Police Watch: Men arrested for assaulting girlfriends in separate incidents

MAN ACCUSED OF CHOKING GIRLFRIEND IN PCV APT.
Police arrested a 52-year-old man for alleged obstruction of breath and assault inside a Peter Cooper Village apartment last Wednesday. The victim told police that she wanted to file a report against the man, who is her boyfriend. The suspect choked her while inside the apartment, although the victim told police that she did not lose consciousness. The name of the suspect is being withheld to protect the privacy of the victim.

MAN ARRESTED FOR 2015 ASSAULT OF GIRLFRIEND
Police arrested a 36-year-old man for an alleged assault last Tuesday. Police said that he got into an argument with his girlfriend on January 10, 2015 that escalated into a physical fight. The suspect, whose name is being withheld to protect the privacy of the victim, reportedly hit the victim with a chair, causing pain and swelling to her left arm. He also allegedly forced the victim to sit on the floor for over an hour and reportedly told her that if she moved, he would knock out all her teeth, break all her bones and kill her. Police said that the suspect was arrested because the victim called the police last week to report the incident.

MAN CHARGED WITH FAKING WALLET THEFT
Police arrested 47-year-old Eric Leaphart for alleged theft of services on New Year’s Day at 12:01 a.m. inside Ben & Jack’s Steakhouse at 255 Fifth Avenue. Police said that Leaphart initially called 911 to report that his wallet had been stolen while he was inside the restaurant but after further investigation, police found that Leaphart was still in possession of the wallet. Leaphart allegedly attempted to conceal the contents of his wallet and when officers asked to see if the wallet contained the cards that Leaphart attempted to report missing, Leaphart allegedly refused. Police said that Leaphart had attempted to falsely report that his wallet was stolen so he didn’t have to pay the restaurant bill. When police attempted to place him under arrest, he allegedly resisted by throwing himself on the ground and pulling his arms to the front of his body to prevent being handcuffed. He was also charged with resisting arrest and filing a false report.

‘DRUNK’ DRIVER ON EAST 18TH
Police arrested 39-year-old Vladimir Herrera for alleged intoxicated driving at the corner of Park Avenue South and East 18th Street on New Year’s Day at 2:25 a.m. Police said that Herrera was parked legally on East 18th Street at the corner of Park Avenue South but was allegedly slumped over in the driver’s seat with the keys in the ignition and the engine running. Police attempted to check if Herrera was ok and reportedly had to knock on the window and rock the vehicle before he woke up. Police said that when he got out of the car, Herrera had a strong odor of alcohol on his breath, watery eyes, slurred speech and an unsteady gait. He allegedly told police that he had four mixed drinks of vodka and pineapple.

WOMAN ARRESTED FOR UNPAID CAB FARE
Police arrested 26-year-old Bevin Landry for alleged theft of services at the corner of East 21st Street and First Avenue last Sunday at 2:28 a.m. A cab driver told police that he picked Landry up downtown at the corner of Allen and Delancey Street and dropped her off at East 21st Street. When he arrived at the location, Landry allegedly ran out of the car without paying the fare but was arrested shortly after.

WOMAN ARRESTED FOR ‘CRACK COCAINE’
Police arrested 51-year-old Angel Pitt for the alleged sale of a controlled substance in front of 130 East 25th Street last Sunday at 4:10 p.m. Police said that Pitt sold alleged crack cocaine to an undercover officer. Pitt was allegedly in possession of additional alleged crack cocaine when she was searched.

MAN BUSTED FOR SHOPLIFTING AT TJ MAXX
Police arrested 25-year-old Jafet Corrales Molina last Saturday around 1:45 p.m. for allegedly shoplifting inside the TJ Maxx at 620 Sixth Avenue. Police said that Corrales Molina took a piece of luggage and attempted to roll it out of the store without paying. After he was arrested, police found that the suspect had allegedly stolen gym bags from the same store on December 21 around 4:50 p.m. and around the same time on December 28.

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