103rd Precinct: Assault, Sentencing

Assault

Police are asking for the public’s assistance in identifying three individuals who are wanted in connection with an assault that occurred on Feb. 15 in Jamaica.

One minute after midnight, a 19-year-old man was assaulted by three individuals after he opened the door to his apartment, located at 89th Avenue and Merrick Boulevard. Two of the suspects brandished handguns as they punched the victim in the face and hit him with the guns.

The victim managed to keep the individuals from entering his apartment and shut the door on them. The suspects fled the building on foot westbound on 89th Avenue. The victim suffered a laceration to his head and was removed to Jamaica Hospital, where he was listed in stable condition.

All three suspects are described as black men. One individual wore a black hooded sweater with the word “Puma” across its chest and black sweatpants. The second suspect wore a black coat with a fur-lined hood and light colored pants. The third individual wore dark colored clothing.

Sentencing

A 31-year-old Jamaica man has been sentenced to 16 years in prison for the kidnapping and rape of a 15-year-old Canadian girl in August 2014, the Queens district attorney said.

Santiago Reyes, who lives on 144th Street, was convicted by a jury last month during a trial presided over by Queens Supreme Court Justice Robert Kohn, who sentenced the defendant on Feb. 16.

According to trial testimony, Reyes met the girl—who was 15 years old at the time and lived in Toronto—on Facebook. The defendant communicated with the girl online for nine months and urged her to run away after she confided that her parents were too strict and she was being bullied at a new school.

When the girl and her family visited New York City, the defendant picked her up when her parents were out and took her to his house. Reyes, who was much older than the girl expected, manipulated her into having sex with him. When the teenager stated that she wanted to leave, Reyes refused to let her go.

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