Police Watch: Closet-hiding ‘burglar’ arrested, Subway grinder busted in Union Square

Office burglary suspect Phoenix Goines

Office burglary suspect Phoenix Goines

CLOSET-HIDING ‘BURGLAR’ BUSTED BY FINGERPRINTS
Police have arrested the man reportedly responsible for tricking a building security guard into letting him charge his phone when he was really biding his time until employees went home to steal a number of laptops from a Chelsea office at the end of April. The incident took place on April 22 around 6:09 p.m. when Phoenix Goines, 33, entered the offices of Gravity Advertising at 114 West 26th Street and allegedly swiped a bunch of laptops.
Deputy Inspector Brendan Timoney of the 13th Precinct originally reported the incident at a community council meeting in April and at the time, expressed shock that the guard in the building didn’t call the police when the unfamiliar man entered the building.
Before the theft took place, the guard found Goines allegedly hiding inside a closet where the suspect allegedly said he was looking for somewhere to charge his phone. Instead of escorting him out of the building or alerting the authorities, the guard showed him where he could plug the device in and allowed Goines to go back to the office, where he waited until the employees left and then allegedly snatched the laptops.
Police said that Goines left prints at the location and there was a positive print hit on his name, leading to his arrest.

SUBWAY GRINDER NABBED IN UNION SQUARE
Police arrested 32-year-old Jermaine Hampton for sexual abuse inside the Union Square subway station at Union Square East and East 14th Street last Tuesday at 7:04 p.m. Hampton was allegedly rubbing his groin on a woman’s buttocks. While police were interviewing the victim, a second woman said that Hampton had also groped her. Neither of the women knew Hampton.

MAN ARRESTED FOR ID THEFT SCHEME
Police arrested 27-year-old Jamaal Green for grand larceny inside 321 East 25th Street last Tuesday at 6:30 a.m. Police said that Green was arrested under an indictment from 2014 to 2015 because he allegedly schemed to defraud victims and worked with others who were arrested, using the personal information of victims to make fraudulent purchases.

SENIOR ARRESTED FOR LEAVING ACCIDENT
Police arrested 71-year-old Francis Thomas inside the 13th precinct last Tuesday at 3:55 p.m. for leaving the scene of an accident. Police said that Thomas left the scene of an accident that resulted in a victim sustaining a personal injury. No further information was available about the location and date of the accident.

‘SHOPLIFTER’ BUSTED FOR ‘HITTING’ EMPLOYEE WHO CONFRONTED HER
Police arrested 49-year-old Ellen Lockwood for grand larceny, petit larceny and assault last Tuesday at 8 p.m. inside the 13th Precinct. Lock allegedly entered Innovation Luggage and Travelware at 134 Fifth Avenue with another person who wasn’t arrested and grabbed a bag in the store. Police said that a store employee attempted to stop them from leaving without paying and she was able to get the bag back from them but was allegedly assaulted in the process. She told police that she was hit by both Lockwood and the other suspect.

PENTHOUSE TRESPASSER BUSTED AFTER SETTING UP CAMERA
Police arrested 29-year-old Frank Renner for criminal trespass inside 212 Fifth Avenue last Thursday at 2:34 a.m. A security guard at the building near West 26th Street told police that Renner didn’t have permission to be inside. Police said that they followed Renner into the penthouse, where he allegedly had set up a camera in order to take photographs of the outside.

BABIES ‘R’ US EMPLOYEES BUSTED FOR THEFT
Twenty-year-old Jonavann Jerricho and 26-year-old Shakaia Goodhope were arrested inside Babies “R” Us at 24 Union Square East last Thursday at 7:56 p.m. after allegedly stealing from the store while working. Police said that Jerricho, who was charged with grand larceny and possession of stolen property, was seen on camera making fraudulent transactions over an unspecified period of time. Goodhope allegedly also made fraudulent transactions over the course of a week and was charged with petit larceny.

MAN ARRESTED ON EAST 23RD ST. FOR FIREWORKS, SUSPENDED LICENSE
Police arrested 26-year-old Joseph Nardone for the sale of fireworks and an unclassified traffic misdemeanor at the corner of East 23rd Street and Asser Levy Place last Saturday at 12:28 a.m. Nardone was stopped at a checkpoint while driving a pickup truck and upon further investigation, police found that he allegedly had a suspended license, and two scoffs on two dates. Police said that upon further investigation, he was in possession of a large quantity of fireworks exceeding $500.

COUPLE BUSTED FOR ‘ASSAULT’ IN SUNAC
Police arrested 31-year-old Sharon Vangeas and 38-year-old Javier Morales for assault in front of SUNAC Fancy Food at 765 Sixth Avenue last Saturday at 2:10 a.m. A store employee said that he approached Vangeas and Morales to tell them that the store was closing and they had to leave. Police said that the two suspects were on the second floor of the establishment when the employees told them they had to leave. Vangeas allegedly grabbed and scratched the employee’s arm, causing cuts and swelling. As she was leaving the store, she allegedly jumped over the counter and scratched another employee’s face, causing cuts and swelling to his left eye and his cheek. While one of the employees was escorting Vangeas down the stairs to exit, Morales allegedly began arguing with another employee, and police said that he then punched the employee in the face. Morales then allegedly grabbed a bottle of wine from a rack and threw it, causing it to break.

MAN NABBED FOR ‘ASSAULT’ OF OFFICER
Police arrested 31-year-old Khasan Ibraginov for assaulting a peace officer last Saturday at 10:58 p.m. at the corner of Union Square East and East 16th Street. Police said that Ibraginov punched an officer in the face while the officer was attempting to handcuff him. The officer sustained a bloody lip with substantial pain and swelling. Police said that Ibraginov continued to struggle with police and allegedly caused injuries to another officer. He was also charged with resisting arrest and disorderly conduct. No further information about the original incident was available.

MAN BUSTED FOR ‘DRUNK’ DRIVING OUTSIDE STUY TOWN
Forty-year-old Jason Castor was arrested for intoxicated driving at the corner of Avenue C and East 20th Street last Sunday at 2:38 a.m. Police stopped Castor because he allegedly made a left turn where signs are clearly posted that traffic must turn right. After he was stopped, police found that he allegedly had bloodshot watery eyes with a strong odor of alcohol on his breath. Police said that he also was swaying on his feet and had slurred speech. He was also charged with an unclassified traffic infraction.

MAN ARRESTED FOR ‘SUSPENDED’ LICENSE
Thirty-year-old Paulino Wilson was arrested at the corner of First Avenue and East 18th Street last Wednesday at 8:50 p.m. for an unclassified traffic misdemeanor. Police said that Wilson was driving a van in the bike lane along First Avenue to beat traffic and upon a car stop, it was determined that his license was allegedly suspended.

MAN BUSTED FOR ‘ASSAULT’
Police arrested 57-year-old Beavoir Edmond for assault in front of 130 East 25th Street last Monday at 10:05 a.m. Police said that with the intent to cause personal injury, Edmond punched the victim in the face.

FRUIT VENDOR ARRESTED FOR NO LICENSE
Police arrested 43-year-old Yadira Pena de Munoz in front of 830 Sixth Avenue last Tuesday for allegedly selling fruit without a Department of Health license.

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