Police Watch: Teen arrested for Blue Smoke robbery, Driver charged with alleged vehicular assault

The five robbery suspects seen at Blue Smoke restaurant in Flatiron

FIFTH TEENAGER ARRESTED FOR BLUE SMOKE ROBBERY
Police arrested a fifth teenager for the robbery at Blue Smoke restaurant at 116 East 27th Street on March 18. Police said that the teens approached a host in the restaurant around 7 p.m. and claimed they were raising money for a basketball team before grabbing cash from the victim and fleeing. When the victim chased after them, one of them hit him in the back of the head. The fifth teen was charged with robbery for the incident inside the 13th precinct on April 11 at 10:37 a.m. His name is being withheld due to his young age.

DRIVER CHARGED WITH HITTING PEDESTRIAN ON SECOND AVENUE AND 23RD STREET
Police arrested 23-year-old Kenneth Rowe for alleged vehicular assault at the corner of First Avenue and East 23rd Street on April 13. The victim told police that he was crossing East 23rd Street near Second Avenue at around 3:30 p.m. and was in the crosswalk when Rowe allegedly started turning. The victim told police that Rowe saw him and spoke with him, then allegedly revved his engine and struck him, causing an injury, but was arrested a block away from the incident.

MAN ACCUSED OF ASSAULTING OFFICER AT BELLEVUE
Police arrested 39-year-old Jamar Moore for alleged assault of a peace officer inside Bellevue Hospital at 462 First Avenue on April 10 at 1 a.m. Officers were restraining Moore inside the hospital when he allegedly head-butted the officer intentionally, causing minor bruising and swelling to the area above his eye. Police said that Moore has previously been arrested for assaulting an officer, as well as for petit larceny and transit crimes.

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Robbers steal victim’s hat, threaten him with knife at Union Square Park

Sketch of the second suspect

Police are looking for a pair of muggers who pulled a knife on a teenager at Union Square Park.

On Thursday, April 12 at 5:40 p.m., the 18-year-old victim was about to go into the subway when one of the men grabbed from behind and pulled off his red baseball cap. The two began to argue and struggle over the hat when the second suspect pulled out a knife and menaced the victim with it before he and the other man fled with the cap.

The first suspect is described as a white male. The second suspect is male, white, in his 20’s to 30’s with very short hair and facial hair and about six feet tall. He was last seen wearing a tan or brown jacket, dark pants and a baseball cap.

Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website at nypdcrimestoppers.com or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577.

All calls are strictly confidential.

Update: The Post reports the cap was a “Make America Great Again” hat worn by a Danish tourist.

Police Watch: Man charged with robbery in Stuy Town, Arrest for trespassing in Stuy Town

Robbery suspect

MAN CHARGED WITH ROBBERY IN STUY TOWN
Police arrested 18-year-old Davin Quirindongo for allegedly stealing from a woman on Avenue C in March. According to the district attorney’s office, Quirindongo bumped up against her and grabbed her wallet while she was walking in front of 319 Avenue C on March 22 at 10:10 p.m. Town & Village reported on this incident last week when police were still looking for the suspect and Stuy Town management clarified at the time that the incident actually occurred on the Avenue C Loop Road.
Police said that officers tracked down Quirindongo because he used one of the victim’s credit cards. Quirindongo was arrested for grand larceny from a person and possession of stolen property on April 5 at 5:30 p.m. and the DA’s office charged him with robbery and grand larceny. An attorney for Quirindongo declined to comment.

ARREST FOR TRESPASSING IN STUY TOWN
Police arrested 55-year-old James Curry for burglars tools and criminal trespass inside 310 First Avenue last Wednesday at 8:04 p.m. Police said that Curry entered the building by walking behind a resident to gain access and proceeding to the basement into the laundry room. Curry was allegedly carrying bolt cutters when he was approached by security.
Curry pled guilty at a pre-arraignment deposition on April 5 and was given a conditional discharge, meaning he would not be sentenced for the offense unless a further offense is committed within a year.

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Woman robbed at gunpoint on East 20th Street

Robbery suspect

By Sabina Mollot

Cops are looking for a man who robbed a woman at gunpoint in Gramercy shortly after midnight on Sunday.

Police said the woman was walking past 201 East 20th Street at Third Avenue when the man approached her, pulled out a small, black handgun and demanded her cash. The woman turned over her money, putting it into a bag the man had and he fled the scene. She was uninjured in the incident. It isn’t clear how much money she lost and police don’t have a description of the suspect although he was caught in some grainy surveillance footage.

Anyone with information is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential.

Kips Bay senior reported missing

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James Kalanzi

Police are looking for a Kips Bay man who was last seen on Tuesday, March 27 at 1 p.m., leaving his home at 14 East 28th Street.

James Kalanzi, 74, is black, 5’5″ tall, around 130 pounds and has short black hair. He was last seen wearing dark pants, a dark jacket with lettering on the back, and a hat.

Anyone with information in regards to this missing male is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). All calls are strictly confidential.

 

 

Police Watch: Teen arrested for Blue Smoke robbery, Man charged in 7-Eleven robbery

FOURTH TEEN ARRESTED FOR BLUE SMOKE ROBBERY
Police arrested a 16-year-old in connection with a robbery inside Blue Smoke at 116 East 27th Street on March 18. Police said that a host at the restaurant was approached around 7 p.m. by five teenagers who claimed they were raising money for a basketball team before grabbing cash from the victim and fleeing the restaurant. When the victim chased after the teens, one of them hit him on the back of the head.
Four teens have been arrested in connection with the incident. The teen was charged with robbery inside the 13th precinct for the robbery last Tuesday at 5:30 a.m. and his name is being withheld due to his young age.

MAN CHARGED WITH 7-ELEVEN ROBBERY
Police arrested 53-year-old Chris Sanachez for an alleged robbery that took place in the 7-Eleven at 239 East 14th Street on March 7 around 10 p.m. Police said that a customer in the store left his property on the counter and Sanachez grabbed it, then fled the location. The victim, a man in his 50s, reportedly chased after Sanachez and when he caught up with him, the suspect allegedly punched the victim in the face, causing pain and swelling. Sanachez was arrested inside the 13th precinct last Tuesday at 7 p.m.

WOMAN ACCUSED OF PUSHING MAN INTO TRACKS AT UNION SQUARE
Police arrested 57-year-old Marjorie Chambers for alleged reckless endangerment at East 14th Street and Union Square West inside the Union Square subway station last Friday at 12:17 a.m. Police said that Chambers recklessly pushed the victim into the roadbed of the train, creating a substantial risk of injury, although no train was approaching at the time of the incident. The victim did not have any visible injuries.

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Shoplifters push down employee at Modell’s

Police are the on the lookout for three suspects.

By Sabina Mollot

Police are looking for three young men with expensive taste who stole a bag and clothing from two stores on the same day. In one incident, they also bashed into a store employee.

In one incident on March 3 at 12:50 p.m., they headed to a Modell’s sporting goods store at 607 Avenue of the Americas where they stole a Nike jacket and Nike t-shirts, putting the merchandise into duffel bags. On their way out of the store with $525 worth of clothing, they knocked a female employee onto the floor, causing her minor injuries, police said.

This was just 20 minutes after the same trio strolled into the Zara clothing store at 101 Fifth Avenue in Flatiron and swiped a $200 bag. They then fled on foot.

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Thieves taking entire carts from mail carriers

By Sabina Mollot

No longer content with swiping mail and packages from building lobbies, some thieves are brazenly stealing entire carts full of mail as postal carriers make their rounds in Manhattan.

Police say that the thieves are specifically looking for checks, money orders and credit cards.

A story in The New York Post on Sunday reported that 19 incidents have occurred in the borough since last summer, with the thieves wearing postal uniforms and waiting for carriers to get distracted before making their moves in broad daylight.

A couple of the incidents took place in Union Square. On January 26 in front of 18 East 16th Street at 1:40 p.m., the mailman was delivering mail and when he returned to his cart, it was gone. The same thing happened four days later at 140 East 17th Street at 4 p.m. The Post reported similar incidents have taken place in Murray Hill and on the Upper East Side.

Cops have also been warning consumers about thefts perpetrated by mailbox fishing, in which thieves will reel out mail from mailboxes using a stick and glue. Police told Town & Village this type of crime has spiked in Upper Manhattan, The Bronx and Queens.

Two teens arrested for Blue Smoke robbery

The five robbery suspects seen at Blue Smoke restaurant in Flatiron

By Maria Rocha-Buschel

Police arrested two 15-year-old boys in the last week in connection with a robbery at Blue Smoke that took place on the evening of Sunday, March 18.

As Town & Village reported last week, police have been looking for five men in connection to a robbery at the Danny Meyer-owned barbecue joint in Flatiron who have been going up to victims while pretending to solicit donations for a basketball team that doesn’t actually exist.

In the incident at Blue Smoke, the suspects approached a host inside the restaurant and grabbed cash out of his hands before fleeing, and when the victim chased after them, one of them hit the host in the back of the head.

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Cops looking for man who snatched bag from woman in Stuy Town

Bag-snatching suspect

By Sabina Mollot

Police are on the lookout for a man who grabbed a bag from a woman in Stuyvesant Town last Thursday evening.

The 21-year-old victim was walking along the Avenue C Loop at 11:20 p.m. when a man ran up to her, stole her bag, and took off. The woman, who wasn’t hurt, lost $11 in cash and her credit cards, police said.

Police had no description of the suspect, but in a few fuzzy surveillance photos, he appears to be light-skinned and thin, last seen in a bright orange hoodie and green jacket.

A spokesperson for StuyTown Property Services said management is working with the 13th Precinct to find the suspect.

Thieves preying on victims at coffee bars around Union Square

By Maria Rocha-Buschel

Police arrested a man this past Monday who is suspected of snatching unattended bags from the Starbucks at 10 Union Square East, which police say has been a hotbed of thefts for the last few months. The precinct’s commanding officer, Deputy Inspector Steven Hellman, said at last week’s Community Council meeting that the precinct has especially been struggling with thefts from the chain throughout the city because the company has been reluctant to provide surveillance video.

“One of the main ways we can catch these guys is with video and Starbucks has not been very cooperative,” Hellman said. “We’ve followed up with subpoenas and we’ve still never been able to retrieve a single video from them.”

Starbucks did not return a request for comment by T&V’s press time.

Despite the lack of cooperation from the coffee chain, the man who was arrested, 60-year-old Prince Wright, was picked up inside the Starbucks location at 25 Union Square West this past Monday by officers who recognized him from a photo. Police connected him to two grand larcenies at the 10 Union Square East location on March 2 and 12, as well as thefts from two more at Starbucks locations in the Midtown South precinct.

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Robber pulls away cane from man, helps him back up, then steals his cash

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Robbery suspect

By Sabina Mollot

Police are hunting a man who violently robbed a 70-year-old man on Park Avenue South on Tuesday by pulling his cane away from him as he walked along the sidewalk. After the victim fell to the ground, the suspect took his wallet. Then, upon seeing that there were people approaching them, the robber helped the victim get back to his feet. However, before fleeing west on East 24th Street, he snatched $15 in cash from the victim’s wallet.

The suspect is described as unshaven and light-skinned and was last seen wearing a black knit cap, a gray hooded sweater with red lining, a black jacket and camouflage shoes.

Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website at nypdcrimestoppers.com or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential.

Police Watch: Man charged in hit-and-run, ‘Bag snatcher’ arrested at Gramercy Park Hotel

MAN CHARGED WITH HIT-AND-RUN
Police arrested 40-year-old Robert Maltese for allegedly leaving the scene of an accident causing personal injury in front of 132 West 31st Street on a previous date. Police said that Maltese struck a 25-year-old woman with his car, causing an injury, then left the scene. Maltese was arrested last Tuesday at 10:45 a.m. inside the 13th Precinct.

MAN ACCUSED OF SNATCHING BAG AT GRAMERCY PARK HOTEL
Police arrested 28-year-old Rayner Reyes inside the Gramercy Park Hotel at 2 Lexington Avenue last Thursday at 2 a.m. Police said that Reyes was seen by security taking a woman’s purse from the chair next to her leg and allegedly attempted to walk out of the bar area into the lobby, where he was caught with the bag. Reyes was also charged with possession of stolen property.

TEEN CON ARTIST ARRESTED FOR KNIFE IN UNION SQUARE
Police arrested a teenager for weapons possession inside the Union Square subway station last Sunday at 8:58 p.m. Police said that the teen had strolled into a handful of businesses attempting to raise money for a fraudulent youth football team, then entered the subway station by jumping over the turnstile. When he was searched, police said that a knife was recovered from his backpack. Police said that the teen was not connected to the group wanted for committing robberies while soliciting donations for a fake local sports team.

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Police Watch: Man arrested for car break-in, ‘Dealer’ busted in Kips Bay

MAN ARRESTED FOR ALLEGED CAR BREAK-IN
Police arrested 59-year-old Reinaldo Campbell for alleged burglary at the corner of Broadway and East 20th Street on March 14 at 11:20 a.m. Police said that Campbell was seen casing and pulling on the doors of two commercial vehicles in an attempt to get inside, then got inside another commercial vehicle parked at the corner. He was arrested at the scene and also charged with possession of burglar’s tools and stolen property.

‘DEALER’ ARRESTED IN KIPS BAY
Police arrested 26-year-old Kayshawn Thomas for allegedly trying to sell a controlled substance at the corner of Park Avenue South and East 28th Street on March 14. Police said that Thomas was seen at 4:30 p.m., allegedly exchanging a small object for cash, with another person who wasn’t arrested. When Thomas was searched, he was in possession of alleged crack cocaine and marijuana. Thomas was also charged with sale of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance and possession of marijuana.

MAN BUSTED FOR DRUGS, STOLEN CREDIT CARDS
Police arrested 38-year-old Seth Harris for alleged intent to sell a controlled substance in front of 55 West 26th Street on March 16 at 10:36 a.m. Police said that while an EMS worker was helping Harris, he was found to be in possession of a quantity of a controlled substance and alleged drug paraphernalia. Harris was later charged with grand larceny and possession of stolen property while at the 13th precinct. Police said that Harris had identification and debit cards that didn’t belong to him and had allegedly used the cards to make unauthorized purchases.

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Police on lookout for phony basketball team now on robbery spree

The five robbery suspects seen at Blue Smoke restaurant in Flatiron

By Maria Rocha-Buschel

Police are looking for five young black men in connection with a number of robberies committed under the guise of raising money for a community basketball team. Most recently, they robbed a man at Danny Meyer’s Blue Smoke barbecue restaurant in Flatiron on Sunday evening.

Deputy Inspector Steven Hellman, commanding officer of the 13th Precinct, told community members at a community council meeting on Tuesday that police have identified at least one of the suspects as a 15-year-old boy who has previously been arrested for violent assaults and robberies throughout Manhattan.

In other recent incidents, the boy and four others whose ages are unknown have gone up to victims while holding a clipboard to solicit donations for a basketball team that doesn’t exist.

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