Brooklyn Man Convicted Of Killing Neighbor Inside Gravesend Building


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Wednesday, December 9, 2015

 

Brooklyn Man Convicted Of Killing Neighbor Inside Gravesend Building

Fired at Victim Multiple Times, Wounded Another

Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson today announced that a 33-year-old man has been convicted of murder and attempted murder for the 2013 fatal shooting of a man inside a building in Gravesend, Brooklyn, which left another man with a gunshot wound to the arm.

District Attorney Thompson said, “This defendant chose to settle a score with a gun and senselessly took a life. He will now have many years to spend in a prison cell and think about the foolishness of his choice.”

The District Attorney identified the defendant as Tremaine Holmes, 33, of 30 Avenue V in Gravesend, Brooklyn. He was convicted yesterday afternoon of second-degree murder and second-degree attempted murder following a jury trial before Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Vincent Del Giudice. The defendant will be sentenced on January 4, 2016 at which time he faces a maximum sentence of 40 years to life in prison.

The District Attorney said that, according to trial testimony, at about 11:55 p.m. on August 15, 2013, the defendant fired multiple shots at point blank range, hitting Perice Brown and also striking another man inside 30 Avenue V. He then chased Darryl Brown, firing multiple shots outside the building. Perice died from his injuries and the other victim suffered a gunshot wound to his arm.

The defendant and Perice lived in the same building and were known to each other. The defendant was apprehended in Binghamton, NY on October 15, 2013.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Bernarda Villalona, formerly of the District Attorney’s Violent Criminal Enterprises Bureau, under the supervision of Nicole Chavis, Chief, and the overall supervision of Executive Assistant District Attorney William E. Schaeffer, Chief of the District Attorney’s Investigations Division.

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Brooklyn District Attorney’s Citizens’ Safety Day Took Guns off the Streets And Allowed Residents to Begin Again by Clearing Summons Warrants


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Monday, December 7, 2015

 

Brooklyn District Attorney’s Citizens’ Safety Day Took Guns off the Streets
And Allowed Residents to Begin Again by Clearing Summons Warrants

Gun Buyback Nets 60 Weapons, Nearly 600 People Attend Warrants Adjudication Event

Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson today announced that two important community-based initiatives this past Saturday were successful in helping residents dispose of unwanted guns and get rid of outstanding warrants stemming from summonses for minor offenses. Held in two Brooklyn churches, Citizens’ Safety Day resulted in 60 guns being turned in and 336 warrants cleared from residents’ records.

District Attorney Thompson said, “Saturday was a tremendously successful day in Brooklyn. Dozens of guns that had the potential to cause harm by falling into the hands of criminals are out of circulation and hundreds of our neighbors had the fear of getting arrested for an unpaid summons lifted off their shoulders. We will continue to partner with other agencies, organizations and the community to enhance safety and fairness across our borough.”

The District Attorney said that a total of 60 firearms were turned in at the Gun Buyback event that took place on Saturday, December 5, 2015, at the Lenox Road Baptist Church in East Flatbush, in partnership with the NYPD. Nearly all of them were “street guns” – mostly revolvers and semi-automatic pistols that are often used to commit crimes. They also included two rifles and three “zip guns” or homemade weapons that are sometimes used by gang members.

No ID was required and no questions were asked of those who chose to turn in the firearms in exchange for a $200 bank card for each gun. But some residents who came to the event said that recent shootings, in their neighborhood and nationally, prompted them to get rid of guns they had at home, which could have been stolen or used by a child. Others, like a construction worker who said he found a loaded gun inside a dumpster, brought weapons that could have easily ended up with criminals.

The Gun Buyback program is one piece of the District Attorney’s comprehensive approach to combat gun violence, which includes investigations of gun traffickers, targeting of individuals who are responsible for the majority of shootings through initiatives by the newly-created Crime Strategies Unit and securing convictions and lengthy prison sentences in drug- and gang-related cases prosecuted by the Violent Criminal Enterprises Bureau.

Also on Saturday, some 575 people attended the District Attorney’s third Begin Again – a program designed to offer a solution to thousands of individuals who have an outstanding warrant because they failed to answer a summons for a low-level offense, like walking a dog without a leash or being in a park after closing. There are over one million open warrants citywide and they carry a number of negative consequences including subjecting the warrant holder to arrest at any time.

In all, 336 warrants were cleared at Mount Lebanon Baptist church in Bedford-Stuyvesant on Saturday. Participants who did not have summons warrants were given the opportunity to receive advice on a host of other issues and to take advantage of a resource fair inside the church. The District Attorney’s Office again partnered with the NYPD, the Office of Court Administration and the Legal Aid Society in holding the event. In three Begin Again events this year, nearly 2,400 people from all five boroughs received assistance and over 1,600 warrants were vacated.  

The District Attorney  said that this program helps foster trust between law-enforcement and the community and allows different agencies and the people they serve to come together and achieve a common good. Additional Begin Again events are planned for 2016.

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Guns turned in at the Buyback event
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The makeshift courtroom at Begin Again

Flatlands Man Sentenced to 20 years to Life in Fatal Stabbing


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Thursday, December 3, 2015

 

Flatlands Man Sentenced to 20 years to Life in Fatal Stabbing

Defendant Stabbed Acquaintance 29 Times During Altercation

Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson today announced that a 25-year-old Brooklyn man has been sentenced to 20 years to life in prison for stabbing an acquaintance 29 times following a dispute and causing his death while they were socializing in the defendant’s rented room in Flatlands last year.

District Attorney Ken Thompson said, “This defendant brutally stabbed the victim 29 times, and took his life in the process. He will now have many years to think about how he let a simple dispute lead him to commit a senseless murder.”

The District Attorney identified the defendant as Joshua Simser, 25, of Flatlands, Brooklyn. He was convicted of second-degree murder on October 28, 2015 following a jury trial before Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Alan Marrus, who today sentenced the defendant to 20 years to life in prison.

The District Attorney said that, according to trial testimony, on April 15, 2014, the defendant and an acquaintance, Rufino Sanchez, 41, were socializing in the defendant’s rented room when the defendant stabbed Sanchez 29 times following a dispute, killing him. It is unclear what the dispute was about, though when his body was discovered the victim had multiple stab wounds to the face and neck.

Following the murder, the defendant hid the body in a storage container and left it in his room for four days, according to testimony, before eventually confessing to his employer. The employer notified police, who discovered the body.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Melissa Carvajal, of the District Attorney’s Homicide Bureau, under the supervision of Assistant District Attorney Kenneth Taub, Bureau Chief.

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Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office Announces Citizens’ Safety Day


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Thursday, December 3, 2015

 

Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office Announces Citizens’ Safety Day

Upcoming Event this Saturday to Feature Gun Buyback Program with NYPD
And DA’s Third “Begin Again” Warrant Adjudication Program

Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson today announced that his office is hosting two important events this coming Saturday to help people dispose of unwanted guns that they possess and to get rid of outstanding arrest warrants stemming from failing to answer a summons received for a low-level offense. Citizens’ Safety Day is an effort to keep Brooklyn safe and build a relationship between law enforcement and the community.

District Attorney Thompson said, “Saturday is going to be a great day for Brooklyn. We are giving residents with firearms and outstanding warrants a chance to free themselves of those burdens. Come out and clear your name and keep your family safe by getting rid of those firearms and warrants.”

New York City Police Commissioner William J. Bratton said, “The NYPD is proud to participate in events such as the Gun Buyback and Begin Again, which empower community members to work closely with law enforcement toward a common goal of making our city safe and fair for everyone.”

Council Member Mathieu Eugene (D-Flatbush) said, “Virtually every week, people lose their lives because of gun violence in our city. My district has been the backdrop of too many shootings and so I am proud to partner with the NYPD, Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson, and City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, to sponsor the 2015 Gun Buyback Program in an effort to make the streets safer for all residents. No one should have to be afraid to walk down the street. By offering cash for guns with no questions asked, we are removing these dangerous weapons from our neighborhoods and taking another step towards making New York City a safer city for everyone.”

The District Attorney said that the Gun Buyback event will take place on Saturday, December 5, 2015, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Lenox Road Baptist Church, located at 1356 Nostrand Avenue, in East Flatbush. The NYPD, pairing with local DA’s offices, has taken close to 10,000 guns off the street via gun buyback events since 2008.

The District Attorney’s office, along with the New York City Police Department, will offer money in the form of $200 bank cards for each operable gun turned in. The bank cards will be issued after each unloaded gun is received and screened by officers on-site.

Guns should be unloaded and packaged in a paper or plastic bag or box when brought to the event. Both working and inoperable weapons will be accepted. Active and/or retired law enforcement officers and licensed gun dealers are not eligible for this event.

Participants will receive $200 for operable handguns and assault rifles and $25 for operable shotguns and rifles. Participants may turn in an unlimited number of guns, but will receive a limit of $600 in bank cards.

Also on Saturday, as part of Citizens’ Safety Day, the District Attorney’s office will host its third Begin Again event. Begin Again is a program designed to offer a solution to thousands of individuals who have an outstanding warrant because they failed to answer a summons for a low-level offense. There are approximately 1.1 million open warrants citywide and they carry a number of negative consequences including subjecting the warrant holder to arrest at any time. 

The Begin Again event is scheduled for Saturday, December 5, 2015, from 9 a.m.to 3 p.m.,  at the Mount Lebanon Baptist Church, located at 228 Decatur Street, in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn. The District Attorney’s office is partnering with the Legal Aid Society, the Office of Court Administration and the NYPD to once again provide on-site legal counsel and give New Yorkers a chance to clear their old warrants.

District Attorney Thompson said that over 1,800 people from all five boroughs attended the two Begin Again events held in June and September and more than 1,300 outstanding warrants were cleared.

Individuals who appear for Begin Again will first consult with attorneys from the Legal Aid Society to make sure only summons warrants are heard. All participants will then enter a makeshift courtroom, where a judge will be on hand to vacate warrants that resulted from the failure to respond to summonses for a multitude of low-level or “quality of life” offenses, such as walking a dog without a leash or being in a park after closing.

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Owner of Brooklyn Optical Stores and Medical Supplies Dealer Charged with Stealing $3.4 Million in Loans Purportedly Meant to Purchase Eye Care Equipment


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Wednesday, December 2, 2015

 

Owner of Brooklyn Optical Stores and Medical Supplies Dealer
Charged with Stealing $3.4 Million in Loans
Purportedly Meant to Purchase Eye Care Equipment

Allegedly Stole Doctors’ Identities to Secure Financing; Spent Money on
Gambling, Luxury Cars, Designer Goods and High-End Condo

Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson today announced that the owner of an optical store in Park Slope, Brooklyn, and the owner of a dealership that specializes in the sale of medical equipment have been variously charged in a 148-count indictment for allegedly stealing about $3.4 million from financial institutions that provided financing for purported purchases of medical equipment. The defendants allegedly submitted false information and fraudulent documents and, instead of buying eye care equipment, pocketed the funds, with the alleged leader of the scheme using them on lavish spending that included gambling in Atlantic City, shopping for his girlfriend at luxury stores and renting a condo in Battery Park City.

District Attorney Thompson said, “This long-running scheme allegedly took advantage of banks and leasing companies as well as of hard-working doctors whose identities were stolen so they could be listed as loan guarantors. We investigated this brazen scam, put an end to it and will now hold those responsible accountable.”

The District Attorney identified the two main defendants as Maksim Grinberg, 43, of 70 Little West Street in Manhattan, and Steven Schuster, 59, of 8 Loretta Court in Centereach, NY, as well as three corporations that they own. They are variously charged in a 148-count indictment that was unsealed today with fourth-degree conspiracy, first-degree money laundering, first-degree scheme to defraud, first- second- and third-degree grand larceny, first-degree identity theft and related counts. The defendants face up to 25 years in prison if convicted of the top count with which they are charged. In addition, Grinberg’s estranged wife, Diana Gets, 39, of Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, was charged with conspiracy. Grinberg was arraigned today before Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Danny Chun, who set bail at $1 million bond, and the two other defendants are expected to surrender tomorrow.

The District Attorney said that Grinberg and Gets owned DM Optical Inc. (also known as D & M Optical Inc.) and Grinberg also owns 9th Street Vision Center, both operating out of 332 9th Street in Park Slope, Brooklyn. Schuster owns MKM-Medical Supplies, a dealership specializing in selling medical equipment, including instruments for eye care and eye care examinations.

It is alleged that between September 2010 and July 2015, the defendants conspired to defraud at least six financial institutions and medical equipment leasing companies, including Sterns Bank, Wells Fargo Equipment Finance and Ascentium Capital, by providing false information and fraudulent documents to secure financing for the purported purchases of medical equipment. But the equipment did not exit or was never purchased.

To secure the loans, the defendants submitted fraudulent documents, including applications, lease agreements and delivery acceptance forms as well as forged signatures of loan guarantors, according to the indictment. Without permission or consent, they allegedly used names and personal information of seven optometrists and ophthalmologists, who worked for them or applied to work with them, as loan guarantors. Personal information that was previously provided to the defendants, including the physicians’ dates of birth, social security numbers and driver’s license copies, was used in the applications. As guarantors, the doctors could have been exposed to debt and credit problems when the loans were not repaid.

To complete the paperwork, the defendants were required to submit invoices of the purportedly purchased items, including descriptions and serial numbers. It is alleged that they submitted false invoices from MKM that stated that the eye care stores bought equipment that did not exist or equipment that did exist, but had been purchased by other entities or did exist, but was bought under prior financial agreements. Based on the defendant’s representations, the Park Slope Vision Center was supposed to have approximately 150 units of medical equipment when, in reality, it had about four, the investigation found. In all, the defendants submitted false documents in at least 60 different transactions, stealing about $3.4 million in the course of the charged scheme.

The District Attorney said that Schuster would keep 4% of each transaction and Grinberg would pocket the rest, according to the investigation. Grinberg spent the money on gambling trips to the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa in Atlantic City, on purchases at luxury good outlets, including Saks 5th Avenue and Bergdorf Goodman, on rent for a high-end condo in Battery Park City that he shares with his girlfriend and on lease payments on Mercedes and Audi automobiles.

The District Attorney thanked the New York State Office of the Comptroller as well as the U.S. Health and Human Services, Office of the Inspector General, for their assistance in the investigation and prosecution.

The case was investigated by Supervising Financial Investigator Kandi Conquest of the District Attorney’s Investigations Division, Department Manager Agostino Bianco and Paralegal Edward Joyce of the District Attorney’s Healthcare Fraud Unit, Detective Investigator Ismael Zayas and Supervising Detective Investigator Robert Addonizio, under the supervision of Deputy Chief Edwin Murphy, Assistant Chief Horace Norville and Chief Richard Belluci of the District Attorney’s Investigations Bureau.

The case is being prosecuted by Senior Assistant District Attorney Sabrina Thanse and Assistant District Attorney Rebecca Gibson, Deputy Chief of the District Attorney’s Healthcare Fraud Unit, under the supervision Felice Sontupe, Chief of the District Attorney’s Frauds Bureau, and under the overall supervision of Executive Assistant District Attorney William E. Schaeffer, Chief of the District Attorney’s Investigations Division.

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Brooklyn Man Sentenced to 40 Years to Life in Prison for Murder of Two Men


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Wednesday, December 2, 2015

 

Brooklyn Man Sentenced to 40 Years to Life in Prison for
Murder of Two Men

Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson today announced that a 61-year-old man has been sentenced on two counts of second-degree murder and second-degree criminal possession of a weapon for the 2013 shooting death of two men outside a home in East New York.

District Attorney Thompson said, “This defendant shot and killed two men in an act of senseless gun violence. Today’s sentence holds this defendant accountable for his deadly violent actions.”

The District Attorney identified the defendant as Raul Correa, 61, of East New York, Brooklyn. The defendant was sentenced today by Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Neil Firetog to 40 years to life in prison. He was convicted on November 12, 2015 of two counts of second-degree murder and second-degree criminal possession of a weapon following a jury trial.

The District Attorney said that, according to trial testimony, on October 18, 2013 at approximately 8:30 p.m., outside of a home located at 202 Pennsylvania Avenue, in East New York, the defendant fired shots at the victims, striking and killing both men.  The shooting was in retaliation for an assault earlier that evening, according to testimony. The victims were not involved in the earlier assault.

The case was investigated by Detective Brian Champion of the New York City Police Department’s 75th Precinct Detective Squad and Detective Richard Amato of the Brooklyn North Homicide Squad.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Emily Dean of the District Attorney’s Homicide Bureau, under the supervision of Assistant District Attorney Kenneth Taub, Bureau Chief.

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Disbarred Lawyer Sentenced to One Year in Jail for Stealing Escrow Funds from Clients


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Wednesday, December 2, 2015

 

Disbarred Lawyer Sentenced to One Year in Jail for Stealing
Escrow Funds from Clients

Defendant Embezzled Settlement Checks; Paid $280,000 in Restitution

Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson today announced that a former attorney was sentenced to one year in jail and also paid $280,000 in restitution for stealing money from over 25 clients whom he had represented in personal injury cases.

District Attorney Thompson said, “This defendant re-victimized people who suffered personal injuries by stealing their settlement money, abusing their trust and betraying his profession. He paid back a substantial amount in restitution and now deserves to spend time behind bars.”

The District Attorney identified the defendant as Kenneth Gellerman, 58, of 2596 Ocean Avenue in Bellmore, L.I.  He was sentenced today by Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Danny Chun to one year in jail following a guilty plea to one count of third-degree grand larceny and one count of scheme to defraud, which was entered on June 3, 2015.  The defendant today also made a final restitution payment to reach the sum of $280,000 that was contemplated as part of his plea agreement.

The restitution payments were made to the Lawyers’ Fund for Client Protection, a trust that reimburses people who were embezzled by their lawyers. The Fund will distribute the money to the defendant’s former clients.

District Attorney Thompson said that, according to the plea, from December 3, 2008 until September 30, 2013, the defendant engaged in a scheme to embezzle money from more than 25 clients by depositing checks received from negotiated settlements for mostly personal injury lawsuits into his escrow account or into other accounts that he controlled.

The defendant withdrew money from these accounts, according to the indictment, by drafting checks and transferring money into his business account.  He failed to pay his clients some or all of the money to which they were entitled and in at least one case, he failed to pay money to a third party having a claim secured by the settlement.

After he was suspended from practicing law in January 2013, according to the indictment, the defendant continued to collect settlements without forwarding the money to clients. To conceal these thefts, the defendant often allegedly settled cases without informing clients and he signed endorsements on the reverse sides of the checks in order to deposit those checks into his accounts. He was disbarred following his arrest last year.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant District Attorneys Joseph DiBenedetto and John Holmes of the District Attorney’s Investigations Division, under the supervision of Felice Sontupe, Chief of the Frauds Bureau, and the overall supervision of William E. Schaeffer, Chief of the Investigations Division.

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Brooklyn Man Pleads Guilty to Stabbing Death of Wife Following Argument in Bay Ridge Apartment


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Monday, November 30, 2015

 

Brooklyn Man Pleads Guilty to Stabbing Death of Wife
Following Argument in Bay Ridge Apartment

Defendant to Receive 18 Years at Sentencing

Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson today announced that a 54-year-old Bay Ridge man has pleaded guilty to first-degree manslaughter for the stabbing death of his 46-year-old wife following an argument inside of their apartment last year.

District Attorney Thompson said, “This defendant senselessly killed his wife – the mother of his four children – who are now left with no parents to care for them as he will be spending many years in prison.”

The District Attorney identified the defendant as Hasan Rugova, 54, of 101 Marine Avenue, in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn. The defendant today pleaded guilty to one count of first-degree manslaughter before Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice John Ingram, who indicated he would sentence the defendant to a determinate term of 18 years in prison and five years’ post-release supervision when he is sentenced on December 9, 2015.

The District Attorney said that, according to the investigation, on May 20, 2014, at approximately 2 a.m., at 101 Marine Avenue, the defendant’s 14-year-old son observed the defendant, his father, repeatedly stabbing his wife, Gyltene Rugova (who was the child’s mother), in the chest and neck with a knife and intervened, pulling the defendant off of his wife. The defendant then stabbed himself in the stomach. The teen sustained a slash to his arm and was treated at the hospital with stitches and released.

Furthermore, according to the investigation, the stabbing occurred after Gyltene Rugova indicated she wanted a divorce from the defendant. Gyltene Rugova died as a result of multiple stab wounds to her chest and neck, according to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorneys Cynthia A. Lynch and Joan Erskine, of the District Attorney’s Domestic Violence Bureau, under the supervision of Michelle L. Kaminsky, Bureau Chief.

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Serial Rapist Who Committed Four Rapes Within One Week, Including of a 15-Year-Old Girl, Sentenced to 100 Years to Life in Prison


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Monday, November 23, 2015

 

Serial Rapist Who Committed Four Rapes Within One Week, Including of a
15-Year-Old Girl, Sentenced to 100 Years to Life in Prison

Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson announced today that a 26-year-old Brooklyn serial rapist has been sentenced to 100 years to life in prison for committing four rapes within a one-week period, including one of a 15-year-old girl.

District Attorney Thompson said, “This serial rapist, who committed four rapes within one week, including one of a 15-year-old girl, is a sadistic and violent sexual predator who is simply not fit to walk the streets ever again. That’s why he must spend the rest of his life behind bars.”

The District Attorney said that the defendant, Dexter Bell, 26, of Crown Heights, Brooklyn, was sentenced today to 100 years to life in prison by Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Vincent Del Giudice. The defendant was convicted on November 9, 2015, of six counts of predatory sexual assault following a jury trial.

The District Attorney said that, according to trial testimony, on April 4, 2013, at approximately 8 p.m., in the vicinity of Albany Avenue and Fenimore Street in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, the defendant began following the first victim, a 25-year-old woman, after she exited a B12 bus. After trying to talk to her, he grabbed her hand, pulled her into a rear alley, put his hands around her neck, threatened to kill her and punched her in the face before raping her. The victim went home and later went to the hospital and a rape kit was collected and police were notified.

On April 8, 2013, at approximately 4 p.m., in the vicinity of Schenectady Avenue and Montgomery Street, in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, according to trial testimony, the defendant approached the second victim, a 21-year-old woman, and said hello. The defendant started talking to her and she recognized him from the neighborhood but told him she was heading to work. The defendant led the victim into an alleyway in the vicinity of Crown Street and raped her. The victim went to the hospital and a rape kit was collected. She reported the incident to police after seeing media reports about the other attacks featuring the defendant’s photo.

On April 11, 2013, at approximately 8 a.m., in the vicinity of Farragut Road and 88th Street, in Canarsie, Brooklyn, according to trial testimony, the defendant approached the third victim, a 19-year-old woman, and began talking to her. He eventually led her to a stairwell and grabbed her by the hair when she tried to leave. He then raped her. The victim went home and told her friend and her aunt, and then went to the hospital where a rape kit was collected. Police were notified.

Finally, on April 11, 2013, at approximately 8 p.m., the fourth victim, a 15-year-old girl, was walking along the B12 bus route and saw the defendant, whom she had also seen there the day before. The two spoke and were walking together and went into a building on Midwood Street in Crown Heights. The defendant pulled the victim by the arm into an elevator and then into a staircase on the 6th floor and raped her. She later told an acquaintance and then went to the hospital where a rape kit was collected. Police were notified.

The defendant was arrested after an anonymous tipster provided the police with his name and address after seeing media reports about the rapes.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Elizabeth Doerfler, Deputy Chief of the District Attorney’s Special Victims Bureau, and Senior Assistant District Attorney Olatokunbo Olaniyan, under the supervision of Assistant District Attorney Miss Gregory, Bureau Chief.

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Brooklyn Man Convicted Of Double Murder in East New York


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Friday, November 13, 2015

 

Brooklyn Man Convicted Of Double Murder in East New York

Faces 50 Years to Life in Prison

Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson today announced that a 60-year-old man has been convicted of two counts of second-degree murder and second-degree criminal possession of a weapon for the 2013 shooting death of two men outside a home in East New York.

District Attorney Thompson said, “This defendant engaged in senseless gun violence on the streets of Brooklyn and ended up shooting and killing two men.  He will now spend a good part of his life behind bars for committing such deadly violence.”

The District Attorney identified the defendant as Raul Correa, 61, of East New York, Brooklyn. He was convicted yesterday afternoon of two counts of second-degree murder and second-degree criminal possession of a weapon, following a jury trial before Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Neil Firetog. The defendant will be sentenced on December 2, 2015 at which time he faces 50 years to life in prison on the top two counts.

The District Attorney said that, according to trial testimony, on October 18, 2013 at approximately 8:30 p.m., outside of a home located at 202 Pennsylvania Avenue, in East New York, the defendant fired shots at the victims, striking and killing both men. The shooting was allegedly in retaliation for an assault earlier that evening, according to testimony. The victims were not involved in the earlier assault.

The case was investigated by Detective Brian Champion of the New York City Police Department’s 75th Precinct Detective Squad and Detective Richard Amato of the Brooklyn North Homicide Squad.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Emily Dean of the District Attorney’s Homicide Bureau, under the supervision of Assistant District Attorney Kenneth Taub, Bureau Chief.

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