Little Neck resident Yaspal Persaud was sentenced on Jan. 23 to 15 years in prison for kidnapping and making an attempt to strangle his estranged spouse and evading police on a high-speed chase in 2021, in accordance to Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz.
Persaud, 29, was convicted by a jury in August following a nine-day trial earlier than Queens Supreme Court docket Justice Michael Yavinsky on expenses of kidnapping, strangulation, legal contempt, harassment, menacing, legal possession of a weapon and obstructing governmental administration.
In accordance to the fees, on the morning of Dec. 24, 2020, police performed a wellness examine on the Persaud dwelling on 58th Avenue in Little Neck upon the request of the mom of the sufferer, who’s his estranged spouse. Officers arrested Persaud after they realized he had repeatedly strangled the sufferer the earlier night time when she informed him she was leaving him. As well as to his arrest, an order of safety was issued on his estranged spouse’s behalf.
In accordance to court docket testimony, on the morning of Jan. 22, 2022, Persaud waited in the car parking zone of a CityMD workplace on Northern Boulevard close to 192nd Road in Little Neck, the place the sufferer labored, and stopped her as she arrived. In entrance of a number of folks ready to enter the medical workplace, Persaud confronted the sufferer as she walked to the entrance door together with her workplace key. In violation of a previous order of safety, the defendant grabbed the sufferer and pushed her into the backseat of his automotive after which tried to shut the door whereas the sufferer repeatedly kicked it open. Persaud drove off with the sufferer’s legs hanging out the automotive door that was nonetheless ajar.
Persaud drove round in his black Mercedes-Benz for a number of hours with the sufferer in his automotive. The NYPD Technical Help Response Unit (TARU) was in a position to monitor the car close to the Grand Central Parkway at roughly midday. The defendant led the detectives on a high-speed pursuit and ultimately evaded seize.
In accordance to the testimony, Persaud then ditched the Mercedes-Benz and had a buddy drive him and the sufferer to the Surfside Motel on Cross Bay Boulevard and one hundred and sixty fifth Avenue. TARU detectives tracked the cellphones of the defendant and the sufferer to the Howard Seaside motel, and detectives from the 111th Precinct in Bayside moved in to rescue the sufferer and arrest Persaud.
“We have prosecuted domestic violence cases aggressively and will continue doing so,” Katz stated. “Long prison sentences, however, such as the one imposed today, come after the physical harm has been done and the often permanent emotional damage has already been inflicted. I urge victims of domestic violence who need safety planning services, or help in securing an order of protection or shelter placement, to call us or to contact a Family Justice Center immediately.”
Justice Yavinsky imposed the determinate sentence of 15 years in prison to be adopted by 5 years’ post-release supervision.
When you or somebody is a sufferer of home violence, name the DA’s DV Helpline at 718-286-4410. The road is open 24 hours a day, seven days every week and you’ll have the choice of connecting to an assistant district lawyer or a service supplier for help.