Suspect charged with theft in Maspeth carjacking: DA

By Philip Newman

Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said Anthony Maccaca of 65-48 Admiral Ave. had been charged with criminal possession of a credit card stolen from the grandmother which he attempted to use four times to withdraw $200 from an ATM.

Law enforcement sources said Maccaca was also a possible suspect in the Feb. 17 carjacking of a 1995 Dodge Spirit belonging to Cally Diacantonia but did not elaborate.

“The investigation is continuing,” said a spokeswoman for the Queens district attorney,

Maccaca has been charged with criminal possession of stolen property in the fourth degree and with attempted petit larceny, the DA said. He faces up to four years in prison if convicted.

The criminal complaint said Maccaca at around 2:45 p.m. on Feb. 18 knowingly possessed a credit card taken from Diacantonis in a robbery at 8:15 p.m. the previous night at 55th Avenue and 69th Street near the Maspeth Post Office.

Diacantonis was pulled from her car outside the Maspeth post office on 69th Street by a white man described as being in his mid-20s and wearing a gray sweatshirt, police said at the time. She suffered severe head trauma.

Maccaca was arraigned last Thursday in Queens Criminal Court before Judge Lenore Gerald, who ordered him to return to court on March 18. The judge set bail at $30,000.

Diacantonis suffered a skull fracture when the hijacker pulled her from her car and drove away in it. She was taken to Elmhurst Hospital.

Diacantonis has been transferred to Mount Sinai Hospital in Manhattan for rehabilitation, said Dario Centorcelli, a spokesman for Elmhurst Hospital.

Brown said an investigation by Detective Jason Houlihan of the 104th Precinct Detective Squad under supervision of Sgt. Michael Ryan was continuing in an effort to get evidence to sustain more charges.

Reach contributing writer Philip Newman by e-mail at news@timesledger.com or call 229-0300, Ext. 136.

More from Around New York