Police Watch: Spa employees arrested, Teen arrested for pooping in stairwell at Straus Houses

MALE SPA EMPLOYEES ARRESTED AT WEST 22ND STREET SPA
Police arrested four men inside Super Men’s Spa at 163 West 22nd Street last Friday at 6:09 p.m. Marek Denert, 22, was charged with prostitution and police said that he agreed to provide an undercover officer with a sex act in exchange for cash.
The other three men arrested, 26-year-old Duvan Gutierrez, 27-year-old Lingyu Hui and 28-year-old Ahmet Eminoglu, were charged with unclassified misdemeanors. Police said that the three men were seen performing massages on customers but none of them had a massage license. The four men were questioned in regards to human trafficking with police concluding this wasn’t an issue there.
UPDATE (March 15): “Mr. Denert’s actions were 100 percent legitimate and in accordance with the law,” said Todd Spodek, Denert‘s defense attorney. “If the establishment or any other masseuses were acting inappropriately, that is separate and distinct from his role there.”

TEEN ARRESTED FOR POOPING IN STAIRWELL AT STRAUS HOUSES
Police arrested a teenager inside 344 East 28th Street last Thursday after he was seen defecating in the 26th floor stairwell of the building. Police said when he was searched, shortly after midnight, he was allegedly in possession of a bag of marijuana in his jacket pocket and a burnt joint that was also in his pocket. Police said that the teen doesn’t live in the building and doesn’t know anyone who lives in the building. He was charged with trespassing as well as a health code violation and possession of marijuana. His name is being withheld due to his young age.

STUDENT ARRESTED FOR ASSAULT AT WASHINGTON IRVING H.S.
Police arrested a teenager for assault last Monday at 9:50 a.m. inside the Washington Irving High School campus. Police said that the teen punched the victim in the face, causing bruising and swelling.

MAN BUSTED FOR COUNTERFEIT CASH IN UNION SQUARE
Police arrested 25-year-old Jermaine Brickhouse after he allegedly tried to pay for clothes at The Gap on Fifth Avenue using counterfeit bills. Police said that Brickhouse passed a forged bill to a cashier on Monday. The store policy is to check large bills under a UV light. The bill didn’t pass the test so the cashier asked if Brickhouse had another form of payment. He instead took the bill back and left the store. Police then spotted him walking on East 16th Street and Union Square West and when he was searched, he was allegedly in possession of forged $100 bills that didn’t have security features on them. He was charged with forgery and petit larceny.

MEN ARRESTED FOR MDMA ON EAST 27TH
Police arrested 28-year-old Cameron Sparrow and 26-year-old Lamont Hollowell for possession of a controlled substance and possession of marijuana in front of 15 East 27th Street last Sunday at 3:09 a.m. Police said that Sparrow and Hollowell were in possession of alleged MDMA in public and when they were arrested, they were also in possession of alleged marijuana.

MAN ARRESTED FOR TRYING TO SELL STOLEN CYMBALS
Police arrested 29-year-old Randall Livingston for possession of stolen property inside Guitar Center at 25 West 14th Street last Wednesday at 5:06 p.m. An employee of Steve Maxwell Vintage and Custom Drums at 723 Seventh Avenue told police that Livingston was in possession of two stolen high-hat cymbals that came from his store. Police found Livingston inside Guitar Center, allegedly trying to sell the cymbals. Police said that Livingston didn’t steal the cymbals from Steve Maxwell himself but he was in possession of them inside Guitar Center.

ARRESTS FOR VENDING WITHOUT LICENSE
Police arrested a 55-year-old man for a New York State misdemeanor last Thursday at 4:30 p.m. in front of 120 West 28th Street. Police said that the man was attempting to sell flowers without a Department of Consumer Affairs license and he could not produce one when asked.
Police also arrested a 59-year-old woman in front of 111 West 28th Street the following day at 4:35 p.m. Police said that she was trying to sell more than 10 pairs of gloves without a DCA license and could not produce one when asked.

TEEN RECOGNIZED FROM ROBBERY
Police arrested a teenager for a robbery inside 122 West 21st Street last Thursday at 4:15 p.m. Police said that the teen was recognized by an officer as a person on a wanted flier for a previous incident that occurred in the 13th precinct. When he was searched, the suspect was in possession of a commonly-used burglar’s tool that is used to remove security tags from merchandise.

MAN ARRESTED FOR KICKING DOOR AT BETH ISRAEL
Police arrested 45-year-old Fernando Pizarro for criminal mischief inside 10 Perlman Place, a building at the Beth Israel Medical Center, last Tuesday at 4 a.m. A nurse at the hospital told police that Pizarro allegedly kicked a door inside the facility, causing damage.

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