Woman pepper sprayed during attempted robbery


A pair of would-be burglars peppered sprayed a woman and her nephew in Maspeth according to Det. Thomas Bell of the NYPD 104th precinct.

According to Bell, two Hispanic males attempted to steal a woman’s purse in the area of 51st Road. When the woman’s nephew came to her aid, both victims were pepper sprayed. The assailants did not manage to steal the woman’s purse. The suspects fled in an unknown direction.

Police announce seven prostitution arrests

Police announce seven prostitution arrests

New York Police Department’s 104th precinct announced seven prostitution arrests that stemmed from an undercover sting operation executed by the vice enforcement division.

Communities of Maspeth and Elmhurst Together (COMET) passed along information regarding the arrests to residents in a newsletter.

Capt. Gregory Mackie of the 104th precinct, according to the newsletter, said that the vice division conducted undercover sting operations in the night hours of March 5.

The NYPD 104th precinct

The NYPD 104th precinct

According to Det. Thomas Bell of the 104th precinct, the seven arrests occurred at four different locations.

Arrested at 66-49 Grand Avenue were 29-year-old Carol Hong of Queens, who faces charges of unauthorized practice of profession, Liu Jia-Jia, 33, of Maspeth and Li Hai Fang, 50, of Queens, both face charges of prostitution.

At 66-47 Grand Avenue: Chin Fen Lee, a 52-year-old Maspeth woman was arrested and charged with unauthorized profession of practice.

Also on Grand Avenue, at 65-50 Grand Avenue, there were two arrests. Police say Gao Lan, 24, of Queens, is charged with unauthorized profession of practice and Ning Hao, 34, of Maspeth is charged with prostitution.

There was one additional arrest in Ridgewood, according to Bell. 51-year-old Meihua Piao of Queens was charged with prostitution at 52-01 Metropolitan Avenue.

All of the arrested individuals were women.