Police Watch: Woman arrested after swallowing lit joint, Man arrested for unprovoked attack

WOMAN ARRESTED AFTER SWALLOWING LIT JOINT
Police arrested 24-year-old Ashley Balbuena for criminal tampering and possession of marijuana in front of 72 East 26th Street last Thursday at 11:10 p.m. Police said that Balbuena was smoking a joint on the sidewalk in public view and when an officer approached her and identified himself, Balbuena allegedly attempted to eat and swallow the lit joint. Police said that she was informed several times that she would be arrested if she swallowed the joint but she continued to do so. Balbuena was arrested and taken to Bellevue Hospital.

MAN ARRESTED AFTER UNPROVOKED ATTACK
Police arrested 22-year-old Thomas Blyden after he allegedly assaulted a passerby unprovoked at the corner of East 25th Street and First Avenue last Wednesday at 8:52 p.m. Police said that Blyden punched a man he didn’t know for no apparent reason. When police attempted to confront him, Blyden allegedly fled and when officers caught up with him, he allegedly tensed his body to prevent being handcuffed. Blyden was charged with assault and resisting arrest.

MAN NABBED FOR BURGLARY AT EPIPHANY
Thirty-year-old Tony Scott was arrested for burglary inside 239 East 21st Street last Wednesday at 7:50 p.m. Scott allegedly entered the commercial office inside the church and removed property without permission. Police said that Scott did not have permission to be inside the office. No further information was available about what was taken.

MAN ARRESTED AFTER CAR HIT BUS
Police arrested 25-year-old Eric Castillo for an unclassified traffic misdemeanor at the corner of East 23rd Street and Park Avenue South last Tuesday at 4:50 p.m. Castillo was allegedly driving east on East 23rd Street while an MTA bus was making a right turn onto Park Avenue South. Police said that Castillo collided with the bus and he allegedly told police that he didn’t realize the bus was going to turn. Police said that the suspect was driving in the turning lane but went straight through the intersection. When police checked his license, they found that it was allegedly suspended for failure to pay fines. Castillo was also charged as an unlicensed operator.

MAN NABBED FOR FORGED CREDIT CARDS
Police arrested 23-year-old Edwin Toussaint for forgery in front of 37 West 26th Street last Wednesday at 4 p.m. Police said that Toussaint was in possession of two forged Capital One credit cards and a forged Pennsylvania driver’s license.

POT ‘DEALER’ BUSTED ON WEST 29TH
Police arrested 29-year-old Kevin Gordon in front of 22 West 29th Street last Friday at 10:26 a.m. for sale of marijuana. Police said that Gordon was selling a bag of alleged marijuana on a public sidewalk. When he was searched, he was allegedly in possession of additional marijuana as well as alleged cocaine in his pants pocket. Gordon was also charged with possession of a controlled substance and possession of marijuana.

MAN ARRESTED FOR ASSAULT OUTSIDE THE GLOBE
Police arrested 56-year-old Frantz Casimir for assault in front of The Globe at 158 East 23rd Street last Saturday at 3:47 a.m. Police said that Casimir pushed the victim to the ground, causing his head to hit the sidewalk, which resulted in a cut and swelling to the back of his head.

BUSTED FOR THEFT AT BARNEY’S
Police arrested 24-year-old Chanell Williams for grand larceny inside the 13th Precinct last Friday at 9 a.m. Police said that Williams used counterfeit American Express traveler’s checks in order to purchase multiple pairs of shoes inside Barney’s at 101 Seventh Avenue on February 18.

MAN NABBED FOR ASSAULT ON EAST 16TH
Police arrested 32-year-old Zach Gold for assault in front of a Dunkin Donuts at 109 East 16th Street last Friday at 1:42 p.m. Police said that Gold punched the victim in the face, causing redness and swelling. No further information was available about what caused the dispute.

MAN BUSTED FOR SELLING LOOSIES
Police arrested a 44-year-old man for a tax law violation and unlawful peddling in front of 1181 Broadway and 28th Street last Tuesday. Police said that the man was selling loose Newport cigarettes and couldn’t produce a vendor’s license.

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