Woman arrested for stealing Stuy Town resident’s phone

By Maria Rocha-Buschel 

Police arrested 33-year-old Anne Delacruz for allegedly stealing a man’s phone in Stuyvesant Town at the end of September. 

Police said that Delacruz was involved in a fight in front of 605 East 14th Street on September 22 at 11:32 p.m. when a Stuyvesant Town resident in his 30s attempted to break up the fight and separate Delacruz and the person that she was fighting with. The victim said that in the process of trying to break the fight up, he was assaulted and Delacruz allegedly stole his cell phone. 

The victim told police that Delacruz punched him in the face, neck and back, causing bruising, redness, scratches and substantial pain, then she allegedly grabbed his phone from his hand. 

According to the district attorney’s office, video surveillance showed Delacruz grabbing the phone from the victim’s hand and she allegedly told police, “I took the phone from him.”

Police said that the incident occurred outside, but did not have information about whether the fight and alleged theft took place on the sidewalk or right in front of the building.

Police are still looking for the second person involved in the incident who has not been arrested. 

Delacruz was arrested on Tuesday, October 1 at 7:35 a.m. inside the 13th precinct. She was charged with petit larceny, assault, criminal possession of stolen property and harassment.

An attorney for Delacruz did not have a comment on the case. 

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