Police Watch: Arrests for public lewdness, backpack thefts

MAN BUSTED FOR MASTURBATING, TRESPASSING IN FIRE STATION
Police arrested 49-year-old Kevin Townsend for public lewdness and criminal trespass inside 234 East 29th Street last Wednesday at 11:42 a.m. A witness told police that Townsend was masturbating in public view. Police said that Townsend also followed firefighters while yelling at them and allegedly followed them into a firehouse. Police said that he was told multiple times to leave but he reportedly refused. Firefighters told police that he became irate and they held him down until police responded.
Townsend was previously convicted for public lewdness this past April in Grand Central.

MAN ARRESTED FOR BACKPACK THEFTS AT RESTAURANTS IN FLATIRON, GRAMERCY
Police arrested 54-year-old John Solomon last Tuesday morning for allegedly swiping bags at a coffee bar and restaurants in Flatiron and Gramercy.
Police said on September 18, Solomon took a victim’s backpack from inside Gregory’s Coffee at 327 Park Avenue South at 3 p.m. while it was on the floor next to him. Surveillance video shows Solomon allegedly removing the bag while the victim was distracted and then leaving the location.
Solomon was also charged with theft for allegedly stealing a laptop and another backpack. Police said that he stole a laptop from the counter inside New York Kimchi at 160 East 23rd Street at 8:50 a.m. without permission and video surveillance shows him allegedly going behind the counter and taking the laptop. Around 9 a.m. the same day, Solomon allegedly stole a victim’s backpack from the floor inside the Outback Steakhouse at 60 West 23rd Street. Police said that the victim was distracted and Solomon picked it up before walking out of the location.
Police said that Solomon was also spotted stealing a bag outside 2 Broadway and a restaurant at 225 Liberty Street in the Financial District earlier this month.

MAN BUSTED FOR BASEBALL BAT ‘MENACING’
Forty-year-old Edwin Torres was arrested at the corner of Sixth Avenue and West 27th Street last Sunday at 1 a.m. after allegedly menacing another man with a bat. Police said that the Torres was allegedly following him while holding a baseball bat. He was also charged with weapons possession.

MAN ARRESTED FOR STEALING BAG AT GREENMARKET
Police arrested 48-year-old Julio Rosario for grand larceny in front of Barnes & Noble 33 East 17th Street last Wednesday at 11:29 a.m. Police said that Rosario was seen casing multiple tents and bags while walking around the Union Square Greenmarket. He allegedly walked behind a tent and removed a vendor’s purse and when he was stopped, police said that he was in possession of the bag. He was also allegedly in possession of multiple knives. He was additionally charged with weapons possession and possession of stolen property.

MAN NABBED FOR STOLEN LAPTOP BAG
Police arrested 59-year-old Leroy Sheffield for grand larceny at the corner of Union Square East and East 15th Street last Saturday at 3:30 p.m. Police said that Sheffield jumped the turnstile in Union Square station after walking from East 16th Street and entering at East 15th Street. When he was stopped, he was allegedly in possession of a laptop bag that he admitted taking from off the ground inside the park. He was also charged with possession of stolen property and theft of services.

ARRESTS FOR DRUG SALES NEAR BARUCH
Police arrested two people for selling drugs near Lexington Avenue and East 25th Street last Wednesday afternoon.
Twenty-year-old Isaias Franco was arrested at the intersection around 4:13 p.m. Police said that he sold a quantity of cocaine and prescription pills to an undercover officer. He was allegedly in possession of additional pills, including Alprazolam, and ziplock bags with alleged cocaine.
Police also arrested 22-year-old Christopher McGovern in front of 151 East 25th Street at 6:07 p.m. Police said that McGovern attempted to sell Alprazolam to an undercover officer and when he was searched, he was also in possession of ziplock bags with alleged cocaine, a metal container with marijuana and additional prescription pills, including Alprazolam and Vyvanse.
Both men were charged with intent to sell a controlled substance, sale of a controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance.

MAN ARRESTED FOR BREAKING DOWN DOOR
Police arrested 31-year-old Aristedes Navarro for criminal mischief and criminal trespass inside 138 East 30th Street last Friday at 4:46 a.m. Police said that Navarro was an invited guest of the basement apartment, where he left his cell phone before exiting into a rear courtyard. Navarro told police that he had been drinking and forgot what apartment he came out of.
He reportedly approached the wrong apartment door and found it locked, so he allegedly forced his way through the locked door and entered the apartment where he believed he left his phone. He was then confronted by the apartment’s owner, who didn’t give him permission to enter (or break his door). Police verified that Navarro was in fact a guest in the basement apartment.

HEROIN SALE ON WEST 25TH
Police arrested 49-year-old Victor Marte for sale of a controlled substance in front of 108 West 25th Street last Friday at 7:01 p.m. Police said that Marte sold alleged heroin to an undercover officer.

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