2012-08-03 / Top Stories

Report: Woods Was NYPD Informer

By Howard Schwach


Lee Woods being arrested in an earlier stabbing incident in Far Rockaway. Wave File Photo. Lee Woods being arrested in an earlier stabbing incident in Far Rockaway. Wave File Photo. A cop-killer who sits in jail with a life sentence was once an informer for the NYPD, according to a website report on NYPDconfidential.com.

Lee Woods, a former Rockaway resident with a long rap sheet, began working for the police in 2007, five months before he and two other Rockaway residents, Dexter Bostic and Robert Ellis, killed police officer Russell Timoshenko and wounded another officer after a Brooklyn car stop.

Woods was convicted of murder, as was Bostic. Ellis was convicted of criminal possession of a weapon in that case, but was found guilty this month of an earlier Queens murder and is currently awaiting sentencing.

The website, which has proven to provide valid information in the past, said that Woods was paid $1,600 by police for helping them recover four guns and arrest five people in unrelated cases.

Citywide police sources declined to comment on the web story.

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