Police Watch: Men busted for office burglaries, Woman assaulted at Barn Joo

MEN ARRESTED FOR OFFICE BURGLARIES
Police arrested 22-year-old Avante Carter and 24-year-old Calvin Layne last Thursday for allegedly burglarizing two office buildings to steal Apple MacBooks.
Carter and Layne allegedly forced the front door of 636 Sixth Avenue and swiped thousands of dollars-worth of the computers from an office on November 14 between 3 and 6 a.m. Police said they also forced the front door open at 245 Fifth Avenue and stole multiple laptops from offices in that building over the course of two days, from November 9 to 10, between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m.
Deputy Inspector Brendan Timoney said at the recent community council meeting that police tracked Carter and Layne down through the serial numbers of the stolen computers. Carter and Layne reportedly had no history of burglary but had recently both been laid off by a cleaning company and had easy access to the Sixth Avenue building. They were also allegedly responsible for similar burglaries in Midtown South and the Sixth Precinct.

MAN CHARGED WITH ASSAULTING WOMAN AT BARN JOO
Police arrested 32-year-old Freddy Dobbs last Thursday for allegedly assaulting a woman at Barn Joo at 35 Union Square West. The 27-year-old victim told police that Dobbs grabbed her left arm with his right hand and grabbed her throat with his left hand, briefly squeezing so she couldn’t breathe before throwing her to the ground, causing her left arm to slam into the stair railing. Police said that Dobbs and the victim didn’t know each other and got into an argument inside the restaurant, but no further information was available about what started the dispute. Dobbs was charged with obstruction of breath and assault.

MAN ARRESTED FOR ALLEGEDLY SELLING FAKE COKE TO UNDERCOVER COP
Police arrested 36-year-old Quincy Napoleon in front of 127 West 25th Street last Friday evening after he allegedly agreed to sell an undercover officer crack cocaine, which then tested false for narcotics. He was charged with petit larceny and fraudulent accosting

MAN BUSTED FOR BREAKING INTO LIMELIGHT SHOPS
Police arrested 31-year-old Angel Quinones for alleged burglary inside the Limelight Marketplace at 47 West 20th Street. The store owner told police that he was notified by his alarm monitoring system that an intruder had entered his business last Wednesday after 6 a.m. and was taking merchandise. Police searched the area and said that Quinones was stopped nearby, wearing an outfit that matched what was seen on the store’s surveillance video. He was also allegedly in possession of a glass pipe with crack residue. Quinones was also charged with possession of a controlled substance.

MAN ALLEGEDLY ASSAULTED THREE PEOPLE ON STREET
Thirty-year-old Jay Brown was arrested last Thursday for allegedly assaulting three people. Police said Brown punched the three victims at the northeast corner of East 27th Street and Fifth Avenue around 9:30 p.m. on November 5, causing them substantial pain and injury. Police said that the assault stemmed from a disagreement and none of the people involved knew each other, but no further information was available about what started the dispute.

MAN BUSTED FOR ATTEMPTED BIKE THEFT ON IRVING PLACE
Police arrested 48-year-old Edwin Colon for burglar’s tools, petit larceny and possession of stolen property at the corner of East 16th Street and Irving Place last Monday at 3:28 p.m. Police said that Colon was attempting to take a bike that was locked to the scaffolding in front of 30 Irving Place and was hitting the lock with a hammer. When police stopped Colon, officers asked him if he happened to have a hammer on him and Colon allegedly removed the tool from his waistband.

TEEN ARRESTED FOR SWINGING LOCK AT WASHINGTON IRVING BUILDING
Police arrested a teen for unlawful possession of a weapon in a school inside the Washington Irving campus at 40 Irving Place last Thursday at 3 p.m. Police said that the student had a sock with a metal lock inside it and was swinging it back and forth in her hand to scare other people.

WOMAN ARRESTED OUTSIDE PCV FOR DRUNK DRIVING
Police arrested a 23-year-old woman for intoxicated driving in front of 510 East 23rd Street last Saturday at 4:40 a.m. Police said that the woman was driving north on Third Avenue in the left lane, then allegedly made an unsafe right turn onto East 23rd Street, crossing three lanes of traffic. She then allegedly proceeded east on East 23rd Street, swerving between the two lanes. Police pulled her over on East 23rd Street in front of Asser Levy Park and she allegedly had bloodshot, watery eyes, a strong odor of alcohol on her breath and was swaying when she stood up. Police said that she threatened to kill herself and she was taken to Bellevue Hospital for evaluation.

WOMAN ARRESTED FOR PROSTITUTION ON EAST 26TH
Police arrested a 39-year-old woman for prostitution at 145 East 26th Street last Saturday at 10:44 p.m. Police said that the woman verbally agreed to have sex with an undercover officer in exchange for money.

MAN BUSTED FOR SELLING POT TO UNDERCOVER OFFICER
Police arrested 45-year-old Joshua Lee for the alleged sale of and possession of marijuana in front of 39 West 27th Street last Friday at 3:40 p.m. Police said that Lee sold a quantity of alleged marijuana to an undercover officer and he was in possession of additional marijuana when he was searched.

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