Police Watch: Arrests made for Kips Bay robbery, office burglaries

Police arrested 18-year-old Amias Bettis and another teenager for an alleged robbery in front of 344 East 28th Street on Tuesday, September 11 at 1:49 a.m. A taxi driver told police that he saw Bettis and the other teen pulling on car door handles and when they got to his cab, he confronted him about it. In response, Bettis allegedly raised his hand in a fist, thrusting it at the driver. The name of the other teen is being withheld because of his young age.

Bettis was later charged at the precinct for additional robberies earlier this month.

Police said that Bettis and 30-year-old Kimberly McNulty stole a credit card while they were inside the apartment of a relative of McNulty in Stuyvesant Town at 271 Avenue C on Monday, September 10 at 1:30 a.m. McNulty was arrested inside the precinct on Thursday, September 13 at 10 a.m. and charged with robbery and possession of stolen property.

Bettis allegedly mugged a 31-year-old woman in front of 7 East 27th Street not long after the incident in Stuyvesant Town. Police said that Bettis grabbed the woman’s cell phone, knocking it to the ground at 2:05 a.m. that morning.

Police arrested a third person for an alleged office burglary that took place in June. Calvin Layne, 24, was collared for the June 14 burglary from 245 Fifth Avenue, for which 23-year-old Avante Carter and 23-year-old Devonte Chavous were arrested earlier this summer.

In that incident, police said that the three men broke into an office in the building and stole laptops.

After he was caught, Layne was charged in connection with two additional alleged burglaries. Police said that on June 24 around 6:30 a.m., Layne broke into an office at 30 West 26th Street by forcing open the doors and allegedly stole laptops, iPads and iPhones.

More recently on August 23 around 1:15 a.m., police said that Layne broke into an office at 40 West 25th Street and stole laptops.

Town & Village reported last November that both Carter and Layne had been arrested for alleged burglaries in the precinct and Deputy Inspector Brendan Timoney, the precinct’s commanding officer at the time, said that the two suspects were tracked down through the serial numbers of the stolen computers.

Timoney also said that they had easy access to the Sixth Avenue building they allegedly burglarized because they had recently been laid off by a cleaning company there.

Layne was arrested for the alleged burglaries this year on Wednesday, September 12 at 3:30 p.m. inside the 13th Precinct.

Police arrested 53-year-old Nelson Colon for an alleged assault inside Mount Sinai Beth Israel at 281 First Avenue on Thursday, September 13 at 12:57 p.m. Police said that Colon went inside the hospital and when he was told to leave, he allegedly started an argument. Police said that he then got a bicycle chain and hit the victim on the wrist, causing swelling and a complaint of pain.

Colon was later charged with petit larceny because he allegedly took a cell phone that didn’t belong to him. Police said that the victim was working for a cell phone assistance program and put a cell phone on her backpack while in front of 42 Avenue C near East 4th Street on April 19 around 1 p.m., after which Colon allegedly grabbed the phone.

Police arrested 22-year-old Natasha Myles for alleged grand larceny in front of 333 East 23rd Street on Wednesday, September 12 at noon. Police said that Myles, who was working as a Chase Bank teller, along with a number of other people who weren’t arrested, fraudulently accessed customers’ bank accounts and allegedly cashed several fraudulent checks, causing financial loss to the bank. Police said that Myles surrendered to police and invoked her right to counsel.

Police arrested 49-year-old Luis Velez for alleged petit larceny inside 281 First Avenue on Tuesday, September 11 at 11:57 a.m. Police said that Velez stole oxygen tanks from Mount Sinai Beth Israel Hospital on Wednesday, August 8 at 1:20 p.m.

Police arrested a husband and wife for an alleged fight inside their apartment on West 29th Street on Wednesday, September 12 at 3:40 a.m. Police said that the 26-year-old woman tried to stab her husband, a 32-year-old man, in the head with a knife. He reportedly blocked the knife with his forearm, causing a cut and he was brought to Bellevue Hospital for treatment. The woman told police that in the course of the argument, her husband allegedly bit her in the hand. The woman was checked by EMS but otherwise refused medical attention.

Police arrested 23-year-old Juan Hurdle for alleged fraudulent accosting in front of 42 East 20th Street on Thursday, September 13 at 11:28 p.m. Police said that Hurdle was seen approaching a number of people in front of the location asking for donations for a football team. Hurdle allegedly approached an undercover officer and asked for donations, showing the officer a flyer attached to a binder. Police said that upon further investigation, it was determined that the football team doesn’t exist.

Police arrested 46-year-old Adalberto Soto for an alleged theft in front of 130 East 18th Street on Saturday, September 15 at 11:34 a.m. Police said that Soto was casing a number of vehicles and pulling on the door handles of locked vehicles that were parked on the street. Soto then allegedly entered an unlocked Jeep and took property from the center console without permission. Police said that Soto is currently out on parole and is a burglary recidivist. He was charged with weapons possession and petit larceny.

Police arrested 51-year-old Kevin Doyle for alleged drunk driving in front of 224 East 28th Street on Wednesday, September 12 at 9:51 p.m. Police said that Doyle was driving west on East 27th Street from Second to Third Avenue while allegedly swerving left and right multiple times, then reportedly disobeying the pavement markings and stopping in the crosswalk, obstructing pedestrian traffic. Police said that he then made a right turn, heading north on Third Avenue, then made another right turn heading east on East 28th Street, where he was stopped. Police said that he had a strong odor of alcohol on his breath, slurred speech, watery eyes and unsteady balance. Police also found that Doyle’s license was allegedly suspended. Doyle was charged with intoxicated driving and an unclassified traffic misdemeanor and infraction.


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