BC Push-In Pair Quickly Caught
Two suspects in a rental truck were apprehended on Tuesday, July 2nd, after an attempted push-in robbery in Broad Channel.
The pair, George Jackson and Corey Smith, had earlier been observed by residents, driving an orange Penske truck, checking other houses in the neighborhood before the incident that morning.
Homeowner Alison Kase said, “Around 9:30 I heard a knock on the door. I didn’t open it, because I didn’t know these men.
“They said they were offering to buy any scrap metal.”
According to Kase, while she was speaking to Smith, at the door, she saw that the second man, Jackson, had gone through her back gate and was walking around on her back deck.
Kase stated she became increasingly uncomfortable with the situation. After repeatedly telling Smith she was not interested, she said his tone become increasingly familiar and inappropriate.
Finally, she said, “I told them to ‘Get out of here!’”
Her exclamation was so loud that the pair decided to turn and flee.
Neighbors immediately rushed to see what the commotion was. 911 was called and within minutes officers from the 100th Precinct were there.
Police quickly shut down both the Cross Bay Bridge and the Joseph P. Addabbo Bridge leaving no exit off the island.
Jackson and Smith were detained near West 20th Road within approximately 10 minutes after leaving Kase’s property and were quickly identified as the suspects.
“We have so much community assistance, we were able to catch these guys,” Kase said.
Queens District Attorney Richard Brown’s office confirmed that both were arraigned the same day.
Jackson, who had entered Kase’s yard without her permission, was charged with criminal trespass, a class B misdemeanor with a potential sentence of zero to three months. Pleading guilty, he was sentenced to a conditional discharge. The DA’s office explained this meant that Jackson would have to stay out of legal trouble for the duration of his sentence.
Smith was issued a desk appearance and will have to appear in court to face charges on August 22nd.
After originally hearing the suspects might be charged with criminal trespass, Broad Channel Civic Association President Dan Mundy Jr. stated this “seems inadequate given the circumstances.”
Others in the community were also not happy with the charges. Some noted that many Broad Channel residents are still displaced and expressed concern about increased criminal activity in the island community. Others cited a recent incident where a Broad Channel man was beaten when he intervened after spotting thieves stealing copper pipe from his displaced neighbor’s home.
A week before the attempted push-in, several Channel residents attended a 100th Precinct Community Council session. Meeting with precinct commander, Captain Craig Adelman, they requested additional police presence in the neighborhood.
Kase, who has been heavily involved in bringing grants and relief funding to the hurricane struck town, said “We are all definitely being more watchful; constantly being more vigilant.”
Expressing the tight knit nature of the community, she said, “We need each other like never before.”