he gave money and credit cards to other members of the group to try to help them travel to Syria. He and others in the group watched ISIS propaganda including beheadings and other killings by the terror group. His brother, Nader Saadeh, was among the group charged in the scheme. 

Saadeh pleaded guilty to conspiring to provide material support to ISIS in Newark federal court before Judge Sarah Wigenton.

He is set to be sentenced Feb. 16 and could face up to 15 years in prison.

His defense attorney said Saadeh does not plan to cooperate with prosecutors as part of his plea deal.

Saadeh is the second man to plead guilty in connection with this New Jersey cell. In September, Samuel Topaz admitted he wanted to join ISIS. His lawyer said if members of the group had failed to get to Syria or Iraq on their own, they had discussed an alternate plan of buying guns inside the US and targeting the White House and other landmarks for an attack.

In the past year, the FBI has arrested 7 men in all from New York and New Jersey for their alleged ties to this homegrown, ISIS-inspired terror cell. Officials have said the investigation is ongoing.

Officials have said the parents of Alaa and Nader Saadeh were deported more than a decade ago in connection with an alleged credit card fraud case. The Saadeh children were allowed to stay with custodians in New Jersey because they were US citizens, officials said.

<![CDATA[Hempstead Cop Accused of Groping Woman in Front of Her Children]]> Thu, 29 Oct 2015 13:05:15 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/HEMPSTEAD-COP-ARCILA-LOUIS1.jpg

A Long Island cop was charged with sexual abuse Thursday for allegedly groping a woman's breast and thigh in front of her small children this summer, authorities said.

Hempstead Village police officer Louis Arcila was charged with official misconduct, sexual abuse and endangering the welfare of a child for allegedly fondling the woman outside of El Rancho Catracho in Hempstead in June. The 49-year-old cop from Roslyn Heights pleaded not guilty to the misdemeanor charges and was released on his own recognizance. 

Defense lawyer William Petrollo said his client, a 16-year veteran of the Hempstead Police, a nine-year NYPD veteran and a father of five, is being exploited by a district attorney seeking election next week.

Arcila, who was off-duty but had his badge clipped to his waist, is accused of approaching the victim at the Hempstead restaurant and asked why her 3-year-old daughter was "dressed a certain way," acting Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas said in a news release.

After the woman picked up her food and placed the child in the back seat, Arcila allegedly followed her to her car, got inside the passenger seat and grabbed the victim's thigh and breast in front of her children, ages 3 and 10. 

“The defendant allegedly followed a woman into a car and sexually assaulted her in front of her two children, while wearing his police shield in plain view,” Acting DA Singas said in a press release.

The groping ended when the victim's grown nephew returned to the car with his take-out food, authorities said.  The victim's ten-year-old daughter allegedly told the officer to stop or else she would put him "in the hospital," authorities said.

Hempstead Village Police Chief Michael Mcgowan said Arcila has been placed on modified administrative duty.

He said the department is conducting its own investigation into the incident, and he said that the department cooperated with the Singas' office's inquiriy.

Arcila faces up to a year in prison and a $1,000 fine. He is due back in court in November. 

-- R. Darren Price contributed to this story.

<![CDATA[Accused Cop Killer Tyrone Howard Indicted]]> Tue, 27 Oct 2015 18:30:20 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/holder+wake.jpg

The man accused of fatally shooting a 33-year-old NYPD officer in the head as he responded to reports of gunfire in East Harlem a week ago has been indicted.

The grand jury charges against Tyrone Howard, 30, were to remain sealed until the suspect's next court appearance in November, authorities said Tuesday.

Initially, he was arrested on charges of murder and robbery in the slaying of officer Randolph Holder, who was shot in the head Oct. 20 near FDR Drive as his partner stood beside him.

Howard, who has an extensive criminal record and had three open warrants at the time of the arrest, did not appear at a court hearing Tuesday. His attorney has said that there are many missing details in the case.

Howard was taken into custody shortly after he allegedly shot Holder, who along with his partner responded after a crowd dispersed following a gunfight near 102nd Street. Holder and his partner encountered a man who said his bicycle had been stolen at gunpoint, allegedly by Howard.

As they were investigating, Howard allegedly approached the officers, got off of his stolen bicycle and shot Holder, a five-year veteran with the force, in the front of the head before tossing the weapon into the East River and running off. A weapon recovered from the river Sunday is confirmed to have been the one used to kill Holder, authorities said earlier this week.

After Howard's arrest, sources told NBC 4 New York he should have never been on the streets at the time of the shooting. He was a suspect in a shooting on Sept. 1 at the nearby East River Houses, was wanted in connection to an assault and was a "major drug player" in the area. Sources say Howard likely knew he was a wanted man.

The indictment comes the same day as a wake for Holder. Hundreds of mourning cops were among the thousands who paid their respects at a funeral home in East Harlem.

A funeral for Holder is scheduled for Wednesday, and he'll be buried in Guyana.

<![CDATA[Forensics Confirm Gun Found in River Was Used to Kill Cop]]> Mon, 26 Oct 2015 19:59:30 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/CSK7rczWsAAI6-b.jpg

Forensic tests have confirmed the gun divers discovered in the East River Sunday is the weapon used to kill NYPD officer Randolph Holder, who was shot in the head as he responded to a call of shots fired with his partner near the FDR Drive last week, authorities said Monday.

Witnesses had said the suspect who allegedly killed Holder tossed something into the river after Tuesday's shooting and divers scoured the river at strategic intervals for days in search of it. They recovered the weapon at 3 a.m. Sunday, Bill Aubry, chief of Manhattan detectives, said.

The .40-caliber Glock pistol, which was found 20 feet under water, was being tested for fingerprints and DNA. Shell cases from the test firing were to be compared with discharged cases police recovered on 120th Street next to Holder's body -- in addition to the cases at 102nd Street where the first shots were fired, Aubry said.

Authorities said Monday the gun has been definitively matched to both investigations, though further testing will be conducted. 

Holder and his partner had responded to a report of shots fired near a public housing development in East Harlem on Tuesday night. When they arrived, a man said his bike had been stolen at gunpoint and the thief fled.

The officers caught up to a man with a bike on a pedestrian overpass that spans FDR Drive and traded gunfire, police said. After Holder was shot, the gunman ditched the bike and took off, apparently throwing his weapon into the river, police said. He was caught several blocks away with a gunshot wound to his leg, NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton said.

Tyrone Howard, 30, has been charged with murder and robbery in Holder's death. His lawyer has said there are many missing details in the case.

Holder's funeral is scheduled for Wednesday. He is to be buried in his native Guyana.

<![CDATA[Feds Seize Truck Full of Heroin in New Jersey]]> Fri, 23 Oct 2015 12:57:25 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/police-lights-generic-crop.jpg

A tractor-trailer carrying nearly 20 kilograms of heroin was seized by Drug Enforcement Administration agents in Paterson on Friday as part of a take-down of alleged heroin dealers.

Officials said a heroin mill on Chamberlain Avenue was also searched Friday morning in connection with the case.

Investigators said the heroin operation was run by a local liquor store owner who is now in custody, along with three alleged associates.

In addition to heroin, officials said DEA agents and Paterson police also seized large amounts of cocaine. The tractor-trailer with California plates was apparently making a delivery to a warehouse on Second Avenue. Officials believe much of the illegal drug shipment originated in Mexico.

Fifteen people were also arrested this week in Paterson as part of a separate bust by local police in Passaic County. The suspects are men and women and range in age from 19 to 59.

As part of that case, detectives made a total of 23 purchases of crack cocaine, heroin, marijuana and cocaine in a street-level investigation. Twenty people sold the drugs to the officers on various streets throughout Paterson, according to a release from the Passaic County Prosecutor's Office.

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<![CDATA[Alleged Cop Killer Has Extensive Arrest Record]]> Wed, 21 Oct 2015 19:18:24 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/tyrone+howard+suspect.jpg

A 30-year-old wanted criminal with more than a dozen prior arrests, mostly for drug offenses, and 12 prior incarcerations allegedly shot a 33-year-old NYPD officer in the front of the head as he encountered the officer, who was responding to a report of gunfire near the FDR Drive in East Harlem, authorities say.

Tyrone Howard, also known as "Peanut," had three current warrants out for his arrest, including one on a second-degree assault charge. Authorities say they were looking for him in connection with a Sept. 1 shooting at the East River Houses and he is expected to now face charges in that case.

Police sources call Howard a "major drug player" and say he knew police were looking for him. He was most recently arrested in October 2014 on a drug-related offense and was jailed from that time through February of this year.

Here is a timeline of some of his previous arrests and criminal cases:

Oct. 10, 2014: Howard was charged with class B felony narcotics crimes and pleaded guilty in May 2015.

Sept. 8, 2014: Howard pleaded guilty to possession.

July 15 and 16, 2013: Howard was charged with third-degree felony possession with intent to sell while in prison in the Bronx.

July 31, 2012: Howard faced misdemeanor public lewdness charges for an incident in an elevator.

November 2011: -- Howard was arrested on a charge of possession of a controlled substance and intent to sell. He later pleaded guilty to criminal possession and was sentenced to a one-year jail term with two-year supervised release.

July 2011: Howard was arrested for alleged possession of marijuana.

January 2011: Howard was arrested on a marijuana charge.

January 2011: Howard was accused of farebeating.

Aug. 31, 2009: Howard was charged with first-degree assault with intent to cause serious injury with a weapon and possession of a loaded firearm. He was living on 102nd Street at the time.

January 2007: Howard was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance and intent to sell, a class B felony. He pleaded guilty to a class C felony.

Nov. 11, 2005: Howard was charged with criminal sale, a class B felony, and criminal possession of marijuana. He was later convicted of fifth-degree conspiracy to sell.

Aug. 16, 2003: Howard was charged with criminal possession and intent to sell. He pleaded guilty.

June 24, 2003: Howard was charged with unauthorized use of a vehicle in Troy, New York.

Dec. 9, 1997: Howard was charged with a drug offense at the age of 13. He had juvenile delinquent status at the time.

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<![CDATA[Skelos' Attempt to Dismiss Corruption Charges Denied]]> Tue, 20 Oct 2015 17:19:17 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/dean-skelos.jpg

A federal judge has rejected former state Senate leader Dean Skelos' efforts to get his corruption charges dismissed.

The indicted 67-year-old Skelos, of Long Island, had complained about leaks to the media about the investigation into whether he used his powerful public post to pressure companies into giving lucrative jobs to his son, 33-year-old Adam Skelos.

NBC 4 New York broke the story of the federal investigation into Skelos and his son. 

Judge Kimba Wood said Tuesday dozens of witnesses and lawyers were aware of the investigation, and overall information given to reporters did not violate any grand jury rules.  

Wood also rejected Skelos’ complaints that the government tapped his phone, and said wiretaps were appropriate to try to add to the evidence in the alleged corruption scheme.

Both Skeloses have denied wrongdoing. 

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<![CDATA[I-Team Investigation: Mother Who Allegedly Tossed Baby Girl 6 Stories to Her Death Was Licensed to Run Day Care]]> Fri, 16 Oct 2015 18:58:14 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/WNBC_000000008968311_1200x675_546097731835.jpg The News 4 I-Team has uncovered a startling revelation about the mother who police say killed her own child by throwing her out of a window. The mother, Tenisha Fearon, was arraigned today on murder and manslaughter charges. The I-team has learned that Fearon had been licensed to run a day care out of her home. News 4’s Melissa Russo reports.]]> <![CDATA[Sexual Predator Sought After Grabbing Jogger in Park]]> Fri, 16 Oct 2015 19:03:40 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Sex+assault+at+Cove+island+park+in+Stamford.JPG

A woman was sexually attacked multiple times early Friday when a man claiming he had a knife grabbed her off the jogging track at Cove Island Park in Stamford, Connecticut, according to police. Police are on the hunt for the assailant.

The 30-year-old woman was jogging at 5:20 a.m., when the man came up behind her, grabbed her off the track and attacked her, police said. He then dragged her to the water line and attacked her again in what police described as a case of prolonged abuse.

The victim contacted police and she was transported to Stamford Hospital.

Police said they are looking for a stocky man, between 35 and 40 years old, who stands about 5 feet 7 inches tall.

His breath smelled of alcohol and he was described as having a protruding stomach and an unshaven beard, authorities said. The man was wearing a dark, fleece sweatshirt, gym-style shorts, black sneakers and a dark-colored baseball hat.

Anyone who saw the man in the park area in the last few days is urged to call police.

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<![CDATA[NYC Hotels Raided in Sex Trafficking Ring]]> Fri, 16 Oct 2015 07:02:10 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/raids+brooklyn+queens+sex+trafficking.jpg

Authorities from federal, state and city agencies raided hotels in Brooklyn and Queens Thursday as part of an investigation into sex trafficking.

A hotel at 39th Street and Fifth Avenue in Brooklyn was raided, as was a hotel near Citi Field in Queens.

At least one person, the owner of the Brooklyn hotel, was arrested in the raids, sources familiar with the investigation said. Officers and agents could be seen outside and on the roof of that hotel Thursday.

In New Jersey, agents rescued six under-age trafficking victims and arrested two alleged pimps as part of a sting operation.

Homeland Security, the FBI, Brooklyn DA, NYPD and state DAs took part in the raids.