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Gang link to shooting

Detectives believe that the ongoing rivalry between the Bloods and Crips street gangs may have lead to last week’s shooting death of a 17-year-old.

Officials said that Dudzinskis Dudenas was shot in the back near the corner of East 96th Street and Flatlands Avenue at 4 p.m. on October 20.

He was rushed to Brookdale Hospital, where he died of his wounds, officials said.

Cops were told by witnesses that Dudenas was flashing gang colors and making gang signs before he was killed.

Investigators would not disclose which gang they believe the 17-year-old was affiliated with.

His killer remained at large as this paper went to press.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is urged to come forward.

Calls can be made to either the 69th Precinct detective squad at (718) 257-6315 or the NYPD CrimeStoppers hotline at (800) 577-TIPS. All calls will be kept confidential.

Two young women allegedly responsible for a robbery on Rockaway Parkway were arrested after one of the suspects stowed some of the loot at a local bodega, police said.

Officials said that a woman was walking by Farragut Road at 1:50 p.m. on October 23 when she was allegedly attacked by 21-year-old Michelle Ward and 17-year-old Jamina Gilling.

Officials allege that Ward pushed and shoved her victim before finally ripping off the chain from her neck.

When the woman’s chain and car keys fell to the floor, the two young ladies scooped them up and ran off, police alleged.

Gilling, officials allege, reportedly hid the car keys at a nearby bodega.

Responding officers rounded up and arrested both women and recovered the car keys without incident,prosecutors said.

Ward was charged with grand larceny in the fourth degree, petit larceny and criminal possession of stolen property, officials allege.

Gilling was only charged with criminal possession of stolen property for allegedly hiding the car keys, officials said.

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A 35-year-old alleged car thief was arrested last week for swiping cars from across the borough and cashing them in at Canarsie junk yard.

Officials from the Kings County District Attorney’s office charge that Paul Rao took two cars from Sheepshead Bay and Flatbush back in June.

Both vehicles ended up at Plakos Scrap Processing on East 95th Street near Avenue D with forged paperwork that identified as the owner of the two vehicles, police alleged.

Officials allege that a 1995 Lincoln Town Car was plucked from where it was parked at the corner of Avenue V and East 21 sometime between 4 a.m. and 7 a.m. on June 7.

Just before noon that day, Rao allegedly took the Lincoln Town Car to Plakos Scrap Processing, filled out a statement of ownership, had a photocopy of his driver’s license taken for their records, and had the vehicle crushed.

Prosecutors said that Rao returned to the crusher on June 25 with a 1993 Toyota Corolla that was allegedly taken from McDonald Avenue near Caton Avenue two days earlier.

Once again, workers at Plakos had the appropriate paperwork, identifying Rao as the owner of the vehicle.

Cops arrested Rao earlier this week, charging him with grand larceny, criminal possession of stolen property, criminal possession of a forged instrument and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.

A 24-year-old motorist faced his third drunk driving strike last week when he was caught passed out behind the wheel on East 80th Street, police alleged.

Officials said that Frances Berquin, who had been arrested for operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol back in 2005 and 2006, slept it off in a prison cell once again after he was taken into custody on October 23.

Cops said that they found Berquin asleep behind the wheel of a 2003 BMW with Delaware plates between Farragut and Glenwood roads at 6:50 a.m.

While the car was stopped, the vehicle was running and Berquin’s keys were in the ignition.

When they woke him, cops found Berquin “exhibiting signs of intoxication,” police alleged.

Police said that the previous two arrests led to his driving privileges being “suspended in the state of New York.”

A “pit stop” on a Mill Basin street ended up being the pits for an alleged local drug user, whose public urination beef led to additional charges of drug possession and assault on police officers.

Officials said that cops were on Ralph Avenue near Mill Lane at 4:40 p.m. on October 22 when they allegedly spotted Netfa Nevers relieving himself in public.

The officers approached, ordered him to zip up and tried to take him into custody, but the 32-year-old allegedly screamed, struggled and fought off police as they handcuffed him and took him into custody.

During the drive back to the stationhouse, Nevers allegedly tried to open the door of the police cruiser. When a cop tried to stop him from doing so, Nevers kicked the cop, officials alleged.

After a second struggle, cops finally got Nevers to the 63rd Precinct on Brooklyn Avenue, where they allegedly found marijuana, crack cocaine and heroin in his possession.

The crack was reportedly found in Nevers hand, which he kept clenched and refused to open, officials said.

By the end of the day, Nevers was charged with a host of crimes including resisting arrest, assault, attempted assault, drug possession and disorderly conduct.

Cops also tacked on a charge of urinating in public %u2013 the misdemeanor that sparked the alleged tirade, officials said.

Cops have apprehended an alleged tire taker who may be responsible for a series of thefts throughout Bergen Beach.

Officials said that a resident of Bergen Avenue between Avenues W and X looked outside his home just before 3 a.m. on October 26 and spotted 22-year-old Jayjuan Jackson allegedly removing the wheels from his Mercedes Benz.

Jackson was caught mid-swipe, officials said: two of the pricey wheels had been removed and were resting against the wall of the victim’s home while the other two were still on the car, police alleged.

Realizing he was spotted, Jackson allegedly fled into the victim’s backyard, but didn’t get far. Cops from the 63rd Precinct caught up with Jackson after a brief search of the area, charging him with grand larceny, attempted grand larceny, attempted petit larceny and criminal trespass.

As of this writing, investigators were trying to determine if Jackson was part of a tire-theft crew responsible for swiping high-end wheels from area residents over the last few months.

Police are expanding their search for the gunmen responsible for opening fire on two Old Mill Basin residents earlier this month.

Officials were told that two masked men entered a home on East 58th Street near Avenue K just after 8:30 a.m. on October 5 and opened fire on a 38-year-old woman and a 37-year-old man.

The female victim was struck twice in the leg, officials said. The male suffered a gunshot wound to the arm.

Witnesses said that the unidentified suspects fled the area in a brown Jeep.

Police were still searching for the gunmen, who they believe specifically targeted the couple, as this paper went to press. Detectives are looking into the possibility that the victims had a previous history with their assailants, who they may know, according to sources.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is urged to contact the 63rd Precinct at (718) 258-4411. All calls will be kept confidential.

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