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Police search for sushi thief and cabbie rapist

Astoria crime up 10 percent

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Posted: Thursday, July 19, 2012 10:30 am | Updated: 10:47 am, Thu Jul 26, 2012.

The 114th Precinct, which patrols Astoria and a small swatch of Long Island City, is fighting a 10 percent crime spike so far this year, compared to the first seven months of 2011.

And the month of July has seen its fair share of crime as well.

On July 6, a thin man entered through the back of the Sushi X Restaurant on Northern Boulevard at about 10:40 p.m. He loaded up about $1,600 worth of raw fish and fled the scene.

Two days later on July 8 at 11 a.m. a suspect swiped some merchandise from the Target store on Gateway Drive. The man charged a credit card without authorization then took off in an unknown direction with his goods.

Burglaries and grand larceny such as these are up 13 and 10.6 percent in the patrol area. Murders are up 50 percent and rapes up 31 percent.

A 20-year-old woman was attacked by her cab driver at 1:30 a.m. on July 13. The driver, who is described as a 5-foot 4-inch tall, Hispanic man, followed her into her apartment building on 30th Street and 34th Avenue andgrabbed her from behind.The victim struggled and broke free before the suspect fled in his tan, Lincoln town car. The victim was taken to an area hospital for minor injuries.

Anyone with information in regards to these incidents is asked to call Crime stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime stoppers website at crimestoppers.com or by texting their tips to 274637 (crimes) then enter TIP577.

— Josey Bartlett

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