Police Watch: ‘Mugger’ arrested at 30th St. Shelter, Bank robbery in Flatiron

ARREST AT SHELTER FOR ROBBERY
On June 5, Cecil Richardson, 55, was arrested at the shelter at Bellevue on East 30th Street with police believing him to be behind multiple muggings in midtown.
According to the criminal complaint:
On April 10, he allegedly robbed a man on 60th Street and East End Drive by putting his hand on the victim’s shoulder while demanding money.
Then on May 3, at 590 Fifth Avenue, he allegedly menaced and mugged another victim.
On May 23, in front of 79 East End Drive, he allegedly told another mark, “I can be a violent person,” before fleeing with the victim’s cash.
On May 24, there was another alleged mugging at 48th Street between Park Avenue and Lexington.
On May 29, in front of 20 East 49th Street, he allegedly told the next person, “You don’t want to get hurt,” before fleeing with the victim’s money.
On June 3, he warned another victim at 550 Lexington Avenue, “Don’t run or I’ll hurt you.”
An arresting officer also said he saw Richardson approach three men aggressively at another midtown location, by pinning one of them against the wall. When he saw the officer, he fled. According to the complaint, Richardson told cops “people might misconstrue” his actions “as aggressive.” However, he added, “These people give me money.”
Bail has been set at $100,000. His next court date is set for June 11.
His attorney, Danielle Iredale, declined to comment.

MASSEUSE BUSTED FOR ‘PROSTITUTION’
Otilia Ceserta, 44, a masseuse at Wood Spa at 133 Lexington Avenue, was arrested on June 5 for prostitution. Ceserta, while giving a massage to an undercover officer, allegedly agreed to engage in oral sex for $200.

Bank robbery suspect

Bank robbery suspect

BANK ROBBERY IN FLATIRON
Police are asking the public’s assistance identifying the suspect wanted for robbing an HSBC Bank at 145 Fifth Avenue and 21st Street.
On Friday, June 5, at 11:10 a man armed with a gun walked into the bank and demanded cash from the teller. The teller complied and the suspect fled with an undetermined amount of money.
The suspect is described as white, in his mid-thirties, 5’9” tall and weighing 180 pounds.
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 texting tips to 274637(CRIMES) then enter TIP577.

DEFIANT TRESPASSER ARRESTED
Roger Smith was arrested on June 5 at around 6:30 p.m. at 444 Second Avenue, where he doesn’t live, but apparently wouldn’t leave. Security personnel at the building told police Smith walked in and refused to leave, then proceeded to smoke a cigarette. He also allegedly had a strong odor of alcohol on him and was harassing tenants. Police said that after they arrived, he still wouldn’t agree to leave and then threatened officers, causing further alarm to tenants.

‘BAG SNATCHER’ CAUGHT BY GOOD SAMARITANS
Carlos Baez, 43, was arrested on June 1 for allegedly swiping a woman’s bag and fleeing the scene. He was however chased down by good Samaritans, though he tried to struggle away from them, police said. At one point, he dropped his benefits ID card which was recovered by police. Police added that Baez has also been arrested for an April incident in which he allegedly swiped a bag off a chair at the Union Square Starbucks. The address of the more recent arrest was not available.
However, according to a criminal complaint, Baez has been accused of three bag snatching incidents in April, all of which took place in the Gramercy area.

POT ARRESTS
Police made numerous drug-related arrests this week. Below are a few samples.
Miguel Vargas, 38, was arrested on June 2 at Mount Sinai Beth Israel at 281 First Avenue for an alleged sale of a controlled substance. Police said he’s also done this before on March 17, March 25 and April 24.
Arhan Pohen, 53, was allegedly seen smoking a joint on a sidewalk outside 27 Madison Avenue, on June 3.
Adam Bezer, 35, was allegedly seen by an officer smoking pot from a pipe in public view at 38 West 26th Street, on June 3.

POT BUSTS AT UNION SQUARE
An undercover detective made several busts on drug-related charges on June 3 at East 15th Street and Union Square. Joanne Horr, 19, was arrested for allegedly selling a controlled substance. David Sinsky, 37, and Keith Ronquillo were arrested for the same thing. Jonathan Caldwell, 26, was charged with intent to sell and was allegedly in possession of a large quantity of marijuana.
In a separate incident on June 3, Igor Gartenflys, 25, was arrested at 10 Union Square East when a police officer saw that he allegedly had a gravity knife in plain view. Upon searching him, an officer also found pot, police said.
On June 4, Wilmer Bustos, 34, was arrested at East 14th Street and Union Square East after he was seen allegedly in possession of K2, synthetic marijuana in public view.

MENACING WITH KNIFE
Two men were arrested in separate incidents for allegedly menacing people with a knife.
Robert Baster, 54, was arrested on June 4 at 43 West 24th Street after allegedly being seen waving a knife around at passersby at 23rd Street and Sixth Avenue. Police made the arrest after being flagged down by a witness who identified Baster. Cops said he resisted arrest.
On June 7, Michael Jones, 52, was arrested after allegedly pushing a woman and waving a knife around while screaming obscenities at her. No injuries were reported.

POT ARRESTS ON E. 28th ST.
Michael Romain, 34, was arrested at 14 East 28th Street for allegedly selling pot. Police said he also resisted arrest when an officer told him to put his hands behind his back.
Police also arrested Papomer Sow, 43, on June 4 at the same location for allegedly buying pot. He was also charged with bribery of a public administration official, although details weren’t available on the alleged bribe attempt.

MAN ARRESTED FOR SLEEPING AT BANK
Williams Hicks was arrested on June 5 at around 4 a.m. for trespassing when he was found sleeping on the floor of the Chase Bank at 225 Fifth Avenue in the ATM area. Police noted that the bank does have signs prohibiting trespassing and loitering. Hicks was also found to have two open warrants.

PHONE TOSSER
On June 1 at 9:30 in the morning, Angeleena Morales, 22, was arrested for allegedly throwing a woman’s cell phone out the window and punching her in the face. It wasn’t clear where the incident took place, but Morales was arrested for assault and criminal mischief at the 13th Precinct.

LOOSIE SALE ON E. 28th ST.
Luis Benitez, 62, was arrested on June 2 at 10 a.m. after he was seen allegedly selling a loose cigarette at 344 East 28th Street. Police also said he has an open warrant.

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