Queens teen charged with beating girl with a brick

Cops are searching for this man caught on surveillance video as he fled the scene where he assaulted a teen girl. (NYPD)
Omer Khogali allegedly hit the girl several times in the head with a brick Tuesday night in Astoria. Credit: NYPD

A Queens teenager has been charged in the beating of a 16-year-old girl with a brick, which left her clinging to life in a Queens alley last Tuesday.

Omer Khogali, 17, of East Elmhurst, allegedly hit the girl multiple times in the head with a brick about 10:45 p.m. April 9 near 22-63 43rd Street in Astoria.

The victim, Michelle Rodriguez of Astoria, was in critical condition with severe head injuries at Elmhurst Hospital after the attack.

Khogali was arraigned Sunday morning on charges of attempted murder, assault and criminal possession of a weapon, according to Queens District Attorney Richard Brown’s office.

He was spotted on surveillance video shortly after the attack. The video shows Khogali dropping an object on the sidewalk as he fled the scene. A brick with blood stains was later recovered from that location.

The criminal complaint also alleges that a witness observed Khogali walking up to several cars and pulling on the door handles shortly before the attack. The witness screamed and he hit the witness with a brick to quiet them.

Khogali faces up to 25 years in prison if convicted. He is due back in court April 29.


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