Man threatens to shoot victim in Union Square

Aug24 robbery Union Square

Robbery suspect

Police are hunting a robber they say threatened to shoot a man who was stuck in traffic in Union Square.

According to police, the victim, a 35-year-old man, was in his car on East 13th Street between Broadway and Fourth Avenue, when the other man opened the rear door and got in. He then demanded money, threatening to shoot the victim if he didn’t comply. The victim turned over his cash and the mugger fled the car. It isn’t clear if he actually had a gun.

The incident occurred on July 21, but police only released an advisory on Thursday night.

The suspect is described as black with a dark complexion and 30-35 years old. He was last seen wearing a white short sleeved shirt, black and blue baseball cap and dark sunglasses.

Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 800-577-TIPS 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 texting their tips to 274637(CRIMES) then enter TIP577.

 

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This pair has been stealing wallets from women at bars since October

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Female suspect

Police are looking for a man and woman who’ve been working together to steal women’s wallets at bars in Union Square, Kips Bay, Greenwich Village and the East Village. In numerous cases, the thieves have then withdrawn money from victims’ bank accounts at banks in the Bronx or made fraudulent purchases at stores.

The strings of thefts started in October, and according to police, the pattern is as follows:

On Friday, October 14 at 10:30 p.m., one or both suspects approached a 27 year-old female victim at Fiddle Sticks at 56 Greenwich Avenue near Seventh Avenue and swiped her wallet. Later, $800 from her account was withdrawn at a Chase Bank at 90 East 170 Street in the Bronx.

On Friday, October 21 between 6 and 10 p.m., one of the suspects stole a wallet from a 27-year-old woman inside V-Bar at 132 First Avenue and St. Marks Place. One or both of the thieves then later withdrew $1,200 in cash from her account inside Wells Fargo Bank, located at 3709 Riverdale Avenue in the Bronx. They also charged $357 to the victim’s credit cards.

On Saturday, November 19 at 8 p.m., a 35-year-old woman at Banc Café, located at 431 Third Avenue near East 30th Street had her wallet stolen from her purse, which had been hanging on a chair. The wallet contained $140 in cash and three credit cards. Police believe the male suspect later charged $136 to one of the victim’s credit cards at a Starbucks.

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Male suspect

On Wednesday, December 7 at 10:40 p.m., one or both suspects struck again at Republic Bar at 37 Union Square and East 17th Street, taking a wallet from a bag that had been on the floor. The victim later discovered that $1,100 was stolen from her bank account.

On Monday, December 12 at 7 p.m., a 28-year-old woman at Peter McManus Cafe at 152 7th Avenue at West 19th Street had her wallet stolen. The wallet only contained $14 in cash and a credit card, which was later charged for $520 inside a Duane Reade at 161 East 23rd Street.

On Monday, December 19 between 7:45 hours and 10:21 hours, a woman’s wallet went missing at Brazen Fox, located at 106 Third Avenue at East 13th Street. The wallet contained four credit cards and one debit card, one of which was used at a Duane Reade at 4 West 4 Street for $336.49 in goods.

On Friday, December 23 at approximately 7:15 p.m., one or both suspects stole a wallet from a woman’s pocketbook at Suite 36, located at 16 West 16th Street between Fifth and Sixth Avenues. The wallet contained $80 and two of the victim’s credit cards were later used to make multiple purchases.

On Christmas Eve, Saturday, December 24 at approximately 9:15 p.m., a 33-year-old woman was notified that approximately $5,000 was charged to her credit cards by one or both of the aforementioned individuals.

The suspects are described as a white woman with long, blonde hair and a man.

Anyone with information in regards to these incidents 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 http://www.nypdcrimestoppers.com or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential.

Police Watch: Man arrested for Lillian Wald Houses murder, Man busted for bank break-ins

MAN ARRESTED FOR GREAT-GRANDMOTHER’S MURDER
Police arrested 23-year-old Gary Biaz for the murder of 82-year-old Ella-Mae Biaz inside 711 FDR Drive at the Lillian Wald Houses last Friday. Police responded to a 911 call about two women assaulted around 5:35 p.m. and found the senior, who the New York Post reported was Biaz’s great-grandmother, with her wrists and ankles bound with tape.
A 39-year-old woman had also been tied up in the apartment and had managed to free herself and alert the police. The 82-year-old was pronounced dead at the scene and the second victim was brought to Bellevue Hospital for her injuries.
Biaz reportedly stole cash from his great-grandmother and drove off in a car belonging to the younger victim, the Post said. He was arrested later that night after being caught near Bedford Avenue and South Second Street in Williamsburg.
Biaz was charged with murder and attempted murder.

MAN ARRESTED FOR FLATIRON BANK BREAK-INS
Police arrested 39-year-old Daniel Bertini for Flatiron bank burglaries that took place early Monday morning. The New York Daily News reported that Bertini was caught with $915 in stolen coins at 5:35 a.m. inside the Chase Bank at Sixth Avenue and West 18th Street. Police said that Bertini got cuts on his head when he resisted arrest and an officer hit him with a collapsible baton. He later told officers that he has a cocaine habit and had taken money from his mother. He allegedly burglarized that Chase branch, in addition to two other banks, to pay back his mother before she noticed that the money was missing. The Daily News reported that Bertini worked with a crowbar and a change of clothes and tried unsuccessfully to break into a Key Bank on East 22nd at 4:25 a.m. He allegedly managed to break into a Bank of America on Park Avenue South around 4:51 a.m. but didn’t take any money. Police said that Bertini, who lives with his mother in Chelsea, is also a suspect in eight bank jobs in Brooklyn, in addition to four thefts from a Manhattan bar and from a bodega.

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Woman attacked, another robbed in separate incidents near Stuy Town

July28 Robbery suspectBy Sabina Mollot

Cops are hunting two thugs who preyed on women in separate incidents, one an assault, the other a robbery, in the East Village near Stuyvesant Town.

In the most recent incident, on Wednesday, July 27, at half past midnight, at East 13th Street and Avenue B, a man followed a 33-year-old woman into her apartment building. He then told her he had a gun and demanded her property. The victim complied and gave the mugger her cell phone, debit card, jewelry and $35 in cash. The man then ordered her to lie face down and he tied the victim’s hands behind her back before fleeing the building in an unknown direction.

The suspect is described as Hispanic, 30 to 40 years old, 5’10”, 200 to 225 lbs.; and was last seen wearing a yellow shirt, black jeans, a black baseball cap and he had on a black backpack.

July28 Assault suspectThe first incident, which took place on Saturday, July 23 at around 1:45 a.m. in front of 208 First Avenue between East 12th and 13th Streets, started when a man grabbed a 37-year-old woman’s butt.

When she confronted him, he punched her in the face numerous times. Then he ran north on First Avenue.The suspect is described as white, 20 to 25 years old, 5’8″, 140 lbs.; and was wearing a dark colored shirt and blue jeans.

Anyone with information in regards to these incidents 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 tips online or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential.

Police arrest suspect in string of armed robberies

Kenneth Nottage as he appears in a police wanted poster

Kenneth Nottage as he appears in a police wanted poster

By Sabina Mollot

On Saturday, police arrested a man they believ to behind a string of armed heists at businesses near Stuyvesant Town and in the East Village as well as in another neighborhoods.

Kenneth Nottage, 47, who police said lives in Gramercy at 347 East 18th Street, was apprehended in the 19th Precinct, which covers the Upper East Side.

Over the weekend, police had circulated a wanted poster for Nottage, at the time listing his last known address in Staten Island.

Nottage was collared after allegedly hitting a dozen stores in nine days, in each case either pulling a knife or simulating a gun while demanding cash. One shop employee told Town & Village last week he’d worn a stocking over his face.

Police said he is facing four counts of robbery for the third, seventh, ninth and 12th incidents, while the others are still being investigated by the Central Robbery Division. He’s also facing burglary charges.

In just one of the incidents, despite an alleged threat to shoot an employee, Nottage left the store empty-handed, after an employee gave him a shove.
This was at East Village Fruit and Vegetable at 229 Avenue B at 1:45 a.m. on Tuesday, April 7. At that time, Nottage allegedly placed on object onto an employee’s back, stating, in substance, “Don’t move or I’m going to shoot you!”

He then allegedly demanded that the cashier, another employee, open the register and give him cash. The workers refused and one shoved Nottage, who then ran out of the deli.

A spokesperson for the NYPD and the D.A. did not have additional information as to how Nottage was apprehended.

He has three prior arrests although no information was available as to those incidents, and his next court appearance is scheduled for April 17.

Nottage’s Legal Aid attorney, Richard Charney, declined to comment on the charges.

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Police on lookout for man who’s robbing businesses near Stuy Town and in the East Village

Robbery suspect

Robbery suspect

By Sabina Mollot

Police are looking for a man they say committed six armed robberies (and attempted a seventh) in the past few days at businesses near Stuyvesant Town and in the East Village.

In each of the incidents, he’s either pulled a knife or simulated a gun before swiping cash from the registers, cops said.

According to the police the pattern is as follows:

At 3:25 a.m. on Thursday, April 2 at One’s Fruit and Grocery, 315 First Avenue between 18th and 19th Streets, he got away with $400.

At 10:20 p.m. on Saturday, April 4, 2015 he returned to One’s Fruit and Grocery and this time made off with $950.

At approximately 2:15 p.m. on Sunday, April 5 at I.Q. Decor, at 242 East 14th Street and Second Avenue, he got away with $366.

At 3 a.m. on Monday, April 6 at I Green Market, 271 First Avenue between 15th and 16th Streets, he took $600.

At about 5 p.m. on Monday, April 6 at a book store at 66 Avenue A and East 5th Street he took $200.

Later that evening, at around 9 p.m., he headed to 13 Avenue A, home to New Up and Up Laundry, and ran off with $250.

At 1:45 a.m. on Tuesday, he attempted to rob East Village Fruit and Vegetable at 229 Avenue B, police said, although this time he left empty-handed.

Police have described the suspect as white and in his 40s.

Chung Young, a woman who was working at I.Q. Decor when the store was held up, said the robber had pulled out a small knife.

Young, who was the only person at the shop at the time, which is owned by her mother, said the man told her, “Give me money and I won’t hurt you.” She complied, giving him all the money in the till.

Young said she was “scared a little bit” since she was alone in the store. She still hasn’t told her mother about the incident, since she didn’t want to upset her. “She’s on vacation,” Young explained.

Kevin Kim, a manager at I Green Market, also said the man had showed a knife. Though Kim wasn’t there at the time it happened, he said he also heard that the robber hid his face with a stocking.

Police are asking anyone with information 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 to 274637(CRIMES) then enter TIP577. All calls are kept strictly confidential.

Missing woman last seen at Beth Israel

NATASHA STOKES

NATASHA STOKES

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.

Cops arrest box-cutter attack suspect

Surveillance photos of box-sutter attack suspect

Surveillance photos of box-cutter attack suspect

By Sabina Mollot

Police have arrested a man they say used a box-cutter to slash two men across the face and punch and smack other victims, all in one morning on the street and on the subway.

Twenty-four-year-old Derrick Mcleod of 82 Macon Street, Brooklyn, has been charged with five counts of assault and four counts of criminal possession of a weapon.

Cops said the pattern began on Wednesday at around 1:10 a.m. when Mcleod allegedly punched another straphanger in the face on a northbound 4 train at Broadway/Lafayette.

Then at 1:18 a.m., he punched another random stranger in the face at the Bleecker stop. McLeod had a metal object in his hand at the time, the victim said, and as a result of the punch, he got a cut on his face.

At Union Square, McLeod fled the location where he allegedly slapped a 20-year-old woman on the right side of her face, causing her injury.

He then made his way up the stairs near the Food Emporium, where a 46-year-old man was standing by the elevator. He then asked the other man for $2, and when he refused, McLeod slashed him on the right side of his face, police said. Minutes later, McLeod crossed 14th Street where a 59-year-old man was waiting for the M14 bus. That man was then asked for a dollar, and when he refused, McLeod allegedly slashed on the right side of his face.

All victims were taken to Bellevue Hospital in stable condition.

Police said they found the box-cutter at a nearby location and that McLeod later admitted (in substance) to all the attacks except the slap.

His attorney, Karen Funk, declined to comment on the arrests.

$100G destruction spree at Immaculate Conception

Immaculate Conception Church (Photo by Sabina Mollot)

Immaculate Conception Church (Photo by Sabina Mollot)

By Maria Rocha-Buschel

Brooklyn resident Michael Torres is being charged with burglary and criminal mischief to be prosecuted as hate crimes after police said that the 20-year-old vandalized Immaculate Conception Church at 414 East 14th Street last Wednesday night.

Local blog Bedford and Bowery originally reported the vandalism last Thursday, noting that Torres was caught on camera leaving an AA meeting at the church earlier that day and reportedly returned later in the evening, forcing the front door open. John Matcovich, the parish manager at the church, said that the side doors of the church were also badly damaged, but from the inside.

“He must have thought those were rooms but they’re just other doors that lead back outside, to the courtyard,” Matcovich said.

Torres had allegedly used the end of an incense holder as a battering ram to break through the side doors. Although the church is in the process of sorting out the cost of the damage, Matcovich said that the administrators made sure to fix and secure the doors as soon as possible.

In addition to the doors, the vandalism was originally reported to cost $100,000 in damage but Matcovich said that once everything is finalized with the insurance company, it will likely be more. He noted that all 14 of the Stations of the Cross had been destroyed and those alone were worth more than $3,000 each.

The blog noted that a number of statues at the church were destroyed, including a plaster statue of the Virgin Mary that was over a hundred years old and had been moved from Mary Help of Christians shortly before it was demolished in 2013. An icon depicting the Virgin Mary holding a baby Jesus was also destroyed.

Matcovich noted that due to the mess from the vandalism, mass had to be held in the parish basement on Thursday but he said that partially due to the quick work of the insurance company in documenting the damage, the church was able to reopen on Friday.

“That was really important to us,” Matcovich said.

Matcovich will be putting a list together for the insurance company once church officials know what can’t be salvaged, but he said that a fund is being set up if community residents or parishioners want to contribute. Checks can be made out to Immaculate Conception Church but with a note in the memo that the donation is for the vandalism relief fund.

Bedford and Bowery noted that Torres was caught by police after he found himself locked inside the church’s cloister and he was arrested shortly before 11 p.m. He was being held on $10,000 bail or bond but the Department of Corrections said that he was released on Tuesday because his bail had been paid.

Torres’ attorney Steve Hoffman said that his client was currently being psychiatrically evaluated and since Torres made bail, his family has been taking care of him.

“We’re hopeful that he gets the help that he clearly needs,” Hoffman said.

Deli worker threatened with knife over a cigar

Brothers deli on East 14th Street and Avenue B (Photo by Sabina Mollot)

Brothers deli on East 14th Street and Avenue B (Photo by Sabina Mollot)

By Sabina Mollot
Police are on the lookout for a man who, on Christmas Eve, threatened a deli employee at knifepoint for refusing to sell him a loose cigar.

According to an employee who asked to remain anonymous, the man walked into Brothers, a deli/convenience store on East 14th Street and Avenue B, and asked for the cigar. But after the employee refused, explaining it’s against the law to sell it loose, the customer got angry and started knocking over straws and merchandise on racks. At this point the worker told him to get out and that’s when the man pulled a knife.

“He tried to cut one of my co-workers,” the employee said.

The two men struggled, and the fight spilled outside of the store where the customer also tried to get in a kick. At one point, the employee hit the ground and cut his hand. Though the customer didn’t succeed in cutting him, the employee who spoke with T&V (who wasn’t involved in the incident) said the customer may have thought he did succeed because that’s when he ran off.

The suspect is described as being Hispanic, 22 or 23 years old, about 5 ft. 9 inches tall and thin. He also has black hair and a light beard, and at the time he was at the store, was wearing a black, puffy jacket with a hood.

The employee who was interviewed also said that his co-worker is doing fine and that he wasn’t sure if police, who responded to the scene, ended up finding the suspect. However, he added that the customer is known at another store on Avenue B for making trouble.

“That’s just the way the kid is,” the employee said.

A spokesperson for the NYPD’s DCPI (office of the Deputy Commissioner of Public Information) said she didn’t have any information about an incident at that address on Christmas Eve.

Man stabbed on East 13th Street

Assault suspect

Assault suspect

On Saturday, a man was stabbed after he started filming a brawl between his attacker and another man on East 13th Street.

It was around 1:30 a.m. when the fight broke out in front of 141 East 13th Street, west of Third Avenue, and the 41-year-old witness started filming it. That’s when one of the men decided to turn his attention to the victim by pulling out a knife and stabbing him in the torso.

The attacker fled the scene and the victim was taken to Bellevue Hospital, where police said he has since been treated and released.

Police are asking that anyone with information call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 800-577-TIPS or text tips to 274637(CRIMES) then enter TIP577.

Cops looking for man who robbed 3 banks

Surveillance photos of bank robbery suspect, who police say passed notes demanding cash

Surveillance photos of bank robbery suspect, who police say passed notes demanding cash

A bank robber behind a recent heist at an East Village Chase Bank hit two more banks on Monday in Union Square, police said.

The robbery pattern began on Saturday when an unknown man handed a teller a note, demanding cash at the Chase bank on Second Avenue off St. Marks Place. The man claimed to have a gun, and the teller gave him $1,080.

Then on Monday, the same man is believed to have robbed two banks in the span of 41 minutes. At around 2:40 p.m. he went into the Citibank at 1107 Broadway (at 14th Street), and handed the teller a note demanding money. He got away with $600 in cash.

He then headed to a Chase at 835 Broadway (at 13th Street), did the same thing and fled with $4,740.

The suspect is described as white male, possibly albino, 5’10”, mid to late 20s, with light colored hair and a medium build. He was last seen wearing a black and grey jacket, dark rimmed glasses, black sneakers and a red bandana around his neck.

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 tips by visiting http://www.nypdcrimestoppers.com or texting their tips to 274637(CRIMES) then enter TIP577.

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 looking for missing teen from East 14th Street

Miguel Fontanez

Miguel Fontanez

Police are looking for a teenage resident of East 14th Street who they say was last seen on Wednesday, August 6.

Miguel Fontanez, lives at 612 East 14th Street. He is described as being 5’7″, 160 lbs., medium build with brown eyes and black curly hair.

Anyone with information in regards to this missing person is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or by text tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577.

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.