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Crime ticks up in the 103rd Precinct

Homicide, gun arrests top report

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Posted: Thursday, June 13, 2019 10:30 am

The 103rd Precinct Community Council went off to its summer hiatus on a down note.

Inspector Peter Fortune, commanding officer of the precinct, said in his monthly report that the period from May 13 to June 9 had an 11 percent increase in reported major crimes over the same 28-day period last year.

“One hundred twenty-eight crimes vs. 115,” he said.

The one murder arrest officers made in the period was that of Isidro Pacheco of Jamaica, who was charged with second-degree murder for allegedly stabbing his wife in their home om May 20.

She would die the next morning.

While Fortune did not discuss Pacheco by name, he said there was no history of domestic violence between the two. He said the husband was covered in blood when he surrendered at the precinct’s 91st Avenue station house in Jamaica.

And he did have a disturbing fact about felony assaults numbers.

“Fifty-six percent of our felony assaults are domestic violence-related,” he said.

Robberies dropped 37 percent over the same 28-day period last year, from 30 to 19.

While Fortune said bank robberies have become a rarity in the 103rd, it did see two in the last four weeks, including one by a suspect who is being held in Nassau County for a subsequent holdup.

Fortune also took the time to praise his officers for an arrest on May 29 that started off as a domestic violence incident — and resulted in the seizure of 12 guns.

“Including a loaded Uzi,” he said.

He said a woman who called 911 had barricaded herself in her bathroom with a small child.

“Officers responding could hear her screaming,” he said. Officers entered the dwelling and got the woman out, and discovered the suspect had fled.

They obtained a search warrant and found the weapons.

“That’s 12 guns taken off the street,” Fortune said.

The Chronicle has reported that Gabriel Smith has been arrested in the case and charged with strangulation, 12 counts of possession of a loaded firearm, two counts of possession of a defaced weapon, possession of a large-capacity ammunition device, menacing and harassment.

The precinct also has made an arrest in the case of a man who twice reached into open windows or opened them and inappropriately touched women sleeping in their beds.

Shootings and shooting incidents both stand at four year to date, down from five this time in 2018.

Fortune also warned owners of newer Honda vehicles there has been an uptick in the theft of tires and rims.

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