Friday, May 22, 2015

Teen, 16, Stabbed In Queens Playground Gang Attack - Police Make Arrest

Queens

By Geoffrey  Croft

A 16-year-old male was stabbed in an Ozone Park playground NYC Park Advocates has learned.  

On Tuesday a vicious gang attacked the teen, repeating punching him and then stabbed him several times in the stomach.

The attack occurred in London Planetree Playground  near the park's comfort station near Atlantic Ave & 89th Street  at 11:35am within the confines of the 102nd Pct. according to police.  

At least three assailants punched the victim while at least two more stood over him while another  stabbed him with a knife, puncturing the teen's intestines which required surgery.   

The victim managed to make it a couple of blocks where he staggered into a Burger King at 92-02  Atlantic Avenue and collapsed face up in the eatery.

EMS responded to a 911 call at 11:44am and transported to Jamaica hospital in "serious"  condition according to a EMS spokesperson.

On Wednesday Police arrested Kevin Ortiz, 22 from 95th Avenue.

He was arraigned yesterday and charged with Attempted Murder in the  Second Degree, Gang Assault in the First Degree,  Assault In The First Degree, Endangering The Welfare Of A Child, Criminal Possession Of A Weapon In the Fourth Degree,

Ortiz's next court date is June 4th

Police are looking for at five other suspects  wanted in the assult.  

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Central Park: Police Apprehend Woman Wanted In Attempted Playground Kidnapping

















Police lead attempted kidnapping suspect Cecile Jackson, 35, from the Central Park Pct. yesterday.  Jackson was taken to a hospital for psychological evaluation, and then later arraigned on an attempted kidnapping charge. 

Manhattan

By Geoffrey Croft

Police arrested the suspect wanted in last week's attempted playground kidnapping in Central Park.

The woman was identified as Cecile Jackson, 35 who has no known address. 

The woman has apprehended after she approached two women sitting on a park bench with their children on Central Park West between 85th and 84th Street on Tuesday around 7 p.m.

Jackson began speaking incoherently and waved for their children to come over to her.

The women flagged down police. 

She is charged with one count of Attempted Kidnapping in the Second Degree stemming from the May 12th  incident where police say she tried to remove a two-year-old boy from Heckscher Playground. 

The boy's nanny was pushing his sister in a swing when the suspect removed him from a "bucket swing, held the child, and attempted to walk out of the park, screaming (in substance): THIS IS NOT YOUR KID," according to the complaint.

The child's nanny stopped the suspect from exiting the park and removed the child from the suspect's arms. 

jackson's next court date is June 18th. 















Cecile Jackson after her arrest.


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Sunday, May 17, 2015

Hammer Attacker Arrested In 2013 For Assaulting Officer In Riverside Park


Manhattan

By Geoffrey Croft

The mentally ill man shot last week wanted for several hammer attacks has several park-related arrests including one in 2013 for assaulting a police officer in Riverside Park, NYC Park Advocates has learned.


David Baril, 30, was arrested after he assaulted a police officer trying to issue him a summons for being in Riverside Park after dark.

He attacked the officer with sharp object, according to police. 

In 2008 he was arrested inside a Bronx Park after he was found to be in possession of a stun gun. 

Police believe he may have been homeless, living in parks and subways since January after he voluntarily left the mental health facility in upper Manhattan. Baril doesn't appear to have had a fixed address since.

Baril has eight prior arrests most in the Bronx where he lived.  Other arrests for assault, cocaine possession and turnstile jumping.

Baril was shot in midtown Manhattan Wednesday morning while attacking a female police officer.

Two eagle-eyed officers on patrol spotted the suspect and began following him when suddenly he pulled out a hammer and violently attacked the female officer. 

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Saturday, May 16, 2015

Central Park: Woman Wanted For Attempted Abduction Of Boy, 2, In Heckscher Playground


The woman — believed to be 32 years old, 5-foot-2 and 140 pounds with curly black hair — fled the playground alone.






































Police released a sketch of the suspect wanted for the attempted abduction of a 2-year-old boy in  Heckscher Playground on May 12, 2015 at 10:30 in Central Park. The child's nanny stopped the suspect from exiting the park and removed the child from the suspect's arms. 

The suspect is described a black female, approximately 32 years-old, 5'2", 140 pounds with short curly black hair and was last seen wearing dark colored pants.

Manhattan


The New York City Police Department is asking the public's assistance identifying the suspect wanted for an attempted abduction within the confines of the Central Park Precinct. Details are as follows:

On May 12, 2015 at 10:30 the suspect entered the Heckscher playground, located within Central Park, where she picked up a 2 year old boy, who was seated on a swing and attempted to exit the park.  

The child's nanny, a 27 year-old female who was pushing the victim's brother on an adjacent swing, stopped the suspect from exiting the park and removed the child from the suspect's arms.  

The victim was uninjured and the suspect fled the location in an unknown direction.  The incident was reported to police on May 14, 2015.

The suspect is described a black female, approximately 32 years-old, 5'2", 140 pounds with short curly black hair and was last seen wearing dark colored pants.

Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call the NYPD's Crime Stoppers Hotline at 800-577-TIPS.

The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers Website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM or texting their tips to 274637(CRIMES) then enter TIP577.









Thursday, May 14, 2015

Police Releases Sketch Of Suspect Wanted In Sunday's Central Park Mugging



NYPD sketch of suspect wanted in Sunday's mugging of a 19-year-old at 109th Street and the East Drive. The robbery was one of three seperate incidents  in less a 24-hour period.   On Monday police said that additional cops would be assigned to the park to help combat the sudden rash of robberies.

Manhattan

The New York City Police Department is asking the public's assistance identifying a suspect wanted for robbery within the confines of the Central Park Precinct. Details are as follows:

On Sunday, May 10, 2015 at approximately 8:00pm, inside Central Park at 109th Street and East Drive, the unidentified suspect engaged the 19-year-old victim in a conversation as she was walking past him. The suspect then asked the victim to sit down with him and stated to her that he had a knife and demanded her property. The victim complied by giving him her wallet. The suspect then fled north out of Central Park. There were no injuries reported as a result of this incident.

The suspect is described as male Hispanic, approximately 20-years-old, 5'0", 130lbs, long black hair in a bun and wearing cargo pants.

Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call the NYPD's Crime Stoppers Hotline at 800-577-TIPS. The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers Website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM or texting their tips to 274637(CRIMES) then enter TIP577.

All calls kept strictly confidential.

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Beloved Parks Worker From Queens Takes Her Life

"She will rest in the shade between a beautiful cherry tree and a maple tree, so she will always be close to different kinds of birds."

Jennifer Kao
Jennifer Kao, 41, Senior Project Manager with the Planning and Parklands Division committed suicide last Wednesday when she tragically jumped off the George Washington Bridge. She was described by a former colleague as a gentle soul.


Queens

By Geoffrey Croft 

A beloved parks worker from Forest Hills died last Wednesday after taking her own life.

Jennifer Kao, 41, project manager in the Parklands Division worked at the agency since October 15,  2002. 

"It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Jennifer Kao, Senior Project Manager with the Planning and Parklands Division,"   the Parks Department said in a broadcast email sent to employees yesterday.

"Our thoughts are with her family and friends during this difficult time,"

Former Assistant Parks Commissioner Jack T. Linn decribed her as not a typical aggressive or ambitious New Yorker.

"She was a quiet, competent presence at the Arsenal for years,"  said Mr. Linn.  

"She was a gentle soul. It's all overwhelming," he said.

She was laid to rest this morning at the Maple Grove Cemetery in Kew Gardens, NY Queens.  

"She will rest in the shade between a beautiful cherry tree and a maple tree, so she will always be close to different kinds of birds,"  the agency said in a message.

Jennifer’s family relayed that Jennifer loved flowers and they may be sent to the funeral home.  But in lieu of flowers, donations can be made to environmental groups, bird/avian welfare groups, and organizations that provide international development and relief.

According to a published report Ms. Kao jumped from the crossing, north of the New York tower on the George Washington Bridge around 11:20 a.m.  on Wednesday.

The NYPD Harbor Unit pulled her body from the Hudson River about 15 minutes later. 

Over the years Jennifer worked on dozens of parks projects including the Shore Parkway Greenway, the Silvercup Studios project, and Elmhurst Gas Tank site in Queens. 

Joshua Laird, former Assistant Commissioner of Planning hired Jennifer into the agency in 2002, he described the loss as a "terrible tragedy," and said he was still in shock. 

"It's so sad. She was a smart, sweet and unassuming person. It's hard to fathom," he said. 

In 2006 Laird nominated Jennifer for Management’s Employee of the Month award for her "steadfastness and dedication," as a Community Coordinator for the Planning Division.

Mr. Laird,  now at the National Park Service said her work at the agency was "essential" and cited many projects she had a hand in such as Hudson River Park,  Brooklyn Bridge Park and Hunter's Point South among others that she had an important role in helping to see them through fruition. 

"She was essential in helping to move along these complicated projects through the environmental review and land use process," Laird said.

Former staffers informed him of the tragedy earlier this week. 

Laird  said he has fond memories of her organizing birthday celebrations and outings for fellow employees.

"A lot of people are feeling the hurt in the agency. It's hard to lose a person like this," he said.

"It's way, way too young."


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Wednesday, May 13, 2015

UPDATE: Police Shoot Man Wanted In Hammer Attacks



























Police officer Lauren O’Rourke clutches the back of her head as David Baril, 30, the suspect wanted in a series of hammer attacks lays in the middle of the street at 37th Street and Eighth Avenue after being shot by officer Geraldo Casaigne Wednesday morning. (Photo: Rich Docherty)

Manhattan

By Geoffrey Croft


This morning a police officer shot David Baril, the 30-year-old suspect wanted in a series of hammer attacks on innocent bystanders after he turned on them according to police.

Video released by police show a fast acting police officer coming to the aid of his female partner who is being pursued by the attacker wildly swinging a hammer in the middle  of Eighth Avenue at 37th Street. 

The incident occurred a little after 10:00am. 

A male and female officer on patrol spotted the suspect and began following him along Eighth Avenue near 38th street when he abruptly turned around and pulled out a hammer and went after the female officer.

"W
hen he turned around he violently started swinging the hammer at the female officer," said Manhattan Chief of Detectives William Aubry.  


David Baril, 30, wanted in Monday's Union Square Park attack and others. (Photo: DCPI)


"As he's swinging the female officer is backtracking into the intersection of 37th & 8th. Her partner, the male officer sees her struggling and he fires his weapon four times at this individual, striking him twice," said Aubry.

Baril was taken to Bellevue Hospital Center where is in critical but stable condition.   

Police say he has multiple prior arrests and a history of psychological problems.

“I want to commend those two officers for their actions this morning," Police Commissioner William Bratton said.  

"First in seeing the suspect and approaching him. And then secondly for the quick action on the part of the officers, but particularly the male officer, who based on the preliminary video I viewed, quite possibly saved his partner’s life by shooting the suspect.”

There was a heavy uniform police presence last night in Union Square Park as police canvased the area looking for the suspect in Monday's attacks.  A twenty-eight-year-old woman was sitting alone on a park bench by Evelyn's Playground in Union Square Park when she was attacked from behind by the deranged man. (Photo: Geoffrey CroftNYC Park Advocates) 


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