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Feb 8, 2018
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BRONX NEWS: Father slashed in face while walking with 1-year-old son in Bronx


A Bronx dad walking with his 1-year-old son was slashed across the face by a stranger in an apparent bias-fueled attack, authorities said Tuesday.


“What he told me is stuck in my brain: F— your country,” victim Ociel Herrera, 41, told the Daily News. “I saw hate in his eyes.”


Herrera was attacked on E. 139th St. near Willis Ave. in Mott Haven at about 2 p.m. Feb. 1.


“It happened out of nowhere. I was walking home with my son. He was riding a scooter. I was just watching my son play,” he said Thursday, gently touching the scar below his eye. “I just felt a strike on my face. I then realized he had cut the right side of my face. I noticed the blood. He had a blade. My son was in shock. He stood there paralyzed.”

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The wounded dad chased after his attacker, holding his child’s scooter over his head like a weapon, for a few moments but then returned to his son’s side.


“I grabbed my son’s scooter to defend myself and my son,” he said. “I got him to lose his blade. The police now have the blade.”


Medics treated the dad at the scene. His child was unhurt.


“He also attacked another man who walked out of his house. That man fell to the ground,” Herrera said. “My son was standing behind me. It all happened in a matter of eight seconds.”

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The attack has not yet been classified as a hate crime as the investigation continues, a police source said Thursday.


“I’m worried that these type of attacks against immigrants are happening more and more,” he said. “I’m still afraid, because police haven’t caught him yet. I’m nervous. Sometimes his grandma takes my son for a walk. What if (the attacker) recognizes him?”


He said he’s never had any violent incidents since he moved to New York from Guerrero, Mexico in 2009. Now he fears his only child might need therapy.


“At night my son wakes up screaming after having nightmares. He dreams that someone is trying to kill me,” the somber dad said. “I myself am afraid to go out on the street with my son.”

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Police on Thursday released surveillance images of the suspect, who was last seen running east on E. 139th St. toward Brook Ave., and are asking the public’s help identifying him.


The suspect is described as black, about 18, 5-foot-10 and 180 pounds. He was wearing a black jacket with fur, dark jeans, dark sneakers with white on the bottom and a black book bag.


“I hope they catch him soon before he attacks other people,” Herrera said.


Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS. All calls will be kept confidential.

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Feb 8, 2018
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BRONX NEWS: Amtrak train plows into person walking along tracks in the Bronx

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Feb 8, 2018
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BRONX NEWS: Home invader beats 64-year-old Bronx grandma with crowbar


A 64-year-old Bronx woman was beaten bloody with a crowbar while grappling with a burglar who stole the gold wedding band she’s worn for 43 years.


The 5 foot, 100-pound victim, who asked to be identified as Nat, infuriated the attacker when she tried to pull off the mask he wore over his nose and mouth.


“I think that was my mistake,” she told the Daily News Wednesday. “That’s what made him mad.”


The brutal assailant flew into a rage, striking her with a crowbar five or six times on the head and shattering her elbow.


“I thought, ‘If he hits me again, he will kill me for sure.’” Nat remembered.


The brutal assault happened 9:45 a.m. Monday at the woman’s Pelham Gardens home on Tenbroeck Ave. Nat stepped out to move her car into the garage, and when she went back inside 15 minutes later she headed upstairs.


The burglar, who had apparently slipped inside through the kitchen window, startled her on the second-floor landing.


“When he jumped in front of me, you have no idea how it felt,” the petite grandmother said, choking back tears.


Nat screamed, but the man told her to shut up, covered her mouth with his hands and shoved her into a bedroom.


He wanted money, but Nat said she and her husband don’t keep much cash in the house.


That’s when she grabbed his mask and he attacked her.


He also tried to tie up her arms, but her busted elbow prevented her from bringing that arm behind her back, so he yanked a phone cord out of the wall and bound her ankles.


Then he ransacked the bedroom and dumped her purse on on the bed, but she told him he better leave because her husband, who was at the dentist, will be home in minutes and will “kill you.”


The attacker decided it was time to go, but not before stealing about 0 and some jewelry — including the wedding band she handed over after he nearly broke her finger trying to pull it past her knuckles.


Afterwards, Nat stood still, crying and unsure what to do.


After at least a few minutes that”felt like an eternity” she untied the phone cord and ran to a neighbor, who called 911.


Nat was taken to Jacobi Hospital, where six stitches were needed to close a gash above her right eyebrow. She’ll also need surgery on her arm.


Worse, she said, is the mental anguish.


She hung up her hospital gown when she got home, but later mistook it for a home invader.


Then she went to bed and had a nightmare.


“Last night, during the night,” she said, “I saw his eyes.”


Police released surveillance video of the attacker. He’s 5 feet 3 inches tall and was seen wearing a hooded sweat shirt, black jacket, backpack, blue jeans and tan boots.


Anyone with information is asked to call police at 1-800-577-TIPS.

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Feb 7, 2018
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BRONX NEWS: NYC mechanic who attacked ‘Help me Howard’ reporter gets $5G bail


The Bronx mechanic accused of attacking the star of PIX11’s “Help Me Howard” now needs his own help — with ,000 bail.


Jose Lebron-Pimentel, 36, faces up to seven years behind bars for the attack on Howard Thompson and his cameraman, John Frasse in Belmont at 12:15 p.m. on Tuesday.


Thompson and his cameraman were filming a segment about Lebron-Pimentel’s business, Benji Auto Sales on East 180th St. when the mechanic allegedly flipped out.


“Howard Thompson was attempting to conduct an interview with the defendant as part of his television news segment ‘Help Me Howard’ on Pix11,” Assistant District Attorney Carling Donovan said Wednesday.

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“Mr. Howard and his cameraman in this case were responding to a complaint by citizens of the community and were violently attacked by the defendant.”


The whole thing was captured on camera. Thompson and his photographer retreated into traffic as Lebron-Pimentel struck Howard in the arm, and hit Frasse in the hip, authorities said. Neither were seriously hurt.


Thompson was working on a story about an unpaid judgement against the auto shop.


His long-running segment features him confronting landlords and other deadbeats on behalf of regular New Yorkers.


“For every person that we’ve helped — there have been about 2,000 right now — there’s someone on the other side of the equation that is not happy with other presence,” Thompson said on WPIX.


Lebron-Pimentel was held on ,000 bail after his arraignment in Bronx Criminal Court Wednesday.


His brother, Norberto Pena, said that Lebron-Pimentel’s wife would soon post his bail.


“I don’t know exactly if it’s true with the baseball bat,” Pena said. “I didn’t see anything.”

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Feb 7, 2018
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BRONX NEWS: Bronx school aide cuffed for punching 12-year-old girl

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BRONX NEWS: ‘Help Me Howard’ reporter attacked by mechanic during interview


Howard’s the one who needed help.


A Bronx mechanic attacked the star of PIX11’s “Help Me Howard” consumer-rights segment with a baseball bat after the TV reporter tried to expose him as a deadbeat, police said.


Jose Lebron-Pimentel, 36, came out swinging when Howard Thompson, 60, confronted him at his Belmont auto shop shortly after 12:15 p.m., Tuesday, cops said.


Lebron-Pimentel struck Thompson in the arm, and hit his 57-year-old cameraman in the hip, cops said.


The men chose not to go to the hospital. The mechanic is charged with assault, police said.


Thompson was planning to challenge Lebron-Pimentel on behalf of a viewer who claimed the mechanic owed him in a pay dispute, police sources said.

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Feb 7, 2018
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BRONX NEWS: Pregnant woman robbed of cell phone during Bronx kick attack

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Feb 7, 2018
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BRONX NEWS: Rehab clinic executive cheated addicts to enjoy lavish lifestyle


A top executive at a crooked chain of rehab clinics testified Tuesday about the lavish lifestyle he enjoyed thanks to drug addicts.


Jason Brand — who took the stand during the trial of a former Narco Freedom employee, John Cornachio — testified that in 2014 he leased two Mercedes-Benzes, a Chevy Equinox and a Tesla Sedan.


He confirmed in Bronx Supreme Court that he had pleaded guilty to corruption, insurance fraud, perjury and grand larceny, and was cooperating with prosecutors in Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s office.


He testified that he and Cornachio had created a shell company to further the Narco scheme. The clinics are now closed.


Prosecutors charged in 2015 that Narco Freedom had treated struggling New Yorkers as human ATMs, forcing them into drug treatments in exchange for roofs over their heads.

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Feb 6, 2018
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BRONX NEWS: Judge to hear expert testify on how baseball bat could kill cop


A Bronx judge agreed Tuesday to hear expert testimony on whether a 66-year-old mentally ill woman could have killed Sgt. Hugh Barry with a swing of her baseball bat.


A biomechanical engineer can testify about testing that defense lawyers assert will prove Barry’s life was in danger before he fired two fatal shots at schizophrenic Deborah Danner, ruled Judge Robert Neary.


According to defense attorney Andrew Quinn, the study documents the impact of blows on crash test dummies produced by women of the same age brandishing the same 32-inch bat as Danner did.


“(This object) is more than enough to crack the skull,” Quinn said on the fifth day of the murder trial. “Had Ms. Danner took that swing … she would have fractured (Barry’s) skull.”

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Neary must decide in the bench trial whether Barry’s gunshots were justified or the veteran sergeant erred during the Oct. 18, 2016, confrontation in Danner’s Bronx bedroom.


Proscutors charge Barry ignored his training on the evening of his fatal encounter with Danner.


In day two of his testimony, Officer Camilo Rosario — the cop closest to the sergeant when the bullets were fired — recalled Tuesday how Danner drew the bat over her shoulder when Barry entered her bedroom.


“Drop the bat! Ma’am, please, drop it!” Rosario recalled Barry yelling to Danner as he demonstrated the arc of the baseball bat for a second time in front of a Bronx courtroom.

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The demonstration used the same bat clutched on the night of the shooting by the mentally ill woman. On cross examination, Rosario said he believed she was going to swing the bat at his superior.


Assistant District Attorney Newton Mendys unsuccessfully argued that the night’s events could not be replicated in a study.


“Swinging a bat … in a lab setting is very different than what transpired Oct. 18,” he said. “The study itself is flawed inherently by virtue of the fact that Ms. Danner wasn’t able to participate in it.”


Quinn argued that prosecutors, in their opening statement, alleged a baseball bat is not a lethal weapon when wielded by a 66-year-old woman.

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This study, he insisted, would prove otherwise.

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Feb 6, 2018
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BRONX NEWS: DJ Khaled’s future brother-in-law fatally shot in Bronx apartment


The future brother-in-law of hip hop star DJ Khaled was shot to death in a Bronx apartment, the Daily News has learned.


Jonathan Tuck — the younger brother of Nicole Tuck, the “All I Do Is Win” artist’s fiancée — was trying to buy marijuana when someone shot him in the face about 9:15 p.m. Sunday in a Belmont apartment less than a half mile from his home, cops said.


Tuck, 25, died at St. Barnabas Hospital.


The second-floor apartment on Washington Ave. near E. 185th St, remained roped off Monday night, as police continued their investigation into the shooting. Cops believe Tuck argued with his attacker before the shooting but it’s not clear if that quarrel stemmed from the alleged pot deal.

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“He’s a good guy,” said pal Brandon Davis, 30, who’s known Tuck for seven years. “He was in the wrong place at the wrong time. There was no reason for him to be there.”


Davis, who coaches football, said he first met Tuck in 2011 when Tuck played defensive end for the Bronx Colts. They had remained friends ever since.


The two were supposed to watch the Super Bowl together Sunday night, but Tuck never showed, Davis said. At 4 a.m. Monday, Tuck’s girlfriend called with the tragic news.


“All I can think about is I’m sitting here celebrating football and my friend is across town dying,” Davis said.

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Tuck and his sister were close, Davis said, though he wouldn’t comment on how Nicole Tuck or DJ Khaled were coping with the tragedy.


DJ Khaled was in Minneapolis for the Super Bowl when Tuck was killed, according to social media posts.


Police sources said Nicole Tuck and her mother rushed to the Bronx after learning of the shooting.


Nicole Tuck did not return messages seeking comment, and a representative for Khaled declined comment Monday night.

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Family friends crowded Tuck’s apartment Monday night to mourn his death.


“He was a good man. He leaves a daughter … He was working overnight stock in New Jersey,” said one family friend, who wouldn’t give his name. “We’re hurting. We’re grieving. We’re devastated.”


Police took a 34-year-old man into custody for questioning Sunday, but as of Monday, no one had been charged with Tuck’s killing.


Davis, the godfather of Tuck’s 1-year-old daughter, said his family deserves to know what happened in the Bronx apartment.

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“He was my friend. I loved that guy. I’ve argued with him, I’ve bled with him. We’ve talked, prayed and cried. The good and bad, that’s my family,” Davis said.


“I just want to know what this was about. His mother deserves that. His father, his sister, his daughter deserves that. I hope they find the answer.”

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BRONX NEWS: Duo hunted in screwdriver, umbrella attack on Bronx bus


A rowdy couple capped off a trip to a Bronx seafood joint by attacking a bus passenger with a screwdriver and then hitting the driver with an umbrella, cops said Monday.


The two were drinking at Seafood City on City Island before the Jan. 23 attack, cop sources said.


They boarded a BX-29 bus and were headed toward the Bruckner Expressway and Pelham Parkway at about 1 p.m. when the pair turned surly and argued with a 24-year-old passenger.


The woman hit the passenger on the head with a screwdriver, breaking her skin, cops said.


The driver pulled over and the goon dragged the rider off the bus by her hair.


He told the 56-year-old driver to floor it, but he refused, so the man hit him with an umbrella, cops said.


The duo then ran off.

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Feb 5, 2018
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BRONX NEWS: Deborah Danner held object like ‘baseball player holds bat’: cop

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