Police Watch: Protesters arrested, One protester assaulted

DOZENS ARRESTED IN UNION SQUARE PROTEST
Police arrested almost 60 people throughout the 13th precinct in connection with the Freddie Gray protests in and around Union Square last Wednesday evening.
Arrests took place at various intersections and streets throughout the precinct, including Broadway and East 17th Street, Broadway and East 20th Street, Park Avenue South and East 23rd Street, Union Square West, West 26th Street, Fifth Avenue and Sixth Avenue and West 24th Street from 6:30 p.m. through 10 p.m. The 57 people arrested were charged with at least one count of disorderly conduct and many were charged with two counts. Police said that they gave multiple orders for the crowds to disperse and for protesters to stop blocking vehicle traffic on the street, and those who allegedly refused were arrested.
Two of the people arrested were also charged with assault.
Khalil Vasquez, 24, was arrested at East 20th Street and Broadway at 8:15 p.m. He allegedly refused Sergeant McCarrer’s orders to return to the sidewalk and police said that he punched the sergeant in the head. Vasquez was charged with assault, resisting arrest and two counts of disorderly conduct.
Amador Rivas, 58, was arrested at East 17th Street and Broadway at 6:30 p.m. and was charged with assaulting a peace officer, resisting arrest and three counts of disorderly conduct.

MAN ARRESTED FOR ‘ASSAULT’ OF PROTESTER
Police arrested 49-year-old Savario Pugliese for assault and criminal mischief at the corner of Seventh Avenue and West 21st Street last Wednesday at 9:17 p.m. The victim told police that she was walking north on Seventh Avenue when an argument occurred between her and Pugliese. She told police that she put her camera in front of Pugliese’s face, trying to take a picture of him, when he allegedly shoved it back into her face, causing redness on her nose and causing the camera to fall to the ground, cracking the screen.

TEEN BUSTED FOR DUANE READE ‘THEFTS’
Seventeen-year-old Erick Oleaga was arrested inside the 13th Precinct last Monday at 2:30 p.m. for petit larceny. Police said that Oleaga shoplifted from multiple Duane Reade locations in the last month, including the store at 71 West 23rd Street on April 6 and March 27, 873 Broadway on March 29 and April 14, and 401 Park Avenue South on March 29 and April 11.

‘BURGLAR’ BUSTED
Police arrested 25-year-old Luke Terry at the 13th precinct last Tuesday at 1 a.m. for burglary. Police said that Terry broke into the victim’s apartment without permission and removed a credit card, ID card and iPad. Terry was also charged with possession of stolen property.

TEEN NABBED FOR ‘ASSAULT’
Eighteen-year-old Dominque Etheridge was arrested for assault last Tuesday at 9:55 a.m. Etheridge allegedly punched and kicked the victim inside a school bathroom on March 16, causing contusions and bruises to the victim’s face and body. Another person was arrested previously in connection with this incident.

ARRESTS FOR ALCOHOL
Police arrested 58-year-old Mark Alexander for a violation of New York State laws at the corner of Second Avenue and East 29th Street last Tuesday at 10:24 a.m. Alexander was allegedly drinking an open container of alcohol (a 200 ml bottle of Georgi Vodka) in open view to the public on the sidewalk.
In a separate incident, police arrested 61-year-old Marvin Hill at the corner of Lexington Avenue and East 28th Street last Wednesday at 3:21 p.m. Hill was allegedly holding an open 24-ounce Steel Reserve beer can in open view to the public.

MAN BUSTED FOR ‘METHADONE’
Billy Ramirez, 62, was arrested for possession of a hypodermic instrument and possession of a controlled substance last Tuesday at 2:05 p.m. in front of 350 East 30th Street. Captain Brendan Timoney informed Police Officer Michael Migliore that Ramirez was seen with a loaded hypodermic needle on a public sidewalk and Ramirez is not a diabetic. After Ramirez was searched by Department of Homeless Services police, he was allegedly found in possession of two hypodermic needles with alleged heroin residue, as well as a pill container with no label containing a red liquid that smelled like fruit punch and was known to be methadone.

ASSAULT NEAR MADISON SQUARE PARK
Police arrested 31-year-old Adrian Holliday for assault in front of 46 Madison Avenue last Tuesday at 3:10 p.m. Police said that Holliday punched the victim in the face, breaking his nose.

MAN ARRESTED FOR ‘URINATING’ NEAR STRAUSS HOUSES
Ace Sharma, 26, was arrested for a violation of health code in front of the Strauss Houses at 224 East 28th Street last Wednesday at 2:49 a.m. Sharma was in front of the NYCHA building and was allegedly urinating on the sidewalk. Police said that he had no identification on him when he was stopped.

BETH ISRAEL EMPLOYEE ASSAULTED
Nancy Johnson, 54, was arrested for assault inside the Mount Sinai Beth Israel Medical Center 281 First Avenue last Thursday at 6:42 a.m. Police said that Johnson bit an employee in the left bicep while he was restraining her and trying to prevent her from leaving the hospital.

EMS WORKER ASSAULTED ON WEST 27TH
Police arrested 42-year-old Michael Sewell for assault of a peace officer in front of 127 West 27th Street last Thursday at 10:18 p.m. Sewell was being treated as an aided case when he allegedly jumped on the EMS worker and attacked him, causing cuts and pain to the victim’s left elbow and right shin.

CYCLIST AND DRIVER DISPUTE ON BROADWAY
Police arrested 39-year-old Diamond Dabo for assault at the corner of Broadway and West 25th Street last Thursday at 2:35 p.m. The victim told police that he was eating lunch at Country Hill when he saw a van trying to park in front of his bike. The vehicle was having trouble getting into the spot because the bike was in the way.
The victim came out of the restaurant and got frustrated with Dabo, the driver, and said, “I’m just trying to have my lunch.” He told police that he and Dabo then got into an argument and Dabo allegedly punched him in the head, causing injuries to his forehead.

MAN ARRESTED FOR CELL PHONE ‘THEFT’
Twenty-year-old Dewayne Tripp was arrested for grand larceny and criminal mischief at the corner of Sixth Avenue and West 21st Street last Friday at 1:47 a.m. Tripp was in a cab with the victim when they got into an argument and while they were fighting, Tripp allegedly grabbed the victim’s cell phone and left the cab, attempting to run south on Sixth Avenue. Police said that Tripp then threw the phone to the ground and attempted to get into a second cab before he was stopped by police. The phone was recovered and it was found to be damaged.

ASSAULT ON EAST 27TH
Thirty-year-old Charles Haynes was arrested for assault last Saturday at 3:08 a.m. in front of 150 East 27th Street. Haynes got into an argument with the victim and allegedly punched him in the face, causing swelling and a cut near the victim’s right eye.

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