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

MAN STABBED IN UNION SQUARE
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.

MAN ARRESTED FOR PACKAGE THEFT IN STUYVESANT TOWN BUILDING
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.

MAVEN HOTEL EMPLOYEE ARRESTED FOR ASSAULTING WOMAN WHO BROKE DOOR, WOMAN ALSO ARRESTED FOR ASSAULT OF EMPLOYEE
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.

MEN ASSAULT EACH OTHER WITH IRON, GLASS FRAME AT W. 29TH ST. HOTEL
Police arrested two men involved in a fight inside the DoubleTree Hotel at 128 West 29th Street last Monday at 8:41 a.m. Michael Smith, 34, and Jason Mercury, 31, got into an argument and police said that Smith hit Mercury in the back of the head with an iron, causing a deep cut. Mercury allegedly took a glass picture frame and hit Smith with it, causing a six-inch cut on his abdomen. Both men were charged with assault.

MAN ARRESTED FOR DRUNK DRIVING ON SIXTH AVENUE AND 15TH STREET
Police arrested 24-year-old Vitali Antonenko for intoxicated driving at the corner of Sixth Avenue and West 15th Street last Tuesday. Police said that Antonenko was driving east on West 14th Street approaching Sixth Avenue and was recklessly speeding, driving 40 miles per hour in a 25 miles per hour zone. He was allegedly unsafely changing lanes, swerving from the left lane to the right lane and back to the left lane. Police said that he also failed to yield the right of way when making a left turn from West 14th Street onto Sixth Avenue. When he was stopped, he allegedly displayed signs of intoxication, including a moderate odor of alcohol on his breath, slurred speech, bloodshot eyes and poor balance.

MAN BUSTED WITH STOLEN CELL PHONES IN FIFTH AVENUE BUILDING
Police arrested 26-year-old Talon Jackson for possession of stolen property inside 69 Fifth Avenue last Sunday at 1:59 a.m. Police were conducting a patrol at the apartment building when they found Jackson allegedly lying flat on his back in the lobby of the building, charging his cell phone and having no legitimate purpose for being inside the location. When he was searched, police found that he was allegedly in possession of two iPhone 6 cell phones and a TD Bank card that weren’t his. After he was read his rights, he allegedly told police that he stole both cell phones from people he didn’t know at a concert in Philadelphia.

MAN BUSTED FOR CAR STOLEN IN PHILLY AND HEROIN
Police arrested 45-year-old Mark Rawlins for allegedly driving a stolen car in front of 420 Park Avenue South last Tuesday at 7:55 a.m. Police said that Rawlins was stopped in front of the location because the car he was driving had been reported stolen. The vehicle had been stolen on May 7 and was reported to the Philadelphia police department. When he was searched, police found that Rawlins was in possession of alleged heroin in small ziplock bags. Police said that Rawlins knowingly possessed the vehicle with the intent to benefit himself. Rawlins was charged with possession of stolen property, possession of a motor vehicle, unauthorized use of vehicle and possession of a controlled substance.

MAN NABBED FOR STEALING PHONE NEAR UNION SQUARE
Police arrested 34-year-old Scott Safara for allegedly swiping an iPhone from someone on a bench in front of 9 East 17th Street last Tuesday afternoon. Police said the victim then tracked his cell phone to Union Square Park using the “Find My iPhone” app. He also spoke with Safara over the phone but the suspect allegedly wanted cash in exchange for the phone. The victim arranged to meet Safara but a plainclothes officer posed as him instead and Safara was arrested. The victim’s cell phone was recovered from the scene.

MAN BUSTED FOR STEALING TWO DOZEN PAIRS OF JEANS FROM THE GAP
Police arrested 46-year-old Rafael Sanchez for grand larceny at the corner of Fifth Avenue and West 17th Street last Thursday. Police said that Sanchez was seen that morning casing multiple clothing stores on Fifth Avenue, before strolling into The Gap at 122 Fifth Avenue. Police said that he was inside for about two minutes and was then seen fleeing the location with 24 pairs of jeans with the security devices attached in his hands. Sanchez was also charged with possession of stolen property and burglar’s tools.

PAIR ARRESTED FOR COCAINE ON W. 21ST ST.
Police arrested 26-year-olds Kyle Minogue and Christopher Paquette last Thursday evening after Minogue was seen allegedly snorting cocaine in plain view on a public sidewalk, and Paquette was allegedly holding a ziplock bag of cocaine on the sidewalk. Police said that an additional bag of alleged cocaine was recovered from Paquette’s pocket. Both men were arrested for possession of a controlled substance in front of 48 West 21st Street at 10:37 p.m.

‘DRUNK’ DRIVER ARRESTED AFTER ACCIDENT
Police arrested 28-year-old Honam Ng for intoxicated driving at the corner of Sixth Avenue and West 22nd Street last Saturday at 12:34 a.m. Police were responding to a motor vehicle accident at the location and found that Ng, who had allegedly been driving at the time, had bloodshot, watery eyes, slurred speech and unsteady balance.

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