Mount Vernon Man Indicted for Kidnapping and Sexual Assault for Alleged Attack on Woman in Brownsville

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Monday, January 28, 2019

 

Mount Vernon Man Indicted for Kidnapping and Sexual Assault for
Alleged Attack on Woman in Brownsville

Defendant Allegedly Taped Victim’s Mouth and Beat Her with Tire Iron

Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez today announced that a 34-year-old man has been arraigned on an indictment in which he is charged with kidnapping, robbery and assault for the sexually motivated attack on a 20-year-old woman on January 3, 2019 in which the defendant allegedly forced the victim into his car at knifepoint, sexually assaulted and attempted to abduct her before she was able to fight him off.

District Attorney Gonzalez said, “Thanks to the bravery of the victim and the tenacious, quick-witted work of our police, we were able to quickly apprehend the defendant before he could hurt someone else. I am committed to seeking justice for victims of sexual assault in Brooklyn.”

The District Attorney identified the defendant as Oniel Reid, 34, of Mount Vernon, NY. He was arraigned today before Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice William Miller on a 22-count indictment in which he is charged with second-degree kidnapping, second-degree assault as a sexually motivated felony, first- and second-degree unlawful imprisonment, first-, second- and third-degree robbery as a sexually motivated felony, first-, second- and third-degree robbery, first-degree sexual abuse, forcible touching and related charges. He was ordered held on $500,000 bail and to return to court on March 6, 2019.

The District Attorney said that, according to the investigation, on January 3, 2019, at approximately 6 p.m., the victim, a 20-year-old woman, was walking on Lott Avenue near Christopher Avenue in Brownsville when the defendant, whose face was half-covered with a blue bandana, allegedly grabbed her from behind, held a knife to her neck and taped her mouth, then forced her into his car.

It is alleged that the victim was able to wrestle the knife from the defendant inside the car before he hit her with a tire iron and sexually assaulted her. After rummaging through the victim’s purse, it is alleged that the defendant shoved her out of the car and drove away with her purse, including her wallet and Android phone.

Officers responding to the incident collected surveillance footage in which the defendant is allegedly seen forcing the victim into his Honda Pilot. Using the Find My Device Android application, police were able to track the victim’s cell phone to Mount Vernon. Investigators determined the defendant likely crossed the Whitestone Bridge on his way from the incident location to Mount Vernon. A review of Honda Pilot license plates that crossed the bridge after the incident led to the vehicle that’s registered to the defendant.

On the morning of January 4, 2019, police arrested the defendant at his home, where they located the Honda Pilot that was seen crossing the Whitestone Bridge and on surveillance footage of the attack. Officers also recovered the defendant’s clothing—including a bloody blue bandana and sneakers with down feathers from the victim’s coat—as well as the victim’s ID, keys and credit cards.

The case is being prosecuted by Senior Assistant District Attorney Jennifer Nasar and Senior Assistant District Attorney Lana Schlesinger of the District Attorney’s Special Victims Bureau, under the supervision of Assistant District Attorney Miss Gregory, Bureau Chief.

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Brooklyn Man Indicted for 1992 Cold Case Murder of Woman Who Was Found Naked and Shot on Brownsville Rooftop

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Friday, January 25, 2019

 

Brooklyn Man Indicted for 1992 Cold Case Murder of Woman
Who Was Found Naked and Shot on Brownsville Rooftop

Recently-Tested Oral Swabs Matched Defendant’s DNA

Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez, together with New York City Police Commissioner James P. O’Neill, today announced that a 56-year-old man has been indicted for the 1992 murder of a young woman whose naked body was discovered on a Brownsville rooftop with gunshot wounds to the head. Oral swabs that were tested for DNA for the first time last year matched the DNA of the defendant, who was allegedly seen on the roof the day of the homicide.

District Attorney Gonzalez said, “My Cold Case Unit works tirelessly to ensure that justice is obtained for all murder victims in Brooklyn, no matter how long it takes. A review of the evidence in this cold case and new DNA testing have allowed us to charge this defendant with a heinous crime and we will now seek to hold him accountable.”

Commissioner O’Neill said, “The ability of investigators to finally bring about justice for this young woman and provide a sense of closure to her loved ones is paramount. The identification and arrest of the suspect in this case was truly a team effort that would not have been possible without the close partnership that exists between the NYPD and our law-enforcement partners. I thank and commend the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Cold Case Unit, and the hardworking members of the NYPD’s Cold Case Squad, our Sex Offender Monitoring Unit, and the 73rd Precinct Detective Squad. Some may think tragic cases like this get forgotten or abandoned. I hope this arrest and prosecution proves that we do not ever give up.”

The District Attorney identified the defendant as Calvin Grant, 56, of Brownsville, Brooklyn. He was arraigned yesterday before Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Laura Johnson on one count of second-degree murder and was ordered held without bail and to return to court on April 5, 2019. The defendant faces a maximum sentence of 25 years to life in prison if convicted.

The District Attorney said that, according to the investigation, on April 11, 1992, a 21-year-old woman, Stacey Lynette Joyner, was discovered naked and unresponsive, with two gunshot wounds to the head, on the rooftop of 230 Lott Avenue in Brownsville. Building security guards heard a gunshot and rushed to the roof, where they discovered her body.

In the spring of 2018, the Brooklyn DA’s Cold Case Unit reviewed the case file and determined that oral swabs that were taken at the time of the autopsy had not been previously tested for DNA. Testing revealed that semen found on the oral swabs matched the DNA of the defendant, which was on file with the New York State DNA databank after a prior 2000 conviction in Brooklyn for third-degree robbery. The investigation revealed that the defendant lived in the building next door at the time of the homicide and that an individual who knew him allegedly got into a confrontation with him on the rooftop hours before the murder and observed him to have a gun.

The case was investigated by New York City Police Department Detective Robert Dewhurst of the NYPD Cold Case Squad under the supervision of Lt. Dennis Klein.

The case is being prosecuted by Senior Assistant District Attorney Nicole Itkin, of the District Attorney’s Homicide Bureau, under the supervision of Assistant District Attorneys Rachel Singer, Chief of the District Attorney’s Forensic Science and Cold Case Unit, and Timothy Gough, Homicide Bureau Chief.

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Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez Announces Hiring of New Executive ADA for Investigations and Promotion of Investigations Chief

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Thursday, January 24, 2019

 

Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez Announces Hiring of New Executive ADA for Investigations and Promotion of Investigations Chief

Experienced Litigator and Veteran Prosecutor Will Expand the Office’s White Collar Enforcement Work to Ensure Competitive Playing Field in Growing Financial Sector

Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez today announced the hiring of Matthew Fishbein as Executive Assistant District Attorney for the Investigations Division and the promotion of Trish McNeill to Chief of the Investigations Division. Together, they will expand the Office’s white collar enforcement work.

District Attorney Gonzalez said, “Brooklyn’s economy has benefited from tremendous growth in our financial industry, booming construction, and an array of innovative new small businesses. But where there is rapid growth, there are also new opportunities for criminal misconduct or schemes. We must make sure that all businesses comply with our laws to protect those most vulnerable to fraud and abuse—including elders, tenants and immigrants. I am confident that Matt’s and Trish’s experience will help us achieve this goal as we also continue to conduct investigations against corrupt public officials and criminal enterprises.”

As a litigation partner at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP through 2018, Fishbein specialized in white collar criminal defense, internal investigations and complex commercial litigation. He previously held leadership positions in two United States Attorney’s Offices. In 1993-97, he served as Chief Assistant U.S. Attorney and Chief of the Criminal Division in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York under U.S. Attorney Mary Jo White. In 1992-93, he held the position of Chief Assistant U.S. Attorney in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York, having previously served as Chief of the Appeals Division and Chief of the Special Prosecutions Unit. As a prosecutor, he focused primarily on white collar prosecutions, including political corruption, business and securities fraud, and environmental crimes.

A graduate of Williams College and New York University Law School, Fishbein is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, a distinction reserved for those whose careers have been marked by the highest standards of ethical conduct, professionalism, civility and collegiality. He has been recognized by Chambers USA and The Legal 500 USA as a leader in white collar litigation and is a member of the 2016 National Trial Lawyers: Top 100 Criminal Defense Trial Lawyers. He received the Thurgood Marshall Award from the Association of the Bar of the City of New York in recognition of his pro bono representation of several clients in death penalty trials and appeals. He is also a lecturer on White Collar Crime at the University of Pennsylvania Law School.

McNeill has served as Deputy Chief of the Investigations Division for the past four years and has led the Division in several successful takedowns of violent criminal organizations, including the largest takedown of a gun trafficking ring in Brooklyn’s history, and an investigation into a complex $146 million healthcare fraud scheme, in cooperation with federal, state, and local partners, leading to an 878-count indictment of 34 defendants. Under her leadership, the Immigrant Affairs Unit has taken on an expanded role of ensuring fair treatment of our immigrant community, the Labor Fraud Unit has recovered millions of dollars in unpaid wages for workers, and the Real Estate Fraud Unit has successfully prosecuted several cases of deed theft.

Prior to that, McNeill served for two decades as a prosecutor in the Rackets Bureau/ Investigations Division, where she acquired a deep knowledge regarding all aspects of the investigation and prosecution of a full range of cases, from homicides, arsons and kidnappings, to organized crime, complex mortgage fraud schemes, enterprise corruption, hate crimes, loansharking, murder-for-hire and larceny schemes and conspiracies. A trial attorney with exceptional courtroom skills, she has been cross-designated several times as a Special Assistant United States Attorney: as part of the team that conducted a joint investigation and successful RICO prosecution of Lucchese crime family members, and as part of the team that investigated and tried, in the Southern District of Florida, 13 founders and other high-ranking members of the Cuban Mafia. That latter case resulted in the third-largest forfeiture in US history at the time, and, in recognition for their outstanding work, McNeill and her colleagues received the US Attorney General’s Directors Award for Superior Performance by a Litigation Team and the United States Department of Justice HIDTA/Asset Forfeiture Program Award.

With this new hire and promotion, the Brooklyn DA’s Office will strengthen its investigatory capabilities and its ability to keep pace with emerging economic trends in order to protect Brooklyn residents and ensure a level competitive playing field for law-abiding businesses.

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Brooklyn Man Indicted for Violent Home Invasion Burglary Of Elderly Woman

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Wednesday, January 23, 2019

 

Brooklyn Man Indicted for Violent Home Invasion Burglary Of Elderly Woman

Defendant Allegedly Beat and Robbed 88-Year-Old Victim on Christmas Day

Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez today announced that a 50-year-old Brooklyn man has been arraigned on an indictment in which he is charged with burglary, robbery, assault and other charges for allegedly violently attacking an 88-year-old woman in her Coney Island apartment on Christmas Day.

District Attorney Gonzalez said, “This defendant brutally and cowardly assaulted an elderly woman in her home, inflicting a trauma that will last far longer than her physical injuries. Those who violate the sanctity of Brooklyn residents’ homes will be brought to justice.”

The District Attorney identified the defendant as Marc Malone, 50, of East New York, Brooklyn. He was arraigned today on an 11-count indictment in which he is charged with first-, second- and third-degree burglary, second- and third-degree robbery, two counts of second-degree assault, fifth-degree criminal possession of stolen property, second- and third- degree criminal trespass, and seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. Bail was continued at $500,000 bond or $250,000 cash and the defendant was ordered to return to court on February 28, 2019.

The District Attorney said that, according to the investigation, on December 25, 2018, at approximately 6:44 a.m., in the vicinity of Surf Avenue and West 24th Street, the defendant allegedly broke into the home of the 88-year-old victim. The defendant allegedly beat the victim about the face and body and demanded she give him her property and cash. He then rummaged through her drawers and jewelry box.

Surveillance footage obtained from the victim’s apartment complex allegedly shows the defendant, identified by civilians and members of the NYPD, entering an elevator at the time of the occurrence and going up to the floor where the victim lives. The surveillance footage allegedly captured the defendant re-entering the elevator approximately 14 minutes later. In both videos the defendant is seen with a rolling suitcase and wearing a dark colored, hooded sweatshirt and camouflage pants.

Additional video police recovered from 2960 West 24th Street, a location where the defendant was known to previously reside, allegedly showed the defendant wearing the clothing and in possession of the rolling suitcase he allegedly had the morning of the home invasion. Officers assigned to the NYPD’s PSA -1 Command identified the defendant.

On December 28, 2018, officers located the defendant at his home on Miller Avenue, in East New York, Brooklyn, and took him into custody. The victim’s ring, earring and watch were allegedly recovered when the defendant was searched.

The victim suffered pain and bruising to her face and body and continues to suffer from headaches and pain related to her injuries.

The case is being prosecuted by Senior Assistant District Attorney Sara R. Kurtzberg and Assistant District Attorney Michael Pesin-Virovets of the District Attorney’s Green Zone Trial Bureau, under the supervision of Assistant District Attorney David Z. Klestzick, Bureau Chief.

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Philadelphia Man Sentenced to 12 Years in Prison for Fatally Stabbing Fort Greene Man During Drug-Fueled Encounter

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Thursday, January 10, 2019

 

Philadelphia Man Sentenced to 12 Years in Prison for Fatally Stabbing
Fort Greene Man During Drug-Fueled Encounter

Stabbed Victim 22 Times After Meeting Him on Dating App

Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez today announced that a 44-year-old man from Philadelphia has been sentenced to 12 years in prison for brutally stabbing and killing a Brooklyn man inside his apartment during a drug-fueled sexual encounter.

District Attorney Gonzalez said, “This defendant engaged in risky and dangerous behavior that culminated with a senseless killing of an innocent man. Today’s sentence holds him accountable for his deadly actions and I hope it will provide some solace to the victim’s loved ones.”

The District Attorney identified the defendant as David Haigh, 44, of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was sentenced today to 12 years in prison and five years’ post release supervision by Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Vincent Del Giudice. The defendant was convicted in December 2018 of first-degree manslaughter following a jury trial.

The District Attorney said that, according to trial testimony, in April 2017, after he connected with the victim, 41-year-old James Johnson, on a dating app, the defendant was at the victim’s Fort Greene apartment for a weekend of sex and drugs. After about 30 hours with no sleep, the evidence showed, the defendant became paranoid and locked himself and the victim inside the apartment.

The two men then engaged in a physical altercation during which the defendant stabbed the victim 22 times about his body using multiple knives, killing him on April 9 at about 6 a.m., according to the evidence. The defendant suffered minor injuries that are consistent with the victim trying to defend himself. Evidence showed that the defendant had a history of using methamphetamine, a drug he consumed before the killing, which has a propensity to cause paranoia.

The case was prosecuted by Senior Assistant District Attorney Leila Rosini, of the District Attorney’s Homicide Bureau, under the supervision of Assistant District Attorney Timothy Gough, Bureau Chief.

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Brooklyn Man Indicted for Stealing Neighbor’s East New York House; Allegedly Transferred Deed to Himself After Forging Notary’s Signature

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Thursday, January 10, 2019

 

Brooklyn Man Indicted for Stealing Neighbor’s East New York House;
Allegedly Transferred Deed to Himself After Forging Notary’s Signature

Defendant Befriended Elderly Victim for Whom He Worked as Part-Time Caretaker

Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez today announced that a 29-year-old East New York man has been indicted for allegedly stealing and attempting to sell the home of his 85-year-old neighbor, a diabetic man for whom the defendant was a part-time caretaker.

District Attorney Gonzalez said “This case should serve as another warning that rising property values in Brooklyn make homeowners, especially the elderly, the target of unscrupulous predators trying to steal their homes from under them. I urge all homeowners to be especially careful about signing documents relating to their property without trusted legal advice.”

The District Attorney identified the defendant as Jordan Horsford, 29, of East New York, Brooklyn. He was arraigned yesterday before Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Danny Chun on a 12-count indictment in which he is charged with second-degree grand larceny, third-degree grand larceny, first-degree identity theft, first-degree falsifying business records, offering a false instrument for filing, criminal possession of a forged instrument and fraudulently obtaining a signature. He was released without bail, ordered to surrender his passport and to return to court on March 6, 2019. The defendant faces up to 15 years in prison if convicted of the top count.

The District Attorney said that, according to the investigation, in August 2016 the defendant, who was known to do odd jobs in the neighborhood, began helping the victim as needed, including carrying his wheelchair up steps and helping him get in and out of vehicles; he was paid for each task by the victim’s family.

In April 2017, it is alleged, the victim’s family began paying the defendant $400 a week to accept Meals on Wheels deliveries and set them out for the victim, to make sure he took his medicine and to check in on him at night.

Between June 19, 2017 and November 1, 2017, the defendant allegedly convinced the victim to sign away the deed to his home on Barbey Street in East New York, Brooklyn. The defendant allegedly told the victim he risked losing his home if he did not sign a document, and had the document notarized by a notary. The defendant then allegedly realized he needed another document notarized, but the notary refused so the defendant allegedly copied and cut and pasted her original signature. He then recorded the deed, which had been signed over to him.

Finally, it is alleged, the defendant attempted to sell the house almost immediately after securing the deed, but a title company suspected foul play and refused to insure the home. The would-be purchaser then reached out to the 85-year-old victim’s family. At around the same time, the victim’s daughter, while going through her father’s mail, found a letter from the Department of Finance notifying them about documents filed relating to the property. The daughter pursued the matter with the DOF and the case was ultimately referred to the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office for further investigation and prosecution.

Additionally, the defendant allegedly used the victim’s credit card to buy two gold bars online, one in September 2016 and another in August 2017.

The case was investigated by Detective Sheriff Kevin Acon, of the Criminal Investigations Bureau, New York City Department of Finance.

The case is being prosecuted by Senior Assistant District Attorney Karen Turner of the District Attorney’s Frauds Bureau, under the supervision of Assistant District Attorney Gavin Miles, Counsel to the Frauds Bureau, and the overall supervision of Assistant District Attorney Patricia McNeill, Deputy Chief of the District Attorney’s Investigations Division.

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New Jersey Man Sentenced to 20 Years to Life in Prison for Shooting at New York City Police Officers After Car Chase

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Wednesday, January 9, 2019

 

New Jersey Man Sentenced to 20 Years to Life in Prison for
Shooting at New York City Police Officers After Car Chase

One Officer Was Shot in the Chest, Another Was Struck in the Hip

Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez today announced that a 37-year-old New Jersey man was sentenced to 20 years to life in prison for aiming a gun at a bystander and multiple New York City Police Officers ¬before wounding two police officers. The shooting happened after a car chase through Bedford-Stuyvesant in 2016.

District Attorney Gonzalez said, “This defendant tried to kill multiple police officers and endangered many other innocent people while on a rampage on the streets of Brooklyn. This case again underscores the dangers our police officers face every day to keep us all safe.”

The District Attorney identified the defendant as Frederick Funes, 37, of Egg Harbor, New Jersey. He was sentenced today by Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Danny Chun to 20 years to life in prison. The defendant pleaded guilty to first-degree attempted murder last November.

The District Attorney said that, according to the investigation, on February 20, 2016, at approximately 3:20 a.m., the defendant fired a shot from inside his vehicle while driving recklessly near the intersection of Quincy Street and Malcolm X Boulevard in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn. The defendant then drove past a marked police car that was stationed around the corner and pointed his silver Magnum .357 revolver at Police Officers Jorge Zorrilla and Ayanna Shine who were seated inside the car. The defendant then led police on a chase through the neighborhood.

During the pursuit, the defendant pointed his gun at a uniformed MTA employee and then at Detective Christopher Kelley, Detective William Reddin, Detective Andrew Yurkiw and Lieutenant Barbara Fisher who were inside of an unmarked police vehicle with lights and sirens on. The defendant then drove the wrong way on Lexington Avenue and intentionally crashed his car into a marked police vehicle with Detective Scot Pedrick, Officer Abigale Ramsundar and Officer Thomas Whalen inside, according to the investigation.

Furthermore, after the crash, the defendant fired his weapon at the police officers and they returned fire, striking him multiple times. Police Officer Yurkiw was shot in the chest, but was saved by his bullet proof vest, while Police Officer Reddin was shot in the hip. Police recovered the defendant’s weapon at the scene.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Timothy Gough, Bureau Chief of the District Attorney’s Homicide Bureau, and Senior Assistant District Attorney Krystyn Tendy, of the District Attorney’s Grey Zone Trial Bureau.

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Driver who Crashed Car on Brooklyn Expressway and Left Young Woman for Dead Sentenced to State Prison

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Wednesday, January 9, 2019

 

Driver who Crashed Car on Brooklyn Expressway and
Left Young Woman for Dead Sentenced to State Prison

Vehicle Exploded, Defendant Fled Scene in a Cab without Calling 911

Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez today announced that a 24-year-old Brooklyn man has been sentenced to up to 12 years in state prison. The defendant pleaded guilty to second-degree manslaughter for causing a car crash on the Gowanus Expressway and fleeing the scene with his passenger stranded inside the burning car, leaving her to die.

District Attorney Gonzalez said, “This defendant’s senseless and reckless actions caused the death of a young woman who had her entire life ahead of her. He showed complete disregard for human life and for the safety of everyone using our roadways. Hopefully, the victim’s heartbroken family will find some solace with today’s sentencing.”

The District Attorney identified the defendant as Saeed Ahmad, 24, of Marine Park, Brooklyn. He was sentenced today by Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Vincent Del Giudice to an indeterminate term of four to 12 years in prison. The defendant pleaded guilty to second-degree manslaughter on November 27, 2018.

The District Attorney said that, according to the investigation, on October 13, 2017 at approximately 4 a.m., the defendant was driving an Infinity sedan, returning from a night out in Manhattan with a friend, 25-year-old Harleen Grewal.

The defendant was driving at an excessive rate of speed, attempted to pass other vehicles and crashed his car into a side barrier between the Hamilton Avenue and the Prospect Expressway exits, causing it to explode and burst into flames, the evidence showed. He got out of the burning car, got into a cab and left without calling 911 or alerting anyone that the victim was still in the vehicle. She subsequently died and her remains were recovered from the scene after the fire was put out.

The defendant was arrested later that morning and tests determined that his blood alcohol level at the time of the crash was above the legal limit of .08.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Theresa Shanahan, Deputy Bureau Chief of the District Attorney’s Blue Zone Trial Bureau, and Assistant District Attorney Joseph Mancino, also of the Blue Zone, under the supervision of Assistant District Attorney Robert Walsh, Bureau Chief.

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Long Island Man Sentenced to 4 ½ to Nine Years in Prison in Connection with Stealing Nine Homes from Owners by Illegally Transferring Titles, Filing False Documents

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Wednesday, January 9, 2019

 

Long Island Man Sentenced to 4 ½ to Nine Years in Prison in Connection with Stealing Nine Homes from Owners by
Illegally Transferring Titles, Filing False Documents

Investigation Began After Canarsie Homeowner Reported His House Stolen

Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez today announced that a Nassau County man has been sentenced to 4 ½ to nine years in prison in connection with illegally transferring the titles of seven houses in Brooklyn and two in Queens from their true owners to himself or a corporation – then renting out some of the properties and selling others.

District Attorney Gonzalez said, “In Brooklyn, we take real estate scams very seriously. The houses targeted in this fraud are worth millions of dollars. My prosecutors and investigators worked diligently to expose this fraudulent scheme and bring this defendant to justice.”

The District Attorney identified the defendant as Danny Noble, 49, of Baldwin, New York. Noble pleaded guilty to first-degree criminal possession of stolen property and fourth-degree conspiracy before Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Danny Chun on April 27, 2016 and was sentenced today to an indeterminate term of 4 ½ to nine years in prison. His co-defendant, Romelo Grey, 41, of Freeport, New York, pleaded guilty to falsifying business records on August 16, 2016, and was sentenced to 1½ to 3 years in prison.

The District Attorney said that, according to the indictment, between June 29, 2010 and March 31, 2015, the defendants falsely transferred title to seven Brooklyn properties: 71 Carlton Avenue, 104 Vanderbilt Avenue, 45 North Oxford Street and 70 Clermont Avenue, in Fort Greene; 1391 East 95th Street in Canarsie; 357 Jefferson Avenue in Bedford-Stuyvesant; 729 Essex Street in East New York and two properties in Queens: 94-05 108th Street in Jamaica and 187-05 Liberty Avenue in Hollis.

Five of the properties were transferred from the actual homeowners to Noble, according to the indictment, three were transferred to 69 Adelphi Street, LLC, and one to a third party. The defendants allegedly targeted the properties because the owners did not live in the houses and rarely visited them.

Once the titles were transferred, according to the indictment, the defendants carried out various scams in order to cash in on them. For example, Noble maintained control of 45 North Oxford Street, a recently renovated brownstone in Fort Greene, whose owner lived outside of the United States. Noble rented out two apartments in the brownstone, collecting $1,500 a month in rent for each of them. He also maintained control of the two houses in Queens, renting them out for various amounts.

In another facet of the scheme, concerning 1247 Putnam Avenue in Brooklyn, Noble filed a fraudulent satisfaction of mortgage.

Furthermore, for example, with respect to 71 Carlton Avenue, 104 Vanderbilt Avenue, 70 Clermont Avenue, and 1391 East 95th Street, the defendants transferred the properties’ titles into the names of other, third parties.

The District Attorney said that, according to the investigation, the scheme was discovered after Grey and Noble transferred the title to the Canarsie house at 1391 East 95th Street to a third party. Grey visited the house with the buyer to inspect it, and told the tenants living there that they had to move out. The buyer then began renovating the house and those workers caught the eye of an employee of a business across the street, which was actually owned by the true owner of 1391 East 95th Street. That employee called the owner of the property, who called police. Further investigation led to the defendants’ connections to the other properties.

As part of the scheme, Noble, the leader, filed false documents with the New York City Department of Finance, Office of the City Register, which maintains land records and other real property filings in New York City, including records relating to ownership and encumbrances, such as liens and mortgages.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Richard Farrell, Chief of the District Attorney’s Real Estate Fraud Unit, under the overall supervision of Assistant District Attorney Patricia McNeill, Deputy Chief of the Investigations Division.

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Brooklyn Man Who Shot and Killed Young Father in Gravesend Park at Event to Deter Gun Violence Sentenced to 25 Years to Life in Prison

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Wednesday, January 9, 2019

 

Brooklyn Man Who Shot and Killed Young Father in Gravesend Park at Event to Deter Gun Violence Sentenced to 25 Years to Life in Prison

Victim, Who Had Just Celebrated His Son’s Birthday, Was Struck 17 Times

Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez today announced that a Gravesend man has been sentenced to 25 years to life in prison for fatally shooting a 30-year-old father who had been celebrating his son’s third birthday at a Brooklyn park where a community event to combat gun violence was taking place.

District Attorney Gonzalez said, “This was a completely brazen and senseless murder of an innocent man. That it took place during an event meant to honor victims of gun violence and deter further fatalities is heartbreaking. In Brooklyn, we are committed to ending the cycle of gun violence that is destroying too many young lives and leaving families devastated.”

The District Attorney identified the defendant as Raheem Dunaway, 36, of Gravesend, Brooklyn. He was sentenced today to 25 years to life in prison by Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Jill Konvisor. The defendant was convicted of second-degree murder and second-degree criminal possession of a weapon last month following a jury trial.

The District Attorney said that, according to the evidence, on August 21, 2016, at approximately 1:30 a.m., the defendant shot Daquan Spencer, 30, who was inside Scarangella Park on Stillwell Avenue, near the New York City Housing Authority’s Marlboro Houses, in Gravesend, Brooklyn.

The community was hosting an inaugural event in the park to combat gun violence and memorialize the lives of six young men who died of gun violence. The victim was at the park after celebrating his son’s birthday.

The evidence showed that the defendant was picking arguments and confronting people for no apparent reason prior to approaching the victim, and without any reason or provocation, firing at him 20 times, striking him 17 times in the head, neck, back, chest, stomach, legs and buttocks. The defendant continued shooting as the victim fell on his knees and attempted to crawl away.

Following the shooting, the defendant walked to a waiting vehicle parked in the street and left the scene, according to trial testimony. The defendant was arrested approximately two and a half months later in Loris, South Carolina, on November 10, 2016. After his extradition to New York, he was identified as the shooter at a police lineup and from witness statements, according to trial testimony.

The case was prosecuted by Senior Assistant District Attorney Chow Yun Xie, of the District Attorney’s Homicide Bureau, and Assistant District Attorney Aaron Fishkin, of the District Attorney’s Green Zone Trial Bureau, under the supervision of Assistant District Attorney Timothy Gough, Homicide Bureau Chief.

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