2011-03-24 / Other News

High Praise For NYPD In “Crime Wave” Arrest

By Charles Rogers

The tough, but successful, work of the NYPD became the subject of praise recently due to the arrest of a man known as an alleged “one man crime wave” in the 63rd Precinct area.

Otis Boone, 20, of Watkins Street, Brooklyn, was arrested last week and charged with at least four separate crimes, including the stabbing of a yeshiva student, two cell phone thefts, one in which Boone allegedly used a knife on the victim, and a home invasion in the Bergen Beach section.

As a result of the arrest, City Councilman Lew Fidler, in whose district some of the crimes took place, commended those responsible for tracking down and investigating the case, including the Brooklyn Robbery Squad, 63rd Precinct Detective Unit, rank and file of the precinct, its commanding officer and Brooklyn South.

Captain Michael Deddio, commander of the local precinct, together with Fidler, Assemblywoman Helene Weinstein and Councilman Jumaane Williams, had recently briefed community members on the efforts being undertaken to nab Boone for a variety of crimes.

“We were all impressed by the concerned and material response to the crimes from Captain Deddio and Brooklyn South,” said Fidler. “I know that after our community forum, people felt safer in the neighborhood and clearly felt our police department really cared. I want to applaud their efforts and congratulate them on the result.” He said no one connected the crimes because they were in different neighborhoods, but “I guess our police force knew better.”

According to Kings County District Attorney Charles Hynes and sources at the Brooklyn Robbery Squad, Boone was charged with the February 16 robbery in East Flatbush of a man’s cell phone and other articles after allegedly menacing the victim with a knife.

He was also charged with criminal possession of a weapon. At the same time he was charged with a similar robbery ten days later during which he allegedly stabbed the victim, which added a charge of assault to the others. The male victim was taken to the hospital.

On the same day, sources said, the suspect confronted a yeshiva student at the corner of Avenue K and East 33rd Street and, after discovering the student didn’t have any money, allegedly stabbed him in the stomach.

Reports indicated Boone might have also been involved in a home invasion recently at a house in Bergen Beach.

Anyone with further information is asked to call the 63rd Precinct Detective Squad at (718) 258-4401 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS. All calls will be kept strictly confidential.

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