Police Watch: Rogue food cart, masseuses arrested

NYU MED GRAD COMMITS SUICIDE
An NYU medical school graduate who completed his residency recently jumped off the roof of his dorm at 334 East 25th Street on Monday around 2 p.m., police said. Gothamist reported that the man, 26-year-old Sean O’Rourke, plunged 26 stories to his death and was found in the dorm’s parking lot. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

ROGUE FOOD CART PLOWS INTO CROWDED BUS STOP
Police arrested a food cart operator on Monday after his cart, which was being towed by the car he was driving, came loose and crashed into the sidewalk and flipped over into a crowded bus stop.
Arturo Garcia, 32, allegedly left the scene at Madison Avenue and East 23rd Street at 12:58 p.m. However, police said he returned 20 minutes later and admitted that the food cart was his. He was arrested for reckless endangerment.

ALPHABET CITY WOMAN MISSING

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Melissa Morales

The NYPD is seeking the public’s assistance in locating a woman who was reported missing last Wednesday. Melissa Morales, 31, was last seen on Tuesday, July 7 around 7 p.m. near her apartment at 99 Avenue C at East 7th Street. She is described as 5’7”, approximately 200 pounds with brown eyes and brown hair. She was last seen wearing multi-colored slacks and a t-shirt.
Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call Crime stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime stoppers website at nypdcrimestoppers.com or by texting TIP577 and their tips to 274637 (CRIMES).

KIDS BUSTED IN PHONE THEFT
Police arrested a 12-year-old and 17-year-old for grand larceny in front of 344 East 28th Street last Wednesday at 8:05 p.m. The two stole a cell phone, credit card, money and other items from a woman and the teen was found in possession of the cell phone by using the Find My iPhone application. The names of the two perps are being withheld due to their age.

MONEY ‘FORGER’ NABBED
Police arrested 19-year-old Kelith Appolon for forgery last Monday at Union Square West and East 15th Street at 6:58 p.m. Appolon allegedly attempted to use a fraudulent $100 bill to purchase items. After he was arrested, he was found to be in possession of 11 counterfeit $100 bills.

MASSEUSES RUB COPS THE WRONG WAY
Police arrested multiple masseuses this week for offering rubdowns without a license.
Xiaoli Xu, 52, was arrested in 101 West 17th Street at Pine Tree Health Improvement last Tuesday at 7 p.m.
Xiu Ling Fu, 37, Jian Yi Gao, 26, and Qingling Chai, 36, were arrested inside Qin Spa at 132 East 23rd Street last Thursday at 5:45 p.m. The three masseuses allegedly massaged customers for one hour in exchange for money and could not produce a valid New York State massage license.

MEN ARRESTED FOR SELLING FAKE PHONES
Police arrested two men for fraudulent accosting last Wednesday at 4:31 p.m. in front of 246 Fifth Avenue. Jose Fernandez and Kelvin Dunbar, both 54, allegedly approached pedestrians and attempted to sell them fake cell phones.

HOTEL SECURITY NABS RADIO ‘THIEF’
Police arrested 24-year-old Benjamin Pitman for grand larceny in front of the NoMad Hotel at 1170 Broadway last Saturday at 3:56 a.m. The victim told police he was working security at the hotel when Pitman allegedly grabbed his portable radio from him and fled. The victim then chased him outside and held him until police arrived.

WOULD-BE ‘PICKPOCKETER’ ARRESTED
Tory Lugo, 18, was arrested for robbery on East 20th Street last Saturday at 9:05 p.m. Lugo allegedly grabbed the victim around the neck from behind, went into his pockets and tried to take his property.

BELLIGERENT BAR-GOER ARRESTED
Police arrested 27-year-old Kevin Vallejo for criminal mischief last Sunday at 3:21 a.m. in front of Tonic at 411 Third Avenue. A security guard told police that he saw Vallejo being removed from the bar by two other guards when Vallejo allegedly grabbed a metal garbage can and threw it at the front window of the bar, causing the glass to break. The manager of the bar said that the damage is about $800 to fix the window.

FIGHT AT L’EXPRESS
Police arrested Timothe Fitzgerald, 30, for criminal mischief inside L’express at 249 Park Avenue South last Sunday at 7:12 a.m. Fitzgerald got into an argument with another patron, which allegedly led to him throwing things all over the restaurant, causing damage.

‘POT SMOKER’ BUSTED IN UNION SQUARE
Police arrested 18-year-old Heidi Merk for possession of marijuana in front of 5 Union Square West last Sunday at 12:52 p.m. Merk was allegedly smoking a joint inside the park in public view.

‘FAKE’ GUCCI VENDOR ARRESTED
Police arrested Alhassane Dieng in front of 1201 Broadway last Sunday at 4:05 p.m. for forgery. Dieng allegedly displaying seven watches for sale that had a counterfeit trademark for Gucci. A representative for Gucci confirmed that the trademark on the watches was counterfeit.

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