Police Watch: Man killed on Park Avenue South, Arrest for Manhattan burglaries

MAN ARRESTED FOR MANSLAUGHTER
Police arrested 35-year-old Devon Givens for manslaughter on Tuesday in connection with an incident that took place in front of 432 Park Avenue South around 12:12 p.m. Police said that Givens got into an argument with the victim, 58-year-old Roger Balan, and punched the man in the head numerous times. The victim collapsed into a parked car and police found him unconscious and unresponsive at the scene. EMS also responded and transported him to Bellevue Hospital, where he was pronounced deceased. Witnesses said that Givens fled the scene on a bike, and police said that he was apprehended without incident in front of 60 Wall Street at 2:30 p.m. after he delivered a package.

SECOND MAN ARRESTED IN BURGLARY PATTERN
Police arrested 39-year-old Jesse Jones last Friday for multiple burglaries that have taken place throughout Manhattan since May. The incidents are part of a pattern in which two suspects entered commercial locations and removed laptops and other assorted electronics. Jones was charged with nine counts of burglary, as well as grand larceny and four counts of criminal possession of stolen property. Police said that Jones was arrested in connection with nine of the 13 incidents, including one on May 7 at 6 p.m. that took place at 270 Fifth Avenue, one on July 25 at 3 p.m. inside 10 East 33rd Street, one on July 27 at 6 p.m. inside 38 West 32nd Street and other incidents in the 19th, 20th, Midtown North and Midtown South precincts.
Tracey Mckeever, 27, was arrested for burglary last week in connection with an incident at West 46th Street, for which Jones was also arrested.
The investigation is still ongoing. Anyone with information in regards to these incidents 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 TIP577 and their tips to 274637(CRIMES).

MAN WANTED FOR ASSAULT AT DSW
Police are asking the public’s assistance identifying a man wanted for assaulting a police officer last Friday.
At 4 p.m., police responded to a 911 call of a shoplifter at DSW Shoes located at 40 East 14th Street. Upon arrival, responding officers were met by store officials who said that the suspect attempted to take several items from the store. Officers tried to arrest him when he began to fight with them. The suspect then punched one of the two officers in the face. All three continued to struggle, falling into one of the clothing racks. The suspect was able to get to his feet and flee the store. Both officers were taken to Lenox Hospital Healthplex, one officer with bruising to his face and the other with a complaint of pain from falling into the rack. The suspect is a black man with short braids wearing a yellow plaid shirt, brown hat and glasses.
Anyone with information in regards to these incidents 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 TIP577 and their tips to 274637(CRIMES).

WOMAN ARRESTED FOR ‘PROSTITUTION’ AT B.L. SPA
Police arrested 48-year-old Hong Xin Chen for prostitution inside B.L. Spa at 156 West 20th Street last Thursday at 5:30 p.m. Police said that Chen performed a massage on an undercover officer and allegedly agreed to perform sexual intercourse in exchange for $120.

MAN BUSTED FOR CAR ‘BREAK-IN’
Police arrested 36-year-old Roman Blaea for grand larceny auto in front of Bellevue Hospital last Monday at 6:02 a.m. Police said that Blaea intentionally broke the driver’s side window of a car to gain entry to the vehicle. Once inside, he allegedly broke the plastic housing around the steering column and shifted the lever in an attempt to steal the vehicle. Police said that he also stole property from the car and the damage done would cost more than $250 to fix. He was also charged with criminal mischief and possession of stolen property.

SEX OFFENDER ARRESTED FOR FAILING TO ‘REPORT’
Police arrested 67-year-old Leo White for an unclassified felony at 490 Second Avenue last Tuesday at 9:50 a.m. Police said that White, a registered level two sex offender, failed to report for his photo update every three years as required by New York State Corrections law and failed to notify the division of criminal justice of a change of address within 10 calendar days, as required by law.

MAN BUSTED FOR ‘THROWING’ BRICK AT STAPLES
Police arrested 29-year-old Sean Hronek for criminal mischief outside the Staples at 5 Union Square West last Friday at 7:54 p.m. A witness told the store manager that Hronek had been standing outside the store with a brick in his hand and allegedly threw the brick into the window intentionally, causing it to crack.

MAN NABBED FOR CANE ‘ASSAULT’
Thirty-year-old Jason Rozycki for assault at the corner of First Avenue and East 27th Street last Wednesday at 8:26 a.m. Rozycki allegedly hit the victim on the back of the head with his cane, causing a cut on the back of her neck. Police said that the victim refused medical attention at the scene.

MAN ARRESTED FOR ‘ASSAULT’ OF OFFICER
Police arrested 26-year-old Hasan Castillo for assault at the corner of East 14th Street and Union Square West last Friday at 10:14 a.m. Police said that Castillo was originally stopped for urinating in public. He attempted to walk away from officers and when police tried to stop him, he allegedly punched the officer on the left side of the face. Police said that he was also flailing his arms and he was also charged with resisting arrest. The officer suffered swelling, pain and redness to the left side of his face and a scratch on the right side of his neck. Police said that after he was handcuffed and placed in a Radio Motor Patrol, he tried to break the rear window of the vehicle by kicking the glass multiple times with his foot. He was also charged with criminal mischief.

MAN ARRESTED AT 7-ELEVEN FOR ‘THREATS’
Police arrested 31-year-old Michael Taperino for menacing inside the 7-Eleven at 395 Third Avenue last Sunday at 3:29 a.m. The victim, who is a 7-Eleven employee, said that he got into an argument with Taperino. During the argument, Taperino allegedly displayed a blade and threatened the victim with it.

MAN ARRESTED FOR ‘THEFT’ FROM UNCONSCIOUS VICTIM
Police arrested 58-year-old James Cummings for grand larceny last Saturday at 1:05 a.m. at the corner of Broadway and East 22nd Street. Police said that Cummings was seen casing out the victim, who was passed out on the ground. Cummings allegedly was able to remove the victim’s messenger bag and walked away with it and the victim’s phone. Cummings was also charged with possession of stolen property and burglar’s tools.

‘DISORDERLY’ TEEN ARRESTED AT UNION SQUARE MCDONALD’S
Eighteen-year-old Kayvon Wright was arrested inside the McDonald’s at 39 Union Square West last Monday at 5:42 p.m. When police arrived at the scene the manager of the restaurant told the officers that Wright was asked to leave but refused. Police said that they also asked Wright to leave multiple times and he refused their orders as well. He allegedly started behaving in a threatening manner, saying, “I will beat you up and take your handcuffs and cuff you with it.” His actions caused a crowd to gather and he was arrested for disorderly conduct.

‘FORGER’ BUSTED AT MARSHALL’S
Police arrested 48-year-old Oleg Zhornitskiy for forgery inside Marshall’s at 620 Sixth Avenue last Thursday at 11:20 a.m. Zhornitskiy allegedly returned and received a full cash refund for a pair of sunglasses that he had not purchased at that store.

WOMAN ARRESTED FOR ‘STIFFING’ SERVER AT TGI FRIDAY’S
Police arrested 51-year-old Irene Hutchinson for petit larceny inside the TGI Friday’s at 34 Union Square East last Thursday at 6:14 p.m. The manager told police that Hutchinson would not pay her bill. Hutchinson allegedly only had $3 and the bill was $38.42.

PAIR ARRESTED FOR ‘DRUG DEAL’ AT EAST 27TH AND FIRST
Police arrested two men in connection with a drug deal at the corner of First Avenue and East 27th Street last Wednesday at 9:03 a.m. Charles Josephson, 62, was charged with possession of a controlled substance and Tyrone Powell, 51, was charged with sale of a controlled substance. Police said that Josephson was seen purchasing alleged Clonazepam from Powell.

MAN ARRESTED FOR HOME DEPOT ‘THEFT’
Police arrested 54-year-old Stefano Bonventre for petit larceny inside the Home Depot at 40 West 23rd Street last Friday at 2:22 p.m. Police said that Bonventre removed butane, candles, tape, heavy duty duct tape, light bulbs, lavender foam dish soap, beige felt pads, Tide powder detergent, ratchet rope, wood spray and all-purpose cleaner from the shelves, placed the items into a blue reusable bag and attempted to leave the store without paying for the items.

ROBBERY AT WEST 28TH AND BROADWAY
Police arrested 26-year-old Shacarye Tims for robbery at the corner of Broadway and West 28th Street last Tuesday at 3:23 a.m. The victim said that he was with Tims on the corner when he realized that his $700 in cash and credit cards were missing from his wallet. Tims had allegedly stolen the items from him and when he asked her to return the cash and cards, police said that she maced him and fled on foot.

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