RIP Former NYPD Officer

The recent murder of two NYPD officers have left not only New York City with a broken heart, but Long Island as well.logo

To add to the violence, a veteran Florida police officer died on Sunday, Dec. 21 after being gunned down and run over with a car by a felon.

Officer Charles Kondek, a 45-year-old married father of six, was killed in Tarpon Springs, after responding to a noise complaint around 2 a.m. EST, the local police department said. Kondek was a native of Long Island and grew up in North Massapequa. He graduated from Plainedge High School and previously as an officer for the NYPD.

Our hearts go out to the of the NYPD, their families and all officers killed in the line of duty.

Thank you to all of those who risk their own lives to protect ours. Words will never be enough.

 

Crime In Massapequa

 The Major Case Bureau reports the details of a robbery that occurred on Monday, Dec. 1 at 9:10 p.m. in Massapequa Park.

According to Robbery Squad Detectives, an unknown male subject armed with a handgun entered the AT&T store located at 450 Sunrise Highway and ordered the two victim employees, to the rear office of the store.  A short time later, a second subject entered the store and both subjects removed an undetermined amount of cell phones.  The subjects left the scene in an unknown direction of travel.   The victims, a male 23 years and a female 25 years stayed in the office during the robbery.

The first male subject is described only as wearing a cloth mask, a dark color hooded style sweatshirt and gloves.  There is no description of the second subject.

Detectives request anyone with information regarding this crime to contact Nassau County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-244-TIPS.  All callers will remain anonymous.

Arrest In Massapequa

The Seventh Squad reports the arrest of two Baldwin men for a Grand Larceny that occurred in Massapequa at 5:25 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 30.

According to detectives, two police officers on patrol observed the two defendants in the parking lot of the Westfield Mall located at 850 Sunrise Highway.  The defendant’s suspicious activity led to the officers questioning the defendants and resulted in their arrests.  It was determined that the defendants had made purchases in Walmart and Champs in an excess of $1900 using a stolen credit card.

Defendant Terrell Fuller, 24, and Daiyquan Webb, 24, were both charged with criminal possession of stolen property, identity theft  and forgery 2nd degree.  Additionally, Fuller is charged with criminal possession of a forged instrument and Webb is charged with grand larceny 4th degree.  The defendants were arraigned on Monday, Dec. 1, in First District Court 99 Main Street Hempstead.

Arrest In Massapequa

The Seventh Squad reports the details of an arrest for Robbery that occurred on Sunday, Nov. 23 at 11:32 am in Massapequa.

According to detectives, a 65-year-old female victim was putting groceries into her vehicle at 702 Hicksville Road when she was approached by an unknown female subject who grabbed her pocketbook and started to run away. The victim gave chase and after a brief struggle was able to retrieve her handbag.  The defendant then fled the scene in a 2012 gray Hyundai Sonata.

The victim suffered minor injuries and refused medical assistance. After an investigation detectives arrested defendant Meghan Solomons, 27, at her home without incident.

The defendant is being charged with Robbery 3rd Degree and was arraigned on Monday, Nov. 24, at First District Court, Hempstead.

Arrest In Massapequa

The guilty verdicts delivered by a Nassau jury against Rosendo “Rusty” Torres, 65, of North Massapequa, were upheld today by Nassau County Court Judge Tammy Robbins, who rejected allegations of juror misconduct made by the defense.

The defense argued that jurors in Torres’ trial had been pressured and changed their votes to end deliberations, but the judge found today that the defense had failed to prove that acts of juror misconduct which may have affected a substantial right of the defendant had occurred, and denied the defense’s motion to set aside the guilty verdicts.

Torres was found guilty by the jury in July of five counts Sexual Abuse in the 1st Degree (a D violent felony). Torres was found not guilty of two counts of Sexual Abuse in the 1st Degree and one count of Course of Sexual Conduct Against a Child in the 2nd Degree (a D violent felony). Torres faces a maximum sentence of seven years in prison on each count that he was found guilty on.

He is due back in court for sentencing on Dec. 11.

Torres was convicted of abusing one girl under age 11 while acting as a youth baseball coach for the Town of Oyster Bay. The abuse occurred from April 2012 to May 2012 during baseball practice sessions in Plainview. Torres was acquitted in July by the jury on charges of abusing a second girl under age 11. Torres was arrested by the Nassau County Police Department on May 8, 2012.

Assistant District Attorney D.J. Rosenbaum of DA Rice’s Special Victims Bureau is prosecuting the case. Torres is represented by Troy Smith, Esq.

Arrest In Massapequa

The Seventh Squad reports the arrest of a Queens man for Public Lewdness on Friday, Nov. 7 at 12:56 a.m.

According to detectives, on Wednesday, November 5, 2014 Rohit Rameshar, 20, of 117-74 142 Pl., Jamaica parked his car on the corner of Franklin Ave. and Baltimore Ave. in Massapequa.  At 3:30  p.m. a female victim, 13 years of age, walked past the defendants car and observed him with his pants down exposing himself.  She went home and contacted police who after an investigation arrested Rameshar at his home without incident on Friday, Nov. 7 at 12:56 a.m.

Rameshar is charged with Public Lewdness and will be arraigned on Wednesday, Nov. 12 at First District Court in Hempstead.

Massapequa Students Learn Fire Safety

Massapequa elementary schools marked Fire Prevention Week with assemblies presented by the Massapequa Fire Department.

The assemblies focused on preventing fires, fire alarms and family action plans. Students reviewed fire safety tips, such as to never play with matches, be aware of hot surfaces and “stop, drop and roll.”
Special thanks to the Massapequa Fire Department for teaching our kids about fire safety.

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East Lake Elementary School students pose with members of the Massapequa Fire Department. (Photo courtesy of Massapequa Public Schools)

 

Crime In Massapequa

The Seventh Squad is investigating an Attempted Robbery that occurred in Massapequa on Saturday, Oct. 18, at 4:39 a.m.

According to detectives, a 36 year old male sales clerk was working in the rear of Seven Eleven located at 4222 Sunrise Highway when he was approached by an unknown male subject. The subject displayed a machete and demanded money. The clerk then pointed at the window and yelled that the police are coming. The subject then fled out the door on foot and was observed heading south on Hicksville Road.

There were no proceeds. There were no injuries reported.

The subject is described as male, white, 5’7” to 5’10” tall, ripped dark sweatshirt with “Farmingdale” lettering, black ski mask, grey pants, white sneakers.

Detectives request that anyone with information regarding this crime to contact the Nassau County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-244-TIPS. All callers will remain anonymous.

Arrests In Massapequa

The Seventh Squad reports the details of a robbery which occurred on Wednesday, Oct. 8 at 11:25 p.m. in Massapequa Park.

According to detectives, a male victim, 26, exited the rear door of his place of employment, Smokin’ Al’s, located at 4847 Merrick Road, when he was approached by two black males in the back alley.  Both suspects were wearing dark clothing, gloves and ski masks.  One of the suspects displayed a handgun and they took the victims backpack and iPad along with $20 cash.  The suspects fled northbound on Park Boulevard.  No injuries were reported.

Detectives ask anyone with information about this crime to contact Nassau County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-244-TIPS.  All callers will remain anonymous.

Arrests In Massapequa

The Narcotics/Vice Bureau reports the arrest of an Amityville man for Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance that occurred on Thursday, Oct. 2 in Massapequa Park.

According to detectives, on Thursday, Oct. 2, detectives conducted a narcotics investigation at which time the defendant Dominique D. Lawrence 24, of 39 Glenmalure Street sold an undisclosed amount of heroin to undercover detectives at 6 p.m. and again at 9:47 p.m. on Carman Road in Massapequa. The defendant was placed under arrest without incident.

Lawrence is charged with two counts of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 3rd degree and two counts of Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance 3rd degree. He will be arraigned on Friday Oct. 3 at First District Court in Hempstead.