2008-12-26 / Front Page

Green Arraigned In Knifepoint Robbery

By Howard Schwach

Michael Green, the central figure in the fight to keep convicted murderer Kareem Bellamy from returning to prison, was arraigned on Thursday, December 18 on charges that he broke into a neighbor's apartment and held a knife to her throat, demanding money because, "It's the economy."

According to court papers supplied by Queens District Attorney Richard Brown, Green knocked on the apartment door of Anne Heidt at 51-49 Almeda Avenue at about 2:15 p.m. on December 7.

When Heidt opened the door for her neighbor, Green allegedly pushed past her and grabbed her, holding a knife to her throat.

He reportedly said to her, "Sorry, it's the economy," as he relieved her of approximately $100 in cash from her wallet, which was on top of an entertainment center in the room.

Green was arrested on December 11, but was not arraigned until December 18 because he was in Jamaica Hospital suffering from chest pains.

He was held on $40,000 bail pending his next court date, which was set for January 6.

Green is due back in court on January 5, however, to be cross-examined by Steven Silberblatt, the legal aid attorney for Kareem Bellamy, who was convicted of the murder of James Abbott in Rockaway in 1994, but whose sentence was vacated earlier this year when Green provided a tape that purported to be the voice of another Rockaway man, Levon "Ishmael" Melvyn, confessing to a murder.

After Bellamy's conviction was voided, however, Green admitted that the tape was a fake and that the voice was not Melvyn's but rather that of one of Green's friends, who was paid to make the tape.

Green was granted immunity from a charge of perjury by the district attorney in order to allow him to testify without fear of prosecution in a hearing that began in mid-December and will continue on January 5.

While Green told Wave editor Howard Schwach that neither the attorney, Thomas Hoffman, nor the private investigator retained by Hoffman, ex-housing police detective Ed Hensen, knew that the tape was fake, it is clear that the district attorney is investigating a collusion charge against the two men.

Court testimony and information from local sources reveal Brown's office has subpoenaed the two men's financial and telephone records.

At the last court hearing, testimony was taken about Hensen's telephone records, which show a call from Green to Hensen on January 13, 2008, prior to the first hearing.

Hensen, however, told The Wave that he does not remember speaking to Green other than the one time they met in the Edgemere Houses when Green told Hensen that somebody other than Bellamy had killed Abbott.

When asked whether or not the two men were under investigation, however, a spokesperson for the district attorney would only say, "We cannot comment on ongoing investigations."

Melvyn called The Wave last week to say that he is unhappy about the way the newspaper is portraying him.

He told us that a key witness to the murder, Anna Simmons, who allegedly pointed to him right after the murder as one of the two killers, does not exist.

"Hensen made up Anna Simmons, had somebody call the detectives and say she was Simmons. He is a bad cop and he tried to get me, " Melvyn said. "They looked all over for her and they couldn't find her, not anywhere, not in school, not anywhere. The truth is the truth, Anna Simmons is Hensen's work."

Henson, however, scoffs at Melvyn's charges.

"I never had a problem with Melvyn," Henson told The Wave. "I always thought that he was a snitch for the DA or the feds. Somebody. He did lots of crimes and was never collared. He ran with The Regulators, the gang that ruled the project. He was a drunk and smoked pot. He was a typical criminal who hates hard-working cops."

"I know that Anna Simmons existed," he added. "I spoke with her friends and with her friend's son. We know where she worked, that she was pregnant."

"I wasn't looking for Green when I went into the Edgemere projects that day. He came looking for me and told his story," Hensen said. "I'm not a cop anymore and I don't care about an old murder."

The hearing that will resume on January 5 before Justice Blumenfeld will determine whether Bellamy gets a new trial or goes directly back to prison.

Green's testimony that he lied about the tape, and his written deposition to the court that both Hoffman and Hensen fed him information about the murder, that he then used to fake the tape, will be challenged at the hearing. The fact that Green committed perjury in his first court hearing and that he told a far different story to The Wave will hurt Green's credibility with the judge, experts say.

Kevin Ryan, a spokesperson for Brown, declined to comment on the impact of Green's recent arrest on the coming Bellamy hearing.

"We just won't comment on that," he said.

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