Police Watch: Man stabbed in Union Square, Man nabbed for package theft

A man was stabbed in Union Square on Monday night around 9 p.m. DNAinfo reported that the 23-year-old victim was stabbed in the stomach twice after he got into an argument that turned physical. The victim was brought to Bellevue Hospital in stable condition, police said. No arrests have been made.

Police arrested 22-year-old Da Tang for petit larceny inside 271 Avenue C last Tuesday at 1:50 p.m. Witnesses told police that Tang took a package from a mailbox in the building and left with it. Police said that a further investigation revealed that the package didn’t belong to Tang and that he doesn’t know the package’s owner. Tang allegedly claimed that he took the package because its owner doesn’t live at the location. Tang was also charged with possession of stolen property.

Police arrested 37-year-old Andres Jimenez and 27-year-old Maria Ortiz in connection with an incident outside the Maven Hotel at 62 Madison Avenue last Friday at 4:17 a.m. Ortiz said that she was trying to enter the hotel and when she found that the door was locked, she allegedly kicked the glass, causing it to crack.
Police said that Jimenez, who is the night manager at the hotel, chased Ortiz after she reportedly damaged the door and he allegedly grabbed her by the shoulders, slamming her to the sidewalk repeatedly. He allegedly held her body to the ground by putting his arm on her torso, causing a visible bruise to her shoulder. Police said that Ortiz also struggled with Jimenez and wrestled him to the ground, allegedly biting both of his legs, causing visible bruises.
Ortiz was treated at Bellevue Hospital and was released. Jimenez refused medical assistance. Both were charged with assault, and Ortiz was additionally charged with criminal mischief.

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Perv poses as Good Samaritan, before sexually abusing woman in Union Square

Police are on the lookout for a creep who pretended to be helping a woman find Penn Station, only to lead her to Union Square where he sexually abused her.

Cops said that on Sunday, September 11 at around 1:35 a.m., the victim, a 22-year-old woman, was walking along East 39th Street and Lexington Avenue when she asked a man for directions to Penn Station. The man then told her to follow him and they began to walk downtown.

Once they got to 5th Avenue, at the intersection of West 15th Street, the man pushed the victim inside of a double phone booth where he sexually abused her. He then fled the scene. The victim wasn’t injured, but was taken to Bellevue Hospital for evaluation.

The suspect is described as having a light complexion and dark hair. He was last seen wearing a red American Eagle t-shirt, blue jeans and Converse sneakers.

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 for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782).  The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential.


Community garden update: Plaque for ‘Mayor of 24th St.’, tree pits planted across PCV

This plaque was recently installed in memory of a Kips Bay resident. (Photo by Claude L. Winfield)

This plaque was recently installed in memory of a Kips Bay resident. (Photo by Claude L. Winfield)

By Michelle Deal Winfield

Several floral beds along tree pits near Peter Cooper Village and along East 24th Street were planted over the summer thanks to neighborhood volunteers.

Anthony “Tony” Jacoma, affectionately known as the Mayor of 24th Street, had requested a tree guard to prevent dogs from digging and soiling a tree he watered weekly.

On April 27, 2016 at the age of 93, Jacoma died. However, a coalition consisting of the Kips Bay Neighborhood Alliance, KBNA, Community Board Six, Manhattan, Amalgamated Bank and the New York City Parks Department later joined forces to erect a tree guard, plant seasonal flowers and install a plaque which is dedicated to the memory of Jacoma. The tree is located on 24th Street between Second and Third Avenues.

Meanwhile, across from Peter Cooper Village, four of the pits surrounding trees next to the bike lanes from 20th to 22nd Street have also gotten a facelift thanks to Vivian Dearie, a PCV resident.