17-year-old charged with attempted murder in Astoria brick beating


Police have arrested a 17-year-old for brutally attacking a teen in Astoria Tuesday night.

Omer Khogali, of East Elmhurst, has been charged with attempted murder, assault and criminal possession of a weapon, announced the district attorney.

Khogali allegedly beat 16-year Michelle Rodriguez  in the head multiple times with a brick  near 22-63 43rd Street, according to the DA. After hitting the victim, he fled with the brick, dropping it near 43rd Street and 23rd Avenue.

“The defendant is accused of a particularly vicious and brutal assault that has left a young girl clinging to life. The case will be vigorously prosecuted,” said District Attorney Richard A. Brown.

According to the complaint, shortly before the incident a witness saw the alleged perpetrator “walking up to several vehicles in the area and pulling on car door handles,” said Brown.  The defendant heard someone scream and “hit them with a brick to shut them up.”

Khogali faces up to 25 years in prison if found guilty. He was held without bail and is set to return to court on April 29.








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