Volume 75, Number 8 | July 13- 20, 2005

Police Blotter

Blood prompts probe
Bloody sheets found at 14 Horatio St. on Tuesday afternoon July 12 prompted an investigation by detectives at the Sixth Precinct. Police confirmed the investigation was underway but they said at 4 p.m. that no other evidence of criminality had turned up. An employee at a laundromat around the corner on Jane St. said that detectives had asked her earlier on Tuesday whether she had received any sheets soiled with blood.

Big house for Lil’ Kim
Lil’ Kim, the hip-hop artist whose feud with a rival performer led to a shootout in February 2001 in front of 395 Hudson St., the home of Hot 97 radio, was sentenced to a year and a day in prison on Wed. July 6 for perjury before a 2003 grand jury proceeding on the shootout.

Federal Judge Gerard Lynch noted at the sentencing that Kim, 30, whose real name is Kimberly Jones, lied three times under oath at the 2003 grand jury and also at her perjury trial in March of this year.

Kim, however, admitted at the sentencing that she lied. “I testified falsely at the grand jury and the trial,” she told Judge Lynch before he pronounced sentence. “At the time I thought it was the right thing to do but now I know it was wrong,” Kim said. She also admitted inducing her friend and co-defendant, Monique Dopwell, to lie.

Prosecutors had asked for a prison term of up to 41 months but Kim’s belated acknowledgement of perjury apparently worked in her favor.

The 2001 shooting broke out between two rap groups, one that followed Kim and the other that followed her rival, Foxy Brown. More than 20 shots were fired and one man was injured. Kim told the grand jury that she did not know two of the participants in the incident, but evidence at the trial in March included a video that showed her in their company.

Pleads guilty in robbery
David Simmon, 18, of Brooklyn, who was present during the murder last January of Nicole duFresne on Rivington and Clinton Sts., pleaded guilty on July 8 to a charge of attempting to rob a white leather jacket from a bouncer less than two hours before the murder.

Simmon pleaded guilty to helping Rudy Fleming, 19, of Staten Island, trying to take the jacket from the off-duty bouncer at about 1:35 a.m. Jan. 27 along with other accomplices.

At about 3 a.m., duFresne, an aspiring actress, and her friends were held up and Fleming is charged with pistol-whipping her boyfriend and then shooting duFresne. Simmon’s attorney, Sol Schwartzberg, said in court on July 8 that his client was standing apart from Fleming when the murder took place.

Barbara Thompson, a spokesperson for Manhattan District Attorney Robert M. Morgenthau, said that Simmon would not be charged at this time in connection with the duFresne murder. Simmon, however, is to receive a six-year sentence on the attempted robbery.

Bat and bullet on W. 14th
A fight that started in Lotus, a nightclub on Ninth Ave. and W. 14th St., during the early hours of Mon. July 11 ended two blocks away with a swinging baseball bat and gunfire on the stairwell of the subway station at 14th St. and Seventh Ave., police said.

Two men who started a fight with a group of eight club patrons at about 4 a.m. followed them when they left the club and at the subway station stairway hit a woman member of the party with a baseball bat and fired a shot at the others before they fled, police said. The woman was slightly injured but no one was shot, police said.

Falls to track
A man who fell to the tracks from the southbound platform of the Lexington Ave. trains at Union Square at 6:48 p.m. Tues, July 5, was pulled to safety and taken to St. Vincent’s Hospital where he was treated for minor injuries, police said. No criminality is suspected.

Identify accident victim
Police identified the man who was killed at 1:45 a.m. Tues. July 7 when he lost control of his motorcycle and hit a concrete wall and a lightpole on the F.D.R. Dr. at E. 25th St. as Raimondo Anderson, 46, of 132 Franklin Ave., Mt. Vernon. The case is still under investigation.

Arrested for robbery
Police arrested Tyrell Wright, 24, shortly after 2 p.m. Thurs. July 7 and charged him with impersonating a police officer and robbing a woman in the lobby of 424 Broadway near Canal St.

The suspect is charged with falsely identifying himself as a detective, then searching the victim and taking her wallet and cell phone. Witnesses summoned police who were nearby.

Jumps to death
A man identified as Yuk Tong, 63, jumped from a window in his eighth-floor apartment in the Rutgers Houses between Madison and Cherry Sts. at about 9:30 p.m. Sat. July 9, police said. He was taken to Bellevue Hospital where he was pronounced dead. The incident is deemed an apparent suicide but there was no note.

Albert Amateau

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