105th Precinct: Homicide, Sex Trafficking

Police are searching for this man in connection with a homicide.

Police are searching for this man in connection with a homicide.

Homicide –

Police said that they are searching for a 31-year-old man in connection to a fatal shooting of a Springfield Gardens man on July 25.

Tyson Boateng, who is approximately five-feet-nine-inches and weighs approximately 160 pounds, is being sought in the shooting of Zanu Simpson, 32, who lived on 193rd St. in Springfield Gardens.

Shortly after midnight on July 25, police responded to a 911 call of a man who had been shot at the corner of South Conduit and Lansing avenues in Springfield Gardens. Upon arrival, police discovered Simpson unconscious and unresponsive with gunshot wounds to the head. The victim was sitting in the driver’s seat of a BMW X5. EMS responded to the location and transported Simpson to Jamaica Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. The investigation is ongoing.

Sex Trafficking –

A 29-year-old Queens Village man has been sentenced to up to 50 years in prison for sex trafficking and prostituting two teenage girls—ages 18 and 19, the Queens district attorney said.

Richard Dumervil, who is also known as “Dirty,” was convicted on July 27 of two counts of sex trafficking and promoting prostitution following a jury trial that was presided over by Queens Supreme Court Justice Michael Aloise. Last Thursday, Aloise sentenced the defendant to consecutive terms of 12½ to 25 years in prison on each of his sex trafficking convictions for a total of 25 to 50 years in prison.

“The defendant has now been held accountable for his despicable acts of inducing fear of physical harm into two young women, so that he could tream them as chattel, commodities to be sold to others for cash, which he then pocketed for himself,” Queens DA Richard Brown said.

Dumervil’s conviction is the latest in a string of sex-trafficking convictions—a total of 35—obtained by the DA’s office since the state strengthened penalties against human trafficking.

Dumervil had forced the two women into prostitution between April 1, 2014 and March 7, 2015 by instilling a fear in them that he would physicall injure them if they did not comply with his demand to engage in sexual activity with various individuals in exchange for money, which they were required to turn over to him.

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