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.

Police arrested 47-year-old Jose Gonzales inside the 13th Precinct last Tuesday at 3:30 p.m. for burglary and petit larceny. Police said that Gonzales stole things at 220 East 24th Street on September 23.

Police arrested 63-year-old Ahmed Galal for forgery and possession of stolen property at the corner of Fifth Avenue and West 25th Street last Wednesday at 4:35 p.m. Police said that Galal was seen in possession of and operating a mobile food cart that had previously been reported stolen within the First Precinct. He was also allegedly in possession of a forged food cart permit.

Police arrested 48-year-old Felix Ruiz for grand larceny and possession of stolen property in front of 247 Third Avenue last Saturday at 12:05 a.m. Ruiz was allegedly pilfering the contents from a purse while standing on the sidewalk, and police said that he kept the contents of the bag and then discarded the empty bag.
Upon investigation, police found that Ruiz had allegedly swiped the purse from a local bar. The contents of the purse included multiple credit cards and cash. After searching him, police found that he was allegedly in possession of several of the victim’s items in his front right pocket. Police did not have further information about where the purse was stolen from.

Police arrested 27-year-old Jonathan Johnson inside a bodega at 245 Fifth Avenue at 28th Street last Friday at 11:16 p.m. for arson and possession of a controlled substance. Police said that Johnson was found barricaded inside the bathroom of the business. Before officers were able to open the door, they said that there was a smell of burning paper coming from the bathroom and water was being poured onto the floor. When officers gained access to the bathroom, they found that he was in possession of alleged crystal meth and a pipe.

Two men were arrested for drunk driving on Lexington Avenue on the same night in separate incidents.
Marc Lussier, 29, was arrested for intoxicated driving in front of 71 Lexington Avenue last Saturday at 6:05 a.m. Police said that he was seen behind the wheel of a car with a strong odor of alcohol on his breath, bloodshot eyes and slurred speech. He was taken to the Seventh Precinct, where he allegedly blew .114 on a Breathalyzer.
Police arrested 25-year-old Jonathan Jaramillo for criminal mischief and intoxicated driving in front of the deli at 97 Lexington Avenue on Saturday at 2:47 a.m. Jaramillo was inside the store and allegedly damaged property there. Police said he then drove to East 26th Street and Park Avenue South and after he was stopped and taken to the Seventh Precinct, allegedly blew a .108 on a Breathalyzer.

Police arrested 27-year-old Thomas Critelli for criminal mischief in front of 15 East 15th Street last Sunday at 4:17 a.m. A witness told police that Critelli, who was intoxicated, banged on a glass window and caused it to crack.

Police arrested 52-year-old Wigberto Villanueva for petit larceny and possession of stolen property inside the CVS across from Stuyvesant Town at 253 First Avenue last Thursday at 2:04 p.m. Villanueva allegedly took merchandise off the shelf and hid them in his coat pocket, then left the store without paying. Police said that the items were valued at $99.90.


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