Domestic violence takes cruel toll

Naiquan Branch (r.) visits the candlelight memorial for Tysheen Johnson, who was shot and killed Sunday. Photo by Christina Santucci
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A recent spate of violence has left one person seriously injured and two dead in southeast Queens.

A young girl was listed in critical but stable condition Tuesday afternoon after her mother allegedly attacked her with a chef’s knife while visiting a friend’s home in Springfield Gardens, according to police.

Detective Joseph Cavitolo identified the victim as Briani Davis, who is about 8 years old, and said she had been taken to Jamaica Hospital, where she underwent surgery for stab wounds to her head, back and shoulders.

The detective said it was the young girl’s mother, Ann Carimbocas from Suffolk County , who attacked her, stabbing her about four times with an 8-inch chef’s knife in the living room toward the rear of a house on 176th Street in Springfield Gardens.

Landlord Ernst Etienne said Carimboca had shown up with her daughter the night before to stay with Colleen Georges, a tenant who lives in a two-bedroom apartment with her mother and teenage daughter.

Georges, who is Trinidadian, also has a son who serves in the U.S. armed forces, Etienne said. According to police, Georges’ son was the only other person in the home when the mother lashed out and attacked her daughter, and he called 911.

Neighbor Wanda Walthour said she watched the mother scream incoherently as police escorted her from the house.

“She was crazy, laughing and carrying on and singing,” she recalled. “She was like, ‘So what? I did this to my kid.’ She wasn’t wrapped too tight.”

Carimbocas was taken from the house on a stretcher. There were no charges as of press time Tuesday evening.

Just a few hours later, police responded to a home on 93rd Avenue in Queens Village, where a 68-year-old man was arrested for allegedly stabbing his 65-year-old wife to death, Cavitolo said. The victim was identified as Shahida Kazmi, and Mustafa Kazmi was charged with murder and criminal possession of a weapon.

Cavitolo said the couple had been staying with their children at the home, and the woman’s body was discovered when a relative stopped by.

In still another incident, a young man who went by the nickname Fly Ty was shot and killed near the South Jamaica Houses Sunday evening, according to the Breaking News Network.

A candlelight memorial was set up with photos and remembrances of Tysheen Johnson Tuesday morning along the fence outside the Samuel Huntington School on 160th Street, across from the housing complex.

Naiquon Branch, 21, said he suspected Johnson, 23, was targeted because of an “ongoing beef back and forth” surrounding the murder of Darryl Adams inside the South Jamaica Houses. Police released a video in March showing Adams, 18, as he was gunned down in the middle of the night. In the wake of Adams’ murder, 13 youths were arrested.

Branch said Johnson, who lived in the Baisley Park Houses, may have had a photo on his iPhone of those connected with Adams’ murder. He contended that Johnson had nothing to do with the teenager’s death, and therefore felt he had no reason to stay away from the South Jamaica Houses.

“He was like, ‘I ain’t got nothing to do with that, so why can’t I come over here?’” Branch explained. “I told him, ‘Don’t come over here. These people ain’t your friends.’”

Reach reporter Rich Bockmann by e-mail at or by phone at 718-260-4574.

Updated 8:32 pm, May 30, 2012
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Violence Need To Stop. from Queenzzzzz says:
y would that Guy say a pic from his i phone????? that sound strange. who knew watz in his phone? someone need to question that boy sound like he know a lot.
May 31, 2012, 11:03 am
tired of this from queens says:
seems like people are getting killed for no valid reason these days. 40 projects needs to be fumigated. It is breeding nothing but killers.

the lady who stabbed her child is obviously nuts. which is unfortunate because she probably wont serve an jail time, because they will put her in a nut house and all of the tax payers will have to pay for her crazy ass to be treated.
June 3, 2012, 12:17 am

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