MAN CHARGED WITH ROBBING BANKS AT GUNPOINT IN UNION SQUARE, LES
Police arrested a man suspected in three bank robberies in Union Square and Lower Manhattan last Wednesday. Police stopped 21-year-old Richard Callison in front of 125 Third Avenue at 12:58 p.m. that afternoon while he was stopped in front of a Duane Reade near East 14th Street because he matched the description of a suspect from previous bank robberies.
Police said that video surveillance captured Callison committing the robberies. Callison also allegedly admitted to committing the robberies and police said that he identified himself in the stills from the video.
According to the district attorney’s office, two of the robberies took place on the Lower East Side and one occurred on Broadway near Union Square, all happening on two days last week.
The most recent robbery occurred in the Citibank at 749 Broadway near Eighth Street on July 19 at 11:40 a.m. Police said Callison gave the teller a note that said, “Put the money in the bag. No tracers and no one has to get hurt.” The DA’s office said that Callison pointed what appeared to be a gun through a plastic bag at the teller.
A teller working at the Chase Bank at 109 Delancey Street said that Callison came in at 10:40 a.m. on July 19 and handed over a note that said, “Give me the money. No dye packs. Big bills or your life will end!!!” Callison allegedly pointed a gun at the teller in this incident as well.
A bank teller working in the Bank of America at 92 Delancey Street told police that Callison gave him a note on July 18 around 4:30 p.m. that read, “Give me all the big bills (no traces). Make the wrong move and you will get shot. Rapido rapido.”
ARREST FOR UNTAXED CIGARETTES AT FIRST AVENUE DELI
Police arrested 27-year-old Esa Alsaedi for violating tax law inside the Peter Cooper Village Deli at 375 First Avenue last Wednesday at 7:13 p.m. Police conducted an inspection of the store in accordance with an order from the New York County Supreme Court. During the inspection, a trained tobacco dog indicated that there was tobacco in a drawer under the food cooler about five feet away from the cash register. Police discovered 81 cartons of cigarettes in the drawer and Alsaedi was allegedly in control of the premises. Police said that the packs of cigarettes bore a Virginia tax stamp.
According to a criminal complaint from the Supreme Court filed in May, police used a confidential informant to develop the case against the owners of the deli and the store was reportedly the site of a number of similar violations since January 13.
The owners of the deli were issued a summons for selling untaxed cigarettes in May but an affirmation filed in the Supreme Court on Monday specified that the store was allowed to remain open on the condition that the owner pay $2,000 in civil penalties and not sell untaxed cigarettes in the store. According to the Supreme Court, untaxed cigarettes were sold at the store on July 6 and the owner did not pay the fee, resulting in the search last week.
According to the district attorney’s office, Alsaedi received an adjournment in contemplation of dismissal (ACD) with community service at the time of his arraignment. Alsaedi’s attorney could not be reached for comment.
It was unclear if the city ultimately shut down the store but a call to the deli on Wednesday morning was not answered.
HOMELESS MAN ARRESTED FOR STABBINGS WITH SCISSORS ON WEST 14TH STREET
Fifty-year-old Douglas Gaston was arrested for stabbing multiple people in front of the Salvation Army headquarters on West 14th Street near Sixth Avenue around 9 p.m. on Monday. The New York Post reported that Gaston, who is homeless, threatened a teenager with a pair of scissors then allegedly stabbed two other people, including another homeless man. Police said that the victims were taken to a nearby hospital in critical condition. He was charged with two counts of assault, reckless endangerment, menacing and possession of a weapon.
‘FAKE’ COP BUSTED FOR ROBBERY NEAR MADISON SQUARE PARK
Police arrested 26-year-old Marc Irving for robbery in front of 21 East 26th Street last Sunday at 9:26 a.m. Police said that Irving approached the victim, who was sitting on a park bench near Madison Square Park around 5 a.m. that day. Irving allegedly told the victim that he was a police officer and needed to frisk the victim for drugs. Police said that Irving then took the victim’s wallet, which contained a debit card, credit card and MetroCard. Irving was arrested later in the morning when he allegedly used the stolen credit card nearby.
Irving was also charged with grand larceny, impersonation of a police officer and harassment.
MAN ARRESTED FOR RAZORS AT BRC SHELTER
Police arrested 43-year-old Robert Staskiewicz for reckless endangerment last Wednesday at 8 a.m. inside the 13th precinct. Police said that Staskiewicz, who is a client at the BRC shelter on West 25th Street, put razor blades in his locker with the intent to injure staff members while they performed routine locker inspections. Staskiewicz allegedly told a maintenance worker about his intentions and staff members were able to remove the razors from the locker without injuries.
MAN ARRESTED FOR STEALING SNEAKERS FROM VA
Police arrested 59-year-old George Smalls for petit larceny inside the VA Medical Center at 423 East 23rd Street last Thursday at 11:57 a.m. Police said that Smalls removed multiple pairs of sneakers from the location without permission to do so.
MAN ARRESTED FOR TRESPASSING IN EAST 17TH STREET BUILDING
Fifty-year-old George Davanzo was arrested for criminal trespass inside 17 East 17th Street last Friday at 11:42 a.m. Police said that Davanzo unlawfully entered a second-floor apartment in the building and barricaded himself inside by using a rope to tie around the door knob and attaching the rope to a staircase.
MEN ARRESTED FOR COCAINE ON WEST 21ST
Police arrested 27-year-old Thomas Gunton and 26-year-old Kyle Waserhaley for possession of a controlled substance in front of 45 West 21st Street last Sunday at 1:31 a.m. Police said that Gunton snorted alleged cocaine from his hand before handing a glassine envelope of the substance to Waserhaley.
MAN NABBED FOR K2 ON WEST 14TH
Police arrested 29-year-old Jamar Cobb for the unlawful sale of synthetic marijuana last Tuesday at 6:44 a.m. in front of 103 West 14th Street. Police said that Cobb was smoking a K2 blunt on the sidewalk in public view.