4 Men Sought in Bronx Stabbing Near Reservoir


Police Release Surveillance Video of Suspects 

BRONX- Police released surveillance video of 4 men they are seeking in regards to a Brronx stabbing near the reservoir.  



Investigators are looking for the men in connection with the fatal stabbing of 28-year-old Ronnie Gardner. At around 6:59 pm on April 13, Gardner was stabbed repeatedly in the thigh in front of  2829 Sedgwick Avenue.

He was later pronounced dead at St. Barnabas Hospital.

The first suspect is described as a man with dark curly hair, last seen wearing a striped soccer jersey, and black hooded sweatshirt.

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).

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.

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Gang Leader Sentenced to 35 Years for his Part in 2 Murders


BRONX- The leader of the Bronx gang 18 Park was convicted of taking part in 2 gang murders. He was sentenced to 35 years on firearms charges.



Geoffrey S. Berman, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced that one of the leaders of the violent Bronx gang known as “18 Park,” MARQUIS WRIGHT was sentenced yesterday by U.S. District Judge Paul A. Engelmayer to 35 years in prison for firearms offenses in connection with two murders that he helped to commit on behalf of the gang.  

WRIGHT, 30, had previously pled guilty to two counts of possessing and using firearms in connection with his role in the September 28, 2008, murder of Brandon Howard, 18, and the May 29, 2011, murder of Johnny Moore, 16.  

WRIGHT’s co-defendant, Jonathan Rodriguez, who also participated in the murder of Brandon Howard, is scheduled to be sentenced on May 24, 2018. 
Manhattan U.S. Attorney Geoffrey S. Berman said: “The tragic and senseless murders of Brandon Howard and Johnny Moore reflect the dangers of gang- and drug-related violence in our city. While nothing can bring back Brandon Howard and Johnny Moore, Marquis Wright’s sentence means he will spend decades in prison and not pose a threat to others in the Bronx.  I want to thank our law enforcement partners for their tremendous work on this important investigation.” 
According to the allegations in court documents, including the Information and a previously filed criminal complaint, and statements made during court proceedings:
From 2006 to 2016, the 18 Park gang operated primarily in and around the Patterson Houses, a New York City public housing development in the Mott Haven area of the Bronx.  

Members of 18 Park sold crack cocaine and marijuana on a near-daily basis, turning the area in and around the Patterson Houses into an open-air drug market.  

18 Park members used firearms and violence to assert the gang’s control over the area.  WRIGHT served as one of the leaders of 18 Park, and played an integral role in running the gang’s drug trade.  
On September 28, 2008, WRIGHT accompanied Rodriguez to a house party at 315 East 143rd Street in order to confront 18-year-old Brandon Howard, whom WRIGHT and Rodriguez regarded as a rival.  

Rodriguez brought a gun to the party.  Upon arriving at the party, WRIGHT served as a lookout. Rodriguez confronted Howard in the hallway immediately outside the party and shot Howard to death.   
On May 29, 2011, WRIGHT drove another 18 Park member, Wali Burgos, to the vicinity of 2625 Third Avenue so that Burgos could shoot and kill a member of a rival gang.  

Burgos did not shoot a rival gang member, but instead fired his gun into a crowd and killed 16-year-old Johnny Moore.  After the shooting, WRIGHT drove Burgos away from the scene of the crime.  

Burgos previously pled guilty to racketeering conspiracy and admitted to his role in the murder of Johnny Moore.  

On January 13, 2017, Burgos was sentenced to 262 months in prison. 

Berman thanked the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Drug Enforcement Administration, and the New York City Police Department for their work in this investigation.            
The case is being prosecuted by the Office’s Violent and Organized Crime Unit.  Assistant U.S. Attorneys Max Nicholas, Jordan Estes, Dina McLeod, and Samson Enzer are in charge of the prosecution.

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Strangled Girlfriend, Stayed in Bed with Body

Jury Finds Him Guilty of Manslaughter


BRONX- A Bronx man strangled his girlfriend and stayed in Bbed with the body for 18 hours, a jury found. 


District Attorney Darcel D. Clark announced that a Bronx man has been sentenced to 25 years in prison for first-degree Manslaughter in the strangling of his girlfriend in 2015.

Clark said, “The defendant was convicted by a jury in the strangulation of his girlfriend inside his apartment. Now he will spend many years in prison for this senseless killing.”

District Attorney Clark said the defendant, Christopher Coachman, 54, of 721 East 221st Street, was sentenced today by Bronx Supreme Court Justice Miriam Best to 25 years in prison. He was convicted by a jury of first-degree Manslaughter on April 11, 2018.

According to the investigation, on August 10, 2015, inside Coachman’s apartment, Coachman and Alexis Beck, 50, were drinking alcohol and smoking crack. He strangled her, and after she died he lay in the bed with her. He spent 18 hours in the apartment with her lifeless body. He called a friend to say he “did something bad” and left the apartment. The friend notified police, who went to the apartment and found the victim. The defendant later turned himself in to police.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorneys David Birnbaum, Trial Counsel in the Domestic Violence Bureau, and Heather McMahon, of the Domestic Violence Bureau, under the supervision of Adrienne Giunta, Chief of the Domestic Violence Bureau, and the overall supervision of Joseph Muroff, Chief of the Special Victims Division. District Attorney Clark thanked NYPD Detective Robert Salerno of the 47th Precinct Squad for his assistance in the case.


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Bronx Man Shot in Face Blocks from Police Station


Gunned Down Outside Soundview Park 

By Dan Gesslein

BRONX- A Bronx man was fatally shot outside Soundview Park.


The body of a 53-year-old man was found lying on the sidewalk in front of 820 Boynton Avenue at around 6 am today. The incident took place outside Soundview Park. 

Cops say the victim was found with a gunshot wound to the face. 

The fatal shooting took place a mere two blocks away from the 43rd Precinct station house. 

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).  

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.


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Woman Slashed Man’s Face in Bronx- NYPD Says


Vicious Slashing Happened Across from Old Bronx Courthouse

BRONX- Cops are searching for the woman who slashed a man’s face in the Bronx during an apparent argument across the street from the borough’s Hall of Justice.


The terrifying incident happened at around 4:05 pm on April 6. In the effort to find the attacker, cops in the Bronx released the surveillance video which chronicled the grizzly attack. 

The surveillance video shows a woman and a 47-year-old man getting into a verbal dispute in front of a store at 575 East 161 Street. The location is directly across the street from the original Bronx Courthouse. 

During the fight the woman spat in the man’s face and allegedly said “I am going to cut you.” The woman then turned and slashed the man across the face.  

The victim was rushed to Lincoln Hospital where he was treated for a laceration to the left side of his face. 

The attacker is described as an African-American woman between the ages of 30 and 40. She is 5 foot 7 to 5 foot 8. She had an orange or red purse and a black and white backpack. She was last seen wearing a dark colored jacket, an orange shirt, blue jeans and orange or red sneakers. 

The Bronx Borough Courthouse had been empty for 40 years with constant plans for development. The latest has been the plan to house a charter school inside the landmark building. 

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). 

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.




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Girl Groped Walking to School


BRONX- Cops are looking for a creep who groped a teen in the  Bronx. 


Police released surveillance video of a man they say groped a girl who was walking to school in Morris Park this week.  

At around 8:11 am on April 16, a 15-year-old girl was approached by a man on Bronxdale Avenue. The man proceeded to grope the girl’s groin as she tried to get away.

Cops from the 49th Precinct released surveillance video of the suspect. He is described as a white or light skinned Hispanic male between the ages of 25 and 30. He is 5 foot 5 to 5 foot 7 and weighs between 125 and 150 pounds. He was last seen wearing a dark colored hooded shirt, blue jeans and white sneakers.

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).  

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.










Gangs, Crime, Quality of Life Issues the Focus of Public Safety Forum

(Police Commissioner James O’Neill


-Photos by David Greene)

By David Greene

Local elected officials gathered with top brass of the NYPD and sat down with local community organizations to discuss such problems as gangs, drugs and the quality-of-life issues that continue to plague the Bedford Park community.

During Congressman Adriano Espaillat's Public Safety Forum, held at Our Lady of Refuge Church, Bronx residents submitted their questions regarding crime and quality of life for Commissioner James O’Neill.

The meeting kicked off with brief introductions by Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr., District Attorney Darcel Clark, Senator Gustavo Rivera, Assemblyman Victor Pichardo and NYPD Commissioner James O'Neill.

Espaillat began the meeting by telling the crowd, "We asked you all to come here so we can begin an effort to make the neighborhood even safer. I know that the numbers have dropped and crime has been down citywide, but there's always room for improvement and I think this is a neighborhood that we can push a little harder on quality of life issues."

Representatives of community based organizations in attendance included Fordham Hill Oval, Kingsbridge Heights Neighborhood Association, the P.S.A. 6 Community Council, the Marble Hill Tenements Association, the 52nd Precinct Community Council and Community Board # 7.

From the podium Diaz told the crowd, "We still have a long way to go, we've done well, better than ever on economic development, job creation, housing and we still have a lot of work to do that's why we all continue to lend our voices in forums like this."

O'Neil, who began his career at the NYPD's Transit District 11 in January, 1983 and moved up in rank and once served as the 52nd Precinct's Commanding Officer, started the questions and answer session by telling the crowd, "The only way we’re truly going to make this crime go down even further is working with people like Bishop (John) Jenik and working with all of you."

Written questions for the invited guests were turned in before the meeting and most were read by O'Neil. Topics covered included crime, drugs, gangs, marijuana and loud music, which is apparently the top complaint to cops in the 52nd Precinct.

Addressing the complaint of rampant drug sales across Briggs Avenue, Valentine Avenue and along East 198 Street, Deputy Inspector Lorenzo Johnson of the Bronx Borough Narcotics Bureau explained, "We send out undercover police officers, you'll never see them, but they’re out there. And then you'll see what  everyone likes to call DT's, they swoop in and they grab these guys that are dealing the drugs."

O'Neil spoke out against the proposed Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017, currently being debated in congress. O'Neil said of the law, "If it does (pass) it's going to put all New Yorker's at risk," before urging all those in attendance to write a letter to their elected officials in congress against the proposed law that would allow gun owners from another state to bring their weapons to other states like New York.

Senator Gustavo Rivera said after the meeting, "I think this is an important thing to do. Giving the community an opportunity to talk directly to the police brass. It's a great opportunity for them to see how can we best make our community safer."

Guzman, the only resident allowed to ask O'Neil a question directly, said after the meeting, "I had called police when I had a problem and they never came, so I asked what happened." Officers later agreed to address Guzman's issue of teens smoking marijuana inside her Bainbridge Avenue building.

Espaillat said of his first of many safety forums, "I plan on going across the different neighborhoods in the Bronx. Yes, I thought it was a very good turn out and I think the commissioner answered all of the questions... and the people got all of their questions answered, that's the most important thing and now we have to follow up on their concerns."

Myrna Calderon of the Fordham Hill Owners Corporation, had her issue addressed, explaining, "We had a shelter that opened up and there is an increase in the crime and we're just really concerned. We were promised more patrols and they addressed that question and I just hope they keep to that."



Squatters Live in House After Owner Died

(Photo by David Greene)

By David Greene

BRONX– A group of Bronx squatters continued to live in a house after the owner died, officials say. Illegal renters, cats removed from foreclosed home but signs of squatters continue.


Residents of the quiet street in Norwood are now asking, “What’s next?” for the foreclosed home that had become the blight of the neighborhood over the last several years.

Police confirmed they discovered the body of the former homeowner-turned-squatter Martin Brennan, 55, at midnight on March 25, inside the home at 306 East 206 Street.

Witness Natasha Ferrell later recalled, “I saw them going in there with hazmat suits and the police were outside, so I knew something was going on.”

A second witness claimed that police removed at least two individuals from the house, although the NYPD reported no arrests. The witness added that members of Animal Care Centers of New York City (ACC) were at the location for more than a day removing cats from the dilapidated home.

Katy Hansen a spokeswoman for ACC, confirmed the rescue at the house, saying “We removed 10 cats from the household, all of whom have since been placed.” Hansen added that none of the cats removed from the home had to be euthanized.

One area resident familiar with Brennan recalled, “We had been on Martin for some time (about the cats) because he was sick. He used to feed and rescue cats around the neighborhood.”

The acquaintance also claimed that Brennan had people living (squatters) on the first and second floors of the house, who were not paying rent, stating, “They refused to pay rent and they told him if he kept asking for the rent, they were going to call the city about his cats.”

Lastly, the resident also charged that squatters continued to live in the house for days after the man died, describing a “Weekend At Bernie’s” type situation, explaining, “We hadn’t seen him in five days, so we were going to call 911 to ask for a wellness call.”

The resident added that a woman who had a key was asked to check on Brennan, and that woman had claimed he was fine.

The resident concluded, “And 10 days later we got the call saying he had been dead for more than two and-a-half weeks and the police had to break in.”

A source at the Office of the City’s Medical Examiner stated that Brennan had died of natural causes, but could not give an exact date of death, but added, “due to the decomposition, he was there for awhile,” before the dead body was found by police.

Looking back on the situation, the resident explained, “I didn’t like it and I wanted to report it, but what are they going to do with those cats that are feral? If animal care and control gets involved, all of those cats are going to be put down. So that’s the reason I never called.”

Hansen was asked about the residents fear, Hansen responded, “We have a placement rate of over 90%, so she may have been thinking about a different era of ACC!”

According the Department of Buildings records, the home has two complaints from June, 2017 for excessive garbage around the home and people living in the abandoned building. A follow-up a month later found the homes door and windows secured and no further action was required.

In the days since the police and ACC left the home, the once open path into the home is again blocked by debris such as a wooden door and a bicycle– and light continues to shine from a second-floor window. However, no one responds from inside the home.



Bronx Shooting Left 1 Man Dead and 1 Wounded


BRONX– Cops ID suspect in Marble Hill shooting that left 1 man dead and 1 wounded. Police released a surveillance photo of the man they are searching for in connection with the Marble Hill shooting.


Police have identified 30-year-old Keith Bailey as a supect in the shooting in the Marble Hill Houses.

Police officers from the 50th Precinct responded to reports of shots fired at around 8:45 pm on April 13. Cops arrived at the scene of 5240 Broadway at the Marble Hill Houses in Kingsbridge.

At the rear of the building, cops found two men struck by bullets. One victim suffered a gunshot wound to the head.

Investigators said the man is 30 years old. He was rushed to Saint Barnabas Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Police would not release the victim’s name pending notification of his family.

The second victim was a 20-year-old man who was shot in the left leg. He was transported to Jacobi Medical Center where he was treated and listed in stable condition.

Such fatal shootings are rare within the confines of the 50th Precinct which covers Riverdale. Crime in the precinct is rather low compared to crime statistics from throughout the borough.

It is unclear whether the unseasonably mild weather could have played a factor. Historically in the Bronx, warm weather sees an increase in shootings.

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).

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.

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Stray Bullet Found in Child’s Bedroom Wall in Bronx




BRONX- A bullet was found in a child’s bedroom wall in the Bronx.

Family members discovered the bullet lodged in the wall of their child’s bedroom at around 7 am today.

Family members made the discovery on the second floor of the house at Ryer Avenue in the Mount Hope section of the Bronx. 

The stray bullet that struck the child’s room may have come from a shootout earlier that day. 

Cops say there were reports of shots fired at around midnight on the corner of Ryer and Burnside Avenues.

The brazen gunman had opened fire a mere two blocks away from the 46th Precinct.

No word on who was the intended target or if there is a description of the gunman or gunmen.

The bullet had missed the 15-year-old girl who lived in the room. Instead the bullet entered her room, shattered a mirror and then exited through another wall and ended up in the bathroom.

Miraculously no one was struck by the bullet or flying debris. No injuries have been reported.

It is also unclear if anyone had been injured by the gunman or how many shots were fired.

Cops are not saying whether anyone was on the street when the shooting occurred and had been hit and sought medical attention at nearby St. Barnabas Hospital which has been designated a level- one trauma center.

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).

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.


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