Police Watch: Man drives into cop car, Officers assaulted at Bellevue

DRIVER CRASHES INTO COP CAR ON FIFTH AVENUE, THEN TRIES UNSUCCESSFULLY TO FLEE
Police arrested 32-year-old Sachin Patel for reckless endangerment last Monday at 6:08 p.m. in front of 162 Fifth Avenue. A police officer was legally parked on the west side of Fifth Avenue near the northwest corner of West 21st Street when Patel allegedly crashed his vehicle into the parked van. Police said that he fled the scene, heading south on Fifth Avenue and turning onto West 20th Street going in the wrong direction. Officers conducted a vehicle stop on Fifth Avenue and pulled him over. Patel was also charged with leaving the scene of an accident and an unclassified traffic infraction.

MAN NABBED FOR HEADBUTTING OFFICER AT BELLEVUE
Police arrested 38-year-old Alexander Arias inside Bellevue Hospital at 462 First Avenue last Tuesday at 7 a.m. Arias was being removed from the hospital after being discharged when he allegedly attempted to headbutt one of the police officers. A struggle ensued and police said that Arias flailed his arms and legs, causing two officers to fall to the ground. Arias injured his mouth in the struggle and allegedly spit blood in both officers’ faces.

MAN PUNCHES OFFICER WHILE TRYING TO ESCAPE FROM BELLEVUE
Police arrested 32-year-old Augustin Fajardo for assault of a peace officer inside Bellevue Hospital last Thursday at 2:14 p.m. Police said that Fajardo attempted to escape from custody while inside the hospital facility and he allegedly fought with an officer, punching him in the chest and causing pain. Police said that Fajardo flailed and made it difficult for officers to place him back into custody. Fajardo was also charged with escape and resisting arrest.

MEN ARRESTED FOR EXTORTION
Police arrested two men for grand larceny by extortion in front of 107 West 25th Street last Friday night after the men reportedly demanded money in exchange for the return of a cell phone stolen from the victim’s son.
The victim told police that he was with his son in Herald Square earlier on Friday and his son had his cell phone on him, but when he returned, the phone was missing. He then called his son’s phone and spoke with a man who said that he would have to pay $50 if he wanted the phone back, so they arranged to meet in front of 107 West 25th Street later the same day.
Police were at the scene when the victim approached 53-year-old John Gary, who spoke with the victim and reportedly told him to talk with 36-year-old Steven Ware, who was standing nearby. Gary approached Ware with the victim and after the victim handed over $50 in cash, Ware allegedly gave him his son’s cell phone.

Bank robbery suspect

Bank robbery suspect

COPS LOOKING FOR MAN WHO TRIED TO ROB CHASE BANK
Cops are looking for a man they say robbed a Chase Bank located at 2 Park Avenue, between East 32nd and 33rd Streets.
Police say that on Tuesday, January 3, the man strolled into the bank, approached a teller and passed her a note demanding cash.
The teller walked away from the window and the suspect fled the location emptyhanded.
The individual is described as black, approximately 5’6” tall, 40 years old and 155 lbs. He was last seen wearing a black hooded jacket, grey sweatpants, black and white sneakers, slight beard and latex gloves.
Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 800-577-TIPS or for Spanish 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto nypdcrimestoppers.com.

MAN ARRESTED FOR ‘UNPROVOKED’ ASSAULT
Police arrested 46-year-old Gerardo Ceja for assault at the corner of East 22nd Street and Park Avenue South last Friday at 1:35 a.m. Ceja allegedly punched the victim in the face and neck several times, causing cuts to the inside of his lip and bruising on his neck. Police said that the attack was unprovoked.

FOUR ARRESTED FOR SHOPLIFTING ON FIFTH
Police arrested four people for shoplifting in front of 114 Fifth Avenue last Tuesday at 2:35 p.m. Police said that 39-year-old Shyqueen Washington, 43-year-old David Eisbey, 41-year-old Sabrina Walker and 35-year-old Tawanna Robinson were working together to swipe merchandise from various stores.
All four suspects were allegedly in possession of booster bags lined with aluminum foil, which are commonly used as a burglar’s tool to bypass security alarms in stores. The suspects were charged with possession of stolen property and burglar’s tools.

MEN BUSTED FOR DRUGS ON EAST 24TH
Police arrested 54-year-old Charles Powell and 52-year-old Tyrone Powell for reportedly selling drugs at the corner of Second Avenue and East 24th Street last Friday at 8:45 a.m. Police said that both men sold multiple pills of Clonazepam to undercover officers.

MAN ARRESTED FOR ASSAULT AT SCHNIPPER’S
Police arrested 35-year-old Keith Campbell for assault inside Schnipper’s at 23 East 23rd Street last Friday at 11:34 a.m. Police said that Campbell punched the victim in the face twice, causing her pain and redness. The restaurant manager said that video footage of the incident was available.

MAN BUSTED FOR BREAKING BUILDING DOOR
Police arrested 29-year-old Michael Green for criminal mischief in front of 55 West 26th Street last Thursday at 5:23 a.m. Green was allegedly seen on camera breaking a door at the entrance to the apartment building. Police said that he had no justification to be at the building and the estimated value of the door is over $250.

WOMAN ARRESTED FOR STOLEN BAG
Fifty-year-old Ana Maria Hernandez was arrested for petit larceny and possession of stolen property inside 24 Union Square East last Thursday at 8:21 p.m. Police said that Hernandez walked off with a purse and bag that had been left unattended on a chair inside the restaurant. She allegedly concealed the items inside a shopping bag and left, and was arrested a few blocks away.

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