A tornado smashed a tree into a car in College Point. // Twitter photo by Daniel Rosenthal

Motorcycle Bandits Hit Bayside, A Freak Twister Hit College Point, Rent Increases Hit the Whole Borough. It’s Queens Today.

Motorcycle Bandits Pull Heist In Bayside

A pair of bandits made off with a pricey motorcycle after targeting a Bayside home last week, according to police from the 109th precinct. Surveillance video of the suspects released by cops shows them backing a dark-colored minivan into a driveway of a home located near 15th Avenue and 216th Street on July 30 at around 12:50 p.m. After scoping out the driveway, the suspects—one wearing a gray hoodie and one wearing a blue hoodie—can be seen opening up the hatch of the van and loading the motorcycle into the back before quickly driving off. Anyone with information in regards the incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477).

Suspected MS-13 Gang Members Charged In Jamaica Shooting

A group of MS-13 gang members were given a four-count indictment for attempting to kill a rival gang member in Jamaica, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York said on Friday. Melvi Amador-Rios, Santos Amador-Rios, Yan Carlos Ramirez and Antonio Salvador, were charged with with assault, murder conspiracy and attempted murder in-aid-of racketeering, along with a related firearms offense for shooting a member of the rival 18th Street gang on Oct. 23, 2016. Despite being beat and shot in the head, the victim survived the attack, but is now a paraplegic.

Queens Rents Rose Faster Than Any City in the US

In Queens, the rent really is too damn high — and the data backs it up. In fact, Queens had the highest annual rent increase of any large city in the United States last month, according to a report by real estate website RentCafe. Rents surged by 8.3 percent in Queens, compared to 1.7 percent in Manhattan. Overall, rent increased in 88 percent of the nation’s biggest 252 cities, RentCafe reports. The site counts each New York City borough as a separate entity. After Queens, Phoenix, Las Vegas, Jacksonville and San Diego round out the top 5 for highest annual rent increases in the nation. Read more about rising rents across the city here.

Freak Twister Tramples Trees, Crushes Car In College Point

Fast-moving storms gave way to an EF0 twister that briefly touched down near St. Fidelis Catholic Church, located at 123-14 14th Ave, on Thursday. The National Weather service confirmed on Friday that the short-lived twister touched down at around 10:20 p.m. and traveled around three quarters of a mile, knocking down at least 50 trees along the way. The tornado gained strength as it moved close to Powell’s Cove Park, located on 130th Street, with winds estimated at around 70 to 85 miles per hour., according to the NWS. The siding of several homes located in the tornado’s path was also ripped off. Wind damage was also reported eastward to Francis Lewis Park, near the Whitestone Bridge. No injuries were reported. See page 7 for more information. Read more about the twister here.

Jackson Heights Man Killed By 7 Train

A man was fatally struck by a No. 7 train on Friday morning after lying across the tracks near a Jackson Heights subway station, according to officials. The Flushing-bound train had just departed the 82nd Street-Jackson Height station at around 1:50 a.m. when it struck the 34-year-old man, who could be seen lying across the roadbed between the 82nd Street and 90th Street-Elmhurst Avenue stations by the train’s motorman. Although the motorman hit the train’s emergency brakes, the train could not stop in time to save the man, who was pronounced dead at the scene by first responders. The victim’s name was not immediately released.

Corona Creep Wanted For Forcibly Touching Teen

A North Corona man is being sought by police for allegedly touching a 16-year-old girl in front of a deli last month. The pervert perp was standing in front of Champion Deli, located at 99-22 Northern Boulevard, when he smacked the teen victim on the buttocks before fleeing in an unknown direction, according to cops from the 115th Precinct, who released a surveillance photo of the perp on Friday.The suspect is described as a Hispanic man, with a light complexion, 35 to 40 years old, approximately,  5’8” tall, weighing 200 lbs, with short black hair and a goatee. He was last seen wearing a camouflage sleeveless green shirt, black jeans and black boots. Anyone with information in regards to the incident is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477).

Girl Missing in D.C. Found in Queens

A 12-year-old girl who was reported missing from Reagan International Airport in Washington, D.C. was found safe in Queens Friday afternoon, according to the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority. The girl, Jinjing Ma, was attending a U.S. college tour with a group of students from China when she was reported missing from the airport Thursday morning. Surveillance images showed her leaving the D.C. airport with an unknown woman. After police sent out an AMBER alert, Ma was discovered with her parents Friday in Queens, the Airports Authority said. “This is a great example of the work that can be accomplished when the community and law enforcement come together to achieve a common goal,” Airports Authority Police Chief David Huchler said in a statement. “We are grateful that Jinjing is safe and with family. Our goal was to locate her to ensure she was safe and unharmed, and we accomplished that goal.”

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