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Two Men Robbed at Knifepoint While Breaking Into Abandoned LIC House: NYPD

38-14 31st Street (Google)

March 20, 2019 By Meghan Sackman

Two men who broke into an abandoned apartment building in Long Island City were robbed by a pair of fellow trespassers at knifepoint on Monday, according to police.

According to police, 18-year-old Christian Rodriguez and 24-year-old Frank Carillo broke into the back entrance of a boarded up home, located at 38-14 31st St., on March 18 around 5 p.m.

Shortly after the break in, 18-year-old Luis Martinez and an unidentified 16-year-old, entered the abandoned property and crossed paths with the first two trespassers.

Martinez and his 16-year-old friend then threatened Rodriguez and Carillo with a knife, forcing them to hand over their possessions.

Police say the duo stole an Android phone, $50 cash, a book bag, a bluetooth speaker, and an iphone charging cable, before slashing Carillo’s face and fleeing the scene in an unknown direction.

Police say the circumstances behind the incident remain unknown.

Carillo’s injuries were treated by EMS on the scene, where Carillo and Rodriguez were arrested by officers from the 114th precinct for criminal trespassing.

Martinez and the unidentified 16-year-old male were located by police and arrested Tuesday. They were charged with robbery, assault, and criminal possession of a weapon.

The investigation remains ongoing.

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Those abandoned homes are a disgrace. Property owners are allowed to leave these building condemned for at least 4 years now while rent and the homeless population is on the rise. DHS is frantically looking for places to shelter homeless while paying more for single night stay contracts than it would cost to actually place people in safe, secure, long term housing.
Lemme know when there is somebody reporting on the irrisponsability of the city and property owners to allow real estate (the most precious commodity in NYC) to become abandoned for kids and criminals to mingle in.

Never Left Astoria

You can’t make this “stuff” up. As a side note – why is this building abandoned for so long and our councilmen or the city do nothing?

Sara Ross

L.I.C. used to be an area with little crime (I grew up there). Put all 4 of them in the same jail cell.


Lic was a dump growing up and was full of prostitution and gangs by queens boro plaza

Sara Ross

I grew up in Ravenswood at a time when you could go trick or treating and not worry about people spiking your candy.

Old School Larry

Pre 2000 LIC was the absolute worst neighborhood of north west Queens. It was full of empty warehouses, nasty strip clubs, topless hookers and crackheads.

Mold School

Yeah, I don’t know what century you people are talking about, but LIC (particularly the area in question) was always a shady dump.

Sara Ross

Mold School – 1960s through mid 1970s. But Queensbridge has never changed which is sad.

Dear Boss

Are you serious? They are now victims of crime. They do the crimes. Who’s for champagne?


Thieves have been roaming around for quite some time now. Nothing really new. LIC isn’t really a dangerous area if that’s what you’re thinking. Very few of us are being robbed.


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