Police looking for help identifying mugger

Police are looking for the public’s help in identifying a man accused of mugging two individuals within the confines of the 104th precinct.

According to police, on Saturday, April 30 at around 2:18 a.m., at an unspecified Ridgewood location, the suspect approached the two male victims from behind. He allegedly punched the 45-year-old victim in the face to knock him unconscious, then punched and pushed to the ground the 47-year-old victim.

Police say the suspect then removed the 47-year-olds cellphone and wallet then grabbed the 45-year-old’s wallet before fleeing the scene.

The individual is described as a male Hispanic, 17 to 23 years old, 5’6 to 5’8, 160 pounds; last seen wearing a gray hooded sweater and gray sweatpants. Surveillance video of the incident is linked below.

Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime stoppers website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential.


NYPD 104th Precinct Community Council meeting tonight

CbSFPvMXEAAOu_-The NYPD 104th Precinct Community Council is holding their monthly meeting at Ridgewood’s St. Matthias School tonight. The meeting is a great opportunity for members of the community to voice their concerns over public safety issues and meet the commanding officers of their local police department.

Aaron Soriano from the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs will be the special guest at the meeting.

The meeting is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at 58-25 Catalpa Avenue, Ridgewood, N.Y.

Pols visit Ridgewood Preschools


Bob Monahan, Executive Director, Greater Ridgewood Youth Council, Deputy Mayor Richard Buery, Assemblywoman Catherine Nolan and teachers and children from the youth council.

Elected and City officials visited Ridgewood to tour several preschools at P.S. 88 and the Greater Ridgewood Youth Council.

“As Chair of the Assembly Education Committee and a big supporter of Pre-K, I know we must continue to make the necessary investments to ensure that every child in every community has access to a high quality program” said Assemblywoman Catherine Nolan. “Thank you to Deputy Mayor Buery for visiting several schools in our Ridgewood Community.”

Police seize counterfeit designer goods in Ridgewood raid

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District Attorney Richard Brown with the approximately $1 million in counterfeit goods recovered from a Ridgewood storage locker.

Police broke up a million dollar counterfeiting ring in Ridgewood Queens this week which resulted in the arrests of three individuals. According to District Attorney Richard Brown, the three individuals are charged with counterfeiting trademark goods and hiding them in Ridgewood storage units.

“One may argue that buying fake designer goods is a victimless crime, but counterfeit operations like this one fuel an underground economy that benefits only the alleged criminals,” said Brown in a release. “Their transactions are cash-only and therefore rob both City and State municipalities of much-needed tax revenue. These products – inferior in material and quality – also damage the reputation and brand of the designers they copy.”

A search warrant was executed last week at Cubesmart Self Storage and it was there that all three defendents – Hai Yan “Ya-Ya” Yang, 40, of  Bayside, Queens, Guo X. Zheng, 55, of Brooklyn and Jaing J. Nan, 42, of College Point – were apprehended. Police recovered over 100 boxes worth about $1 million in designer goods.

Products included: boots, purses, jackets, sneakers and umbrellas. Designer items were from: Louis Vuitton, Coach, Gucci, Michael Kors, North Face, UGG, Nike Prada, Burberry, Ferragamo, Hermes and Tory Burch.

According to the district attorney’s office, they are charged with first-degree trademark counterfeiting. If convicted, the defendants face up to five years in prison.

Seneca Stroll this Saturday

unnamed (1)The Myrtle Avenue Business Improvement District is hosting the second annual Seneca Avenue Stroll on Saturday, from noon to 5 p.m. on Seneca Avenue between Myrtle Avenue and Catalpa Avenue.

Celebrate Oktoberfest at the even with craft brews provided by Finback Brewery, Queens Brewery and Bridge and Tunnel Brewery, hosted inside Nepalese Indian Restaurant.

Food will be provided by Ridgewood Eats, Rudy’s Bakery, Nepalese Indian Restaurant and Zum Stammtisch.

In addition to food, there will be music, entertainment and the Queens Library Bookmobile.