Brooklyn, July 23, 2013 – Kings County District Attorney Charles J. Hynes today announced the sentencing of Luis Ortiz to life in prison without the possibility of parole for killing Shannon McKinney on January 1, 2012 and for shooting P.O. Kevin Brennan in the head on January 31, 2012. A jury found him guilty July 3, of Murder in the First Degree and Attempted Murder in the First Degree, Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Second Degree and Menacing a Police Officer. Ortiz was sentenced by Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Albert Tomei, who also presided over the trial.
On January 1, 2012 at 1:45pm Luis Ortiz robbed and shot
Shannon McKinney 6 times at close range, in front of
122-24 Siegel St, across from the Bushwick Gardens
Housing Projects, killing McKinney. The shooting
was captured on surveillance video.
On January 31, 2012, Officer Brennan and his partners
responded to a call of shots fired at 140 Moore Street
at about 9:10 pm. Brennan chased Ortiz into 370
Bushwick Avenue, where Ortiz then shot Brennan in the
head. The gun was recovered outside the
apartment, where Ortiz was apprehended. His DNA
was on the gun. This was also caught on surveillance
evidence confirmed that the same gun that was used to
kill McKinney was used to shoot PO Brennan.
The case was prosecuted by
First Deputy Bureau Chief in the Investigations Bureau,
Lewis E. Lieberman and Melissa Carvajal, Counsel in the
Homicide Division. Ken Taub is Deputy of the
Brooklyn, July 11, 2013 – Kings
County District Attorney Charles J. Hynes and
Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly today
announced the arrest of 19 individuals, who were
involved in prostitution operating out of 12
unconnected “day spas” and “massage parlors” in
Bay Ridge and Dyker Heights. It is the
first phase of an ongoing investigation which
began a year ago.
“We are committed to
stopping the illegal activities of these criminal
locations and to restoring confidence and safety to the
communities involved. I will continue the fight
against Promoting Prostitution, as well as all the
crimes that flow from these activities,” said D.A.
Hynes. “I hope that these arrests will send a
message not only to the communities of Dyker
Heights and Bay Ridge, but throughout Brooklyn, that I
share their concerns regarding these purported “day
spas” and “massage therapists” and we will not tolerate
illicit operations that exploit women and blight
“This was more than a vice
takedown. This was about protecting neighborhood
quality of life. NYPD detectives, working in
close collaboration with District Attorney Hynes’s
prosecutors, are to be commended for their outstanding
work in this case.” said Police Commissioner Raymond W.
The investigation into these
businesses began after people living in the affected
communities complained to the D.A.’s office, through
Community Board 10 . Residents reported
suspicious and disruptive activities in places
purported to be legitimate day spas and massage
parlors. However, some of them had explicit
advertisements on craigslist.com and on backpage.com.
These arrests are the result
of a one year joint investigation conducted by the KCDA
Special Investigations Unit and the Brooklyn South Vice
Unit of the NYPD. This operation, which utilized
physical surveillance, undercover detectives, and
search warrants, revealed substantial evidence of
prostitution, promoting prostitution, and other
violations of the NYS Education and Worker’s
Compensation Laws, as well as the New York City Health,
Safety and Zoning regulations and laws
With the assistance of the
Mayor’s Office of Special Enforcement, and in
collaboration with the NYPD, the Workers Compensation
Board, the FDNY, the Department of Buildings, the
Department of Education, search warrants were executed,
July 10, at every location identified by the community.
Arrests made, over 50 health and safety code violations
were issued and stop work orders were issued at four of
“I would like to first
thank the Brooklyn District Attorney's office for
asking the Mayor’s Office of Special Enforcement to
participate in this sweeping action yesterday,” said
Kathleen McGee, Director of the Mayor’s Office of
Special Enforcement. “They assembled a task force that
represents the very best in city and state enforcement.
The Mayor’s Office of Special Enforcement is a
multiagency task force that uses all the tools of civil
enforcement to shut down illegal establishments – like
these massage parlors – and hold accountable all those
who profit from the criminal activity, including
landlords. During this operation, we discovered
two buildings in such dangerous physical condition that
they must be vacated – and in both the buildings, DOB
and FDNY inspectors observed conditions that posed a
risk to the safety of those within their walls.”
In addition, the District
Attorney’s Office is working with the NYPD Civil
Enforcement Unit to close down these locations through
the use of NYC Nuisance Abatement Laws.
The investigation and
prosecution will continue with cases being presented to
the Grand Jury where appropriate. The District
Attorney’s Sex Trafficking Unit and Victim Services
Unit is working with women’s advocacy groups, Safe
Horizons and the New York Asian Women’s Center to
carefully consider the status of each young woman
arrested for Prostitution so that appropriate programs
and services can be made available to them.
District Attorney Hynes
thanked the following for their efforts in this
From NYPD: Anthony J.
Izzo, Chief of OCCB; Capt. Natalie Maldonado, Lt.
Creighton and Det. Michael Ruocco, all from Brooklyn
South Vice Unit. From The Mayor’s Office of Special
Enforcement, Director Kathleen McGee; From FDNY; The
Dept. of Buildings: From the NYS Workers
Compensation Board, Ismael Correa, Investigator
Downstate Task Force; From NYS Education Department,
From KCDA Victims Services, Director, Sarah McGrath and Social Worker Sang Mota.
From KCDA Special
Investigations; Supervising Detective Investigator
William Pettie and Detective Investigator Anthony
Shembri. Greg DeBoer is the Deputy Chief of Special
Investigations, George Terra is the Asst. Chief and
Detective Investigator Joseph Ponzi is the Chief of
KCDA Special Investigatons.
The cases are being
prosecuted by Laura Neubauer , Executive
Assistant District Attorney in the Rackets Division,
Michael Ryan, Rackets Division Bureau Chief and
Assistant District Attorney Cooper Gorrie, from the
Money Laundering and Revenue Crimes Bureau. Assistant
District Attorneys JessicaWilson, Vineet Mehta and
Courtney Redman. Michael Vecchione is the Chief
of the Rackets Division.
Locations, Defendants and Charges
Jai Li 7103 Ft. Hamilton:
Shirley Day Spa 7811 5th Avenue:
11 Spa 8515 4th Avenue:
You Ya 8313 3rd Avenue:
883 Health 883 72nd Street:
Cherry Blossom 479 73rd Street:
Natural 7012 Ft. Hamilton Pkwy:
Brooklyn, July 3, 2013 – Kings County District Attorney Charles J. Hynes today announced the conviction of Luis Ortiz of the Murder in the First Degree for killing Shannon McKinney on January 1, 2012 and Attempted Murder in the First degree for shooting P.O. Kevin Brennan in the head on January 31, 2012. He faces life imprisonment without the possibility of parole. Sentencing is scheduled for July 23, 2013, in front of Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Albert Tomei, who presided over the jury trial.
On January 1, 2012 at 1:45pm Luis Ortiz robbed and shot Shannon McKinney 6 times at close range, in front of 122-24 Siegel St, across from the Bushwick Gardens Housing Projects, killing McKinney. The shooting was captured on surveillance video.
On January 31, 2012, Officer Brennan and his partners responded to a call of shots fired at 370 Bushwick Avenue. Brennan then followed Ortiz into that address, where Ortiz then fired one shot at Brennan, striking him in the head.
Ballistics evidence confirmed that the same gun that was used to kill McKinney was used to shoot PO Brennan.
The case was prosecuted by First Deputy Bureau Chief in the Investigations Bureau, Lewis E. Lieberman and Melissa Carvajal, Counsel in the Homicide Division. Ken Taub is Deputy of the Homicide Division.
Contact: Mia Goldberg
July 2, 2013 – Kings County
District Attorney Charles J. Hynes today announced the
arrests of Seon Bruce, 40, and Solomon Malka, 51, for
allegedly running a pirate radio station. They
surrendered to KCDA detectives on June 27 and were
arraigned that day. The defendants are charged
with Unauthorized Radio Transmission, a class-A
misdemeanor. If convicted, they each face up to a
year in jail.
A person is charged with Unauthorized Radio Transmission
when he/she knowingly makes a radio transmission on a
radio frequency assigned and licensed by the FCC for use
by AM and FM radio stations without authorization or
having first obtained a license from the FCC. The
defendants did not have an FCC (Federal Communications
Commission) license for radio transmission, yet they
were on radio frequency 104.7 FM.
The Kings County District Attorney’s Office conducted an investigation, with cooperation from the FCC, which revealed that Seon Bruce was acting as a deejay for 104.7 FM.
Detectives bought air time from Bruce on 104.7 FM to run a commercial. On April 18, 2013, an FCC engineer tracked the signal for the radio station to an antenna on the rooftop of 30 Broad Street, a 50-story building in Manhattan. That same evening, detectives from the Kings County District Attorney’s Office executed a search warrant and seized the transmitting equipment for 104.7 FM in a room on top of the roof. While there, defendant Solomon Malka told investigators that he installed the equipment and was aware that the radio station did not have a license. Inside the room, detectives found transmitting equipment for another radio station, 91.7 FM. The transmitting equipment for that station was not on and nothing could be heard on that frequency at the time. Malka said 91.7 FM was his station and he claimed he had an FCC license for that frequency.
Malka does not have a license for 91.7 FM. In June of 2013, 91.7 FM was on the air. On June 14, 2013, KCDA detectives, working with an FCC engineer, executed a search warrant and seized the transmitting equipment for 91.7 FM from an elevator room on the top of the roof of an apartment building at 611-615 East 76th Street in Brooklyn.
The case is being prosecuted by Michel Spanakos, Bureau Chief in the Rackets Division. Michael Vecchione is Chief of the Rackets Division.
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