STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — Here’s a look at the most significant criminal-justice stories from around the borough this week:
GRASMERE DAD CHARGED IN SHOTGUN DEATH OF SON
A 68-year-old man is being treated in a psychiatric ward following the fatal shotgun shooting of his son at the family home in Grasmere on Sunday afternoon, according to a source with knowledge of the investigation.
Joseph Smith, of Beverly Road, has been charged with murder in the second degree and criminal possession of a weapon in connection with the death of his 34-year-old son who bears the same name, according to a statement from the NYPD.
Investigators believe that a dispute of an unknown nature occurred and then a shotgun was discharged inside the home, the source said.
CONFLICTING STATEMENTS OF DEFENDANT IN TEACHER-SLAY
Ayisha Egea changed her story several times when detectives questioned her about the disappearance of her boyfriend Michael Cammarata’s estranged wife, a justice recently wrote.
But what never varied in Egea’s accounts was her attempts to exculpate and distance herself from any role in Jeanine Cammarata’s vanishing and death last year, Justice Mario F. Mattei wrote in recently denying Egea’s motion to suppress those statements.
The victim’s charred remains were found in a plastic bin inside an Arden Heights storage unit on April 4, 2019, prosecutors said.
NYPD SEARCHING FOR VEHICLE IN PAINTBALL DRIVE-BY INCIDENTS
The NYPD is seeking the public’s assistance in locating a vehicle and its occupants in connection with a series of three separate drive-by incidents in which unwitting bystanders were struck by paintballs within a 20-minute span.
The first incident occurred on Friday, Sept. 25, at 9:40 p.m., when a 37-year-old man was walking on Lander Avenue, near Graham Avenue, and was struck by several paintball pellets fired from a moving car. The car is described as a gray sedan, according to a written statement from the NYPD’s Deputy Commissioner of Public Information.
COPS: FAILED ATM HEIST PRECEDED CHASE, MULTI-VEHICLE CRASH
Moments prior to a multi-vehicle crash and foot pursuit by NYPD officers in a commercial section of West Brighton on Sunday afternoon, police said the suspect attempted to steal an ATM machine from a local bank.
Police arrested William Hickman, 25, of Taylor Street in West Brighton, on charges that include fourth-degree grand larceny, reckless endangerment, leaving the scene of an accident and obstructing governmental administration, a spokeswoman for the NYPD said Monday.
ROBBERY AT BAGEL SHOP IN GREENRIDGE
Police are investigating a reported robbery early on Tuesday at a bagel shop in Greenridge.
The robbery was called into 911 at 3:36 a.m. for a bagel shop at 1307 Arthur Kill Road, according to the NYPD.
The suspect was armed with a screwdriver and the initial description was that officers were looking for a Black male, possibly in his 30s, wearing a black jacket and gray boots, the police spokesman said.
NANNY ‘PLAYED DEAD’ AS BURGLAR WENT THROUGH HOME
As a masked burglar rummaged with a flashlight through a third-floor bedroom of a Todt Hill home early Monday morning, a live-in nanny laid silent in her bed in fear of provoking the intruder.
“At first she thought it was one of us looking for something… then [she] started to put the pieces together of what was happening,” said the mother of the family, who also was home at the time, along with her husband and two small children. “She stayed there playing dead for a good 10 minutes.”
4 MEN ALLEGEDLY NABBED WITH GUN IN MARINERS HARBOR CAR STOP
Four men were caught with a gun in Mariners Harbor during a car stop last Friday night, police allege.
Cops saw a 20-year-old man driving a gray 2007 Audi A4 sedan without a license plate, according to police. Officers conducted a car stop in the vicinity of Grandview Avenue and Continental Place at about 10:40 p.m.
Officers found a loaded, Raven Arms .25-caliber pistol inside the passenger compartment of the Audi, the complaint alleges.
COPS: 2 MEN STABBED, BEATEN BY GROUP ON PORT RICHMOND AVE.
Four Port Richmond men ganged up on two acquaintances, punching and stabbing their victims on the street in their community, police allege.
The suspects, acting together, “did attempt to cause serious physical injury” to the victims by attacking them with a knife and closed fists, according to the complaint.
One of the male victims suffered puncture wounds to his chest, left arm, left oblique, lower back and buttocks and a bruised spleen, the complaint states.
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