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String Of Violence In S. Queens Is Followed By Multiple Arrests

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Posted: Thursday, September 16, 2004 12:00 am

A South Ozone Park man was arrested and charged with second-degree murder after he allegedly killed a 22-year-old man, and a Brooklyn man was arrested at a South Ozone Park hotel for allegedly murdering his girlfriend in her Brooklyn home.

Police said Timmy Walker, 31, of 141st Street was in Tony Brounson’s basement at 131-26 140th Street between 2:40 and 3:40 a.m. when he shot both men. Brounson died shortly thereafter. Walker had allegedly stolen an undisclosed amount of money earlier in the evening from the father, whose name was not released.

Walker was arrested shortly afterwards by police from the 113th Precinct. He was arraigned last Monday and charged with second-degree murder and attempted murder, first-degree robbery and second- and third-degree criminal possession of a weapon. He faces 25 years to life in prison if convicted.

Queens District Attorney Richard Brown condemned the shooting, the second alleged incident by a resident of South Ozone Park this month. Police said 19-year-old Michael Alexander killed a man outside Club Mirage in Ozone Park on September 4th.

“According to the charges, the defendant intentionally and with depraved indifference to human life opened fire with an illegal handgun and caused the death of a young man by shooting him in the chest and physical injury to the victim’s father by shooting him in the leg. Gun violence is mindless and lethal and takes a grim toll of innocent lives,” Brown said.

Twenty-eight-year-old Sidney Elisa was arrested at 4:30 a.m after his girlfriend, 17-year-old Alicia Cruz, was found stabbed in the chest Monday morning after the police received a tip. Cruz, who lived in Bedford-Stuyvesant, died at Kings County Hospital just after 11 a.m.

The anonymous tipster told police that the victim’s girlfriend was a potential suspect, and Elisa was arrested at the Econolodge on Rockaway Boulevard. He was previously convicted of robbery and has several prior arrests on his record.

In other police news, officers at the 106th Precinct identified a body they found Thursday morning along the side of the Van Wyck Expressway as that of 54-year-old Mitchell Engal of Armonk. Engall was found near Linden Boulevard with a gunshot wound to the left eye.

A boy was killed over the weekend in Woodhaven when he was hit by a Sport Utility Vehicle just after midnight Monday morning at 95th Street and Atlantic Avenue while riding his bicycle. The 14-year-old victim, whose name was not released, was hit by a Lincoln Aviator and taken to Jamaica Hospital where he died at 12:35 a.m.

The driver of the car, Ozone Park resident Steven Vega, 23, stayed at the scene and was charged with driving with a suspended license. Police did not fault him for the accident.

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