Police Watch: Woman charged with stealing from senior, Man arrested for assault in Union Square

WOMAN CHARGED WITH STEALING THOUSANDS FROM SENIOR
Police arrested 39-year-old Dian Barrett last Tuesday for allegedly bilking an elderly woman she works for. Police said that Barrett, who is a home health aide, fraudulently conducted multiple ATM withdrawals from a 100-year-old victim. According to the district attorney’s office, Barrett made a series of withdrawals from an ATM at the bank totaling $56,900 from the period of May 31 to September 13. Police said that Barrett could be seen on video surveillance stills in the same time frame that withdrawals were made from the victim’s account and Barrett reportedly did not have permission or authority to make the withdrawals.
Police did not have information about where the senior is a resident although Barrett was arrested inside the Chase Bank at 333 East 23rd Street last Tuesday.

MAN WITH ‘FREE HUGS’ SIGN BUSTED FOR ASSAULT AT UNION SQUARE
Police arrested 26-year-old Jermaine Himmelstein for alleged assault at the corner of Union Square West and East 14th Street last Saturday at 4:20 p.m. The victim told police that she was in Union Square Park taking photos with her family and friends when Himmelstein approached them with a “free hugs” sign. He allegedly tried to hug the victim, who said that she didn’t want to be touched and tried to move away. Police said that Himmelstein attempted to reach out and hug her again, and she said she asked him nicely to leave her alone. Police said that Himmelstein then approached her from behind a short time later when she and her family were taking a photo in front of the George Washington statue. He allegedly smacked her in the face, causing her sunglasses to fall off and her cell phone to drop. Police said that the victim suffered from bruising on the right side of her face and swelling to her lip.

MAN ARRESTED TWICE IN TWO DAYS FOR MULTIPLE BAGS OF POT
Police arrested 25-year-old Davaun Lundy for possession of marijuana in front of 490 Second Avenue near Bellevue South Park last Tuesday at 9:16 a.m. Police said that Lundy was seen in public with small ziplock bags of alleged marijuana and when he was searched, he was in possession of additional bags of alleged marijuana.
Lundy was arrested again in front of the same location at the exact same time the following day for possession of marijuana because he allegedly has small bags of pot in plain view.

MAN, WOMAN BUSTED FOR ASSAULT ON EAST 17TH
Police arrested a 19-year-old man for assault in front of 200 East 17th Street last Tuesday at 12:08 a.m. The victim told police that the suspect, who is her ex-boyfriend, along with a woman who wasn’t arrested, punched her in the face, causing bruising and swelling to her cheek. The victim said that the woman also kicked her, and when police arrived, the suspect was allegedly fleeing west on East 17th Street. Police said that the man also threw a knife and a red mask to the ground before being arrested. The suspect’s name is being withheld to protect the victim.

FORMER NYU HOSPITAL EMPLOYEE ARRESTED FOR MISSING LAPTOPS
Police arrested a former employee of the NYU Medical Center’s IT department last Wednesday for allegedly swiping laptops.
Police said that 28-year-old Felix Rodriguez stole multiple Apple MacBook Air laptops from the hospital at 433 First Avenue without permission. Police said that Rodriguez resigned from his position at the medical center on June 2 and in an exit interview, said he had no outstanding NYU property. His supervisor told police that after an inventory check, it appeared that two laptops were missing and another employee told police that Rodriguez said in text messages that he had the laptops and never returned either one.

MAN NABBED FOR STEALING NEWSPAPERS
Police arrested 66-year-old Rodney Raimo for petit larceny inside 162 East 23rd Street last Wednesday at 7:06 a.m. Police said that Raimo was seen removing newspapers from behind the gate of the store without permission or authority. When he was searched, he was also in possession of an alleged crack pipe with residue. He was additionally charged with possession of stolen property and possession of a controlled substance. No further information was available about what store in which the alleged theft occurred.

MAN BUSTED FOR SKIPPING CAB FARE
Police arrested Gregory Deloach for alleged theft of services in front of the Evelyn Hotel at 7 East 27th Street last Thursday at 10:33 a.m. Police said that Deloach got into a cab and twice refused to pay the fare when he was told to. Deloach was accompanied by a woman who left the scene before police arrived. When he was searched, he was in possession of alleged crystal meth that was packaged in a clear ziplock bag. He was also charged with possession of a controlled substance.

MAN ARRESTED FOR ASSAULT AT SHELTER
Police arrested 25-year-old Josue Romero for assault in front of the 30th Street Men’s Shelter at 400 East 30th Street last Thursday at 10:47 a.m. Police said that Romero punched the victim in the face, causing bruising and swelling.

TEEN ARRESTED FOR ‘ERRATIC’ BEHAVIOR
Eighteen-year-old Ezekiel Stephen was arrested for reckless endangerment at the corner of Lexington Avenue and East 28 Street last Thursday at 5:47 p.m. Police said that Stephen was behaving violently at the location, allegedly overturning trash bins and cursing at a woman while she was standing in front of her place of employment. Police said that he was holding a bottle in his hand in a threatening manner and allegedly spit at the woman. When police approached him, he reportedly ran west on East 29th Street and threw a bottle in a reckless manner. Police said that when he was arrested, he was in possession of alleged marijuana. Stephen was additionally charged with menacing, possession of marijuana, criminal mischief and disorderly conduct.

MAN BUSTED FOR MENACING AT SECOND AND EAST 28TH
Police arrested 48-year-old Egbe Julius for menacing and weapons possession at the corner of Second Avenue and East 28th Street last Saturday at 12:40 a.m. Police said that Julius, reportedly in possession of a knife, got into an argument with someone and allegedly threatened to cut the victim’s throat with the knife.

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