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Police to Public: “Bother Us”

The message at the special meeting held at JFK School last week was stated and re-stated. If you see or hear anything that you think might help the police in apprehending the man responsible for the recent outbreaks of home break-ins in the northern portion of the peninsula, call them. Kings Point Commissioner Jack Miller said, “Sometimes people think that if they call us, it will be a bother...Please, bother us. We need your help! And, if you have an alarm system, make sure it’s functional and use it.”

The man, identified only as “Marvin” is described as Hispanic, believed to be from Honduras, 5’2” with a slight build and a face tattooed on his bicep, between 25 and 30 years old and who works as a day laborer. He speaks little English and has a history of drug problems. At this point, some police officers believe that as he is transient, he may have fled this area, but they will continue their investigations.

It was fortuitous that the very day that the Kings Point Civic Association President Marsha Rotman had scheduled a community meeting, the police got their first big break in identifying the man who has broken into homes or attempted break-ins in Kings Point and the Old Village. Results from DNA evidence obtained from a cap he dropped at the first break-in in Great Neck has led to matches with other DNA evidence that link him to a brutal beating of a woman in Hempstead with a claw hammer this past summer and the horrific abduction and rape of a 2-year-old in Texas.

Although the incidents in Great Neck were first assumed to be more voyeuristic in nature, the recent links to other cases have shown that he has a violent and confrontational nature. He is “no typical burglar” in that he seems to “thrive on confronting a potential victim and seeing their anxiety.” Fortunately, there were no physical injuries inflicted in the Great Neck cases.

This summer, the suspect was hired by a woman from Hempstead at a Home Depot to do plumbing work in her house. When she expressed her displeasure at the job, according to the police, he became enraged and severely beat her. A soda bottle he had drunk from on the job provided the DNA sample that correlated with DNA evidence from the Great Neck case and that in turn led to the Texas case.

Sixth Precinct Inspector Thomas DePaola assured the public that numerous resources are being deployed to find the suspect. He said that full cooperation and coordination is coming from the aviation bureau, the canine unit, undercover officers and special operations investigators in Nassau County. Later in the meeting, it was revealed that the FBI and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement are also involved in the investigation. The police believe that of the six occurrences that began on Nov. 30, five are related.

An aerial map was shown that indicates that the targeted homes border Kings Point Park. It is further assumed that the man is on foot and that no car was involved in the getaways.

Kings Point Mayor Michael Kalnick announced that the village is installing cameras at every entrance into Kings Point. One is already in place on East Shore Road. These cameras utilizing the latest technology will record license plate numbers. Recordings of these photos will be archived and accessible to police for detailed information about cars traveling into Kings Point. He added that additional units have been placed on the road in both marked and unmarked cars.

Another important point made that evening was that if ever one calls 911 and cannot talk, a trace of one’s location is instantly available at the 911 command center and one’s location can also be determined if one is on a cell phone.

Fliers with a fuzzy photo of the suspect taken at the Home Depot site are being distributed throughout the community, especially to contractors who might employ day laborers.

If you have any information that might be helpful to the police, an anonymous call may be made to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-244-TIPS.