Oakwood Heights man stabbed on subway; flights out of Hylan Blvd. bank: the best SI crime stories of the week

STATEN ISLAND, NY – Here’s a look at some of the most important criminal justice headlines from the past seven days:

A 44-year-old man from Oakwood Heights was stabbed in the head with a box cutter on Tuesday morning as he traveled to work on a 4 train near the Wall Street subway station. (Submitted)

A MAN SO ALMOST KILLED IN THE METRO

What started as a verbal argument over a seat on the 4 train in lower Manhattan nearly claimed the life of a Staten Island man.

The 44-year-old Oakwood Heights resident told Advance/SILive.com on Thursday from his hospital bed that he was going to work as a union electrician in the Bronx just after 6 a.m. Tuesday when the heartbreaking ordeal took place.

NYPD spokeswoman says seat dispute on northbound train led to robbery assault near Wall Street Station in which unidentified man slashed and stabbed male victim Many times.

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Rachel Velazquez is accused of fatally stabbing her husband at their West Brighton home on October 18, 2018.

IS SINGER ACCUSED OF DEADLY DAGGER ELIGIBLE FOR A LESS PUNISHMENT?

In the early morning hours of October 18, 2018, Rachel Velazquez fatally stabbed her husband Fidel (Phil) Velazquez at their West Brighton home, prosecutors say.

She was charged with murder.

Now, nearly four years later, the singer’s criminal case may be about to end.

At a recent conference in St. George’s State Supreme Court, Judge Mario F. Mattei said prosecutors and the defense are doing research to determine if Velazquez is eligible for a plea under the Justice for Survivors of Domestic Violence Act.

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Police have responded to 62 robberies so far this year on Staten Island, up from 42 this time last year, according to the city’s most recent CompStat data.

PART OF STATEN ISLAND SEES 112% INCREASE IN THEFT

Robberies on Staten Island are up 47% from the same time last year, including a 112% spike along the borough’s east coast, according to the city’s most recent CompStat data. .

Victims ranging from teenagers to the elderly have been beaten, threatened with weapons and, in some cases, humiliated in front of bystanders in 62 incidents on the island as of April 3.

Meanwhile, police with multiple agencies have registered several arrests in connection with the incidents.

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The NYPD released this photo of Muhammad Spencer in 2019. (Courtesy NYPD)

HE IS ACCUSED OF ATTACKING CUSTOMERS LEAVING HYLAN BLVD. BANK

A 34-year-old man previously convicted of a major drug bust assaulted two people in a robbery and attempted burglary outside a bank on Hylan Boulevard in Grasmere, authorities say.

Muhammad Spencer of Central Avenue in St. George allegedly placed one victim in a chokehold at night and struck a second victim with a cane in broad daylight in terrifying attacks that occurred near the busy intersection of Hylan and Clove Road.

The victims were leaving the Chase Bank at 1151 Hylan Blvd. when they were allegedly assaulted by the suspect, according to a police source.

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Port Richmond

The second incident occurred near Port Richmond Avenue and Richmond Terrace in Port Richmond. (Google)

DRIVER CHARGED WITH 2 WILD CHASES; 1 COP ALMOST INJURED

Authorities allege the 40-year-old SUV driver evaded capture for days after nearly running over an officer in the second of two wild chases through the streets of Staten Island.

Everton Bramble of Union Avenue in Mariners Harbor allegedly drove a gray 2021 Dodge Durango on February 16 at around 8:20 p.m. when police began following the vehicle at the corner of Harbor Road and Leyden Avenue in the defendant’s home community .

Officers in a marked patrol car turned on lights and sirens and attempted to stop the SUV, but Bramble refused to comply, according to police and the criminal complaint.

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122nd district

The arrest took place within the boundaries of the 122nd Precinct, based in New Dorp. (advanced file photo)

SOUTH BEACH MAN CHARGED WITH THEFT WITH ARMY GUN

A 21-year-old man has been arrested and charged with a robbery with a firearm in his South Beach community.

Authorities allege Peter Garcia committed the robbery with an unidentified individual, who has not yet been apprehended, at his apartment building on Ocean Avenue.

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HE IS HITTED WITH DRUGS CHARGES TWICE IN 6 DAYS

Two men face charges after authorities alleged raids in Stapleton and New Brighton yielded more than 120 oxycodone tablets, or about $7,500 in cash, stuffed under a mattress and a gun.

Just days after the raids, police reportedly nabbed one of the suspects, Nathaniel Winfield, 32, from the 200 block of Jersey Street, on the street in his home community of New Brighton with “a large amount of narcotics, namely oxycodone, with intent to sell,” according to the criminal complaint, based on an investigation by Narcotics Borough Staten Island.

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The defendant stalked the woman for more than four months before the bat bashing, prosecutors allege.

MAN WEARING BAT TAKES PLEA IN DONGAN HILL STALK CASE

A Dongan Hills man has taken a few heavy hits with a baseball bat at a victim’s home, and it will land him in jail for up to six years.

Roch Salemmo, 31, of the 600 block of North Railroad Avenue, pleaded guilty to criminal mischief for kicking in the storm door and bay windows of the residence of a person who lives in his neighborhood, prosecutors said.

The September 3, 2020 episode marked the culmination of a four-month period during which the accused harassed the victim, prosecutors say.

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The NYPD has filed an attempted murder complaint against Nelson Pizarro, bottom left, in the killing of a detective during a raid in New Springville. (Staten Island Advance Photos/NYPD)

APPEAL COURT GRANTS BAIL FOR EX-CON WHO SHOT, INJURED COP

A state appeals court has set bail of $5 million or $2.5 million in cash for a former New Springville inmate who authorities say opened fire on police, injuring an officer executing a search warrant at his home three months ago.

The development was revealed Tuesday during a briefing for Nelson Pizarro at the St. George State Supreme Court.

Pizarro, 39, had previously been denied bail in criminal court and later in the state Supreme Court ahead of the Second Department Appeals Division decision on Monday.

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The defendant is to be convicted in Brooklyn federal court of two acts of racketeering involving extortion and debt collection. (Staten Island lead/Joseph Ostapiuk)

IS THE ALLEGED MOBSTER OF SI “SHREK” A CHANGED MAN? JUDGE TO DECIDE.

Staten Island resident Daniel Capaldo was a longtime Mafia associate when he was inducted into the Colombo crime family in 2009, prosecutors say.

Known as ‘The Wig’ and ‘Shrek’, Capaldo, 57, has a notable criminal history dating back nearly three decades consisting of at least four felony convictions for offenses including the sale and possession of narcotics and the collection of an illegal debt, prosecutors said.

Next month, Capaldo is expected to be sentenced in federal court in Brooklyn after previously pleading guilty to two acts of racketeering, stemming from incidents in 2019.

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Police said they recovered a “large amount” of packaged heroin, along with a sawed-off shotgun, $30,000 in cash and other items. The NYPD posted a photo of the transport on Twitter. (NYPD Photo)

GUILTY PLEA IN SUNNYSIDE RAID WHO THREADED SHOTGUN, DRUGS, $$$

With seven jurors chosen for his criminal trial and facing heavy jail time if ultimately convicted, a Sunnyside man has chosen to cut his losses.

Edwin Vasquez, 53, pleaded guilty to gun and drug charges that will send him upstate for eight years.

Vasquez was arrested around 1:15 p.m. on March 26, 2021, during a raid on his home on Boulevard de la Victoire.

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