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Arrests Continue at Lynbrook Capri for Prostitution, Drugs and Other Crimes

Lynbrook Capri Motor Inn continues to be a hotbed for crime.

Lynbrook Police arrested three people last Tuesday at the Capri Motor Inn for prostitution including one Lynbrook resident.

Cosette N. Simpkins, 19, of Flatbush, and Rahkiya J. Dumas, 22, of Lynbrook, were both arrested on Jan. 29 at 10:15 p.m. at the motel, located at 5 Freer St., and charged with Prostitution.

Cops also arrested Michael D. Kielawa, 24, of Valley Stream, at the same time, charging him with two counts of Patronizing a Prostitute and Criminal Possession of Marijuana.

The Capri has become a hotbed for crime in recent years. Last month, two Queens residents were arrested here also. Kenson A. Hunte, 30, of Queens Village, was charged with Criminal Possession of Stolen Property, and Tiana S. Boer, 22, of Springfield Gardens, was charged with two counts of False Personation and an open warrant for Prostitution, Escape and Dangerous Drugs.

In 2012, a dozen people were arrested at the Capri for various crimes including prostitution, drug possession, assault, stolen property and open warrants for robbery and petit larceny, according to an analysis of Lynbrook crime reports.

The motel was also the site of an armed robbery in July 2011 when a gunman forced a 24-year-old man and a 21-year-old woman into one of the inn's rooms at gunpoint, and stole their laptop and cell phones.

Also, in August 2011, the Capri made headlines again when Tara Driscoll, a 33-year-old teacher from Bay Shore, was arrested and charged with raping a 16-year-old male student inside the motel. Driscoll later pleaded guilty to sexual misconduct after she admitted to having sexual relations with the teen inside the motor inn.

Tom Garrett February 05, 2013 at 08:42 PM
@ Mark, Try the NYS Division of Corporations Entity Information, you will fond what your looking for, just follow one inc. to get to the other.
Mark reyes February 05, 2013 at 09:03 PM
Tom,found it. It's operated by Apple Core Holdings C/O David Miller at 212-209-2300. I'm sure Mr. Miller would love to hear about what goes on here, as if he doesn't know already.
Tom Garrett February 05, 2013 at 09:07 PM
@ Mark, There's on more step to reel in the big fish........
Mark reyes February 05, 2013 at 09:13 PM
i'm sure this group probably manages a bunch of hotels just like this one. Names of corporate officers are David miller, Larry Horn, Steve Klein,William kohane, and Ken Greif.
Thomas Nathan February 05, 2013 at 09:14 PM
@ Mark - so did you call him???
terrific February 05, 2013 at 09:14 PM
The place needs to be shut down period
Mark reyes February 05, 2013 at 09:15 PM
Thomas, voicemail with a company directory on it of different names. Corporate records online say Apple Core Holdings C/O David Miller. I guess he's the main guy.
terrific February 05, 2013 at 09:21 PM
Apple Core owns hotels in NYC
Mark reyes February 05, 2013 at 09:29 PM
sounds like they own a nice hotel in Lynbrook also..lol
Tom Garrett February 05, 2013 at 09:31 PM
@ Mark, He is not but keep looking, however, just what do you intend to do with your new found information?
Mark reyes February 05, 2013 at 09:46 PM
Tom, these guys are major players in hotels and everything else you can imagine. What can really be done? the only way this place goes down is probably through the vilalge with emminent domain. it would cost the village a fortune to fight these guys.
Melissa Pinto February 06, 2013 at 12:17 AM
Close and knock this dump down, it is a disgrace here in lynbrook.
Thomas Nathan February 06, 2013 at 12:50 AM
@melissa It would probably cost a couple of million bucks or so to buy the place, legal fees and knock it down - do you want to pay that?
Tom Garrett February 06, 2013 at 12:59 AM
Don't give the Lynbrook Board of Trustees any ideas they are already considering buying a Commercial property to expand the Greis Park Facilities and heaven knows how 47 Broadway will work out........
Thomas Nathan February 06, 2013 at 01:04 AM
@ Tom So while everyone else wants the Capri gone you want it left alone? Has the board bought any of those properties you mentioned
Cathy Caple February 06, 2013 at 02:42 AM
Why all the hating on the Capri
LYNBROOK92 CHAMPS February 06, 2013 at 04:05 AM
Im not sure what Mr Nathan is trying to say here? Does he like the Capri? I have seen other towns tear down eye-sores similar to the Capri in their neighborhoods, so why cant Lynbrook. That is a very large parcel of underdeveloped land that Lynbrook has there, along with the 6th Ave Electronics empty building. Im sure SOMETHING can be done. Has anyone brought this up in a Town Meeting?
Tom Garrett February 06, 2013 at 01:22 PM
Mr. Nathan seems to enjoy keeping a conversation going by challenging and or correcting opinions. While he is correct in the fact it would take a large amount of money to attempt acquiring a property such as this via eminent domain, which I do not support at all simply due to the this is private property. I don’t condone what is being done there but it does seem the authorities are doing what they can to keep matters in check. One also needs to consider fact the Village does not have the money to do things like this, the money would have to be borrowed. We as a Village owe enough money and don’t even have enough cash on hand to replace a fire truck without borrowing which while expensive is far less cheaper then EDing this property . The Board is seriously “CONSIDERING” for the benefit of Mr. Nathan acquiring 35 Wilbur Street, a perfectly good commercial property to expand Greis Park. Here too the money will have to be borrowed plus the Village will lose the tax revenue generated by this property, if the project is brought to fruition. Now if the majority of the Village thinks it wise to acquire said property via ED and become landlords, so be it but be careful what you wish for because it will all be baked into future tax increases, which of course will be the cause of another thread of “unhappy” comments! btw I never see anyone fussing on this subject at the Board Meetings......
Thomas Nathan February 06, 2013 at 02:03 PM
All I dio is ask peopel to support some of their arguments with facts. People make claims or want the board to do things but do not understand what is involved. I personally don't like the Capri but as was pointed out it would take quite a bit of money to ED the property as Mr. Garretr puts it, but its the peoples money to spend. As for CONSIDERING other items around the village I disagree with Mr. Garrett as there is nothing wrong with CONSIDERING projects. If they want to do it then lay out the reasons for the people, but to say not to consider tings is ridiculous.
Tom Garrett February 06, 2013 at 02:30 PM
@ Thomas, CONSIDERING any issue is fine when you have the LUXURY to AFFORD said considerations. When one has to BORROW to bring to fruition said CONSIDERATIONS then one can not AFFORD those CONSIDERATIONS. Our Village debt is far to high to even consider things like this because after all, as you put it, it's not their DEBT but the PEOPLE'S DEBT and it is far to high!! To your other point I agree with you 100%, bring on the fact's and since you like facts and you most defiantly are intelligent go to the Village Web Site and familiarize yourself with the numbers..... I believe if you do and your not one who lives on borrowed money you might find that we do in fact carry far to much debt and have very little for discretionary CONSIDERATIONS.....
Thomas Nathan February 06, 2013 at 02:54 PM
@Tom Again I have to disagree with you. You CONSIDER items when they become available and when the opportunity is presented to you. If they are CONSIDERING buying a building you have to wait until the owner puts it up for sale. When did this building go up for sale? But I really have no problem with them CONSIDERING items, like I said if they want to proceed with buying it then they should present the reasons to the taxpayers.
Tom Garrett February 06, 2013 at 05:25 PM
Yes the property in question is for sale, however consideration in these matters need be in direct proportion to what's affordable. While I'm certain this purchase may bring a small benefit to the Village adding to to our already large debt obligation will not. Considerations such as these while Nice are not Necessary and one NEEDS to view the entire financial picture before such considerations. Do you really think that the Whole picture would be presented to the Residents if and when this gets close to fruition?
S.M. February 06, 2013 at 08:32 PM
As long as the SAVAGES keep their business in the hotel and leave the area (this is wishful thinking) when they are "finished" then I could care less if they kill each other.
Thomas Nathan February 06, 2013 at 09:28 PM
@Tom Yes consideration needs to be in driect proportion to whats affordable. But that means you have to consider it and thats all we are saying they are doing is CONSIDERING it. Again I think you consider things as they become availble and yes cost is one of those considerations. But you consider them. Do I think the whole picture would be presented. For sopmething like this I think it would be hard not to present the whole picture as it is pretty cut and dry. If they are going to buy a building and I would assume fix it up there is not really that much to present. Of course if a resident didn't want it they could always go to a meeting. But how many residents have gone to a meeting to talk on either side of the issue?
Tom Garrett February 06, 2013 at 11:00 PM
No the whole picture will not be presented, never is..... Only the benefits and virtues of this particular acquisition will. What will not be presented is how acquiring this property the Village will lose revenue in addition to the costs of purchasing and renovating which will need to be borrowed only adding to the already large amount of debt the Village is carrying. There is NO available cash for even small discretionary spending and since the Village would have to borrow funds to complete this, then the question becomes; WHY BOTHER..... Unless of course nobody cares about the two 800 lb gorillas in the room and that being the current state of the economy and the size of the Village debt..... Sorry for running off topic here.
Karen Miller February 06, 2013 at 11:12 PM
Apple Core Hotels has a Facebook page. I'm certainly going to post on it.
Thomas Nathan February 06, 2013 at 11:14 PM
@Tom I am sorry I dont think there is really that much to present other than how much it will cost and what it will be used for (if it goes that far). I see nothing that says they wont present that. It would seem the be that your against even looking at the building and I am only guessing that you have probably gone down to the meetings to express that opinion. But I beleive it's the boards job to at least consider these items and I think we both agree that cost is part of the consideration. But again I see nothing wrong in considering and talking about an idea.
Karen Miller February 06, 2013 at 11:16 PM
With the number of high class locations Apple Core owns, I doubt that this location would be worth the trouble if enough of us wanted to draw more attention to it.
Brian February 07, 2013 at 02:33 AM
The Lynbrook Capri has always been a fleabag motel. There were similar places in Oceanside and West Hempstead that were shut down in recent years which has probably shifted some of the activity which may have otherwise occurred those places to the lovely Capri. While it should be shut down, the reality is these things can't and don't happen overnight. However, it seems that no action has even been initiated and that is the real issue.
Ivan Ivanovich February 08, 2013 at 09:13 PM
The Capri is one of the finest establishments on the east coat, a great place to party with hookers and drugs, a great compliment to the village of chumpbrook

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