By Maria Rocha-Buschel
An 80-year-old tailor in Kips Bay who was violently robbed in his East 27th Street shop last year has been arrested for allegedly groping a customer at his business last week.
The victim told police that while owner Apel Tamagoglu was hemming her pants inside Apel’s New Day Tailor Shop at 203 East 27th Street on Wednesday, October 3 at 2:20 p.m., he allegedly grabbed her buttocks twice and put his hand over her genital area.
As Town & Village reported last year, Tamagoglu was stabbed during a robbery in his Kips Bay shop in January, resulting in a fractured skull, a punctured lung and other injuries. Video footage of the incident showed Tamagoglu attempting to chase the robber out with a chair but he ultimately gave the suspect $80 in cash after being stabbed multiple times. John Franklyn, 53, was arrested shortly after the incident and charged with attempted murder for allegedly stabbing Tamagoglu. Franklyn was reportedly a resident of the 30th Street Men’s Shelter at the time of the incident.
A Facebook group called “Third and 33rd (and Beyond)” raised at least $3,500 for Tamagoglu after the robbery last year through a crowdfunding site to help him cover his medical expenses.
Tamagoglu had also been shot in the hand during another robbery at his business about 15 to 20 years ago.
Tamagoglu was charged with forcible touching and sexual abuse in connection with the incident this year. He was released without bail on October 6 and is due back in court on November 20. An attorney for Tamagoglu could not be reached for comment by T&V’s press time. A call to Tamagoglu’s shop on Wednesday afternoon was not answered.