QUEENS, N.Y. (PIX11)—Authorities have arrested a janitor, who's been working at the U.S. Open Tennis Championships in Flushing, after they say, he was caught read-handed stealing a couple of laptops from inside the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. It's all caught on tape.
The suspect has been identified as Kenneth R. O'Quinn, 45, of 32-47 106th St., Corona. He's expected to be arraigned sometime Saturday or Sunday in Queens Criminal Court, Kew Gardens.
According to the criminal complaint, two laptops were reported stolen overnight. Surveillance video taken at The Open's interactive fan attraction SmashZone -- between 9:00 p.m. on Aug. 31 and 9:15 a.m. on Sept. 1 -- reportedly shows O'Quinn entering the location and then leaving, concealing a backpack under his jacket.
Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown said O'Quinn confessed to ripping off the laptops, telling police they were in his apartment. A judge issued a search warrant, and when police executed it, they found a loaded silver 9mm pistol, 27 rounds of 9mm ammunition, more than a half-ounce of crack cocaine, some marijuana and five laptops -- the two that had been reported stolen at this year's U.S. Open, and three which were stolen during last year's event.
O'Quinn is now knee-deep in legal problems, authorities charging him with the following: fourth-degree grand larceny; fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property; unlawful possession of marijuana; third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance; second and third-degree criminal possession of a weapon; second-degree criminally using drug paraphernalia; and a violation of New York City Administrative Code 10-131-I-3 that covers firearms and ammunition.
If convicted, he faces a 15-year stint in prison.
"The U.S. Open Tennis Championships is a prestigious international sporting event that draws people from all over the world, and has a significant impact on our local economy. As such, it is vitally important that nothing mars its image in the eyes of the world. As in years past, my office -- working with police and U.S. Open security personnel -- maintains a continuous presence at the two-week tournament to clamp down on any illegal and inappropriate actions - such as theft," Brown said.