Police Watch: Officer assaulted in Kips Bay, Bike ‘thief’ busted for stolen credit cards

MAN CHARGED WITH ASSAULTING OFFICER IN KIPS BAY
Police arrested 39-year-old Kevin Legenza after he allegedly punched a cop in front of 124 East 28th Street last Friday at 3:13 a.m.
Police said that Legenza was sitting down on the hood of an operating vehicle in front of the location and refused to move. Police officers at the scene asked him to move several times and he allegedly refused. Police said that they told him he was blocking traffic and would be issued a summons if he didn’t move. Legenza then allegedly tried to stop the officer from doing this by pushing him and attempting to walk away. Police said that they attempted to arrest the suspect but he allegedly flailed his arms and actively resisted being restrained, so officers brought him to the ground. This is when Legenza allegedly fell on top of one of the officers and also punched the officer in the face multiple times.
An attorney for Legenza did not respond to a request for comment.

BIKE ‘THIEF’ BUSTED FOR STOLEN CREDIT CARDS
Police arrested 26-year-old Benjamin Marcial for petit larceny and possession of stolen property last Friday at 2:11 p.m. at the corner of East 20th Street and the FDR Drive. Police said that Marcial took a bicycle from the sidewalk without permission and allegedly attempted to put the stolen bike in a taxi to flee the scene.
While Marcial was in custody after being arrested for stealing the bike, police said that he was found to be in possession of stolen credit cards. Police said that the credit cards had been swiped from a Blink Fitness location in the 9th precinct.

Robbery suspect

MAN WANTED FOR BANK ROBBERIES
Police are looking for a man wanted for questioning in connection to a string of bank robberies beginning in March. The man is suspected in five robberies, including one in Kips Bay. Police said that the suspect entered the Chase Bank at 450 Third Avenue between 31st and 32nd Streets on March 13 and passed a teller a demand note. He reportedly got away with an undetermined amount of money.
The first incident took place on Thursday, March 9 at 11:03 a.m. when the robber hit a Santander Bank on the Upper East Side. Another incident on the Upper East Side took place on Thursday, May 11 at 1:22 p.m. when the suspect demanded cash from a bank teller.
Two incidents were reported in Queens this past Monday, when the suspect entered an Apple Bank and a Chase Bank on Queens Boulevard. The teller at the Apple Bank said that she didn’t have any cash. The suspect said that he had a gun but the teller still didn’t comply, so the man went to the Chase Bank down the street and demanded cash from a teller there by passing a demand note.
The individual is described as white approximately 40 years old, with a medium build and was clean shaven, with light eyes, 6’0” tall and 200 lbs. He was last seen wearing a black puffy jacket, black jeans and a red baseball cap.
Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto nypdcrimestoppers.com. All calls are strictly confidential.

COP CHASES DOWN DINE-AND-DITCH SUSPECT
Police arrested 21-year-old Javier Suarez Sinai for possession of stolen property after he allegedly attempted a dine-and-ditch inside BLT Prime at 111 East 22nd Street.
Police said that last Saturday at 7:29 p.m. Suarez Sinai attempted to leave the location without paying his bill, at which point the manager said, “Someone stop him!” An off-duty police officer who was eating in the restaurant at the time chased the suspect and caught him a block away. When he was searched, police said that he was in possession of three stolen credit cards. Suarez Sinai was also charged with theft of services.

WOMAN ARRESTED FOR KNIFE THREAT
Police arrested 48-year-old Samantha Robinson for menacing inside 14 East 28th Street last Tuesday at 1:08 p.m. Police said that Robinson and the victim, who were friends, were hanging out when Robinson allegedly grabbed a knife off the victim’s kitchen counter and told him, “I’ll cut you.” The victim said that he disarmed Robinson and she left, but she was arrested shortly after.

OFFICER’S CAR KEYED ON EAST 20TH
Police arrested Deborah Cohlan for criminal mischief in front of 230 East 20th Street last Tuesday at 10:35 a.m. Police said that Cohlan caused multiple scratches using keys on an officer’s personal vehicle that was parked in front of the old Police Academy building on East 20th Street.

MAN ARRESTED FOR MASTURBATING ON 5 TRAIN
Thirty-year-old Darryl Logan was arrested for public lewdness in the Union Square subway station last Wednesday at 8 p.m. Police said that Logan was masturbating over his pants between 174th Street/Southern Boulevard in the Bronx and 86th Street/Lexington Avenue in Manhattan while on a downtown 5 train but he wasn’t arrested until Union Square.

MEN ARRESTED FOR GRAFFITIING MAILBOX
Police arrested 41-year-old Luis Amador, 37-year-old Joel Cabrera and 41-year-old Ricardo Ayala for criminal mischief last Friday at 7:01 p.m. at the corner of Third Avenue and East 29th Street. Police said that Amador, Cabrera and Ayala graffitied a US postal mailbox with black, white, blue and silver spray paint. Amador and Cabrera allegedly attempted to discard the paint under a car but the cans were found when the three men were arrested.

MAN ARRESTED FOR THEFT FROM CELL PHONE STORE
Twenty-year-old Amadou Diallo was arrested for grand larceny and possession of stolen property inside the AT&T store at 31 East 17th Street last Sunday at 3:47 p.m. Police said that Diallo and another person who wasn’t arrested went inside the store and allegedly grabbed four cell phones off the display before fleeing.

TWO ARRESTED FOR K2
Police arrested 35-year-old Jermaine Spencer for an unclassified misdemeanor in front of 420 Park Avenue South last Tuesday at 5:10 p.m. Police said that Spencer was rolling an alleged K2 cigarette on a public sidewalk, in violation of health codes.
Police arrested 31-year-old Anthony Alexander for an unclassified misdemeanor last Tuesday at 6:28 p.m. in front of 101 West 14th Street. Police said that Alexander was in possession of a lit K2 cigarette, in violation of public health codes.

THREE ARRESTED FOR UNLICENSED VENDING
Police arrested three people for selling merchandise on the sidewalk without a license in the last week.
Police arrested a 54-year-old man for unlawful peddling last Tuesday at 10:48 a.m. at the corner of Sixth Avenue and West 23rd Street. Police said that the man was displaying merchandise for sale on a public sidewalk without a vendor’s license.
Police arrested a 37-year-old man for an unclassified misdemeanor at East 14th Street and Union Square West last Wednesday at 2 p.m. Police said that the man was offering shirts for sale and could not produce a Department of Consumer Affairs license when asked.
Police arrested a 45-year-old man for forgery in front of 1179 Broadway last Thursday at 12:45 p.m. Police said that the suspect was trying to sell hats that bore a trademark for the NBA.

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