Police Watch: Man arrested for ‘assaulting’ cop, ‘Robbery’ at Sprint store

MAN WITH SCREWDRIVER ARRESTED FOR ‘ASSAULTING’ COPS IN UNION SQUARE
Sixty-year-old Leon Cureton was arrested for assault of a peace officer at the corner of Union Square East and East 15th Street last Monday. Cureton walked up to police officers while they were attending a community partnership meeting in the park at 5 p.m. and was asking them questions. Police said that Cureton seemed very agitated and when police responded to him, he allegedly threw a cigarette in the officer’s face. When another officer attempted to handcuff him due to him being emotionally disturbed, he allegedly resisted and punched the officer in the head, causing bruising and swelling. Police said that during the struggle, Cureton had a screwdriver in his left hand and he swung his arms around, striking an officer and causing an abrasion.

MAN BUSTED FOR ‘ROBBERY’ AT FLATIRON SPRINT STORE
Police arrested 25-year-old Mamadou Coulibaly for robbery, possession of stolen property and assault inside the Sprint store at 175 Fifth Avenue last Saturday at 3:30 p.m. An employee at the Sprint store said that he was showing a phone to Coulibaly when the suspect allegedly grabbed two phones from the display area and attempted to run out of the store with them. The two phones were both Samsung. Another employee at the store said that he chased Coulibaly and held him at the store until police arrived. Coulibaly allegedly attempted to punch the employee and also wrestled with him, causing pain to the employee’s hand.

MAN ARRESTED FOR ATTEMPTING TO ‘SNATCH’ PHONE TWICE FROM SAME VICTIM
Police arrested 24-year-old Sidney Rand for robbery last Saturday at 6:40 p.m. at the corner of Fifth Avenue and West 25th Street. The victim told police that he was sitting on a bench talking on his phone when Rand allegedly tried to force it out of his hand. Police said that Rand fled emptyhanded south on Fifth Avenue. The victim called 911 to report the incident but while he was trying to make that call, Rand allegedly came back and tried again to take the victim’s phone, but was again unsuccessful. The victim said that Rand then ran away north on Fifth Avenue and when police arrived, they began searching the area on East 26th Street near the north side of Madison Square Park. Officers spotted a man matching the victim’s description and they began speaking with him. Rand was arrested when the victim positively identified him as the person who tried to take his phone.

MAN NABBED FOR ‘ASSAULT’ IN UNION SQUARE
Police arrested 38-year-old Kyle Sutphin for assault last Tuesday at 1:53 p.m. at the corner of Union Square East and East 15th Street. Police said that the victim was sitting on a park bench when Sutphin approached him, started an argument with him and called him a snitch. Sutphin allegedly threatened to jump him. The victim said that when Sutphin got closer to him, he said he would use his walking cane to defend himself, at which point Sutphin allegedly began to hit the victim, causing redness on his forehead.

TEENS FROM ACS FACILITY BUSTED FOR FIGHT AT FORCELLA BAR
Police arrested two teenagers during a fight at Forcella Bar last Friday at 1:27 a.m. The two boys, who police said live in the ACS Facility at 492 First Avenue, got into a fight with two workers at the bar, which is located at 477 Park Avenue South between 26th and 27th Streets. One of the workers sustained injuries to the face and hand and was removed to Bellevue Hospital for treatment. Police said that the teens resisted arrest by pushing the officers and kicking and flailing their arms. The teenagers were charged with resisting arrest and assault, and one of the boys, who had a box cutter, was also charged with weapons possession. Their names are being withheld due to their age.

MAN BUSTED AFTER TRYING TO SELL ‘STOLEN’ BIKE TO COP
Police arrested 59-year-old John Huston for burglar’s tools and possession of stolen property last Friday at 2:17 p.m. at the corner of Third Avenue and East 25th Street. Huston allegedly approached an undercover officer and offered to sell him a bicycle. Police said that Huston told the officer that he got the bike from his “drug addict” friend and didn’t know where the friend got the bike. He allegedly told the officer that his friend most likely stole it to support his drug addiction. When Huston was searched, police found that he was in possession of wire cutters that were in his fanny pack, which are commonly used to clip bike locks.

TEEN BUSTED FOR SOLICITING DONATIONS FOR FAKE TEAM
Police arrested a teenager in front of 860 Broadway last Tuesday at 3:20 p.m. for fraudulent accosting and impersonation of a public servant. Police said that the teenager approached a number of pedestrians and solicited donations for a nonexistent basketball team. He intentionally set out to deceive pedestrians into giving him cash. When he was questioned, he knowingly gave officers misleading information about his date of birth and his home address. The teen’s name is being withheld due to his age.

PROTESTER ARRESTED FOR ‘TRESPASSING’
Police arrested 24-year-old Yonah Lieberman inside 305 Fifth Avenue last Wednesday at 6:24 p.m. for criminal trespass. Police said that Lieberman entered the building during a protest and that the building manager asked him and other protesters to leave multiple times. Lieberman was allegedly asked to leave multiple times. The manager said that he read a warning at 6:22 p.m. but Lieberman still allegedly refused to leave and he was arrested after he did not heed the second warning. No further information about the protest Lieberman was attending was available.

MEN NABBED FOR ‘FIGHT’ IN DELI
Police arrested 37-year-old Alfonso Sanchez and 23-year-old Fernando Sanchez for assault, weapons possession and disorderly conduct inside the deli at 873 Broadway last Tuesday at 9:08 p.m. Police said that the two men entered the location and got into a fight. The two men, who police said are not related, allegedly hit each other with bottles of alcohol while in the seating area of the deli.

BICYCLIST ARRESTED FOR ‘BURGLAR’S TOOLS’
Police arrested 57-year-old William Hernandez inside Union Square Park last Wednesday for allegedly riding a bike inside the park where signs indicate that doing so is prohibited. He was also allegedly swerving on the bike in an area where people sit, causing a public annoyance. Police said Hernandez was also in possession of marijuana and a set of tools commonly used to remove bicycle parts. He was charged with possession of burglar’s tools, and an unclassified violation and possession of marijuana.

‘PROSTITUTE’ BUSTED AT SPA ON LEX
Police arrested 33-year-old Mohua Zhou for prositution last Thursday at 5:50 p.m. inside 73 Lexington Avenue. Police said that Zhou agreed to have sex with an undercover officer in exchange for cash.

MAN BUSTED FOR PHONE ‘THEFTS’
Police arrested 31-year-old Samba Tague for petit larceny and possession of stolen property inside Gamestop at 682 Sixth Avenue last Saturday at 1:50 a.m. Police said that Tague was in possession of multiple iPhones, which he had allegedly removed from their bags while they were at the store in different incidents.

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