QUEENS, N.Y.—Two men accused by authorities of robbing two elderly women, and stabbing a pizzeria owner and son during one of those incidents, have been indicted by a Queens grand jury, according to the Queens DA’s office.
Supreme Gooding, 18, and Robert Whack, 30, were indicted and arraigned on attempted murder, assault, robbery and other charges for attacking two elderly women and stealing their pocketbooks on two separate incidents in March.
Authorities said one of those events occurred near of a pizzeria in Elmhurst on March 26. According to the Queens DA’s office, the owner and son of the pizzeria aided an Asian woman who was being robbed. Authorities said Cazim Suljovic, 68, was stabbed nine times, and his 38-year-old son, Louie, was stabbed once while trying to help a 61-year-old Asian woman, who also sustained a stab wound to the back.
The Queens DA’s office said the pair are also connected to an incident on March 16, when authorities say a 75-year-old woman entering her apartment on 64th Street felt her purse and cane being robbed. Surveillance video allegedly shows the men running down the block with the victim’s purse, the Queens DA’s office said.
Whack and Gooding were arrested shortly after the incident at the pizzeria, according to the Queens DA’s office.
Whack, of St. John’s Place in Brooklyn, was arraigned Tuesday by a Queens Supreme Court justice on a 17-count indictment, according to the Queens DA’s office. Among the charges in the indictment include attempted murder in the second degree, assault in the first and second degree, robbery in the first and second degree, and, grand larceny in the fourth degree.
The same Queens Supreme Court justice arraigned Gooding, of West 41st Street in Manhattan, on June 8 on the same 17-count indictment, the Queens DA’s office said.
Both Whack and Gooding are ordered to return to court next month. If convicted, they face up to 25 years in prison.