Car Strippers Strike Again

Car Thieves Target 1 Bronx Nabe

By Dave Greene 

NEW YORK- Thieves are once again stripping cars in Pelham Bay leaving owners shocked and nervous. 

Two weeks ago, one car owner awoke to find her Mercedes sedan on blocks. All four tires were taken. Residents taking their children to school looked as shocked as the car owner.

The thieves had managed to jack up the car and remove the tires on the brightly lit block on the corner of Zullette and Hollywood Avenue.

A similar case happened up the block one year ago, when an SUV was robbed of its tires in the middle of the night on Zullette and Jarvis Avenues. Another Honda sedan was stripped of its tires last year on Hollywood and Coddington Avenues.

And another sedan was stripped of its tires last year a short walk away in front of Our Lady of Assumption Church.

It is unclear if the recent rash of thefts are the work of the same crew from last year or why the tire nappings have started again.

Police last week released suveillance video of yet another car stripping. In this case all four tires and rims were stolen but it is unclear if it is the work of the same crew.

Police are seeking the public's help in identifying a couple of car thieves, who are wanted for a June 5 car stripping incident in Pelham Bay.

Police are searching for two tire thieves who boldly pulled up alongside a parked vehicle and within minutes, sped away with the vehicle’s four tires.

It is not yet known if the pair is responsible for similar incidents in the area, dating back to last year.

According to NYPD spokeswoman, detective Reilly, the latest incident was reported at just after 3 a.m. on Tuesday, June 5 at the intersection of Edison Avenue and Harrington Avenue.

Reilly told the Bronx Voice, "One of the individuals, a male approached a parked and unoccupied vehicle and removed its four rims and tires, the individual then placed the rims into his car with the help of a second individual, a female.”

Police say the pair fled in a 4-door sedan, heading eastbound on Edison Avenue.

Police offered a brief description obtained by the grainy surveillance video. The male was wearing a baseball cap and a windbreaker with reflectors on it. The second suspect was only described as a female, with her hair tied up in a bun.

Anyone with any information on the pair's identity are urged to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS.

Cops ID Shooter in Bronx Triple Homicide

Castle Hill Slaying Shocked Boro

NEW YORK- Cops have identified a suspect in the triple homicide in the Bronx on the first day of summer.

Police have identified 51-year-old Sam Cross of gunning down three people outside a Castle Hill strip mall. One of the victims was an innocent bystander hit by a stray bullet.

The horror started at around 9:44 am on June 21 in a strip mall across the street from the Castle Hill Houses. There a man walked up to Mustafa Tarver and Christopher Alleyne, both 33, and opened fire. Both men were hit in the head.

However the barrage of bullets also took the life of an unintended target. Police say 45-year-old Arileida Jimenez was an innocent bystander. She was shot in the torso and later died of her injuries.

Investigators are not commenting on a motive for the shooting.

Cops released grainy surveillance video of a man whose face is obscured by a baseball cap. Another video released shows the suspect wearing a grey sweatshirt and grey camouflage shorts with a baseball cap pulled down over his eyes.

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.

Feds Arrest 20 Gang Members in Bronx

Gang Sold Heroine, Crack 

Murder Charges Filed

NEW YORK- Twenty members of the notorious Bronx street gang MacBallas were busted by the feds for drug dealing and for at least one homicide. Prosecutors said the gang recruited new members through social media.

Manhattan US Attorney’s office announced the unsealing today of a Superseding Indictment charging a total of 20 members and associates of a branch of the MacBallas street gang operating primarily in and around the Andrew Jackson and Melrose Houses in the Bronx with racketeering, narcotics, robbery, and firearms offenses.  

Two defendants are charged with the 2011 murder of Daniel Delgado.

A total of 12 defendants were taken into custody today; three other defendants were already in federal custody; and three are in state custody.

Fourteen of the 20 defendants will be presented and arraigned before U.S. Magistrate Judge Kevin N. Fox later today. The case is assigned to U.S. District Judge Denise L. Cote.

Manhattan U.S. Attorney Geoffrey S. Berman said: “As alleged in the indictment, the defendants brought violence, fear, and drugs to the streets of New York.

“The people of this city will not stand for it, and neither will we.  Thanks to the extraordinary work of the NYPD and DEA, the defendants will now face justice for their alleged crimes,” Berman said.

NYPD Commissioner James P. O’Neill said: “Gang and crew activity, particularly in the Bronx as we’ve seen of late, is responsible for much of the violence in our city.

“This behavior will never be tolerated by New Yorkers, and I thank our federal partners at the DEA and the Southern District for strengthening the NYPD’s relentless efforts to rid our streets of these criminals,” O’Neill said.

DEA Special Agent-in-Charge James J. Hunt said: “Gang violence begets violence and turns neighborhoods into battlegrounds.

“Law enforcement knows that shutting down gangs’ drug and gun networks lays a foundation for safer communities. Today’s arrests demonstrate that we are proactively safeguarding our communities by dismantling one gang at a time,” Hunt said.

As alleged in the Superseding Indictment unsealed today in Manhattan federal court and in other court papers[1]:

From 2011 through June 2018, in the Southern District of New York and elsewhere, TOSHNELLE FOSTER, a/k/a “Tosh,” CHRISTOPHER ASHE, a/k/a “Chips,” DAWAYNE BELL, JASON CHRISTIAN, a/k/a “Hungry,” NAVONE DOZIER, a/k/a “Dollaz,” KEVON GAITHER, a/k/a “KK,” CLARENCE GLASGO, a/k/a “Chuck,” XAVIER HOLMAN, a/k/a “Rico,” JAFARI JONES, a/k/a “JJ,” SEAN JONES, a/k/a “S Dot,” KEENAN MCFARLAND, AUSTIN MORRISHOW, a/k/a “Chuckey,” DEANDRE MORRISON, a/k/a “D Nice,” DEONTE MORRISON, a/k/a “Suki,” KEITH OUTLAW, a/k/a “Keefy,” LASYAH PALMER, a/k/a “Timbo,” JASON RAMOS, a/k/a “Chico,” FRANCISCO TORRES, a/k/a “Baby,” and BO WILLIAMS, a/k/a “Boski,” were all members and associates of the MacBallas street gang, whose territory was centered in and around the Andrew Jackson and Melrose housing projects in the Bronx, New York.

In order to fund the gang, protect its territory, and promote its standing, members of the MacBallas engaged in, among other things, narcotics trafficking, robbery, and other acts of violence, including murder.

MacBallas members sold heroin, crack cocaine, and marijuana in the gang’s territory, promoted their gang affiliation on social media sites like Facebook, possessed shared firearms, and engaged in shootings as part of their gang membership.

In particular, on August 1, 2011, DEANDRE MORRISON and NATHANIEL FLUDD murdered Daniel Delgado in order to maintain and increase their status in the MacBallas gang.

Members of the MacBallas gang also participated in a conspiracy to distribute narcotics in and around the MacBallas territory in the Bronx. 

In particular, CHRISTIAN, ASHE, DOZIER, GAITHER, JAFARI JONES, SEAN JONES, McFARLAND, MORRISHOW, DEONTE MORRISON, OUTLAW, PALMER, RAMOS, TORRES, and WILLIAMS participated in a conspiracy to distribute heroin, marijuana, and more than 280 grams of crack cocaine.

The maximum potential sentences in this case are prescribed by Congress and are provided here for informational purposes only, as any sentencing of the defendants will be determined by the judge.

Mr. Berman praised the outstanding investigative work of the NYPD’s Bronx Violent Crimes Squad and the New York Field Division of the DEA.

The case is being handled by the Office’s Violent and Organized Crime Unit. Assistant United States Attorneys Jordan Estes, Maurene Comey, and Christopher Clore are in charge of the prosecution.

Bronx River Parkway Stabbing Caught on Camera

Pols Demand Action to Stop Youth Violence

NEW YORK- Police released video of the brutal beatdown and stabbing of a 14-year-old boy by a street gang on the Bronx River Parkway during rush hour. 

Police announced the arrest of one of the men responsible for a vicious attack on a teen on the parkway while motorists looked on. Investigators released cell phone video of the attack in an effort to catch the remaining suspects.

Cops arrested 21-year-old Ramon Paulino and charged him with attempted murder, gang assault and assault.

The attack took place at around 5:30 pm on June 18 at the East Gun Hill Road exit of the Bronx River Parkway.

In the video a large group of young men are seen stomping, punching, stabbing and beating with poles the 14-year-old. The attack took place inside an area on the parkway closed off for construction.

The attack horrified drivers stuck in the rush hour traffic who witnessed the mob chase down and then viciously beat and stab the teen.

According to published reports the teen lost a kidney as a result of the attack. The victim’s mother told the NY Daily News that the near fatal attack stemmed from the fact that her son broke up with his girlfriend. She claims the ex girlfriend had ties to a street gang and that led to the attack.

Police are not commenting on the claims that the girl had influenced the gang members to attack her ex boyfriend. 

The horrifying Bronx River Parkway attack comes on the heels of the fatal teen attack by another gang which shocked the city. 

Leasandro (Junior) Guzman-Feliz was fatally stabbed in the neck outside a Belmont bodega. The 15-year-old was wrongfully targeted by the gang over claims he slept with a teenage girl and posted the video. Not only was Guzman not involved but he was a member of the NYPD youth explorers with dreams of becoming a police officer.

The recent gang attacks on teenagers has led one Bronx lawmaker to call on the state legislature to pass bills to stop teen violence. 

"For the past two years, the New York State Senate has passed legislation to create a statewide task force to review the epidemic of youth violence in our State and to make concrete recommendations for lawmakers to fund and enact into law,” said State Senator Luis Sepulveda.

“Yet even in the face of all this violence, this legislation has failed to move in the lower house. The same holds true for proposals to strengthen the mental health services we can provide to our youth who are being terrorized by all this violence," declared Senator Sepulveda.

"The beginning of the 2018 summer season has started full of deadly violence and death for our children," noted the Senator. "Albany can't leave all these communities across the state to stand alone against such violence and evil, and must take action to support them."

Women Beat, Rob Cabbie in Bronx

Caught on Camera

NEW YORK-  Police are searching for a group of women who beat and robbed a cabbie in the Bronx. 

The cabbie picked up a group of three women in Manhattan at around 8:15 pm on June 11. He dropped off one of the members on Willis Avenue. He then drove the remaining two to their destination at 3606 Bronxwood Avenue. 

Then the women tried to exit the cab without paying as the 55-year-old cab driver tried to stop them. 

The woman then punched, pushed and kicked the cabbie. During the beat down they managed to grab $120 in cash from the driver. They fled on foot east on 213th Street.

The cabbie suffered scratches, bruises and swelling under his eye.

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.

Animal Rights Advocate Convicted of Cockfighting

Claimed He Wanted to Stop Sport But Actually had Full Cockfighting Facility 

NEW YORK- A supposed animal rights activist who claimed he was working to stop cockfighting was in fact running a cock fighting enterprise.

Geoffrey S. Berman, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced that THOMAS CARRANO was convicted by a unanimous Manhattan jury of conspiring to possess, sell, and transport roosters for purposes of participation in animal fights around the United States. The defendant was convicted after a five day trial before the Honorable Sidney H. Stein.

Manhattan U.S. Attorney Geoffrey S. Berman said: “Thomas Carrano, the leader of an association that claimed to ‘not promote cockfighting in any way,’ was convicted of that very thing. Carrano cared not a whit for the welfare of the roosters he raised, sold, and transported for participation in the cruel and inhumane ‘sport’ of cockfighting. Thanks to the ASPCA and our law enforcement counterparts, justice has come home to roost for Thomas Carrano.”
The evidence at trial showed, among other things, the following:
Cockfighting is an activity in which two roosters are put forward to fight one another for sport and entertainment.

The roosters typically have metal spurs, known as gaffs, or plastic spurs, known as “postiza,” affixed to their legs for use in the fight.

The fights between roosters are ended when one rooster is dead or refuses to continue to fight.  If not killed during the fight, the losing rooster is typically killed afterwards.

Roosters involved in cockfighting will often be mutilated in preparation for fights, typically by cutting off the rooster’s comb and wattle and shaping the rooster’s spur. 

From January 2012 up June 2017, THOMAS CARRANO, a member and former president of the New York chapter of the United Gamefowl Breeders Association (“NYUGBA”), conspired with others – including a co-conspirator in the Bronx, New York – to buy, sell, transport, and receive roosters for cockfighting and to buy, sell, and transport cockfighting weapons.

CARRANO used two social media accounts – one in his own name, and one in NYUGBA’s name – to communicate with co-conspirators, including members of NYUGBA and others who were located in the Southern District of New York.

The NYUGBA claimed to be devoted solely to breeding rare gamefowl for poultry shows.  Yet in messages sent through these social media accounts, CARRANO discussed breeding and training roosters for cockfighting, the sale and purchase of gaffs and postizas for cockfighting, and CARRANO’s personal participation in cockfighting.

On May 23, 2017, law enforcement personnel executed a search warrant at CARRANO’s gamefowl farm in Ontario, New York.

During the search, law enforcement officers discovered, among other things, gaffs, postizas, shears for dubbing roosters, a rooster sparring dummy, a specialized ladder used to train fighting roosters, cockfighting supplements, and videos of roosters being trained for cockfights.

In addition, law enforcement officers recovered approximately 104 chickens, including 19 adult roosters and 12 adolescent roosters, many of which had their natural spurs, combs, wattles, and/or earlobes removed.

CARRANO, 44, of Ontario, New York, is convicted of one count of conspiring to sell, possess, and transport animals for purposes of participating in an animal fight, which carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison.

The maximum potential sentence in this case is prescribed by Congress and is provided here for informational purposes only, as any sentencing of the defendant will be determined by the judge.

Mr. Berman praised the outstanding investigative work of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Office of Inspector General, and the New York City Police Department’s Animal Cruelty Investigations Squad, and thanked them for their ongoing support and assistance with the case.  Mr. Berman also thanked the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and the Spotsylvania County Sheriff’s Office for their assistance in this case. 

The prosecution of this case is being overseen by the Office’s General Crimes Unit.  Assistant U.S. Attorneys Alison G. Moe and Michael C. McGinnis are in charge of the case.

Cops ID Machete Wielding Attackers who Killed Teen

Release Photos of Suspects, They Say, Stabbed a 15-Year-old in the Neck 

NEW YORK- Police have released photos of a group of men, they say, fatally stabbed a 15-year-old in the neck with a machete. One of the suspects is seen on video wielding a large knife. 

Lesandro Guzman-Feliz, 15, was stabbed in the neck with a machete after getting into a dispute with a group of young men in front of 526 East 183rd Street. 

After being stabbed the teen ran to nearby St. Barnabas Hospital but collapsed on the sidewalk. He was pronounced dead a short time later. 

According to published reports, Guzman-Feliz told relatives that he was heading to the bodega a block from his home to repay a friend $5. It is unknown what led to the fatal dispute. 

Police pulled the video surveillance footage from inside the bodega which shows the suspects. And the exterior video shows a man dressed in red wielding what looks like a large knife. 

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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Gunpoint Robbers Prey on Bronx Parks

Don’t Have Ca$h? Go Get It!

NEW YORK- Police are looking for a pair of gunmen who stuck up multiple victims in and around parks throughout the Bronx.

The gunmen struck both in Bronx Park and French Charley Playground at least three times in each park throughout the month of May.

Investigators said the gunmen hit eight different times. In each case they run up from behind the victim, display a handgun and demand cash and the victim’s cell phone.

In two cases the victim did not have enough cash on them and was forced to get it.

On May 21, a 22-year-old man was approached at gunpoint by the robbers. When he stated he did not have enough cash, the gunmen followed him to the victim’s home where he retrieved $100 in cash. 

On May 28, a 25-year-old man was robbed at French Charley Playground. When he did not have enough cash to satisfy the robbers, they forced him to use an ATM at a nearby deli. When the 25-year-old could not retrieve cash from the ATM, one of the robbers smashed him in the face before fleeing.

Cops say they nabbed one of the gunmen and are looking for his partners in crime. Demitri Campbell, 17, was arrested and charged in connection with the multiple armed robberies and assaults.

It does not appear that Campbell is cooperating with investigators. Cops issued the following vague description of the other gunmen: two African-American males between the ages of 17 and 25. They are both described as 6 feet tall with skinny builds.

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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