Police Watch: Former Tonic employee arrested, man busted in Starbucks ‘theft’

Police arrested 27-year-old Asuka Murota for possession of a controlled substance inside the Duane Reade at 254 Park Avenue South last Friday at 6:42 a.m. An employee at the store told police that Murota started peeling a banana and drinking from the water cooler. Murota allegedly told the employee, “I’m not paying for sh–.” When officers arrived, Murota said, “I was dehydrated,” and allegedly said that she didn’t have money to pay.
After searching her, she was found in possession of stolen multivitamin gummies and calcium supplements totaling $28.57, two glassine bags of marijuana and a glassine bag of PCP, police said. She was also charged with petit larceny, possession of stolen property and possession of marijuana.

Police arrested 22-year-old Oluwaseyi Fasoye for petit larceny inside Tonic at 411 Third Avenue last Sunday at 4:10 p.m. On a previous day, Fasoye allegedly stole two CO2 tanks from the restaurant and attempted to remove a cash register by pulling it and ripping the wires from the wall while stating, “I’m taking the f—ing computer.”
Fasoye allegedly returned to the restaurant on Sunday, demanding to be compensated for the three days that he had worked there. Police said that he had refused to provide the manager of the restaurant with his personal information in order to process the paycheck. He allegedly verbally threatened the victim, screaming, “I’m gonna f—ing kill you,” while inside the restaurant, causing alarm to the victim and patrons in the restaurant. When police attempted to arrest him, Fasoye allegedly flailed his arms, pushed officers and refused to be handcuffed. He was also charged with resisting arrest, criminal mischief and harassment.

Police arrested 43-year-old Jorge Acosta for possession of burglar’s tools at the corner of Fifth Avenue and West 21st Street last Thursday at 11:53 p.m. Police said that they saw Acosta sitting in the back seat of a car that was parked at the corner with the alarm going off and when they approached, he allegedly walked away from the car holding property that he had taken from the vehicle. Upon further investigation, police found that the window on the rear passenger door was shattered. Acosta was also charged with petit larceny, unauthorized use of vehicle, criminal mischief and possession of stolen property.

Thirty-year-old Damian Santiago was arrested for petit larceny inside the Starbucks at 1140 Broadway last Thursday at 7:20 p.m. Santiago allegedly admitted to taking approximately 10 bags of coffee from his place of employment to sell or exchange for the repair of his son’s tablet. Santiago told police that he sold the bags to a man who used to have a cell phone shop at 1177 Broadway.

Thirty-year-old Romaine Reynolds was arrested for assault last Monday after he allegedly cut another man’s neck with a fork. He further menaced the victim with a knife, causing him to fear for his safety, police said. Reynolds was also charged with menacing and possession of a weapon.

Police arrested 39-year-old Zipora Moskowitz for assault in front of Mt. Sinai Beth Israel Hospital at 281 First Avenue last Monday at 8:14 p.m. An employee at the hospital said that she was attempting to calm down Moskowitz, who was a patient and acting disorderly, when Moskowitz allegedly bit the employee on the wrist.

Police arrested 35-year-old Samuel McBee for petit larceny in front of the Gristedes at 512 Second Avenue last Tuesday at 11:16 a.m. McBee allegedly concealed nine packages of meat in his suitcase. He attempted to leave the store through the entrance, passing the cash registers and without paying, police said.

Police arrested 51-year-old Luis Feliciano for criminal mischief last Tuesday at 1:13 p.m. inside New Taco Express at 130 East 28th Street. An officer was responding to the scene of a crime in progress when the victim, who works at the restaurant, told him that Feliciano was refusing to leave the location. Feliciano and the victim then got into a fight and five minutes later, Feliciano walked back to the location and allegedly kicked the front door, breaking the glass. The victim claimed that the glass was worth about $400. Police said that Feliciano and the victim did not know each other but the incident occurred as a result of a fight they got into at the restaurant.

Thirty-one-year-old Gary D’Emilio was arrested for grand larceny last Thursday after he allegedly swiped jewelry from a victim’s apartment. Police said that the property’s value exceeded $1,000. Upon further investigation, police found that he was also responsible for three additional cases of grand larceny last year, but no other information about the incidents was available.

Three men were arrested in separate incidents last week for possession of K2, which is a synthetic cannabinoid.
Leon Durham, 29, was arrested for an unclassified violation of New York State laws last Tuesday at 9:51 a.m. at the corner of Sixth Avenue and West 25th Street. Police said that Durham was in possession of K2.
Thirty-nine-year-old Shafeer Rahmin was also charged with an unclassified violation of New York State laws last Wednesday at 9:53 a.m. in front of 45 West 25th Street after police found that he was allegedly in possession of K2 synthetic marijuana in public view.
Police arrested 21-year-old Andrew Desmond for criminal trespassing and an unclassified violation of New York State laws inside the Chase Bank ATM at 69 Fifth Avenue last Wednesday at 6:35 p.m. Desmond was allegedly sleeping inside a bank without permission to be there and had no bank card on him. After searching him, police found that he was also in possession of three bags of alleged K2.

Police arrested 44-year-old Patrick Bradley for possession of marijuana last Tuesday at 11:03 a.m. in front of 16 East 23rd Street. Bradley was allegedly smoking marijuana on a public sidewalk. Upon searching him, Bradley was also in possession of a bag of marijuana, police said.

Police arrested 56-year-old John Haigler for an unclassified violation of New York State laws at the corner of East 24th Street and Second Avenue last Friday at 10:05 a.m. Haigler was allegedly drinking a can of Colt 45 in plain view on the sidewalk.

Police arrested 36-year-old Steven Mykietyn for possession of a weapon at the corner of Union Square East and East 14th Street last Wednesday at 6:10 p.m. Mykietyn was allegedly in possession of a gravity knife that he had clipped to his pants in public view.

Police arrested two men for an alleged drug sale last Wednesday around 7:45 p.m.
Thirty-seven-year-old Kevin Williams was arrested in front of 149 East 23rd Street for intent to sell a controlled substance, sale of a controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance.
Oscar Turnage, 62, was arrested down the block in front of 145 East 23rd Street for sale of a controlled substance. Williams and Turnage allegedly sold a controlled substance to an undercover officer. Williams was also charged with resisting arrest and police said that he flailed his arms and attempted to run from the officers. He was also allegedly in possession of more of the controlled substance.

Thirty-year-old Maximillian Gonzalez was arrested for assault in front of 235 East 27th Street last Saturday at 2:05 a.m. Gonzalez allegedly struck the victim from behind, causing pain and swelling on his left eyebrow and temple. He was also charged with disorderly conduct.

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