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Sea Park Apartments (Source: Google Maps)

Sea Park Apartments (Source: Google Maps)

A 19-year-old man is charged with second degree murder in connection with the September 3 shooting death of a Coney Island man.

Jalik Banks, 19, was collared by cops yesterday and charged with second degree murder and criminal possession of a weapon in the second degree. He lives in the Surfside Houses, a New York City Housing Authority development two blocks away from the scene of the crime.

Banks is accused of killing George Carmona, 23, on September 3. As we reported at the time, Carmona was found in the hallway of the Sea Park Apartments at 2980 West 28th Street just just after 8:00pm with a gunshot wound to his head.

He was declared dead at the scene.

Police did not say how the suspect knew the victim.

Community Board 11's offices at 2214 Bath Avenue (Source: Google Maps)

Community Board 11’s offices at 2214 Bath Avenue (Source: Google Maps)

A concerned neighbor alerted Community Board 11 to a string of car break-ins and vandalism along Cropsey Avenue during the group’s October 7 meeting.

A man who introduced himself as Theodore said the incidents have stretched along the commercial corridor from Bay 16th Street to Bay 20th Street, requesting that the Board urge the 62nd Precinct to ramp up patrols in that area.

Reps from the precinct were in attendance and noted the break-ins, and also responded to other concerns. One included a woman’s frustration that soccer practices at the New Utrecht High School fields were causing parking problems and unfair enforcement.  The woman stated that parking is impossible in the most evenings between 7pm and 9pm. The resident said she received a ticket from a police officer for parking “right across” from her home when there were a handful of cars illegally and double parked  on the same street.

Also at the meeting, a representative from Councilman David Greenfield’s office reminded residents that the speed limit has been lowered in most areas from 30 to 25 miles per hour in order to reduce traffic fatalities. Some drivers, unaware of the change, have been getting caught in speed traps on Ocean Parkway because no official announcement has been made yet, the rep said.

Board members were excited to discuss upcoming plans once they began their portion of announcements. It was noted that Community Board 11 has been selected for a Planning Fellowship Program that will focus on Urban Planning. Steven Maples, a second year master’s student at Hunter College, will be aiding the community board in planning regarding illegal curb cuts and front yard parking pads.

Also, regarding budget consultations; the board mentioned some changes they would like to see from the Parks Department—trees being installed in front of curb cuts. There was a motion for a resolution to be submitted.

The board also took notice of complaints surrounding trash at the Waldbaum’s parking lot. Since the establishment is private property, the Department of Sanitation cannot be held responsible. Therefore, the board hopes to ensure close monitoring of the establishment to promote up-keep of the lot.

– Anna Spivak

2007 Surf Avenue (Source: Google Maps)

A man was found fatally shot in the head Saturday morning in a Coney Island building with a history of recent tragedies.

Police responded to a 911 call at 8:45am of a person shot inside 2007 Surf Avenue, where they found a 43-year-old man collapsed in the 13th floor hallway. The man had a gunshot wound to his stomach and one to the head, and was pronounced dead at the scene.

No arrests were made, and the identity of the man is being withheld pending family notification.

It’s just the latest in a string of tragic incidents at that address. Most notably, on the very same floor as the shooting, a teenager allegedly set fire to a mattress in the hallway in April, sparking a blaze that ultimately took the life of the first police officer on scene, PO Dennis Guerra. His partner was critically injured and recovered, and 16-year-old Marcell Dockery has been charged with murder.

In August, 22-year-old Victor Rosado, an expectant father and community member, was shot to death in front of the building. He was believed to be an innocent bystander struck when an unknown gunman opened fire on a group of men playing chess.

In September, an officer suffered a possible heart attack at 2007 Surf Avenue, where he collapsed when responding to a call for shots fired.

70 Pct Suspect Knife 1Rafael Laureano, 51, who owned Spartan Health Club (1166 Coney Island Avenue), died when he was hit by a bullet from police officers who were firing at a knife-wielding man who had attacked Laureano and his girlfriend at an Ocean Parkway apartment Monday night, the city medical examiner said.

The city medical examiner’s office told us that Laureano died from a “perforating gunshot wound of the back.”

Katarzyna Russo had been with her two young children at her apartment at 820 Ocean Parkway when Francisco Carvajal, 47, reportedly showed up to the home around 7:20pm and began threatening her, pushing his way into her apartment with a knife, according to the NYPD and other published reports.

The New York Times reported that Russo called Laureano for help, and Laureano fought with Carvajal, who was armed with two knives, while Russo locked herself and her two children in the bathroom for safety.

When police arrived, after responding to a 911 call about a woman being attacked by a knife, they encountered both Carvajal and Laureano, the NYPD said. Three officers opened fire on Carvajal after he wouldn’t drop his weapon and began rushing at them, the Daily News reported.

“After ordering the suspect to drop the knife multiple times, police discharged their firearms, striking the armed individual,” the NYPD said in a statement to the media. “The 47-year-old male was pronounced DOA at the scene.”

Police fired a total of 18 bullets, hitting Carvajal nine times, the Daily News said. During the hail of gunfire, Laureano was also hit.

“It appears (Laureano) was inadvertently shot by a police bullet,” NYPD Deputy Commissioner Stephen Davis told the Daily News. “It was very close quarters. (Carvajal) was coming at the officers with a knife and they had to fire.”

Our thoughts go out to Laureano’s family and friends.

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Cops are looking for information about the man pictured above, wanted for criminal mischief after he threw a garbage can through a storefront window at 1602B Mermaid Avenue.

Police say the man caused the destruction at Cell Phone Doctor on June 30, at approximately 3:20pm.

The New York Post shares the additional details that he entered the store asking to have a cellphone activated. An employee refused because a database indicated the phone was stolen.

The man became enraged and chucked the litter bin through the store’s window, causing $800 in damage.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) and then entering TIP577.

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The NYPD has released video of the three suspects who robbed a 67-year-old woman at gunpoint in an elevator of the Amalgamated Warbasse Houses in Coney Island.

As we first reported last week, three suspects followed the woman into the elevator of 425 Neptune Avenue at 8pm on September 22. The doors closed and the suspects flashed a gun and demanded money. She handed over her handbag, which had an LG cellphone and $20.

Cops have released the surveillance video turned over by the building’s security, showing the three suspects enter the building, and then board the elevator.

Neighbors at Warbasse say that a second robbery, at knifepoint, occurred in another Warbasse building this Monday. We’re still working to confirm the details of that incident.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) and then entering TIP577.

Police shot and killed a 47-year-old man who they said was wielding a knife he would not drop upon the officers’ arrival at an apartment at 820 Ocean Parkway Monday night, when they were responding to a 911 call of a man assaulting a woman, the NYPD said.

The NYPD did not identify the 47-year-old man, though the New York Daily News said the individual was Francisco Carvajal. Carvajal reportedly arrived at his girlfriend’s Ocean Parkway apartment around 7:20pm Monday evening and was threatening her and another man, Rafael Laureano, 51, with two knives, the Daily News reported.

The NYPD said Laureano too was hit by police fire, and he also died Monday night, though it hasn’t been determined if he died because of the police fire or because of a stab wound.

The two young children of the woman, Kataryzna Russo, were also at the apartment at the time.

70 Pct Suspect Knife 1Police said this was one of the knives used during the attack. Photo via NYPD.

Police said when they arrived at the apartment, Carvajal would not put down his weapon.

“After ordering the suspect to drop the knife multiple times, police discharged their firearms, striking the armed individual,” the NYPD said in a statement to the media. “The 47-year-old male was pronounced DOA at the scene.”

Laureano was removed to Maimonides Hospital, where he was pronounced DOA, police said.

The NYPD said “a 35-year-old female, as well as her two children, ages six and seven, were in the apartment at the time of the incident, and were unharmed.”

“The female and her children locked themselves in the apartment’s bathroom as the suspect, armed with two knives, attempted to gain entry,” police said.

The Daily News reported that after Carvajal, who was a body builder, busted into the apartment, Russo, “fearing the muscular man’s anger,” locked herself in the bathroom.

From the Daily News:

But Carvajal busted down the door, a knife in each hand, cop sources said.

Russo wrestled one knife away from Carvajal and stabbed him in the chest, the sources said.

Enraged, Carvajal turned his attention on Russo’s new love interest, and Laureano then fled the apartment, the sources said. Russo’s children also escaped the apartment, likely at their mother’s urging, and thus missed the horror that would follow.

Laureano returned to the apartment a short time later, and was banging on the door in an effort to get back inside. He was seen pounding on the door when police were called.

When police arrived, Laureano and Carvajal “were close together as the latter was lunging at both Laureano and the cops,” which is when the two were both hit by police fire, the Daily News said.

The investigation into this is ongoing, and the city medical examiner will conduct an autopsy on Laureano to determine his cause of death, the NYPD said.

Photo via Life Saver.

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A 67-year-old woman was robbed at gunpoint in the elevator of Amalgamated Warbasse Houses Building 2 on Monday, sparking security concerns among residents in the 2,585-unit complex.

According to police, the woman entered the elevator at 425 Neptune Avenue at approximately 8:10pm. Three men followed her. One drew a gun, barking order to hand over her valuables. The three men made off with a handbag containing money, credit cards and a call phone.

They fled on foot and left the woman unharmed. Police did not provide a description of the suspects.

The buildings are monitored by its own private security force, causing residents to question how the men made it into the building. Fliers are now being circulated (above), and last night building management called a tenant’s meeting with the security company, the NYPD’s 60th Precinct, Councilman Mark Treyger, Community Board 13 members and others.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) and then entering TIP577.

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A Gravesend man convicted yesterday of the attempted armed robbery of a neighbor is now accused of plotting the key witness’s murder from his jail cell and offering an undercover cop $10,000 to do the deed, Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson announced today.

Joseph Lombardo, 55, who lives on West 5th Street near Avenue P, was hit with a new indictment of conspiracy and solicitation to commit murder just hours after being found guilty of a February 2013 armed robbery.

In that case, Lombardo forced West 2nd Street resident Lyudmila Dushina to knock on the door of her neighbor, Janna Saleh. Saleh was home with her three children, including an 11-year-old daughter. When she answered the door, Lombardo and an unapprehended accomplice forced their way inside. Both he and the accomplice wore ski masks, hoods and gloves. They demanded money.

While the two thugs were distracted, the 11-year-old child called her father, Hussein Saleh, who was working at the family deli around the corner from the apartment. Hussein left the business just in time to witness Lombardo and his accomplice dashing out of the building and pulling of their masks.

Saleh recognized Lombardo, who he knew as “Joe,” a frequent customer at the bodega.

Lombardo was arrested soon after, and locked up at Rikers Island until his trial. From his prison cell, he plotted to avoid conviction by silencing Saleh, the only person who could identify him in court.

Beginning in May 2014, according to prosecutors, Lombardo dogged a fellow inmate to “take care of a witness,” referring to Saleh.

“I don’t care how you do it, I just want him dead,” Lombardo implored the unidentified inmate, according to the district attorney’s office.

The inmate turned him down several times, and eventually ratted him out to investigators.

The inmate set Lombardo up with an undercover detective posing as a hitman, who spoke to the defendant by phone. Lombardo, though, didn’t trust a voice over the line – so he demanded to meet the killer in person. The undercover killer and Lombardo hashed out the murder at Rikers Island’s vistor’s area on August 30, with Lombardo going so far as drawing a map of the deli with instructions on how to access the apartment. He also directed the “killer” to steal cash and cigarettes to make it look like a robbery gone bad, according to investigators.

He offered $10,000 for the job.

The meeting ended with Lombardo being none the wiser about the setup – until Saleh appeared in court to testify against him. He was found guilty and faces 25 years to life when sentenced in October.

It wasn’t until cuffs were slapped on him again after the conviction that the undercover revealed himself, and the new charges filed. If found guilty, Lombardo faces an additional 25 years to life.

Source: NYPD

Source: NYPD

Cops are looking for the man pictured above, who is accused of stealing debit card information and using it to withdraw funds from a local TD Bank ATM.

The 28-year-old victim reported unusual card activity to authorities on Wednesday, August 6. After looking over records, police found that the suspect hit the ATM of a TD Bank at 1301 65th Street to withdraw money on at least three separate occasions.

His stolen haul totaled $760 from the victim’s account.

The suspect is described as a white male in his late 20s or early 30s with short brown hair.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) and then entering TIP577.

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