Police Watch: Caretaker accused of stealing from senior, Man arrested for purse-snatching

Police arrested 27-year-old Sanaya Mohammed last Thursday after she allegedly try to deposit a check made out to herself from her deceased boss. According to the District Attorney’s office, Mohammed was working as a caretaker for the 73-year-old victim, who lived on West 15th Street in Union Square. Mohammed allegedly deposited a $2,000 check addressed to herself at a Bronx Chase Bank on the same day that the victim passed away.

Police arrested 32-year-old Bernard Rivera after he allegedly snatched a woman’s purse at the corner of Third Avenue and East 14th Street last Saturday right after midnight. Rivera was charged with grand larceny possession of stolen property.

Nineteen-year-old Berris McGann was arrested after allegedly mugging a woman at the corner of East 21st Street and Park Avenue South last Wednesday.
Police said that the victim was waiting to cross the street when McGann allegedly forcibly grabbed the victim’s shopping bag, shoving her, and fled north on Park Avenue South. Police searched the area and McGann was arrested shortly after for robbery and possession of stolen property.

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Muggers mace delivery man in ST

Stuy Town

By Maria Rocha-Buschel

Police are looking for two men involved in the robbery of a delivery man inside the vestibule at 287 Avenue C in Stuyvesant Town last Sunday night around 6 p.m., in which the victim was sprayed with mace and may have broken his ankle.

Deputy Inspector Brendan Timoney said at the 13th Precinct Community Council meeting on Tuesday evening that the suspects attacked the delivery man in the building’s vestibule as he was leaving.

They reportedly identified themselves as police officers and when the victim ignored them and initially tried walking away, one of the suspects sprayed mace in his face. In the ensuing scuffle, the victim fell and police said that he injured his ankle, possible breaking it.

The pair got away with the delivery man’s backpack, but the bag didn’t have any valuables in it.

Timoney noted that the suspects may have believed that the delivery person was a rival drug dealer.

Timoney said that the two men were driving a black BMW and had followed the delivery man to Avenue C from a different location, and they are also suspected in previous robberies taking place in the East Village.

Stuyvesant Town Property Services did not return a request for comment by Town & Village’s press time.

Thirteenth Precinct remembers 9/11 at ceremony for 16th anniversary

Officers of the 13th Precinct (Photos by Maria Rocha-Buschel)

By Maria Rocha-Buschel

Officers and members of the community commemorated the 16th anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks at the World Trade Center this past Monday morning outside the 13th precinct on East 21st Street.

Manhattan South Trustee of the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association John Flynn read the names of the 23 officers who perished at Ground Zero, including Officers Robert Fazio and Moira Smith of the 13th Precinct. Officer Jason Martinoff, who sang the national anthem at the start of the ceremony, introduced Gramercy Park Block Association president Arlene Harrison, who supported the precinct and community in the weeks and months following the attack.

“As Hurricane Harvey devastated Texas and Hurricane Irma slams Florida, our first responders, many from our Emergency Service here, rushed in to save lives while millions fled,” Harrison said. “On 9/11, as our first responders raced into burning buildings as thousands fled, the headline flashed around the world, ‘They saved everyone but themselves.’ We were here to support you then during the many months of the recovery serving thousands of meals and distributing critical supplies. Out of evil, sometimes comes good, and the bonds formed then became permanent.”