Crimes Nearby: Attempted Murder, Sexual Assault and Menacing with a Gun

A weekly round-up of top crime and police stories reported in neighboring communities.

Williston Park resident Jared Gurman was arrested and charged with attempted second degree murder on Dec. 3, 2012. Credit Courtesy Nassau County Police Department
Williston Park resident Jared Gurman was arrested and charged with attempted second degree murder on Dec. 3, 2012. Credit Courtesy Nassau County Police Department
Rockville Centre
On Nov. 25 at 4:13 p.m., a complainant from Rockville Centre reported that at approximately 3:20 p.m., an unknown male menaced her with a black handgun while in the vicinity of N. Forest Avenue and Maple Avenue in Rockville Centre.

Williston Park
A Williston Park man has been charged with attempted second degree murder after an argument over the AMC TV series “The Walking Dead” prompted him to shoot his longtime girlfriend, Nassau Police said. Jared Gurman, 26, was out early Tuesday morning when an argument over the hit cable show spilled over into heated text messaging that culminated when he allegedly shot his girlfriend in the back using a .22 caliber rifle, police said.

The Malverne Police Department responded to a 911 call on Nov. 29 for a male refusing to leave a Nassau Boulevard home. Upon the officers' arrival, it was discovered the suspect, an ex-boyfriend of the victim, had sexually assaulted the victim. Prior to the officers arrival, the suspect, a New York City man, had left the scene, but was apprehended a short time later, at approximately 10:59 p.m., on Hempstead Avenue in Lynbrook. He was arrested by Police Officers Joseph Chiafari, Brian Schmidt and Orlando Prado for the reported sexual abuse. The suspect was transported to the Malverne Police Department for processing, and then brought to Nassau County Police Headquarters for lodging until his arraignment at First District Court on Nov. 30.

Allen Feldman, the former president of the Bellmore Jewish Center, was arrested Nov. 20 and charged with second-degree grand larceny by extortion and second-degree possession of a forged instrument in connection to an incident that allegedly took place in September. Nassau County Police did confirm the arrest, but they did not add additional details pertaining to the charges against Feldman. Feldman has already appeared twice at First District Court in Hempstead, but in both cases, the hearings were adjourned and he was released on his own recognizance. He is due at First District Court on March 3, 2013.

A Farmingdale man was arrested early Sunday morning after allegedly assaulting another patron at Jugs & Strokers bar in Merrick. According to police, James Fontana, 42, was running away from the Sunrise Highway bar when police arrived on the scene. Further investigation determined that Fontana was involved in a verbal dispute with a 23-year-old male victim outside the bar. The defendant then reportedly struck the victim in the face with a beer bottle causing a deep laceration to the nose. The victim was transported to an area hospital by private automobile where several stitches were required to close the wound. Fontana was arrested near the scene and charged with Assault 1st Degree and Criminal Possession of a Weapon 3rd Degree. He will be arraigned at First District Court in Hempstead on Sunday.

For more local crime, click on the following links: Merrick, Bellmore, Malverne, Rockville Centre and Mineola


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