103rd Precinct: Robbery, Rape, Kidnapping Conviction

Robbery –

Police said that they are searching for two women who are wanted in connection with a robbery that occurred on Jan. 9 in Jamaica.

Around 3:15 p.m., a 32-year-old woman who was onboard a Q110 bus in the vicinity of 170th Street and Jamaica Avenue became involved in a verbal dispute with two unidentified women when she bumped into one of them. The dispute escalated and the suspects punched the victim in her face and removed her iPhone 6 from her hand. The suspects then disembarked at 170th Street and Jamaica Avenue and fled on foot southbound on 170th Street. The victim was treated at the scene by EMS for pain.

The first suspect is described as a five-foot-five-inch to five-foot-six-inch black woman who is believed to be 28 to 31 years of age. She weighs approximately 165 pounds and was last seen wearing a black scarf and dark colored jacket. The second suspect is described as a black woman who is believed to be 28 to 31 years old and weighs approximately 165 pounds. She was last seen wearing a beige jacket and a hat. The second suspect has a lip piercing.

Robbery –

Police said that they have arrested a 19-year-old Springfield Gardens man on attempted murder and robbery charges in connection with a robbery that took place on Jan. 21 in Jamaica.
Around 4:48 a.m., Jeff Platel—who lives on 175th Street—allegedly approached a 27-year-old man in the vicinity of 90th Avenue and 148th Street and demanded his property. When the victim attempted to run, Platel allegedly tackled him to the ground and stabbed him three times in the torso with an unknown sharp object. Platel then allegedly took the victim’s backpack and fled eastbound on 90th Avenue. Among the items in the bag were a laptop and headphones. The victim was taken to Jamaica Hospital, where is he in critical but stable condition.

Rape, Kidnapping Conviction –

A 31-year-old Jamaica man has been convicted of kidnapping and rape charges after he lured a teenager from Canada to run away from home in 2014, the Queens district attorney said.

Santiago Reyes, who lives on 144th Street, was found guilty on Jan. 29 after a two-week long trial. Queens Supreme Court Justice Robert Kohn, who presided over the trial, will sentence Reyes on Feb. 15. The defendant faces up to 25 years in prison.

Reyes met the girl, who was 15 years old at the time and lived in Toronto, on Facebook. He communicated with her online for nine months, urging her to run away after she confided that her parents were too strict and she was bullied at a new school. When the girl and her family visited, New York City, Reyes picked up the teenager when her parents were out and took her to his house.

Reyes, who was much older than the girl expected, manipulated the teenager into having sex with him and told her that she could not go back to her parents.

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