Crimestoppers Pays Off:
JOAN WARD GEORGE
Chalk up another win for the NYPD and The Wave in their joint effort to remove fugitives from justice from the streets of Rockaway. Eddie Acosta, a.k.a. Petey, was busted Friday morning within just hours of The Wave hitting the street, featuring his picture as the 100 Precinct’s most recent addition to its "Most Wanted" fugitive from justice list. Acosta’s apprehension was the result of an anonymous tip called into police and the grass roots detective work of Detective Gustaferri of the 100 Precinct Detective Squad. In this case, the anonymous tipster will be paid off by NYPD CRIMESTOPPERS if Acosta is indicted by a jury on the two counts of felony criminal contempt that he has been charged with.
Acosta was for wanted for questioning on the two criminal contempt charges and also had two additional outstanding warrants facing him.
Detective Gustaferri is still on the lookout for two more fugitives from justice, Robert Ortiz, who is wanted for the November 14, 1998 assault on his common law girlfriend, and Rahmel Thompson, a.k.a. "Rah", who is a suspect in a May 1999 homicide.
Ortiz’ last known address is 517 Beach 64 street. He has been on the lam for more than a year. Thompson has managed to allude police for nearly nine months. Efforts are being beefed up to bring both of these fugitives in to face the charges pending against them. Anyone with information about the whereabouts of, Ortiz or Thompson is asked to call Detective Gustaferri at the 100 Precinct Squad at 318-4223.
Information can also be provided to CRIMESTOPPERS at (800) 577-TIPS. Tips supplied to CRIME-STOPPERS that lead to the arrest and indictment of the wanted suspect may lead to a cash reward. Calls to the CRIMESTOPPERS hotline are confidential. Suspects are considered innocent until proven guilty in court.
Rockaway’s Most Wanted column continues to be published weekly as a cooperative effort between Rockaway’s 100 and 101 Precincts and The Wave, in an attempt to make the public aware of the presence of fugitive criminals believed to be walking the streets of our community. To date, the local "Most Wanted" program is responsible for the apprehension of more than 70 fugitives from justice and continues to be one of the most successful in New York City.
This program, which has been particularly successful in Rockaway, is part of the local precincts’ participation in the city-wide "Bringing Fugitives To Justice" crime strategy. All participating parties in the program, including this newspaper, hope to utilize the column as an effective tool to increase community participation in the apprehensive of fugitives, with the end goal being the continued improvement of the quality of life on the Rockaway peninsula.