Police Watch: Teen iPhone ‘snatchers’ busted, ‘reckless’ driver arrested

CITI BIKE ‘THIEF’ BUSTED
Police arrested 32-year-old Monica Lang for possession of stolen property last Tuesday at 12:51 a.m. in front of 370 Third Avenue. Police saw Lang littering on a public sidewalk and upon further investigation, police found that she was allegedly in possession of a stolen Citi Bike.

CAR BURGLARIZED IN GRAMERCY PARK
Police arrested 42-year-old Adalerto Soto for burglary in front of 10 Gramercy Park South last Tuesday at noon. Soto was seen casing several cars before opening the passenger side door of a commercial vehicle parked on Gramercy Park South and taking a cell phone, police said. He was also charged with possession of stolen property and petit larceny.

ARREST FOR ‘MENACING’ ON EAST 28TH
Miguel Rivera, 58, was arrested for menacing on the corner of Second Avenue and East 28th Street last Tuesday at 12:01 p.m. Rivera got into a fight with another person and allegedly pulled out an 8.5-inch knife, which the victim said made him fear for his life.

‘MISCHIEF’ AT JAY-Z’S CLUB
Thirty-year-old Safid Bakar was arrested for criminal mischief inside the 40/40 Club at 6 West 25th Street last Tuesday at 10:40 p.m. Bakar allegedly punched a mirror in the bathroom of the club. The manager, Sheldon Robinson, told police that the mirror is worth approximately $1,500.

‘BAG SNATCHER’ NABBED AT PLUG UGLIES
Eighteen-year-old Angel Valentin was arrested for grand larceny inside Plug Uglies at 257 Third Avenue last Tuesday at 11:09 p.m. The victim told police that she was sitting on a barstool with her bag hanging underneath the bar. Valentin then leaned down and while pretending to tie his shoe, allegedly took her bag and fled from the bar. The victim noticed a few minutes later that her bag was missing and witnesses said they saw Valentin leave the bar. When he was stopped, he was in possession of stolen property, police said.

‘MUGGER’ NABBED AT FIFTH AND WEST 22ND
Police arrested 19-year-old Albert Mizrahi for possession of stolen property at the corner of Fifth Avenue and West 22nd Street last Sunday at 1:29 a.m. A woman told police that an unknown man with brown hair and a jacket grabbed her and snatched her handbag containing her cell phone and personal property. She called her cell phone in the presence of police and the person who answered told her that he would meet her at West 22nd and Fifth and would return her property in exchange for money.
Mizrahi met the victim at the stated location and allegedly had her phone in his possession. Upon a show-up, the victim told police that Mizrahi looked like the person who stole her bag, but at the precinct she became irate and refused to cooperate in the investigation, police said. She then told police that Mizrahi wasn’t the person who stole her bag and she wouldn’t press charges but said that he looked like the person who had stolen her bag.

TEENS BUSTED IN 6 TRAIN CELL PHONE SNATCH
Police arrested four teenagers for grand larceny from a person at the corner of East 30th Street and Lexington Avenue last Thursday at 2:32 a.m. The victim told police that while she was riding a downtown 6 train and using her cell phone, the four teens were working together and snatched her phone from her hands, then ran out of the station at East 28th Street and Park Avenue South. The victim flagged down police and the teens were arrested at East 30th Street and Lexington. The names of the teenagers are being withheld due to their age.

‘RECKLESS’ DRIVER BUSTED AT WEST 26TH
A cop pulled a driver from his car by force last Thursday after the motorist, 57-year-old Antonio Pimental, refused to get out during an arrest for reckless driving.
It was at 11:30 a.m. when a pedestrian told police of an accident near the intersection of West 26th and Fifth Avenue and the officer then saw the vehicle involved in the accident driving west on East 26th Street. Pimental allegedly tried to drive onto the sidewalk but then stopped because another vehicle was in his way. The officer told Pimental to roll down his window but the driver refused. Police said that Pimental looked “spaced out” and the officer asked Pimental repeatedly to open his car door. Pimental then took the key out of the ignition and sat with his hands folded. The officer then broke the car window after telling Pimental to get out, and removed him from the vehicle. There was also a passenger in the car who observed Pimental hit a black SUV. It was discovered later that Pimental suffers from seizures.

‘MUGGER’ NABBED IN UNION SQUARE
Police arrested 21-year-old Gage Quinones for robbery at the corner of Union Square East and East 16th Street last Thursday at 7:55 p.m. The victim told police that he was walking on Union Square East talking on his cell phone when he was mugged. Quinones allegedly punched the man, causing him to drop his phone. Quinones then grabbed $100 in cash from the victim’s pocket and the victim’s phone from the ground, police said.

MAN ARRESTED FOR ‘STOLEN’ BIKE
Police arrested 36-year-old Wilson Perez for possession of burglar’s tools in front of 102 East 22nd Street last Wednesday at 1:59 p.m. Perez was allegedly walking a stolen bike that he had removed from Fifth Avenue. Police said that he was found in possession of burglar’s tools and he was also charged with petit larceny and possession of stolen property.

‘DRUNK’ DRIVER BUSTED ON THIRD
Police arrested 27-year-old Oscar Aponte for intoxicated driving last Saturday at 4:03 a.m. inn front of 364 Third Avenue. A witness saw Aponte driving the wrong way on Third Avenue. He was driving south, while Third Avenue is a northbound street. When police stopped him, he was allegedly intoxicated with bloodshot watery eyes, a flushed face and slurred speech. He refused a breath test at the scene and at the Seventh Precinct.

THREE MEN ARRESTED FOR ASSAULT
Police arrested 27-year-old William Maye, 23-year-old Wilson Alvarez and 27-year-old Kevin Harris for assault in front of 235 East 14th Street last Sunday at 5:01 a.m. The victim told police that the three men punched him in the face, causing substantial pain and some cuts.

‘TRESPASSERS’ ON NYCHA BUILDING ROOF
Delano Broadus, 33, and Necola Fowler, 45, were arrested for criminal trespassing last Monday at 8:40 p.m. inside 224 East 28th Street. Broadus and Fowler allegedly went on the roof of the building even though there were signs on the stairwell which said that there was no access to the roof and roof landing except for authorized personnel.

MAN ARRESTED FOR UNTAXED CIGS
Sixty-year-old Diomedes Nunez was arrested for violating tax law last Tuesday at 11:50 p.m. in front of 4 Union Square South. An officer recognized Nunez as a person of interest wanted for a prior incident by the 24th and First Precinct squads. He was allegedly selling untaxed cigarettes in Union Square when he was arrested.

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