Police Watch: Men survive being pushed into subway tracks, College dorms vandalized with swastikas

TWO MEN PUSHED ONTO SUBWAY TRACKS IN SEPARATE INCIDENTS
Two men have survived being shoved onto subway tracks in separate incidents, within one week of each other. In both cases, the victims suffered only minor injuries.
In regards to one incident, police have arrested 25-year-old New Jersey resident Aaron Clary for allegedly pushing a 54-year-old man into the tracks at the West 18th Street/Seventh Avenue subway station. Police said on Sunday around 7:30 a.m., Clary pushed the man off the uptown platform while a 2 train was pulling into the station. Miraculously, when cops arrived, they found the victim underneath the subway car with a cut to his foot and a bruise on his head. The victim was taken to Bellevue Hospital and police said that he was conscious and alert. Clary was arrested when he turned himself in and was charged with assault and attempted manslaughter
A 41-year-old man also suffered minor injuries after his girlfriend allegedly pushed him onto the tracks of the L train at the Union Square station after an argument last Monday at 6 a.m. The New York Daily News reported that the man initially told police that he’d fallen onto the tracks when the train pulled in the station. The train rolled directly over him, trapping him underneath it, but he only got a cut on his toe and a minor head injury. He was treated for his injuries at Bellevue Hospital and was released. No arrests have been made.

NEW SCHOOL DORMS VANDALIZED WITH SWASTIKAS AFTER ELECTION
A group of Jewish students at the New School found swastikas drawn on their dorm doors last Saturday, the Daily News reported. New School President David Van Zandt confirmed in an official statement that four dormitory doors were defaced and the administration was taking action to ensure students’ safety. The students affected said they were shocked that the anti-Semitic symbol showed up in such a “progressive city.”

MAN BUSTED FOR ASSAULTING OFFICER IN FIRST AVENUE L STATION
Police arrested 29-year-old Bryan Riley for allegedly assaulting a peace officer inside the First Avenue L station last Monday at 4:41 a.m. Police said that they were responding to the scene because Riley had thrown a shopping cart onto the tracks and when they arrived, they identified him as an intoxicated emotionally disturbed person. When EMS arrived at the scene, they took Riley to the ambulance but when they tried to get him inside, he allegedly started acting combative, refusing to enter the vehicle. Police said that while EMS were trying to secure Riley onto a stretcher inside the ambulance, he bit an officer on the forearm, causing swelling, redness and bruising.

‘BURGLAR’ ARRESTED ON EAST 22ND
Police arrested 26-year-old Malcolm Bennett for burglary inside 334 East 22nd Street last Monday at 5:53 a.m. Police said that Bennett was inside a private home without permission. A witness told police that Bennett had been walking down East 22nd Street, pulling and pushing on residential doors until he was finally able to get inside one of the buildings.

MAN BUSTED FOR SMOKING POT IN BELLEVUE SOUTH PLAYGROUND
Police arrested 64-year-old Eugene Donnell for possession of marijuana and an unclassified parks violation at the corner of Mount Carmel Place and East 28th Street last Thursday at 6:07 p.m. Police said that Donnell had smoking a joint in the Bellevue South children’s playground that had clearly posted signs that said no adults were allowed there if they weren’t there accompanying a child.

TEENS BUSTED FOR ROBBERY ON SIXTH AVENUE
Police arrested two teenagers for a robbery in front of 534 Sixth Avenue last Friday at 1:42 a.m. Police said that the two teens were working together in an attempt to rob the victim and one of them, who was also charged with menacing, simulated a gun during the incident. The names of the teens are being withheld due to their young age.

WOMEN ARRESTED AFTER GUN PULLED DURING FIGHT IN STRAUS HOUSES
Police arrested 56-year-old Sheila Whitaker and 60-year-old Sherrie Pierce for assault inside 344 East 28th Street last Saturday at 5:14 p.m. Police said that Pierce got into an argument with Whitaker, who allegedly pepper sprayed her in the face, then started physically attacking her, punching and scratching, causing cuts on the Pierce’s face and forehead. Whitaker allegedly pointed a gun at the victim and said, “I’m gonna kill you,” and police said that Pierce punched and slapped Whitaker, causing swelling and redness. Whitaker was also charged with menacing.

TWO MEN NABBED FOR ASSAULT
Police arrested two men for an assault in front of 55 West 21st Street last Saturday at 6:52 p.m. Twenty-two-year-old Matthew Leist and 23-year-old Myles Kotler allegedly punched the victim in the face, causing cuts on his nose, as well as redness and swelling. Police said that Kotler was also allegedly in possession of liquid marijuana and he was additionally charged with possession of marijuana. The victim pointed out Leist at the scene and the suspect was arrested without incident. Kotler was arrested after police saw him on video allegedly punching the victim.

MEN BUSTED FOR ASSAULTING MAN ON SIXTH AVENUE
Police arrested 25-year-old David Dragunskiy and 27-year-old Sergey Kuryatnikov for assault in front of 755 Sixth Avenue last Sunday at 2:56 a.m. Police said that Dragunskiy and Kuryatnikov punched the victim in the face, causing a cut on his nose as well as bleeding and swelling. The victim was transported to the NYU Medical Center by EMS for treatment.

MAN ARRESTED FOR ASSAULT ON EAST 15TH
Police arrested a 41-year-old “John Doe” for assault in front of 25 East 15th Street last Saturday at 3:55 p.m. Police said that the man punched a woman in the stomach, causing substantial pain. No further information was available about what provoked the assault.

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