Suffolk Crime Stoppers are asking for the public’s help with the unsolved cases

Suffolk Police and Suffolk County Crime Stoppers will highlight several unsolved cases on the department’s social media pages to mark National Crime Victims Rights Week, which kicked off on Sunday.

Crime Stoppers is offering quick rewards of $1,000 for information leading to an arrest in each of the cases highlighted through Saturday. Rewards will be issued within 72 hours of an arrest.

“The Crime Stoppers partnership is critical to the Suffolk County Police Department, allowing individuals, who may be reluctant to speak to police, to remain anonymous while providing critical information about criminal matters,” the commissioner said. of Suffolk County Police, Rodney K. Harrison. “We hope that by bringing these unsolved cases to light, someone will provide details that bring justice to these victims and their families.”

Joseph Giacalone, former NYPD Detective Sergeant and John Jay College of Criminal Justice professor, said Crime Stoppers is an effective tool that engages the public in police work and helps build bridges with communities.

“In my experience, a lot of people don’t even want the reward, they just want to do their civic duty,” said Giacalone, who was the commanding officer of NYPD Crime Stoppers shortly before his retirement. “It works. It’s effective.”

Giacalone said police can make Crime Stoppers even more effective by hanging posters and distributing flyers describing suspects and their crimes. This, he said, will not only encourage people to give advice, but will also show residents that the police are eager to solve cold cases.

“Go to the community where the crimes took place, that’s where the information about the crime will be,” he said.

Suffolk Police say more than $687,000 has been awarded to tipsters who reported information anonymously since Suffolk Crime Stoppers was established in 1994. More than 2,800 arrests have been made following information provided by Crimestoppers.

Suspects and cases that Suffolk Police will highlight for National Victims of Crime Week include:

  • Colin Jerrick is wanted in connection with the fatal shooting of Ajala Carpenter-Toney at a Wyandanch party on June 13, 2020. He is also wanted in connection with the murder of Elbert Wright in North Amityville on July 31, 2020.
  • Marco Castro, 32, of Patchogue, was walking on North Ocean Avenue just south of Roe Boulevard when he was struck by a non-stop motor vehicle on February 21, 2021 at approximately 3:55 a.m.
  • 27-year-old Elvis Galvez Menjivar of Bay Shore was struck and killed by a hit-and-run driver on the eastbound Sunrise Freeway in Bay Shore on April 17, 2021. The vehicle is described as a dark-colored SUV, maybe an Acura.
  • A Commack man was stabbed in his home on February 2 following an argument with a former colleague, known only to the victim as Luis. The victim spent more than a month in the hospital recovering. Luis is described as around 35 years old, around 5ft 5in tall, with an average build and brown hair. The suspect was last seen fleeing the residence in a gray Nissan Xterra with New Jersey plates. Luis has family in New Jersey, police said.
  • Jaifield Gordon was found shot and killed inside a 2013 BMW after the vehicle crashed into a parked vehicle and a fence outside 55 Beach Drive in Coram on September 1, 2019. The shooting had occurred on Judith Drive shortly before the accident. Gordon, 18, of Medford, was pronounced dead at a hospital.

Anyone with information about a crime is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS.

Mark M. Gagnon