By Maria Rocha-Buschel
Police arrested multiple people for alleged robberies in the neighborhood, including for a violent incident at the bus stop on First Avenue at East 14th Street last weekend.
Jason Vincente, 39, allegedly approached a woman in her 20s while she was waiting for the bus at the northeast corner of East 14th Street and First Avenue on Saturday, August 10 at 12:25 a.m.
Police said that Vincente attempted to grab the victim’s bag and when the victim refused to give it to him, he allegedly said, “Gimme your money,” and reportedly grabbed the victim by the shirt.
When she refused, police said that Vincente forced her into the wall of the bus stop enclosure, hitting her head against the glass multiple times, causing a bruise on her head and substantial pain. The victim was transported to Mount Sinai Beth Israel Hospital for treatment but no further information about her condition was available.
Police said that Vincente is on parole but did not have further information about the previous conviction.
Another man was caught last week for an incident in Gramercy that took place at the end of July.
Police arrested 27-year-old Gustavo Lopez Acevedo for an alleged robbery on East 23rd Street. The victim told police that he was walking past the Celeste Gramercy at 150 East 23rd Street on Tuesday, July 23 at 6 a.m. when Lopez Acevedo approached him and said, “Gimme your money.”
Police said that the victim refused, after which Lopez Acevedo allegedly threw him on the ground and forcibly took his debit card, cash and iPhone.
Lopez Acevedo fled the scene but was arrested on Tuesday, August 6 at 10:40 a.m. inside the 13th precinct.
Two men were also arrested for a robbery that allegedly took place in Union Square Park last Friday. Police said that 26-year-old Jonathan Lopez and 27-year-old Gyiani Rivera grabbed property from the victim and hit the victim when she tried to grab her bag back from them when she was inside Union Square Park on August 6.
The two suspects fled the location after the incident but were caught later in the day when they returned to the scene to retrieve property they had left behind. The victim positively identified the suspects as the people who grabbed her property.
Lopez was caught at East 17th Street and Union Square Park at 3:21 p.m. and Rivera was arrested at Union Square East and East 17th Street at 3:46 p.m. Rivera was also charged with marijuana possession.
Two other people were arrested in connection with the robbery but no further information about them was available.
Attorneys for the four suspects could not be reached for comment by T&V’s press time.