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.

WOULD-BE BIKE ‘THIEF’ BUSTED
Police arrested 55-year-old Michael Wiggins for petit larceny in front of Paragon Sports at 867 Broadway last Monday at 11:15 a.m. Police said that Wiggins was seen near the store attempting to steal an orange bicycle that was locked to a bike stand and he allegedly stated numerous times that the bike belonged to him and that he had locked it there at 7:30 that morning. However, Paragon Sporting Goods had a camera facing the bike stand and police said that the video showed someone else locking up the bike at 10:30 a.m. the previous Friday.

PAIR ARRESTED FOR ‘FAKE’ SPORTS TEAM DONATIONS
Police arrested 21-year-olds Stephen Sardintta and Tyrell Guy for fraudulent accosting inside the Union Square subway station last Friday at 5:50 p.m. Sardintta and Guy were on the uptown platform for the 4/5/6 train and were allegedly soliciting money for a fake basketball team. They allegedly said that a guy from Brooklyn gives them the forms for $5 and he collects the money.

TWO MEN ARRESTED FOR ‘TRESPASSING’ IN E. 28TH ST. BUILDING
Sixty-year-old Dennis Dupree and 54-year-old Christopher Wallace were arrested for criminal trespass last Friday at 10:14 p.m. inside the Nathan Strauss housing complex at 224 East 28th Street. Dupree and Wallace were allegedly inside the lobby of the building, where neither is a resident.

MAN ARRESTED FOR ‘DAMAGE’ BY GARBAGE CAN
Police arrested 38-year-old Faundo Barrios for criminal mischief at the corner of Park Avenue South and East 28th Street last Saturday at 11:10 p.m. Barrios allegedly threw a garbage can into the victim’s vehicle for no apparent reason, causing more than $250 in damage. Police said that he flailed his arms and yelled at officers when they tried to place him under arrest, and had to be wrestled to the ground by police. Barrios was also charged with resisting arrest.

MAN BUSTED FOR LAPTOP ‘THEFT’
Police arrested 61-year-old Jimmy Jones for burglary last Wednesday at 12:30 p.m. inside the 13th Precinct. Jones was allegedly captured on video surveillance entering a commercial office on February 13 during non-business hours and taking an Apple laptop without permission. After he was read his rights, police said that he admitted to the incident and had identified himself on a wanted poster.

TEEN NABBED FOR ‘TRESPASSING’ ON UNION SQUARE TRAIN TRACKS
Eighteen-year-old Brandon Cowans was arrested for criminal trespass inside the Union Square subway station at Union Square East and East 15th Street last Tuesday at 11:45 a.m. Police said that Cowans turned himself in because he was allegedly caught on video surveillance walking on the roadbed tracks without permission. Police said that there are signs in the station that say no trespassing.

MAN AND WOMAN ARRESTED FOR ‘TRESPASSING’
Police arrested 32-year-old Ryan Hurley and 28-year-old Marsha Murota for criminal trespass inside 3 West 15th Street last Sunday at 6:59 p.m. Police said that Hurley and Murota entered an abandoned apartment through an open second floor window and remained there without authority or permission.

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