Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Bronx News (Bxnews.net): Foot Freak Attacked Women for a Sniff: Perverts Sought After Recent Attacks By David Greene BRONX, NEW YORK, SEPTEMBER 18- Police from at least two area precincts were on the ...
Posted by Bronx News at 10:25 AM
Perverts Sought After Recent Attacks
By David Greene
BRONX, NEW YORK, SEPTEMBER 18- Police from at least two area precincts were on the hunt for two individuals wanted for a series of sexual assaults or attempts against women walking alone.
The NYPD released a video of a man wanted in connection with an attempted assault of a 20-year-old student from Fordham University, who was attacked inside her off-campus building at 1 a.m. on August 21.
Police say that the victim was approached from behind, but resisted when the attacker fled.
Officers from the 48th Precinct are actively searching for the suspect, described as a male, 5 foot 7 in height and 145 pounds.
In the video he appears to be black or Latin. At the time of the incident, the suspect was wearing blue jean shorts, a black T-shirt and white sneakers.
Detectives from the Special Victims Unit working with investigators from the 46th Precinct, have released a sketch and a series of photos of a suspect wanted for attacking two women in under an hour.
Police say this heavy-set Latino, seen wearing a NY Yankees baseball cap first struck at 1 a.m. on August 30, when he approached an 18-year-old female from behind at the intersection of Sedgwick Avenue and Bailey Avenue in University Heights.
According to the wanted flyer sent out by the NYPD, "the above subject approached a female victim from behind and choked her with a gloved hand, rendering her unconscious and preceded to assault her."
Published accounts say the suspect removed the young woman's shoes so he could smell her feet, before running off.
Police say the same individual approached a 24-year old woman at 1:30 a.m., when he choked the woman walking along Park View Place. He reportedly attempted to undress the woman, who resisted, sending the attacker running.
Police describe this individual as a 30-year old heavyset Latino, 5 foot 8 tall and 200-pounds.
Police officers from the 47th Precinct were called to Bronx Park, between Burke and Adee Avenue's, after a woman reported to police she had been sexually assaulted at 3 a.m., on Thursday, September 12.
The victim, believed to be in her late 30's, was transported to a local hospital by a private ambulance company.
At the time, police were looking for the suspect who was described as a male, 5 foot 9 tall, shirtless and wearing black and white shorts. The individual reportedly fled in a red SUV.
However, one police source now says of the case, "Right now it's still being investigated, but the victim is not being cooperative in our investigation." The investigator added, "Just letting you know the victim and the suspect are known to one another."
Anyone with any information on any of the mentioned crimes are asked to call CRIMESTOPPERS at (800) 577-TIPS.
Posted by Bronx News at 10:24 AM
Bronx News (Bxnews.net): Bad Teacher Sold Assault Weapons to Cops: BRONX, NEW YORK, SEPTEMBER 18- District Attorney Robert T. Johnson announced the conviction of a 51-year-old teacher on charges of selli...
Posted by Bronx News at 10:23 AM
BRONX, NEW YORK, SEPTEMBER 18- District Attorney Robert T. Johnson announced the conviction of a 51-year-old teacher on charges of selling illegal firearms, including assault rifles to undercover detectives and untaxed cigarettes to store owners during a year-long sting operation.
Theophilis Burroughs pled guilty to one count of criminal sale of a firearm in the first degree, one count of money laundering in the first degree, one count of criminal tax fraud in the first degree, one count of Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the third degree, one count of conspiracy in the fourth degree, and one count of Tax Law 1814(c) (2) Evasion of the NYS Cigarette Tax.
Burroughs, (aka Mike) of Newark, New Jersey, pled guilty before Acting State Supreme Court Justice Steven Barrett who set sentencing for Monday, October 28, 2013 in Part 60. The judge has indicated that Burroughs will be sentenced to 10 years in prison with five years of post-release supervision. Justice Barrett also signed a $9,000,000 judgment against Burroughs representing taxes and penalties owed to New York State. Burroughs has been fired from his job as a music teacher at Stuyvesant High School and has surrendered his license to teach in New York State.
The conviction was the result of a joint investigation, beginning in July 2009, by the Bronx District Attorney’s Office and the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance. During the course of the investigation Burroughs arranged the sale of 12 firearms and ammunition to undercover detectives. The transactions were negotiated in the Bronx with the undercover detectives taking physical possession of all but one of the firearms at a storage facility in Spartanburg, South Carolina. The weapons were sold between October 20, 2009 and May 19, 2010. Burroughs also conspired to make additional sales after the completion of the May transaction and also sold the narcotic pain killer, Oxycodone, to undercover detectives during the course of the investigation.
The nerve center of the sting operation was a Bronx warehouse at 2605 Halperin Avenue, which was leased by the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance and equipped with audio and visual surveillance technology. Between August 11, 2009 and July 20, 2010 Burroughs bought and re-sold more than 36,000 cartons of cigarettes and thereby evaded more than one $1.75 million in New York State Taxes. The cigarettes that were sold either had no tax stamp or a tax stamp that was purported to be counterfeit. It was during the repeated transactions involving what Burroughs believed to be untaxed cigarettes that he offered to broker the sale of guns and ammunition to the undercover detectives.
Posted by Bronx News at 10:22 AM
Tuesday, September 17, 2013
Fire Victims Discovered a Week After Blaze
By David Greene
BRONX, NEW YORK, SEPTEMBER 17- Three victims killed after a fire tore through an abandoned home were discovered a week after the blaze when a contractor came to gut the home.
According to officials close to the investigation, the three victims were discovered at just after 9 a.m. on September 16, inside the burned-out 3-family home at 61 Buchanan Place in University Heights.
One fire department source stated that two victims had been discovered inside a second-floor living room and the third victim in a bathroom inside the home that was declared, "structurally unsound," before the September 9 fire.
All three were burned beyond recognition and the medical examiner will attempt to identify the trio through missing person reports and medical records.
Law enforcement officials believe the three victims were squatters who were living in the boarded-up home before the fire began.
An investigation into the origin of the fire was already underway. A second investigation is now underway to determine why the home wasn't properly searched.
One witness recalled, "The fire department put the fire out and left and the construction workers who were ripping down the building, found the bodies in the house."
Posted by Bronx News at 4:28 AM