Police Watch: Home Depot employee ‘threatens’ shooting, Man arrested for ‘arson’

HOME DEPOT EMPLOYEE ACCUSED OF THREATENING COPYCAT SHOOTING
Police arrested 31-year-old Home Depot employee Rafael Borbon the day after he allegedly threatened a copycat attack of a shooting earlier this year at the store at 40 West 23rd Street. Borbon, who was charged with stalking and harassment inside the 13th precinct on Saturday, allegedly told one of his coworkers that he wanted to leave his job “how Calvin did,” in reference to Calvin Esdaile, another Home Depot employee who had fatally shot a manager at the store in January before killing himself.
According to the criminal complaint, Borbon first mentioned his idea last Wednesday and allegedly told a co-worker that he would do it “bigger and better” and would use an AK-47 instead of a handgun to shoot the store managers.
His co-worker said that they discussed Borbon’s alleged plan again last Friday.
“I thought about what we talked about before,” he reportedly said. “I’d like to do it. Except when I do it, they’ll need more ambulances and more priests.”
The co-worker told police that Borbon’s statements put her in fear for her personal safety and for the safety of her co-workers.
Borbon was arraigned on Sunday and released on his own recognizance. His next court date is on January 21 and a temporary order of protection was issued, prohibiting him from entering the store.

MAN ARRESTED AT SHELTER FOR ‘THREATS’
Police arrested 33-year-old Jamel Cobb for aggravated harassment last Wednesday at 1:15 p.m. inside the 30th Street Men’s Shelter at 400 East 30th Street. The victim told police that Cobb called her on November 16, and he allegedly threatened to come to her house and shoot her.

MAN ARRESTED FOR ‘ARSON’ IN FIRST AVENUE APARTMENT
Police arrested 57-year-old Christophe Gay for arson, reckless endangerment and criminal mischief last Friday at 9:54 p.m. at the corner of First Avenue and East 22nd Street. Police said that after arguing with his boyfriend, Gay destroyed property in their home that belonged to both of them, then set fire to property in their kitchen. He allegedly took a photograph of the remains and sent it via text message to his boyfriend with the message, “How do you like this?” The fire was deemed incendiary by the fire marshal.

MAN BREAKS WINDOW AT NO. 1 CHINESE RESTAURANT
Twenty-nine-year-old Jamel McMillian was arrested for criminal mischief in front of No. 1 Chinese Restaurant at 265 First Avenue last Friday at 12:12 p.m. An employee at the restaurant between 15th and 16th Streets told police that he asked McMillian to leave and when McMillian exited, he allegedly kicked the glass plate front window, causing it to break. The employee said that the window was valued at approximately $1,000.

TEEN ARRESTED FOR STOLEN IPHONE
Police arrested a teenager for petit larceny and possession of stolen property in front of the CVS store at 253 First Avenue last Saturday at 1:10 p.m. After stopping the teen and searching him, police found that he was in possession of an iPhone that wasn’t his. Police said that the teen is currently a student at the New Design High School at Essex and Grand Street and his name is being withheld due to his age.

MAN ARRESTED FOR ‘GROPING’ WOMAN
Police arrested 36-year-old Solomon Miller for sexual abuse inside Trevi Coffee Shop at 48 Union Square East last Wednesday at 9:17 a.m. The victim told police that while entering the deli, Miller allegedly grabbed her butt.

MAN BUSTED FOR STROLLER ‘THEFT’
Police arrested 41-year-old Michael Ballard for burglary and possession of stolen property last Wednesday at 3:44 p.m. inside 214 East 25th Street. Police were responding to a call in the area about a suspicious man on the block related to a recent burglary. Police saw Ballard walking away from where the incident occurred. The victim told police that Ballard had followed her into her building and claimed that he lived there. After he followed her inside, he allegedly walked out with her baby stroller. Police found Ballard after searching the area.

MAN ARRESTED FOR CD ‘FORGERIES’
Forty-year-old Vashon Watts was arrested for the manufacture of unauthorized recordings at the corner of Third Avenue and East 29th Street last Monday at 10:54 a.m. Watts was initially stopped for an alleged traffic infraction. Police said that he denied having identification and knowingly misrepresented his name and date of birth even when advised that doing so was a crime. Once he relented and produced his valid ID card, police found that his license was allegedly suspended. He was also in possession of 345 allegedly counterfeit CDs. Watts was also charged with forgery, impersonation of a public servant, an unclassified traffic misdemeanor and unlicensed operator.

MEN ARRESTED FOR SELLING ‘LOOSIES’
Police arrested two people last week for selling loose cigarettes, charging them with a violation of tax law and unlawful peddling.
Eric Johnson, 46, in front of 109 East 16th Street last Tuesday at 1:19 p.m. Police said that Johnson was selling untaxed cigarettes for cash on a public sidewalk and did not have a vendor license.
Police arrested 31-year-old Johnny Grima last Friday at 8:06 a.m. at the corner of East 14th Street and Union Square East. Grima was allegedly selling one pack of cigarettes on the sidewalk for cash without a vendor’s license.

TWO ARRESTED IN BROADWAY ‘DRUG DEAL’
Police arrested two people involved in a drug deal in front of 1165 Broadway last Thursday at 8:02 p.m. Alexis McGregor, 33, and Curtis Jones, 27, were both charged with possession of marijuana. McGregor was additionally charged with forgery and Jones was also charged with resisting arrest and sale of marijuana. Police said that McGregor was sitting in his car when Jones approached him and handed him a bag of alleged marijuana in exchange for cash. His temporary vehicle plate was also discovered to be altered and therefore invalid, police said.
When McGregor and Jones were stopped, Jones allegedly began spitting at officers and kicked at police to prevent the officer from placing him in handcuffs.

MAN ARRESTED FOR ‘DRUGS’ ON EAST 25TH
Nineteen-year-old Justin Rowe was arrested for possession of a controlled substance in front of 240 East 25th Street last Saturday at 11:19 p.m. Police said that Rowe was in possession of a quantity of alleged cocaine.

TURNSTILE ‘JUMPER’ BUSTED FOR ‘DRUGS’
Police arrested 31-year-old Miguel Fernandez for theft of services inside the Union Square subway station at Union Square East and East 14th Street last Wednesday at 9:10 a.m. Police said that Fernandez walked through the emergency exit gate in the station to avoid paying the fare and also remained in the station unlawfully. When he was searched, he was also found to be in possession of an alleged hypodermic needle and a small clear bottle of pills with no label or name on it, police said. He was also charged with possession of a hypodermic instrument, possession of a controlled substance and criminal trespass.

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