Volume 73, Number 50 | April 21 - 27, 2004



Police Blotter

Cops clash with FDNY
A police Emergency Service Unit clashed with a Fire Department squad on Wed., April 14, after a FDNY boat pulled a man from the East River at about 1 p.m. Wed., April 14, near the Manhattan side of the Manhattan Bridge, according to a Fire Department spokesperson.

The victim, Sze Gem Yee, 54, of 6611 11th Ave., Brooklyn, was declared dead at NYU Downtown Hospital.

The crew of the fireboat brought the man in cardiac arrest to shore, where an engine company with a defibrillator was waiting, a Fire Department spokesperson said. “It was raining and they were bringing him to a dry place about 60 ft. away when the E.S.U. apparently interposed. They [E.S.U.] didn’t have any equipment as far as we know and a few words were exchanged,” the spokesperson said.

A New York Post article, citing a Fire Department memo obtained by Fox 5 Television, said an E.S.U. detective grabbed a battalion chief by the shirt, but the scuffle was broken up. A police spokesperson said he had no knowledge of the conflict. However, police reports mentioned the fact that the body was recovered from the water.

East River rescue
A report of a man in the East River at Pike St. at 8:30 p.m. Wed., April 14, brought an Emergency Medical Service squad to the rescue, police said. The victim, described as a 38-year-old Hispanic man, was taken to Bellevue Hospital in stable condition. Police are investigating the circumstances of the case.

Arrest subway robbers
Two young men and a 14-year-old boy were arrested on Sat., April 17, in connection with a series of robberies, one of them at knifepoint, on subway trains in Lower Manhattan, the Village and Queens, police said.

The trio were arrested at the Willets Point station of the No. 7 line at 2 a.m. and charged with robbing two victims on the same No. 7 train. Police said they also robbed a victim on a No. 1 train at Franklin St. at about 1 a.m. on Mon., April 12, and an hour earlier a passenger on a No. 7 train at 42nd St. and Fifth Ave.

The three suspects are also charged with robbing two victims on a No. 1 train on April 11, one at 11:30 p.m. at Christopher St. and the other about 10 minutes later at Chambers St. Two passengers were robbed on a No. 1 train on April 3, one at 72nd St. and Broadway and the other at 50th St. and Broadway, police said.

In addition to the 14-year-old, whose name was not divulged, Farreed Hosein, 19, and Joel Nieves, 18, both of Manhattan, were charged with the robberies.

Indicted in 2001 shootout
Kimberly Jones, 29, a rapper known as Lil Kim, surrendered in Federal Court, Manhattan, on April 14 to face charges that she lied to a grand jury three times last year in connection with the Feb. 25, 2001, shootout outside of the Hot 97 radio station at 397 Hudson St.

She was released on $500,000 bail after pleading not guilty along with her assistant, Monique Dopwell, who was also charged with perjury in connection with the case. Lil Kim’s manager, Damien Butler, and her bodyguard, Suif Jackson, were charged in the same indictment with firing a machine gun and another firearm in the incident in which Efrain Occasion, 31, a follower of the crew of the Capone-N-Noriega rap group, was shot in the back.

The shooting was the result of a feud between Lil Kim and another woman rapper, Foxy Brown, who performed with the Capone-N-Noriega group.

Counterfeit DVDs, CDs
Police seized 5,000 counterfeit DVDs and 1,800 counterfeit CDs after a search warrant raid at 5:30 a.m. Sat., April 17, in the basement of 325 Canal St. where they arrested two men. Ndiye Mamadou, 40, of 197 Monroe St., Brooklyn, and Dieng Souleymone, 26, of 519 Halsey St., Brooklyn, were charged with felony trademark counterfeit.

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