Police Watch: Prosecutor arrested for assault, two robberies last week

Police arrested 38-year-old Russell Alam for sex abuse of a child inside 140 East 28th Street just after midnight last Sunday. Alam allegedly put his hand under her t-shirt, rubbed her chest and put his hands inside the waistband of her pants. He also kissed her on the lips twice and tried to put his tongue in her mouth, police said. Alam was also charged with endangering the welfare of a child.

Police arrested 23-year-old Sergio Garcia for menacing last Friday at 3:50 p.m. inside the 13th Precinct for an incident at Beth Israel Hospital. The victim was a patient at Beth Israel and was unhappy with the service. She told police that she approached Garcia about it and he got very angry, allegedly pulled a knife out and said, “I will shoot you all, b—h.”

Manhattan prosecutor Eli Cherkasky, 35, was arrested for allegedly choking a woman last Friday. The victim told police that she got into an argument with Cherkasky because he started picking up and touching her personal property at the Kips Bay bar Failte inside 531 Second Avenue on November 1 around 2 a.m.
According to the criminal complaint as reported by the New York Post, Cherkasky allegedly grabbed the woman by the arms and said, “B—h, you’re a b—h. Hit me. Why don’t you hit me?” He also allegedly called her a c—t, pushed her onto the floor and used both his hands to choke her. Aong with obstruction of breath, he was also charged with assault, menacing and harassment. The Post reported that Cherkasky was arraigned in his own courthouse on Friday.

Twenty-six-year-old Ricardo Sanchez was arrested for robbery in front of 761 Sixth Avenue last Sunday at 1:42 a.m. The victim told police that he was leaving the deli when Sanchez approached him asking for money and food.
Sanchez then allegedly put his hand in his pocket and said, “I have a revolver. I’m going to shoot you. Give me your wallet.” The victim refused to give up his wallet and Sanchez left the location. The victim positively identified him at the corner of West 26th Street and Sixth Avenue. Police didn’t recover a gun.

Police arrested 27-year-old Lawrence Hollaway at 10 Union Square East for robbery last Wednesday at 4:15 p.m. A woman was walking to the Union Square subway station while texting on her cell phone and she bumped into Hollaway. He asked her why she bumped into him and she told police that she apologized, and then walked into the station.
Hollaway allegedly followed her and while she was at the turnstile at the station entrance, he shoved her to the ground. He also attempted to punch her and reach into her coat to grab her cell phone, police said.

Police arrested a 15-year-old girl for criminal mischief inside Good Shepherd Services at 337 East 17th Street last Wednesday at 1:18 p.m. The teen intentionally damaged items inside the building by throwing tables, chairs, computer monitors and hard drives at the windows, damaging $4,000 of property. The girl’s name is being withheld due to her age.

Police arrested 29-year-old Carlos Paredes for the intent to sell and possession of a controlled substance in front of 620 Sixth Avenue last Saturday at 2:39 a.m. Paredes are in possession of 30 glassine envelopes with alleged cocaine, one glassine envelope with alleged cocaine residue and five glassine envelopes each containing an unknown pill, police said.

Police arrested three men involved in a drug deal at the corner of Union Square East and East 15th Street last Thursday at 10:15 p.m. Nigel Willis, 31, was arrested for intent to sell, the sale of and possession of a controlled substance and 61-year-old Stephen Willis was charged with sale of a controlled substance.
The two men were working with 27-year-old Michael Geroulakis and allegedly sold a controlled substance to an undercover officer. Nigel Willis was also allegedly in possession of an additional quantity of the controlled substance. Geroulakis allegedly hit the officer in the face and was charged with assault of a peace officer. He was also charged with resisting arrest, as well as the intent to sell, the sale of and possession of a controlled substance.

Police arrested Janelle Bador, 29, for intoxicated driving in front of 215 Park Avenue South last Saturday at 4:15 a.m. Bador allegedly failed to signal when changing lanes and also drove for several blocks weaving in and out of traffic. Police said that Bador was also unsteady on her feet when she got into the car at Madison Avenue and East 28th Street. Bador allegedly blew a .141 on a Breathalyzer at the Seventh Precinct.

Police arrested 23-year-old Devon English for identity theft at 655 Sixth Avenue last Monday at 3:11 p.m. English allegedly tried cashing a fraudulent check. The bank teller recognized the check as fake and when the NYPD contacted the victim, he said that the check hadn’t been issued to English.

Police arrested 27-year-old Andrew Berlin for possession of a controlled substance last Saturday at 1:40 p.m. in front of 10 Union Square East. Berlin was allegedly holding two bags of heroin in plain view and when police searched him, he was found to be in possession of an alleged controlled substance.

Nineteen-year-old Isabelle Laurent was arrested for forgery in front of 120 West 23rd Street last Thursday at 1:41 p.m. A teller at the Capital One Bank nearby told police that Laurent went into the bank and allegedly tried to cash a fake check for the amount of $186.30. A representative for the bank confirmed that the cashier’s check wasn’t issued by Capital One.


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