Police Watch: Sex abuse at W. 28th St. hotel, Sephora ‘shoplifters’ busted

MAN ARRESTED FOR ‘SEX ABUSE’ AT HOTEL ON WEST 28TH ST.
Police arrested 41-year-old Francois Garand for sexual abuse inside Hotel Indigo at 127 West 28th Street last Saturday at 2:01 a.m. The victim told police that he met Garand through the app Grindr, and he went to the hotel room willingly after Garand invited him there for sex.
When the victim got to his room, he said that Garand began to drink and offered him drugs and alcohol. Garand then began to behave erratically and physically prevented the victim from leaving the room, police said. Garand then allegedly grabbed the victim, restrained him and took off his clothes. Police said that Garand also sexually abused him. When he tried to get away, Garand allegedly grabbed him by the throat, choking him and obstructing his breathing and then attempted to bind the victim’s wrists with bungee cords. The victim said that he told Garand he would have another drink. Once the victim could get near the door, he was able to run naked to the lobby, telling the staff to call the police. A small amount of alleged marijuana was recovered from Garand’s room.
In addition to sexual abuse, Garand was charged with obstruction of breath and circulation, unlawful imprisonment and possession of a controlled substance.

‘STREETWALKERS’ BUSTED ON EAST 25TH
Police arrested two women for prostitution in front of 160 East 25th Street last Thursday at 6:15 p.m. Teresa Mosallem, 26, and Jessica Springman, 31, allegedly agreed to have sex with undercover officers in exchange for $400.

‘RECKLESS’ BIKE RIDER ARRESTED
Police arrested 58-year-old James Cummings after he was recklessly riding a bicycle at the corner of Lexington Avenue and East 27th Street last Friday at 2:40 a.m. Cummings was allegedly riding a bicycle north against southbound-only traffic on Lexington Avenue and police said he then rode the bike onto the sidewalk in an attempt to flee the police. At that point, he allegedly threw the bicycle on the ground and ran south on Lexington Avenue, refusing to comply with orders from police to stop. Police said that when they caught up with him, he flailed his arms and tried to turn around to prevent being handcuffed. He was also allegedly in possession of a glass crack pipe with residue. Cummings was charged with resisting arrest, possession of stolen property, possession of a controlled substance, an unclassified administrative code violation and going the wrong way on a one-way street.

COUPLE CHARGED IN SEPHORA ‘ROBBERY’
Police arrested two people for a robbery inside the Sephora at 45 East 17th Street last Monday at 8:32 p.m. An employee at the store was working with an officer for another investigation and they saw Rubin Ortega, 41, entering the store via video surveillance. Ortega was allegedly working with 29-year-old Megan Murtagh and the pair started putting items from the store into their bag, police said. When an officer approached them, they tried to flee and both allegedly struggled to prevent being handcuffed. Police said that while trying to handcuff Ortega, he pulled out a knife while he fought with them, and he allegedly told them that he had to do what he had to do to feed his family.
In addition to robbery, Ortega was charged with resisting arrest and weapons possession, and Murtagh was charged with resisting arrest and possession of stolen property. Police said that Ortega and Murtagh were in a relationship.

NOT-SO-SNEAKY SNEAKER ‘THIEF’ BUSTED
Andres Suarez, 33, was arrested inside 122 Fifth Avenue last Tuesday at 12:27 p.m. for petit larceny and possession of stolen property. Suarez allegedly took a pair of sneakers from the store, attempted to conceal them in his jacket and left the store without paying.

WOMAN ARRESTED FOR CAUSING $1,000 IN ‘DAMAGE’ AT GOOD SHEPHERD
Twenty-year-old Asheley Craig was arrested for criminal mischief inside Good Shepherd Services, a residence for girls, at 337 East 17th Street last Tuesday at 6:01 p.m. Craig allegedly broke her room door by kicking it after getting upset over a room change, causing damages of $1,000. Police said she started getting violent, throwing food from the refrigerator to the floor, as well as throwing chairs and other items in the kitchen. EMS arrived at the scene and couldn’t control Craig, who then grabbed a spoon. Police approached her and told her she was under arrest, telling her to drop the spoon, but she allegedly started shouting that she wasn’t going to drop it and police said she put her hands in front of her face like she was ready to fight. As the officers managed to cuff her, she allegedly yanked out a chunk of one of the officer’s hair. Craig was also charged with resisting arrest.

SERIAL ‘SHOPLIFTERS’ BUSTED
Police arrested two people for shoplifting from Sephora at 33 East 17th Street last Wednesday at 1:55 p.m. A teenager and 22-year-old Norris Mingo were allegedly working with another person who wasn’t arrested to remove property from the store without paying for it. Police said that they followed the three around the store after confirming that they were wanted for previous crimes, but at the sight of the marked police vehicle they allegedly fled in different directions. The teen was busted at Third Avenue and East 14th Street after discarding some of the stolen items on the street while he fled and police said that Mingo ran towards Union Square Park, hiding in a janitor’s closet to avoid being arrested.
After searching the pair, police found that they were also in possession of property that was allegedly stolen from the Ralph Lauren store at 109 Prince Street.
The teen and Mingo were charged with petit larceny and two counts of possession of stolen property, and Mingo was also charged with criminal trespass. The teen’s name is being withheld due to his age.

MAN BUSTED IN UNION SQUARE FOR PHONE ‘THEFT’
Michael Pierre-Paul, 42, was arrested for grand larceny at the corner of Union Square East and East 14th street at 5 a.m. Police said that Pierre-Paul took the victim’s hat, which had fallen off his head, and removed a cell phone cable from the victim’s pants pocket. Pierre-Paul also allegedly removed an iPhone from the victim’s pocket and police said that he was in possession of a knife. Pierre-Paul was also charged with weapons possession and possession of stolen property.

FIGHT ON LEXINGTON AVE.
Police arrested two people involved in a fight in front of 129 Lexington Avenue last Sunday at 4:05 a.m. Christian Vargas, 22, and Andrew Cardenales, 23, were charged with assault. Police said that Vargas punched Cardenales, who was taken to Bellevue for treatment. Cardenales allegedly struck the Vargas in the neck with a metal object and police said that he was holding his keys, which were stained with blood.

‘DRUG DEALERS’ BUSTED IN UNION SQUARE
Police arrested 31-year-old Oleg Osinovsky and 23-year-old Charles Perich for possession of a controlled substance in front of 10 Union Square East last Friday at 3:38 p.m. Police said that Osinovsky and Perich were in possession of crack/cocaine and heroin, and Perich was in possession of alleged Xanax. Perich was additionally charged with intent to sell a controlled substance.

MAN ARRESTED FOR 2011 ‘BURGLARY’
Police arrested 22-year-old Brandon Bunch-Whyte for burglary last Saturday at 9:30 p.m. inside the 13th Precinct. Police said that Bunch-Whyte admitted to entering an apartment and removing property without permission. The alleged incident occurred in March 2011 at a residential building. Bunch-Whyte was charged in the 2011 burglary after he was arrested in Brooklyn last Saturday in an unrelated incident.

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