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Seven ancient statues and pottery vessels are headed back to their homeland in Italy after authorities said they tracked down the stolen items in New York City. Dating back as far as the eighth century B.C., the artifacts were looted by Italian tomb raiders in the 1990s, then were smuggled out of the country and eventually turned up at two New York art galleries, the Manhattan district attorney's office said Thursday while returning the artifacts to Italian officials.

DA Vance today hosted a roundtable discussion with Chinese-American business leaders and advocates to reaffirm his commitment to protecting all New Yorkers. Representatives from the following organizations attended today’s roundtable: Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association; Womankind; Asian Americans for Equality; Chinese Chamber of Commerce of New York; Chinatown Partnership; and Chinese American Planning Council. At the meeting, District Attorney Vance discussed the work of the Office’s Hate Crimes, Immigrant Affairs, and Elder Abuse Units, and reminded participants that the Office is a safe place to report crime—regardless of immigration status.  

DA Vance announced the return of a collection of ancient artifacts to the Italian Republic during a repatriation ceremony attended by the Consul General of Italy in New York, Minister Plenipotentiary Francesco Genuardi, and ICE Homeland Security Investigations (“HSI”) Assistant Special Agent-in-Charge Brett Dreyer.

DA Vance today announced the indictment of Joseph Griffin, 26, for fatally striking 59-year-old Brenda/Kenneth Bostick with a metal object on 7th Avenue in Chelsea and then breaking the windshield of a taxi cab later that evening. Griffin is charged in a New York Supreme Court indictment with Manslaughter in the First Degree and Criminal Mischief in the Third Degree. 

DA Vance and Police Commissioner O’Neill announced the indictment of 16 individuals for trafficking and selling narcotics in East Harlem. The defendants are charged in a New York State Supreme Court indictment with Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree.