Maspeth man sentenced to nine years for break-ins

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After pleading guilty to a series of residential break-ins last month, a Maspeth man was sentenced to nine years in prison, District Attorney Richard Brown announced today.

Juan Cuervo, 54, was charged with burglarizing nine different homes throughout the borough, predominantly in Elmhurst and Flushing. In each incident, he allegedly ransacked the homes and stole various pieces of property including a camera, solver coins, jewelry and cash.

“The defendant broke into the homes of various people – victims who had their private and personal spaces invaded by a stranger – and ransacked their residences and stole their property,” Brown said. “The defendant admitted his guilt and has now been sentenced to a lengthy term of incarceration.”

Police looking for suspected deli robber

2772-16-104-pct-robbery-9-29-16-photoThe NYPD 104th Precinct is looking into the whereabouts of a man they say is wanted in connection with a robbery at a Maspeth deli on Thursday, September 29.

According to police, at approximately 12:35 a.m., the suspect entered Grand Deli at 66-10 Grand Avenue, approached the 34-year-old male employee, displayed a handgun and demanded cash from the register. When the victim refused, police said, the individual took $150 from the register and subsequently fled the store.

Police describe the suspect as a white male, approximately 20-years-old, 6’1″ to 6’2″ and last seen wearing a blue hooded sweater, light blue jeans and black sneakers.

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.

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.