Valley Stream, NY

Police: Woman stole Chinese food, ‘ripped the eye out’ of restaurant worker who chased her

C.J.Teevan

A Laurelton, Queens, woman stole food from a Chinese takeout place in Valley Stream, then attacked a man who tried to stop her, an Asst. DA told a judge at her arraignment.

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5th Precinct Police responded to a 911 call about a robbery on Merrick Rd last Saturday.Photo byC.J. Teevan

Nassau County's 5th Precinct Police say Victoria Ogundipe, 27, ordered Chinese food at Kim Wong Kitchen in Valley Stream last week, then grabbed the bag and took off without paying the $20 bill.

One employee ran after her.

The man told police he caught up to Ogundipe on the next block and grabbed the bag back.

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A worker at Kim Wong Chinese Kitchen in Valley Stream ran after the woman after she ran off without paying for a $20 dinner order, say cops.Photo byC.J. Teevan

But then “a struggle ensued”, he said, and Ogundipe punched him in the face. He fell.

As he was lying on the ground, he said, Ogundipe dug her fingers into his eye “in an attempt to pull the eye out”. Then she allegedly wrapped her hands around his neck and squeezed.

Those allegations added up to a C Felony Robbery plus a Misdemeanor "Strangulation" charge when 5th Precinct Police arrested Ogundipe.

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Police arrested Victoria Ogundipe, 27. She said she lives on this street in Laurelton, Queens, and is "between jobs".Photo byC.J. Teevan

Judge Arie Schulman reviewed photos of the man’s injuries -- "swelling, bleeding, loss of vision" -- taken by investigators. The judge called the allegations “shocking and disturbing”. Referencing the police report that says Ogundipe tried to “rip the eye out” of the victim, he issued an order of protection to bar her from going near him in the future.

Ogundipe started fighting with her attorney as she was being arraigned, snapping loudly at her lawyer ("I didn't tell you that"), complaining when she was told she had to sign the Order of Protection for the Chinese food employee ("I don't know who that is").

Noting the C Felony charge is "Bail Qualifying on its face," the judge set this defendant's bail at $30,000 cash or $60,000 bond.

So far, Ogundipe hasn't coughed that up.

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Victoria Ogundipe was previously arrested at this Valley Stream CVS and charged with Petit Theft and resisting arrest, Nov 11 around 8:30pm.Photo byC.J. Teevan

Ogundipe’s latest arrest comes a week after she was arrested on a shoplifting charge at a Valley Stream CVS. The store's shift manager told police Ogundipe took a gray gift bag out of the store display and proceeded to stuff it with "food and personal hygiene items", then walked out of the store without paying for them. Total loss: $59.84, said the manager.

A woman matching Ogundipe's description, with a gray gift bag, was found a few minutes later by Nassau County Police, and arrested.

Cops say she was "extremely non-compliant" and tried to leave as police were questioning her.

But shoplifting is not ordinarily a Bail Qualifying charge. Ogundipe was given a Desk Appearance Ticket with a November 30 court date.

Now she'll spend Thanksgiving -- and likely most of the winter -- in Block D at Nassau County Correctional Center. She's due back in court December 7, 2023, in Mineola.

The Chinese Food worker, who is 54 years old, was treated at a hospital and released.

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NOT HAPPY: Bail for Victoria Ogundipe was set at $30,000 cash/$60,000 bond at her arraignment Sunday. She lives in Laurelton.Photo byNassau County Police Mug Shot


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Civil rights activist and investigative journalist C.J. Teevan has covered L.I. news for the New York Times, computerized housewares for Gannett Newspapers, and retail trends for consumer and business magazines. She lives in Roslyn, N.Y. with 3 dogs.

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