Police Watch: ‘Terrorist threats’ made at UN School, Equipment ‘theft’ from Beth Israel

Police arrested 44-year-old John Butler inside the 13th precinct last Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. for making terrorist threats. Police said that Butler made several threats towards students and staff on the street in front of the United Nations International School at Waterside Plaza. He allegedly said that he was God and that the school was evil.
Police said that he then made gun gestures with his hands and allegedly said that he was going to kill them and everyone in the school. He allegedly told the students that they were responsible for killing a Loyola student that died during a soccer game between the UN School and the Loyola school.
The Wall Street Journal reported on October 28 that 16-year-old Thomas Jakelich, a student at Loyola School on the Upper East Side, died after an injury at a boys’ varsity soccer game against the UN International School on Randall’s Island the previous Monday.

Twenty-year-old Imani McBride and 21-year-old Joel Alicea were arrested last Wednesday for allegedly swiping pricey medical equipment from hospitals, including Beth Israel.
According to the District Attorney’s office, McBride was seen on video surveillance entering an exam room at the Lenox Hill Healthplex at 30 Seventh Avenue while holding an empty bag on November 28, 2014 at 3:30 p.m. The DA’s office said that McBride left the exam room soon after with the same bag, now containing something bulky. An employee at the hospital told police that a heart rate monitor valued at $21,690 and an otoscope valued at $1,182 were missing from the room immediately after McBride left.
In an incident on October 30 of this year, McBride allegedly stole a heart rate monitor from an exam room at Beth Israel Hospital at East 16th Street and First Avenue. The DA’s office said that McBride could be seen on video surveillance entering an exam room around 11 p.m. and an employee told police that a heart rate monitor was missing soon after McBride left. Police said that a heart rate monitor was also missing from a Beth Israel exam room after McBride went in on November 3 at 2 p.m.
The District Attorney’s office said that Alicea and two other people who weren’t arrested entered Beth Israel Hospital around 11 p.m. on November 3. Alicea and the two other men allegedly entered a curtained exam area within one larger exam room, running out of a back exit of the exam area while carrying a large bag with bulky items. Police said that six heart rate monitors were missing from the larger exam room immediately after Alicea and the other men left.
Police said McBride admitted that it was him in several surveillance still photographs and he admitted that he knows Alicea from high school. Police noted that Alicea also admitted to knowing McBride from high school and admitted that it was him in surveillance photographs from the incident on November 3.

Police arrested 27-year-old Kinga Tabares for grand larceny, unauthorized use of vehicle and impaired driving at the corner of Third Avenue and East 26th Street last 12:33 a.m. The New York Post reported that the taxi driver had picked up Tabares and her friends up at Washington and Little West 12th Streets but they were so rowdy that the driver stopped at the 13th Precinct on East 21st Street to get the police. While he was inside the precinct asking for help, Tabares allegedly got into the driver’s seat and drove north on Third Avenue. Police said that they caught up with her because she stopped the car to vomit out the window of the taxi. Upon investigation, Tabares allegedly had a strong odor of alcohol on her breath and bloodshot eyes, and was allegedly combative with police. She was escorted to Bellevue Hospital and police said that she refused a Breathalyzer test.

Sixty-year-old Dennis Sims was arrested for criminal mischief, criminal trespass and an unclassified violation inside the Dunkin Donuts at 412 Third Avenue last Thursday at 6:07 a.m. Police said that Sims entered the store and broke the glass side window with his cane. Police said that he was also observed inside the location at 6 a.m. without permission to be there. He was asked multiple times by the staff to leave but he allegedly refused. Police said that he was also seen with an open bottle of Rolling Rock beer.

Police officers were alerted by a passerby to respond to East 15th Street and Union Square East last Saturday around 7:30 a.m. Upon arrival, officers discovered a 45-year-old unconscious and unresponsive man. EMS responded and pronounced the individual deceased on the scene. The Medical Examiner will determine the cause of death and the investigation is ongoing. Identification is pending family notification.

Fifty-year-old John Ingrassia and 44-year-old Elisa Cruz were arrested for performance of an obscenity and public lewdness last Friday at 11:16 a.m. in front of 317 East 17th/18th Street. Police said that Ingrassia and Cruz were having sexual intercourse on a public sidewalk. In the past month, two other couples have been busted within the confines of the 13th Precinct for getting frisky in public places. One alleged incident was in a building stairwell, the other the sidewalk on Irving Place.

Police arrested 22-year-old Stephen Mumford for petit larceny and possession of stolen property inside 215 Park Avenue South last Friday at 1:06 p.m. Police said that store security saw Mumford taking 26 containers of Haagen-Dazs ice cream from the freezer section before allegedly trying to leave the store with the items in his backpack without paying for them.

Police arrested 38-year-old Shawn Smith for grand larceny and forgery inside the Best Buy at 60 West 23rd Street last Monday at 7:37 p.m. An employee told police that Smith opened a Best Buy credit card at the store earlier that day and was approved for a $4,000 credit line. Police said that Smith used an invalid Florida state driver’s license with someone else’s name. The employee who approved Smith for the credit card failed to notify management about the out of state ID, which is their procedure for out of state IDs. Smith allegedly went back to the store about two hours later and purchased a MacBook and an Xbox with the credit card under the name on the invalid license. At the time of the purchase, management noticed that the ID didn’t look correct and the police were called. When police arrived, they ran the name on the card and it allegedly came back with a different physical description. Upon further investigation, police found that Smith was in possession of his real New York State ID, social security card and benefit card, as well as alleged marijuana. He was also charged with possession of marijuana.

Police arrested 36-year-old Wesley Murphy for robbery in the Duane Reade at 184 Fifth Avenue last Saturday at 2:20 p.m. The store manager told police that he saw Murphy removing items from the shelf and hiding them in his jacket and pants pocket. Store employees stopped him at the door because he hadn’t paid for the items and Murphy allegedly got into an argument with the employees. Police said that in the ensuing dispute, Murphy punched one of the employees in the face.

Police arrested 51-year-old Herman Young inside Hale & Hearty at 11 East 17th Street last Thursday at 12:22 p.m. for menacing and assault. The victim told police that she got into an argument with Young, who was a coworker. Young allegedly punched her in the face as a result of the argument, causing her right eye to swell and causing a small cut under her eye. Police said that Young then ran upstairs and grabbed a knife, threatening the victim with it.

Police arrested 51-year-old Laura Sheridan for criminal trespass last Tuesday at 12:26 a.m. inside an office building at 79 Madison Avenue. The night supervisor for the building told police that Sheridan has allegedly been entering the building since September every night from 11 p.m. to 6:15 a.m. Police said that she’s been using a key entry card to gain access to the building but nobody in the building knew that she had the key entry card. Police said that the operations manager at the building told them that Sheridan doesn’t have any authority to be in the building.

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