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Charge in Astoria teen assault

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Posted: Thursday, April 18, 2013 10:30 am

An East Elmhurst man was charged with repeatedly beating a 16-year-old Astoria girl with a brick on April 9, according to Queens District Attorney Richard Brown.

Omer Khogali, 17, was arraigned Sunday and charged with second-degree attempted murder, first-degree assault and fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon. Khogali faces up to 25 years in prison and was held without bail.

At 10:45 p.m. Khogali allegedly repeatedly struck the victim, whose name has been released by the DA, but is not being published by the Chronicle. He then fled the scene, according to Brown.

The victim,who lives near where the incident took place, was taken to Elmhurst Hospital with head injuries and held in critical but stable condition.

A brick covered with blood was recovered at 43rd Street and 23rd Avenue after video surveillance footage showed the defendant allegedly dropping an object there, Brown said. Additionally, Khogali allegedly was observed by a witness walking up to several cars in the area and pulling on their door handles.

According to the complaint, the defendant “heard somebody scream and then he hit them with a brick to shut them up.”

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