Police Watch: Subway ‘muggers’ busted, Stuy Town ‘trespassers’ arrested

Police arrested two men and a woman for allegedly attacking a straphanger during a robbery at the corner of Broadway and West 28th Street last Saturday. Eighteen-year-old Samantha Ruiz, 25-year-old Abdoulaye Sow and 25-year-old Abdoulaye Diallo were charged with robbery and assault. Police said that around noon, Ruiz followed the victim downstairs into the subway where she and the two men she was with allegedly forcibly snatched the victim’s wallet, and punched and kicked him. The blows caused injuries to his head, face, shoulders and back. Police said it was Ruiz who took the victim’s wallet and when she was searched, the wallet was allegedly found in her jacket, in addition to alleged marijuana and alleged cocaine. She was also charged with possession of marijuana and possession of a controlled substance. Police said that marijuana was also recovered from Sow’s pocket and he was charged with possession of marijuana.

Police arrested 56-year-old Bernard Butts for unlawful imprisonment and menacing inside 145 East 23rd Street last Friday at 5:40 p.m. Police said that Butts forced the victim into an apartment inside the building and threatened to shoot him if he didn’t comply. The victim said that Butts kept his hand in his pocket so it was unclear if the suspect actually had a weapon. The victim said that he was in fear for his life and didn’t feel that he was free to go at any point.

Twenty-year-olds Rafael Galarza and Jermaine Rivera were arrested inside the lobby of 250 First Avenue last Wednesday at 12:49 a.m. Stuy Town security officers told police that Galarza and Rivera were seen inside the lobby without permission and didn’t know anyone in the building. Police said Galarza opened and took items out of a brown box that didn’t belong to him. He was also in possession of 13 allegedly counterfeit 100 dollar bills and was charged with forgery, petit larceny and criminal trespass.
Police also recovered a small amount of alleged marijuana from Riviera, who was charged with criminal trespass and possession of marijuana.

Forty-year-old Kari Bazemore was arrested for assault last Wednesday at 11:10 p.m. inside the 13th precinct for assault and weapons possession. Police said that Bazemore slashed an unknown woman in the face while she was walking west on West 23rd Street last Wednesday at 5:50 a.m. The 24-year-old victim sustained a cut on her top and bottom lip and on the left side of her face. She was treated at Bellevue Hospital and received seven stitches for her injuries.
Bazemore was arrested after a man walking near St. Patrick’s Cathedral on Wednesday at 6 p.m. recognized Bazemore from surveillance video he had seen on television. The man called 911 and began to follow him. While he was following Bazemore, he came upon two mounted police officers and told them what was going on. The officers called for assistance and police from the Midtown North precinct took Bazemore into custody.

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