Second Hammels stabbing within one week

The second stabbing of the week took place at 44-12 Rockaway Beach Boulevard on Tuesday. The first, a homicide, took place on Sunday at 82-01 Beach Channel Drive, both in the Hammel Houses.

Just two days after a homicide in which the victim was stabbed to death, there was another knife attack at the sprawling Hammel Houses public housing complex on Tuesday night.

At about 8 p.m. on June 20, police were called to 84-16 Rockaway Beach Boulevard, only two blocks from 82-01 Beach Channel Drive, where Joseph Smith was stabbed to death last Sunday.

Police found Jammel Nelson with stab wounds to the chest. The victim told police that he had been involved in an argument with Ajax Jean-Pierre, 36, when Jean-Pierre pulled an unknown edged weapon and stabbed him in the chest. Police say his wounds were not life-threatening.

The assailant fled the area towards Beach 85 Street, eyewitnesses said, and police quickly called a Level One Mobilization looking for the Hispanic man. Some cops checked the Beach 90 Street subway platform with negative results.

Police canvassing the area saw a man fitting Jean-Pierre’s description at Beach 85 Street and Beach Channel Drive and he was identified as being the assailant in the attack.

He was put under arrest at 8:40 p.m., less than an hour after the attack by police officers from the precinct’s anti-crime team.

Jean-Pierre was arraigned on Wednesday night on charges of assault in the second and third degrees, criminal possession of a weapon in the fourth degree and harassment in the second degree.


Cops bust homicide suspect in downtown Brooklyn

Police officer brings homicide suspect Norbert Williams into the 100 Precinct on Wednesday morning. 

Police from the 100 Precinct have corralled Norbert Williams, 52, the man wanted for stabbing Joseph Smart, 47, to death at the Hammel Houses last weekend.

Police sources said that Williams was tracked down to Dontown Brooklyn, where he was hiding out, by members of the precinct’s anti-crime team.

Police responding to a 911 call at 1:35 a.m. on Sunday morning, June 18, for a man injured at 82-01 Beach Channel Drive in the sprawling Hammel Houses public housing complex, found a man, later identified as 47-year-old Joseph Smart, of the same address, unconscious and unresponsive in a hallway.

The man had suffered multiple stab wounds to his back and torso, police said.

EMS workers who responded declared the man dead on the scene.

Williams quickly became a person of interest and he was quickly tracked down to our neighboring borough.

On Thursday morning, Williams was awaiting arraignment on charges of murder and criminal possession of a weapon, court sources say.


Brothers busted for swordfight at Hammel Houses

Two brothers involved in a swordfight inside a Hammel Houses apartment on Thursday were busted and treated for their wounds.

It was a swordfight worthy of the movies, but cops arrested the brothers involved in the fight for stabbing each other with the large sword, law enforcement sources say.

Cops responding to a call at an apartment in the Hammel Houses on Rockaway Beach Boulevard at Beach 84 Street at about 9:50 a.m. on Thursday morning, found the two brothers, identified in court papers as Jamel Murreld, 34 and his brother, Justin, 23 both suffering from stab wounds.

While there was no official explanation for the sword fight, some locals said that the fight started as a lark and quickly became dangerous.

Jamel was stabbed in the back and his younger brother suffered a large wound over his left eye.

Both men were transported by EMS to Jamaica Hospital. They were treated for their wounds and then transported to Queens Central Booking, where they are awaiting arraignment on charges of assault and criminal possession of a weapon.

Police officials said that they recovered the large, bloody sword in the apartment.


Off-duty transit cop corrals two teens firing shots into Hammel Houses


Off Duty transit cop captures two teens firing shots into the Hammel Houses on Friday night

An off-duty transit cop assigned to Transit District 23 in Rockaway Park and on his way there to start his tour, nabbed two teens who had just fired some gunshots at the Hammel Houses just before 11 p.m. on Friday night.

Police sources say that Sergeant Jason Jansky was driving on Rockaway Beach Boulevard near Beach 84 Street at about 10:48 on September 9 when the heard shots and saw a teen firing a handgun at the public housing  buildings.

Jansky pulled over and identified himself, but the two took off running. Jansky gave chase and caught up with them about a block away. He called for backup and detained the two until patrol units from the 100 Precinct, less than ten blocks away, responded.


The responding cops recovered a loaded .22 caliber semiautomatic handgun in the bushes along the route the two teens had run.

Nobody was hit by the original shots, police say.

The two were charged in Queens Criminal Court with criminal possession of a weapon, reckless endangerment and tampering with physical evidence.

Woman shot in arm while standing in Hammel Houses lobby; wound not life-threatening


Thursday’s shooting took place in a lobby of a building at the Hammel Houses in the 100 Precinct. A woman was shot through the building’s door.


Detectives from the 100 Precinct Squad at the crime scene. Police officers canvassed local buildings, but did not find the shooter.

With summer still days away, the Rockaway summer shooting season has apparently begun, albeit a little early.

On Thursday afternoon, a woman standing inside a building door at the Hammel Houses, a large city public housing complex, was shot once in the arm through the glass door of the building.

Police say that the unidentified woman was standing inside the building lobby at 81-05 Beach Channel Drive at about 2:18 p.m. on June 16 when the shot shattered the door. Police speculate that the woman was not the target of the attacker, but was just in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Police officials called a level one mobilization and police officers canvassed the building as well as neighboring buildings, looking for a shooter.

The victim’s wound is not life-threatening.

That shooting follows a shots fired incident on Wednesday night.

At about 10:30 p.m. on June 15, several shots were fired at the intersection of Beach 65 Street and Thursby Avenue in Arverne, also in the 100 Precinct.

Detectives from the 100 Precinct Squad are investigating both shooting incidents.

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