2004-10-08 / Front Page

Vagrant Jailed After Failed ‘Doughnuts’ Caper

By Brian Magoolaghan



John Trainor, 36, is hauled off by a police officer after a bloody incident on Beach 116 Street in April.
John Trainor, 36, is hauled off by a police officer after a bloody incident on Beach 116 Street in April. One of the most notorious and violent vagrants in Rockaway’s west end landed back in jail last month after a wild nighttime incident inside a Beach 116 Street store, The Wave has learned.

John Trainor, 36, was arrested on September 18 after he allegedly tried to sucker punch a Dunkin’ Doughnuts/Baskin Robbins employee over a sandwich, which he ordered and then refused to pay for, according to court records.

An incensed Trainor, demanding his feast for free, threw a closed-fist punch at Mahbubur Khan, who quickly dunked out of the way, according to his co-worker and witness Jomir Uddin.

When Trainor realized that he wasn’t going to get anything to fill up his stomach he decided to try and fill his pockets instead. He lunged for the store’s cash register, but when Khan fended him off, Trainor tried to grab their tip jar filled with dollar bills and coins, according to court records.

Khan and Uddin were uninjured in the scuffle, but the cash register was damaged. Trainor, who lists 110-02 Rockaway Beach Boulevard as his address, is charged with fourth-degree criminal mischief, attempted petit larceny, menacing and second-degree harassment, according to court records. Trainor’s bail was set at $5,000 and he is due back in court next week, according to a spokesperson for Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown.

The arrest marks the second time this year Trainor has been booked after violent incidents on Beach 116 Street. He was accused in April of instigating a brawl at the Last Stop Gourmet Shop that ended in bloodshed. Witnesses said Trainor, armed with a broomstick, taunted another man inside the shop who pulled a knife to defend himself. That episode ended when a retired police officer, who was trying to get a cup of coffee but was dragged into the mess, drew his licensed handgun and shot the man, who was allegedly trying to stab Trainor.

Records show Trainor also served less than 90 days after he pleaded guilty to resisting arrest and disorderly conduct in 2002, according to Brown’s spokesperson.

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