Alleged subway grinder messes with wrong straphanger

On Wednesday, September 23, cops arrested an alleged subway grinder who apparently targeted the wrong woman — an undercover transit police officer.

Police said it was at 5:50 p.m., when the female officer and a sergeant assigned to the Transit Manhattan Task Force Anti-Crime Unit, working in plainclothes, were on the southbound 4,5 and 6 line.

After they boarded a 5 train at Grand Central, a man, later identified as Javier Monroy, 39, also got on the train. As the train traveled to 14th Street, police said he made his way over to the officer. She then noticed as Monroy allegedly brushed up against her left hip and press his groin against her. The officer put her arm out to keep him away and once the train arrived at 14th Street and Union Square, she told her team that she’d been the victim of a sex crime. The cops then kept the train from leaving the station and identified themselves to Monroy as police officers.

Monroy of 1888 West 9th Street in Brooklyn has since been charged with forcible touching and sexual abuse 3.

Letters to the Editor, Sept. 24

Cartoon by Jim Meadows

Cartoon by Jim Meadows

In cases of bed bugs, just inspect the building

Recently, my Peter Cooper Village neighbor (who is in her nineties) discovered that her apartment has a bed bug infestation. She is now going through the same horrible situation that many others have gone through to exterminate bed bugs.

When I spoke to management about this situation and expressed my concerns over the possibility of bed bugs spreading to other apartments, I was informed that their policy is to inspect the two adjacent apartments and the apartment above and below the infested apartment. The Tenants Association Bed Bug Registry, which lists the building and floor (but not apartment number) where tenants have reported being infested, refers to this on their website ( as the Cloverleaf Inspection.

Several months before my neighbor’s apartment was infested, the apartment adjacent to my neighbor was inspected and she did not have bed bugs. That indicates one or both of the apartments above and below the apartment next to my neighbor’s apartment must have been infested with bed bugs. If management knows that there have been at least two instances of bed bugs in 531 East 20th Street in Peter Cooper Village, why are they not inspecting the whole building? There are many apartments in both Peter Cooper Village and Stuyvesant Town that are having bedbug infestation problems. Bed bugs go through the walls into other apartments.

On many websites that discuss bed bug problems it is recommended that caulking from the baseboard to the floor should be done in apartments that have bed bugs. To the best of my knowledge, management is not doing this simple procedure.

We are all in this together and the next apartment might be yours. We need management to give all tenants in Peter Cooper Village and Stuyvesant Town full disclosure on which buildings now have, or have had, bed bug infestations.

These entire buildings need to be inspected, which only involves a five-minute walkthrough by a trainer and a bed bug sniffing dog in each apartment. Caulking also needs to be done in apartments that are or have been infested. This is being proactive and saving all of us from going through the nightmare that our neighbor and many others are going through.

Sheila O’Connor, PCV

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