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Taxi Drivers Rally Against Uber, Pair of Motocyclists Die in Crashes, Suspect Sought in Flash-and-Grab Job. It’s Queens Today.

Pervert Perps Wanted for Flash and Grab Job in Richmond Hill

Police are searching for two men who allegedly flashed and fondled themselves in front of a woman while she walked through Richmond Hill. The 26-year-old victim was walking along 108th Street at around 11:30 p.m. on July 31 when one of the suspects exposed his genitals to her and began to follow her while masturbating, according to investigators from the 102nd Precinct. The man continued to follow her and waved to her before fleeing the scene in a light-colored sedan. The suspect who allegedly exposed himself was caught on surveillance video and is described as being Hispanic, 20-30 years old, 5’6” with a beard. He was last seen wearing a baseball cap and a white T-shirt. Anyone with information in regards to the incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477).

Queens Village Family Search For Missing Uncle

A family in Queens Village has been desperately searching for their uncle who went missing after going out for a bicycle ride nearly a month ago, WABC-TV reported on Saturday. Jefferson Bazzey, 57, was visiting from Trinidad for the summer when he decided to go for a ride near his niece’s home on July 11. Bazzey had promised his niece, Tricia, that he would pick up her sons from a summer camp when it ended at 5 p.m. that day, but he never showed up. Bazzey is familiar with the area, the family told the station, and often rides his bicycle between Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens. Bazzey also has a girlfriend and a five-year-old son in Trinidad who he has reportedly not been in touch with since his disappearance.

Early Morning Assault Leaves Long Island City Man Unconscious

A perp allegedly punched a Long Island City man so hard that he fell back and was knocked unconscious, police said. The suspect punched the 35-year-old victim in the face at approximately 1:15 a.m. on Sunday in front of 41-10 29th Street, according to cops from the 114th Precinct. When the victim fell backwards, he hit his head on the pavement and lost consciousness. Shortly after the assault, the suspect fled the scene inside a white SUV driving northbound on 29th Street. The victim was rushed to the hospital in critical condition. Cops describe the suspect as dark-skinned, bald and last seen wearing a light-colored long-sleeved shirt and jeans. Anyone with information in regards to the incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477).

Taxi Drivers Rallied In Support of Council’s Proposal To Sideswipe Uber

Members of the New York Taxi Workers Alliance showed their support for the City Council’s proposal to cap Uber, Lyft and other ride-hailing vehicles by staging a rally in front of Uber’s offices at the Falchi Building in Long Island City on Monday afternoon. The proposal would make New York the first major U.S. city to place a limit on ride-hailing vehicles and set a minimum pay rate for drivers — a move that has secured support from yellow cab drivers and ire from Uber. “The Council’s thoughtful driver earnings proposal is undermined by the proposed vehicle cap which will raise driver rental costs by creating another medallion-like system, which we know doesn’t work well for riders or drivers,” Uber said in a statement.

Queens Murder Dropped, Shooting Incidents Rose In ‘Safest July’ on Record

It was the safest July on record, but try telling that to Queens’ 17 shooting victims. Murder dropped boroughwide last month, contributing to a citywide decrease in crime that resulted in the safest July on record and earned plaudits from top city officials. But in Queens, the number of shooting incidents, shooting victims and rapes all increased in Queens over the past 28 days. The NYPD separates Queens into two sections for reporting purposes. In Southern Queens, murder decreased from seven in July 2017 to two last month, according to the CompStat interactive tracker. Read about other Queens crime statistics at QueensDailyEagle.com.

Pair Of Motorcycle Crashes Kill Two In Bayside and Howard Beach

Two separate motorcycle crashes ended with two men dying hours apart in Bayside and Howard Beach, QNS reported. The first crash occurred just before 9 p.m. on Sunday at the corner of 162nd Avenue and Cross Bay Boulevard when two men riding a motorcycle struck the rear passenger side door of a BMW making a left turn. Both men were thrown from the vehicle and the 33-year-old driver was pronounced dead. A second crash occurred just after midnight on Monday on Cross Island Parkway near Northern Boulevard, according to police. A 36-year-old man who was riding a motorcycle northbound on Cross Island Parkway at a high-rate of speed lost control of his vehicle and crashed into a divider, launching him over the barrier and into the southbound lane. Almost immediately, the man was struck and killed by a Bentley in the left lane that was driven by Jevaughn Hodge, 33, of Hempstead, Long Island. Hodge was later charged with aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle.

National Night Out Against Crime Comes To Queens

Join the NYPD and city officials as they celebrate National Night Out Against Crime at more than 70 locations citywide. National Night Out, which serves as an annual community-building campaign to strengthen police-community relationships, will feature barbecues, bounce houses, face painting and other activities. Event locations across Queens include Astoria Park (Shore Boulevard between Ditmars Boulevard and Astoria Park South); Kissena Corridor Park (Colden Street and 45th Avenue); Big Bush Park (Laurel Hill Boulevard, between 61st and 64th Streets); Rufus King Park (89th Avenue and 150th Street) and Baisley Pond Park (155th Street and Baisley Boulevard), among other sites. For a full list of times and locations, visit https://on.nyc.gov/2Ky1ahs.

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