Police Blotter: Gunman robs bank on Francis Lewis Blvd.

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AUBURNDALE — A man robbed a bank on Francis Lewis Boulevard Tuesday morning, fleeing with more than $6,000 in cash, police said.

The robbery happened around 11:50 a.m. at the Astoria Federal Bank, said Detective Eugene Canapi, a police spokesman. The robber, believed to be in his 30s, entered the bank at 46-08 Francis Lewis Blvd. with a gun, passed a note to the teller and demanded money, police said.

He fled with $6,330, police said.

Off-duty police officer seriously hurt in LIE crash

POMONOK — An off-duty police officer who was driving on the Long Island Expressway early Monday morning crashed into a tree, suffering serious injuries, police said.

The accident happened around 3 a.m. on the LIE near Kissena Boulevard, said Officer Louis Cruz, a police spokesman. The officer, who has not been identified, was traveling eastbound when she struck a tree, police said. She was taken to New York Hospital Medical Center of Queens.

Cruz said Monday that the officer was likely to die. Police did not identify the woman, her age, or her precinct.

Cop shoots attacking dog on 93rd Avenue corner

QUEENS VILLAGE — As police intervened in an argument between a landlord and a tenant Friday night, a dog belonging to a neighbor bit one of the officers, and the officer fired one shot, injuring the dog, police said.

The officers arrived around 7:20 p.m. at the corner of 93rd Avenue and 218th Street, where the landlord and tenant were arguing, said Chris Cottinghman, a police spokesman. Shortly after, a neighbor’s dog broke free and attacked one of the officers, police said.

The officer, who was bitten in the right thigh, fired one shot, striking the dog, police said. The dog’s condition was not immediately known, Cottingham said.

Four boys, 15 to 17, arrested in Jamaica armed robberies

JAMAICA — Four teens were arrested June 20 and charged in a total of 13 robberies at gunpoint of food deliverymen and grocery stores, police said.

Police arrested Leon Small, 16, Joseph Ames, 17, and two 15-year-old boys whose names were not released, said Detective Edward Reuss, a police spokesman.

Two of the suspects were charged with two counts of robbery and two were charged with three counts, Reuss said.

From April 20 to April 30, food deliverymen were approached by masked gunmen and robbed of cash, Reuss said.

From May 8 to June 12, eight grocery stores were robbed by gunmen who sometimes wore masks, Reuss said.

Gunman, demanding jewelry, shoots man on Liberty Ave.

JAMAICA — A 29-year-old man was shot in the thigh by a would-be robber who demanded his neck chain and his companion’s earrings at the corner of Liberty Avenue and 157th Street at about 12:25 a.m. Wednesday, police said.

When the gunman demanded the couple’s jewelry, there was a struggle, said John Buthorn, a police spokesman, and the 29-year-old was shot.

The victim was taken to Jamaica Hospital in stable condition. The gunman fled without the jewelry, police said.

Gunman robs Forest Hills bank, flees with $6K in cash: Cops

FOREST HILLS — A man robbed a bank on 71st Avenue Saturday afternoon, pointing a gun at a teller and demanding money, police said. The gunman fled with $6,000 in cash.

The robber entered the Dime Savings Bank at 106-11 71st Ave. around 12:20 p.m. when he announced a robbery, said Officer Chris Cottingham, a police spokesman. The man aimed a handgun at a teller and demanded that she turn over money, police said.

The gunman left the bank with $6,000 in cash, Cottingham said.

38-year-old man arrested in Queens Blvd. bank robs

FOREST HILLS — A suspected serial bank robber was arrested last Thursday and charged in three April robberies of two Queens Boulevard banks, police said.

Thomas Armour, 38, was arrested at 11:20 a.m. and charged in the April 3 and April 19 robberies of Greenpoint Bank, 108-36 Queens Blvd., and the April 13 robbery of Sterling Bank, 18-01 Queens Blvd., said Detective Theresa Farello, a police spokeswoman.

EMS officer hit by tow truck on Grand Central Parkway

ASTORIA — An Emergency Medical Service lieutenant was struck by a tow truck at the scene of an accident on the Grand Central Parkway Tuesday morning, the Fire Department said.

The lieutenant, who was not identified by the NYFD, was hit by the tow truck around 11:40 a.m. Tuesday on the Grand Central Parkway near Steinway Street, said Firefighter Robert Calise, a department spokesman. The lieutenant suffered back injuries and was taken to Elmhurst Hospital, where he was in stable condition Tuesday night, Calise said.

Seven other people suffered injuries in the original accident. Four of them were taken to Elmhurst Hospital, the Fire Department said.

Heroin, crack seized in Maurice Ave. bust

WOODSIDE — Officers with a search warrant found hundreds of envelopes of heroin and vials of crack at a Maurice Avenue home Saturday morning and arrested two suspects, police said.

Nelson Sadeno, 33, and Martina Krotozynska, 18, were arrested at Sadeno’s home at 65-15 Maurice Ave., said Chris Cottingham, a police spokesman.

Officers seized 800 decks, or small flat envelopes, of heroine and 400 vials of crack, as well as a gun and drug paraphernalia police said.

LIC bus driver charged in sex-abuse of passenger

LONG ISLAND CITY — A Long Island City private-bus driver has been charged with sexually abusing a handicapped woman he was transporting, the Nassau County district attorney said.

Herbert Hill, 50, of 41-08 12th St. in Long Island City, was charged with first-degree sexual abuse in the June 12 incident.

Hill, a driver for the “We Transport” bus company, had picked up the woman at her home to drive her to the Cerebral Palsy Center of Roosevelt.

The woman said Hill parked the bus along the Hempstead Turnpike in Uniondale, where he sat next to her in the rear of the bus and allegedly began groping her. Hill allegedly asked her a number of times to have sex with him at his home, the D.A. said.

After the woman repeatedly refused, Hill continued on his bus route, the DA said.

Posted 7:08 pm, October 10, 2011
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