NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Police are trying to track down a man in new surveillance video allegedly connected to the deadly stabbing of a good Samaritan who tried to stop a robbery in Brooklyn . Yong Zheng , 46, was killed on Feb. 26 after he intervened in what turned out to be a robbery of an illegal gambling den in Sunset Park . Zheng, who was returning from dinner with his family, saw the victims of the robbery confront the suspects and believed it may have been another anti-Asian hate crime . Zheng ran over to help and was stabbed four times by the suspected robbers. The three robbery victims were also stabbed, but are expected to be OK. Zheng was the sole provider for his family, working as a bus driver. The community has set up a fundraiser for his two young children. To donate, visit gofund.me/85622e18 . Police arrested 45-year-old William Smith for Zheng’s murder, but sources said at least two other accomplices were on the loose. Anyone with information is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477), or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). You can also submit a tip via their website or on Twitter, @NYPDTips . All calls are kept confidential.
NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A portrait of a dog was stolen from a bar in the Bronx, and it was all caught on camera. It happened around 1 a.m. on Feb. 20 outside Alfie’s Place on East 177th Street. A portrait of a dog was stolen from a bar in the Bronx, and it was all caught on camera. Surveillance video shows two suspects use a ladder to reach the portrait attached to a sign. One man brings it down the ladder, and they walk away. Police are searching for the suspects and the painting. Anyone with information about their whereabouts is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477), or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). You can also submit a tip via their website or on Twitter, @NYPDTips . All calls are kept confidential.
NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Police are searching for a man seen on video shoving another man onto the subway tracks in Brooklyn. It happened around 11:30 a.m. Sunday at the Atlantic Avenue station. Police said the suspect got into an argument with the 29-year-old victim on board a northbound 4 train as it approached the station. WANTED for a Reckless Endangerment @ the Atlantic Ave station #Brooklyn @NYPD78Pct @NYPDTransit on 11/22/20 @ 11:25 AM Reward up to $2500 Seen Him? Know who he is? Call 1-800-577-TIPS or DM us! Calls are CONFIDENTIAL! #yourcityYourcall @NYPDShea @NYPDDetectives @NY1 pic.twitter.com/4WxxcqHe9c — NYPD Crime Stoppers (@NYPDTips) November 23, 2020 When the men got off the train, police said the suspect pushed the victim off the platform and onto the southbound tracks. Surveillance video shows a woman confront the suspect. He takes a swing at her before walking away. Police said the victim pulled himself back onto the platform and refused medical attention. Mayor Bill de Blasio said Monday the city is stepping up efforts to keep subway riders safe. “ NYPD is going to be increasing its presence in the subways, that will be very visible. We continue to expand our mental health efforts. The thing we’ve got to do is find people and get them help before something like this happens, and we need medical intervention, which our city agencies will do,” said the mayor. MORE: Pushes, Punches, Slashings: With Violence Getting Out Of Control On NYC Subways, Guardian Angels Step Up To Patrol The past week saw a string of crimes in the subway system. A shocking caught-on-camera push at the 14th Street/Union Square station grabbed the most attention. During Thursday’s incident, the female victim was lucky to survive after a homeless man allegedly ran up and shoved her on to tracks just as the train rolled in. Hours earlier, there was another push onto tracks that injured a man. There were two attacks Tuesday. A man sucker-punched Broadway actor Alex Weisman inside the 103rd Street station, seriously injuring his eye. And another suspect is being hunted by the NYPD , which said he punched the face of a 65-year-old Metropolitan Transportation Authority worker inside the 23rd Street station. MORE FROM CBS NEW YORK COVID In New York: Cuomo Says It’s Possible NYC Schools Could Reopen Even If Positivity Rate Stays Above 3% Pushes, Punches, Slashings: With Violence Getting Out Of Control On NYC Subways, Guardian Angels Step Up To Patrol NYPD Officer Assaulted By Multiple People While Jogging In Queens Slashings followed on Saturday. A 53-year-old man was slashed on the face on a 4 train approaching Grand Central Terminal. Hours earlier, a knife-wielding man attacked a 26-year-old man inside Brooklyn’s High Street station, police said. The attacks prompted new patrols by members of the Guardian Angels. The group announced it’s back in a big way Sunday. “I’ve never seen as many emotionally disturbed persons having episodes as we see now,” Guardian Angels President Curtis Sliwa told CBS2’s Dave Carlin. Anyone with information about the incidents is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477), or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). You can also submit a tip via their website or on Twitter, @NYPDTips . All calls are kept confidential.
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Seen On Video: Another Subway Rider Pushed Onto Tracks At Brooklyn Station
NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Dramatic video shows an armed robbery in progress at a deli in Brooklyn. It happened late October on Blake Avenue in East New York . Police said two men entered the store, pulled a gun, then demanded money and property. WANTED for ROBBERY on 10/22/20 @ 8:30 PM inside of 1293 Blake ave. @NYPD75Pct #Brooklyn Seen these people? Know who they are? Call us 1-800-577-TIPS It is ANONYMOUS you can receive a REWARD of up to $2500! #YourCityYourCall @NYPDDetectives @BrooklynDA @NYPDShea pic.twitter.com/Gy71ZNPRuk — NYPD Crime Stoppers (@NYPDTips) November 10, 2020 Store clerks handed over about $750 in cash, along with a cellphone, before the suspects fled. Police hope someone can identify them. Anyone with information is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477), or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). You can also submit a tip via their website or on Twitter, @NYPDTips . All calls are kept confidential. MORE FROM CBS NEW YORK Election 2020: Thousands Of Absentee Ballots Just Starting To Be Counted Could Decide Close Races Across New York Cuomo Says Managing Infection Rate Will Be Critical As New York’s Coronavirus Numbers Climb Sources: Bodies Of 2 Babies Found Wrapped In Paper Behind Bronx Building You can get the latest news, sports and weather on our brand new CBS New York app. Download here .
(credit: NYPD) NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The NYPD is trying to find a man accused of entering an elderly woman’s Bronx apartment and robbing her. It happened near Beck Street and Longwood Avenue at around 2:30 a.m. on Saturday, according to police. The suspect allegedly got into the 89-year-old woman’s ground-floor apartment through the back door, which was apparently unlocked, police said. “It has been tough. I keep repeating it in my mind over and over again … I’m not a good sleeper and I was about to start reading and I hadn’t turned my light on yet and I saw someone come by my bedroom door with a flashlight. I thought it was my son,” the victim told CBS2’s Cory James exclusively. But it was not her son, who lives upstairs. When the suspect encountered the woman in her bedroom, he grabbed her arm, threw her on the bed and demanded money, police said. The victim gave him her purse, police added. “I thought I could grab out a $20 (bill) and give it to him, but he took the whole purse. There was $100,” she said. The NYPD released this surveillance video of the suspect: The suspect fled through the back door, leaving the woman recovering from hip and leg surgery with bruises on her leg and arm. Neighbors said they were disturbed by what happened. “It really is so disgusting to hear something like that,” Lydia Santiago said. “There’s no courtesy, no respect for the elders,” Juan Berrios added. “I’m glad he didn’t hurt me more. He bruised me, but he didn’t do anything more. At 89, I could be hurt very badly and I wasn’t,” the victim said. Police believe the suspect is in his 50s and approximately 6 feet tall. The victim admitted that the door to her apartment was unlocked. She said it was a one-time mistake that she will not make again. NYPD investigators want the public to take a good look at the suspect and if you know him you are asked to call the Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477), or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). You can also submit a tip via their website or on Twitter, @NYPDTips . All calls are kept confidential. MORE FROM CBS NEW YORK: Cheering Celebrations Erupt In Streets Of New York After Joe Biden Projected To Win Presidency Mayor Bill De Blasio Urges Protesters To Call Out Agitators, Says Officers Using ‘Kettling’ Tactic Is Not Acceptable Commanding Officer Of NYPD Office Of Equal Employment Opportunity Accused Of Posting Racist, Anti-Semitic Comments Online You can get the latest news, sports and weather on our brand new CBS New York app. Download here .
NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Police are on the prowl for a man accused of stealing people’s jewelry on the subway. The suspect allegedly struck four times between Oct. 16 and Nov. 3. Police said in the first incident, the suspect approached a 39-year-old man and 36-year-old woman aboard a northbound Q train at Union Square and demanded the woman’s engagement ring. He made off with the ring, valued at $7,000. Less than a week later, police said the suspect grabbed a 31-year-old woman’s arm aboard a southbound F train at the West 8th Street-New York Aquarium station. He allegedly simulated he had a gun in his pants, and stole her ring, worth $95. MORE FROM CBS NEW YORK Feeling Stressed While Waiting For Election Results? Experts Say Stay Active, Don’t Isolate Yourself And Take Breaks New York City’s New Quarantine Travel Rules Begin, New Jersey Adds States To Advisory List COVID-19 Remains A Major Problem In The Bronx As Residents Turn Eyes To New York’s Congressional Delegation The next day, police said the suspect approached a 50-year-old man while he was waiting for an elevator. He allegedly displayed a gun and demanded the man’s jewelry, making off with a necklace valued at $1,190 and ring worth $600. Then on Tuesday, police said the suspect was armed with a gun when he approached a 32-year-old man and woman aboard a Brooklyn-bound N train headed to the 36th Street station and told them to place their rings on the seat. He allegedly got away with rings valued at $3,000. No one was hurt in any of the incidents. Police released surveillance images of the suspect taken after the Oct. 23 crime. Anyone with information about the robbery spree is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477), or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). You can also submit a tip via their website or on Twitter, @NYPDTips . All calls are kept confidential. You can get the latest news, sports and weather on our brand new CBS New York app. Download here .
LONG BEACH (CBSLA) — Police released a composite sketch Wednesday of a man they say exposed himself to a 13-year-old girl in Long Beach. A parent called police to report their daughter had been walking home the afternoon before Halloween in the area of Charlemagne Avenue and Village Road when a man in a car approached her and exposed himself to her while making sexual comments, according to Long Beach police. The suspect then drove away, police said. He was described a white man about 19 to 25 years old, between 5-foot-8 and 6 feet tall, 170 to 200 pounds, with brown hair and driving a white, older-model two-door sedan with black rims. Anyone with information about the man’s identity or the case can call detectives at (562) 570-7368 or Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-TIPS (8477).
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Composite Sketch Of Indecent Exposure Suspect In Long Beach Released
NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – An off-duty officer was attacked in broad daylight last week in Brooklyn, and police are searching for the suspect. The 29-year-old was approached by another man around 8:55 a.m. Thursday at the intersection of Williams Court and East 11 th Street in Sheepshead Bay. Police said the suspect hit the officer in the face and head with an unknown object, fracturing his cheek bone. (Credit: NYPD) The officer was taken to the hospital in stable condition. He’s since been treated and released. The suspect is described as a white man in his 20s, approximately 5 feet 6 inches tall, 170 pounds, a thin build and blonde hair. He was last seen wearing a tan sweater. Anyone with information about the suspect 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 or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential.
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Off-Duty Officer Attacked In Broad Daylight In Brooklyn
NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – A woman was fighting for her life Saturday after police say she was struck by a driver who fled the scene in Brooklyn. It happened just before midnight Friday at Avenue P and East 16th Street in Midwood, where police say the driver of a blue sedan struck the victim as she was crossing the road heading northbound. She was rushed to Maimonides Medical Center The car was last seen speeding west with damage to its front end, according to police. 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 (74682). 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.
NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Police say they finally caught up with a man wanted in connection with the death of a nurse in Queens, discovering the suspect on the other side of the country with another woman held captive in a Los Angeles hotel room. Danueal Drayton, 27, of New Haven, Conn., was taken into custody Thursday. The hunt began after 29-year-old nurse Samantha Stewart was found dead inside her bedroom at her family home in Springfield Gardens, Queens, on July 17. Police say Stewart suffered trauma to her head and neck. “A lot of sorrow is in my heart,” her aunt, Ruby Dixon, told CBS2’s Tony Aiello after learning about Drayton’s arrest. “My niece was the best you ever could find in a human being.” (credit: NYPD) Police had been searching for the person responsible for Stewart’s murder and also another incident involving the rape of a 23-year-old woman that happened the month before in Gowanus, Brooklyn. Both investigations led them to the same suspect, when the joint New York/New Jersey Police Task Force caught up with Drayton. “There was a separate woman in a hotel room in California that was being held against her will,” said NYPD Chief of Detectives Dermot Shea. “Right after he commit a gruesome murder here and destroy my family, he went to California and just almost did the same thing,” Stewart’s father, Kenneth, said. “Thank God they catch him before he could destroy another family.” When we captured Danuel Drayton in LA for the murder of Queens nurse Samantha Stewart, he had another victim held captive. He's off the streets but may have victimized others via online dating sites. Need help or have info? Call 800-577-TIPS/ sex crimes hotline 212-267-RAPE pic.twitter.com/iif7E9KuyA — Chief Dermot F. Shea (@NYPDDetectives) July 26, 2018 Authorities believe Drayton met both of those women on Tinder and their first meeting was in a public space. They say he also may have used other dating sites to meet potential victims. “The common denominator in these two cases – one being a murder, one being a rape – is dating websites,” said Shea. “So this individual is known to us and it is believed by us that this individual uses dating web sites to meet women and then victimize these women.” Police say Drayton was well known to police. He was arrested in June for allegedly choking an ex-girlfriend at Inwood Park in Nassau County. One July 1, his bail was set at $1,000. On July 5, a judge dropped the bail requirement, over the objection of the district attorney, and Drayton walked free. He also has five prior arrests in his home state of Connecticut, including a strangulation arrest in 2011. “I’m devastated by my loss of my daughter, but hearing this news now it really, really shocks me, throws me over the edge,” said Kenneth Stewart. Police believe there may be more victims out there and are asking for anyone affected or who has information to come forward. “Be careful. If you meet up with someone, tell somebody,” Dixon said. “Tell a family member, tell a friend. You don’t know who these monsters are.” Stewart’s funeral is set for Saturday.
WEST BABYLON, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — Two people were fatally shot Wednesday night while sitting inside a Jeep on a quiet Long Island street. Suffolk County Police responded to a report of a shooting on Lakeway Drive in West Babylon at approximately 11:20 p.m. Officers found a woman shot inside the jeep and a man shot outside the vehicle. Olivia Digrigoli, 21, of West Islip was pronounced dead at the scene. Anthony St. Hilaire, 22, of West Babylon was taken to Good Samaritan Hospital in West Islip where he was pronounced dead. Anyone with information is asked to call the Homicide Squad at 631-852-6392 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS.
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Woman, Man Gunned Down On Quiet Long Island Street
LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — The widow of Tristan Beaudette — the man killed while camping with the couple’s two young daughters at Malibu State Creek Park — has issued a statement. “I would like to express my sincere gratitude to my family, friends, and the community at large for the outpouring of love and support over the loss of someone who was beloved to so many. Tristan’s passing has been incredibly difficult for me and my family and we continue to grieve over this senseless loss,” Erica Wu said. “Tristan was a devoted husband and father whose life revolved around our family, our happiness, and his hopes and dreams for our future. We met when we were teenagers, grew up together, married, and had two amazing and beautiful daughters. In everything that he did, Tristan was kind, selfless, and giving, and had a natural ability to connect with just about anyone. We supported each other as we pursued our careers while balancing what truly mattered most: spending time with our girls and living life to the fullest. I may never understand why our time together was cut short, but we had an incredible journey and I am so grateful for every day I had with him.” (credit: the Beaudette family) Detectives are hoping reward money will lead them to a suspect. Officials said they are working some promising leads. They have not offered a motive for the crime . Meanwhile, Wu is still trying to come to grips with her loss. “Tristan rejoiced in sharing his love of the outdoors with the girls and believed that campgrounds were the definition of a sanctuary where people could feel safe and secure. I am so thankful to Supervisor Kuehl, the City of Malibu, and Allergan plc for their contributions to a reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspect(s), and encourage anyone with knowledge about the events of that early morning on Friday, June 22 to please contact the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department at: (323) 890-5500.” Detectives say they have developed valuable information during the course of their investigation and are working closely with investigators from other agencies. Officials are asking the public’s assistance and are asking anyone with information to contact the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Homicide Bureau at (323) 890-5500. If you prefer to provide information anonymously, you may call “Crime Stoppers” by dialing (800) 222-TIPS (8477), use your smartphone by downloading the “P3 Tips” Mobile APP on Google play or the Apple App Store or by using the website http://lacrimestoppers.org This crime has placed an emotional strain on the family. But Wu says the support received from family and friends as well as both public and private organizations, to include Crime Survivors, has been greatly appreciated.
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Widow Of Man Killed While Camping At Malibu Creek State Park Issues Statement
RONKONKOMA, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) – A 14-year-old boy has been arrested for smashing a memorial in Lake Ronkonkoma dedicated to a fallen Navy SEAL from Long Island . Police investigators say the youth was arrested at his Ronkonkoma home at 3 a.m. on Friday. He was charged with second-degree criminal mischief and was scheduled to be arraigned in family court on a later date. The stone centerpiece in Lt. Michael P. Murphy Memorial Park in Lake Ronkonkoma was vandalized on Thursday, discovered broken into pieces. “I lost Mike, and then when I saw that I felt I lost him again,” and Maureen Murphy, the soldier’s mother. Murphy, of Patchogue, became the first American awarded the Medal of Honor during the Afghanistan War, when he was killed along with two fellow Navy SEALs during an ambush in 2005. He was 29. Lt. Murphy’s memorial was a labor of love built at Lake Ronkonkoma by local volunteers who sought to mark their native son’s bravery, courage and selflessness, reports CBS2’s Jennifer McLogan. SCPD is investigating vandalism @ Lt. Michael P. Murphy Memorial Park in Lake Ronkonkoma. @SCPD4thPrecinct is assigned to the case. Anyone w/information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS. A fast cash reward of $2,500 for info leading to arrest. #navyseal #murph pic.twitter.com/v3vMc6eLDC — Suffolk County PD (@SCPDHq) July 20, 2018 Community leaders took to social media asking for leads after the vandalism was discovered. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said he was “appalled and disgusted” by the vandalism. Cuomo says the state will pay to replace the memorial. Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone expressed compassion toward the unnamed youth police are saying was responsible. “A minor probably didn’t realize the significance of what he was doing,” he said. “I hope this is a teachable moment.” “Michael would have taken this kid under his wing to teach him what a war hero is,” said Vicent Calvosa of the NAvy SEAL Museum. In addition to memorials around Suffolk County, a 510-foot destroyer is named after Murphy and the movie “Lone Survivor” outlining the the final hours of his life in Afghanistan. “Michael has become more a symbol — he’s our son, but he’s more a symbol — of our military men and women, and our first responders — fire, police — that are out there every day protecting us,” his father, Daniel Murphy, said.
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Boy, 14, Arrested After Medal Of Honor Veteran’s Memorial Vandalized
NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Police are searching for a suspect who they say burglarized a church rectory in Queens. Investigators released surveillance images with a clear shot of the suspect’s face. It happened early Thursday morning at the Lady of Perpetual Help rectory on 115th Street in South Ozone Park. Police say he got in through an unlocked side window and stole about $115 in checks and cash. 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 visiting the Crime Stoppers website or by texting tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577.
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NYPD Searching For Suspect In Queens Church Rectory Burglary
NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – An MTA conductor says he was attacked inside a subway station in Queens and now police are searching for two suspects. It happened on June 28 at around noon on the northbound platform at the Beach 36th Street station in the Edgemere neighborhood. The 37-year-old conductor says he was inside an A train when he stuck his head outside the conductor’s window. That’s when police say one suspect distracted him while the other punched him in the jaw. The conductor was not transported to the hospital. Police released surveillance images of two suspects. Police have released a surveillance video showing two suspects sought in connection to an assault on a train conductors in the Beach-36th Street station in Edgemere, Queens, on June 28, 2018. (credit: NYPD) The first suspect (pictured above left) is a male last seen wearing a black Nike basketball jersey and blue pants with stripes on the side. The other suspect (pictured above right) is a male last seen wearing a Nike sweatshirt with a green colored zipper. Anyone with information is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 800-577-TIPS or for Spanish 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). The public can also submit tips on the Crime Stoppers Website or by texting them to CRIMES (274637) then entering TIP577.
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Police: MTA Conductor Attacked By Two Suspects