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110th, 115th precincts see rise in murder rate

Eddy Llano holds up a photo of his father Damaso (second from l. in framed photo), who was found dead in his home. Photo by Ellis Kaplan
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The 110th Precinct saw a huge spike in homicides and an uptick in crime overall in 2012, although its neighboring precinct to the north, the 115th, had a drop in crime but a small increase in murders, NYPD statistics showed.

Eight people were killed last year in the 110th Precinct, which encompasses Elmhurst and Corona south of Roosevelt Avenue — three times as many as the two people killed in 2011. The police said overall there were 1,763 crime incidents last year compared to 1,613 in 2011.

Two of the homicides occurred almost back-to-back within close proximity to Junction Boulevard. Tesfari Davis, 32, was found March 25 with bullet holes in his neck and leg after crashing his Acura near Horace Harding Expressway and Junction Boulevard. The next day, 89-year-old Damaso Llano was found in his home on 43rd Avenue near Junction Boulevard with trauma to his face. No suspects have been arrested in either incident.

In June, 34-year-old Maximiliano Lozada allegedly stabbed his 33-year-old wife Luz Paulino in the seventh floor apartment they once shared, at 40-05 Hampton St. in Elmhurst, the Queens district attorney’s office said. Lozada, who worked at a Peruvian restaurant nearby, allegedly stopped to buy a beer at a deli across the street after committing the crime, the DA said. He was arrested three days later.

The numbers were better in the 115th Precinct — which includes East Elmhurst, Jackson Heights and Corona north of Roosevelt Avenue. The NYPD recorded 1,748 incidents of crime in 2012, a drop from 1,840 in 2011. There were five murders in the precinct, however, compared to four in 2011.

Armando Tucubal, 25, was found dead in front of his apartment at 38th Avenue and 111th Street in Corona from head trauma in January 2012. Police said a group of men had beat him up, although no arrests were made in his case.

Four days later in the usually quiet neighborhood of East Elmhurst, 31-year-old George Portillo was shot in the torso a block from his home on 94th Street near 30th Avenue. No arrests were made.

The 110th Precinct had increases in all tallied categories of crime except for burglaries, of which there were 314 compared to 316 in 2011, and grand larceny autos, of which there were 113 compared to 122 in 2011. The precinct logged 24 rapes compared to 22 in 2011, 347 robberies compared to 332 in 2011, 294 felony assaults compared to 268 in 2011, and 663 grand larcenies compared to 551 in 2011.

The 115th Precinct stats revealed the number of burglaries had risen, with 332 in 2012 compared to 322 the previous year.

But, all other categories of crime recorded increases. Rapes declined to 40 from 41 in 2011, robberies dropped to 338 from 347 in 2011, felony assaults fell to 329 from 360 in 2011, grand larcenies slipped to 542 from 547 in 2011, and grand larceny autos dropped to 172 from 192 in 2011.

Reach reporter Rebecca Henely by e-mail at rhenely@cnglocal.com or by phone at 718-260-4564.

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