Police Watch: Teen purse snatcher arrested on 5th Ave., Three arrested in assault on E. 23rd

TEEN PURSE-SNATCHER ARRESTED

Police arrested a teenager for robbery in front of 260 Fifth Avenue last Wednesday at 11:32 p.m. Witnesses told police that the teen, along with another person who wasn’t arrested, snatched a woman’s purse. The teen used force to do so, pulling the victim’s hair and dragging her to the ground. The suspect was captured on the scene by a witness and was eventually placed under arrest when police arrived. The victim suffered an injury to her right elbow.

THREE ARRESTED IN ASSAULT

Police arrested three people in connection with an assault at 332 East 23rd Street last Friday at 1:30 a.m. Thirty-seven-year-old Alliesha Joseph-Morgan was arrested for assault and 37-year-old Teddy Wooten and 25-year-old James Barnes were busted for resisting arrest and for assault. Joseph-Morgan, Wooten and Barnes got into a fight with a woman outside a nearby club and allegedly punched the woman in the head and face, causing cuts and contusions. While attempting to arrest Barnes and Wooten, they refused to stop for the officers after being told to do so and refused to be placed in handcuffs. The two men allegedly pushed back, which police said necessitated the use of pepper spray to subdue them, and they refused medical treatment for pepper spray.

MAN ARRESTED FOR ASSAULT AT BETH ISRAEL

Police arrested 48-year-old Ricky Young for assault last Tuesday at 12:46 a.m. in front of Beth Israel’s 9 Perlman Place building. The victim told police that he got into an argument with Young, another patient at the hospital, and when security attempted to escort him out of the building, Young allegedly threw a garbage can and resisted their attempts to make him leave. While security was attempting to remove him, Young allegedly punched the victim in the eye, causing swelling.

MAN ARRESTED FOR ASSAULT BY CRUTCH

Police arrested 50-year-old Joseph Oliver for assault last Thursday at 5:59 p.m. inside 127 West 25th Street. The victim told police that Oliver allegedly assaulted him with crutches, cutting him on the left side of his upper torso. The victim said that he didn’t know Oliver and they didn’t have any kind of argument that would have escalated the incident. The victim does not speak English and is only fluent in Spanish and an officer at the scene translated the information.

WOULD-BE TEEN ‘BURGLAR’ BUSTED ON SECOND AVE.

Police arrested a teen for possession of burglar’s tools in front of 444 Second Avenue last Wednesday at 8:06 a.m. Officers saw the teen being chased by two people who were yelling that the teen had stolen one of their phones. They headed north on Third Avenue, then East on East 24th Street. Police then saw the teen going north on Second Avenue on a bike toward East 25th Street. He kept going the wrong way on Second Avenue and police stopped him at the northeast corner of Second Avenue and East 25th Street. He was in possession of a metal bolt cutter and a Samsung G4 cell phone. Police were unable to verify if the cell phone was stolen.

GREENCARD ‘SCAMMER’ BUSTED

Fifty-seven-year-old Jenetta Ferguson was arrested for grand larceny last Wednesday in front of 100 West 23rd Street. A man told police that he had given $8,500 to Ferguson on the promise that she would acquire a greencard for him. Ferguson is the victim’s ESL instructor and she allegedly has been given the money over the span of three months and has asked for more “to continue the visa process,” police said. Ferguson has received no legitimate documentation from INS or any agency to show that the money had been used for its promised purpose. The victim pointed her out on the street and she was arrested. She allegedly stated, “People, people, you think you are trying to help but they think it’s extortion.”

PHONE STOLEN FROM DOCTOR’S OFFICE

Police arrested 55-year-old Osvaldo Vasquez for petit larceny last Wednesday at 3:19 p.m. inside a doctor’s office at 16 East 16th Street. The victim told police that Vasquez is a patient at his office on the second floor. Vasquez was inside the office when the victim stepped out to use the restroom and when he returned, his cell phone was missing from the desk. After he called the police, officers demanded that Vasquez was to return the cell phone if he had it. Vasquez then allegedly reached into his groin area and pulled out an iPhone.

MAN ARRESTED FOR CITI BIKE ‘THEFT’

Twenty-year-old Christian Gonzalez was arrested for possession of stolen property last Friday at 7:21 p.m. on the corner of Seventh Avenue and West 15th Street. Gonzalez was allegedly in possession of a stolen Citi Bike. After searching him, police found that he was also allegedly in possession of a stolen Citi Bike keycard that belonged to someone else. A representative from Citi Bike verified that the bike was last docked on June 5 at 5:52 p.m. in the 5th precinct. Gonzalez does not belong to the Citi Bike program, police said.

‘JETPACK’ SWIPED FROM CONSTRUCTION SITE

Police arrested 32-year-old Jonattan Martinez, petit larceny last Monday at 1:15 p.m. inside the 13th Precinct at 230 East 21st Street. Martinez allegedly took a Verizon JetPack HotSpot from a cabinet without permission to do so from inside the construction site at 444 Second Avenue.

TRESPASSER ARRESTED ON WEST 27TH

Police arrested 52-year-old Michael Mack for burglar’s tools and criminal trespassing last Thursday at 8:23 p.m. in front of 34 West 27th Street. Mack allegedly entered the freight entrance of the building without permission by slipping metal scissors into the lock and forcing the door open. When Mack was stopped, he was also in possession of metal pliers and a metal pick believed to be burglar’s tools, police said.

MAN ARRESTED FOR BAR THEFT

Police arrested 54-year-old Fabian Peralta for petit larceny last Thursday at 11:12 p.m. at 299 First Avenue. Peralta allegedly swiped a guitar and camera from a nearby bar.

MAN NABBED FOR THREATS WITH BOX-CUTTER

Twenty-year-old Matthew Forty was arrested for menacing in front of 111 East 18th Street last Friday at 1 a.m. Forty allegedly displayed a yellow box-cutter knife while stating, “I’ll cut all of you,” the victim told police.

‘MENACE’ ARRESTED ON EAST 28TH

Police arrested 51-year-old Bruce Manning for assault and menacing in front of 14 East 28th Street last Saturday at 1:58 a.m. Manning allegedly hit the victim in the back of the head with an unknown object after he got in the middle of a fight between Manning and another tenant in the building. Manning also allegedly threatened the victim with a knife.

MAN BUSTED FOR STOLEN ACCOUNT INFO

Police arrested 37-year-old Jon Reich for stolen property last Saturday at 5:27 p.m. on the corner of Park Avenue South and East 25th Street. Reich was seen driving a motorcycle without a license plate and when police stopped him, he did not have a driver’s license or registration. He was also allegedly in possession of a credit card that didn’t belong to him, as well as a bank account with a routing number and a credit account number with an expiration date that did not belong to him.

ATM ‘THIEF’ NABBED ON SEVENTH AVE.

Police arrested 35-year-old Curtis Lawson for grand larceny last Wednesday at 1:13 a.m. in front of 307 Seventh Avenue. An investigator for the NCR Corporation was investigating money missing from ATMs that Lawson was servicing. The investigator had Lawson’s manager call him in to question him about possible involvement and he allegedly admitted to taking money from an ATM that he serviced on Lafayette Street. Lawson had $1,126 in cash in his wallet and two screwdrivers in his possession, police said.

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