Police Watch: Subway mugger convicted, ‘groper’ arrested

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance, Jr. announced on Wednesday the trial conviction of Anthony White, 44, for the robbery and strangulation assault of six victims in Manhattan subway stations and surrounding areas in August 2011. White was found guilty by a jury in New York State Supreme Court of all of the charges in the indictment: robbery in the first, second, and third degrees and strangulation in the first and second degrees. White is expected to be sentenced on  November 13.
As proven at trial, at approximately 9 a.m. on August 13, 2011, White attacked a 71-year-old man on the platform of the N/R subway station at West 28th Street and Broadway. White approached the victim from behind, choked him until he lost consciousness and stole $150 from his pocket before fleeing. The victim suffered a stroke in the hours following the attack and had to be hospitalized for approximately a month. Over the course of the next thirteen days, White similarly attacked five other men, all between the ages of 38 and 85, choking them from behind and stealing their money and other personal items.
In one instance, on August 16, 2011, White followed a 75-year-old man into a commercial building near the entrance of the West 28th  Street N/R station. The defendant entered the elevator behind the victim, choked him and stole approximately $200 from his wallet. Between August 18 and August 26, 2011, White attacked two more men in the same West 28th  Street station. The August 26  attack at the 28th  Street station was captured on surveillance camera. Three days later, an undercover NYPD transit officer recognized White at the West 28th Street station and placed him under arrest.

Police arrested 29-year-old Christopher Jones for robbery and strangulation last Monday at Sixth Avenue and West 14th Street at 5:22 a.m.  Jones allegedly threw the victim to the ground and strangled him by putting his arm around the victim’s neck until he could no longer breathe. He then took the victim’s cell phone from his hand and fled on foot, police said, until he was arrested at Sixth and West 14th.

Police arrested 63-year-olds Michael Taperino and Anthony Giacia for assault over an alleged fight that occurred on the corner of East 23rd Street and Park Avenue South last Friday at 8:20 a.m. The victim, a third person involved in the fight who was not arrested, told police that he was stabbed in the neck at the location after an argument.

Forty-nine-year-old Ernestine Christian was arrested for assault in front of 39 Union Square West last Tuesday at 12:18 p.m. Christian allegedly slashed a man with a box cutter, approximately seven times on the chest, back and arm.

Police arrested 24-year-old Dianrougha Diallo for robbery at the corner of Broadway and West 28th Street last Tuesday at 5:56 p.m. A clerk from a nearby store told police that Diallo was working with someone else and the other person passed something from the store to him and he allegedly concealed it in a plastic bag. The clerk confronted them for stealing and Diallo allegedly punched him in the face, causing bruising to his left eye. They then fled east on East 28th Street and Diallo was arrested. The person that he was working with was not arrested.

Police arrested 24-year-old Nicholas Thompson for petit larceny inside the CVS Pharmacy at 338 East 23rd Street last Wednesday at 1:15 a.m. A cashier at the store told police that Thompson walked over to a cooler of beer and opened a 24-ounce can of Bud Light. Thompson allegedly started to walk out of the store without paying for it and when the cashier asked if he was going to pay, Thompson allegedly said, “I have no money.” The cashier detained Thompson until police arrived.

Twenty-seven-year-old Luis Miranda was arrested for assault and resisting arrest in front of 126 Lexington Avenue last Wednesday at 4:26 a.m. Miranda and another person who wasn’t arrested were allegedly hitting another man in the face, causing bruising to the left side of his forehead. Miranda allegedly flexed and flailed his arms to prevent being handcuffed. The person who wasn’t arrested fled on foot for three blocks and then got into a cab going north on Third Avenue.

Police arrested Robert Jelich, 63, inside the 13th precinct at 230 East 21st Street  on Thursday at 11:30 a.m.  for previously menacing someone inside a Duane Reade at 300 East 23rd Street. A cashier at the store told police that Jelich had stolen a drink from the Duane Reade and then allegedly pulled a knife from his pocket and threatened the cashier after he confronted Jelich.

Thirty-one-year-old James Jenkins was arrested for assault in front of 60 West 23rd Street last Thursday at 1:14 p.m. The victim told police that he was walking and texting on the west side of Fifth Avenue between 14th and 15th Streets when he bumped into Jenkins, who then allegedly took a step back and punched the victim in the face. He called 911 and followed Jenkins to the Best Buy at the corner of Sixth Avenue and West 23rd Street. The victim then flagged down a police officer, who found Jenkins in the lobby of the store and arrested him.

Two people were arrested for violating tax law and selling “loosies” this week in unrelated incidents.
Police arrested 42-year-old Andrew Walden at the corner of Mount Carmel Place and East 27th Street last Thursday at 2:22 p.m. Walden was allegedly selling five Newport cigarettes with a Tennessee tax stamp for 25 cents each. Walden wasn’t in possession of a tax stamp and he was allegedly in possession of untaxed cigarettes.
Thirty-three-year-old Hafedh Alkablani was arrested in front of 203 Third Avenue last Friday at 6:35 p.m. Alkablani allegedly sold a pack of Newport cigarettes with a Virginia tax stamp to an undercover officer for $8.

Police arrested 23-year-old Nicole Vivieros for criminal mischief and posting graffiti in front of 23 West 20th Street last Thursday at 9:25 p.m. Vivieros allegedly told police that she and another person used aerosol blue chalk spray and a stencil saying, “why does the NRA have so much power?” and “#unzippedtruth.” She did not have authority to post advertisements on the sidewalk and the graffiti was not easily removed, causing damage on the sidewalk estimated to be less than $250.

Twenty-year-old Barry Hamadou was arrested for sexual abuse at the 13th Precinct last Thursday. Hamadou allegedly followed a woman into an elevator to the sixth floor of a building and into a hallway restroom where he then forced her into a stall and attempted to grab her chest. A second complaint notes that in a separate incident, he followed a woman into 18 West 27th Street and grabbed her buttocks before fleeing the scene. Police didn’t disclose the address of the first incident.

Police arrested 28-year-old Tao Xu for grand larceny last Friday at 1:32 a.m. inside the bar Boxers NYC at 37 West 20th Street. Xu allegedly removed property from someone’s pants, which were hanging in an unlocked employee locker. After searching Xu, police found that he was also in possession of alleged crystal meth and a pipe and straw containing alleged crystal meth residue.

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