Police Watch: Subway mugger threatens victims on 1 train, Man arrested for Dig Inn burglary

Suspect of two robberies

Suspect of two robberies

Police are on the lookout for a mugger who threatened two straphangers, one with a metal club, the other with a knife at the 14th Street 1 train station.
The first incident took place on Sunday, November 27 at around 4:15 a.m. when the thug approached a 33-year-old victim on a stairway. He pulled out a metal club and demanded her bag. The victim complied and the mugger fled with her bag, which contained $200, a MetroCard and other bank and ID cards.
On Monday, December 5 at around 5 a.m., police believe the same man pulled a knife on a 68-year-old man at the station and demanded cash. The victim, however, was able to get on the train without giving the mugger anything.
Police have surveillance photos of the suspect using the MetroCard belonging to the first victim at the Utica Avenue 3/4 train station in Brooklyn on Monday, November 28. In another photo, he’s seen fleeing the subway.
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 online. All calls are strictly confidential.

Police arrested 21-year-old Brandon Hart for burglary last Friday at 10 a.m. inside the 13th precinct. An employee for Dig Inn, a restaurant at 1178 Broadway, told police that she had a purse containing two credit cards, cash, school books and an iPad in the employee locker room on December 7 and that she later discovered was missing. Another employee at the restaurant told police that her wallet went missing the same day after she had also left it in the employee locker room. Police said that Hart could be seen on surveillance video rummaging around the locker room area on December 7 around 12:30 p.m. and he allegedly made a video statement admitting that he took the purse and wallet, keeping the cash and disposing of the rest of the property in an alley in Queens.

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Fire at NYU Langone Medical Center

NYU Langone Medical Center’s main campus at 550 First Avenue (Photo courtesy of NYU Langone)

NYU Langone Medical Center’s main campus at 550 First Avenue (Photo courtesy of NYU Langone)

By Sabina Mollot and Maria Rocha-Buschel

A fire broke out at the NYU Langone Medical Center on Wednesday at around noon, on a construction site at the facility.

A spokesperson for the hospital said it was not a patient area and no patients were injured in the fire, which was extinguished by 1 p.m.

The fire started on the seventh floor rooftop where a new hospital building, scheduled to open in 2018, is under construction.

According to spokesperson Lisa Grenier, the fire was confined to this area. However, as a precaution, some patients in rooms on the north side of Tisch Hospital facing the construction were moved to the south side of the floor.

“They have since been located back to their rooms,” Grenier said. “Currently we are investigating cause and the extent of damage.”

An emailed alert from the city said area residents should expect smoke, traffic delays due to the presence of emergency responders. Neighbors were advised to close their windows and not linger outside.

The hospital is located at First Avenue and East 30th Street.

Stuy Town Christmas tree lighting

On Saturday, about 70 Stuy Town residents gathered at the Oval fountain for the annual Christmas tree lighting. Christmas Carolers kicked off the evening before the arrival of Santa Claus who led a countdown to the tree lighting with a “ho, ho, ho.”

Guests enjoyed free cookies and hot chocolate and cider and also picked up free necklaces and stuffed reindeer toys. Children got to take pictures on Santa’s lap nearby in the Oval Studio.

A Menorah lighting will take place on December 28.

Photos by Maya Rader

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Santa with Peter, a two-year-old resident