Police Watch: Robbery at Maialino, Increased security after Berlin market attack

WOMAN ARRESTED FOR ROBBERY AT MAIALINO
Police arrested 34-year-old Brenda Garza inside Danny Meyer’s Maialino restaurant after she allegedly swiped a woman’s credit card and punched the victim in the face.
According to police, last Wednesday close to midnight, Garza allegedly swiped the victim’s credit card from the bar of the restaurant, which is located at the Gramercy Park Hotel. When the victim tried to get her card back, Garza allegedly punched her in the face multiple times. A witness attempted to stop Garza but then she allegedly struck him in the face as well, giving him a split lip. Bar security attempted to stop Garza from leaving the bar and as they approached her, she allegedly dropped the victim’s card on the ground, where it was found.
Garza was charged with robbery and possession of stolen property.

SECURITY BEEFED UP IN NYC HOLIDAY MARKETS AFTER TRUCK INCIDENT IN BERLIN
The NYPD has stepped up security at high profile outdoor Christmas markets throughout New York City following 12 people being killed when a truck driver plowed through a Christmas market in Berlin.
There’s no specific threat in NYC stemming from the incident in Germany, but as a precaution, the NYPD is moving heavily armed Critical Response Command officers toward these displays. Locations for the Christmas markets include Union Square, Columbus Circle and Bryant Park, as well as several others across the city.
Meanwhile, police are searching for a Tunisian man identified as Anis Amri who has multiple aliases, according to the Guardian.
The suspect’s identity papers were found inside the truck used in Monday’s attack, which left, along with those fatally injured, 48 others with injuries, CNN reported. ISIS has already claimed it inspired the attack.

WOMAN ARRESTED FOR PHONE THEFT AFTER PHOTO OF HER SHOWS UP ON VICTIM’S ICLOUD ACCOUNT
Police arrested 27-year-old Nina Roman for possession of stolen property last Tuesday at 4:58 p.m. inside A.I. Friedman at 44 West 18th Street. The victim told police that she went into the art supply store on December 10 around 4:30 p.m., where Roman works. The victim said that she put her phone down on a shelf inside the store and when she turned back to it, the phone was missing. Around 10:45 p.m. that night, she noticed that her phone pinged to Hart Street between Throop and Tompkins Avenues in Brooklyn. There was also allegedly a photo of Roman on the victim’s phone, which the victim saw because it uploaded to her iCloud and the phone is synced to the iCloud account.

TEEN ARRESTED FOR ASSAULT AT BELLEVUE
Police arrested a teenager for assault inside Bellevue Hospital at 492 First Avenue last Sunday at 1:57 p.m. Police said that the suspect punched the victim in the face multiple times, causing severe pain, swelling and redness. The teen’s name is being withheld due to his young age.

MAN ARRESTED FOR BREAKING INTO SAFE
Police arrested 39-year-old Jorge Velazquez for burglary and possession of burglar’s tools last Monday at 3:59 a.m. inside 10 Union Square East.
Police said that Velazquez was breaking into a safe inside the building and was attempting to take cash from inside it. When he was searched, he was allegedly in possession of burglar’s tools. It was unclear where the safe Velazquez allegedly broke into was but the address is home to a Starbucks, GNC and Panera, as well as the Phillips Ambulatory Center for Beth Israel Mount Sinai.

TEENS BUSTED FOR IPAD THEFTS
Police arrested four teenagers last Tuesday at 7:20 p.m. for a robbery that took place at an earlier date inside Stop N Go Wireless at 942 Broadway. Police said that the four teens were working together to steal five Apple iPads from the display shelves.
Eighteen-year-old Patrick Thomas is a student at John Dewey High School in Brooklyn and the names of the other three students are being withheld due to their young age. Police said that one of the students is in 10th grade.

JEANS THEFT SUSPECT COLLARED IN FLATIRON
Police arrested 55-year-old Raphael Diaz for grand larceny in front of 142 Fifth Avenue between 19th and 20th Street last Wednesday. Police said that Diaz was seen running from a store with a stack of jeans concealed under his arm with the price tags and security tags still attached. When police attempted to stop Diaz, he allegedly flailed his arms and attempted to flee. He was also charged with possession of stolen property and resisting arrest.

FRAUDULENT CAR RENTAL IN GRAMERCY
Police arrested 27-year-old Rasheen Best for grand larceny and forgery inside Dollar Rent A Car at 329 East 22nd Street last Friday at 3 p.m. Police said that Best rented a Jeep on October 25, using a fake credit card and identification.

TRESPASSING INSIDE STRAUS HOUSES
Eighteen-year-old Thomas Zapata and 46-year-old Luis Lopez were arrested for criminal trespass inside 224 East 28th Street last Friday at 11:07 p.m. Police said that Lopez and Zapata were inside the building without permission since they weren’t visiting any building residents and do no live in the building themselves. Police said that Lopez was found sitting in the back exit and Zapata was inside a stairwell at the building. Zapata allegedly refused to answer officer’s questions about why he was inside the building.

MAN ARRESTED FOR DRUGS, NEEDLES IN KIPS BAY
Police arrested 32-year-old Douglas Coward for possession of a hypodermic instrument and possession of a controlled substance in front of 224 East 28th Street last Monday at 9:05 p.m. Police said that Coward was arrested on a previous warrant and when he was apprehended, he was allegedly in possession of two bags of heroin, as well as two needles loaded with a controlled substance and 21 unloaded hypodermic needles that were in his backpack.

ASSAULT OUTSIDE FAIRWAY MARKET
Thirty-year-old Shamecka Williams was arrested for assault in front of the Fairway at 766 Sixth Avenue last Thursday at 1:07 p.m. Police said that Williams pushed the victim, causing scratches and pain to her neck.

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