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.

BIKE ‘THIEF’ BUSTED ON BROADWAY
Police arrested 27-year-old Emanuel Ortiz for burglar’s tools, petit larceny and possession of stolen property in front of Paragon Sports at 867 Broadway and 18th Street, last Wednesday at 1:35 p.m. Police said that Ortiz was casing a bicycle and he allegedly clipped the bike lock with a pair of red pliers.

TWO TEENS NABBED FOR ASSAULTING ANOTHER GIRL AT GOOD SHEPHERD
Police arrested two teenage girls for assault inside the Good Shepherd Services residence at 337 East 17th Street last Wednesday at 12:41 a.m. Police said that the two teens assaulted another girl inside the group home. At 10 p.m. that night, they started harassing her by calling her a slut and started throwing things at her. The victim said that the other two girls also started punching her, causing bruising on the right side of her face and a cut to her right hand.

FORMER EMPLOYEE NABBED FOR RESTAURANT ‘BURGLARIES’
Twenty-year-old Devon Toney was arrested at the 13th Precinct for burglary and petit larceny last Friday at 1:30 p.m. Police said that Toney, who was a former restaurant employee, went into the restaurant while it was closed using a key on three different occasions, each time allegedly stealing $300 from the cash register in the dining room. On two other occasions, he also allegedly stole $400 and $1,000 from the cash bag stored in the office, which he entered by prying the door open, police said.

MAN ARRESTED FOR MULTIPLE ‘BURGLARIES’
Police arrested 43-year-old Ramon Jimenez inside the 13th Precinct for burglary and criminal mischief last Wednesday at 9:07 p.m. Jimenez allegedly opened a sliding door at a store and removed cash from one of the registers without permission. Police said that he left fingerprints on the glass window. He also allegedly broke into another location on a different day by breaking the lock. Police said that in that incident, he ripped the cash register off the table containing cash and fled to an unknown location.

MAN ARRESTED FOR ‘STEALING’ PHONE FROM COUNTER AT DUANE READE
Police arrested 53-year-old Mikel Watson for petit larceny and possession of stolen property inside the Duane Reade at 401 Park Avenue South last Wednesday at 7:39 p.m. The victim told police that she was paying at the register when she put her phone down on the counter. She said she realized she left the phone there immediately after walking out of the store so she went back to get it, but the phone was no longer there. Video surveillance showed that Watson had allegedly taken the phone and put it in his pocket. An employee at the store recognized him and said he might be a janitor who works nearby. Police did a canvass at 7 p.m., showing a photo of Watson to people walking by, and a doorman at 345 Park Avenue South said that Watson works as a cleaner in that building. Watson then walked into the building and allegedly told police that he had the stolen phone in his locker and had turned it off. Police said that video surveillance is available at the location.

MAN ARRESTED FOR POSSESSION OF KNIFE
Police arrested 38-year-old Steve Gutman for weapons possession and possession of marijuana at the corner of Union Square East and East 14th Street last Friday at 11:55 p.m. Gutman allegedly had an exposed clip that appeared to be the butt end of a knife clipped to his pants pocket and after further investigation, police found that he was in possession of an alleged spring-loaded knife, in violation of New York City Transit rules and regulations.

MAN ARRESTED FOR ‘THEFT’ AND CHECK ‘FORGERY’
Police arrested 25-year-old Aubrey Solomon for grand larceny and forgery at the 13th Precinct last Wednesday at 9:40 a.m. Police said that Solomon was in possession of six stolen checks, totaling $3,111. The checks belonged to someone else and police said they had been signed and cashed by Solomon without permission to do so.

7-ELEVEN ‘TRESPASSER’ ARRESTED
Police arrested 22-year-old Natwaldo Laventure for criminal trespass inside the 7-Eleven at 333 East 23rd Street last Monday at 8:50 p.m. Police said that Laventure jumped over the counter at the store.

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