Police Watch: Body found near NYU Langone, ‘Mugger’ arrested on East 23rd

BODY FOUND IN STORM DRAIN NEAR NYU LANGONE
This Tuesday around 11:39 a.m., police found an unconscious man inside a storm drain near East 33rd Street and First Avenue. The man was unconscious and unresponsive, police said. EMS soon arrived and pronounced the man deceased at the scene. The Medical Examiner will determine the cause of death and the investigation is ongoing. Police are withholding the man’s name pending proper family notification.

‘MUGGER’ ARRESTED ON EAST 23RD
Police arrested 33-year-old Bryan Fuge for robbery in front of 23 East 23rd Street last Saturday at 9:16 p.m. Police said that Fuge followed a woman along the sidewalk and when she entered a dimly lit area he allegedly charged at her and forcibly snatched her pocketbook, causing the strap to break. Police said that Fuge fled east, which wound up being towards four plainclothes officers.
An officer then identified himself by stating, “Police, don’t move,” and Fuge yelled and allegedly lowered his shoulder, ramming into the officers. Police said that he resisted arrest by shoving, striking and writhing around while maintaining possession of the bag. Police said that Fuge is a suspect in two other robberies in the 13th and 17th precincts and was currently on parole. He was charged with robbery, criminal possession of stolen property and resisting arrest.

WOMAN ARRESTED FOR ‘SWIPING’ PURSE AT PARK AVE. SOUTH AND EAST 22ND
Police arrested 31-year-old Jenea Osborne at the corner of Park Avenue South and East 22nd Street last Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. for grand larceny and possession of stolen property. The victim told police that she was eating a salad with her friend when someone came up to her and told her that he saw her bag get taken. She said that she had an iPad inside her bag. A witness told police that he saw Osborne walk into the store with a man who was behaving in a disorderly manner and he saw Osborne take the victim’s bag. The witness said that the man who was with Osborne left the store and came back briefly to make sure that no one was following her.
Officers later searched the area and put a description on the radio. Two officers were canvassing the uptown 6 train station and stopped Osborne since she fit the description. Police said that prior to the stop, they witnessed Osborne throw the black handbag into the train tracks. The witness made a positive ID of Osborne when she was arrested. The victim told police that she didn’t see her bag get taken but when the bag was recovered she said that it was hers.

MAN ARRESTED FOR ‘GROPING’ WOMAN ON 4 TRAIN
Police arrested 41-year-old Francisco Garcia at the Union Square subway station for sexual abuse last Friday at 12:18 p.m. Police said that Garcia was on a downtown 4 train, allegedly rubbing and pressing his groin area against the victim’s buttocks and hip multiple times.

MAN OFFERING FREE HUGS ARRESTED FOR PREVIOUS ‘ASSAULT’
Police arrested 24-year-old Jermaine Himmelstein for assault at 10 Union Square East last Thursday at 10:45 a.m. Police said that Himmelstein was seen in Union Square holding a “Free Hugs” sign. He was arrested for an alleged assault that took place previously in the 14th Precinct. Police said that he told them, “I know I got aggressive again. I was hitting the woman the other day.”

MAN ARRESTED FOR BIKE ‘THEFT’ IN STUYVESANT TOWN
Police arrested 23-year-old Jose Perez for grand larceny in front of 309 Avenue C last Monday at 10:13 p.m. Stuyvesant Town security told police that Perez and another person he was with who wasn’t arrested were using a pair of pliers, or clippers, to break the chain lock off of a motorized bicycle. The man who wasn’t arrested drove off on the bike and security stopped Perez. The suspect was arrested after police saw the alleged pliers on the ground near the location of the incident. Police said that the bicycle was worth $1,400.
“This is what we do. We steal these bikes because we know they cost over $1,000 dollars and I can get like $600 for them automatically. I’m still gonna get my money though,” Perez allegedly told police.

PACKAGE ‘BURGLAR’ BUSTED ON WEST 20TH
Police arrested 35-year-old Carlos Figueroa for burglary inside 9 West 20th Street last Wednesday at 10:29 p.m. Police said that Figueroa was seen casing several commercial and residential buildings in the area and began ringing several doorbells at the West 20th Street building in order to gain entrance unlawfully. Once inside the building, he allegedly took a package that was inside without permission and attempted to leave.

TWO MEN ARRESTED FOR ‘ATTACK’ IN TRAFFIC
Nineteen-year-old Arturo Hernnandez and 20-year-old Benny Morel were arrested at the corner of Second Avenue and East 26th Street last Friday at 7 p.m. Police said that the two suspects attacked the victim while he was in traffic at the intersection. Morel allegedly punched the victim and bit him on his right arm, causing redness and soreness. Police said that Hernnandez threw his bike at the victim’s windshield, causing it to shatter. Hernnandez was charged with criminal mischief and Morel was charged with assault. Police did not have any additional information about what caused the initial dispute.

MEN ARRESTED IN ROCK FIGHT
Police arrested 48-year-old Jose Velez and 20-year-old Ayoub Benarba for assault on East 26th Street between Third and Lexington Avenues last Tuesday around 3 p.m. Police said that Velez and Benarba were throwing rocks at each other, causing cuts on their hands. Police said that Velez also pushed Benarba to the ground and Benarba allegedly punched Velez in the face.

MAN ARRESTED FOR ‘MARIJUANA’-FILLED SCOOTER
Police arrested 22-year-old Yusufu Jalloh last Monday at 11:17 a.m. in front of 1181 Broadway at 28th Street and charged him with resisting arrest, reckless endangerment, possession of marijuana and disorderly conduct. Police stopped him while he was driving a scooter on Broadway, allegedly against traffic. After he was stopped, police found that he was allegedly in possession of 17 small bags of marijuana and three large bags of marijuana that were inside his scooter seat. Police said that Jalloh fled, running through the streets and causing multiple vehicles to almost crash. Police caught up with him where he was throwing his property under cars and allegedly resisting arrest while police were trying to handcuff him.

MAN ARRESTED FOR LAPTOP ‘THEFT’ FROM NONPROFIT
Police arrested 46-year-old James Welcome for grand larceny last Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. inside the 13th Precinct at 230 East 21st Street. Police said that Welcome and another person who wasn’t arrested were seen on video surveillance stealing two laptops from inside 305 Seventh Avenue at the offices for Services for the Underserved on July 30.

‘TRESPASSER’ ARRESTED ON EAST 27TH
Police arrested 36-year-old Steven Peterson for criminal trespass and possession of marijuana last Wednesday at 12:42 p.m. inside 125 East 27th Street. Police said that Peterson was seen inside the location without permission and entered through a side door that was open for contractors.
Peterson was allegedly inside a restricted area of the office where only managers are permitted. Police said that he also went to the roof top bar, which was closed at the time, and refused to leave after the victim told him to.
Police said that he was also in possession of one bag or marijuana that was inside his left pants pocket.

SKECHERS EMPLOYEE ARRESTED FOR ‘FALSE’ RETURNS
Police arrested 26-year-old Jashua Colondres for grand larceny inside Skechers at 15 Union Square West last Wednesday at 2:35 p.m. Police said that Colondres, an employee, was falsifying returns of items that the store did not have. He would allegedly take money out of the register and put it in his pocket while processing a false return. When loss prevention investigated the issue, they found that the items were never returned to the store and Colondres allegedly processed $2,559.79 worth of returns.

PHONE ‘FENCER’ ARRESTED IN UNION SQUARE
Police arrested 55-year-old Kelvin Dunbar for burglars tools and fraudulent accosting at the corner of Union Square East and East 16th Street last Wednesday at 3:57 p.m.
Police said that Dunbar was attempting to sell Samsung Galaxy phones to passing pedestrians. When he was stopped, police found that the phones were allegedly counterfeit and not Samsung phones. He allegedly admitted to police that he buys them for $80 and sells them for $150.
Police said that Dunbar purchased the phones from a known illegal fencing location.

WOMAN ARRESTED FOR ‘MENACING’ AT WEST 23RD ST. DUANE READE
Police arrested 43-year-old Veronica Rogers for weapons possession and menacing last Thursday at 2:10 a.m. inside 71 West 23rd Street. When Rogers entered the Duane Reade store, an employee asked her to leave, at which point Rogers allegedly pulled out a box cutter and walked towards the victim in a menacing manner. Police did a canvass of the area and found Rogers on the corner of 21st Street and Fifth Avenue.

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