Police looking for deaf, mute senior from Flatiron

Margarito Cruz (Photo via NYPD)

Margarito Cruz (Photo via NYPD)

Police are asking for the public’s assistance in finding an 87-year-old man who has been missing since Saturday, August 1.

Margarito Cruz, of 172 5th Avenue, was last seen at 4 p.m. on Saturday in front of 174 5th Avenue (at 23rd Street) wearing a blue Con Edison tee shirt. He is 5’6″ tall, weighs 200 pounds and is deaf and mute.

 Anyone with information is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 800-577-TIPS.

The public can also submit their tips by logging onto http://www.crimestoppers.com or texting their tips to 274637(CRIMES) then enter TIP577.



Missing woman last seen at Beth Israel



Police are asking the public for assistance in finding a missing woman who was last seen at Beth Israel Medical Center last Monday.

Natasha Stokes, 28, lives at 350 Lafayette Street.

She is described as black, 5 ft. 6 ins. and 323 lbs. There is no clothing description available at this time.

Anyone with information in regards to this missing is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 800-577-TIPS. The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers Website at www.crimestoppers.com.

Police Watch: Man wanted in East Village attempted rape, pit bull bites father and son

Police are looking for a man who tried to rape a woman in an East Village building on Sunday and also, in a prior incident, attacked a woman in another building. On Sunday, cops say he followed his 22 year-old victim into an apartment building on East 6th Street and sexually assaulted her in the stairwell. The victim sustained minor injuries from the attack, which occurred around 6 a.m., and was taken to Beth Israel Hospital in stable condition.
Police say he also, on Tuesday, December 16 at 12:45 a.m., followed a 19-year-old woman into the elevator in the lobby of her building located on the FDR Drive. He then grabbed her buttocks and breasts and tried to forcibly kiss her. The woman struggled and managed to get out of the elevator and the building. The creep chased her and managed to grab her buttocks again before fleeing the scene,
The suspect is described as dark skinned, approximately 25 years old and 180 lbs., with short cut hair. In the second incident, he was wearing a dark baseball cap, black bubble jacket, blue jeans and black sneakers. In the first incident, the victim said he was wearing a Yankees cap.
Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call Crime stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime stoppers website at nypdcrimestoppers.com or by texting TIP577 and their tips to 274637 (CRIMES). All calls are strictly confidential.


Freida Yakubov

Police are looking for a 37-year-old woman, Florida resident Freida Yakubov. Yakubov was last seen last Thursday in front of 111 West 16 Street at 8 a.m. when she arrived with her boyfriend from Sarasota. Yakubov dropped her boyfriend off at the location and then left to park her vehicle, a black 2009 BMW 1 Series 4-door sedan with Florida license plates, but she never returned.
She is described as being 5’7” tall, weighing 120 lbs., with a light complexion, long blonde hair and brown eyes. She was last seen wearing a white sweater and gray sweat pants.
Anyone with information is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 800-577-TIPS.

Mister Parrish, 36, was arrested after police said he was involved in two assaults, including one in which he sicced his pit bull on a father and his son.
Last Saturday at around 10:52 p.m., at East 28th Street and Lexington, Parrish was standing on the corner with the dog when a child, who was under the age of seven and standing next to Parrish, became frightened by the animal. Parrish then yelled, “It’s only a dog.”
The boy started crossing the street with his father when Parrish allegedly removed the dog’s leash and steered it towards them. Police said that the dog bit the boy on the leg, causing the skin to break and bleed, and Parrish did nothing to intervene. The dog also allegedly bit the child’s father on the arm.
The victims were taken to the hospital and the dog was removed to Animal Care and Control. Parrish (whose first name really is Mister, police confirmed) was was also charged with assault, as well as harassment and dogs to be restrained.
Around the same time, police hit Parrish with additional count of assault along with arresting another man, Jamie Sloan, 34.
Police said Parrish and Sloan were involved in a fight at Third Avenue and East 28th Street around the same time as the other incident. They allegedly punched another man in the face and head, causing cuts and bleeding to the victim’s ear.

Police arrested 51-year-old Nathaniel Green for grand larceny in front of 915 Broadway last Monday at 7:16 p.m. Green entered the Gramercy Tavern at 42 East 20th Street earlier that day and allegedly removed a black bag that didn’t belong to him from a chair. Police said he left the restaurant with the bag and was stopped outside the building. He allegedly resisted arrest at the time, ran and dropped the bag, which landed under a nearby car.

Police arrested 38-year-old Paulino Camacho for grand larceny inside Mount Sinai Beth Israel at 281 First Avenue last Thursday at 11:12 p.m. The victim, who is a patient at the hospital, said that she was sleeping in her room and when she woke up, she went to look for something in her bag. Camacho had allegedly taken her credit card and $30 in cash from the bag.

Police arrested two people for the sale of marijuana and possession of marijuana near the intersection of West 28th Street and Broadway last Friday. Twenty-year-old Usman Jalloh was busted in front of 34 West 28th Street at 3:40 p.m.
Jalloh allegedly sold pot to an undercover officer and after searching him, police found that he was allegedly in possession of additional marijuana.
Lamin Kamara, 24, was arrested at the intersection at 4:45 p.m. He allegedly tried to sell marijuana to an undercover officer and police said he was in possession of marijuana.

Police arrested two people for shoplifting at Bed Bath & Beyond in separate incidents last week. Denise Mulcare, 45, was arrested last Monday at 1:09 p.m. and Anthony Dantico, 33, was arrested on Saturday at 3:54 p.m. Both were charged with petit larceny and possession of stolen property. Mulcare allegedly took items of the shelf and placed them in her bag, attempting to leave the store without paying. Police said that Dantico took property off the rack, put it in his coat pocket and attempted to leave without paying.

Eighteen-year-old Isaiah Ravenall was arrested for burglary last Monday at 11:50 a.m. inside the 13th Precinct. Police said that Ravenall entered the victim’s apartment without permission and swiped an Apple MacBook Pro valued at $1,100. Information about the location of the burglary was not available.

Police arrested 25-year-old Salvador Colula inside the 13th precinct for leaving the scene of an accident last Monday at 9:45 a.m. Colula was driving at a previous date and allegedly hit someone with his car, causing a sprained ankle. Colula did not stop when he hit the man and left the scene of the accident, police said.

Police arrested four people for thefts at the Gap Store inside 122 Fifth Avenue last week.
Timothy Read, 23, and Angel Vega Jr., 39, were arrested last Monday at 7:56 p.m. Read was charged with grand larceny and Vega was charged with petit larceny and possession of stolen property. Read allegedly attempted to steal three jackets, which were valued at $1,044. Vega allegedly attempted to steal two jackets.
Twenty-six-year-old Christian Pena was arrested at the same store the next day at 2:06 p.m. for petit larceny and possession of stolen property. An employee at the store said that she saw Pena take items from the shelf. He allegedly concealed them and attempted to leave the store without paying.
Police arrested 53-year-old Elvin Quinones for petit larceny and possession of stolen property in front of the store last Friday at 11:54 a.m. An employee at the store said that Quinones took clothing off the shelves and then attempted to conceal it in his coat. Police said that he then tried leaving the store without paying for the items, which were worth $94.99.

Missing Stuy Town man’s family says he may have left the city

Andreas Robbins

Andreas Robbins

By Sabina Mollot

The family of Andreas Robbins, the Stuyvesant Town man who’s been missing since last Monday, believes he may have left the city, possibly for Washington, DC.

At least that’s what they are hoping, since when he last left his apartment on 14th Street, he was suicidal and had threatened to jump off the George Washington Bridge.

However, his girlfriend Alana Dakin said there’s so far been no evidence that he even went there, and the family’s since received a tip that he was seen at Union Station in DC.

Over the weekend Dakin posted a message on the website Reddit, which has since been removed, trying to get the word out in the DC area.

“He has been struggling with depression and has been talking constantly that he wants to leave NYC, so it is very possible that he changed his mind and ran. We had a small lead that he may have been spotted in DC, so I want to get his picture out in the DC area as quickly as possible,” she wrote.

Meanwhile, Elsa Stamatopoulou, Robbins’ mother, told Town & Village that the tip about him being in DC came from a stranger. As of Monday, however, she had doubts about that rumor’s accuracy.

“People are well-meaning and we follow each lead,” she said, but added, “it’s probably not (true).” Still, she said she thinks that “If he’s well and alive, he has left the city.”

Last week, police had to temporarily call off their search for Robbins, the New York Post reported. This was due to officers being reassigned to the protests over the court’s decision on the Eric Garner case. Robbins’ distraught father, Bruce Robbins, had told the Post then that his son was suicidal.

Stamatopoulou said that since then the NYPD has continued its search and she said she wasn’t angry about the reassignments last Thursday evening. “People sometimes politicize things,” she said. “It’s just a normal thing so I’m not looking to spin this.”

Andreas Robbins and Alana Dakin  (via Facebook)

Andreas Robbins and Alana Dakin
(via Facebook)

She added that she hopes if anyone does think they see her son to please contact the family or police and to give Robbins a message.

“Say to him, ‘Andreas, your family and friends all love you. Come back to us,’” she said. “If what he wants is to disappear for a time, the only thing we want is to know he is safe and let him pursue whatever he wants.”

At the time of his disappearance, Robbins had his wallet with him as well as his passport. However, Stamatopoulou said that may not have been deliberate since he always carried it with him.

Melissa Patel, Andreas’s best friend and a former resident of Stuyvesant Town, said she’s hoping Robbins has simply taken off somewhere, as he has done once in the past.

She recalled how four years ago when they were in college, he messaged her on Facebook to tell her he’d left home and had gone to Spain.

“He asked me to get his valuables from his apartment,” Patel said. “I’m hoping (this is) just his reckless kind of behavior. I’m hoping it’s that versus something else.”

Dakin added that while there were no recent changes or traumatic incidents she was aware of that may have set him off, she said Robbins had been looking for a break from the city.

“It’s hard when you’re 25 and trying to figure out what you’re going to do with your life,” she said. “He’d been talking about wanting to leave the city since he grew up here and wanting to try something new.”

Robbins, who’s 25 years old, is described as being white, 6 ft. 1 ins. tall and thin with dark hair and brown eyes. He has a prominent birthmark on the right side of his nose and tattoos on both shoulders and a tattoo in Greek on his right forearm.

Robbins’ parents can be reached at (917) 318-9707.

Teen from Riis Houses missing

Jemancey Vadon

Jemancey Vadon

Police are looking for an Alphabet City teen who’s been missing since Friday.

Fourteen-year-old Jamancey Vadon was last seen at home at Riis Houses building 90 Avenue D at around 11:30 p.m.

He is described as being black, approximately 5’6″ tall, weighing 115 lbs. With a thin build and black hair.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477). The public can also submit tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website at nypdcrimestoppers.com or by texting tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577.

Police Watch: Rogue food cart, masseuses arrested

An NYU medical school graduate who completed his residency recently jumped off the roof of his dorm at 334 East 25th Street on Monday around 2 p.m., police said. Gothamist reported that the man, 26-year-old Sean O’Rourke, plunged 26 stories to his death and was found in the dorm’s parking lot. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police arrested a food cart operator on Monday after his cart, which was being towed by the car he was driving, came loose and crashed into the sidewalk and flipped over into a crowded bus stop.
Arturo Garcia, 32, allegedly left the scene at Madison Avenue and East 23rd Street at 12:58 p.m. However, police said he returned 20 minutes later and admitted that the food cart was his. He was arrested for reckless endangerment.



Melissa Morales

The NYPD is seeking the public’s assistance in locating a woman who was reported missing last Wednesday. Melissa Morales, 31, was last seen on Tuesday, July 7 around 7 p.m. near her apartment at 99 Avenue C at East 7th Street. She is described as 5’7”, approximately 200 pounds with brown eyes and brown hair. She was last seen wearing multi-colored slacks and a t-shirt.
Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call Crime stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime stoppers website at nypdcrimestoppers.com or by texting TIP577 and their tips to 274637 (CRIMES).

Police arrested a 12-year-old and 17-year-old for grand larceny in front of 344 East 28th Street last Wednesday at 8:05 p.m. The two stole a cell phone, credit card, money and other items from a woman and the teen was found in possession of the cell phone by using the Find My iPhone application. The names of the two perps are being withheld due to their age.

Police arrested 19-year-old Kelith Appolon for forgery last Monday at Union Square West and East 15th Street at 6:58 p.m. Appolon allegedly attempted to use a fraudulent $100 bill to purchase items. After he was arrested, he was found to be in possession of 11 counterfeit $100 bills.

Police arrested multiple masseuses this week for offering rubdowns without a license.
Xiaoli Xu, 52, was arrested in 101 West 17th Street at Pine Tree Health Improvement last Tuesday at 7 p.m.
Xiu Ling Fu, 37, Jian Yi Gao, 26, and Qingling Chai, 36, were arrested inside Qin Spa at 132 East 23rd Street last Thursday at 5:45 p.m. The three masseuses allegedly massaged customers for one hour in exchange for money and could not produce a valid New York State massage license.

Police arrested two men for fraudulent accosting last Wednesday at 4:31 p.m. in front of 246 Fifth Avenue. Jose Fernandez and Kelvin Dunbar, both 54, allegedly approached pedestrians and attempted to sell them fake cell phones.

Police arrested 24-year-old Benjamin Pitman for grand larceny in front of the NoMad Hotel at 1170 Broadway last Saturday at 3:56 a.m. The victim told police he was working security at the hotel when Pitman allegedly grabbed his portable radio from him and fled. The victim then chased him outside and held him until police arrived.

Tory Lugo, 18, was arrested for robbery on East 20th Street last Saturday at 9:05 p.m. Lugo allegedly grabbed the victim around the neck from behind, went into his pockets and tried to take his property.

Police arrested 27-year-old Kevin Vallejo for criminal mischief last Sunday at 3:21 a.m. in front of Tonic at 411 Third Avenue. A security guard told police that he saw Vallejo being removed from the bar by two other guards when Vallejo allegedly grabbed a metal garbage can and threw it at the front window of the bar, causing the glass to break. The manager of the bar said that the damage is about $800 to fix the window.

Police arrested Timothe Fitzgerald, 30, for criminal mischief inside L’express at 249 Park Avenue South last Sunday at 7:12 a.m. Fitzgerald got into an argument with another patron, which allegedly led to him throwing things all over the restaurant, causing damage.

Police arrested 18-year-old Heidi Merk for possession of marijuana in front of 5 Union Square West last Sunday at 12:52 p.m. Merk was allegedly smoking a joint inside the park in public view.

Police arrested Alhassane Dieng in front of 1201 Broadway last Sunday at 4:05 p.m. for forgery. Dieng allegedly displaying seven watches for sale that had a counterfeit trademark for Gucci. A representative for Gucci confirmed that the trademark on the watches was counterfeit.

Two East Village residents missing (UPDATE: One found)

Missing persons Shaun Tanner (L) and Brianne

Missing persons Shaun Tanner (L) and Brianne Dougherty

Police are seeking assistance from the public in finding two people who were last seen in the Ninth Precinct.

Shaun Tanner, 13, was last seen at his apartment at 465 East 10th Street on Monday, July 28 at around 8:30 a.m., police said. He is black, 5’2″ tall, weighing 130 lbs., with brown eyes and short black hair. He was last seen wearing navy blue cargo shorts, a navy blue shirt with white writing and blue Nike sneakers with an orange stripe.

(UPDATE) Police said Brianne Dougherty has been found.

Twenty-one-year-old Brianne Dougherty was last seen at her apartment at 530 East 13th Street last Friday around 7 p.m. She is white, 5’5″ tall, 120 lbs., with hazel eyes and blonde hair. She was last seen wearing black jeans and a black shirt, and has tattoos (skull and cross bones) on each tricep.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website at nypdcrimestoppers.com or by texting TIP577 and their tips to 274637 (CRIMES).

The incidents are considered unrelated.

Chelsea resident goes missing

Donald Allen Phillips went missing since Feb. 28

The NYPD is seeking the public’s assistance in locating a missing person who resides within the confines of the 10th Precinct. The details are as follows:

Donald Allen Phillips was last seen at his residence, located at 231 West 25th Street, on Tuesday, February 28, at around 6 a.m. Mr. Phillips is described as a white male, with a height of 5 feet 8 inches and a weight of 160 lbs. He was last seen wearing blue jeans, tan slippers, a black “Korean Veteran” hat and a brown flannel jacket.

Anyone with information in regard to this missing person is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (5477) or submit tips at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM.

Missing man found

David Hollister, 72, was found in good physical condition.

A 72-year-old man who went missing yesterday at around 3:45 p.m.,  within the confines of the 13th Precinct, was located by NYPD Transit Police today.

David Hollister, who is known to frequent local coffee shops in the neighborhood, was last seen at his residence at 10 East 16th Street on Wednesday, January 25, and was found in good physical condition the next day.

Missing child last seen in children’s services

The NYPD is seeking the public’s assistance locating a missing 12-year-old boy who resides in the Emergency Children’s Services building at 492 First Avenue.

The boy, identified as Nyschon Ellis, was last seen on July 27 at around 2 p.m., leaving from 1819 Bergen Street (The Brooklyn Children’s Center). Ellis is described as being 5’7” and weighing at around 130 lbs.

Anyone with information in regards to the missing boy is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or submit tips by visiting www.nypdcrimestoppers.com.

Elderly man gone missing

Joseph Stefanelli, click to enlarge

The New York City Police Department is asking for the public’s assistance in locating an elderly man who was last seen inside of NYU Medical Center, 550 1st Avenue.

Joseph Stefanelli, 90, is a resident of 463 West St. apt# 924A and is described as a white man, 5’4″, approx. 140 lbs, with white hair and a white beard.

He was last seen wearing: a dark hat, tan jacket and tan pants, and possibly wearing eyeglasses.

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of this missing person is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or visiting http://www.nypdcrimestoppers.com.