Cops Corral Break-In Suspects
Police officers from the 101 Precinct in Far Rockaway, responding to a call of a burglary in progress at 29-32 Beach Channel Drive last Tuesday at 8:03 p.m., found two people stabbed and bleeding and four other people who were forced to duct-tape their hands, feet and mouth.
The woman, who was stabbed in the left thigh and the man, who was stabbed in the right leg, were both taken to Jamaica Hospital, where they were listed on Tuesday as being in stable condition.
The two told police that at least two men and possibly three, had forced their way into Apartment 1M when one of the woman answered a knock on the door. The men quickly forced the people in the apartment to wrap the hands and feet of the others in the apartment, including a 2-year-old boy, with duct tape. They then ransacked the apartment. A neighbor, responding to the noise, came to the apartment and was taken by the robbers as well.
When police entered the apartment, one of the robbers, Malik Ramsey, 19, of 29-37 Far Rockaway Boulevard, climbed out on the fire escape and was quickly arrested. Ramsey reportedly had a .38 caliber handgun in his possession when he was arrested on the fire escape.
The other suspect, identified by police as Tashawn Long,
23, of 417 Beach 29 Street, fired his gun at the police officers, breaking the
window in apartment 3E. Long barricaded himself in that apartment, and refused
to come out.
Police called a level one mobilization and both the Emergency Service Unit (ESU) and the department's Aviation Unit responded. A search of the building and of local rooftops looking for the third man was fruitless.
The suspect barricaded in the bathroom of the upper floor apartment finally gave up, and two other weapons, a Colt .45 caliber and a .38 caliber handgun were recovered from the apartment and the stairwell, along with a roll of duct tape similar to the tape that was used in the victims. A cache of cocaine was reportedly found in that apartment after the arrest.
The two suspects were charged by police with robbery and criminal possession of a weapon.
A spokesperson for Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said late yesterday that the charges against the two men include burglary, unlawful imprisonment, reckless endangerment and the attempted murder of a police officer. They face up to 25 years to life if convicted of those charges, according to the DA.
Ramsey was remanded without bail. Bail for Long was set at $500,000. The next court date for the two men was set for October 14 before Judge Robert Raciti in Queens Supreme Court.