Overall crime down in 113th, murder up – QNS.com

Overall crime down in 113th, murder up

By Ivan Pereira

NYPD CompStat 2007 figures ending Dec. 16 indicated crime within the 113th Precinct, which includes St. Albans, Hollis, Springfield Gardens, South Ozone Park, South Jamaica, Addisleigh Park and Locust Manor, decreased 0.69 percent with 2,020 reported cases this year compared with 2,034 in 2006. That slight decrease occurred despite increases in most of the major crime categories, especially murder, which saw a 116.6 percent rise this year with 13 reported homicides in 2007 compared to six in 2006.The most recent incident occurred Dec. 8 when a St. Albans resident Shauna Sanders, 23, was shot in the chest outside her home after an alleged argument with Donnell Dunson, 23, of Jamaica, police said. Police later arrested Dunson, 23, and he was arraigned on Dec. 9 on charges of second degree murder.Murder was not the only major crime that saw an increase in southeast Queens, according to the statistics.Rape went up 21.7 percent from 28 reported incidents compared to 23 in 2006. Robbery was up 16.4 percent in 2007 with 425 reported cases compared to 365 in 2006 and burglary was up 5.3 percent with 395 reported crimes in 2007 compared to 375 in the previous year.Felony assault crimes had the smallest increase, rising by 1.9 percent with 395 reported cases compared to 375 in 2006.Although grand larceny and auto theft decreased this year, the number of reported cases for both was still high, according to the statistics. There were 540 grand larceny cases reported in 2007, down from 641 in 2006, while there were 310 reported car thefts in the neighborhood, a decrease of 11 cases from the previous year.Reach reporter Ivan Pereira by e-mail at ipereira@timesledger.com or by phone at 718-229-0300, Ext. 146.

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