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Editorial November 3, 2011  RSS feed

Slam Brakes On Robbers

Cops Find Gun, Stolen Loot In Car
by Robert Pozarycki

Hours after allegedly robbing a woman in Flushing, two Rockaway men were stopped by police in Maspeth early last Saturday morning, Oct. 29, and taken into custody after officers found a handgun and the stolen loot in their car, it was reported.

Police identified the suspects as 22-year-old Takim Newson and 24- year-old Rodney McCleod, both residents of Beach 54th Street in Arverne.

According to law enforcement sources, the suspects were spotted riding inside a 2005 Mitsubishi Galant traveling erratically in the vicinity of Grand Avenue and 71st Street at around 3:50 a.m. last Saturday.

Reportedly, Police Officers Scott Hamburger and Skorzewski were canvassing the area in response to a report of a man with a gun when they observed the vehicle making a number of moving violations, including failing to stop at a red light, driving at excessive speeds, failing to signal and weaving through traffic.

Police said the officers pulled the vehicle over at the corner of 69th Lane and the Long Island Expressway. When the officers approached the vehicle, they observed Newson behind the wheel and McCleod riding in the front passenger seat.

It is alleged that McCleod matched the description of the man with the gun that Officers Hamburger and Skorzewski were searching for.

Upon further investigation, law enforcement sources said, the officers recovered a .22-cal. handgun within the center console of the vehicle as well as a Coach bag, a digital camera and cell phone in the back seat.

According to information provided by the Queens District Attorney’s office, the gun was loaded with one live round and its serial number had been defaced.

Police said that bag, digital camera and cell phone were allegedly stolen from a woman at gunpoint within the confines of the 109th Precinct in Flushing two hours before the suspects were stopped. Authorities noted that Newson and McCleod, as well as the Galant, matched the description of the suspects and getaway vehicle involved in that robbery.

Newson and McCleod were charged with two counts of seconddegree criminal possession of a weapon, a count of third-degree criminal possession of a weapon and criminal possession of stolen property. Newson was additionally charged with reckless driving, failing to obey a red light, turning movement violations and violating speed limits.

Both suspects were arraigned in Queens Criminal Court on Monday, Oct. 31 before Judge Stephanie Zaro, according to court records. Newson was ordered held on $200,000 bond or $100,000 cash; McCleod was released on his own recognizance.

They are scheduled to return to court on Nov. 14.