Volume 18 • Issue 39 | February 10 - 16, 2006

Police Blotter

Son charged in murder

A man who was believed to have jumped to his death from his apartment at 77 Columbia St. on the evening of Jan. 29 was declared a homicide victim on Jan. 31 by the Medical Examiner’s office and his son who lived with him was arrested and charged with second degree murder.

Edward Fondo, 21, was charged with strangling his father, Edwin Young-Fondo, 62, and throwing his body from the eighth floor apartment. Neighbors told daily newspaper reporters that the younger Fondo appeared to be emotionally unstable and frequently shouted from the apartment window. He reportedly confessed to police.

The father formerly served as chief surgeon for Housing Authority police but in 1989 he was charged with sexually abusing a woman patient in his private medical office and his medical license was revoked in 1992.

Last week’s Downtown Express reported that police believed the case was a suicide.

Chinatown bus shooting

A shooting on East Broadway in Chinatown on Saturday night Feb. 4 injured a 25-year-old victim, not identified by police, who was taken to Bellevue Hospital in stable condition.

There was no arrest but police were investigating whether the shooting was connected to a conflict between rival discount intercity bus operators.
Witnesses said people were chasing each other near a gas station on East Broadway at about 7: 20 p.m. when one of them pulled a gun and began firing. The victim staggered after he was hit in the lower body and collapsed several feet west of the gas station.

Two years ago, police investigated the possible connection of two killings, an assault and two bus fires to a conflict between rival operators of dragon bus operators.

Seeking rape suspect

Police are seeking Allen Johnson, a man suspected of a rape Jan. 31 on the Lower East Side in the Seventh Precinct. Police declined to specify where in the precinct the rape occurred and would not talk about the circumstances or the victim.

Dead on arrival

Police responded to a call at apartment 16 E at 282 Cherry St. in the LaGuardia Houses at 6:30 p.m. Sat. Feb. 4 and found Antonia Guzman, 78, unconscious. She was taken to New York Downtown Hospital where she was declared dead about an hour later. No criminality was suspected.

—Albert Amateau


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