Police Watch: Man charged with newsstand robbery, Bouncer accused of assault

MAN CHARGED WITH UNION SQUARE SUBWAY NEWSSTAND ROBBERY
Police arrested 27-year-old Nicholas Labasta for an alleged robbery that took place inside the Union Square subway station on Tuesday, February 12 at 4 a.m. The victim told police that he was working behind the counter at the newsstand inside the station when Labasta allegedly reached over the counter into the open cash register. The victim said that he attempted to stop Labasta from taking the cash, and Labasta allegedly punched the victim in the face. Police said that he then grabbed cash in singles and fled the station. The victim later identified Labasta outside and police stopped him in front of 841 Broadway, where they recovered the cash in singles in his pocket. Labasta was also charged with grand larceny and petit larceny.

BOUNCER AT BOUNCE ACCUSED OF ASSAULT
Police arrested 35-year-old Modesto Morales for an alleged assault in front of Bounce nightclub at 55 West 21st Street on Saturday, February 16 at 2:56 a.m. The victim told police that Morales, who is a bouncer at the club, punched him in the mouth unprovoked, causing swelling and bleeding.

MAN ACCUSED OF SNATCHING PHONE
Police arrested 32-year-old Alexandre Teixeira for an alleged theft at the corner of Union Square East and East 14th Street on Friday, February 15 at 4:41 p.m. Police heard the victim shouting, “Police, help, he took my phone!” while running after Teixeira. Police said when they caught up with Teixeira and he was arrested, he had the victim’s phone. Teixeira was charged with grand larceny, criminal mischief and possession of stolen property.

LYFT DRIVER CHARGED IN HIT-AND-RUN
Police arrested 41-year-old Bardhyl Pashaj for allegedly leaving the scene of an accident in front of 10 West 25th Street last year. The victim told police that Pashaj, a Lyft driver, backed into the victim, knocking him to the ground on December 29 at 12:45 p.m. Police said that Pashaj then left the scene of the accident. Pashaj was arrested inside the 13th Precinct on Tuesday, February 12 at 9:30 a.m.

MAN ARRESTED FOR ALLEGED WALLET THEFT AT MOVIE THEATER
Police arrested 18-year-old Noel Carr for an alleged theft earlier this year inside the movie theater at 890 Broadway near East 19th Street. The victim told police that his wallet went missing after he saw a movie there and later found unauthorized charges on his credit card. Carr allegedly stole the victim’s wallet at the theater and was charged with grand larceny on Tuesday, February 12 at the 13th Precinct.

MAN ALLEGEDLY BROKE INTO CAR ON EAST 17TH
Police arrested 47-year-old Adalberto Soto for an alleged theft at the corner of Second Avenue and East 17th Street on Wednesday, February 13 at 11:31 a.m. Soto was allegedly casing vehicles and trying door handles of parked cars to get inside. Police said that Soto was able to gain access to a car that was left unlocked and was seen rummaging through the vehicle. When officers arrested him, he was also in possession of alleged Xanax. Soto was charged with petit larceny, unauthorized use of vehicle and possession of a controlled substance.

WOMAN CHARGED WITH ASSAULT AT CAFE
Police arrested 36-year-old Simone Thompson for an alleged assault inside Café 28 at 245 Fifth Avenue on Thursday, February 14 at 1:10 a.m. Police said that Thompson went into the cafe and got into an argument with someone at the business, then allegedly threw a glass bottle of apple juice at the victim, causing bruising and swelling on his ribs.

MAN ACCUSED FOR COAT THEFT AT MOUNT SINAI BETH ISRAEL
Police arrested 48-year-old John Javenes for an alleged theft inside Mount Sinai Beth Israel at 9 Perlman Place on Tuesday, February 12 at 1:02 p.m. Javenes allegedly put the victim’s coat and sweatshirt inside his bag as he was leaving the hospital after a visit. Police said that Javenes took the coat and sweatshirt without permission and the victim, a hospital employee, realized the items were missing when he checked his office and saw that they weren’t there.

TEEN NABBED FOR DAMAGING FRIDGE AT GOOD SHEPHERD
Police arrested a teenager for criminal mischief inside Good Shepherd Services, a residence for girls, at 337 East 17th Street on Tuesday, February 12 at 9:35 p.m. Police said that the teenager intentionally damaged a refrigerator by flipping it on its side and jumping on top of it.

MAN ALLEGEDLY BROKE DOOR AT BETH ISRAEL
Police arrested 35-year-old Fred Gilpatrick inside 281 First Avenue on Saturday, February 16 at 6:58 a.m. Police said that Gilpatrick got violent with the staff at the hospital and allegedly broke a glass door with his elbow while he was being discharged from the hospital. Staff at the hospital said that Gilpatrick became violent because he didn’t want to be discharged.

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