Police Watch: Teens arrested for theft, Man busted for assault with stick

Police arrested two teenagers for an alleged theft that took place in front of Bellevue Hospital at 462 First Avenue on Wednesday, August 28 at 4:09 a.m. Police said that one of the teenagers removed a wallet from the back pocket of one of the victims. The victim told police that he was holding his friend’s wallet when the teen engaged them in conversation when the teen allegedly pick pocketed him, and both fled south. Police caught both teens inside Asser Levy Park, where the victim’s wallet was recovered. Police said that one of the teens was in possession of the victim’s iPhone, as well as his debit card and two MetroCards. One of the teens was charged with grand larceny and the teen holding the phone and wallet was charged with possession of stolen property. Police said that the teens were residents of the ACS facility.

Police arrested 58-year-old Briuan Bissessar for an alleged assault at the corner of Second Avenue and East 25th Street on Monday, August 26 at 5:36 p.m. The victim told police that Bissessar struck him in the mouth with a wooden stick, causing him physical injury. The victim was removed to the NYU Medical Center for treatment.

Police arrested 25-year-old Gerineldo Acosta for an alleged theft inside the Le Café Coffee inside 407 Park Avenue South on Friday, August 30 at 6:39 p.m. Police said that Acosta went inside the business asking for water when he allegedly stole the tip jar with cash that was on the counter.

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Police: Woman accused of stealing phone, Teen arrested for phone thefts

Police arrested 28-year-old Antonia Coston for an alleged robbery inside 69 Fifth Avenue on Tuesday, May 21 at 2:40 p.m. Police said that Coston was cleaning an apartment in the building and at the time of the incident, appeared to be inebriated. A security guard in the building told police that Coston snatched his phone from the security desk without permission and when he tried to grab the phone back from her, she allegedly punched him in the face.

Coston allegedly fled the location but the victim said that she returned shortly after to grab her suitcase and police said that she punched him again before leaving for the second time. The victim said that he asked for his phone back multiple times and she didn’t comply but she was caught after police searched the area and police said that the phone was recovered.

Coston was also charged with possession of stolen property.

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Police Watch: Man arrested for filming woman in bathroom, Student arrested for releasing sex tape

Police arrested 28-year-old Olubenga Adesanya for allegedly filming a woman while she was inside a bathroom stall in the restroom inside the Union Square subway station on Tuesday, July 10 at 2:30 p.m. The woman told police that she went into the bathroom and when she got into the stall, noticed that there was a cell phone camera lens pointed down at her and she could see a person’s feet under the bottom of the stall. When she walked out of the bathroom, she reportedly saw Adesanya in the stall and confronted him outside the restroom, but he wasn’t arrested at the time. Police said that Adesanya turned himself in to officers at Transit District 4 at the corner of East 14th Street and Union Square East on Wednesday, October 31 at 7:15 p.m. because he saw himself on a wanted flyer. He was charged with obscene material.

Police arrested a teenager for promoting a sexual performance by a child and aggravated harassment after he leaked a video on Tuesday, October 9 of him and his ex-girlfriend having sex. The victim told police that the suspect released the video while they were in the School of the Future at 127 East 22nd Street where they are both students, and that he sent the video to his friends because the victim broke up with him. The victim told police that she was aware of the video but didn’t authorize the suspect to share it with his friends. The teen was arrested on Tuesday, October 30 at 9:35 p.m. inside the 13th Precinct. His name is being withheld due to his young age.

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Purple-haired robber hits Gramercy 7-Eleven

Robbery suspect

Police are looking for a robber with long purple dreadlocks who held up a 7-Eleven on Monday.

At about 8:30 p.m., the suspect entered the store located at 247 Third Avenue between 20th and 21st Streets, and announced a robbery as he gestured to his waistband. A 23-year-old employee then turned over an undetermined amount of cash and the robber fled.

The suspect was last seen wearing a green vest and a red hat.

Town & Village was unable to reach the store by phone for comment.

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 nypdcrimestoppers.com, on Twitter @NYPDTips or by texting tips to 274637 (CRIMES), then enter TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential.

Police Watch: Teen arrested for shoplifting at ST Associated after getting hit by car

Stuyvesant Town’s Associated Supermarket (Photo by Sabina Mollot)

A teenager was hit by a car after he was caught stealing beer from the Stuyvesant Town Associated on Friday.
A store employee said she saw him attempting to conceal the beer and leave the store and when she confronted him, he began cursing at her and punched the glass door, smashing it. When a customer attempted to intervene, the teen ran into the street and police said that he was hit by a car, suffering minor injuries. The district attorney’s office said that the 18-year-old was issued a desk appearance ticket for petit larceny and criminal mischief. A store employee declined to comment on the incident.

Police arrested 45-year-old Lavina Nolley for alleged assault and criminal trespass inside Mount Sinai Beth Israel 281 First Avenue last Monday at 12:05 a.m. Police said that Nolley was discharged from the hospital after getting treatment but allegedly refused to leave. When an officer attempted to escort her out of the building, she allegedly kicked the officer in the knee, causing pain and swelling. Additional officers arrived and attempted to escort her out of the building but she allegedly struck the same officer in the face with her bag.

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Homeless man assaulted by 5 people outside 7-Eleven

Four of the five assault suspects

By Sabina Mollot

Cops are looking for a group of three women and two men who beat up a homeless man in front of the 7-Eleven at 239 East 14th Street.

On Thursday, August 17 at about 1:30 a.m., police said the group got into an argument with the 56-year-old victim that turned physical. All five are said to have been involved, punching and kicking the victim repeatedly while he was on the ground in front of the store. The man, who got cuts and bruising to his head, was treated at Beth Israel Hospital, and has since been released.

Meanwhile, the franchisee of the 7-Eleven, Sal Napolitano, told Town & Village the problem started when the victim, who he said is a drinker, confronted the alleged assailants outside the nearby IHOP.

“He went up to them. He doesn’t remember what he said. He said something to them that they took great offense to, not that that’s any justification,” said Napolitano, who added that the suspects had come into his store but didn’t make any trouble while there.

The victim is actually a regular at the store, usually buying a couple of beers. Other than panhandling in the neighborhood to get the money for his drinks, Napolitano said the man doesn’t make any trouble, either.

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Beer thief arrested for assaulting pregnant woman at 7-Eleven

By Maria Rocha-Buschel

Police busted a 39-year-old man for robbery at a Third Avenue convenience store on Saturday after he allegedly assaulted two employees, one of whom was eight months pregnant, who attempted to stop him from stealing beer from the store.

William Wright reportedly tried to leave the 7-Eleven at 395 Third Avenue around 4:20 p.m. without paying for three beers that he had concealed in his bag. When he attempted to leave, two of the store’s employees demanded that he return the merchandise.

One of the employees said that Wright took one of the beers out and put it back on the shelf but kept the other two, and she asked him to return the rest of the beers that were in his bag. He allegedly refused and again attempted to leave the store without paying.

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Police Watch: Man wanted for attempted rape, Dunkin Donuts employee arrested for sex abuse

suspect Dominique Frazier

Dominique Frazier

The New York City Police Department is asking for the public’s assistance in identifying a suspect wanted for attempted rape within the confines of the 13th Precinct.
Police said that 31-year-old Dominique Frazier forced the victim, a 48-year-old woman, into the 17th floor stairwell where he forced her to perform a sexual act and then attempted to rape her on Thanksgiving at noon inside of Straus Houses at 344 East 28th Street.
The victim resisted and Frazier allegedly grabbed her handbag before fleeing down the stairwell. The victim chased him to the lobby and, with the assistance of a witness, was able to get her bag back from the suspect. Frazier allegedly fled into an elevator in the lobby. The victim was taken by EMS to Bellevue Hospital, where she was treated and released.
Frazier was previously arrested for robbery on November 9.
Anyone with information in regards to this incident 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 nypdcrimestoppers.com or texting their tips and TIP577to 274637(CRIMES). All calls are kept strictly confidential.

Police arrested 33-year-old Gadell Gibbs and 32-year-old Ronald McPhatter last Wednesday for assault, weapons possession at 3:10 a.m. inside 13th Precinct. Police said that Gibbs and McPhatter engaged in a shootout, resulting in the victim receiving a gunshot wound to her inner right calf.

Police arrested 41-year-old Ahmed Mechebek for allegedly sexually abusing a coworker and endangering the welfare of a child inside the Dunkin Donuts at 818 Sixth Avenue last Wednesday. The victim told police that it was her second day of training at the Dunkin Donuts and Mechebek followed her when she went into the back to check her phone. Mechebek allegedly attempted to hug her and kiss her on the mouth without her consent. The victim said that she told him to stop and attempted to push him away. Mechebek allegedly said, “Just one kiss,” and again tried to hug and kiss her. She said that she pushed him away again.
Police said that video surveillance showed Mechebek grabbing the victim around her waist and trying to kiss her while she attempted to move away.

Police arrested 29-year-old Brian Miller for assault on Thanksgiving at 3:16 a.m. in front of 257 Third Avenue. Police said that Miller got into an argument with the victim and he allegedly punched the victim in the face, causing minor pain and bleeding. EMS responded to the incident and the victim was taken to Bellevue Hospital. Police said that Miller, during the arrest, claimed that he punched the victim in the face.

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Police Watch: Man killed on Park Avenue South, Arrest for Manhattan burglaries

Police arrested 35-year-old Devon Givens for manslaughter on Tuesday in connection with an incident that took place in front of 432 Park Avenue South around 12:12 p.m. Police said that Givens got into an argument with the victim, 58-year-old Roger Balan, and punched the man in the head numerous times. The victim collapsed into a parked car and police found him unconscious and unresponsive at the scene. EMS also responded and transported him to Bellevue Hospital, where he was pronounced deceased. Witnesses said that Givens fled the scene on a bike, and police said that he was apprehended without incident in front of 60 Wall Street at 2:30 p.m. after he delivered a package.

Police arrested 39-year-old Jesse Jones last Friday for multiple burglaries that have taken place throughout Manhattan since May. The incidents are part of a pattern in which two suspects entered commercial locations and removed laptops and other assorted electronics. Jones was charged with nine counts of burglary, as well as grand larceny and four counts of criminal possession of stolen property. Police said that Jones was arrested in connection with nine of the 13 incidents, including one on May 7 at 6 p.m. that took place at 270 Fifth Avenue, one on July 25 at 3 p.m. inside 10 East 33rd Street, one on July 27 at 6 p.m. inside 38 West 32nd Street and other incidents in the 19th, 20th, Midtown North and Midtown South precincts.
Tracey Mckeever, 27, was arrested for burglary last week in connection with an incident at West 46th Street, for which Jones was also arrested.
The investigation is still ongoing. Anyone with information in regards to these incidents 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 nypdcrimestoppers.com or texting TIP577 and their tips to 274637(CRIMES).

Police are asking the public’s assistance identifying a man wanted for assaulting a police officer last Friday.
At 4 p.m., police responded to a 911 call of a shoplifter at DSW Shoes located at 40 East 14th Street. Upon arrival, responding officers were met by store officials who said that the suspect attempted to take several items from the store. Officers tried to arrest him when he began to fight with them. The suspect then punched one of the two officers in the face. All three continued to struggle, falling into one of the clothing racks. The suspect was able to get to his feet and flee the store. Both officers were taken to Lenox Hospital Healthplex, one officer with bruising to his face and the other with a complaint of pain from falling into the rack. The suspect is a black man with short braids wearing a yellow plaid shirt, brown hat and glasses.
Anyone with information in regards to these incidents 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 nypdcrimestoppers.com or texting TIP577 and their tips to 274637(CRIMES).

Police arrested 48-year-old Hong Xin Chen for prostitution inside B.L. Spa at 156 West 20th Street last Thursday at 5:30 p.m. Police said that Chen performed a massage on an undercover officer and allegedly agreed to perform sexual intercourse in exchange for $120.

Police arrested 36-year-old Roman Blaea for grand larceny auto in front of Bellevue Hospital last Monday at 6:02 a.m. Police said that Blaea intentionally broke the driver’s side window of a car to gain entry to the vehicle. Once inside, he allegedly broke the plastic housing around the steering column and shifted the lever in an attempt to steal the vehicle. Police said that he also stole property from the car and the damage done would cost more than $250 to fix. He was also charged with criminal mischief and possession of stolen property.

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Police Watch: CVS ‘robbery,’ ‘fraud’ at the Gansevoort Hotel

Police arrested 47-year-old Nicholas Micena for robbery inside the 7-Eleven at 107 East 23rd Street last Tuesday at 6:47 a.m. Micena allegedly entered the store and demanded cash from the clerk while simulating a gun. Police said that Micena has four open warrants and was allegedly in possession of a hypodermic needle.

Nineteen-year-old Nathaniel Pierrelouis was arrested for robbery in front of the CVS at 750 Sixth Avenue on Wednesday at 10:13 p.m. The victim told police that Pierrelouis and another person who wasn’t arrested forcibly swiped merchandise from the store. When the victim confronted the man who wasn’t arrested, Pierrelouis allegedly threw punches at the victim and a loss prevention agent at the store while trying to leave with the goods. During the struggle, Pierrelouis allegedly managed to get the items again and flee the store. Police said that Pierrelouis also returned to the store shortly after and assaulted the manager. Details of the alleged attack weren’t clear but the victim said Pierrelouis caused pain to his nose and face. He was also charged with possession of stolen property.

Police arrested 25-year-old Deondra McCord for grand larceny inside the Gansevoort Hotel at 420 Park Avenue South last Friday at 1:20 p.m. McCord allegedly used a fraudulent credit card to check into a hotel and make charges to the victim’s account without permission to do so. After searching her, police found that she was allegedly in possession of two more fraudulent credit cards that she had charged purchases totaling $1,020. McCord was also charged with forgery and possession of stolen property.

Angel Torres, 37, was arrested at the 13th precinct last Friday at 3 p.m. for aggravated harassment. Torres allegedly called the VA Hospital and threatened to blow the place up.

Aubin Debraux, 43, was arrested for assault at the corner of Fifth Avenue and East 15th Street last Thursday at 11:26 p.m. Debraux allegedly pushed a woman to the ground, causing pain to her left shoulder and breaking her cell phone. Police did not know if Debraux and the victim knew each other before the alleged assault.

Twenty-year-old Bakari Green was arrested for a New York State law misdemeanor inside Stuyvesant Cove Park at Avenue C and East 20th Street last Friday at 12:51 a.m. Green was allegedly inside the park after midnight, in violation of a posted sign stating the park closes at midnight. Green did not have a valid ID and police said that he refused homeless services.

Seventeen-year-old Timothy Hilton was arrested for possession of stolen property and grand larceny at the corner of Third Avenue and East 24th Street last Sunday at 2:40 a.m. Hilton was allegedly operating a bicycle on Third Avenue against the flow of traffic and when he was stopped, could not produce ID. Police said that after he was searched, he was found to be in possession of a stolen credit card and property that was previously reported stolen in the confines of the Fifth Precinct earlier that morning. He was also charged with a second count of possession of stolen property because the bike he was riding was a Citi Bike that he allegedly did not have proof of payment for or a Citi Bike keycard.

Police arrested 53-year-old Vance Howell at the corner of Irving Place and East 17th Street for possession of stolen property last Tuesday at 6 p.m. Howell was allegedly casing the area and police said that he sat on a bench in front of a restaurant at the corner and appeared to continue casing the area. When police searched him, he was allegedly in possession of stolen property and a quantity of heroin. He was also charges with possession of a controlled substance.

Fifty-year-old Thomas Braunson was arrested for grand larceny at 23 East 26th Street last Monday at 9:50 a.m. Police said that Braunson was dismantling a bike in front of the building because he was allegedly trying to steal it. A witness confronted Braunson right before police arrived, but when he saw the cops, Braunson allegedly fled and was stopped at the train station about two blocks away. A hex key was allegedly found in Braunson’s left pants pocket and he was also charged with possession of burglar’s tools. Police said that screws and bike pieces were recovered from the scene.

Thirty-year-old Ramel Allston was arrested for petit larceny inside the Home Depot at 40 West 23rd Street last Tuesday at 1 p.m. An asset protection manager for the store told police that Allston was fired from the store on Tuesday and upon termination, he was searched and found to have items valued at a total of $71.36 that were in his backpack. Upon further review by the store, Allston was allegedly responsible for four other incidents on June 23, June 24 and two incidents on June 25. He was also in possession of alleged marijuana at the time of his arrest, which police said was in his pants pocket.

Police arrested 29-year-old Jonathan Ramos for petit larceny last Wednesday at 11:25 p.m. in front of 149 East 15th Street. Ramos allegedly took someone’s unattended cell phone from the location without permission. He was also charged with theft.

Police arrested 49-year-old Mohammad Siddique for assault inside 1186 Broadway last Thursday at 10:45 a.m. The victim said he was talking to a customer at the store when Siddique came running up to him, allegedly grabbed him by the neck and threw him into the elevator. Police said that Siddique hit the victim on the arm, causing marks on his neck and arm. The victim then ran out of the elevator and back into his store and called 911, and Siddique was arrested at the scene. There was no information about how Siddique knew the victim or what the argument was about.

Police arrested 26-year-old Michael Napolitano for criminal mischief in front of 400 First Avenue at 24th Street last Thursday at 11:31 a.m. Napolitano was allegedly tagging a wall at a construction site using a permanent marker. He was allegedly in possession of eight markers in total.

Police arrested 51-year-old Kevin Hines in front of 242 Fifth Avenue last Thursday for an unspecified New York State law misdemeanor. Hines was allegedly selling five kites for sale and could not produce a general vendor’s license.

Police Watch: ‘Flasher’ nabbed outside Peter Cooper Village, Female McDonald’s employee punched

Compiled by Maria Rocha-Buschel

Police arrested 54-year-old Paul Stuard on Sunday after he allegedly exposed himself to a woman at the northeast corner of East 20th Street and First Avenue. This was at around 5 p.m. as the woman was on her way to the subway. Police found Stuard at 5:10 p.m. in front of 530 East 23rd Street and arrested him for public lewdness.

Forty-year-old Raphael Brunn was arrested for intoxicated driving in front of 325 East 14th Street last Tuesday at 11:24 p.m. Brunn was behind the wheel of a car and was traveling west on East 14th Street with a defective brake light. Brunn had bloodshot watery eyes when police approached the vehicle and a strong odor of alcohol on his breath, police said. He allegedly told police that he had only had one beer and was coming from Cien Fuegos. He blew a .14 at the scene, police said.

Police arrested 18-year-old Wamisho Dimore and 30-year-old Wanda Ceballo for robbery inside the 7-Eleven at Sixth Avenue and West 15th Street last Tuesday at 11:46 p.m. Ceballo and Dimore were allegedly working together to swipe cookies and Red Bull and according to police, got physically forceful with a store employee while doing it.

A cab driver and bicyclist were arrested for getting in a fight at East 16th Street and First Avenue last Wednesday at 10:51 a.m. Cab driver Ulugbek Radzhabov, 32, and Qasim Warraich, 19, were busted for criminal mischief after they got into an accident and started arguing. Radzhabov allegedly kicked Warraich’s bike, causing damage to the rear wheel, and Warraich kicked the cab’s side view mirror, causing damage, police said.

Fifty-seven-year-old Johnie Lonardo was arrested for menacing in front of 492 Second Avenue last Thursday at 9:01 a.m. Lonardo allegedly followed an undercover officer and made verbal threats, saying, “I am going to take your life,” while reaching into his waistband.

Twenty-two-year-old Gary Williams was arrested for assault of a peace officer at Union Square West and East 15th Street last Friday at 5:28 a.m. Williams was inside Union Square Park when the park was still closed. He was playing a drum when an officer approached him and when the officer tried to arrest him, Williams allegedly flailed his arms and kicked his leg in order to avoid being handcuffed. When the officer attempted to handcuff him again, Williams pushed the officer, causing both of them to fall to the ground and the officer to dislocate his finger, police said.

Police arrested 23-year-old Nicholas Melendez for assault inside the McDonald’s at 39 Union Square West last Friday at 7:54 a.m. A McDonald’s employee said that she asked Melendez to leave because he was sleeping in the restaurant and didn’t buy anything. But instead of leaving, Melendez began arguing with her and then punched her in the face and slapped her, the victim said.

Thirty-one-year-old Skevos Alachouzos was arrested for assault at Irving Place and East 19th Street last Friday at 5 p.m. Alachouzos allegedly told police that he punched a man in the face after getting out of his car.

Police arrested David Barbera, 25, for intoxicated driving in front of the Think Coffee at 568 Sixth Avenue last Saturday at 4 a.m. Police saw Barbera driving East on West 14th Street and he allegedly made a sharp left turn around another vehicle, causing the wheels to shriek. When he was stopped, he had an odor of alcohol on his breath and a flushed red face, police said. He allegedly blew a .097 on a Breathalyzer at the scene.

Yunet Bosch, 24, was arrested for weapons possession last Sunday at 12:53 a.m. inside the First Avenue L station. Bosch was allegedly inside the station wearing a black metal clip and the top part of a knife showing on her front right pants’ pocket. She allegedly told police that she uses the knife for protection and she has multiple prior convictions.

Police arrested 25-year-old Michael Parsons for theft of services last Monday at 12:33 a.m. in front of 235 East 20th Street. Parsons entered a cab at West 42nd Street and Ninth Avenue and requested to go to East 38th Street and Lexington Avenue. When the driver requested payment, Parsons’ card was allegedly declined four times. The driver then brought him to the precinct, where he was given the opportunity to call a friend but he declined. He also was allowed to call Chase Preferred Members to ensure that his card was valid, which it was not, police said.

Police arrested a 17-year-old girl for grand larceny last Thursday at 4:50 p.m. in front of the Nike store at 156 Fifth Avenue. One of the store employees approached the girl and asked her if she needed help. She said that she didn’t and then asked if the door she was standing near was an exit. The employee then noticed that she had something in her shopping bag so he asked if he could ring it up for her, but she allegedly continued to walk off and then fled west on West 20th Street. When police arrived, the employee told them that she was in a green Mercedes Benz up the block and after searching with the employee, the girl was arrested.

Police arrested 53-year-old Kevin McGlynn for menacing last Thursday inside the 13th Precinct at 6 p.m. McGlynn allegedly hand-delivered threatening letters to the victim, who feared for his physical health and safety.

Police arrested 31-year-old Manuel Rivera for grand larceny in front of 717 Sixth Avenue last Wednesday at 12:59 p.m. Rivera allegedly opened a Citibank account using someone else’s information without permission and deposited an IRS check valued at $5,789 under the account. He has also made multiple withdrawals, police said. He was allegedly in possession of a forged Pennsylvania driver’s license and Citibank debit card.

Thirty-two-year-old Adamou Maikarfi was arrested for possession of marijuana last Monday at 1:05 p.m. in front of 750 Sixth Avenue. Maikarfi was driving north on Sixth Avenue and police said when he made an improper turn, an officer approached the vehicle, and smelled marijuana. Maikarfi allegedly said that he had smoked earlier in the day and that he had some in the console of his car, where police found it.

Police arrested 52-year-old Vincent Lynch for criminal mischief inside an apartment building at 55 West 14th Street last Tuesday at 4:17 a.m. Lynch walked into the building and asked the doorman for a room and when Lynch was told that there were no rooms available, he allegedly took the doorman’s computer, an Apple laptop, and threw it on the ground, causing damage to the case. The doorman said that the computer was worth about $2,900.

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