On the 15th, the precinct held another very successful blood drive.
Detective Anthony Wright and Officer Louis Marinacci made a great bust on the 8th. Two Brooklyn men were arrested on Grand Ave near 73rd Place after 60 bags of crack cocaine and a large amount of cash were discovered in their car. Franklyn Suriel-Pena was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance, criminal possession of a narcotic drug and a traffic infraction. Anthony Frias was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance.
There was an armed robbery on the 1st at 71-01 Grand Avenue which involved 2 men tying up patrons and employees of a deli around 6am. The victims' money, credit cards and cell phones were stolen, and cash and lottery tickets were taken from the register area. The assailants fled on foot. No one was injured, and the investigation is ongoing. This robbery was similar to others throughout Brooklyn and Queens which targeted certain businesses. We have released photos of the suspects.
The mobile command center was assigned to 69th Street and Calamus Avenue at the end of the month. Its main purpose is to combat burglaries, mail fishing (or phishing), and ATM scammers.
The afternoon of the 21st, the 104th Pct successfully safeguarded the general public and peaceful protesters at a march and rally held outside Christ the King High School.
In the early morning hours of the 17th, a speeding BMW skidded off Union Turnpike and crashed into a loading dock at Stop & Shop within the confines of the 112th Pct. Sadly, the 21-year old driver was killed.
The mobile command center was stationed at 69th Street and Grand Avenue on the 15th.
On the 12th, a pair of burglars struck three times ‒ 2 incidents were in the 104th Pct and one was in the 108th Pct: A 62-year-old man's home near 67th St. and 50th Ave in Woodside as burglarized and they stole $300. They then proceeded to burglarize 2 Maspeth homes near 69th Street and 52nd Ave and another around the corner on Calamus Ave but they did not take anything.
Officers received training in how to use a pet microchip reader on the 11th. The ASPCA is donating a reader to every precinct in the City so the NYPD can help reunite pet owners with their lost pets.
The afternoon of the 10th, the same 2 burglars from the incidents on the 12th busted through the front door of a 28-year-old woman's home near Borden and Perry Avenues in Maspeth and snatched her jewelry, clothing, passport and $28,000.
At 3:50 p.m. on the 7th, officers from the 104th Precinct responded to a 911 call regarding a robbery at Chase Bank, located at 69-55 Grand Ave. An unknown man had entered the bank and passed a note demanding cash to the teller. The suspect is a white man in his 30s. He was last seen wearing a black baseball hat, black hooded sweatshirt, blue jeans and black sneakers. If you have any information contact the Major Case Squad at (646) 610-6910.
On the 6th, the NYPD Highway Collision Investigation Squad arrested the hit-and-run driver who killed a pedestrian on Oct 17, 2017 at Juniper Valley Rd and Gray St.
A report of an abduction at PS87 was investigated and determined to be unfounded on the 1st of the month.
On the 28th, Jonathan Aviles of Brooklyn, age 23, was arrested on 58th Drive between 59th Street and Flushing Avenue, about two blocks from Gas Trac, where he had assaulted and robbed an attendant. He was charged with second-degree robbery and criminal possession of a gravity knife. The attendant was treated at Wyckoff Hospital for minor injuries.
Police Officer Charles Sadler was honored as Cop of the Year by the 104th Precinct Community Council on the 25th at a fantastic gala at the Knockdown Center. Past and present members of the 104th Pct came out to show their appreciation, and Sadler was promoted to detective.
A mobile command center was established on 80th Street and Metropolitan Avenue by Patrol Borough Queens North on the 25th in response to a string of robberies happening across Queens.
A police officer was injured by an irate homeowner on Maspeth Avenue on the 23rd. The homeowner was arrested, and the police officer did not sustain major injury.
On the 22nd, a white van collided with another vehicle on the Long Island Expressway and exited at Maurice Avenue. It was being pursued by the other driver and ended up crashing into several cars and a house before suffering from flat tires. The driver escaped on foot. Please do not engage in high-speed chases as it puts the public in danger.
We received a call about 2 brothers acting erratically on the 13th. Drugs were likely to blame for their behavior. Juan Matzar, 33, and Fedrico Matzar, 27, engaged NYPD officers in a three-hour standoff while barricading themselves inside of their residence above a store on Myrtle Ave in Glendale. After the brothers set their apartment on fire, Emergency Services Unit officers broke down the door and removed them while FDNY extinguished the fire. The Matzars were taken into custody and hospitalized for evaluation.
An unfortunate individual from Middle Village was found unresponsive in his car in the McDonald's parking lot on the 12th. It was determined that he died from natural causes after falling asleep in the cold.
The New York City Police Department is asking the public for assistance with locating and identifying the individual in the attached photograph, who is wanted in connection to a Queens robbery pattern that occurred within the confines of the 106th and 104th Precincts. Details are as follows:
Incident #1 (104th Pct):
It was reported to police that on Monday, January 22, 2018, at approximately 7:55 a.m. inside of 59-01 Myrtle Avenue (bank), an unidentified male entered the location, approached the 27-year-old female customer while displaying a knife and demanded money. The male removed $120 from the victim and fled northbound on Forest Avenue. There were no reported injuries as result of this incident.
Incident #2 (106th Pct):
It was reported to police that on Wednesday, January 24, 2018, at approximately 9:30 a.m. in the vicinity of Glenmore Avenue and 76th Street, a 70-year-old female victim was returning home when she was approached by the unidentified male who displayed a knife and demanded her money. The individual removed $100 and $6,300 worth of jewelry and then fled on foot in unknown direction. No injuries were reported as the result of this incident.
The individual is described as:
A male, Black, in his early twenties; 5'7″
Last seen wearing black hooded jacket, backpack, blue jeans and red sneakers
Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call the NYPD's Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime stoppers website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential.