Police Watch: Bus driver arrested after hitting pedestrian, Suspect arrested for alleged CVS robbery

Robbery suspect

BUS DRIVER ARRESTED AFTER HITTING PEDESTRIAN ON EAST 22ND STREET
Police arrested 54-year-old Damion Seeley for allegedly leaving the scene of an accident causing personal injury in an incident on August 17 around 10 p.m. near the intersection of East 22nd Street and Second Avenue. Seeley was driving a bus near the intersection allegedly hit a man in his 40s who was crossing the street. Police said that Seeley then left the scene without waiting for police to arrive, and the victim was transported to Bellevue Hospital with minor injuries. Seeley was arrested on Monday, December 10 at 6:40 p.m. inside the 13th Precinct. Police did not have further information about whether the bus was owned by the MTA or a private company.

SUSPECT ARRESTED FOR ALLEGED ROBBERY WITH HYPODERMIC NEEDLE AT CVS
Police arrested 41-year-old Alan Betances for an alleged robbery that took place inside the CVS at 253 First Avenue on Wednesday, November 14 around 8 p.m.

As Town & Village reported at the time, a man strolled into the store and began throwing items from the shelves into a garbage bag. When an employee confronted him in the aisle, the man allegedly pulled out a needle and told the worker to “step back.”

Betances was arrested on Wednesday, December 12 at 5:30 p.m. inside the 13th Precinct.

SPA WORKERS ACCUSED OF PROSTITUTION
Police arrested 49-year-old He Yu Qiu and 29-year-old Liu Lei inside East Men Spa at 353 East 15th Street on Thursday, December 13 at 6:43 p.m. Police said that Qiu was offering Lei to an undercover officer for sexual services in exchange for cash. Lei allegedly agreed to perform a sex act in exchange for cash. Qiu was charged with promoting prostitution and Lei was charged with prostitution.

ALLEGED SERIAL OFFICE BURGLAR ARRESTED ON ADDITIONAL CHARGES
Police charged 58-year-old Ricky Johnson for additional burglaries in the 13th Precinct last week after he was arrested for previous incidents in NoMad this past August.

The most recent charges, made in connection to a Supreme Court indictment, included an alleged burglary from two different offices inside 34 West 27th Street on August 25 between 5 and 6 a.m. in which he allegedly stole cash and a camera, and an alleged burglary inside an office building at 158 West 27th Street sometime between 6:15 p.m. on August 28 and 7:05 a.m. on August 29 in which he allegedly stole laptops and cell phones.

In the previous burglaries, police said that Johnson broke into a nail salon at 25 West 26th Street in September, breaking a window in the back of the building to get inside and remove money from a cash box on more than one occasion. Police said that he also stole electronics and cash from a pole dancing studio at 115 West 27th Street during the overnight hours of August 11.

Johnson was arrested for the additional burglaries inside the 13th Precinct on Monday, December 10 at 9:40 a.m. He was also charged with three counts of theft.

TEEN BUSTED FOR ROBBERY
Police arrested a teenager for a robbery that took place on Tuesday, November 20 around 6 p.m. in front of 390 Third Avenue at East 28th Street. Police said that two boys and two girls approached the victim and asked if he had any change before pushing him and grabbing cash from his pocket and fleeing the scene. The three other teens have not been arrested.

MAN CHARGED WITH THEFT AT WEST 20TH ST. RESTAURANT
Police arrested 52-year-old Devon Parris for an alleged theft that took place inside Gotan Restaurant at 37 West 20th Street on Friday, November 16 sometime between 1:45 and 8 p.m. Police said that Parris removed the victim’s bag containing credit card while working with someone else who wasn’t arrested. Parris allegedly made several unauthorized charges on the cards without permission. Parris was charged with grand larceny and was arrested inside the 13th Precinct on Monday, December 10 at 11:29 a.m.

WOMAN ARRESTED FOR ID THEFT
Police arrested 54-year-old Michelle Harris for an alleged theft inside the Capital One Bank at 120 West 23rd Street on Tuesday, December 11 at 5:39 p.m. A staff member at the Capital One bank told police that Harris handed her a withdrawal ticket with an account number on it and Harris was allegedly trying to withdraw money from the account. The staff member said that she realized Harris had handed her a New York State driver’s license that was fake and when the employee asked for other proof of identification, Harris allegedly gave her a TD Bank credit card with someone else’s name. Police later confirmed that the suspect’s real name was Michelle Harris and that she didn’t have permission to use the bank account that she was trying to withdraw funds from. Harris was charged with grand larceny, forgery and identity theft.

WOMAN BUSTED FOR GRABBING FRIEND’S NECKLACE AFTER ARGUMENT
Police arrested 44-year-old Wanda Brown for an alleged theft that took place in front of 330 Third Avenue on Monday, December 3 at 12:25 p.m. The victim, who is friends with Brown, told police that they got into an argument after Brown asked her for a cigarette. Police said that Brown snatched the victim’s necklace, then fled north on Third Avenue. Brown was charged with grand larceny and was arrested inside the 13th Precinct on Thursday, December 13 at 8:50 a.m.

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