Police Watch: Man wanted for Q train groping, Convicted killer arrested in Union Square for ‘groping’

Groping suspect

Groping suspect

MAN WANTED FOR GROPING WOMAN ON Q TRAIN
Police are looking for a man who groped a 54-year-old woman on a downtown Q train near Union Square last Sunday at 7:22 a.m. According to Gothamist, the victim was sitting on the train when the man sitting next to her reached over and rubbed his hand on her leg. She said that the suspect then fell asleep and she took a photograph of him before she got off at Union Square. The suspect is described as 25 to 30 years old with an afro. He was last seen wearing a black jacket with grey sleeves, grey jeans and black sneakers.
Anyone with information in regards to either of these incidents is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). Tips can also be submitted by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website or by texting TIP577 and tips to 274637 (CRIMES). Commuters can also report incidents of improper sexual misconduct online.

CONVICTED KILLER BUSTED FOR ‘GROPING’ WOMAN
Transit police arrested 48-year-old Phillip Smalls for forcible touching and sexual abuse in the Union Square station around 8 a.m. last Thursday, The New York Post reported. Police said that Smalls rubbed against a 22-year-old woman on a downtown 4 train.
The Post noted that Smalls had recently served 25 years in prison for second-degree murder after fatally shooting a man in Astoria in 1986 and has been serving lifetime parole since being let out in 2013.
Jennifer Rosario, a member of the Transit Manhattan Task Force Anti-Crime Unit who was one of the officers who caught Smalls, was given a special MVP award by Police Commissioner Bratton earlier last week.

WOMAN ARRESTED FOR ‘ASSAULTING’ HOMELESS MAN
Thirty-two-year-old Sandra Zelazny was arrested for allegedly shoving a 70-year-old homeless man into the tracks at the Union Square subway station last Wednesday, The New York Daily News reported. The man was shoved following an argument, although it was not clear what they were arguing about. Police said that Zelazny pushed the man onto the 6 train’s tracks and then boarded the train, where she was later arrested after the man identified her as his attacker. Zelazny was charged with felony assault on a victim 65 years or older and reckless endangerment, and she had a court appearance this past Monday.

WOMAN ARRESTED AFTER ‘DRUNK DRIVING’ ACCIDENT
Police arrested 24-year-old Brianne Espinal for intoxicated driving and an unclassified traffic infraction at the corner of the FDR and East 23rd Street last Saturday at 7:46 a.m. Police were responding to the scene at East 23rd Street and the FDR Service Road because of a vehicle accident.
Police said that Espinal was seen driving the car and when a Breathalyzer was conducted, Espinal allegedly blew a .112. Police said that Espinal had bloodshot eyes and an odor of alcohol of alcohol on her breath. She allegedly told officers, “I had a few drinks.” A highway Intoxicated Driver Testing Unit (IDTU) test revealed that Espinal allegedly had a blood alcohol level of .116. No injuries were reported as a result of the collision.

MAN BUSTED FOR ‘CRACK’ SALE ON EAST 26TH
Police arrested 39-year-old Sheron Shabazz for sale of a controlled substance and intent to sell a controlled substance in front of 207 East 26th Street last Tuesday at 4:10 p.m. A plainclothes officer was sitting inside a car in front of the building when another man allegedly approached Shabazz and did a hand-to-hand transaction, exchanging alleged crack cocaine for cash. Police said that when they approached Shabazz, he discarded the alleged crack cocaine and walked east on East 26th Street. When he was arrested, he was found to be in possession of alleged crack cocaine.

SENIOR NABBED FOR ‘ASSAULT’
Seventy-year-old Charles Brunner was arrested for assault inside the Prince George Hotel at 14 East 28th Street last Wednesday at 12:34 a.m. Police said that the victim was talking with Brunner in the common area when Brunner allegedly punched him in the head twice. EMS treated the victim and there is video available of the incident.

MAN ARRESTED AFTER RENT DISPUTE WITH TENANT
Police arrested 35-year-old Xiaoming Huang for assault and criminal mischief last Wednesday at 9:19 a.m. in front of 831 Sixth Avenue. The victim said that she got into an argument with Huang over rent when he allegedly grabbed her by her right wrist, causing bruises and pain. Police said that Huang also stepped on her right foot, causing a cut and bleeding to her toe. The victim said that Huang also intentionally damaged her shoe rack, valued at $30.

MAN BUSTED FOR WALLET ‘THEFT’ AT BARBOUNIA
Police arrested 52-year-old Paul Neal last Wednesday at 8:39 p.m. inside Barbounia at 250 Park Avenue South for grand larceny. The manager told police that he saw Neal take the victim’s wallet out of her purse. Neal was stopped by the manager in the bathroom of the restaurant where he allegedly had the wallet in his hands. Police said that he gave the manager the wallet but when he was told to place his hands behind his back, he allegedly refused and resisted arrest. Neal was also charged with possession of stolen property, resisting arrested and a public administration unclassified misdemeanor.

‘THIEF’ BUSTED AT FIRST AND EAST 23RD
Police arrested 51-year-old Johnny Davis for burglars tools at the corner of First Avenue and East 23rd Street last Thursday at 4:58 p.m. Police said that Davis removed a tire from a bike without permission and when he was searched, he was allegedly in possession of burglar’s tools, a crack pipe and a switchblade. Davis was also charged with petit larceny, weapons possession, possession of stolen property and possession of a controlled substance.

‘TRESPASSERS’ BUSTED IN NYCHA BUILDING
Eighteen-year-old Renne Laurel and 34-year-old Robert Williams were arrested inside 244 East 28th Street last Thursday at 11:51 p.m. for criminal trespass. Police said that Laurel and Williams were inside the first floor stairwell of the NYCHA building. When they were asked what they were doing there, one of the men allegedly stated, “We don’t live here, we was just smoking a joint.”

MEN BUSTED FOR ‘FORGED’ CREDIT CARDS
Twenty-year-old Derrick Inniss and 23-year-old Azzam Inniss were arrested for grand larceny and forgery last Friday at 2:25 a.m. Police said that the two men ordered drinks from a nearby bar and allegedly used two forged credit cards to pay for them. Derrick Inniss allegedly fled the scene and was stopped outside 397 Third Avenue. Police said that he was in possession of eight additional fraudulent credit cards, one fraudulent driver’s license and two marijuana cigarettes. He was also charged with possession of marijuana. Azzam Inniss was caught outside 210 East 29th Street after he also allegedly attempted to flee and police said that he was in possession of a fraudulent credit card.

SERIAL SEPHORA ‘SHOPLIFTER’ BUSTED
Police arrested 31-year-old Mario Azevedo for burglary, petit larceny and criminal trespass last Friday at 10 a.m. inside the 13th precinct. Police said that Azevedo strolled into the Sephora location at 45 East 17th Street on February 27 and 28 and was allegedly casing the location. Police said that Azevedo is not permitted to be inside any Sephora for a period of five years as per a trespass notice signed and provided to him on January 28 after he was arrested at a Sephora location for alleged shoplifting. Police said that in the incident on February 28, Azevedo took two fragrances off the shelves and attempted to leave with them without paying.

MAN BUSTED FOR ‘FALSE’ REPORT
Police arrested 21-year-old Syed Ahmed for filing a false report last Friday at 7:13 p.m. inside the 13th Precinct. Ahmed allegedly told police that he was robbed at knifepoint while he was driving a cab but upon further investigation, he allegedly admitted that he was lying and that the offense didn’t occur.

MAN ARRESTED FOR ‘DRUG SALE’ NEAR SCHOOL
Police arrested 28-year-old Jayquan Hamilton for sale on school grounds, sale of a controlled substance and possession of marijuana at the corner of East 15th Street and Second Avenue last Sunday at 5:45 p.m. Police said that Hamilton handed off a quantity of a controlled substance with an undercover detective in exchange for cash. Police said that Hamilton was in possession of marijuana and the sale allegedly took place within a thousand feet of a school.

MAN BUSTED FOR ‘STEALING’ LAPTOP FROM FORMER JOB
Police arrested 26-year-old Joshua Bach for grand larceny last Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. inside the 13th Precinct. Bach allegedly told police that he was in possession of an Apple MacBook Air without permission.
Police said that he was told to leave a work laptop at the office after he was fired from a position at Sign Post Company at 127 West 26th Street, but apparently he didn’t. Police said that he was called and emailed multiple times by someone at the office who requested that he return the computer and he allegedly said that he didn’t have it. However, police said that in a video interrogation, he admitted that he was in possession of the laptop.

MAN ARRESTED FOR SALE OF ‘LOOSIES’
Police arrested 36-year-old Carey Fogarty for unlawful peddling and violating tax law at the corner of First Avenue and East 14th Street last Wednesday at 4:50 p.m. Police said that Fogarty was selling loose cigarettes.

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