Volume 76, Number 22 | October 18 - 24, 2006

Police Blotter

Rapper wounded
John Jackson, the rap performer known as Fabolous, was shot and wounded outside Justin’s, at 31 W. 21st St., a restaurant owned by Sean Combs (P. Diddy) at 12:23 a.m. Tues Oct. 17, police said. Eight shots were fired by an unidentified gunman, one of the bullets catching Jackson in the leg as the victim was walking into a parking lot across the street. Jackson got into a car with three companions and the four sped away, but their reckless driving attracted the attention of police in a patrol car. The four were arrested after two illegal guns were found in the car, police said. Jackson was taken to Bellevue hospital in stable condition. The investigation is continuing.

Fatally shot at club
One man was shot to death and two others sustained knife wounds in two separate incidents on Oct. 15 and Oct. 16 at Hush, a basement club at 572 11th Ave. near 43rd St., police said.

Gerard King, 37, of Jersey City, was inside the club when he was shot in the chest during a dispute with an unidentified gunman shortly before 3:30 a.m. Mon. Oct. 16, police said. The victim ran outside and collapsed a half-block away where a passerby phoned 911. King was taken to St. Vincent’s hospital where he died a short time later.

Ryan Jones, 32, of Detroit, was stabbed outside the club after an argument that started inside during the early hours of Sun. Oct. 15, and his friend, Gilbert Lemel, 40, of Freemont, Ohio, was cut when he tried to break up the attack, police said.

The State Liquor Authority began an investigation into the operation of the club on Monday.

Roxy blast
A reveler at Roxy, the dance club on W. 18th St. west of 10th Ave., was on the dance floor when a bullet fired by an unidentified shooter grazed his arm at 3:45 a.m. Sat. Oct. 14, police said. Ronald Fleming, 36, of Queens, was not seriously hurt and refused medical attention.

Plea by fake MD
Dean Faiello, 47, pleaded guilty on Mon. Oct. 16 to aggravated assault that led to the death of a woman while she was being treated in Faiello’s unlicensed medical clinic at 151 W. 16th St. on April 13, 2003.

The plea was part of an agreement that Faiello would receive a 20-year prison sentence to be imposed later this month.

The victim, Maria Cruz, had gone to Faiello for the removal of a growth on her tongue and suffered a seizure after receiving a lidocaine injection in her tongue. Faiello, who told the judge on Monday that he was a cocaine addict, called a doctor friend who told him to get Cruz to a hospital emergency room immediately.

But Faiello did nothing because he was under indictment at the time for practicing medicine without a license and feared an inquiry.

Cruz died the same day and Faiello took her body in a suitcase to his home in Newark where he buried it in concrete in his garage floor. Faiello then fled to Costa Rica where he lived until February 2004 when the body was found. Police traced him to San Jose, Costa Rica, and extradited him.

Murder conviction
Rudy Fleming, 21, was found guilty on Thurs. Oct. 12, of murder in connection with the Jan. 28, 2005, death of Nicole duFresne, 28, who was shot during a holdup on Clinton and Rivington Sts.

Fleming, who was on parole for gun possession at the time of the holdup, faces a maximum sentence of life in prison without parole when he appears in Manhattan Supreme Court for sentencing Nov. 30.

Fleming, who had been held in a separate room during the trial because he had disrupted jury selection two weeks ago, argued through his lawyer that the gun went off accidentally during the holdup of duFresne and three friends.

The jury took six hours to return a guilty-of-murder verdict.

Seek burglary suspect
Police are seeking a suspect in the June 5, 2006, burglary of an apartment at 10 Stanton St. The man, who was working as a porter in the building at the time, was described as a black Hispanic man in his early 50s, between 5 feet 8 inches and 6 feet 1 inch, weighing between 220 and 280 pounds. He had a crew cut and a goatee at the time of the burglary, and used the name Felix Alcantara on his employment application.

East Village gunfire
Police are investigating gunfire by an unknown shooter on E. 10th St. at the F.D.R. Dr. near the Jacob Riis Houses at 2:21 p.m. Sun. Oct. 15. No one was hurt.

Extradite murder suspect
Draymond Coleman, 34, arrested in Manhattan for the rape and murder in July of Jennifer Moore, 18, in a Weehawken, N.J., motel after she was picked up on the West Side Highway after a night of clubbing, was extradited last week to face charges in New Jersey.

Still missing
The whereabouts of Olga Noboa, 77, missing since Oct. 5 from her Lillian Wald Houses apartment at E. Fourth Walk east of Avenue D, is still unknown, police said. The woman, suffering from dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, is 5 feet 1 inch tall and about 190 pounds, and was wearing a black blazer, white T-shirt with a Puerto Rican flag, gray sweatpants with a white stripe on the sides, red and white sneakers, a white baseball cap and carrying a brown handbag. Phone any information to the Police Department’s Missing Persons line at 212-473-2042.

Albert Amateau

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