Police Watch: Gunpoint robbery at Pinkberry, Teen arrested for groping classmate

One of two robbery suspects

TWO MEN WANTED FOR GUNPOINT ROBBERY AT PINKBERRY
Cops are looking for two men believed to be behind a gunpoint robbery at a Pinkberry near West 14th Street.
Police said that the suspects turned a gun on employees at a Pinkberry at 523 Sixth Avenue last Wednesday and ordered them to the back of the shop. The men assaulted the employees, forced them to open the safe and remove $1,600 in cash as well as their personal property. The suspects then fled south on Sixth Avenue and the victims were taken to Lenox Hill Hospital to be treated for bruising and cuts. The first suspect is a black man who was wearing a jacket with a hood and a backpack and the second suspect is a Hispanic man who was wearing a jacket with a red symbol on it.
Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website at nypdcrimestoppers.com or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential.

TEEN ARRESTED FOR GROPING CLASSMATE
Police arrested a teenager for sexual abuse inside the Washington Irving building at 40 Irving Place last Wednesday at 12:59 p.m. The victim told police that while she was standing on the platform in Union Square waiting for a Queens-bound N train two days earlier, the suspect forcibly kissed her, as well as groped her breasts and vagina over her clothing. She told police that she repeatedly asked him to stop but he continued to grope her on and off for the entire ride into Queens. Police said that the victim and the suspect knew each other and are both students of a school at the Washington Irving campus. The suspect’s name is being withheld because of his age.

SIMON BARUCH STUDENT ARRESTED FOR ASSAULT
Police arrested a teenager for assault at the corner of Second Avenue and East 20th Street last Tuesday at 7:09 a.m. Police said that the suspect punched the victim in the face, causing bruising and redness to his cheek. The suspect and the victim are both students at Simon Baruch Middle School and the teen’s name is being withheld due to his young age.

MAN ARRESTED FOR GUN AT BELLEVUE
Police arrested 43-year-old Shawn Watson for alleged weapons possession inside Bellevue at 462 First Avenue last Wednesday at 7 p.m. Police said that Watson was in possession of a .22-caliber handgun.

WOMAN ARRESTED AFTER CAR COLLISIONS ON FDR DRIVE
Police arrested 31-year-old Roxanne Alicea for allegedly leaving the scene of an accident and being an unlicensed operator at the corner of East 23rd Street and the FDR last Saturday at 7:33 p.m. Police said that Alicea was driving south on the FDR near exit 7 at East 23rd when she struck numerous vehicles on the road.
An off-duty sergeant witnessed the incident and attempted to intervene but Alicea allegedly didn’t stop and reportedly attempted to flee the scene. The sergeant called 911 and went in front of Alicea’s car to prevent her from fleeing. The sergeant got out of her vehicle to instruct Alicea to stop her car and put it in park, but Alicea allegedly continued driving and proceeded to hit the sergeant’s car as well. She was arrested shortly after when police arrived at the scene. According to the district attorney’s office, Alicea’s license had been suspended prior to the incident.

STUY TOWN BROTHERS ARRESTED AFTER FIGHT
Police arrested two brothers, one 26, the other 28, for obstruction of breathing at their building last Monday. Police said that one brother struck the other on the head with a frying pan, causing pain and swelling, while the other brother choked his sibling.

EMS WORKER INJURED
Police arrested 45-year-old Kenneth Chaves for alleged assault of a peace officer in front of the McDonald’s at 686 Sixth Avenue last Monday at 1 p.m. The victim, an EMS worker, was responding to a call about an emotionally disturbed person inside the McDonald’s when Chaves allegedly grabbed her left wrist, twisting it away from her shoulder, causing an injury to her left wrist, left shoulder and back.

WOMAN NABBED FOR ‘DWI’
Police arrested 29-year-old Nicole Hutchinson for alleged intoxicated driving at the corner of East 25th Street and Third Avenue last Saturday at 3:19 a.m. Police said that Hutchinson was driving east on East 23rd Street from Madison Avenue towards Lexington, swerving into the bus lane numerous times. When police stopped her at East 25th Street and Third Avenue, she allegedly had a strong odor of alcohol on her breath, bloodshot eyes and swaying balance.

MAN ARRESTED FOR SELLING FAKE GOLD NECKLACES ON STREET
Police arrested Johnnie Smith, 75, for alleged fraudulent accosting and unlawful peddling at the corner of East 26th Street and Madison Avenue last Tuesday at 2:10 p.m. Police said that the man was seen walking north on Broadway while offering yellow necklaces for sale that he allegedly claimed were legitimate gold necklaces. Police said that he intended to defraud passersby on the street and the necklaces had price tags on the chain with carat size.

VENDORS ARRESTED FOR LACK OF LICENSES
Police arrested a 53-year-old man for an unclassified misdemeanor in front of 722 Sixth Avenue last Saturday at 3:15 p.m. Police said that the suspect was displaying a number of watches for sale without a Department of Consumer Affairs license.
A 79-year-old man was also arrested for an unclassified misdemeanor at 3:20 p.m. the same day in front of 716 Sixth Avenue. Police said that the man was selling costume jewelry without a DCA license.

MAN ARRESTED FOR K2
Police arrested 45-year-old Luis Cancel for allegedly smoking K2 at the corner of Park Avenue South and East 27th Street last Tuesday at 10:01 a.m. Police said that Cancel was smoking a lit K2 cigarette on the sidewalk and when he was searched, he was allegedly in possession of additional K2. He was charged with an unclassified misdemeanor.

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4 thoughts on “Police Watch: Gunpoint robbery at Pinkberry, Teen arrested for groping classmate

      • It just seems like everything reported dealing with crime in PCVST is done with a fine comb to ensure privacy of those involved, which isn’t the case with any other reports for other neighborhoods.

        • It isn’t the location that would determine if something runs as a blind item, just the specifics of the case or the kind of case.

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