CompStat reports are produced by the New York Police Department on a weekly basis. We publish the week’s statistics for the 62nd Precinct reports every Friday. The 62nd Precinct is the police command responsible for Bensonhurst and Bath Beach.
Lawrence Walden, 27, was found shot in the head last night outside of Coney Island’s Bay View Houses, across from Kaiser Park.
Police were called to 3112 Bay View Avenue at approximately 9:30 p.m. Thursday after being tipped off to an assault. They arrived to find Walden sprawled across the housing project’s walkway. He had suffered a gunshot wound to the head.
Unresponsive and unconscious, EMS rushed Walden to Coney Island Hospital where he was pronounced dead.
No arrests were made, and the investigation is ongoing.
Walden’s listed address, according to police, is on Howard Avenue on the Crown Heights – Brownsville border.
As of June 29, the 60th Precinct, which covers Coney Island, Brighton Beach and Gravesend, has seen nine shooting incidents in 2014, with 11 victims. It’s a decrease from this time last year, when the precinct saw 13 incidents with 18 victims.
After a two-day manhunt, cops nabbed Tyrell Brown on Tuesday, the suspect in a carjacking that later led to a police chase and shots fired by officers on the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge.
Brown, 25, of Staten Island was arrested while donning a women’s wig to disguise himself while police escalated their search.
The intense manhunt for Brown came to a close at about 10 p.m Tuesday night, after patrol officers from the 120th Precinct caught Brown on Mosel and Osgood avenues, not far from the Park Hill Apartments, multiple police sources said.
An eagle-eyed civilian saw through his disguise Tuesday night, and flagged down a patrol car from the 120th Precinct, an NYPD spokeswoman told the Advance.
Brown was arrested after a short chase, those sources said.
In addition to robbery and criminal possession of stolen property, Brown has been charged with the murder of Kuwan Collins of Staten Island. Collins was shot in the head.
Police are investigating Brown’s possible connection to another murder, in which Devin Powell was found fatally shot just a few blocks away from where the black 2006 Hummer was carjacked at gunpoint.
The paper also notes charges of attempted robbery for another carjacking, committed by a man wearing a wig not long before Brown’s apprehension.
Two gangbangers, including one from Bensonhurst, face 25 years to life in prison after they were found guilty of stabbing a man and leaving him to bleed to death on 86th Street in 2012.
Migel Juarex, 26, of New Utrecht Avenue and Gilberto Serrano, 25, of Queens approached Abel Xochimitl early in the morning of July 14, 2012, stabbing him to death outside of La Parranda bar at 2366 86th Street. The men believed Xochimitl to be a part of a rival gang, although investigators later found that he had no such ties.
According to testimony, the two men approached Xochimitl near Bay 35th Street and asked him “Que barrio?” The phrase literally means “What neighborhood?” but also means “What gang do you belong to?”
Xochimitl answered by saying “Panchito. Brighton Beach,” causing the defendents to attack him with a broken bottle and knife, stabbing him in the face, neck, chest and back. Xochimitl bled to death on the street.
“Abel Xochimitl was an innocent young man whose life was senselessly and viciously taken by the defendants. The victim was not a gang member, unlike the defendants, who now face spending many years of their lives in prison for this heinous act,” said Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson.
The two men will be sentenced for second degree murder later this month.
Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson announced Tuesday that his office will no longer prosecute first-time offenders arrested for low-level misdemeanor marijuana possession charges, suggesting it’s been a waste of resources that unfairly targets young men of color.
The DA laid out the new policy in a press release, saying that he will decline to prosecute marijuana cases where the defendent has no prior arrests or a minimal criminal record, and has given authorities a verifiable name and address. However, his office also provided a list of exceptions that may be prosecuted. The exceptions include cases where a defendant is nabbed smoking in public, is a sex offender, has an open warrant or the marijuana is found as a result of search warrant.
Here’s Thompson’s full statement:
“My office and the New York City Police Department have a shared mission to protect the public and we will continue to advance that goal. But as District Attorney, I have the additional duty to do justice, and not merely convict, and to reform and improve our criminal justice system in Brooklyn,” District Attorney Thompson said.
“This new policy is a reasonable response to the thousands of low-level marijuana arrests that weigh down the criminal justice system, require significant resources that could be redirected to more serious crimes and take an unnecessary toll on offenders. Pursuant to this policy, we will use our prosecutorial discretion to decline to prosecute, and dismiss upfront, certain low-level marijuana possession cases based on criteria concerning the particular individual and the circumstances of the case. For example, cases will be dismissed prior to arraignment for those with little or no criminal record, but we will continue to prosecute marijuana cases which most clearly raise public health and safety concerns.
“This policy does not express approval for the use of marijuana and should not be interpreted as such. The policy will not apply to those who smoke marijuana in public, or in the presence of children. It will not apply to 16 and 17-year-old offenders, who instead will be redirected on to a healthier path through a diversion program. It will not apply to those with a serious criminal history, to those who are known to act in a dangerous manner while under the influence, or to those who have a history of selling drugs to children,” District Attorney Thompson said.
“If the conduct in which the offender has engaged is the mere possession of a small amount of marijuana in public, it would not, under most circumstances, warrant saddling that offender with a new criminal conviction and all of its attendant collateral consequences related to employment, education and housing,” the District Attorney said.
“Furthermore, in 2013, this office processed well over 8,500 cases where the top charge was a class ‘B’ misdemeanor marijuana possession. More than two-thirds of those cases ended up being dismissed by judges, most often because the defendant was offered an adjournment in contemplation of dismissal at his or her criminal court arraignment. The processing of these cases exacts a cost on the criminal justice system and takes a toll on the individual. Given that these cases are ultimately — and predictably — dismissed, the burdens that they pose on the system and the individual are difficult to justify. We are pouring money into an endeavor that produces no public safety benefit,” the District Attorney added.
The news of Thompson’s decision will not mean a policy shift for the New York Police Department. Regardless of prosecution, possessing marijuana remains illegal, and NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton said the announcement “will not result in any changes” at the department, suggesting cops will still make the bust.
Meanwhile, state lawmakers proposed the Fairness and Equity Act yesterday, which seeks to implement the spirit of Thompson’s decision statewide. The act aims to address racial disparities in the arrests by slashing the penalty for possession from a misdemeanor to a violation that carries a fine. It would also allow those previously convicted of possession to clear their record.
The following is a press release from the offices of Assemblyman William Colton and Councilman Mark Treyger:
Council Member Mark Treyger and Assembly Member William Colton are pleased to announce that the NYC Department of Transportation (DOT) has included a number of local streets in this year’s resurfacing plan at their request on behalf of the community. The DOT currently plans to resurface Bay Parkway from 81st Street to 86th Street and the majority of 86th Street from 14th Avenue to Stillwell Avenue this summer, with nighttime milling work set to begin July 28 and nighttime repaving starting August 11. Council Member Treyger and Assembly Member Colton are still working with the DOT to have Stillwell Avenue from 86th Street to Harway Avenue added to the DOT’s repaving plan.
In addition, the following streets have been included in the DOT’s September repaving schedule: Kings Highway from 78th Street to McDonald Avenue; Bay 29th Street from 86th Street to Cropsey Avenue; 19th Avenue from 61st Street to 86th Street; 80th Street from Bay Parkway to Stillwell Avenue; and Cropsey Avenue from Bay Parkway to 26th Avenue. While this is the current plan for September, the DOT cautions that minor changes could occur at the last minute in terms of exact locations or timing.
“Having smooth, pothole-free streets are a basic but vital part of every neighborhood’s infrastructure, and the incredibly harsh winter has obviously left many local roads in very bad shape. In response, we have worked closely with the DOT over the past few months to identify the worst stretches and make sure that important neighborhood thoroughfares like Bay Parkway, 86th Street, Kings Highway and others were included in this year’s resurfacing schedule. Maintaining and improving the quality of life for residents across Bensonhurst and Gravesend is a top priority for both of our offices, so we will continue to work with city agencies to deliver the services and resources that our community deserves,” said Council Member Treyger and Assembly Member Colton.
In a scene that law enforcement officials described to the New York Post as “right out of ‘Psycho,’” police have identified the skeletal remains found in a Borough Park hoarder’s apartment as the mother of a disturbed woman taken for psychiatric evaluation on Monday.
Cops are now saying the corpse sat decomposing in the apartment for “two or three” years, while the daughter ate and slept next to it.
The New York Post reports:
A Brooklyn woman spent three years living in a cramped apartment with her dead mom — propping her up at the dinner table and sleeping next to her skeleton every night, The Post has learned.
Chava Stirn, 28, even dressed like her mother — wearing the same black outfit and shoes that 61-year-old Susie Rosenthal had on when she died.
“It’s a scene right out of ‘Psycho’ . . . This is one of the weirdest cases I’ve ever seen,” a law-enforcement source said.
… For the slumber parties, she dragged a chair into the kitchen to snooze next to the corpse — leaving her twin bed covered in stacks of paper.
Stirn, who has been identified in other news reports as Chava Spira or Chava Rosenthal, was taken to Maimonides Hospital on Monday for psychiatric evaluation.
Cops came to the apartment after the building’s superintendent came to fix a leak reported by neighbors, according to DNAinfo. The super found the door ajar but couldn’t open it further because of the trash. That and the stench spurred him to call police.
Relatives had no idea that the elder Rosenthal had passed away. Her sister, Janis Gellis, dropped off food daily, but always left it outside the apartment door. It was she who tipped off police that there should have been a second resident of the apartment.
The Daily News reports:
When Spira’s aunt Janis Gellis came by to drop off food, she shocked authorities with the news that her 61-year-old sister — Rosenthal — should have been in the apartment, too.
“She asked who was taken into the hospital and said there should be one more woman living there,” said Mayer Berger, a spokesman for Chesed Shel Emes, a Jewish burial service for the poor.
… Stacks of pizza boxes could be seen strewn across the apartment. The women’s only visitor was Rosenthal’s sister, but she would never go into the apartment, Berger said.
“She brought meals for them once a day and left it in front of the door and they’d take it in,” he said.
The medical examiner’s office is still attempting to determine the cause of death, though police told reporters that no criminality is suspected at this time.
The MTA is warning E-ZPass users of a new e-mail phishing scam that has surfaced, in which digital con artists attempt to get at your private data by warning of phony unpaid tolls.
Phishing scams attempt to dupe users to send the scammer sensitive information, including usernames, passwords or banking information by masquerading as a trustworthy entity.
Scam artists are sending out official looking e-mails carrying the E-ZPass logo, often from an e-mail account that appears to be connected to the service. A screenshot of the e-mail is shown above, stating that the user has not paid for driving on a toll road and that previous invoices have not been responded to. It provides a link to download the invoice.
In reality, the E-ZPass Service Center does not send out e-mail invoices for payments. All bills are sent through the United States Postal Service. The e-mails are not authorized by E-ZPass, MTA Bridges and Tunnels or any other toll agency associated with the service.
The agency is advising customers not to open or respond such e-mail, and instead send them straight to the trash bin. If you think you may have a legitimate e-mail from E-ZPass and want confirmation before opening it, you can call the E-ZPass New York Customer Service Center at (800) 333-8655.
Looking for a new place to call home? Bensonhurst Bean has got you covered. Our rental roundup is a new feature showcasing some of the deals on the market now. If you know of a great place available for rent or are a broker representing a property you want included, contact nberke [at] bensonhurstbean [dot] com. And if you live in or near one the places below, let neighbors know what you think in the comments.
One Bedroom in Quiet 74th Street Building
Location: 74th Street and Bay Parkway
Description: With the decent price, we’re willing to let slide the agent’s gaff in calling it a “very peasant neighborhood.” Maybe it’s not a gaff. Maybe he just doesn’t think very highly of us. But, hey, it’s quiet, and dogs and cats are allowed.
Contact: Frankel Desdunes, Oxford Property Group, (347) 683-0917
Two Bedrooms at Bay Parkway
Location: Bay Parkway
Description: Hey, an elevator. And “gorgeous light,” as opposed to the rather gross light. There’s a live-in super, too, but don’t worry – he won’t live with you. No one wants that.
Contact: Ida Hamdan, Ardor New York Realty, (212) 588-3000.
A Sunny Two Bedroom on 81st Street
Location: 81st Street
Description: A rather nice looking kitchen, a stylish bathroom – who could ask for more? This is a two bedroom, but the agent say you can convert the living room into a bedroom as well. Every room is separated with a door, so presumably you can turn all of them into bedrooms and start your own flophouse. Dream big, buddy.
Contact: Svetlana Aksman, Dsa Realty, (718) 629-8722.
If you know of a great place available for rent or are a broker representing a property you want included, contact nberke [at] bensonhurstbean [dot] com.
Crime Stoppers and the New York City Police Department are now offering a $12,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of Tyrell Brown.
Brown, 25, is the suspect in a carjacking and believed to be the person MTA Bridge and Tunnel Authority Police fired at on the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge yesterday morning.
According to cops, Brown flashed a gun at a 29-year-old man in Staten Island, and swiped his black Hummer on Sunday.
Early Monday morning, Bridges & Tunnels officers had an eye out for the vehicle, and spotted it crossing the Verrazano Bridge from Brooklyn into Staten Island. They stopped the vehicle, spurring the female passenger to try and flee on foot, and Brown attempted to make off with the Hummer. The officers opened fire while Brown slammed into nearby cars before ultimately shaking the cops. He abandoned the car in Staten Island and remains on the lam.
Tyree Brown is described as a 25-year-old black male, 5’08″ in height, 150 pounds, with black hair, brown eyes and has “Dorothea” tattooed on his neck. He was last seen wearing a red hooded jacket and tan pants.
The $12,000 reward includes $2,000 payable by Crime Stoppers upon arrest and indictment, and $10,000 payable by the NYPD upon arrest and conviction.
Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS (8477). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website, or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577.