You are reading

Cops Nab a Number of Suspects Related to Sunnyside/Woodside Crime

Capt. Donald Powers

May 30, 2012 By Christian Murray

Herman Oliazola just put his nose in where it didn’t belong.

The Bronx man was arrested for a Sunnyside burglary after the police saw video footage of him breaking into an apartment at 46-51 50th Street.

“We got the video of him and he was trying to defeat the camera by covering his face with a handkerchief and pulling his baseball cap down low,” said Captain Donald Powers at the police precinct 108 meeting yesterday.

But Oliazola was not careful enough. Powers said the police got a partial side image—and “one of our cops who arrested him two years ago for burglary recognized his nose, particularly his nostrils.”

Powers said they were able to locate Oliazola with the help of a Bronx police precinct, which  had recently arrested him on a reckless driving charge. The cops quickly discovered Oliazola owned a “distinctive set of sneakers” like the ones taken from the Sunnyside apartment.  The police were able to arrest him on that burglary as well as two others in the 108 precinct.

Powers said the precinct made a series of arrests in the past month that should help keep a lid on the number of robberies and burglaries in the precinct. He said one or two perpetrators can account for a significant jump in crime.

The police arrested Shadie Alsaidei on May 3, who was responsible for three high-profile robberies on 50th Ave and 44th Street. According to police, Alsaidei forced three men at gunpoint on April 12, 18 and 23, to withdraw money from an ATM at a nearby bodega.

The police arrested two men on May 16 relating to a residential burglary in Woodside. Powers said the police suspect the men are responsible for a number of burglaries in the 108 precinct.

Meanwhile, Powers said the police were able to arrest two men this week after they attempted to break into a Woodside house, on 51st Ave and 63rd Street, with a blow torch. Powers said the men are responsible for at least 12 burglaries throughout Queens. This incident was the only one in the 108 precinct.

The police initially caught up with one of the men, Jefferson Villarama, on Monday, who had watches, cutlery, silver and electronics in his possession. The following day the police caught the other man, Michael Natindim. Both are from Elmhurst.

Burglaries have been a persistent problem in the 108 precinct, up 24% this year. Overall, crime is up 1% in the 108 precinct this year—across the major categories.

email the author: [email protected]


Click for Comments 
a victim

u guys r nothing i was a rape victim n u having even caught one yet,sitting on ur assess coffee n donuts.u pick-up petty cases

Long time sunnysider

Thank u 108 for doing your job. Now let’s get more cops assigned to the 108 and make our neigherhood a safer place to live.


Psh! Cops shmops. Crime in an old-school Italian neighbor will do much more street cleaning than the 108th precinct. Regardless of ethnicity (Italian or Irish) neighborhood watch is the best watch… far better than police.

Make criminals think twice about entering a neighborhood. The neighborhood is iron clad.


My husband and I had an attempted robbery a few weeks ago and I think it was this same man. On the video surveillance, he also covered his face with a handkerchief and wore a black hat low over his face. The police said they found him in the Bronx, so I think it was the same person.

Be safe, Sunnysiders!

Bliss & Skillman

I’m sorry but “recognized his nose, particularly his nostrils” just made me spew coffee all over my screen!

Mary Caulfield

@ He’s in God’s Hands Let he who is the perfect punctuator and typist throw the first stone at imperfect spellers. Otherwise, he is making a fool of himself.


Mr. Holy/Moley: a quote from the 108th regarding the lads of 46th Street : “They are on our radar.” Gee – what do you think that means?

Theon Greyjoy

They need to be punished. Otherwise they’ll never respect me! They must pay the iron price


Actually, I think Holierethanthou is to blam – he has some ‘splaining to do to the Mrs.


I thought those kids who hang out on 46th St. in the Gardens were to blame.

Oppressed Masses

Capt. Powers and the officers of the 108th Pct. should be acknowledged for their dedicated service on our behalf. Capt. Powers at the community forum approximately one month ago said that the burglaries and the street crimes people are concerned with are resolved by careful police work which typically takes time and usually when the bad guy commits another crime and is recognized. This is exactly what happened with the crew that was committing home burglaries. Thanks again Capt. Powers!

Mary Caulfield

Thanks to our dedicated officers. Let the word go out: Don’t come to the 108th to commit crimes. You’ll be caught.


Good news! Thanks to good policing. Keep up the good work!
Let’s do all we can to discourage criminals from preying on our neighborhood.

Marilyn S.


Leave a Comment
Reply to this Comment

All comments are subject to moderation before being posted.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

Recent News

Op-ed: An urgent call for revising NY’s criminal justice reforms to protect public safety

Apr. 11, 2024 By Council Member Robert Holden

In 2019, the State Legislature and Governor Andrew Cuomo embarked on a controversial overhaul of New York’s criminal justice system by enacting several laws, including cashless bail and sweeping changes to discovery laws. Simultaneously, the New York City Council passed laws that compounded these challenges, notably the elimination of punitive segregation in city jails and qualified immunity for police officers. These actions have collectively undermined public safety and constrained law enforcement effectiveness.