Police Watch: Assault on West 15th, Man found dead in W. 27th St. hotel

Assault suspect

Assault suspect

Police are looking for a man who assaulted a woman last Sunday at 10:05 p.m. in front of 125 West 15th Street. A 52-year-old woman was walking her dog nearby when an unidentified man became aggravated, yelled at her, threw an unknown object at her and punched her in the face, fracturing her nose. He then fled west on West 15th Street. The suspect is described as an adult white male who was last seen wearing a baseball cap, a jacket, pants and sneakers.

Police responded to a call of an unconscious person inside the Senton Hotel, located at 39 West 27th Street on Sunday, May 29 around 12:35 p.m. When they arrived, officers found an unconscious 43-year-old male inside room 208. EMS responded and pronounced the victim dead on the scene. No arrests have been made and the investigation is ongoing. The Medical Examiner will determine the cause of death. The name of the deceased is being withheld pending family notification.

Police arrested 61-year-old Robert Gayle for sexual abuse and weapons possession inside the Park Avenue South/28th Street 6 train station last Friday at 10:14 a.m. Police said that Gayle was seen rubbing his penis against the victim’s buttocks repeatedly while on an uptown 6 train from Union Square to 28th Street. When he was searched, police said that he was also in possession of an alleged gravity knife that was clipped to the right side of his belt.

Police arrested 32-year-old Jennifer Martin for theft of services inside the First Avenue L station last Friday at 9:08 p.m. Police said that Martin was seen manipulating the turnstile to enter the station without paying. When she was searched, police found that she was in possession of four envelopes of alleged heroin, and a hypodermic needle containing alleged residue was also recovered from her pants pocket.

Police arrested 58-year-old Dennis Dunne for robbery inside the Home Depot at 40 West 23rd Street last Monday at 3:39 p.m. Police said that Dunne took two DeWalt drills from the store without paying for them. An asset protection manager stopped Dunne outside the store after he left using the store’s entrance and when he was stopped, he allegedly punched the manager in the face, causing a cut under his eye. He was also charged with petit larceny, assault and possession of stolen property, and after he was brought to the precinct, police found that he had allegedly stolen items from the Home Depot location on April 22 as well.

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Woman brutally attacked, robbed near Stuyvesant Town

June2 Violent mugger

Robbery suspect

By Sabina Mollot

Police are on the lookout for a thug who punched a woman in the face repeatedly and then pulled down her underwear near Stuyvesant Town.

At around 2 a.m., a woman was walking in the vicinity of East 18th Street and First Avenue when a man crept up behind her, grabbed her in a chokehold and dragged her to the ground. When the 30-year-old victim tried to fight back, the man punched her multiple times until she lost consciousness. When she came to, she realized her underwear had been lowered to her knees and her phone was gone.

The woman was taken to Mount Sinai Beth Israel Hospital for treatment and evaluation.

The suspect is described as black, 150 lbs., 5’7″ to 5’10”, 25 years old, with a beard; last seen wearing a black t-shirt, dark colored pants and a yellow metal chain around his neck. Video surveillance footage of the man shows him entering a Stuy Town building. However, police said the incident occurred outside on a public sidewalk, and the victim did not know her attacker.

UPDATE: Police originally said the incident occurred in the 300-block of East 18th Street in the geographical confines of Stuyvesant Town. This post has been updated to reflect information from Rick Hayduk, the general manager of Stuyvesant Town, who said the address was on East 18th Street between First and Second Avenues.

Hayduk added that a wanted poster of the suspect will be released to residents this morning.

An an email to residents, management said: “In response to the attack, additional Public Safety officers are patrolling in and around PCVST to ensure safety for all residents, visitors and the wider NYC community. We will continue constant monitoring of the property as PCVST residents’ safety is our main concern.”

“As a reminder, residents are always encouraged to be conscious of their surroundings and

  • Do not hold or open doors for anyone that you do not know.
  • Never prop open doors; if a door is opened, take initiative and close it.
  • The blue lights around PCVST denote emergency boxes; know where these boxes are and use for any suspicious activity.
  • If you see any suspicious behavior, contact PCVST Public Safety at 212-598-5233.”

Anyone with information in regards to this incident, which has been classified as a robbery, is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime stoppers website at www.nypdcrimestoppers.com or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential.

Correction: An earlier version of this article stated the suspect entered a Stuy Town elevator. However, he didn’t make it past the vestibule, according to a spokesperson for Blackstone.