Belmont Bodega Hero Whups Armed Robber
NEW YORK- A slick thinking robber met his match when an Arthur Avenue deli worker fought off the gunman trying to rob his store.
Cops say the suspect placed a food order at the Habibi Deli on 187th Street at around 11 am on September 17. When the clerk went to cook up a bacon, egg and cheese sandwich, the suspect went behind the counter and displayed a handgun.
The gunman went on to pistol whip Mina Farag, a 38-year-old Egyptian immigrant, demanding cash.
According to the NY Post, Farag then thought of his pregnant wife and that gave him the strength to act. He ripped the gun from the robber’s hands.
Farag is seen on surveillance video restraining the gunman with an arm bar to the throat.
The attacker then fled on foot empty handed.
Farag was treated for his injuries but downplayed them to his wife. The Post reports that the deli hero told her he was in a car accident so she would not worry.
The gunman is described as a black male in his 20s. He was last seen wearing a blue sweatband, a black hooded sweater, dark colored jeans, black sneakers and he had on a black backpack.
Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782).
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Taxi Cab Carjacking
Used Cab for Crime Spree After Murdering Drivers
NEW YORK- A carjacker was convicted of gunning down two cabbies and using one of their cars as part of a crime spree, prosecutors said.
Geoffrey S. Berman, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced that TYRONE FELDER, a/k/a “Man Man,” was found guilty of participating in the fatal carjackings of two livery cab drivers: Maodo Kane, who was killed in the Bronx on August 5, 2014, and Aboubacar Bah, who was killed in the Bronx on August 12, 2014.
FELDER was also found guilty of participating in two armed robberies in Yonkers on August 5, 2014, as well as firearms offenses related to the carjackings and the robberies.
The jury convicted FELDER on all nine counts of the Indictment following a two-week trial before U.S. District Judge Vincent L. Briccetti.
U.S. Attorney Geoffrey S. Berman said: “Tyrone Felder’s days of reckless and deadly violence are over. This unanimous verdict means that Felder will spend the rest of his life in prison, but it will not bring back the two men that Felder murdered.”
According to the allegations contained in the Indictment and the evidence presented in court during the trial:
On August 5, 2014, FELDER participated in the armed carjacking of Maodo Kane.
During the course of the carjacking, FELDER shot and killed Kane in the vicinity of Hunter Avenue, in the Bronx.
FELDER then used the stolen car to participate in two gunpoint robberies of businesses in Yonkers.
Subsequently, on August 12, 2014, FELDER participated in the carjacking of Aboubacar Bah.
During the course of the carjacking, FELDER shot and killed Bah in the vicinity of Bryant Avenue, in the Bronx.
FELDER, 29, was found guilty of two counts of carjacking resulting in death, two counts of robbery, four counts of firearms possession, and one count of conspiracy to commit robbery.
FELDER faces a maximum potential sentence of life in prison and a mandatory minimum sentence of 100 years in prison, which must run consecutively to any other term of imprisonment imposed.
FELDER is scheduled to be sentenced by Judge Briccetti on January 18, 2019.
FELDER’s co-defendants, Kareem Martin, a/k/a “Jamal Walker,” Takiem Ewing, a/k/a “Mulla,” and Tommy Smalls, a/k/a “Tommy Guns,” previously pled guilty to participating in the fatal carjackings described above.
Mr. Berman praised the outstanding investigative work of the New York City Police Department, the City of Yonkers Police Department, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Westchester County Safe Streets Task Force.
80 from Borough Perished in Twin Towers
By David Greene
NEW YORK- A damp and dreary day did not stop a crowd of 100, who gathered at Jacobi Hospital to remember those from the Bronx who died in the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.
Residents and elected officials gathered at the hospital's 'Memorial Garden' on Tuesday, September 11, where many reflected on the events of that day, others read solemn poems.
A Moment of Silence was held at the exact moment 17 years earlier, when the first plane hit the World Trade Center.
More than 80 Bronxites perished in the attack.
5 Members of 2 Bronx Crack Gangs Arrested in Murder
NEW YORK- The Taylor Avenue and Creston Avenue Crews, two notorious Bronx drug gangs, formed a deadly partnership that led to murder, Federal prosecutors say.
The Manhattan US Attorney’s Office announced the indictment of three members of these crews for the 2009 murder of Derrick Moore.
A total of five members of both crews were charged with racketeering and narcotics offenses.
Manhattan U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman said: “As alleged in the superseding indictment, members of the Taylor Avenue and Creston Avenue Crews wreaked havoc on the streets of New York.
“On August 2, 2009, that violence resulted in the murder of Derrick Moore. He was 22 years old. Today, thanks to the dedication and perseverance of the NYPD, the DEA, and HSI, the defendants face charges for their alleged crimes,” Berman said.
According to the allegations contained in the indictment and statements made in court:
The Taylor Avenue Crew was a criminal enterprise that operated principally in and around Taylor Avenue in the Bronx, New York, from at least 2007 up to and including 2015.
Members of the Taylor Avenue Crew sold crack cocaine and committed acts of violence in that area.
The Creston Avenue Crew was a criminal enterprise that operated principally in and around Creston Avenue in the Bronx, New York, from at least 2003 up to and including 2011.
Members of the Creston Avenue Crew sold cocaine and marijuana, and committed acts of violence, in that area.
Members of the Taylor and Creston Avenue Crews associated with each other and assisted each other by, among other things, carrying out acts of violence on each other’s behalf upon request by the leaders of the respective crews.
One such act of violence was the murder of Derrick Moore on August 2, 2009.
This murder was committed by Creston Avenue Crew members RAFAEL REYES and LUIS ORTIZ to assist Taylor Avenue Crew member STEVEN BROWN.
HSI Special Agent-in-Charge Angel M. Melendez said: “The members of these two crews are alleged to have been involved in a slew of illegal activity ranging from drug trafficking to committing murder.
“We have seen the violence of street gangs bleed out into our communities, pushing their deadly drugs and committing violent acts. Strong collaborative efforts and information sharing are the foundation for law enforcement in New York to be more effective in ridding the streets of these alleged criminals,” Melendez said.
DEA Special Agent-In-Charge James J. Hunt said: “This investigation linked a brutal crime to members of a drug gang, which exemplifies the relationship between drug trafficking and violence. I commend our law enforcement partners on their hard work and collaboration.”
NEW YORK- A Bronx woman was stabbed to death during a knife fight with her husband in their Parkchester apartment, cops say.
The horror began at around 3 am, when the couple’s oldest daughter returned home to the Metropolitan Avenue apartment to find her mother and stepfather arguing with knives.
The daughter dashed out of the building to call police.
When officers arrived on the scene they found 46-year-old Natasha Roberts with a stab wound to her torso.
She was rushed to Jacobi Medical Center where she was pronounced dead.
The 52-year-old stepfather was later taken into custody by police as he was being treated for his wounds.
Cops say when they arrived at the scene the stepfather had suffered two stab wounds to the abdomen and a puncture wound to the head.
Investigators said they recovered two knives at the scene and the couple had prior reports of domestic violence when they lived in Queens.
NEW YORK- Police were caught in a standoff with a knife-wielding man in the Bronx yesterday.
At around 6 pm on September 5, officers from the NYPD’s elite Emergency Services Unit as well as the Hostage Negotiation team descended on Pelham Bay.
The officers were called to a report of a man wielding a knife who barricaded himself in his apartment at 1870 Hobart Avenue around the corner from St. Theresa Church and School.
Despite the huge police presence the standoff ended peacefully.
The emotionally disturbed, whose name was not released, was taken into custody without incident.
Cops say the man was taken to Jacobi Medical Center for evaluation.
No word on what triggered the violent confrontation or whether the man had a history of such outbursts.
Bronx Woman Slashed on Hand
By David Greene
NEW YORK- A Bronx woman was slashed on the hand during a bizarre act of jealousy. The Bronx victim said she does not know what precipatated the attack.
Police continue to hunt for two individuals wanted in connection with a bizarre robbery and assault that took place at Perry Avenue and Holt Place, at 2 p.m. on July 16.
According to NYPD spokeswoman Sargent Jessica McRorie, one of the two suspects “approached a 46-year-old female and asked if she was looking at my girlfriend and then cut the victim’s hand with an unknown object.”
The two suspects eventually fled with the victim’s shopping cart.
The victim, who was treated by paramedics at the scene, recalled, “The woman who slashed me thought I was talking to her wife and I told her I wasn’t and that I didn’t even know either of them and I didn’t want any problems. But she wasn’t hearing that.”
The longtime resident of the area continued, “She hit her wife and threw my shopping cart up against the metal gate, so I went across the street because I saw a young man who looked like he worked out, and I told him what was going on. He told me to run. I can’t run, I have lung issues. He didn’t say a word or do anything.”
When the crazy b—h comes across the street,” the victim continued, “I’m trying to hide behind the guy and she’s screaming, ‘I’m gonna kill you.’ I had my hand on the guy’s back, I was using him as a shield. That’s when she stabbed me on the hand. I started crying and had a full-blown panic attack.”
The victim added, “People were walking by and not doing anything, there was another guy sitting on his porch. I walked down the block to St. Brendan’s, the local church and the doors were closed. I was hysterical and had to call the cops myself. I drove around with police, but we couldn’t find them. I have seen them both in the area since the attack. I don’t even want to leave my house, I hate it here and I wish I could move out of this hell-hole.”
Today, the victim now keeps a padlock on a key-chain as well as a can of pepper spray, that she keeps at her ready, when she has to walk her dog or shop at the local supermarket.
The victim concluded, “All I want is peace… I don’t want to live like this. The neighborhood has changed and I hate it.”
Police are believed to be looking at surveillance video from an NYPD camera on Holt Place, that may have captured the entire incident.
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