Police Watch: Woman arrested for hospital ‘burglary,’ Man arrested during SantaCon

Police arrested 25-year-old Elaina Polanco last Wednesday at 1:20 p.m. after she allegedly swiped drug facilitated sexual assault kits, which are used to determine if a victim has been drugged in connection with a sexual assault, from a medical examination room. The incident occurred on July 14 and the District Attorney’s office said that it happened at Beth Israel. Polanco was arrested for burglary and petit larceny.

Police arrested 25-year-old Thomas Aiello for assault at the corner of Broadway and West 29th Street last Saturday at 9:34 p.m. Two witnesses told police that Aiello had been arguing with the victim, who was his cousin. The victim had fallen on the ground and Aiello allegedly picked him up off the sidewalk and tried to get him to walk.
After the victim got up, police said that Aiello picked up a garbage can from the corner and threw it towards the victim. Aiello grabbed the victim by the shirt and allegedly punched him in the face, causing him to fall to the ground because he was knocked unconscious.
Police said the victim was taken to Bellevue Hospital with a contusion to the back of his head. At the scene, Aiello allegedly said, “I had no choice but to knock him out.”

Fifty-year-old Charles Bruno was arrested for assault inside Beth Israel Medical Center at 281 First Avenue last Saturday at 12:57 p.m. Police said that Bruno had posed as a guest of a patient at the hospital in order to gain access to another patient that he was acquainted with.
Bruno allegedly pulled of the patient’s medical monitors, alerting nearby hospital security and staff. When security entered the room, police said that the victim was holding Bruno back and when security attempted to remove him from the room, Bruno allegedly fought with the guard, resulting in cuts on his upper and lower lip. Police said that the patient Bruno had come to see did not sustain any injuries.

Police arrested 51-year-old Avery Simms for an unclassified misdemeanor in front of 25 West 27th Street last Thursday at 1 p.m. Simms was allegedly displaying and offering for sale three hoverboards in public for $350 each without a valid New York State DCA license.

Seventy-year-old David Black was arrested for assault in front of 77 Seventh Avenue last Sunday at 11:03 p.m. Police said that Black got into an argument with the victim and punched him in the face, causing a minor cut to the victim’s left eyebrow.

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Two men rob Stuy Town T-Mobile store at gunpoint

By Sabina Mollot

Police are on the lookout for two men who held up a Stuyvesant Town T-Mobile store at gunpoint on Sunday.

At December 13 at 3:30 p.m., the suspects walked into the store located at 322 First Avenue and East 19th Street. While one of them waved a gun around, the men ordered two employees and one male customer into a back room. The suspects then forced an employee to turn over 40 Apple and Samsung phones off a shelf as well as approximately $1500 in cash from a safe. Video surveillance shows the employee doing this as the customer is made to lie down on the floor nearby with his head down.

The first suspect is described as black, between 30 to 40 years-old, around 5 ft. 11 ins., approximately 270 lbs. and has facial hair. He was last seen wearing a dark grey hooded sweatshirt and blue jeans.

The other suspect is black, approximately 25 years-old, around 5 ft. 9 ins. and approximately 170lbs. He was last seen wearing a light grey hooded sweatshirt and dark pants.

UPDATE: A person who answered the phone at the store later told T&V employees weren’t supposed to speak to media about the incident. However, he did say that “Everything is back to normal and everyone’s okay, thank God.”

Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call Crime stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477).  The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime stoppers website at http://www.nypdcrimestoppers.com or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577.