Gunning for police vans
An NYPD patrol van was shot at as it sat outside the Breukelen Houses last week.
Cops from the 69th Precinct said that the van was on Stanley Avenue near East 108th Street at 9 p.m. on March 11 when several shots were fired off the roof of a nearby building.
One of the bullets hit the top of the parked van, but the police officer sitting inside wasn’t injured.
Cops were still looking for the shooter as this paper went to press.
Anyone with information regarding this incident is urged to come forward.
Calls can be made to the 69th Precinct at (718) 257-6211. All calls will be kept confidential.
Not a care in the world
A 16-year-old charlatan was arrested this week for allegedly making thousands of dollars in purchases on a Canarsie nursing home’s dime.
Police said that Keyshon Patterson is facing charges of grand larceny in the third degree and petit larceny after it was determined that he had allegedly snagged the numbers to a HSBC bank account belonging to the River Manor Care Center on East 103rd Street and used the numbers to make $10,000 in payments.
Patterson allegedly used the accounts to pay his cable bill and pay off his Bloomingdale’s and Discover credit cards.
It was unclear just how Patterson got the bank account numbers as this paper went to press.
Beaten on Rockaway Parkway
Two teens were beaten when they were surrounded and jumped by four thugs on Rockaway Parkway, police alleged.
The victims told police that they were nearing Avenue L just before 11 p.m. on March 12 when the four suspects allegedly attacked.
Both suffered bumps and bruises, but were otherwise uninjured.
Responding officers arrested two of the four suspects a short time later. Suspects Onile Scott, 19, and Jemel Prince-Ryans, 18, were charged with assault in the third degree, resisting arrest, attempted assault, menacing and harassment.
Their two accomplices were still at large as this paper went to press.
Popped over free pills
A Mill Basin pharmacy employee was arrested when it was discovered that he was dispensing drugs at amazing rebates, alleged officials.
Prescriptions were optional as well, prosecutors said as they hit 26-year-old Farah Razvi-Hatti with multiple counts of petit larceny, criminal possession ofa controlled substance and criminal sale of a controlled substance this week.
Cops were alerted to Razvi-Hatti’s alleged illegal practices by her employer, the owner of Care Pharmacy, 5915 Avenue N, after it was discovered that she had allegedly given two select customers hundreds of dollars in merchandise for $12 and $32 apiece, according to prosecutors.
A further investigation revealed that she had given four others a number of Hydrocodone pills, a strong painkiller, without a prescription between December and the beginning of February, officials alleged.
Robbed of phone
A 14-year-old girl was grabbed by the hair and robbed of her phone as she walked along Ralph Avenue.
The victim told police that she was nearing Glenwood Road at 3:50 p.m. on March 10 when an unidentified male ran up and asked if he could use her phone.
When she refused, the thief attacked, punching her in the face before running off with her cell phone.
A quick-moving thief managed to snag $2200 from a cash register during a recent visit to Kings Plaza.
Workers at a mall store said that the would-be customer entered at 5:30 p.m. on March 9.
When an employee walked away from the register for a moment, the unidentified male reached over the counter, opened the register, and emptied the till, witnesses said.
Robbed of deposits
A gunman on a motorcycle is being sought for attempting to hold up a man as he was about to make a deposit at an area Chase Bank.
Officials said that the victim was just about to step into the Foster Avenue branch near Rockaway Parkway at 5 p.m. March 8 when the suspect jumped him.
After a brief struggle, the gunman fled empty-handed and jumped back on his bike, firing off a round from his gun as he sped off.
No serious injuries were reported.
Shot during snowstorm
Cops are continuing their search for the three thugs who shot a man in the stomach as he trudged home through the last snowstorm to hit the city.
The victim told police that he had just come home after eating dinner and had parked his car on East 95th Street between avenues L and M at 9:15 p.m. on February 26 when the three unidentified males approached.
After some words, the victim struggled with the three men, one of whom pulled a gun and opened fire, hitting him in the stomach.
The victim was rushed to an area hospital where he was listed in stable condition after treatment.
Cops were still looking for the gunmen as well as a motive for the apparently unprovoked attack.
Anyone with information regarding their whereabouts is urged to come forward.
Calls can be made to the 69th Precinct at (718) 257-6315. All calls will be kept confidential.
$12G offered for missing boy
The city is offering $12,000 for any information that will help lead them to a seven-year-old boy who has been missing for nearly two months.
Officials said that Patrick Alford was last seen leaving the lobby of his Vandalia Avenue foster home in Spring Creek at 9 p.m. on January 22 after threatening to run away.
At the time the 4’8”, 65-pound child,was wearing a red T-shirt, blue jeans and black sneakers.
It was first believed that Alford had run off to his biological mother, Jennifer Rodriguez, but the woman was let go after being questioned and undergoing a lie detector test. It was also believed that Alford may have run off to relatives as far away as Baltimore and Florida.
Rodriguez lost custody of Alford after she was arrested for theft and the city’s Administration of Children’s Services (ACS) deemed her to be an unfit caregiver.
Alford was put into foster care until he was placed with his current foster family in Spring Creek.
Cops are asking anyone with information regarding this incident to come forward.
Calls can be made to the NYPD CrimesStoppers hotline at (800) 577-TIPS. All calls will be kept confidential.