Police Watch: Woman robbed on Third Ave., Women arrested after car accidents

WOMAN ROBBED ON THIRD AVENUE
Police arrested 22-year-old Natividad Jiminez, 18-year-old Myasiah Bettis and three teenagers for robbery and grand larceny at the corner of Third Avenue and East 28th Street last Wednesday at 1:48 a.m. The victim told police that she was walking south on Third Avenue between East 28th and 27th Streets when five kids walked past her, one of them saying, “I think we’re going the wrong way.”
Jiminez allegedly struck her in the back of the head and began trying to grab her purse from her shoulder. The victim struggled with the suspect who eventually took the bag. The suspects then fled east on East 28th Street between Second and Third Avenues. Police said that Jimenez was seen on camera attempting to use the victim’s debit card in an ATM at 495 Second Avenue. The victim told police that she received a notification about unauthorized usage on her card at the same time that the suspects could be seen on video at the ATM.

WOMEN ARRESTED AFTER CAR ACCIDENTS
Police arrested two women this week in separate incidents for alleged intoxicated driving.
Fifty-year-old Antoinette Williams was arrested for alleged intoxicated driving at First Avenue and East 23rd Street last Sunday at 1:14 a.m. Police were responding to an accident at the location when a witness said that a blue Jeep heading north on First Avenue towards East 23rd Street had disobeyed a steady red light and had collided with another car. Upon further investigation, police found that Williams was the driver of the Jeep and she allegedly had a moderate odor of alcohol on her breath as well as bloodshot, watery eyes and slurred speech.
Police also arrested Dina Zapata for alleged intoxicated driving at the corner of Second Avenue and East 23rd Street last Monday at 5:15 a.m. Police said that Zapata was driving east on East 23rd Street between Park Avenue South and Third Avenue when she sideswiped the victim’s car. Both drivers stopped at Second Avenue and East 23rd Street and the victim identified Zapata as the person who hit his car. Police said that Zapata had signs of being intoxicated, with bloodshot, watery eyes, an odor of alcohol on her breath and slurred speech.

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Fireworks and a message of unity on July 4th

Fireworks on the East River (Photo by Edward O’Rourke)

By Sabina Mollot

On July 4, thousands gathered at Waterside Plaza to view the fireworks from windows as well as outdoor areas on the complex. This year, with the barges centered solely on the East River from 24th to 41st Streets, the complex got an even more enviable viewpoint than usual. The roughly 25-minute display sponsored by Macy’s showcased 2,200 effects per minute from each of the five barges.

The event even drew a visit from Mayor Bill de Blasio who stopped by before the fireworks to discuss immigrant rights on Independence Day. He spoke about the travel ban and how if people are feeling disenfranchised by the Trump administration, they could fight back by remembering that New York is an immigrant-friendly place.

De Blasio, who began by saying it was his first time visiting Waterside, called it “pretty amazing. I’m seeing everything good about New York City in one place.”

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