COP SHOOTS KNIFE-WIELDING MAN IN APARTMENT ON FDR DRIVE
A police officer shot a man on Tuesday after responding to a call about an emotionally disturbed person at 911 FDR Drive. Police arrived at the scene just after midnight, but by then the man had left the location and fled to 765 FDR Drive near East 8th Street. A sergeant and a police officer in uniform assigned to Police Service Area 4 arrived at 765 FDR Drive and headed to the sixth floor, where they believed the man ran to. Once on the sixth floor, the officers heard a loud commotion on the seventh floor and went up to investigate. The officers went to an apartment on the seventh floor, where they encountered a 25-year-old man armed with a knife. After repeated calls for the man to drop the knife, police said he advanced towards the officer in a threatening manner. The sergeant then fired his gun, the single shot striking the man in the chest. EMS responded and took the man to Bellevue Hospital in stable condition and he was arrested. Both officers were taken to Beth Israel Hospital for evaluation. A knife was recovered at the scene and the investigation is ongoing. The man’s name has not been released.
MAN ARRESTED FOR ‘ASSAULT’ IN UNION SQUARE
Police arrested 22-year-old Gage Quinones last Friday at 7:45 a.m. for an assault that took place on November 5, 2015 at the corner of Union Square East and East 16th Street. The victim told police that he felt a hard object hit him in the back of the head. When he turned to face the direction of the blow, he reported that Quinones was standing there holding a brick and the suspect allegedly used the brick to hit the victim in the face as well. Police said that the assault caused the victim to suffer cuts on his head and face, as well as four broken bones, swelling and substantial pain.
Quinones was also previously charged with assault in October 2014 after he allegedly mugged someone in Union Square. That incident took place at the same intersection and police said that Quinones punched a man who was talking on the phone, causing him to drop it, after which he allegedly grabbed $100 in cash from the victim’s pocket as well as his phone from the ground.
‘AGGRESSIVE’ MAN ARRESTED, TASERED AT BELLEVUE
Michael Martin, 24, was arrested and eventually Tasered after he allegedly attempted to break into a car in front of Bellevue Hospital at 495 First Avenue last Saturday at 2:29 a.m. A hospital police watchman said that Martin was attempting to open the door of a parked vehicle and when the watchman approached him, Martin allegedly became aggressive. Police told Martin to sit on the curb but he allegedly took off running across First Avenue against oncoming traffic. Police confronted Martin in the causeway opposite from where he was arrested and said that he was told repeatedly to get on the ground a put his hands behind his back. Martin allegedly refused and instead tensed his arms to avoid being handcuffed. He was brought to the ground and allegedly started to flail his arms and legs, which police said necessitated the use of a Taser to place him under arrest. Martin was charged with resisting arrest, disorderly conduct and an unclassified public administration misdemeanor.
MAN ARRESTED FOR ‘THEFT’ AT BELLEVUE
Police arrested 53-year-old Michael Copeland for grand larceny last Monday at the 13th precinct last Monday at 1 p.m. Copeland allegedly entered an unlocked office inside Bellevue Hospital at an earlier date and removed an employee’s bag, containing a Dell laptop, as well as the victim’s wallet, which contained two credit cards and a debit card.
POLICE LOOKING FOR MAN BEHIND BANK ROBBERY SPREE
Police are looking for a man they believe responsible for a string of bank robberies in Manhattan, including two within the 13th Precinct.
The alleged pattern started when the suspect walked into the Chase Bank at 611 Avenue of the Americas (between 17th and 18th Streets), on Tuesday, November 24, 2015 around 11:45 a.m., approached a teller and demanded money. The teller complied and the suspect fled with an undetermined amount of money.
On Tuesday, January 12 at approximately 9:35 a.m., the suspect returned to the same bank, and demanded money. Again, the teller gave him the cash and he fled the scene.
Last Friday at 1:10 p.m., the suspect demanded cash at the Wilshire Bank at 308 Fifth Avenue between 31st and 32nd Streets. However, this time the teller did not comply and suspect fled without any loot.
At 3 p.m. that same day, he demanded cash from a teller at the Chase Bank at 941 Lexington Avenue and 69th Street. This time he was successful and ran. Just five minutes later, the suspect held up a teller at the HSBC bank located at 1165 Third Avenue and 68th Street, and fled with more cash.
There were no reported injuries during any of the incidents. Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 800-577-TIPS.
MAN BUSTED FOR IPHONE ‘SNATCHING’
Police arrested 55-year-old Diakaridia Diabate for grand larceny last Tuesday at 11:31 a.m. in front of the Promenade Bar and Grill at 344 Third Avenue. Diabate allegedly snatched the victim’s cell phone from his hand and left the scene. While the victim was chasing Diabate, police said that he dropped the phone. Police tracked him down at the Third Avenue location and Diabate was arrested.
WOMAN BUSTED FOR HAIR SALON ‘THEFT’
Police arrested 23-year-old Alma Hernandez for burglary and theft last Thursday at 11:50 a.m. inside the 13th precinct. Hernandez allegedly entered the Alini Hair Salon at 11 West 25th Street on December 11, 2015 without permission and swiped $1,820 worth of products from the business.
‘MENACE’ ARRESTED ON WEST 21ST
Police arrested 33-year-old Charles Cleveland for menacing in front of 156 West 21st Street at 8:41 p.m. last Thursday. Cleveland got into an argument with the victim regarding one vehicle cutting off the other. Police said that Cleveland then stepped out of his car, reached into his trunk and pulled out what appeared to the victim to be a silver gun. The victim said that Cleveland went back to his car and allegedly pointed the weapon at the victim, saying, “How would you feel if someone put a bullet in your head right now?” The victim said that the incident placed him in fear of his safety. No firearm was recovered from the scene.