Police Watch: Man charged with office thefts, Men accused of CVS robbery

Police arrested 28-year-old Amir Johnson on Wednesday, May 1 at 6 p.m. for multiple alleged thefts from various office buildings in Flatiron, including from 28 West 25th Street and 151 West 26th Street.

Police said that Johnson looted eight different locations since the beginning of this year. Johnson was caught after he allegedly stole a woman’s laptop and cell phone from an office inside the West 26th Street building between 4 and 4:30 p.m. on the day he was arrested.

The victim told police that she had left her cell phone and laptop on a bench in a hallway to use the bathroom and when she returned, both were gone. She said that she noticed an unknown man in the hallway and asked him if he had seen a laptop and cell phone and he said no.

When the victim asked a co-worker if he had seen her laptop, the coworker said he had seen an unknown man with a laptop and described the man that the victim had first asked about the phone and laptop.

The victim immediately placed the laptop and cell phone on lost mode and the devices appeared to be inside 515 West 145th Street at the Hotel Caribe in Hamilton Heights. Officers were notified and searched the hotel, and Johnson was found inside one of the rooms.

One of the credit cards that Johnson allegedly stole in a previous incident was used at the Best Buy in Union Square without permission. Johnson was charged with grand larceny, possession of stolen property and burglary inside the 13th precinct.

Police arrested four men for an alleged robbery inside the CVS at 338 East 23rd Street on Monday, April 29 at 10:23 p.m. Eighteen-year-old Shawn Alexander, 20-year-old Sharkim Dockery, 19-year-old Jayquan Brown and 22-year-old Meshach Green allegedly went into the store and took items from the shelves, concealing it in their bags and leaving without paying. An employee reportedly confronted the suspects at the entrance where two of the men punched him in the face before fleeing east on East 23rd Street and then going south on First Avenue.

Alexander was caught close to the store and Dockery, Brown and Green were arrested at East 14th Street and First Avenue. Dockery was also charged with weapons possession and police said that he had an electric Taser on him when he was arrested. A fifth suspect was involved in the alleged robbery but was not caught when the four other suspects were arrested.

Police arrested 27-year-old Tyler Miller on Tuesday, April 30 at 3 p.m. for allegedly possessing a handgun. Police said that a woman who was cleaning a hotel room that had been booked by Miller inside the Ace Hotel at 1186 Broadway found a handgun inside the room on Monday, April 29 around noon. Miller was charged with possession of a weapon inside the 13th precinct.

Police arrested 39-year-old Mark Carter for allegedly assaulting a peace officer inside Bellevue Hospital at 462 First Avenue on Wednesday, May 1 at 6:21 a.m. Police said that EMTs responded to the scene because Carter was reported as an emotionally disturbed person and needed further evaluation at the hospital. While an EMT was putting Carter into an ambulance, he allegedly bit the EMT in the forearm, causing a bruise and minor bleeding in an effort to prevent the EMT from fulfilling his duties. Carter was also charged with an unclassified misdemeanor and harassment.

Police arrested 33-year-old Juan Hernandez, 34-year-old Douglas Coward and 25-year-old Lydia Martinez for an alleged robbery that took place inside the Duane Reade at 125 Third Avenue around 9 p.m. on Tuesday, April 30.

Police said that two of the suspects took merchandise from the store and attempted to leave without paying, and when an employee approached them to prevent them from leaving, the third suspect allegedly went inside the store and grabbed the employee, stating that he had a knife. None of the suspects were in possession of a weapon so it was unclear which of the three allegedly threatened the employee.

The suspects were caught in front of 225 East 27th Street around 11 p.m. on the same day as the incident.

Police arrested two teenagers for menacing inside Bellevue Hospital on Wednesday, May 1 at 1:16 a.m. Police said that the teens followed the victim into the lobby of Bellevue Hospital. One of the teens reportedly said to the victim, “Come outside, I have something for you,” and went to his waist band, displaying what the victim thought was a firearm. When he was arrested, police found that he was in possession of a black wine bottle opener.

The victim has an order of protection against the teen and that the violence against him by the teen has been escalating lately, causing him to fear for his life. The teen was also charged with coercion and an unclassified public administration felony.

Police said that the suspect and the victim, who is also a teenager, are friends. The second teen also pretended to have a gun on him but when he was arrested, police found that he was not in possession of a weapon.

Police arrested 35-year-old Miguel Cruz for an alleged theft inside the Duane Reade at 401 Park Avenue South on Wednesday, May 1 at 9:33 a.m.

Police said that Cruz removed multiple cases of Modelo from the store and allegedly attempted to leave without paying.

After he was arrested, Cruz was charged in connection with six other burglaries in which he allegedly stole beer from the same Duane Reade location on previous dates.

Cruz was charged with burglary because he went into the store after a “no trespass” affidavit had been issued.

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