MAN WANTED FOR STEALING LAPTOPS FROM OFFICES IN FLATIRON
Police are on the lookout for a man they believe to be behind a string of burglaries that occurred in Flatiron and midtown.
The pattern started on Monday, August 10, 2015 when at 7:52 a.m., an unidentified individual entered a building at 114 West 26th Street through the front door and stole laptops from various offices before fleeing.
He headed to The Open Sky at 18 West 18th Street on Thursday, August 20, at 7:30 p.m. and again swiped several laptops from an office. There was no forced entry reported.
On Thursday, December 3 at 7 p.m. an unidentified individual entered The Manhattan Media Management Office at 72 Madison Avenue and took two laptops and an Apple Mac desktop computer from the office without any forced entry reported.
The next building hit was located at 115 Fifth Avenue. There, an intruder broke a glass window and broke office doors to gain entry before fleeing with three laptops on Sunday, December 6, around 5 p.m.
An unidentified individual reportedly entered The Imax building located at 145 West 28th Street through the rear door and stole laptops and other electronic items from an office before fleeing on Friday, December 11 at 8 p.m.
At The Group SJR building at 22 West 21st Street, the burglar got in through the unlocked front door on Tuesday, December 29 at 6:49 p.m. He reportedly stole laptops and electronics items.
On Friday, February 12 at 6:50 p.m. The Reboot building at 152 West 25th Street was broken into by forced entry through the front door before three laptops disappeared from the office.
Police also received reports of an unidentified individual stealing laptops and an iPhone from offices in the 14th Precinct, also known as Midtown South, on various dates in October.
The individual is described as a black man last seen wearing a long-sleeved shirt, black pants, black shoes, a black cap and carrying a book bag. Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or logging onto the Crime stoppers website at nypdcrimestoppers.com. All calls are strictly confidential.
MAN BUSTED FOR 25 BAGS OF ‘POT’ ON FIRST AVENUE
Police arrested 27-year-old Trevor Hunter for reckless endangerment and possession of marijuana in front of a grocery store at 275 First Avenue last Thursday at 11:57 p.m. Police said that Hunter was operating an electric bicycle recklessly against traffic, going eastbound on a westbound street, and allegedly went through multiple red lights, causing a danger to motorists who had to brake and move out of the way. When police stopped him across the street from Stuyvesant Town and he was searched, he was allegedly in possession of 25 bags of marijuana and eight bags of marijuana candy.
COP BREAKS RIB, HAS LUNG PUNCTURED IN FLATIRON SCUFFLE
Police arrested 29-year-old Austin Simon for assault of a peace officer in front of Le Pain Quotidien on 931 Broadway in Flatiron last Tuesday at 4:19 p.m. Police said that they were trying to arrest Simon, who was wanted in connection with a previous incident, when he allegedly refused to be handcuffed and began to struggle with the detectives. Police said that they fell to the ground, causing an officer to suffer a broken rib and a punctured lung. Simon was also charged with resisting arrest. The officer was taken to Bellevue Hospital for treatment.
MAN ‘PUNCHES’ OFFICER AT BELLEVUE
Police arrested 37-year-old Siddiq Moore for assault of a peace officer inside Bellevue Hospital at 462 First Avenue last Tuesday at 5:15 a.m. Moore allegedly punched an officer in the face after the officer had removed Moore’s handcuffs to change his hospital gown. Police said that the assault caused a bloody nose.
MAN ‘PUNCHES’ SECURITY GUARD AT MOUNT SINAI BETH ISRAEL
Police arrested 27-year-old Terrance Blackman for criminal mischief inside Beth Israel Mount Sinai at 10 Perlman Place last Tuesday at 12:44 p.m. Police said that Blackman intentionally damaged a blood pressure machine by slamming it on the floor. The victim said that Blackman also allegedly punched a hospital security personnel in the face while he was standing at a post in the ER area of the hospital. Police said that there is no video available and there were no witnesses. The victim was treated at the hospital. Police said that Blackman has a psychiatric history.
MAN ‘ASSAULTED’ BY TWO LOVERS
Nineteen-year-old Stephanie Dorismond and 22-year-old Assata Thomas were arrested for assault inside 20 West 22nd Street last Tuesday at 3:38 p.m. Police said that Dorismond and Thomas, both intimate partners of the victim, went to his place of work (also Town & Village’s office building) to confront him about having a relationship with both of them at the same time. Thomas allegedly sprayed the victim in the face with pepper spray, causing severe irritation to his eyes while Dorismond punched him in the face multiple times.
HOMELESS MAN HIT WITH CHAIR IN UNION SQUARE PARK
Police arrested 27-year-old Hasan Castillo after the victim, a homeless man, told police that two unknown men confronted him and one of them, Castillo, attacked him. It was last Friday at 12:30 p.m. when the victim said they approached him as he sat near the fountain in Union Square Park. They told him that he wasn’t allowed to use the blankets that were next to him and they began arguing. Castillo then allegedly hit the victim with a chair, causing cuts to his left cheek, forearm and elbow. The victim was treated at Beth Israel Hospital.
MAN ‘THREATENS’ TO CUT VICTIM ON THIRD AVENUE
Police arrested 31-year-old Michael Taperino for assault last Monday at 301 Third Avenue at 23rd Street, which is home to an Amalgamated Bank. Taperino allegedly pulled out a sharp object and threatened the victim by stating, “I’ll cut you.” Police said that a search revealed that Taperino was in possession of a screwdriver.
MAN NABBED FOR PHONE ‘STOLEN’ IN STARBUCKS
Police arrested 35-year-old Francisco Montes for grand larceny and possession of stolen property last Thursday inside the 13th Precinct at 12:58 a.m. The victim told police that she had left the Starbucks at 25 Union Square West last Wednesday around 7:30 p.m. and realized when she got home that her phone was gone. The District Attorney’s office said that surveillance video from Starbucks showed Montes taking the victim’s phone when she got up from the table and walked away briefly. When she realized that her phone was missing, she tracked it and then called it. Montes allegedly answered and said, “You locked your phone, I was going to call you.” The victim arranged to meet Montes to recover the phone and police arrested Montes after he handed it over.
MAN ARRESTED FOR ‘MENACING’
Police arrested 21-year-old Jerron Blencowe for weapons possession, menacing and an unclassified misdemeanor in front of 193 Third Avenue between 17th and 18th Streets last Sunday at 4:29 a.m. Police were directed to the location because of a 911 call about a physical fight with a knife involved. When they arrived, the victim and multiple witnesses pointed to Blencowe and said that he had tried to break a window at the location and he allegedly had a knife.
Police said that Blencowe then fled on foot and refused to stop but he was apprehended a couple blocks away and allegedly flailed his arms and rolled his body, refusing to be handcuffed. Police said that a switchblade was recovered from his pocket after he was searched, and he had allegedly threatened the victim, telling him that he had a knife and was going to slice him up. Blencowe was also charged with resisting arrest.
‘PROSTITUTE’ ARRESTED AT WEST 28TH ST. SPA
Police arrested 35-year-old Kim Hwa for prostitution inside Studio 28 Spa inside 166 West 28th Street last Tuesday at 6:35 p.m. Police said that Hwa agreed to have sexual intercourse with an undercover officer in exchange for cash.
MAN ARRESTED FOR ‘ASSAULT’ AT BOXER’S BAR
Police arrested 23-year-old Terrance Patton for assault inside Boxer’s Bar at 37 West 20th Street last Thursday at 1:31 a.m. Patton allegedly punched the victim in the chest and stomach, causing pain. The victim refused medical assistance at the scene.
WOULD-BE BIKE ‘THIEF’ BUSTED ON BROADWAY
Police arrested 55-year-old Anthony DeOliveira for burglar’s tools and petit larceny last Friday at 4:43 p.m. outside Paragon Sports at 867 Broadway. Police said that DeOliveira was casing a bicycle that was secured to a bike rack with a lock outside the location. He allegedly displayed a pair of wire cutters and attempted to cut the lock and take the bike without permission.