Michigan Man Arrested In Kidnapping
According to police records, James Sanders, who will be 23 on Friday, August 5, drove from his home in Detroit with his girlfriend, Christine Grochowicz, also of Detroit, to Rockaway, where he had set up an ad-hoc apartment in the abandoned Flat Fix building at 111-02 Beach Channel Drive, across the street from the LIPA facility.
According to Grochowicz, the two drove to Rockaway on June 1 in his 1989 green Saturn.
Police records show that she was held against her will at the Flat Fix facility until she managed to report her plight to police officers on July 30.
Police say that Sanders tied her up and continually threatened her with a knife.
Detectives from the 100 Squad arrested Sanders and charged him with unlawful imprisonment and kidnapping.
In an unrelated incident, Sanders was arrested earlier that day, at about 1:24 a.m. at Jamaica Hospital when, court records show, he broke the main entrance door to the hospital’s emergency room and then threatened a security guard with a butcher knife.
According to court records, Sanders menaced the guard, screaming invective at him when he tried to stop Sanders from entering the emergency room.
A spokesperson for Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said that Sanders was charged with criminal mischief, criminal possession of a weapon, menacing and disorderly conduct for his hospital offense.
In addition, a psychiatric examination was ordered by the Judge Suzanne Melendez.
Sanders could face four years in prison if convicted on those offenses, a spokesperson for the district attorney said.
It is unclear whether the earlier arrest at Jamaica Hospital led police to Beach Channel Drive and police sources refused to comment on that issue.