Nov. 13, 2010 Staff Report
The police arrested a man on Queen Blvd. early Thursday morning after he went around to a Sunnyside resident’s home and pulled a 9 mm handgun after the pair got into a dispute.
Police said that the perpetrator went to the victim’s 39th Street home to settle an ongoing issue and pulled out a handgun. While no shots were fired, the man was arrested on Queens Blvd and 39th Street at 12:30 am while waving his gun.
“The guy was running around the neighborhood,” said Mark Wachter, a police lieutenant at precinct 108, at the United forties Civic Association meeting in Woodside on Thursday. Many residents called the station and there was a big police presence on the scene, he said. The police arrested the man and recovered the handgun. The perpetrator was not named.
Meanwhile, Wachter said that a judge ruled last week that the current business owner of Casa Romana (the bar/club at 39-20 Queens Blvd. where several teenagers were stabbed on August 28) is not permitted to reopen the establishment.
The police’s legal bureau initially got an order to close it down via a “nuisance abatement” in October. When the matter went before a Queens County Supreme court judge last week, the judge ruled that the owner is no longer able to maintain a financial interest in the business and must sell it.
The judge ruled that the police and court must approve the new buyer.
On a different matter, Wachter said the police have downgraded a reported abduction of a 20-year woman on 40th Street and 50th Ave. to a robbery. Initially, the police reported that a woman was pulled into a vehicle on her way to the subway at 6:30 am on October 26. However, after interviewing several witnesses, the police said the man stopped his car and stole her bag.
Meanwhile, in a highly publicized hit-and-run last Wednesday, a 29-year-old female and her 3-year-old son were struck between 61st-62ndstreets and Woodside Ave. Police later found that the perpetrator was a man in his mid 80s who was frightened and fled the scene due to fear. No one was seriously hurt.
Furthermore, Wachter said that the precinct’s anti-crime unit arrested two men who had impersonated police officers to pull off a robbery. The perpetrators were found near 69th Street and Roosevelt Ave. with tasers and police shields.