Police Watch: Woman wanted for hot coffee assault, men behind ‘speakeasy’ busted

Assault suspect

Assault suspect

WOMAN WANTED FOR ASSAULT BY COFFEE
Police are looking for a woman who threw hot coffee at the face of a 45-year-old MTA bus driver at the intersection of Broadway and West 23rd Street on Tuesday. The scalding attack took place on St. Patrick’s Day, March 17 at 11 a.m.
The suspect is described as a female, white, mid 20’s with long hair.
Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 800-577-TIPS. The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers Website at nypdcrimestoppers.com or texting their tips to 274637(CRIMES) then enter TIP577.

PENNSYLVANIA FUGITIVE ARRESTED AT VA HOSPITAL
Last Tuesday, police arrested a man who allegedly hit a 16-year-old in the head, tied her to a motel bed and sexually assaulted her last June in Lehigh, Pennsylvania.
Michael Burdo, 58, was collared at the VA Hospital 423 East 23rd Street at 1:30 p.m. Police said that Burdo was to be extradited for Pennsylvania because a warrant was issued for his arrest on March 4 in Lehigh, charging him with aggravated assault, false imprisonment, aggravated indecent assault without consent, indecent assault, forcible compulsion, aggravated indecent assault-forcible compulsion and three counts of assault. Burdo was also charged with being a fugitive from another state.
A local Lehigh newspaper reported at the beginning of March that authorities were looking for Burdo after he missed a court hearing. The paper found that he had gone to New York to visit his sister instead of going to the hearing and overdosed on pills. He was brought to the VA Hospital and couldn’t be immediately removed because the hospital is on federal property.

MEN BUSTED FOR RUNNING ‘SPEAKEASY’ ON EAST 15TH STREET
Police arrested two people involved in an alleged illegal after-hours operation last Sunday at 1:35 a.m. inside 117 East 15th Street.
Guy Jacobson, 53, was allegedly running the illegal bar/nightclub at the location and selling alcohol without a license. Police said he’d been working the door at the entrance to the club, and was previously the owner of a bar called Belmont Lounge. The allegedly illegal club was in the basement of the former Belmont Lounge, according to the District Attorney’s office, who also said Jacobson owns the building but couldn’t produce an active State Liquor Authority license.
James Hill, 31, was also arrested for possession of a controlled substance, which police said was found after an inspection at the location.
Police said that there were 444 cans of beer, 66 bottles of beer and 158 bottles of liquor that were being sold to patrons, who were being charged $5 per beer and $8 for mixed drinks. Police recovered $2,331 at the premises.

CAB RIDER SCAMMED NEAR UNION SQUARE
A user on the website Reddit posted photos online of his encounter with a man who was scamming people with a fake taxi. Gothamist reported that the victim got a ride in the cab to Union Square last Thursday and the credit card machine in the backseat was broken.
When he handed his card to the driver, he noticed that there were two machines, one of which he said looked like a credit card skimmer. After seeing the second swiper, he also noticed that there was no information about the driver in the backseat and when he got out of the car, he saw that the medallion had been removed.
The Taxi and Limousine Commission told CBS that the car was likely a retired cab that was bought at an auction and had been seized twice, in 2006 and 2007.

MTA WORKER HALTS STABBING
Police arrested 27-year-old Donald Cheatham for assault and possession of a weapon inside the Park Avenue South/28th Street station last Sunday at 8:22 a.m. Police said that Cheatham slashed the victim with a folding knife on the back of the neck and right side of the head, causing cuts.
Gothamist reported on Sunday that an MTA worker had intervened in the fight between Cheatham and the 30-year-old victim, who were arguing about a phone in front of the MetroCard booth. Richard Singleton, who has worked for the MTA for 18 years, grabbed Cheatham’s arm, causing him to drop the knife, and Singleton said he got on top of Cheatham to hold him there until police arrived.

‘DRUG DEALERS’ BUSTED ON EAST 15TH
Police arrested two men involved in a drug deal in front of 105 East 15th Street last Tuesday at 2:20 p.m. Tony Ray, 29, was charged with the sale of marijuana and 25-year-old Lewis Emmerson was charged with the sale of marijuana and possession of marijuana. Police said that Ray and Emmerson sold marijuana to an undercover officer and Emmerson was allegedly in possession of more marijuana.

MAN ASSAULTED BY TEENS
Police arrested a teenager for assault at the corner of Second Avenue and East 28th Street last Sunday at 7:27 p.m. The victim told police that he was crossing the street when he was pushed to the ground and punched in the back of the head by four boys, causing substantial pain and swelling to his neck and head. Three of the boys were not arrested and the name of the teen who was arrested is being withheld due to his age.

‘BAIL-JUMPING’ ROLLERBLADER NABBED IN SUBWAY
Police arrested 21-year-old Ricky Cabrera for bail jumping inside the Union Square subway station at Union Square East and East 14th Street last Wednesday at 1:10 p.m. Police said that Cabrera was skating at a high speed on rollerblades inside a crowded subway station, creating a hazardous condition, swerving in and out of other people. When he was stopped, police found that he had an open warrant. Cabrera was also charged with an unclassified violation of New York State laws and disorderly conduct.

SENIOR ARRESTED FOR ‘PUNCHING’ EMS
Police arrested 65-year-old William Miller for assault at the corner of First Avenue and East 16th Street last Saturday at 10:57 p.m. Police said that Miller punched an EMS worker in the face, causing swelling. He was also charged with assault of a peace officer.

MEN ARRESTED FOR ‘XANAX’
Three men were arrested for drugs last Thursday at 6:36 p.m. on the corner of Union Square East and East 15th Street.
Jonathan Sehring, 29, and Keith Ronquillo, also 29, were charged with possession of a controlled substance and 43-year-old Unice Jinks was charged with sale of a controlled substance. Police said that Jinks sold Xanax pills to an undercover officer and Sehring and Ronquillo were allegedly in possession of a controlled substance.

MEN BUSTED FOR ‘LIGHTING UP’ ON SUBWAY
Police arrested several people for smoking inside the subway system last week, who were charged with unclassified violations of New York State laws.
Yan Rakhamimov, 25, was allegedly smoking a cigarette on the platform at the Union Square subway station last Thursday at 8:38 p.m.
Thirty-six-year-old Yomar Portalatin and 33-year-old Sainlouis Moore were arrested at the Union Square station last Saturday at 1:20 a.m. Portalatin and Moore were allegedly smoking on an uptown 6 train.

WOMAN NABBED FOR NYCHA ‘TRESPASSING’
Twenty-year-old Brianne Amaker was arrested for criminal trespass inside 344 East 28th Street last Friday at 12:52 a.m. Amaker was allegedly inside the public housing development without permission and police said that she was also on the 13th floor, arguing and acting aggressive towards one of the tenants.

TEENS ARRESTED FOR POT OUTSIDE STUY TOWN
Police arrested two teenagers for possession of marijuana at the corner of Avenue C and East 16th Street last Friday at 1:20 p.m. The teens were smoking marijuana inside the park in public view. The names of the teens are being withheld due to their age.

TEENS BUSTED FOR ‘BOOSTING’ BIKE SEAT
Nineteen-year-olds Matthew MacConnoran and Jean Pineda were arrested for petit larceny at the corner of Asser Levy Place and East 25th Street last Saturday at 11:49 p.m. Police said that MacConnoran and Pineda were trying to remove a bicycle seat from a bicycle that didn’t belong to them. MacConnoran was also charged with burglar’s tools.

FIGHT ON WEST 16TH ST.
Police arrested two people involved in a fight in front of 37 West 16th Street last Sunday at 11:42 a.m. Tristan Wilson, 32, and Pasqual Vargas, 62, were charged with assault. Police said that the two men got into a fight and both sustained injuries.

‘PANHANDLER’ ARRESTED ON 2 TRAIN
Sixty-year-old Cesar Bracamonte was arrested for an unclassified violation of New York State laws at the 14th Street and Seventh Avenue subway station last Wednesday at 12:15 p.m. Bracamonte was allegedly panhandling and asking for money after playing music on a downtown 2 train.

TEEN ARRESTED FOR BATHROOM FIGHT
Police arrested a teenager for assault last Monday at 11:19 a.m. inside the High School for Health Professions and Human Services at 345 East 15th Street. There was a fight and the boy who was arrested punched and kicked the victim, causing contusions and bruising. The fight took place inside the school’s bathroom and the teen attends the Institute for Collaborative Education High School. The teen’s name is being withheld due to his age.

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