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

SUBWAY ‘MUGGERS’ 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.

MAN ARRESTED FOR ‘UNLAWFUL IMPRISONMENT’ ON EAST 23RD
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.

‘TRESPASSERS’ ARRESTED IN STUY TOWN LOBBY, ONE WITH COUNTERFEIT CASH
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.

MAN ARRESTED FOR ‘SLASHING’ WOMAN ON WEST 23RD
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.

HOTEL EMPLOYEE BUSTED FOR ‘ROBBERY’
Police arrested 22-year-old Barry Hamadou inside the 13th precinct at 230 East 21st Street for burglary and robbery last Saturday at 3 a.m. Police said that Hamadou was in possession of an iPhone that was stolen during a robbery and he was positively identified as having committed a robbery at The Paul hotel inside 32 West 29th Street. Hamadou was allegedly in possession of a pair of scissors that police said he used to simulate a gun.
According to the District Attorney’s office, Hamadou, who works at the hotel, demanded money from the victim who was working at the front desk and when she said that she didn’t have any, he allegedly went behind the desk and took her cell phone.

MARIMEKKO EMPLOYEE ARRESTED FOR $38K ‘THEFT’ VIA FAKE RETURNS
Police arrested 38-year-old Benjamin Lamadrid for grand larceny inside Marimekko at 200 Fifth Avenue last Wednesday at 11:47 a.m. Police said that while Lamadrid was working at the store, he would pull up past cash sales, type a transaction number and do a fake return. At the end of his shifts, he would allegedly take money from the register and pocket it. Police said that Lamadrid took a total of $38,399.69 between October 30, 2014 and January 4.

MAN ASSAULTED WITH MUG WHILE EATING RAISINS
Police arrested 54-year-old Fernando Otero for assault inside 243 East 27th Street last Friday at 12:56 a.m. The victim said that he was eating raisins when Otero allegedly said to him, “Stop eating my raisins.” Police said that Otero then grabbed a ceramic coffee mug and hit the victim in the head, causing a cut to the back of his left ear.

TEEN ARRESTED FOR BASKETBALL FUNDRAISING SCAM
A teenager was arrested for fraudulent accosting in front of 39 Union Square West last Friday at 10:41 a.m. The teen was in front of the location soliciting money for a fake basketball team. She told police that a man from Brooklyn gives her the forms and she collects the money. Her name is being withheld due to her age.

TEEN ARRESTED FOR CAUSING ‘DAMAGE’ AT ACS FACILITY
Nineteen-year-old Troy Lugo was arrested for criminal mischief inside the Administration for Children’s Services Facility at 492 First Avenue last Saturday at 3:16 p.m. Police said that Lugo broke apart a bed at the facility and used it to smash a light fixture, valued at $500. Police said that the bed is valued over $100.

Assault suspect

Assault suspect

THUG PUNCHES SENIOR IN THE FACE
Police are on the lookout for a man who randomly punched a senior on the street on Monday, December 14.
The victim, a 67-year-old man, had just left the 14th Street train station at the corner of East 16th Street and Sixth Avenue, when the suspect walked up to him and punched him in the face.
The suspect, who is black (no further decription available), then fled the scene.
Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 800-577-TIPS or log onto nypdcrimestoppers.com.

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