Police Watch: Man arrested for Lillian Wald Houses murder, Man busted for bank break-ins

MAN ARRESTED FOR GREAT-GRANDMOTHER’S MURDER
Police arrested 23-year-old Gary Biaz for the murder of 82-year-old Ella-Mae Biaz inside 711 FDR Drive at the Lillian Wald Houses last Friday. Police responded to a 911 call about two women assaulted around 5:35 p.m. and found the senior, who the New York Post reported was Biaz’s great-grandmother, with her wrists and ankles bound with tape.
A 39-year-old woman had also been tied up in the apartment and had managed to free herself and alert the police. The 82-year-old was pronounced dead at the scene and the second victim was brought to Bellevue Hospital for her injuries.
Biaz reportedly stole cash from his great-grandmother and drove off in a car belonging to the younger victim, the Post said. He was arrested later that night after being caught near Bedford Avenue and South Second Street in Williamsburg.
Biaz was charged with murder and attempted murder.

MAN ARRESTED FOR FLATIRON BANK BREAK-INS
Police arrested 39-year-old Daniel Bertini for Flatiron bank burglaries that took place early Monday morning. The New York Daily News reported that Bertini was caught with $915 in stolen coins at 5:35 a.m. inside the Chase Bank at Sixth Avenue and West 18th Street. Police said that Bertini got cuts on his head when he resisted arrest and an officer hit him with a collapsible baton. He later told officers that he has a cocaine habit and had taken money from his mother. He allegedly burglarized that Chase branch, in addition to two other banks, to pay back his mother before she noticed that the money was missing. The Daily News reported that Bertini worked with a crowbar and a change of clothes and tried unsuccessfully to break into a Key Bank on East 22nd at 4:25 a.m. He allegedly managed to break into a Bank of America on Park Avenue South around 4:51 a.m. but didn’t take any money. Police said that Bertini, who lives with his mother in Chelsea, is also a suspect in eight bank jobs in Brooklyn, in addition to four thefts from a Manhattan bar and from a bodega.

MAN STABBED AT CHELSEA SEX SHOP
A man was stabbed in the neck by another customer at a 24-hour Chelsea sex shop on Saturday night, Gothamist reported. Police said that the incident took place at 725 Video, a shop on Sixth Avenue near West 23rd Street, around 12:40 a.m. The two men got into an argument and the 20-year-old suspect stabbed the 54-year-old victim in the neck. The suspect fled and the victim was in stable condition when he was transported to Bellevue Hospital. Witnesses described the man as wearing a green shirt with a white stripe, blue jeans and a black jacket. No arrests have been made.

ACS FACILITY TEENS BUSTED FOR STEALING WALLET ON EAST 21ST STREET
Police arrested three teenagers staying at the Administration for Children’s Services building in Kips Bay last Wednesday at around 4 a.m. after they allegedly stole a woman’s wallet. The victim told police that she met the three boys at East 21st Street and Second Avenue and walked with them to the school at 330 East 21st Street where they were going to smoke weed. She said that she sat on the steps with them and after they left, she noticed that her wallet was missing from her purse, which had been between her and them. She found that various charges had been made on her credit card and she flagged down an officer. Police notified the ACS facility at 492 First Avenue of their description and ACS later notified police that three boys matching their description had entered the facility and they were arrested.

MAN ARRESTED FOR MULTIPLE BURGLARIES
Police arrested 49-year-old Shakur Young for an office burglary at 158 West 27th Street last Wednesday at 8:50 p.m. Police said that Young had strolled into the office when an employee was checking inside cubicles and spotted him. Young was arrested for burglary and criminal trespass. Later, he was charged in three additional burglaries from 2015 and another burglary from earlier this year.

WOMAN ARRESTED FOR SALE OF HEROIN AT PHIPPS HOUSES
Police arrested 53-year-old Yolanda Soto for the sale of a controlled substance inside Phipps Houses at 444 Second Avenue last Wednesday at 6:15 a.m. Police said that Soto had sold heroin to someone on multiple occasions and she was arrested on a search warrant. Police recovered a bag of alleged heroin, a spoon with alleged residue, glass pipes with alleged crack cocaine residue, plastic twists with alleged crack cocaine residue and cash.

WOMAN ARRESTED FOR PROSTITUTION ON SEVENTH
Police arrested 44-year-old Mingqin Yang for prostitution inside 289 Seventh Avenue, home to Azalea Day Spa, last Wednesday. Police said that Yang had agreed to have sex with an undercover officer in exchange for cash.

MAN ARRESTED FOR HIT-AND-RUN ON WEST 21ST STREET
Police arrested 27-year-old Hemdat Ragoobeer last Tuesday for a hit-and-run that took place at West 27th Street and Seventh Avenue on August 27 at 11:55 a.m. Police said that Ragoobeer was driving when he struck a pedestrian and left the scene before police arrived. Police said that Ragoobeer struck the pedestrian in the head with the vehicle’s mirror. The victim reportedly complained of head and neck pain but no major injuries were reported.
Ragoobeer allegedly does not have a valid license. He was charged with leaving the scene of an accident with personal injury and being an unlicensed operator.

MAN ARRESTED FOR DAMAGE TO FIRST AVE. STOREFRONT
Police arrested 21-year-old Shequielle Leandre for allegedly damaging a store window at 239 First Avenue, which is home to Salt and Pepper restaurant, last Saturday. Police said the incident happened at around 4:42 a.m.

MAN ARRESTED FOR DRUG DEAL ON EAST 28TH
Police arrested 37-year-old Sean Shillingford for the sale of marijuana in front of 344 East 28th Street last Tuesday at 9:33 p.m. Police said that Shillingford exchanged marijuana for cash with another person who was also arrested and who was found to be in possession of marijuana and hash. Police said that Shillingford also resisted arrest when they attempted to handcuff him by flailing and pinning his arms under his body. When he was searched, he was in possession of alleged marijuana and a quantity of a controlled substance. He was also charged with resisting arrest, possession of marijuana, possession of a controlled substance and disorderly conduct.

FIGHT AT PARK AVENUE SOUTH AND EAST 23RD
Police arrested 24-year-old Ashley Ramirez for criminal mischief and 29-year-old Zulker Nain for assault at the corner of Park Avenue South and East 23rd Street last Wednesday at 2:03 a.m. Police said that Ramirez got into an argument with Zulker and she allegedly knocked his glasses off his face and his phone to the ground, causing both items to get smashed. Police said that Zulker punched Ramirez in the face, causing a small cut on her mouth.

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