Thursday, November 13, 2008

Thug accused of murdering NYPD Russel Timoshenko was laughing, Dexter Bostic also eyed in murder of Collin Thomas at Universal Auto World Long Island

Bostick aka Bostic

Can't imagine why thug accused of murdering Russel Timoshenko was laughing; Thankfully, Detective Herman Yan was not in the courtroom when the man accused of murdering his partner burst out laughing.
The dead cop's grief-torn parents were there, but maybe they did not realize it was Dexter Bostick who suddenly erupted in a giggle turned baritone by his barrel chest. The cause of the accused killer's macabre mirth was not immediately apparent. Maybe he saw something funny in the way the judge was questioning a juror. Maybe he laughed just for the hell of it.

Police are also investigating the link between car dealer loan fraud at Universal Auto World in Lawrence, L.I. and the murder of 27-year-old salesman Collin Thomas outside the showroom. According to a civil forfeiture lawsuit, Universal employees paid "straw purchasers" (co-conspirators with a good credit history) to sign loan documents for more than $1.3m worth of luxury vehicles, which were then transferred to customers who didn't want their names to appear on the loan papers.

Police say car salesmen Dexter Bostick aka Bostic and Robert Ellis, who stand accused of firing upon NYPD Officers Herman Yan and Russel Timoshenko (who was killed), were involved with the scam. Bostick worked as a car salesman at nearby Five Towns Mitsubishi, just up the road from Universal on Burnside Avenue in Inwood. Ellis, who lived with Bostic aka Bostick, also may have once worked at Five Towns. "We're investigating any links between these people," Smith said. Collin Thomas had worked at Five Towns Chrysler, across the street, for several years before joining Universal Auto World. Thomas, 27, a father of two, was shot in the back as he closed up for the night on Jan. 11 2007.
As part of the homicide probe, Nassau County police raided the dealership, owned by auto czar Michael Oshry in 2007, and Oshry's Hewlett Harbor home and seized business records. Cops found banking records were sent to the house, though the state requires such files be kept at businesses, according to court papers filed in a civil forfeiture action by the Nassau district attorney.
"The dealership knew what was going on," an investigator said, "all the way to the top". Ten managers and salesmen and Universal Auto have been charged. Most defendants, including the dealership, were charged with scheme to defraud and grand larceny, as well as other charges.

The deeper and more disturbing mystery was how Bostic aka Bostick could find anything funny at all as he and his co-defendants stood accused of killing Police Officer Russel Timoshenko and wounding Yan. The way Bostick's bulk strained at the seams of his suit offered an answer as to why he did not try to get away on foot when he and his buddies were stopped in a car on Rogers Ave. in Brooklyn: He was too fat to run.

But there was still the question of why he would open fire. He had to know that cop-killers are always caught. The answer may be in some fundamental disconnect, suggested in the courtroom by that laughter, as well as by something he did after watching video of the fatal car stop on his lawyer's laptop while waiting for the proceedings to begin.

After viewing the surveillance camera footage, Bostic aka Bostick reached into his left trouser pocket, took out a wrist watch and carefully set the time as given at the bottom of the laptop. The eyes that had gazed blankly at the video went intent. The hand accused of ending Timoshenko's life for all time carefully worked the tiny knob on the side of the watch between thumb and forefinger. The prosecutor showed the surveillance camera footage twice on a big screen, once just for the jurors and again when Yan took the stand. The prosecutor asked Yan to identify a figure who could be seen stepping from the driver's side of a radio car that had its roof lights flashing. "That would be me," Yan said.

The prosecutor inquired about the figure stepping from the passenger side. "That would be my partner, Officer Timoshenko," Yan replied. The two figures approached either side of the black BMW, exactly as they had been trained. Timoshenko disappeared from camera view and an instant later something appeared at the bottom right corner of the screen. The prosecutor circled it with a red laser pointer.

"Who or what is that, Detective Yan?" she asked "That should be, uh ...," Yan began. He paused, his face pained. He was momentarily silent with all the devotion and compassion and empathy Bostic aka Bostick lacked. " ... my partner."

The prosecutor then played a record of Yan's radio transmission as he staggered back, wounded, having come so close to death his face was stippled with gunfire residue, but returning fire, never going down. He was asked to show the three juries his bullet wounds. His fingers were steady as he unbuttoned the left sleeve and the neck of his uniform shirt. He stepped before what is dubbed the blue jury, the green jury and the yellow jury.

"Show the defense table," the judge then ordered. "Your arm and your chest." Yan stood before Bostic and the other two. The detective had not paused when he talked about being shot. Even as he showed his scars to the defendants he was not thinking about himself. He had fury and disgust in his eyes because he was sure these men had killed his partner. (Bostick shot Timoshenko in the face with a .45-caliber pistol and Robert Ellis fired on Yan with a 9mm semi-automatic handgun, police said.)

Yan rebuttoned his shirt without a fumble, though he had just been asked to do more than most could bear. At least he was spared hearing that laugh.
See my prior post,Tuesday, August 19, 2008, NYPD officer Russel Timoshenko killing appears linked to used car scam at Universal Auto World LI. Ballistics evidence showed that the .45-caliber pistol used in the shooting of the police officers also was used a day earlier in a drive-by shooting in Queens, police said. The shooter was in a Porsche that was taken from a car dealership on Long Island, then returned after the crime. It was the same lot where the SUV was stolen and where Bostic had worked. Police also were investigating whether any of the weapons were used in the unsolved slaying earlier this year of a salesman at another, nearby Long Island dealership. The 27-year-old victim was shot in the back at closing time

Bill Warner
Private Investigator