Police Watch: BI employee arrested for theft, Shoplifting suspect busted for fake gun

BETH ISRAEL EMPLOYEE ACCUSED OF THEFT FROM HOSPITAL BATHROOM
Police arrested 46-year-old Alexis Vasquez for alleged grand larceny in front of Mount Sinai Beth Israel at 288 First Avenue last Thursday at 5:09 p.m. Police said that Vasquez stole the victim’s purse, which contained her credit cards and cash, from the hospital’s bathroom. The victim told police that she had left her bag in the bathroom by mistake and Vasquez was allegedly the next person to go into the bathroom after the victim. Police said that Vasquez is a manager in the cafeteria at the hospital and allegedly admitted to police that he took the purse. Vasquez was also charged with possession of stolen property.

SHOPLIFTING SUSPECT ARRESTED FOR FAKE GUN ON EAST 23RD
Police arrested 59-year-old Richard James for alleged weapons possession inside 6 East 23rd Street, which is home to Outlette jewelry shop, last Friday at 1 p.m. Police said that an employee at the store saw James taking items from a display shelf and concealing them and allegedly attempted to leave without paying.
After he was stopped, police found that he was in possession of an imitation firearm that was tucked in his waistband. Police also recovered alleged heroin that was stamped with “Starbucks” as well as alleged hydrocodone bitartrate. James was also arrested for petit larceny, possession of stolen property and possession of a controlled substance.

‘DRUNK’ DRIVER ACCUSED OF VEHICULAR MANSLAUGHTER
Police arrested 22-year-old Gerald Joseph at Bellevue Hospital last Tuesday at 4:30 a.m. after a fatal car accident that took place near the Manhattan Bridge. Police said that Joseph was driving on the Manhattan Bridge at a high rate of speed when he lost control of the car near Bowery and Canal Street, jumping the curb and causing the car to flip over. The passenger in the car with Joseph was killed and the driver was taken to Bellevue for treatment of his injuries. Joseph allegedly had the smell of alcohol on his breath and watery eyes. Police said that he took a Breathalyzer at Bellevue Hospital and allegedly admitted that he had been drinking before he was driving that night. He was charged with intoxicated driving and vehicular manslaughter.

MAN ACCUSED OF ASSAULT ON BUS
Police arrested 37-year-old Reggie Menard for an alleged assault and disorderly conduct at the corner of Sixth Avenue and West 24th Street last Wednesday at 11:45 p.m. Police said that Menard was causing a disturbance on a bus by screaming and yelling and when a woman walked past him, he allegedly began yelling at her and shoved her with his shoulder.

ARREST FOR POT SALE ON FIFTH AVENUE
Police arrested 29-year-old Brian Johnson for the sale of marijuana in front of 234 Fifth Avenue last Thursday at 3:50 p.m. Police said that Johnson exchanged alleged marijuana for cash with an undercover officer.

MAN CHARGED WITH ASSAULT AT SIXTH AND WEST 21ST
Police arrested 21-year-old Vincent Berardi for alleged assault at the corner of Sixth Avenue and West 21st Street last Saturday at 3:17 a.m. Police said that Berardi punched the victim in the face multiple times, causing pain and swelling. The 37-year-old victim was taken to NYU Medical Center for treatment. Police said that the suspect and the victim didn’t know each other and no further information was available about what prompted the alleged attack.

TEEN SHOPLIFTER WAS MISSING FROM GROUP HOME
Police arrested a teenager for shoplifting inside the Duane Reade at 401 Park Avenue South last Saturday at 6:04 p.m. Police said that the teen took items off the display rack without permission and concealed the merchandise in her pockets before attempting to leave without paying. Police said that the teenager was AWOL from the Pleasantville Cottage School group home and she was charged with petit larceny and possession of stolen property.

SENIOR CHARGED WITH SHOPLIFTING
Police arrested 60-year-old Jerry Williams for petit larceny and possession of stolen property at the corner of Park Avenue South and East 28th Street last Tuesday at 5:01 p.m. Police said that Williams entered a nearby store and took items from the shelf before allegedly leaving without paying. A store employee reportedly followed Williams to the subway station at East 28th Street where Williams was allegedly found to be in possession of merchandise and was arrested.

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