Police Watch: Man arrested for snatching phone, Groceries stolen from Kips Bay senior

Police arrested 33-year-old Eulofio Cardona after he allegedly threw a woman to the ground and snatched her phone. The victim told police that she was standing on East 21st Street last Wednesday at 9 a.m. when Cardona ripped her phone out of her hand and then fled east on his bike.
The victim said she suffered cuts on her hands and knees as a result of being knocked to the ground.
Police arrested Cardona in front of 201 East 21st Street, charging him with robbery, grand larceny and possession of stolen property.

Police arrested 54-year-old Leslie Vereen for petit larceny inside 14 East 28th Street last Friday at 1:30 a.m. Vereen allegedly entered the victim’s apartment and left with several bags of groceries without permission. Police said that the victim is a 74-year-old man who suffers from dementia. Vereen could allegedly be seen on a security camera leaving the victim’s apartment with the groceries.

Police arrested 30-year-old Mamoun Khalil-Mohsen for assault last Monday at 5:51 a.m. at the corner of Second Avenue and East 27th Street. Police said that Khalil-Mohsen hit the victim with a belt, causing a cut and a welt on his upper back.

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Stuy Town man arrested for dealing meth from apartment

Stuyvesant Town (photo by Sabina Mollot)

Stuyvesant Town (photo by Sabina Mollot)

By Maria Rocha-Buschel

Police arrested an alleged meth dealer living in Stuyvesant Town last week after using the social networking app Grindr to track him down. Harold Gondrez, 65, was arrested in his apartment at 9 Stuyvesant Oval last Thursday at 6:15 a.m. Police had gotten a warrant to a search his apartment  after an undercover officer allegedly bought meth from him multiple times.

The officer who was investigating the case with Narcotics Borough Manhattan South made initial contact with Gondrez through the smartphone app, which is geared towards gay and bisexual men.

Police routinely conduct investigations in which they visit internet sites where drugs are known to be advertised for sale, according to law enforcement sources, and methamphetamine use is prevalent in the gay community. Drugs are typically advertised in coded language that police have come to recognize.

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Opinion: The apologetic Justice Ginsburg

By former Assemblyman Steven Sanders

A week ago Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg waded into Presidential politics. She should not have. Sure she had a constitutional right to do so. After all, the First Amendment does not restrict judges from speaking their minds on matters of importance that are not subject to litigation before them.

However, her comments about the Republican Presidential candidate were ill advised and she was right to issue an apology. Whether her assessment of Donald Trump as a “faker” and impulsive was correct, or condemning his refusal to release his tax returns as all candidates for President have done now for 40 years was justified or not, as a jurist on the nation’s highest court she should have kept her opinions to herself.

Donald Trump’s response to her criticism was predictable. He said that “her mind is shot” and as such should resign from the court!

What I find fascinating about this latest tempest is that Ginsburg ultimately understood that her spontaneous remarks were inappropriate for a person in her position. She reflected on that and said that she regretted having made such comments. Contrast that with Mr. Trump. Do you recall him apologizing for anything that he has said along the campaign trail? Has he ever demonstrated any remorse for the nasty and intemperate things that he has said about opponents or just people he does not like? Is he capable of admitting to any mistakes or being introspective or reflective? Do we care if a President is devoid of these qualities? These are all important questions.

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