Corona man charged in kidnapping

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A 22-year-old Corona man has been charged with kidnapping, robbery and assault for allegedly striking his landlady over the head with a metal pipe and keeping her in his apartment for more than six hours, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said last Thursday.

The landlady, a 43-year-old resident of Corona, was sent to a undisclosed hospital with multiple injuries, the DA’s office said.

“The victim is alleged to have suffered a terrifying attack in which she was assaulted and left to lie on the floor seriously injured with broken bones for a number of hours,” Brown said.

The incident occurred Sept. 28 at about 1 p.m., when Jasuli Abdimutel’s landlady came to his apartment at 37th Avenue and 103rd Street to collect his rent, the DA said. Abdimutel presented her with $340, only part of the rent, and said he did not have the rest of the money he owned, the DA said.

After receiving the money, the landlord then sat on the bed to write a receipt, after which Abdimutel allegedly struck her multiple times over the head with a lead pipe, the DA said. Injured from the attack, the landlady tried to call 911, but Abdimutel took possession of her two cell phones and turned them off as well as stealing cash from her, the DA said.

Abdimutel is accused of throwing the landlady onto the floor, the DA’s office said. He allegedly prevented her from screaming and initially refused her water until she said she would die if she did not have water, the DA’s office said. When she asked if she would die, Abdimutel allegedly said he would let her go when it got dark, the DA said.

Abdimutel then took a shower and put his blood-stained clothes and pipe into a white garbage bag, which he hid, the DA’s office said. He then removed the blood-stained mattress, blanket and sheets and the landlady’s keys and left the room, threatening to assault the landlady again if she spoke, the DA’s office said.

Officers from the 115th Precinct were alerted to the situation when the landlady’s husband, who was in China, called 911 because he had not heard from her, the DA’s office said. The officers arrived at 7:45 p.m. and allegedly saw Abdimutel standing in front of the door to his bedroom.

He allegedly said, “She’s not hurt,” the DA’s office said.

When officers asked to whom he was referring, Abdimutel allegedly said “nobody” and entered his room, the DA’s office said.

Officers found the landlady on the floor with multiple injuries, then found the bag of clothes, the DA’s office said.

The landlady was taken to an undisclosed hospital in Queens. She suffered multiple fractures to her face, a broken arm, cerebral hemorrhaging and bleeding from her left ear, the DA’s office said. The DA’s office would not respond to questions or if she was in stable condition.

Abdimutel was charged with kidnapping, robbery, assault, unlawful imprisonment, criminal possession of stolen property and criminal possession of a weapon — charges which can earn him up to 25 years in prison — the DA’s office said.

“This case will be prosecuted vigorously to ensure that justice is served,” Brown said.

Reach reporter Rebecca Henely by e-mail at or by phone at 718-260-4564.

Updated 6:06 pm, October 10, 2011
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