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Police Blotter: Astoria cop run down after drug bust: NYPD

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ASTORIA — Three men were arrested last Thursday after a drug bust gone bad ended with a police officer run down by a car, police said.

Lawrence Guaraldo, 45, of 22-30 79th St. in Astoria, Caeser Saenz, 30, of Brooklyn and Ricardo Berberena, 20, of 28-20 44th St. in Astoria were all arrested after the car that fled the scene crashed into a tree, police said.

Detectives with the Queens North Narcotics Initiative were investigating the men at 79th Street and Ditmars Boulevard at 3:45 p.m. last Thursday and were about to make an arrest when the car sped off, police said. The vehicle hit one officer, mowed down a hedge and crossed a lawn before returning to the street and ultimately crashing, police said.

An officer discharged one round from his gun, which resulted in no injuries and no property damage, police said.

The officer struck by the car was taken to North Shore-LIJ Hospital with leg injuries, police said.

Guaraldo is charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance, while Saenz and Berberena also face charges of attempted murder, reckless endangerment, assault and criminal sale of a controlled substance, police said.

Assailant dies after attack on woman in S. Ozone Park

SOUTH OZONE PARK - A 34-year-old man who attacked a 50-year-old woman was found unconscious early Tuesday morning at the crime scene, police said.

The man, identified in Newsday as Roderick Rollins, entered the home at 124-18 Van Wyck Expressway at 3:30 a.m. and assaulted the woman, police said. The newspaper reported that Rollins punched and tried to rape the woman, Ramona Pimentel.

The newspaper quoted police as saying Pimentel had agreed to rent an apartment to Rollins but later changed her mind and had promised to return his deposit Tuesday.

Police said two people in the building came to the woman’s aid and subdued her attacker until police arrived.

Police found the man unconscious. He was pronounced dead at Jamaica Hospital at 4:08 a.m., police said. No arrests were made in the ongoing investigation.

Astoria knife fight lands two in hospital

ASTORIA - Two men were hospitalized after they allegedly stabbed each other in a dispute last Thursday about 11:50 p.m., police said.

Jorge Marin, 35, was charged with attempted murder and Hugo Corrales, 48, was charged with assault in an incident at 25-02 Steinway St. that landed them both in Elmhurst Hospital Center, police said.

Corrales was in critical but stable condition after being stabbed in the torso, police said. Marin was also stabbed in the torso but was expected to survive, police said.

The investigation was continuing.

Man found dead in Astoria, police investigating cause

ASTORIA - An unidentified man was found dead on the sidewalk opposite 30-78 50th St. Saturday, police said.

Police said they were alerted to the man, described as a Hispanic in his 30s, by a dog walker.

There were no signs of trauma on the victim, and the medical examiner was investigating the cause of death, police said.

Hit-and-run driver kills man at Astoria intersection

ASTORIA - A 31-year-old man was killed by a hit-and-run driver on the corner of 21st Street and 29th Avenue about 12:30 a.m. Sunday, police said.

A black car was traveling westbound on 21st Street when it struck Benitez Agraciano of 11-53 Wellington Ct., police said. The vehicle fled the scene and Agraciano was pronounced dead on arrival less than an hour later at Mt. Sinai Hospital of Queens, police said.

The accident scene was being investigated by highway accident investigators.

Swastikas drawn in cement at LIC construction site

LONG ISLAND CITY - Two swastikas were found drawn in cement April 2 at a construction site adjacent to 35-02 28th Street, police said. No arrests were made and an investigation was ongoing.

Woman raped at gunpoint in Hollis alley

HOLLIS - A 58-year-old woman was raped and sodomized at gunpoint by a 20-year-old man Monday morning, police said.

The woman was forced into an alley near 193rd Street and Jamaica Avenue around 5:30 a.m. where she was attacked, police said.

The man fled and the woman was taken to an area hospital, police said. A firearm was recovered from the scene but no arrests were made in the ongoing investigation, police said.

Teen stabbed in Hollis, treated at LIJ Hospital

HOLLIS - A 15-year-old boy was stabbed in the upper chest last Thursday, police said.

The stabbing occurred at 109-89 204th St., police said. The victim was taken to Long Island Jewish Hospital and considered likely to survive, police said.

No arrests were made and the investigation was continuing.

Woman arrested for allegedly stabbing husband

JAMAICA - A 23-year-old woman was arrested and charged with assault and criminal possession of a weapon after allegedly stabbing her husband in a dispute last Friday, police said.

Tamara Lawrence was arrested at 110-21 156th St. after the alleged assault on her husband Leroy Lawrence, 23, police said.

The husband was taken to Mary Immaculate Hospital, where he is in serious but stable condition, police said.

102nd Pct. cops fire shots at van trying to hit them

FOREST PARK - Officers fired shots after the driver of a suspicious van they had approached in Forest Park tried to run over them, police said.

The incident occurred about 4 a.m. Friday at 86-1 Forest Park Dr. after three officers assigned to the 102nd Precinct’s grand larceny auto unit approached the vehicle on foot, police said.

The driver fled in the van. The officers were not injured in the incident.

Man struck by driver near LaGuardia Airport

EAST ELMHURST — An unidentified man was struck and killed by a hit-and-run driver on the eastbound Grand Central Parkway at the 94th Street exit Tuesday night, police said.

The car, a dark blue Lincoln, fled the scene, police said. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene, police said. No arrests were made and the investigation was continuing, police said.

Police investigate bias attack against 14-year-old male

FLUSHING - Police said they received a report last Thursday of a possible bias crime that took place at 3:30 p.m. March 28.

According to police, a 14-year-old black male reported being punched in the face by unidentified white males after an altercation in the vicinity of 17th Avenue.

The victim, who was with a 15-year-old black male companion at the time of the alleged incident, sustained a broken nose for which he was treated at New York Hospital Queens, police said.

The victim also told police that the alleged assailants made anti-black remarks and had a dispute with them two days before the assault, police said.

No arrests were made in the ongoing investigation, police said.

Two teens charged with assaulting Flushing woman

FLUSHING - Police said a 33-year-old Asian woman was the victim of a possible bias crime on the corner of 40th Road and Main Street Friday.

According to police, two 13-year-old black girls made anti-Asian statements and struck the Asian woman with an object.

Police said the woman sustained minor injury and refused medical aid.

The two girls have been arrested and charged with assault and aggravated harassment, police said.

Corrections officer arrested on grand larceny charge

KEW GARDENS - An off-duty corrections officer assigned to the Queens House of Detention has been arrested, police said Saturday.

Corrections Officer Kevin Holland was arrested for allegedly taking property during a domestic incident and charged with grand larceny, police said.

Posted 7:03 pm, October 10, 2011
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