Police Watch: Four busted for BB guns, Fight across from Stuy Town

A number of people posing on Facebook live with fake guns inside the Gramercy Park Hotel were arrested on Tuesday, The Daily News reported. Hotel staff received a complaint about a room in the hotel and when checking on the noise, someone inside reportedly threatened the worker. Hotel staff called the police and Emergency Service Unit officers broke down the door to the room. Four people were arrested and police recovered at least four BB guns.

Police arrested 56-year-old Russell Worthy and 66-year-old Robert Stewart for fighting at the corner of First Avenue and East 14th Street last Saturday at 11:46 a.m. Police said that Stewart’s wife got into an argument with a woman who she didn’t know on the sidewalk on the west side of First Avenue and Worthy reportedly stepped in to defend the woman. Worthy then got into an argument with Stewart, who allegedly picked up a handsaw belonging to a street vendor and hit the victim in the back of the head with it, causing a cut. Police said that Worthy also punched Stewart in the head, causing redness and pain. Worthy and Stewart were both charged with assault. The DA’s office said that the handsaw was recovered from the branches of a nearby tree.

Police arrested 23-year-old Tyriek Branch for forgery at the corner of Broadway and East 18th Street last Friday at 3:06 p.m. Police noticed that a car was parked illegally at the corner and when they scanned the vehicle for summonses, it revealed the car had a stolen vehicle alert. Branch was allegedly sitting inside the car in the passenger’s side and when police searched the vehicle, they found alleged fake credit cards that were possibly used in other thefts in connection with a grand larceny pattern. Police said that Branch was also in possession of five glassine envelopes of alleged pot and he was additionally charged with possession of marijuana.

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5 Stuy Café closed after health inspection

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5 Stuy Café, pictured over the summer, requested a reopening inspection on Monday. (Photo by Sabina Mollot)

UPDATE: The cafe is expected to reopen Thursday morning, according to Stuyvesant Town General Manager Rick Hayduk. Hayduk said in an email to residents on Wednesday evening that the cafe was reinspected earlier in the day.

By Sabina Mollot

5 Stuy Café, which opened in Stuyvesant Town last summer, has been closed since Saturday afternoon, following an inspection by the Department of Health.

The café, despite recently scoring an A by the city, managed to rack up 50 violation points from eight violations. They included infractions such as food items being held above the allowed temperature of 41 degrees to having foods that were from “unapproved or unknown source or home canned” to “inadequate personal cleanliness due to an outer garment being soiled with a possible contaminant,” according to details from the inspection. Six of the reported violations were deemed critical.

Others included hot food items not held at or above 140 degrees, a food protection certificate not held by the supervisor of food operations and proper sanitation not provided for utensil ware washing operation.

The department notes on its website that the inspections scores may not be final, since restaurant owners are entitled to challenge them.

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