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

Suspect of two robberies

Suspect of two robberies

SUBWAY MUGGER THREATENS VICTIMS WITH CLUB, KNIFE
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.

MAN ARRESTED FOR BURGLARY
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.

MAN ARRESTED FOR THREATENING VICTIM WITH KNIFE AT GRAMERCY RESTAURANT
Police arrested 37-year-old Greg Thompson for menacing and weapons possession in front of Farmer and the Fish at 245 Park Avenue South last Sunday. Police said that Thompson got into an argument with the victim between 4 and 5 a.m. and allegedly grabbed him by the chest, then raised a knife to the victim’s head in a threatening manner. Thompson allegedly told the victim he was going to kill him and his wife, causing the victim to be in fear of a serious injury. Police said that a knife was recovered from the restaurant’s basement kitchen.

MAN BUSTED FOR BANK ROBBERY
Police arrested 55-year-old Patrick Smith for robbery inside the 13th precinct last Wednesday at 2 p.m. Police said that Smith entered a bank and made a verbal demand for cash. No further information was available about the bank Smith allegedly attempted to rob.

WOMAN NABBED FOR SIXTH AVE. THEFT
Police arrested 31-year-old Elizabeth Carabello for petit larceny inside 620 Sixth Avenue last Wednesday at 4:39 p.m. The address is home to Marshall’s, TJ Maxx and Bed Bath & Beyond, though it wasn’t clear which store was involved. Police said that Carabello took merchandise from a shelf and brought it to the customer service desk to return it for store credit.

EMPLOYEE ARRESTED FOR THEFT AT BABIES R US
Police arrested 22-year-old Quianna Carbajal for petit larceny inside Babies R Us at 24 Union Square East last Thursday at 9:34 p.m. Police said that Carbajal, a cashier at the store, was passing merchandise to a former store employee at the register without scanning the items and was allowing the ex-employee to leave the store without paying.

MAN ARRESTED FOR BIKE THEFT
Police arrested 27-year-old Joseph Christopher for allegedly stealing a bike at the corner of First Avenue and East 14th Street last Tuesday. Police said that Christopher was fleeing the scene of a theft in a different location on a red BMX bike at around 12:30 p.m. Christopher allegedly dumped the bike at the southwest corner of East 17th Street and Second Avenue. Police said that he was standing near the bike and acting in a suspicious manner when he heard police sirens and he then allegedly fled towards East 14th Street and First Avenue.

TRIO CHARGED WITH STEALING MEDICINE
Police arrested two men and a teenager for grand larceny inside the CVS at 636 Sixth Avenue last Saturday at 7 p.m. Thomas Stepney, 23, Eric Simms, 34, and the teenager, whose name is being withheld due to his young age, reportedly entered the store and concealed numerous packages of over-the-counter medication, concealing the items in their pants and allegedly leaving without paying. Police said that Stepney and Simms, who were also charged with possession of stolen property and resisting arrest, were in possession of the merchandise when they were stopped and when police attempted to handcuff them, they allegedly pushed the officers and refused to be cuffed. Police said that once Simms was in custody, he was yelling and combative and also spit on an officer.

MAN NABBED FOR BOOKING HOTEL WITH STOLEN CARD
Twenty-year-old Christopher Paulino was arrested for grand larceny at the corner of Union Square East and East 14th Street last Friday at 10:10 p.m. Police said that Paulino used the victim’s credit card to book rooms at a nearby hotel without permission to do so.

MAN ARRESTED FOR OBSTRUCTING POLICE
Police arrested 24-year-old Hansel Devron for an unclassified misdemeanor and disorderly conduct on Sunday at 10:18 a.m. in front of 25 East 15th Street. Police were nearby the location for a call when Devron allegedly began yelling and gesturing towards officers and passersby, allegedly obstructing officers from doing their job. Police told Devron to leave the location but he allegedly refused, continuing to get louder and causing a crowd to form. When Devron was brought to the precinct, he allegedly became belligerent, throwing himself on the ground and refusing to approach the desk.

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