Man arrested after crashing taxi, injuring other driver on 1st Ave.

Ilir Kuka was arrested after allegedly driving off in the cab he’d been riding in, going the wrong direction and hitting a minivan. (Pictured) Emergency responders at the scene (Photo by Steve Kaufman)

Ilir Kuka was arrested after allegedly driving off in the cab he’d been riding in, going the wrong direction and hitting a minivan. (Pictured) Emergency responders at the scene (Photo by Steve Kaufman)

By Maria Rocha-Buschel

Police arrested 25-year-old Ilir Kuka for crashing a taxi into a minivan in front of Stuyvesant Town, injuring the mini-van’s driver. Kuka was not a cabbie, but allegedly drove off in the cab he’d been riding in after getting into an argument with the driver, only to go in the wrong direction, causing the accident.

The driver said he’d picked Kuka up in his taxi last Tuesday on Third Avenue between East 10th and 11th Streets around 10:30 p.m. Not long after the driver picked him up, they began to argue, and both men got out of the car. When the driver got out, he left the keys in the ignition and Kuka then allegedly got into the cab and drove away.

The driver said that Kuka drove north on Third Avenue towards East 14th Street, allegedly hitting a woman’s car on the passenger’s side just south of East 14th, causing a large dent. The woman said that he continued driving and she saw him turn right from Third Avenue onto East 15th Street, traveling in the wrong direction on the road.

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Police Watch: CVS shoplifter arrested near Stuy Town, Off-duty officer assaulted

STUY TOWN PUBLIC SAFETY OFFICER HELPS NAB SHOPLIFTER WHO FLED IN CAB
Police arrested 25-year-old Jonathan Immitti for petit larceny and possession of stolen property last Tuesday at 5:59 p.m. An employee of the CVS at 275 Third Avenue said that she saw Immitti taking 35 packages of over-the-counter medication from the shelf and placing them in his pants so she immediately informed the store manager.
The manager tried to stop Immitti from leaving but the suspect allegedly fled the store without paying and hailed a cab. The store manager saw the cab’s medallion number, which was put out on the radio and Stuyvesant Town’s Public Safety department heard the transmission. Not long after, a Public Safety officer saw the cab at East 16th and Avenue C, where he stopped the cab but Immitti allegedly fled on foot. The officer canvassed the area and Immitti was arrested shortly after.
The District Attorney’s office said that Immitti pleaded guilty at the arraignment to petit larceny and was sentenced to 15 days jail.

TWO ARRESTED IN ASSAULT OF OFF-DUTY OFFICER
Police arrested two people in front of the Gansevoort Park Avenue Hotel at 420 Park Avenue South last Sunday at 7 a.m. Reginald Legaspi, 21, and Pena Kumsiri, 27, allegedly punched an off-duty police officer in the face, causing serious pain and facial bruising. Police said that during the assault, Legaspi and Kumsiri took the officer’s gun from its holster. Kumsiri also allegedly punched another unknown person in the face. Legaspi and Kumsiri were both charged with gang assault and Kumsiri was charged with an additional count of assault. The officer’s gun was later recovered.

WOMAN ARRESTED FOR ‘STEALING’ $20,000 WORTH OF HANDBAGS
Nineteen-year-old Michelle Mendoza was arrested for grand larceny and possession of stolen property inside the 13th Precinct on Wednesday at 11:30 a.m. Police said that Mendoza stole the victim’s designer handbags valued at over $20,000. It wasn’t clear where they’d been allegedly taken from.

MAN BUSTED FOR PHONE ‘THEFT’ AT FLATIRON CLUB
Police arrested 25-year-old Anthony Williams for petit larceny and possession of stolen property inside the 40/40 club at 6 West 25th Street last Sunday at 2:13 a.m. Williams was seen on video allegedly taking a cell phone from the counter in the unisex bathroom while the victim had her back turned. Police said that Williams never attempted to give the phone to any authority figure. After the victim reported that her phone had been taken, the general manager of the club watched the surveillance video and approached Williams, demanding that the phone be returned. Williams allegedly said that there wasn’t anything that he needed to give back and the manager responded that he would be calling the police. At that point, Williams allegedly went to the table where he was sitting and retrieved the phone from another woman.

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