Police Watch: Con Edison employees accepting bribes, cops say, protesters arrested

CON ED EMPLOYEES TOOK BRIBES, POLICE SAY
Police arrested three Con Ed employees for commercial bribery inside the company’s headquarters at 4 Irving Place last Wednesday at 9:45 a.m. Forty-year-old Danny Cruz allegedly received $200 in exchange for his Con Edison-related plumbing inspection. Robert Tarter, 35, and Thomas Lloyd, 59, allegedly received $200 to facilitate a Con Edison inspection prior to turning the gas on. Tarter also received $200 for an inspection on April 26, 2013, police said.

PROTESTERS ARRESTED LAST WEEK
Multiple people were arrested while protesting the grand jury decision in the Eric Garner case in various incidents last week.
Police arrested three protesters for disorderly conduct on Third Avenue and East 18th Street last Monday at 1:45 p.m. Andrew Gombert, 35, Olcay Sesen, 36, and a teenager were allegedly walking on Third Avenue with a group of protesters in the lanes of traffic outside the crosswalk, blocking cars from passing. Multiple officers warned the three to disperse and they didn’t, which police said caused public inconvenience and alarm. The teenager’s name is being withheld due to his age.
Twenty-year-old Jonathan Gilles and 26-year-old Patrick Korte were also arrested while protesting at East 23rd Street and the FDR Drive last Thursday at 8:50 p.m. Korte and Gilles were charged with disorderly conduct and were allegedly obstructing vehicular traffic.

MAN ARRESTED FOR KNIFE IN UNION SQUARE
Police arrested Cameron Sizemore, 24, for weapons possession last Tuesday at 10:10 a.m. at the corner of Union Square East and East 14th Street. Sizemore was allegedly in possession of a gravity knife, which was sticking out of his rear pants pocket.

MAN BUSTED FOR NAPPING IN HOTEL WITHOUT BEING A GUEST
Police arrested 26-year-old Ronelle Freeman for criminal trespassing inside the Hampton Inn at 108 West 24th Street last Sunday at 6:46 p.m. An employee at the hotel told police that Freeman went into a hotel room at  1:30 p.m.  to sleep and allegedly didn’t have permission to be there. Freeman also allegedly went into another room at  6:30 p.m.  and was found sleeping there without permission and without paying for the room.

TEEN ARRESTED FOR ASSAULT IN STUY TOWN
Eighteen-year-old Clair Thorn was arrested for assault at 4 Stuyvesant Oval last Tuesday at 5:55 p.m. Thorn allegedly got into a fight with the victim over schoolwork. Thorn then allegedly punched the victim multiple times in the chest, hand, forearm and head causing scratches, bruising and pain. Thorn also threw multiple items belonging to the victim, causing property damage totaling $900, police said. Thorn was also charged with criminal mischief.

BROKEN WINDOWS ON MADISON AVE.
Police arrested 28-year-old Francs Bryce for criminal mischief at the corner of Madison Avenue and East 24th Street last Tuesday at 10:30 p.m. Bryce allegedly punched a man’s front windshield, breaking it in the process, after they got into an argument.

MAN ARRESTED FOR SLEEPING BY ATM
Police arrested 27-year-old Rodney Bryant for criminal trespassing inside a Bank of America ATM at 240 Park Avenue South last Wednesday at 1:55 a.m. Police said that Bryant was allegedly lying down on the floor inside the vestibule, despite a sign that said “No trespassing, no loitering, no sleeping. Violators are subject to arrest.”

‘DRUG DEALER’ BUSTED ON SECOND AVENUE
Police arrested 58-year-old Andres Torres for intent to sell a controlled substance in front of 490 Second Avenue last Wednesday at 9:50 a.m. Torres was allegedly in possession of a controlled substance that he was intending to sell.

ARRESTS MADE IN FIGHT ON THIRD AVENUE
Police arrested 40-year-old Walid Elsayed and 25-year-old Pasquale Cestaro for assault and 25-year-old Jennifer Roeske for criminal mischief on the corner of Third Avenue and East 25th Street last Wednesday at 9 p.m. Elsayed allegedly punched the victim in the head multiple times after they got into an argument. Police said that Cestaro punched the victim in the face, causing swelling. Roeske allegedly grabbed the victim’s cell phone and threw it, causing the screen to crack.

MAN NABBED FOR URINATING IN PUBLIC
Sixty-five-year-old Kenneth Taylor was arrested for an unclassified violation of New York State laws last Tuesday at 6:36 a.m. in front of 10 Union Square West. Taylor was allegedly urinating on a sidewalk in public view. He did not have valid identification, police said.

MAN ARRESTED FOR SLEEPING ON STRAUS HOUSE STAIRS
Police arrested 37-year-old Angelo Hernandez for criminal trespassing at the Straus Houses at 224 East 28th Street last Friday at 8:48 a.m. Hernandez was allegedly sleeping on the stairs at the building and he doesn’t live there. Management told police that Hernandez sleeps on the stairs of the building often.

‘SHOPLIFTER’ BUSTED FOR TOY GUN
Police arrested 39-year-old Nathan Koenig for petit larceny inside the Barnes and Noble at 33 East 17th Street last Friday at 6:41 p.m. Koenig allegedly tried to leave the store without paying for merchandise that he took from the shelves. Police said that when he was searched, Koenig was also in possession of an imitation firearm and allegedly said, “I use that for protection.”