Police Watch: Teen stabbed, traffic agent arrested for ‘scam’

TEEN ARRESTED FOR STABBING GOOD SAMARITAN
Police arrested a teenager for assault at the corner of Rutherford Place and East 16th Street last Monday at 11:49 a.m. Police said that the suspect stabbed the victim in his back. The victim told police that he was breaking up a fight when the teen stabbed him. The name of the suspect is being withheld due to his tender age.

NYPD TRAFFIC AGENT BUSTED FOR $38,000 ‘SCAM’
Police arrested 45-year-old traffic agent Johnny Phuong for grand larceny at the corner of Lexington Avenue and East 26th Street last Thursday at 8:30 p.m. Police said that Phuong made false promises to the victim about getting her a job and opening a business with her. The victim told police that she gave Phuong $38,000 at separate times. When Phuong allegedly told her that she needed to pay an additional $5,000, she became suspicious and contacted the police. Upon further investigation, police said that Phuong never released the money to the broker for the business and the broker had no knowledge of Phuong.

TEEN WITH BRASS KNUCKLES BUSTED FOR ASSAULT ON E. 17TH ST.
Police arrested a teenager for assault at the corner of Broadway and East 17th Street last Tuesday at 4:50 p.m. The boy was seen swinging at the victim and fleeing into the subway. The victim told police that the teen was in possession of brass knuckles. When he was stopped, he refused to be handcuffed and had to be taken to the ground, where he refused to put his hands behind his back. He then tried to throw the brass knuckles into the subway mezzanine, where police recovered them. He was also charged with resisting arrest, weapons possession and disorderly conduct.

WOULD-BE BIKE ‘THIEF’ NABBED AFTER FLEEING SCENE OF SEPARATE BIKE THEFT
Police arrested 48-year-old Jose Rivera for burglar’s tools at the corner of Union Square and East 16th Street last Wednesday at 1:46 p.m. Police said that Rivera was casing a number of bicycles on Broadway between 17th and 18th Streets repeatedly for about an hour, doubling back and forth to the same location. Rivera then left the location and secured his own bike at 14th Street and Union Square East and was seen walking back to the other location. He noticed that another person had been arrested nearby for attempting to cut a bike lock and allegedly attempted to flee the scene on foot. When he was stopped, police said that he was in possession of wire cutters commonly used to steal bikes.

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