COMET received an email from someone with a post attached. The woman who wrote the post stated on two occasions while walking around Juniper Park at 6:00 am an SUV with a male driving slowly asked her to get in his car. She thought the first incident was an isolated one, but it happened again the next morning. She posted the incident to warn folks but didn't notify the 104th Precinct because she probably thought nothing actually happened. When COMET received the information we immediately sent it to DI Hall. He promised to have officers in the area during the time the two incidents occurred. Here is DI Hall's response:
"Our midnight officers were in the park last night and spotted the vehicle in question. The car made a quick U-turn to evade the cops. They were able to pull him over, and when they ran his license, it was found to be revoked. The vehicle was also unregistered and uninsured. The male/Hispanic/late 20s was arrested and the car will be taken to determine true ownership. Our detectives will be speaking to him to try get more information out of him. "
Deputy Inspector Louron Hall | FBINA 272
Commanding Officer | 104 Precinct
The Elmhurst incident occurred this past Friday, May 7th at about 7:30 pm. An Asian female was on Queens Boulevard crossing from the bank heading to Target. As she was crossing, a male body slammed her trying to knock her down. No words were spoken. She was able to keep her balance by grabbing onto a baby carriage without tipping it over. She didn't call the 110th Precinct because of limited English and the fact that she didn't get a good look at the man who assaulted her. One of our community activist Asians spotted the post and was able to find out who she was and contacted her. She met with the victim near Target, called 911 and a report was taken.
A message from COMET:
- If something doesn't appear to be right, it probably isn't. If you're hesitant to call to make a report, contact your Community Affairs Officers. They will give you advice. We are giving you their contact info below.
- If you are a victim of a crime outside, you can go home and the police will come to take a report.
- We need to get the word out that 911 has translators for all languages and our police officers have phones that can translate. If these incidents go unreported, it's like nothing happened!
PO Michael Berish - firstname.lastname@example.org
Det. Luis Diaz - email@example.com
Det. Marcos Torres - firstname.lastname@example.org
Det. David Saponieri - email@example.com
PO Jose Checo - firstname.lastname@example.org