2005-02-11 / Community

BB Sharpshooters Blow Out Car Windows

By Howard Schwach

Police bring Sean Kolbinskie into the 101 Precinct Stationhouse.
Police bring Sean Kolbinskie into the 101 Precinct Stationhouse. Two young men using a BB gun to shoot out car windows on Mott Avenue in Far Rockaway precipitated a large police response Monday morning, when a “shots fired” call went out from 15-02 Mott Avenue.

According to police sources, the event began with a man flagging down a police patrol car and advising the two police in the car that somebody was shooting a gun out of the Mott Avenue address.

The two officers found a parked car with its window shattered on the corner of Mott Avenue and Gateway Avenue. At the same time, a woman later identified as Cindy Gottfield of Woodmere, told police that she was driving by the area when somebody shattered her window.

Police investigated and talked to Licboy Sankar, a building maintenance worker at that address, who told them that he had heard shots coming from apartment 3D.

Police say that the officers went to the apartment and overheard two teens discussing the fact that they shot out the window. They also reportedly heard the sound of a gun being racked, or made ready to shoot.

Officers knocked on the door and identified themselves, but the men inside refused to open up.

The Emergency Service Unit (ESU) was called and the Queens Duty Captain responded as well.

Police evacuated the apartments around apartment 3D and blocked off the streets outside the building.

The ESU unit forced open the door and two males were arrested without further incident. A search of the apartment turned up a simulated Walther 4.5 mm BB gun in one of the bedroom closets.

Sean Kolbinskie, 17, who lives in the apartment was arrested and charged with reckless endangerment, criminal possession of a weapon and criminal mischief.

A 15-year-old who lives on Gateway Boulevard was arrested as well, but police withheld his identity because of his age.

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