Police Watch: Union Square ‘trespasser’ arrested, man assaulted by cellphone

MAN ASSAULTED IN FRONT OF BETH ISRAEL
Police arrested Michael Rohan, 22, for assault in front of Beth Israel Medical Center at 281 First Avenue last Saturday at 3:53 a.m. Rohan was being escorted out of the building when he allegedly punched the man escorting him in the face, causing redness, swelling and substantial pain.

TWO ARRESTED IN FIGHT ON EAST 23RD
Police arrested 27-year-old Farrag Bassam and 31-year-old Mohamed Moussa for assault in front of 115 East 23rd Street last Saturday at 6:30 p.m. Bassam and Moussa got into a fight in front of the location. Bassam allegedly bit Moussa, causing cuts, and police said that Moussa hit Bassam in the head, causing a bruise.

MAN BUSTED FOR DRUGS IN NYCHA BUILDING
Martin Negron, 42, was arrested for possession of a hypodermic instrument inside 224 East 28th Street last Tuesday at 9:06 p.m. Negron was allegedly inside a stairwell on the 14th floor of the NYCHA building, without knowing anyone in the building.
After he was stopped, he was found to be in possession of alleged crack cocaine and several alleged crack pipes, as well as a prescription to trazodone that wasn’t his, two knives and 18 hypodermic needles, police said. Negron was also charged with possession of a weapon, possession of a controlled substance and criminal trespassing.

URINATOR BUSTED FOR RAZOR BLADES
Police arrested 54-year-old Charles Holt for weapons possession at the corner of Seventh Avenue and West 14th Street last Wednesday at 3:15 a.m. Police said that Holt was urinating in front of the location in plain view and when he was searched, he was allegedly in possession of two razor blades with no legitimate reason to carry them. He allegedly told police that he carries them for protection.

PHONE ‘THIEF’ BUSTED AT BELLEVUE SHELTER
Twenty-year-old Marc Velez for grand larceny in front of 400 East 30th Street last Wednesday at 10:49 a.m. Velez allegedly grabbed a woman’s cell phone from her hand and fled east on foot towards Bellevue Shelter. Police searched the shelter and found Velez, who matched the description that the victim gave, and upon further investigation, her phone was allegedly inside his room locker.

MAN NABBED FOR ‘GOLD KNUCKLES’
Police arrested 32-year-old Andre Perry for possession of a weapon inside the Union Square subway station last Wednesday at 2:26 p.m. Perry was allegedly walking inside the subway mezzanine with gold metal knuckles in plain view.

WOMAN SKIPPED ON BAR TAB
Ashley Oliver, 23, wa s arrested for theft of services in front of the Four Points Sheraton Hotel at 160 West 25th Street last Wednesday at 4:14 p.m. Oliver sat down at the hotel bar and ordered two Heineken beers and then allegedly refused to pay for them. She was then kicked out and told not to come back but she allegedly walked back in. Police said that the bill she refused to pay was for $15.24.

‘DRUNK’ DRIVER BUSTED FOR DRUGS
Police arrested 36-year-old Alfred Soto for possession of a controlled substance at the corner of West 27th Street and Sixth Avenue last Saturday at 2:24 a.m. Police said that he was driving while intoxicated and after pulling out of a parking spot, he allegedly merged into traffic without signaling, nearly hitting another car. Police said he then swerved into the third right lane, nearly hitting two more cars. He blew .173 on a Breathalyzer at the scene. After searching him, police found that he was in possession of an alleged controlled substance. Police did not specify what the controlled substance was. Soto was also charged with intoxicated driving.

OFFICE ‘BURGLAR’ BUSTED
Police arrested 38-year-old Hunter Manderson for burglary at the corner of Broadway and East 21st Street last Sunday at 12:40 p.m. A man told police that he saw an unknown person inside his office without permission. Manderson allegedly removed items from the office and fled through the main front entrance. He was also charged with possession of stolen property and criminal trespassing.

WOULD-BE BIKE ‘THIEF’ NABBED ON WEST 23RD
Police arrested 49-year-old Christopher Williams in front of 60 West 23rd Street for possession of burglar’s tools last Wednesday at 2:25 p.m. Williams was allegedly trying to cut off a bike lock from a locked bicycle with a pair of wire cutters.

MAN ARRESTED FOR TRESPASSING IN UNION SQUARE STATION
Thirty-year-old Kieran Minihan was arrested for criminal trespassing inside the Union Square subway station last Sunday at 4:05 a.m. Minihan was allegedly inside the catwalk on the northeast side of the downtown 4 platform without permission to be there.

‘PHONE SNATCHER’ NABBED ON WEST 16TH
Thirty-year-old Matthew Mullen was arrested for grand larceny in front of 16 West 16th Street last Tuesday at 4:06 p.m. Mullen allegedly walked up to a woman and grabbed her cell phone from her hand, then fled on foot. He was subsequently stopped and apprehended by police. The victim didn’t have any injuries from the incident.

MAN ARRESTED FOR ‘ASSAULT’ BY PHONE
Thirty-one-year-old Christopher Bailey was arrested for assault in front of 37 West 20th Street last Saturday at 9:22 p.m. Bailey allegedly injured another man by hitting him across the face with his cell phone, causing a laceration to the victim’s right eye. Bailey was also charged with possession of a weapon, but it was not immediately clear what the weapon was.

WOMAN ARRESTED FOR STOLEN PURSE
Police arrested 23-year-old Zeina Hameda for grand larceny in front of 797 Sixth Avenue last Sunday at 5:30 a.m. In a previous incident in Queens, Hameda allegedly stole another woman’s purse, which contained her cell phone, four credit cards, a driver’s license and $186 in cash. Police said that the victim’s bag had been stolen when left unattended. The victim identified Hameda at the scene.

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