MAN BARGES INTO WOMAN’S APARTMENT
TO PEE, THEN ALLEGEDLY MAKES THREATS
Matthew Pryblyski, 25, was arrested after allegedly breezing into a woman’s apartment at 149 West 14th Street, where he then headed to her bathroom and began to pee. The woman, who doesn’t know Pryblyski, said she told him to get out, and he responded by picking up a lamp and allegedly waving it around in front of her in a threatening manner. He also told her, “Shut up, you Arabic bitch. I am going to sue you,” according to a criminal complaint. Police said it is unclear how he got into her apartment in the incident, which occurred last Saturday night. He was arraigned on November 5 and his next court appearance on charges of burglary, menacing and criminal possession of a weapon is on December 20. Town & Village reached out to Pryblyski’s attorney, but did not hear back.
HIGH SCHOOL GIRL ATTACKS TWO WITH
SCISSORS AT UNION SQUARE SUBWAY
Police arrested a teen who, on Halloween night, slashed one teen with a scissor at the Union Square subway station and stabbed another on the train. The victim who was slashed said he was trying to get away from the girl, whose name is being withheld due to her age, when she slashed his wrist, causing a very serious physical injury. On the train, she also stabbed another male victim in the neck, hand and back. The incident may have been part of a larger fight. The alleged assailant attends Susan Wagner High School in Staten Island.
POLICE IMPERSONATION IN KIPS BAY
Police arrested Gerardo Torres, 30, after he allegedly pretended to be a cop to gain entry to a building at 334 East 26th Street last Monday morning. Police said he told a security officer there that he was an officer conducting an investigation at the location and even went as far as providing what appeared to be an NYPD-issued business card. The security officer didn’t buy it, however, and Torres was charged with impersonating an officer and criminal trespass.
MAN ARRESTED AFTER LYING
AT EDGE OF TRAIN PLATFORM
Matthew Pontani, 42, was arrested last Monday after officers found him lying dangerously close to the edge of the N/B platform at the Union Square subway station. After a cop asked him to get up, Pontani allegedly refused and was uncooperative. The officer then assisted him up to a standing position and told him to leave the station, at which point Pontani allegedly began cursing. When the cop at the station asked him for ID, Pontani responded that he had none and also allegedly resisted arrest by locking his arms to his chest. Police did make an arrest however, and later saw that he had open dockets for skipping two court appearances for prior arrests.
KNIFE PULLED IN IRVING PLACE FIGHT
A street brawl in front of 17 Irving Place last Tuesday night at 9:15 p.m. ended up with one man pulling a knife, a witness told police. The man said that the suspect, Johnny Williams, 54, turned the knife on him when he attempted to break up a fight between Williams and another man. After the victim returned to the scene with an officer, Williams was charged with menacing and possession of a controlled substance.
CLUB PATRON ACCUSED OF DAMAGING
EVERYTHING IN HIS PATH
A man who left the Bounce nightclub at 55 West 21st Street last Wednesday with a group of friends allegedly went on to make a mess of the neighborhood as they walked east.
According to police, Tyler Diorio, 23, began by yelling obscene comments and then proceeded to kick a bike chained to a pole that had just been parked there by a deliveryman. He then allegedly picked up a metal garbage can from the sidewalk and threw it into the street in front of oncoming traffic. At that point, police said, he also flipped over a wooden dresser and kicked over some garbage bags, causing them to rip and spill their contents all over the sidewalk. At this point, near 22 West 21st Street, Diorio was approached by a uniformed sergeant who asked him for ID. But then, instead of doing this, he allegedly pushed off of the sergeant and flailed his hands in what the cop described as a “violent, tumultuous” manner. The sergeant then forced the suspect onto the ground, though police said he got into a fetal position and clenched his arms despite being told multiple times to stop resisting. He was charged with resisting arrest and disorderly conduct.
RESTAURANT WORKER CHARGED WITH ASSAULT
An employee at Laut, a restaurant at 15 East 17th Street, was arrested after police said he struck a co-worker on the head during an argument. Tack Chiam, 61, was charged with assault last Monday.
MAN SWIPES CUSTOMER’S BAG AT TAPROOM
The NYPD is looking for a man who swiped a customer’s purse at Taproom bar at 307 Third Avenue between 23rd and 24th Streets on October 20. According to cops, after taking the bag, the man made several purchases at different locations using the victim’s credit card.
Anyone with information is asked to call the 13th Precinct at (212) 477-7444.
MAN CHARGED WITH LAPTOP THEFTS
Last Monday, police arrested a man believed to be responsible for swiping laptops at an office building at 245 Fifth Avenue near Madison Square Park in July. Steven Cobb, 26, also allegedly later pawned one of the computers. Police were able to identify the suspect after recognizing him from a surveillance video.
Police made several arrests relating to controlled substances in separate incidents.
Malik Brown, 21, was arrested at 115 East 27th Street, last Wednesday night after police said he sold crack/cocaine to an undercover officer.
Kevin Phouthasy, 32, was arrested in front of 22 Irving Place after he was allegedly seen snorting cocaine from his hand. After being arrested, police found that allegedly had eight small bags of cocaine.
Calvin Williams, 53, was arrested last Wednesday evening at 101 West 24th Street after he was allegedly seen exchanging small items for cash from another person. He was allegedly found to be in possession of cocaine.
At 755 Avenue of the Americas, also last Wednesday evening, Luis Cintrano, 52, was allegedly seen exchanging a small object for cash with another man who was also arrested. He was found to be in possession of alleged heroin and marijuana.
Last Thursday, Raymond Knowings, 61, allegedly sold cocaine to an undercover officer at 15 East 15th Street and was allegedly found to be in possession of additional cocaine.
WOMAN BEATS LOVER
OUTSIDE UNION SQUARE PARK
Last Thursday, police arrested a 21-year-old woman who gave her boyfriend a beatdown on the sidewalk at Union Square East and East 17th Street last Thursday afternoon. Police said the 21-year-old assailant whose name is being withheld to protect the privacy of the victim, was seen slapping, scratching and punching the victim in the face, neck, hand and chest. Police said she later refused to be debriefed.
ROAD RAGE GRAFFITI
Cops arrested Raphael Hernandez, 49, after a man flagged down an officer at Union Square East and East 14th Street to say Hernandez had spray painted his box truck. The victim said this happened after he and the other man got into an argument in traffic. Hernandez was charged with criminal mischief.