Police Watch: Man arrested for allegedly filming woman, Handy.com worker accused of theft

MAN ALLEGEDLY FILMED TEEN MCDONALD’S EMPLOYEE WHILE SHE WAS CHANGING
Police arrested 19-year-old Jose Urtarte Encarcanacion for alleged unlawful surveillance inside the McDonald’s at 401 Park Avenue South and East 28th Street on Friday, October 26 at 5:07 p.m. According to the District Attorney’s office, the 17-year-old victim went into a unisex single-person changing area for employees at the restaurant.

Police said that the private area has a curtain that can be closed, and the victim went inside to change her clothes. She said that once she was in the changing area, she noticed an iPhone 7 plus propped up on the coat rack with the camera app open, and she saw that the phone was recording video. Police said that officers recovered the phone from Encarcanacion’s pocket while he was in the back office of the McDonald’s. At the time, he also allegedly said, “Am I in trouble? Will there be any punishment? The phone must have clicked on the video camera. iPhones do that.”

An attorney for Encarcanacion could not be reached for comment.

HANDY.COM WORKER ACCUSED OF THEFT
Police arrested 26-year-old Destiny Matos for an alleged theft from an apartment at 39 West 16th Street on October 8 around 7 p.m. Police said that while Matos was working for cleaning service Handy.com, she allegedly took the victim’s credit card from her apartment and later made several unauthorized charges. Matos was charged with grand larceny inside the 13th Precinct on Tuesday, October 23 at 7:48 p.m.

TEEN NABBED WITH STOLEN PACKAGE AND HEROIN ON EAST 17TH STREET
Police arrested a teenager for a theft at the corner of Broadway and East 17th Street on Thursday, October 25 at 3:37 p.m. A witness told police that the teen was spotted taking a box from a dolly in front of 4 Union Square West and walked away. The teen was stopped at East 17th Street and Broadway, where the victim confirmed that the box belonged to him and that the teen didn’t have permission to take it. When he was searched, police found that the teen was also in possession of bags of heroin and marijuana. The teen was charged with petit larceny and possession of a controlled substance.

MAN ACCUSED OF ASSAULT AT WATERSIDE PLAZA
Police arrested 27-year-old Dillon Sesse for an alleged assault inside 11 Waterside Plaza on Wednesday, October 24 at 10:32 a.m. The victim told police that Sesse punched him in the face, causing him pain and minor swelling, and he also allegedly attempted to place the victim in a headlock, at which point Sesse left the victim’s apartment and the victim called the police. Sesse was arrested inside his apartment at 10 Waterside Plaza. Police said that Sesse and the victim were friends.

FORMER 7-ELEVEN EMPLOYEE CHARGED WITH THEFTS
Police arrested 54-year-old Devandra Acharya on Monday, October 22 at 6:30 a.m. for an alleged theft from the 7-Eleven at 107 East 23rd Street. Police said that the owner of the store reported that Acharya, a former employee, allegedly stole money from the business by processing lower amounts at the register and keeping the difference. The owner said that he noticed the discrepancies after he did an audit of merchandise and reviewed surveillance video. He told police that the thefts were ongoing between January 15 and June 29. Acharya was arrested for grand larceny inside the 13th Precinct on Monday.

DRIVER ARRESTED NEAR MADISON SQUARE PARK
Police arrested 37-year-old Annie Fermine for allegedly driving drunk at the corner of East 23rd Street and Madison Avenue on Thursday, October 25 at 2:34 a.m. Police said that Fermine was driving east on East 23rd Street near Madison Avenue with her left tail light flickering on and off and was also allegedly speeding. When Fermine was stopped in front of 210 East 23rd Street, she allegedly had a strong odor of alcohol on her breath and watery, bloodshot eyes. Fermine was charged with an unclassified traffic infraction, speeding and impaired driving.

MAN ARRESTED FOR BREAKING DINER WINDOW
Police arrested 52-year-old Scott Blake for alleged criminal mischief outside 215 East 24th Street on Saturday, October 27 at 10:10 a.m. Police said that two victims were waiting for their car service when Blake approached them. The two victims walked away but Blake allegedly followed them, prompting them to walk into a diner nearby to get away from him. Police said that Blake followed them into the diner’s vestibule and an employee held the front door shut so that Blake couldn’t get inside. Blake then allegedly punched the glass window, causing it to break and causing injuries to himself.

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