BY JORDAN GIBBONS
Early Monday morning, NYPD’s 107th Precinct responded quickly to a hostage situation on 168th Street in Jamaica Hills and apprehended the alleged perpetrator after several hours of negotiating without any serious injuries, according to Captain Paul Velarga, the 107th’s commanding officer.
Velarga described the suspect as a Black male who knocked on the door of one apartment, “brandishing a firearm and demanded money, currency” from the resident. Velarga said he believes the robber attained some money, but was not sure how much.
The man fled the home and ended up inside another apartment a few doors down, while the first victim locked their
door and called 911.
Velarga said there was a unit nearby that responded quickly to the 911 call shortly after 8 a.m.
“He entered the residence and barricaded himself into that apartment,” Velarga said. “We then established a dialogue.”
Hostage negotiators were called in to talk the man out of the home that housed three family members.
The homes were directly across from the Jamaica Muslim Center. Akhter Hussain, the mosque’s general secretary, said there were many people at the center witnessing the NYPD at work.
“The police came right away,” Hussain said. “They barricaded the street and they searched every house.”
Velarga said that the perpetrator eventually surrendered some time after 1 p.m. and was taken into custody at the 107th Precinct.
Councilman Rory Lancman (D-Hillcrest) thanked the precinct for its speedy response Monday morning.
“I am grateful to the 107th Precinct for their prompt response and arrest of the perpetrator,” Lancman said. “Their work continues to keep us safe.”
There was only one minor injury during the incident, Velarga said. A person in the first home suffered a bruised hand when the perpetrator forced his way into the residence.
The investigation is ongoing.
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