Police Watch: Man arrested in death of transgender woman, Sex offender arrested for assault

MAN ARRESTED FOR MANSLAUGHTER IN DEATH OF TRANSGENDER WOMAN
Joseph Griffin, 26, was indicted last Friday for fatally striking 59-year-old Brenda/Kenneth Bostick with a metal object in Chelsea in April. Griffin is charged in a New York Supreme Court indictment with manslaughter in the first degree. He is also facing a separate charge of criminal mischief for breaking the windshield of a taxi cab later in the evening of Bostick’s death.
According to court documents and statements made on the record in court, Griffin approached the victim, who identified as transgender and was alternately known as Brenda and Kenneth Bostick, or simply “Bostick,” on Seventh Avenue between West 27th and 28th Streets at approximately 10 p.m. on April 25 and struck her over the head with a long, metal object. The victim immediately fell to the ground and was rushed to Bellevue Hospital. She were declared braindead on May 4 and died on May 7. Meanwhile, Griffin had fled the scene. About an hour and a half after assaulting the victim, Griffin was seen running through traffic in the middle of the street. When a taxi driver stopped his car to avoid hitting Griffin, he allegedly climbed onto the front of the car, smashing the windshield.

SEX OFFENDER NABBED FOR ASSAULT AT BELLEVUE
Police arrested 37-year-old Jamele Manning for assault and harassment last Wednesday at 6:30 a.m. inside Bellevue Hospital at 462 First Avenue. Police said that Manning punched the victim in the face, causing a cut over the victim’s eye that required stitches, as well as swelling.
As of T&V’s press time, the district attorney’s office said that the suspect had not yet been arraigned, but Manning is listed in the New York State sex offender registry as a level 3 violent sex offender. According to the Division of Criminal Justice Services, Manning forcibly sodomized a teenage girl who he threatened at gunpoint, choked and physically overpowered on February 12, 1999. He was convicted on December 10 of that year. He was sentenced to one day to six years in state prison, although it was unclear how much time he actually served.

WOMAN ARRESTED FOR STEALING BIKE IN STUY TOWN
Police arrested 36-year-old Vanessa Guirola in front of 610 East 20th Street for allegedly stealing a Stuyvesant Town resident’s bicycle last Sunday at 10:44 p.m. A Stuyvesant Town security officer said that he saw Guirola inside the Stuy Town building. After he circled the block while on patrol, he saw her leaving the building with a bicycle that she didn’t previously have. He stopped her outside 510 East 20th Street and noticed that the bike belonged to a Stuy Town resident and not to Guirola. She was charged with petit larceny and possession of stolen property.

MEN ARRESTED FOR GYM LOCKER THEFTS
Police arrested two men last week for thefts from Planet Fitness lockers.
Hercy Ramos, 26, was arrested for identity theft last Tuesday at 8:43 p.m. inside the 13th Precinct after he allegedly stole credit cards from a locker inside Planet Fitness.
Ramos allegedly stole credit cards from the Planet Fitness at 158 West 27th Street, a Crunch gym in Midtown and another Planet Fitness location, also in Midtown. According to the district attorney’s office, Ramos used the credit cards to make purchases at the Nike store and a Foot Action store.
One of the victims said that the lock on his locker at the Crunch Gym had been replaced and the victim said that his credit card was later used at Zara. Video surveillance reportedly showed Ramos taking a lock from a shelf at the front desk of the gym. Police said that when Ramos was arrested, he had bolt cutters in his backpack and the bag matched the one on the surveillance video from the Crunch Gym.
Ramos was also charged with possession of stolen property.
George Stone, 36, allegedly stole credit cards from a locker inside a Planet Fitness and used them. Stone was charged with grand larceny at the 13th Precinct last Tuesday at noon, but no further information was available about which location he reportedly stole the credit cards from.

MAN BUSTED FOR PEDDLING STOLEN BIKE
Police arrested 48-year-old Eric Garland for allegedly trying to sell a stolen bike last Thursday at 2:45 p.m. Police said that Garland was walking north on Broadway near East 18th Street with a bike beside him. He then stopped at a bike rack and allegedly cased a number of bicycles before continuing north. Police said that Garland attempted to sell the bicycle to at least three food delivery businesses and allegedly cased an additional bike at East 21st Street and Broadway. Police said that Garland tried removing the lock for at least ten minutes before giving up and continuing north. He then allegedly rode the bike on the sidewalk and on the street against traffic, and when he was arrested at the corner of Third Avenue and East 27th Street, police said that he was in possession of numerous bike parts. Police said that Garland admitted, “I took this bike from Union Square. I can sell it for 50 bucks.” He was charged with petit larceny.

MAN BUSTED FOR DRUG SALE IN KIPS BAY
Police arrested 27-year-old Jonathan Bruce for intent to sell a controlled substance in front of 224 East 28th Street at Second Avenue last Tuesday at 5:26 p.m. Police said that Bruce was in possession of prescription pills. He also allegedly attempted to sell crack cocaine and marijuana to an undercover officer and was additionally charged with sale of a controlled substance and marijuana, as well as possession of a controlled substance.

MAN ARRESTED FOR SELLING POT TO UNDERCOVER OFFICER
Police arrested two men for the sale of marijuana in front of 491 First Avenue last Tuesday at 5:51 p.m. Police said that 25-year-old Jose Guerrero and 27-year-old Kaleb Adnew attempted to sell marijuana to an undercover officer.

MAN BUSTED FOR DRUGS AT STRAUS HOUSES
Police arrested 37-year-old Jason Rice for possession of a controlled substance and criminal trespass inside the Straus Houses at 224 East 28th Street last Wednesday at 12:37 p.m. Police said that Rice was sitting in the first floor stairway holding a syringe containing alleged heroin residue and when he was searched, police said that he was also in possession of two glass pipes containing alleged crack residue, as well as multiple syringes containing alleged heroin residue. Police said that Rice admitted that there was heroin in the needle and also said that he doesn’t live in the building.

MAN ARRESTED FOR KICKING CAR
Police arrested 29-year-old Jayson Harrison for criminal mischief at the corner of Fifth Avenue and West 21st Street last Friday at 5:32 p.m. The victim told police that he was driving west on 21st Street when Harrison allegedly walked up to his car and kicked it, causing a dent to the front passenger door.

WOMAN ARRESTED FOR ASSAULT
Police arrested 26-year-old Jarissa Bonifario for assault and harassment at the corner of East 28th Street and First Avenue last Saturday at 3:03 a.m. Police said that Bonifario punched the victim in the face, causing pain and swelling. No further information was available about what prompted the attack.

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