Volume 17 • Issue 37 | February 11 - 17, 2005

Police Blotter

Subway deaths

Judith Eng, 53, of 70 Bayard St. in Chinatown, was struck and killed by a northbound No. 6 train at the E. 23rd St. station on Park Ave. S. at 10 a.m. on Wed. Feb. 2, police said. A man as yet unidentified, was struck and killed by a northbound No. 6 train at the Canal St. station at 5:24 p.m. Mon. Feb. 7, police said.

DuFresne murder

Ashley Evans, 18, the daughter of a retired New York City Department of Corrections officer, was arrested Wed. Feb. 2, the third person charged with murder in the Jan. 27 shooting death of Nicole duFresne, 28, during a robbery on the Lower East Side.

Evans, who lives with her mother in Queens, was charged with taking part in the robbery on Rivington and Clinton Sts. and hiding the murder weapon that Rudy Fleming, 19, was charged with firing at duFresne and pistol-whipping her boyfriend, Jeffrey Sparks.

Evans’ father, Wayne Evans, handed the suspect over to New York City police at his home in Cheltenham, Md. where Ashley went after the fatal event. Fleming was arrested for the duFresne murder on Jan. 30. The following day, Tatiana McDonald, 14, described then by police as Fleming’s girlfriend, was also charged with second degree murder in connection with her role in the robbery. Police later said Evans was Fleming’s girlfriend but both teenage girls were among the group that held up the victim and her friends.

DuFresne, an actress who worked at Rockwood, a Lower East Side bar whose opening was on the night of the murder, and her friends had just left Max Fish, another Lower East Side bar, when they were stopped by the band.

Earlier that night, the band had tried to rob the bouncer of a bar in the neighborhood, police said. David Simmon, 18, and a 15-year-old boy whose name was not disclosed, were charged with attempted robbery in connection with the earlier crime.

—Albert Amateau


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