Police Watch, May 22

MAN ASSAULTED ACROSS FROM STUY TOWN
A 36-year-old man reported that he was assaulted in front of No. 1 Chinese Restaurant at 263 First Avenue last Thursday at 9:30 p.m. He told police that he got into a fight with an unknown person who punched him in the face multiple times, causing a cut on his lips. The man then fled north on First Avenue. No arrests have been made.

ACCIDENT AT EAST 20TH AND FIRST AVENUE
An employee of Whole Foods told police that she was driving a vehicle belonging to her company at the northeast corner of First Avenue and East 20th Street last Saturday at 9:15 p.m. when she was involved in an accident. She told police that the other vehicle left the scene without stopping to exchange information.

PRESCRIPTION PADS STOLEN FROM CAR
A 37-year-old man reported that his car was broken into last Friday while it was parked in front of his office 225 East 17th Street. He told police that he parked the car on the south side of the street around 4 p.m. to go to work and the car was locked with all the windows rolled up. When he returned to the car at 9:10 p.m., he said that the contents of his glove box and car were thrown around and that three prescription pads were missing from the middle console. He said that he was sure the pads were in the car before he left. He said that none of the windows were broken but the back driver’s side window was lowered about one or two inches. There were no signs of forced entry.

‘DRUNK’ DRIVER ARRESTED ON FDR
Police arrested 22-year-old Alexander Zuluaga for intoxicated driving last Saturday at 5:10 a.m. at the northeast corner of the FDR and East 23rd Street. Police were responding to a motor vehicle accident at the scene and Zuluaga, one of the drivers involved, allegedly had the smell of alcohol on him and admitted that he had been drinking prior to the accident. He blew .132 on a Breathalyzer at the scene, police said.

ARREST FOR STOLEN PHONE AT CHURCH FLEA
Police arrested 53-year-old Eduardo Caraball for criminal possession of stolen property inside the flea market at Immaculate Conception in front of 409 East 14th Street last Saturday at 10:55 a.m. A plainclothes officer was inside the flea market in the church courtyard, a fencing-prone location, where Caraball was seen allegedly selling a white Galaxy Samsung phone that had been stolen from someone inside the 59th Street subway station last Wednesday.

BIKE STOLEN ON RUTHERFORD PLACE
A 48-year-old man reported that his bike was stolen after he parked it in front of 1 Rutherford Place last Wednesday at 10 p.m. He told police that he locked the bike to a pole and when he returned the next day at 8:36 a.m., the bicycle was gone but the lock was still attached to the pole.

WOMAN ARRESTED FOR SKIPPING CAB FARE
Police arrested 38-year-old Erin Beck for obstruction of government administration last Friday at 11:37 p.m. in front of 150 East 18th Street. Beck asked a cab driver to bring her to East 18th Street and Irving Place and after arriving, her debit card was declined multiple times when she tried to pay the $20 fare.
Beck told the driver that if he brought her to her apartment at 105 East 18th Street, she would go up and get cash to pay the fare. She said that she would give the driver her declined card to hold as a way to prove that she would come back down. The driver waited about an hour before notifying the police and upon going up to her apartment, she refused to pay the fare initially, police said.
When she was told of the consequences of not paying, she allegedly took a jar of coins from her closet and shoved them in the arresting officer’s face. She allegedly told police to “get the f— out” of her apartment and refused to go downstairs to give the coins to the driver.

MAN BUSTED FOR STOLEN BAG
Police arrested 58-year-old Adrian Cook for criminal possession of stolen property last Saturday at 2:05 a.m. at the southwest corner of Irving Place and East 14th Street. Cook was on the sidewalk allegedly searching through a blue backpack not belonging to him, containing an Apple laptop, computer charger, cell phone charger and vitamins. Cook allegedly threw the backpack into the trash in an effort to conceal the crime. He was also found in possession of a crack pipe containing residue.

ASSAULT AT SOCIETY BILLIARDS BAR
A 36-year-old man reported that he was assaulted while outside the Society Billiard Bar at 10 East 21st Street last Saturday at 3:45 a.m. He told police that he was leaving the bar when he bumped into someone else and they got into an argument. The other man then hit him on the head forcefully and several other men proceeded to punch and kick the victim, causing bruising and substantial pain. He said that he didn’t know the men who assaulted him and the men all fled in an unknown direction.

WINE THIEF BUSTED FOR THREATS
Police arrested 26-year-old Tymel Morgan for menacing inside NYC Wine Merchants at 745 Sixth Avenue last Friday at 4:39 p.m. The store owner told police that Morgan entered the store and removed a bottle of Terra Andina wine from the store without paying, so the owner followed him outside. Morgan then put the bottle on the ground, allowing the owner to take the bottle back. About 15 minutes later, Morgan returned to the store and when the owner asked him to leave, Morgan allegedly swung a broken beer bottle in the owner’s face in a threatening manner. Morgan allegedly became irate and started smashing bottles in the store, damaging six bottles of wine and then fled. He ran north on Sixth Avenue and police apprehended him in front of 125 West 24th Street.

EMS WORKERS ASSAULTED AT BRC
Police arrested 45-year-old Robert Virgilio for assault inside the BRC at 127 West 25th Street last Friday at 4:30 p.m. Virgilio allegedly attacked two EMS workers who were on duty. One of the workers was punched and scratched in the face and the second was bit on the right side of his chest, kicked in the leg and punched in the back of the neck by Virgilio, police said.

PS 40 PARENT HARASSED
A 49-year-old woman reported that she was harassed while she was bringing her son to PS 40 at 320 East 20th Street last Thursday at 9:35 a.m. She told police that she got into an argument with another parent, who has been harassing her over the last few months. Her son and the other woman’s son both go to PS 40 and live in the same building complex. She is in fear for her own safety and that of her son’s and is very alarmed. The school suggested that she file a police report about the incident.

‘PERV’ NABBED AT UNION SQUARE
Police arrested 32-year-old Shaunell Rios for forcible touching inside the Union Square subway station last Wednesday at 9:45 a.m. Rios allegedly rubbed and bumped his groin on a 38-year-old woman’s buttocks while on a downtown 5 train from 42nd Street Grand Central.

MAN BUSTED FOR ‘PICK-POCKETING’ SENIOR
Police arrested 48-year-old Duval Simmons for grand larceny at the northeast corner of Third Avenue and East 14th Street last Wednesday at 10:50 a.m. While riding an Eighth Avenue-bound L train, police saw Simmons put his jacket over his right arm and allegedly put his hands inside the pants pocket of a 70-year-old man in an attempt to remove his property. Simmons stiffened up and flailed his arms to prevent being handcuffed.

‘UPSKIRTER’ ARRESTED AT UNION SQUARE
Police arrested 27-year-old Ariel Visoso for unlawful surveillance last Thursday at 12:15 p.m. inside the Union Square subway station. Visoso allegedly placed a cell phone underneath the skirt of multiple women who were walking up the stairs while the recording feature was activated.

WOMAN BUSTED FOR FALSE BANK ACCOUNT
Police arrested 32-year-old Latrice Gregory for grand larceny inside the Banco Popular at 441 Second Avenue last Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. Gregory allegedly went to the bank and opened a checking account with forged identification. She then tried to take an $8,000 loan once the account was opened and was pre-approved, police said.

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