Volume 17 • Issue 11 / August 06 - 12, 2004

Police blotter

Murder investigation
Police are investigating the murder of Joseph Locascio, 22, who was stabbed with a screwdriver during a torrential rainstorm on July 24 in front of 65 Jefferson St. in the LaGuardia Houses complex.

Locascio, of Ozone Park, Queens, was raised in the neighborhood, neighbors say. As a teenager, he was known by his graffiti tag, FEX, and ran with a crew known as FOS, according to Clayton Patterson, a neighborhood photographer who attended Locascio’s funeral on July 29 at Vanella’s Funeral Chapel on Madison St. “The crew wasn’t into drugs and FEX was the last kid in the world you expect to be in trouble,” Patterson said.

Bias arrest
Police arrested two women for bias-related harassment on a southbound No. 4 train near the Brooklyn Bridge station at 9:30 p.m. Thurs. July 29. Jennifer Moore, 21 and Shamika Lawrence, 20, both of Brooklyn, were apprehended at the station on a charge that they harassed two couples on the train and made anti-Semitic remarks, police said.

Stabbed on West St.
Police responded to a 12:30 a.m. call on Sun. Aug. 1 and found two men who were stabbed during an argument with an unknown suspect near the World Trade Center site at the corner of Vesey and West Sts. One victim, 20, was taken to Bellevue Hospital with a stab wound in his back and the other, 17, was taken to St. Vincent’s Hospital with a stab wound in his torso. Both were in stable condition.

Soho computer theft
Burglars stole a Mac laptop computer valued at $1,800 from a ground floor shop at 124 Prince St. near Wooster St. sometime between 5 p.m. Mon. July 26 and the following morning, police said. The thieves broke a lock, forced open and damaged an outer door and then managed to maneuver a wire instrument between the floor and the bottom of a sheet metal gate to hook the computer, police said.

Wooster boutique
A thief smashed the glass door of a Gant shop at 77 Wooster St. with a rock around 4:10 a.m. Tues., July 11 and made off with a leather bag, 11 shirts and seven pairs of pants with a total value of $2,150, police said.

Maiden Lane loss
A woman who works in an office at 125 Maiden Lane told police she put her bag behind her desk on Monday morning July 26 and found it open at 5 p.m. at the end of the day with a $550 money order and her New Jersey driver’s license gone.

Albert Amateau

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