Three shelter residents arrested, charged in sexual assault near Jamaica church: Cops

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Three residents of a homeless shelter for young men in Jamaica were arrested and charged in the sexual assault and gunpoint robbery of a 50-year-old churchgoer after a staffer at the group home informed the NYPD after overhearing the suspects brag about the attack.

Detectives from the Queens Special Victims Squad arrested suspects Justin Williams, 17, Julisses Ginel, 19, and Brandon Walker, 20, Thursday on charges including criminal sex act, robbery and sex abuse, according to prosecutors.

Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown said the three, along with an unidentified fourth suspect, operated with a “pack-like mentality” against the defenseless woman.

The defendants were arraigned Friday before Queens Criminal Court Judge Danielle Hartman on multiple criminal complaints. Police continue to search for the fourth suspect.

The unidentified mother of two had left the Celestial Church of God on Liberty Avenue last Tuesday night when she was confronted by Williams with what appeared to be a firearm at the intersection of 150th Street and Beaver Road. Williams demanded she give up her money and cell phone, according to the criminal complaint. After Williams took the victim’s cell phone and MetroCard, it is alleged that Walker then approached and demanded she take off her clothes. Williams and Walker then demanded that she perform oral sex on them, according to the complaint.

When the victim refused to comply, Ginel and the fourth unidentified suspect approached and threatened to shoot her. Finally, it is alleged that Walker and Wiliams had the victim perform a sexual act on them according to the criminal complain.

“The crimes that the defendants are accused of committing that night are despicably and are deserving of significant punishment,” DA Brown said. “Two of them are alleged to have subjected her to heinous acts of sexual abuse.”

The woman was taken to Elmhurst Hospital Center where she was in stable condition, police said.

Bail was set for all three defendants at $500,000 bond and $250,000 cash bail on the sex charges and $50,000 bond and $25,000 cash bail for the robbery. Their next court date is July 28 and if convicted, the defendants each face up to 25 years in prison, prosecutors said.

Police were tipped off by an employee of the group home on South Road, according to the SCO Family of Services, which operates the shelter.

“One of the employees at a transitional independent living program for young adults discovered that temporary residents served through the program might be linked to the attack reported in the media,” an SCO spokesman said in a statement. “Our staff took action and alerted the authorities, which directly led to the arrests.”

Two of the defendants have also been charged in an armed robbery that occurred last Wednesday, July 12. Williams and the unidentified suspect approached three men standing in front of 147-12 105th Ave., displayed what appeared to be a firearm and demanded cash and cell phones, according to the criminal complaint.

Ginel allegedly admitted that he was present at the time of the robbery and that his role was to be a “lookout” for his friends so that no one interrupted the robbery.

DA Brown said that the investigation is ongoing.

Reach reporter Bill Parry by e-mail at or by phone at (718) 260–4538.

Posted 11:58 am, July 15, 2017
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Joe Moretti from Jamaica says:
You start digging deep enough and all crap begins to surface as with the brutal raping of a mother of two in Jamaica by young men from a local youth group home run by SCO Family of Services. As more of the story gets uncovered, there are major issues with the protocols, procedures and security with this facility, where these young men were allowed to roam the streets of Jamaica despite a 10pm curfew on weeknights. Plus one of the young men came from Georgia and dumped into the system do to the idiotic “right to shelter” law in this city and these youths have been involved in other attacks and crimes in the Jamaica area.

SO ELECTED OFFICIAL, where are your comments. IT IS TIME FOR ALL OF YOU TO STEP UP TO THE PLATE or are BS rapper commemorative events, visiting 100 year old women who don’t even know who you are or care and spilling gallons of bile on how great Jamaica is on the steps of the Jamaica Performing Arts Center that important, while across the street Rufus King Park has been turned into an outdoor homeless shelter, which the Pavilion harks back to the notorious East Village band stand back in the horrible 80’s, while the rest of the park looks like a major garbage dump. With all these fluffy photo -ops constantly appearing with elected officials, you would think the Jamaica community is so great and wonderful with no problems instead of the MAJOR critical crisis it has become.

As someone said, "Well, what a surprise: at the TOP of the list of their usual long list of their daily half-a**ed/fashionable/political ‘wrap’ is something of real damn importance and substance (kudos to them for also posting a no-BS photo of what that crap hole of an area actually is like):
“The arrests raised questions about supervision at the shelter, which is funded and overseen by New York City’s Department of Youth and Community Development. Three attacks have occurred around the time or after the shelter’s curfew rules, as described by the city, generally require residents to be back in the home. SCO Family of Services denied that the city’s curfew information was accurate, but declined to provide its own.”

And this is the CRAP that this a-hole eBlasio and his boot-licking SE Queens Dem Mafia want to EXPAND here and elsewhere in this city, to ‘spread’ the love and ‘vibrancy’ equally throughout the city?

BUT why hasn’t any black female so-called leaders like Public Advocate Letitia James, Assembly Members Alicia Hyndman & Vivian Cook, come out to speak about this horrific atrocity toward a black mother of two or why haven’t any of them made a comment about the 15 year old black girl who was kidnapped and pimped out for FOUR MONTHS in Rev. Floyd Flake’s Greater Allen Senior Residence ( In the video on the news and photos, mostly what I have seen speaking out about this our just regular black men who live in the the community. Where are the so-called elected officials and the black female “leader’s (like GJDC President Hope Knight, on this subject, including the high amount of underage black girls kidnapped and forced into prostitution in this area.

OH, wait, Public Advocate James, is doing a photo op for a commemoration on rapper Prodigy of the rap group, Mobb Deep, which I am sure she has listened to thousands of times, while chilling out at home.

AND where is the mother of two, Queens BP Melinda Katz, who came out here that day of that evening attack, to stand on the steps of Jamaica Performing Arts Center along with the other elected clowns and folks, like GJDC President Hope Knight, to talk about how great Jamaica is and all the wonderful benefits that are happening, LIKE GANG RAPE OF A MOTHER OF TWO, a few blocks away or the kidnapping and pimping out of underage black females in the community. AND how nice that while this BS feast was going on, directly across the street before the BS festival, in Rufus King Outdoor Homeless Shelter and Garbage dump, folks were quickly dispensing the homeless encampment that has been forming in the Pavilion (only to return the next day). AND why was that news report video below done in Forest Hills and not Jamaica or at least in front of Queens Borough Hall in Kew Gardens. What is up with that.

JAMAICA, A COMMUNITY IN MAJOR CRISIS trying to be shoveled under the disguise the bile from elected officials of how great Jamaica is and all that is happening. ALL EXCEPT TRUTH and REALITY.
July 15, 9:38 am
Helton from Flushing says:
Sadly, Another home run penned by Joe Moretti.
July 16, 5:56 am
Audrey Taylor from outside of NYC says:
I came across the story on internet site

I wrote a comment there because I was stunned by the story.. Although I am in the suburbs I have been increasingly upset about the crime in all of our inner cities and wondering "what in the world is going on" Why haven't people been able to become better citizens, more educated, higher standards etc. Then came the election.... I realized that the Democrats have been running the cities and CREATING NO solutions... and/or not monitoring solutions in place ( ass per Joe Moretti's comments above! . The criminals in the attack were in the shelter.. seems that they were NOT monitored properly. I an wondering if men like this can be rehabilitated. Wasn't there a 3 strikes and you go to jail and don't come out??? If they are given chances and they don't adhere to rules and procedures they should be sent immediately to jail and never get the " get out of jail card" and Joe Moretti call the news over and over and see if they will cover it. Call One American News Network... they are not controlled by liberal media....
July 19, 8:48 am

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