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Crime & Cases January 7, 2016  RSS feed

Police Beat

Compiled By Robert Pozarycki,
Anthony Giudice and Angela Matua


RIDGEWOOD TIMES/Photo by Anthony Giudice RIDGEWOOD TIMES/Photo by Anthony Giudice 102nd Precinct

Kew Gardens, Richmond Hill, Woodhaven and Ozone Park

Boyfriend of slain Woodhaven teen charged first homicide of 2016

Detectives appear to have solved the city’s first murder case of the new year.

Fabian Maliza, the boyfriend of Woodhaven resident Joceline Romo, 19, has been charged with her murder, police reported.

According to law enforcement agents, Maliza, 24, was arrested and charged with second-degree murder on Jan. 5 after being held in police custody at Jamaica Hospital for psychiatric evaluation.

Romo was found unconscious, lying face down on her bed inside of her home on 86th Street near 91st Avenue at 10:46 p.m. on New Year’s Day. Reports indicated that Romo had blunt force trauma to her head and neck compression injuries.

Police have not released a motive for the crime as of yet, and Maliza is currently being held for arraignment.

Anonymous tip helps collar suspect in 2011 Kew Gardens murder

With the help of a tipster, police brought a Connecticut man back to Queens on Dec. 29 to face charges in connection with a Kew Gardens road rage killing that occurred more than four years ago.

Detectives picked up Gjergj (George) Logu-Cupi, 52, at his Shelton, Connecticut, home earlier this month after the NYPD Queens Homicide Squad received information from an anonymous whistleblower regarding his whereabouts. Logu-Cupi was the suspect behind the fatal shooting of Roberto Adanes, 25, at 8:10 p.m. on July 14, 2011, a few steps from the victim’s Austin Street residence.

According to authorities, Adanes and his 30-year-old brother became involved in a verbal dispute with the suspect over a double-parked car in the vicinity of Austin and 125th streets.

Prosecutors said Logu-Cupi left the scene, then returned moments later and opened fire on both men; Adanes was struck in the torso, while his brother took a bullet to his head. Reportedly, the suspect was observed fleeing the scene inside a white van with Connecticut license plates.

Officers from the 102nd Precinct and EMS units responded to the incident. Adanes died at Jamaica Hospital; the 30-year-old shooting victim was treated for his injuries, but still has the bullet lodged in his skull, according to Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown.

Soon after being extradited to Queens, sources familiar with the investigation said, Logu-Cupi was identified through a photo lineup as the suspect in the deadly shooting. He was subsequently charged with second degree murder and was ordered held without bail. Logu-Cupi is scheduled to return to court on Jan. 12, 2016, and faces a maximum of 50 years to life behind bars if convicted.

“This was a senseless shooting following a traffic dispute,” Brown said in a statement issued on Dec. 30. “A young man was killed and his older brother seriously wounded. Gun violence has no place in a civilized society and must end now.”