Police Watch, May 1: Subway ‘pervs’ arrested, Teen busted for knife on Ave. C

Compiled by Maria Rocha-Buschel

SUBWAY ‘PERVS’ BUSTED IN UNION SQUARE
Police arrested two men for unlawful surveillance last Saturday in Union Square in separate incidents.
Thirty-one-year-old Angel Amastal was arrested at the northwest corner of Union Square East and East 14th Street at 3:45 p.m. He allegedly used his cell phone to take video under the skirt of a 16-year-old girl without her knowledge while she was watching street performers.
Police also arrested 46-year-old Constantino Hernandez-Gonzalez in the station at 4:45 p.m. He allegedly placed a recording device under the dress of a 25-year-old woman while she was going up the stairs from the 4/5 train.

HIT-AND-RUN ON FDR
A 43-year-old woman reported that she was involved in a hit-and-run accident at East 23rd Street and the FDR last Saturday at 11:25 p.m. She told police that she was driving south in the middle lane of the FDR when another vehicle driving erratically sideswiped her, stopped and then took off southbound. The victim refused medical assistance at the scene and her passenger’s side door sustained damage from the accident.

CAB DRIVER ASSAULT AT FIFTH AND WEST 21ST
A 26-year-old cab driver told police that he was assaulted by a customer that he dropped off at the northwest corner of Fifth Avenue and West 21st Street last Saturday at 4:10 a.m. He reported that the customer was arguing with him over the cab fare and he then punched the driver in the face, causing swelling and pain to the left side of his forehead. The man then fled the scene on foot.

TEEN BUSTED FOR KNIFE ON AVE. C
Police arrested a 14-year-old boy for criminal possession of a weapon last Monday at 9:43 p.m. at the southeast corner of Avenue C and East 20th Street. Police approached the teen after seeing him make a furtive movement and upon further investigation, found that he was in possession of a gravity knife that was over four inches long. The boy reportedly told police that he carries it “in case someone runs up on me.” After searching him, police also found that he was in possession of marijuana. The teen’s name is being withheld due to his age.

PHONE STOLEN FROM WAREHOUSE
A 23-year-old man reported that his phone was stolen from inside a warehouse at 867 Broadway on Sunday, April 6 at 10 a.m. He told police that he was at work and put the Samsung Galaxy Note phone in his desk drawer and he later noticed that it was missing. He had not given anyone permission to take it. The phone couldn’t be tracked because it was turned off and the victim reported the incident last Tuesday.

CAR DAMAGED AT FIRST AVE. AND EAST 14TH
A 57-year-old man reported on April 20 that his car was damaged while it was parked at the northeast corner of First Avenue and East 14th Street. He told police that he parked the car in a legal spot the previous day at 7 p.m. and when he returned at 4:20 p.m. the next day, he realized that his side view mirror on the driver’s side was missing.

MAN BUSTED FOR DESTROYING
EVIDENCE OF ‘POT’ SMOKING
Police arrested 30-year-old Quinn Ferree for tampering with physical evidence in the Union Square subway station last Thursday at 4:56 p.m. Ferree was smoking a joint in public view and when police approached him, he allegedly destroyed the evidence by stepping on it and mashing it with his foot. Police said that the field test for marijuana was positive and there was only enough evidence left to test.

MAN BUSTED FOR FAKE ID
Police arrested 20-year-old Jonathan Frohman for criminal possession of a forged instrument last Thursday at 1:40 p.m. Police approached Frohman because he was seen with a knife clipped to his pants pocket, which upon further inspection was determined to be a gravity knife, in violation of transit law. After searching him, police found that he was also allegedly in possession of a fake Pennsylvania driver’s license with his photograph on it.

ID THEFT OF STUY TOWN RESIDENT
A 33-year-old resident of 530 East 23rd Street told police last Thursday at 11:30 a.m. that she was a victim of identity theft. She reported to the 13th precinct that in October 2005 and November 2006 that an unknown person had opened two loans using her name. She spoke with someone at a credit reporting company who told her to file a police report and they would then remove the unauthorized loans from her credit report.

PHONE STOLEN AT UNION SQUARE
A 49-year-old woman reported that her phone was stolen while she was waiting for an uptown 4 train at the Union Square subway station on April 19 at 1 a.m. She told police that she got on an uptown 6 train at Astor Place and got off at Union Square to transfer to an uptown 4 train. She said that while she was waiting for the train, she put her iPhone into her outside jacket pocket. She was sitting on the bench while waiting for the train and when she boarded the train, she was told by several other passengers that her phone had fallen onto the bench and was picked up by another person. Tracking on the phone was unavailable. She reported the incident last Tuesday.

MACBOOK GOES MISSING AT UN SCHOOL
A 13-year-old student at the United Nations International School at 24-50 Roosevelt Drive reported last Wednesday at 4:15 p.m. that her computer was stolen. She told police that while she was inside the school on April 17 at 4 p.m., she realized as she was leaving the school that her laptop was no longer in her bag. She last saw the MacBook Air while she was in the cafeteria while she was eating lunch and was unsure if her bag was left unzipped.

MAN BUSTED FOR ‘ASSAULT’ AT ACE HOTEL
Police arrested 29-year-old Joseph Moore for assault inside the Ace Hotel at 20 West 29th Street last Saturday at 12:35 a.m. Moore allegedly threw a 23-year-old woman out of the club at the hotel, causing pain to her neck and minor abrasions to her lower left leg.

TWO MEN ARRESTED FOR ASSAULT
Police arrested 32-year-old Humberto Ramirez and 20-year-old Josue Urena for assault at the southwest corner of Broadway and East 18th Street last Friday at 5:20 a.m. A 23-year-old man told police that he got into an argument with three men when Ramirez and Urena allegedly punched him in the face, causing swelling and cuts to his right eye and upper lip. The two left the scene after the incident but returned not long after and were identified by a witness.

 

 

 

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