Police Watch: Man charged with apartment burglary, Teens arrested for fight

Police arrested 52-year-old Santiago Ferreira for an alleged burglary inside 125 East 17th Street at Irving Place on Sunday, April 28 at 2 a.m.

The victim told police that he was out at a diner when an unknown person broke into his apartment by forcing the front door open. He said that when he returned home around 12:45 a.m., his door was open and the apartment was a mess with a number items having been taken. The victim said that the deadbolt had been broken and was on the floor, and there were also items in the apartment that didn’t belong to him. He told police that he spoke to his neighbor, who said that he heard noises around 6 p.m. that evening.

While waiting for the NYPD evidence collection team, the victim was pinging his MacBook so that it would make an audible noise when Ferreira allegedly came into the apartment with the victim’s stolen items. It was unclear why Ferreira went to the victim’s apartment with the allegedly stolen property but police said that he also lives in the building.

Ferreira allegedly told police that a friend gave him the victim’s stolen items, so police are still looking for a second possible suspect in connection with the actual apartment break-in.

Police arrested two teenage boys after a fight inside the Administration for Children’s Services facility at 492 First Avenue on Monday, April 22 at 11 p.m. One of the teens, who was charged with assault of a peace officer and resisting arrest, reportedly punched a police officer in the face when she was attempting to break up the earlier fight. Police said that the teen also flailed his arms to prevent being handcuffed. The other teen allegedly slapped someone else in the face during the dispute and while the officer was attempting to place him under arrest, he flailed his arms and wouldn’t let the officers handcuff him. The second teen was charged with resisting arrest, an unclassified misdemeanor, disorderly conduct and harassment.

Police arrested a teenager for an alleged theft inside the ACS facility at 492 First Avenue on Saturday, April 27 at 10:49 p.m. Police said that the teen was stopped in regards to a previous theft and when he was searched, officers found that he was in possession of a phone that had been previously stolen. The victim was able to identify the device as hers.

Police arrested 46-year-old Alexander Wright for alleged reckless endangerment in front of 115 East 23rd Street on Thursday, April 25 at 7:51 a.m. A witness flagged down a police officer and said that Wright had reportedly set fire to the garbage can in front of 315 Park Avenue South. Wright was caught on East 23rd Street shortly after the witness reported the incident.

Police arrested 59-year-old Hector Castro-Diaz for alleged possession of stolen property in front of 224 East 28th Street on Friday, April 26 at 8:36 p.m. Officers saw Castro-Diaz in front of the location and recognized him as someone who was wanted for multiple alleged thefts within the 13th and 17th precincts. He was connected to four different incidents that took place in March and April. Police said that he stole items from the CVS at 215 Park Avenue South on March 24 around 4:30 p.m. and on April 10 around 6:30 p.m. Castro-Diaz allegedly took beer from the Duane Reade at 401 Park Avenue South on April 23 at midnight and reportedly took Ensure drinks from the Duane Reade at 155 East 34th Street on April 17 around 1 a.m. Castro-Diaz was also charged with petit larceny.

Police arrested 23-year-old Nicholas Dellabate for alleged drunk driving in front of 40 West 23rd Street on Saturday, April 27 at 2:57 a.m. Police said that Dellabate was driving west on West 21st Street and made a right turn onto Sixth Avenue allegedly without signaling and when officer stopped him on West 23rd Street, police found that he reportedly had a strong odor of alcohol on his breath, slurred speech, bloodshot eyes and a flushed face. Dellabate was charged with intoxicated driving, an unclassified traffic misdemeanor and failure to signal. Dellabate was also charged with impersonation because he allegedly gave a false identity even after police told him the consequences of knowingly misrepresenting his name.

Police arrested 26-year-old Afiesha Nelson for an alleged theft in front of the Duane Reade at 401 Park Avenue South on Saturday, April 27 at 8:41 a.m. Police said that Nelson was seen putting items from the store into her bag and attempting to leave without paying, and when officers walked into the vestibule and approached Nelson, identifying himself as a police officer, Nelson dropped the bag and attempted to flee. Another officer attempted to stop Nelson by grabbing her arms. At the time, a man who wasn’t arrested was outside the store and stepped into the vestibule, attempting to pull Nelson away from the officers. The assisting officer then pulled out handcuffs in an attempt to restrain Nelson but in the scuffle, the officer got two fingers caught in the handcuffs, also causing an injury to his elbow. The unknown man then grabbed the bag Nelson had dropped and fled from the location without being arrested.

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