Great news from Captain Mackie, 104th Precinct, about an arrest of an individual breaking into cars. Once again this arrest was made possible by an alert resident.
Great job by the resident and 104th Precinct!!
Roe Daraio, President
Comet Civic Association
On Monday, 3/28 at 11:30 PM, 104 Precinct Robbery Conditions units responded to a radio run of a vehicle break-in in front of 60-00 block of 69th Street. A neighbor reported he observed a male perpetrator open the passenger front door of a '97 Acura (belonging to an elderly neighbor) parked at the location and rummage through the vehicle. A canvass was initially conducted, with negative results. 30 minutes later the witness makes a second call of the same male casing the neighborhood, but no reported auto break this time around. A request was made for Aviation Unit to flyover the location but they were unable to fly due to high winds. At 4:21 AM (over FOUR HOURS later), 104 Conditions Officers Hili and Mancuso sighted a male fitting the description at the northeast corner of 74th Street and Eliot Avenue, at which time he was held for identification by the original witness, positively identified and arrested. He was wearing the same maroon pants seen by the witness originally which had since been torn, likely from hopping fences. He is Jonathan Hughes, a 17 year old male white, address is 61-03 56th Drive in Maspeth. He has 1 prior arrest to this incident (Felony Assault in the 104 Precinct). He had loose change on him and a GPS, but no property was taken from the victim's Acura. He was charged with Unauthorized Use of a Vehicle.
This arrest shows how persistent our officers were in continuing a canvass for this individual over four hours after the crime was initially reported.