Attacks prompt another protest outside of Ozone Park shelter

Two recent attacks prompted the Ozone Park community to continue its protest of a proposed homeless shelter at 85-15 101st Avenue.

The first incident occurred on October 1, when a man knocked a woman unconscious on 84th Street. The woman was walking with her four-year-old son, who witnessed the entire event.

The man was eventually arrested and charged with robbery, criminal possession of stolen property and endangering the welfare of a child,

On October 8, Shamin Ahmed and his wife were doing laundry late at the 24-hour Super Clean Laundromat at 74-02 101 Avenue, when Ahmed got into an argument with a man who was partially blocking the aisle. The situation escalated, and the man punched both Ahmed and his wife.

The attacker, known as “Knapsack” to the community, slept in and around the laundromat in apartment building foyers and an abandoned car. He was arrested following the incident.

Members of the local Bangladeshi community joined elected officials and the Ozone Park Residents Block Association last Friday afternoon on 101st Avenue.

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