2010-10-22 / Top Stories

Slater Burglarized By Partner’s Brother

The brother of flight attendant Steven Slater’s domestic partner burglarized the pair’s Belle Harbor home just one week before Slater pled guilty in Queens Criminal Court to charges stemming from his infamous retreat from a Jet Blue aircraft and apparently his job last summer, court sources said this week.

Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown announced on Wednesday that the Belle Harbor residence of former JetBlue flight attendant Steven Slater was burglarized last week – allegedly by his domestic partner’s brother –while he and his partner were not at home.

Brown said, “The defendant is accused basically of a crime of opportunity – brazenly breaking into his brother’s apartment in broad daylight when he knew that nobody would be home.”

The District Attorney identified the defendant as Jonathan Rochelle, 39, of 258 Beach 130th Street in the Belle Harbor section.

Rochelle is presently awaiting arraignment in Queens Criminal Court on second-degree burglary and petit Larceny. If convicted on all of the charges, he faces up to fifteen years in prison.

District Attorney Brown said that, according to the charges, Rochelle gained entry to the Beach 128 Street apartment that Slater shares with his partner, Ken Rochelle sometime between 9:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 14, and stole a laptop computer, a computer printer and a microwave oven

Rochelle was arrested by detectives from the 100 Precinct squad.

His arraignment is expected to be held today, officials say.

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