Cops arrest 15-year-old they say committed string of robberies, attempted rape

Police have arrested 15-year-old Kalief Jackson of Brooklyn in connection with a series of robberies, including an attempted rape. One of the robberies took place in Stuyvesant Town. (Photo via NYPD)

Police have arrested 15-year-old Kalief Jackson of Brooklyn in connection with a series of robberies, including an attempted rape. One of the robberies took place in Stuyvesant Town. (Photo via NYPD)

By Sabina Mollot

Police have arrested a 15-year-old they say is responsible for a string of robberies, including one in Stuyvesant Town, and an attempted rape in East Harlem.

Kalief Jackson of Marcus Garvey Boulevard in Brooklyn was recognized in a photo on Wednesday, a rep for the NYPD said.

The alleged crimes took place over the span of a few days, January 15-19, and Jackson, who is six feet tall and has a distinctive afro hairstyle, is now facing a slew of charges including attempted rape, sex abuse, robbery and burglary.

In a report released today, police said:

On Wednesday, January 15, at Morningside Drive and West 116th Street, the victim, a 28-year-old woman, was walking through Morningside Park when she was approached by an unknown male who stated, “If you say anything, I’ll shoot you,” while simulating a gun in his shirt. The suspect then demanded — and got away with — the victim’s cell phone and money.

On Thursday, January 16, a woman was walking in the same area when an unknown male forcefully attempted to rob her. He fled in an unknown direction and there were no injuries reported.

Later that day, a 23-year-old woman went into a building on Saint Nicholas Avenue, and entered her apartment, while being followed. The intruder then simulated a weapon inside his jacket and demanded her iPhone, threatening “I swear to god I’ll shoot you,” if she didn’t give it to him. The victim handed over $50 in cash and her iPhone to the robber, who then fled.

Later that evening in front 164 West 136th Street, police said the same male crept up behind a 27-year-old woman and pushed her into an isolated area. He then pulled out a gun and took the victim’s iPhone, Canada Goose coat, debit card and a Metrocard.

On the evening of Friday, January 17, a 28-year-old woman was followed by an unknown male into a residential building on Grand Street. After walking behind her up the stairs, he put his hands inside his jacket to simulate a weapon and demanded cash. The victim handed $4 over to the robber, who then touched her genital area over her clothes, then forced her to do the same to him over his clothes. He then fled the scene and no injuries were reported.

Less than two hours later, around 8:30 p.m., a 24-year-old woman was standing in an elevator in a building on Stuyvesant Oval. (Police have not released the exact address.) She was waiting for the doors to close when an unknown male got into the elevator and demanded that she follow him, before simulating a gun in his waistband. He threatened to shoot her and then began counting down. When the woman screamed and began pressing all the elevator’s buttons, the would-be robber fled in an unknown direction. There were no injuries reported in this incident.

On Sunday, January 19, the gun-simulating suspect got an early start at 3:40 a.m., when police say he entered a building on East 116th Street and waited for a victim. He then attempted to rape a 34-year-old woman, telling her he had a gun, and putting his hand over her mouth. He took the victim to an isolated area in the building, where she was able to break free. He then fled east on East 116th Street. There were no injuries reported.

Later that evening at 5 West 102nd Street, a 24-year-old woman was walking up the stairs when she saw she was being followed. The unknown male simulated a weapon and threatened to shoot her if she didn’t turn over her money. The victim said she had no money, so the robber snatched her iPhone before fleeing in an unknown direction.

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Letters to the Editor, Jan. 23

Jan23 Toon de Blasio

Cartoon by Jim Meadows (jimtoon.com)

The ST/PCV tournaments’ unsung hero

On October 1, 2013, I wrote to the Stuyvesant Town/Peter Cooper Village Recreation Department & Community Center suggesting that it recognize Steve Farhood for his many years of selfless and ongoing contributions to this community.

Mr. Farhood, a longtime resident of Peter Cooper Village, tirelessly, and without compensation, runs the annual paddle tennis tournaments, which often involve dozens of players, and always involves the painstaking logistics of planning, scheduling and supervising the events, and all the other details commensurate with the two-day tournaments. These matches have always been heartily enjoyed and well attended by ST/PCV tenants.

Until recently, ST/PCV supported its paddle tennis tournaments by providing trophies, and, at least twice in the past, with ST/PCV tee shirts for the winners, as well as bottled water and the banners that brightly hang around the paddle tennis playground during the competition.

This past fall, I learned that ST/PCV no longer provides the paddle tennis tournaments with trophies, bottled water or tee shirts. Nonetheless, Mr. Farhood still unselfishly runs these tournaments and even pays for the trophies out of his own pocket.

Given what must be the small investment needed to continue to sustain this well-liked activity, and the pleasure it gives to so many tenants, not to mention the enhanced good-will it gives ST/PCV in terms of its reputation for providing healthy physical activities for its tenants, I respectfully asked that ST/PCV reconsider investing the few dollars it takes to maintain these most popular tournaments.

Moreover, after all of his many years of dedicated service to this community, I also suggested that it would be a decent, and appropriate, and “the right thing to do,” for ST/PCV to recognize Mr. Farhood’s selfless and on-going contributions in some fitting manner.  Sadly, I never received a response to my October letter, nor to a follow-up email I sent to the Recreation Department in early December.

Well, I want to go on record publicly to thank Mr. Farhood for his generous, and valuable, and long-running contributions to this community.

I know I speak for many in this community when I say thanks, Steve.

Frank Zotto, PCV

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Leasing office building renovation

Stuyvesant Town leasing office (Photo by Sabina Mollot)

Stuyvesant Town leasing office (Photo by Sabina Mollot)

By Sabina Mollot

Along with the ongoing work to build a new management office and an office for the public safety department in Stuyvesant Town, another project is taking place at the building that’s home to the leasing office.

A resident at the building, 250 First Avenue, told Town & Village recently that he learned about a plan to extend the leasing office further into the building from onsite workers. However, the resident, who didn’t want his name printed, said he was less than thrilled about the work, because of all the noise from jackhammering and generators earlier in the month, which he called “deafening.” There were also vibrations in his apartment, he said, adding, “It’s seven hours a day they were jackhammering.”

He also noted that fliers placed in the building early in January alerting residents to the fact that the work would be taking longer than expected (past January 3) “due to unforeseen circumstances” didn’t mention what the project was.

It’s nothing to do with benefitting the general tenants. It’s being done to make more students move in,” he said.

When asked for details about the project, a rep for CWCapital wouldn’t divulge any, only saying that it would be completed by January 24. Fliers that were put up again more recently also noted the new completion date, while classifying the work as a renovation.

Meanwhile, since work began, the building was visited by an inspector from the Department of Environmental Protection. A spokesperson for the department confirmed to T&V that there was an inspection for asbestos. However, none was found.

The resident, however, said he observed that when an inspector came, workers were

Wokers put up a curtain to prevent dust from blowing around at the work site. (Photo by a resident)

Wokers put up a curtain to prevent dust from blowing around at the work site. (Photo by a resident)

made to put up a curtain after excessive amount of dirt from their workspace had managed to fly around the Terrace level and accumulate on floors, even getting into mailboxes. (He also snapped a couple of photos to prove the point.) Still, the rep for the DEP, Mercedes Padilla, told T&V there was no record of an official complaint about dirt. She also said all CWCapital’s necessary work permits were in place.

The construction in that building is a stone’s throw away from Playground 8, which is being upgraded as part of the work on the new management office. The area, including a walkway, around 274 First Avenue on the First Avenue Loop, is currently walled off. Last summer, CW said in an announcement that the new management office would be completed in April. However, there were no updates given on the date a meeting held last October about the project for tenants living in nearby buildings.

A spokesperson for the Department of Buildings did not respond to requests about the leasing office project.