Police watch: Highway ‘robber’ busted, masseuse arrested for ‘prostitution’

FAKE ‘MOVER’ BUSTED IN STUY TOWN
Twenty-year-old Volodya Karapetyan was arrested for petit larceny last Tuesday at 11:30 a.m. in front of 447 East 14th Street. Karapetyan and another person had a contract to conduct a move with the victim. He allegedly demanded a $500 security deposit and once the victim handed over the cash, Karapetyan fled the scene without doing any work, police said.

STUY TOWN ‘TRESPASSER’ ARRESTED
Police arrested a teen for criminal trespassing in front of 240 First Avenue last Tuesday at 1:35 p.m. The teen was casing residential buildings along East 14th Street and attempted to go inside one of them at 333 East 14th Street. He then walked around the block to the back of the building, where he was able to gain entry when a tenant was exiting and he went to the third floor of the building. After leaving, he went to 329 East 14th Street. He attempted to gain entry there before going to 240 First Avenue where he was seen pulling on the door to get in. The teen’s name is being withheld due to his age.

WOMAN ARRESTED IN HIGHWAY ‘ROBBERY’
Police arrested 26-year-old Fatima Bensabeur for robbery at the corner of the FDR and East 23rd Street last Sunday at 4:27 a.m. Bensabeur allegedly punched the victim in the face, causing a cut near his left eye. She then reached into his car and tried to remove cash that he had on the center console, police said. Bensabeur was also charged with assault.

WOMAN ARRESTED FOR FAKE REPORT
Police arrested 24-year-old Betty Abney last Wednesday at 3:45 p.m. inside the 13th precinct for filing a false report. Police said that Abney had claimed that she was robbed but after an officer questioned her, she admitted that the robbery hadn’t happened.

MAN ARRESTED FOR SELLING FLOWERS
Sixty-year-old Victor Clarke was arrested for violating unclassified New York State laws in front of 132 West 28th Street last Friday at 4:10 p.m. Clarke was allegedly offering and displaying more than ten flowers for sale without a valid general vendor department of consumer affairs license.

BELLIGERENT DINER ARRESTED ON WEST 23RD
Police arrested 26-year-old Jamar Powell for criminal mischief last Monday at 4:36 a.m. in front of the Malibu Diner at 163 West 23rd Street. Powell had walked into the diner with a friend and ordered food. After eating, Powell’s friend asked to have separate checks, which led to an argument between them. Powell then allegedly broke the glass partition that separates the tables.

MAN FOUND SLEEPING INSIDE BANK
Sixty-year-old Charles Jackson was arrested for criminal trespassing last Tuesday at 1:16 a.m. inside the Bank of America ATM at 800 Sixth Avenue. Jackson was allegedly sleeping inside the ATM area of the bank despite the signs posted that warn people to nap elsewhere. The signs read, “no panhandling, no loitering, no sleeping. Any person who enters or remains in this facility who is not conducting banking business is trespassing and is subject to arrest and prosecution.”

MAN BUSTED FOR ‘FENCING’ FAKE PHONES
Police arrested 55-year-old Reginald Moten for fraudulent accosting last Tuesday at 12:04 a.m. at the corner of Fifth Avenue and 27th Street. Moten was allegedly soliciting and attempting to sell new Samsung Galaxy phones to passing pedestrians for $200 each. The phones were found to be counterfeit and Moten was attempting to defraud passersby, police said.

APARTMENT ‘BURGLAR’ BUSTED
Police arrested 53-year-old Benjamin Guadalupe for burglary inside the 13th precinct last Tuesday at 4:35 p.m. Guadalupe allegedly entered three apartments inside 244 East 21st Street on September 17 through a rear window. The bedrooms were found in disarray and some of the victims’ jewelry was missing, police said.

MAN ARRESTED FOR ASSAULT ON SIXTH
Twenty-found-year-old Johnell Muhammad was arrested for assault in front of 650 Sixth Avenue last Wednesday at 2:57 p.m. Muhammad allegedly hit the victim in the face with a metal pole causing serious physical injury. Muhammad was identified by the victim and a witness, police said.

WOMAN NABBED FOR FAKE BROADWAY TIX
Police arrested 30-year-old Norah Alanazi for forgery at the corner of Sixth Avenue and West 23rd Street last Wednesday at 8:55 p.m. Alanazi allegedly offered to sell two tickets to a Broadway show and the tickets were found to be fraudulent.

MASSEUSE ARRESTED FOR ‘PROSTITUTION’
Police arrested 32-year-old Xiao Tan for prostitution inside Moon Boy Spa at 101 West 25th Street last Thursday at 3:30 p.m. Tan allegedly agreed to have sex with an undercover officer for $80.

MAN BEATEN WITH STICK ON WEST 28TH
Police arrested 52-year-old Milton Saunders for assault in front of 106 West 28th Street last Thursday at 7:46 p.m. The victim told police that he and Saunders got into an argument. Saunders allegedly got out of his car with a wooden stick and hit the victim, causing substantial pain to his left ankle and causing him to walk with a limp.

MAN ‘STEALS’ PHONE FROM CAR
Police arrested 44-year-old Hubert Cary for possession of drug paraphernalia at the corner of East 23rd Street and Fifth Avenue last Friday at 1:16 a.m. The victim said that he was standing outside his car with the window rolled down while his cell phone was charging in the center console when Cary allegedly reached into the car and grabbed the phone. A witness saw Cary stick the phone into an envelope that he tucked under his armpit before fleeing east on 25th Street, then south on Fifth Avenue. The witness was able to stop him and the phone was recovered on the scene, police said. Cary was also charged with petit larceny and possession of stolen property.

Cops looking for man who robbed 3 banks

Surveillance photos of bank robbery suspect, who police say passed notes demanding cash

Surveillance photos of bank robbery suspect, who police say passed notes demanding cash

A bank robber behind a recent heist at an East Village Chase Bank hit two more banks on Monday in Union Square, police said.

The robbery pattern began on Saturday when an unknown man handed a teller a note, demanding cash at the Chase bank on Second Avenue off St. Marks Place. The man claimed to have a gun, and the teller gave him $1,080.

Then on Monday, the same man is believed to have robbed two banks in the span of 41 minutes. At around 2:40 p.m. he went into the Citibank at 1107 Broadway (at 14th Street), and handed the teller a note demanding money. He got away with $600 in cash.

He then headed to a Chase at 835 Broadway (at 13th Street), did the same thing and fled with $4,740.

The suspect is described as white male, possibly albino, 5’10”, mid to late 20s, with light colored hair and a medium build. He was last seen wearing a black and grey jacket, dark rimmed glasses, black sneakers and a red bandana around his neck.

Anyone with information in regards to these incidents is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 800-577-TIPS. The public can also submit tips by visiting http://www.nypdcrimestoppers.com or texting their tips to 274637(CRIMES) then enter TIP577.