Police Watch: Men arrested for Flatiron shooting, Man busted for ‘drugs’ in Stuy Town

THREE ARRESTED IN FLATIRON SHOOTING
Police arrested three men in connection with a shooting in Flatiron in front of 105 West 22nd Street on Sunday at 12:55 a.m. The New York Daily News reported that the incident occurred at a book signing in the Auxiliary Lounge for the self-published erotic novella, “She’s Dickmatized,” by Tania Marie.
Police said that multiple shots were fired into a crowd near the lounge and a man with a gun was seen running into a black Mercedes. Ramel Harkless, 38, allegedly got into the backseat of the vehicle, which police said left the location and ran multiple red lights before abruptly coming to a stop. Police followed the Mercedes and when they stopped the vehicle, the found that Harkless was the only person in the backseat, while 45-year-old Barry Wiles was driving and 43-year-old Joseph Saunders was in the passenger’s seat. Police said they found a gun on the floor of the back passenger’s seat where Harkless had been sitting.
The victim was shot in the abdomen, torso, groin and in the leg. The suspects were arrested in front of 41 East 19th Street. The Daily News identified the victim as Robert Lowman and reported that Harkless and Lowman are both affiliated with the street gang the Bloods.
Harkless, Wiles and Saunders were charged with weapons possession. Wiles was also charged with reckless endangerment and Harkless was additionally charged with assault.

MAN BUSTED FOR ‘DRUGS’ IN STUY TOWN
Police arrested 34-year-old Justin Stewart for possession of a controlled substance in front of 321 Avenue C last Thursday at 9:25 a.m. Police said that Stewart was seen holding an unknown controlled substance in plain view on the sidewalk.

MAN ARRESTED FOR ASSAULTING CYCLIST
Police arrested 37-year-old Tashi Phuntsok for assault at the corner of Lexington Avenue and East 27th Street last Tuesday at 7:26 p.m. The victim told police that he was riding his bike when Phuntsok allegedly cut him off at the intersection. He and the victim proceeded to get into an argument. Phuntsok allegedly threw the victim to the ground and started kicking and punching him, causing an injury to his head and right hand, although he refused medical assistance at the scene.

MAN BUSTED FOR THEFT OF BIKE PARTS AT BELLEVUE
Police arrested 53-year-old Raymond Almodovar in front of Bellevue Hospital last Tuesday at 2 p.m. after he was seen allegedly swinging a hammer at a lock attached to a bicycle on the street.
When police arrested Almodovar, an officer at the hospital told police that the suspect had previously stolen a bicycle seat and police said that he could be seen on video stealing the seat. He was charged with burglar’s tools, petit larceny and possession of stolen property.

MAN ARRESTED FOR DRUG STORE THEFTS
Police arrested 29-year-old Jamel Edmonds after a string of alleged shoplifting incidents from drugstores.
According to police, Edmonds, along with one other person, swiped merchandise from a CVS at 300 Park Avenue South on February 11 and did the same at a Duane Reade at 196 Third Avenue on February 25. According to the district attorney’s office, Edmonds stole $626 worth of facial cream from the CVS and $1,252 worth of allergy medication from the Duane Reade. He was arrested on Friday night.

MAN BUSTED FOR LOCKER THEFT AT GYM
Police arrested 48-year-old Ahmed Bazille for allegedly stealing a credit card from a locker at New York Sports Club at 10 Irving Place last Friday at 10:05 p.m. Police said that Bazille took the victim’s credit card from his locked gym locker and then used it to make a purchase.

PAIR BUSTED FOR K2 DEAL AT WEST 14TH
Police arrested 28-year-old Richard Fuqua for possession or sale of drug paraphernalia at the corner of Sixth Avenue and West 14th Street last Tuesday at 9:47 p.m. Police said that Fuqua was on a public sidewalk exchanging synthetic marijuana, also known as K2, for cash with 50-year-old Harry Armstrong, who was also arrested and was charged with unlawful sale of synthetic marijuana. When he was searched, police found that Fuqua was also in possession of additional bags of alleged synthetic marijuana, small ziplock bags commonly used in the distribution or narcotics and synthetic marijuana and a large sum of cash in small denominations, indicative of drug sales. Fuqua was also charged with unlawful sale of synthetic marijuana.

‘CRACK’ SMOKERS BUSTED ON EAST 26TH
Police arrested two people on East 26th Street for smoking crack last Wednesday at 9:53 p.m. Police said that Jasmine Bridgeforth, 39, and Willie McCray, 46, were smoking crack from a pipe on the sidewalk in front of 220 East 26th Street. When they were searched, police found that McCray was also in possession of a bag of alleged crack cocaine and alleged marijuana. Both were charged with possession of a controlled substance and McCray was additionally charged with possession of marijuana.

PANHANDLER ARRESTED AT FIRST AVE. BANK
Police arrested 39-year-old Orlando Rivera for panhandling in front of the Chase Bank at First Avenue and East 15th Street last Thursday at 11:15 a.m. Police said that Rivera was panhandling directly in front of the ATM while the bank was open, impeding customers who were trying to enter and leave. He was charged with an unclassified misdemeanor.

MAN ARRESTED FOR HITTING POLICE CAR, RUNNING RED LIGHT
Police arrested 26-year-old Julius Grullon for disorderly conduct at the corner of Sixth Avenue and West 23rd Street last Thursday at 7:48 p.m. Police said that while Grullon was stopped at a red light at the intersection, he rode by a marked police car on his bicycle and said, “You don’t know who I am,” and allegedly hit the hood of the car with his hand. Police said he then proceeded through the red light, causing public alarm and annoyance.

MAN ARRESTED FOR ASSAULT ON PARK AVENUE SOUTH
Police arrested 41-year-old Rachid Ougribe for assault in front of L’Express at 249 Park Avenue South last Friday at 2:10 a.m. The victim said that after getting out of a cab on his way home, he got into an argument with Ougribe, who allegedly punched the victim in the nose, causing the victim to fall to the ground. Police said that Ougribe also bit the victim on his hand. As a result of the assault, the victim had cuts and swelling on his nose, the right side of his face and on his hand, as well as bite marks on his hand. He was taken to Beth Israel Hospital for treatment. No further information was available about why the argument started.

Robbery suspect

Robbery suspect

MAN WANTED FOR SIXTH AVE. BANK ROBBERY
Police are looking for a man who reportedly attempted to rob a Bank of America at 670 Sixth Avenue last Thursday around 10:30 a.m. Police said that the suspect entered the bank, approached the teller and passed a note demanding cash, then exited the bank. He is described as a black man, 25 to 30 years old, 160 to 180 lbs., and was wearing a black and white ski hat and black sweatshirt. 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 at nypdcrimestoppers.com or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577.

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