More ACS teens charged with robbery

Administration for Children’s Services facility in Kips Bay (Photo via Google Maps)

By Maria Rocha-Buschel

Another group of teenagers living at the Administration for Children’s Services building on First Avenue has been arrested for a violent robbery in the neighborhood, following multiple robberies the week before that were reported by Town & Village.

Police arrested ten teenagers for the most recent incident in Kips Bay, which took place in front of Bellevue Hospital at 462 First Avenue on Tuesday, May 29 around 2 a.m. Police said that the teens punched and kicked a man in his 30s and stole his phone.

Shortly after the incident, three of the teens were arrested at Third Avenue and East 29th Street, one was arrested at Second Avenue and East 28th Street and the fifth teen was caught at First Avenue and East 25th Street. The sixth teen was arrested inside the ACS facility later the same day at 12:30 p.m. Another teen and 18-year-old Dondre Parker were arrested inside the 13th precinct on Wednesday, May 30 at 11:35 a.m. Another teen was arrested at the precinct later that day at 4:10 p.m. The last suspect was busted at precinct on Thursday, May 31.

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Administration for Children’s Services teens arrested for violent robberies

Administration for Children’s Services facility in Kips Bay (Photo via Google Maps)

By Maria Rocha-Buschel

Multiple teens living at the Administration for Children’s Services building at 492 First Avenue have been arrested in connection with a number of separate robberies in the last week. Three teens arrested for choking and robbing a man on East 18th Street were also charged with a phone robbery in Chinatown and another group of teens were arrested after harassing a woman on the 6 train, police said. They reportedly grabbed her phone when she got off the subway in Kips Bay.

The three teens arrested for the violent robbery on East 18th Street attacked the man near Third Avenue around midnight on Monday, May 21, police said.

The victim told police that he was walking south on Third Avenue and was being followed by three men when he made a left turn onto East 18th Street heading towards Second Avenue. He said that one of the men then came up to him and asked for the time and after he said that it was 12:27 a.m., the suspect told him he had a gun and to give him everything he had. The victim said that he was then attacked from behind and choked, then lost consciousness. When he regained consciousness, he noticed that his property was gone.

Police caught the first teen at First Avenue and East 18th Street at 1:34 a.m. the same day. Police arrested a second teen for the robbery inside the 13th precinct the next day at 6 a.m. and a third teen at 6:30 a.m. inside the ACS facility in Kips Bay. Police did not find weapons on any of the teens that were arrested.

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

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.

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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Police Watch: Man arrested for stolen ultrasound machine, Suspected burglar trapped in truck

Police arrested 63-year-old Joel Cayabyab for grand larceny inside Mount Sinai Beth Israel at 10 Perlman Place last Wednesday at 6 p.m. Police said that Cayabyab took an ultrasound machine from the hospital without permission. Nat Romeo, 47, was charged with possession of stolen property inside the hospital the following day at 2:20 p.m. in connection with the theft. Cayabyab allegedly told police that he arranged to take the machine and give it to Romeo in exchange for a favor.

Police arrested 29-year-old Remy Zurita for burglary in front of New York Brows Salon at 239 First Avenue last Monday at 4:58 p.m. Police said that Zurita went inside the back of a commercial truck that was parked in front of the salon near East 14th Street and Zurita was allegedly going through a backpack and wallet that was inside the truck. The driver, seeing what was going on, then closed the back of the truck, trapping Zurita there until police arrived.

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Child staying at Administration for Children’s Services building goes missing


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A 12-year-old named Xavier Reyes, whose current residence is the Administration for Children’s Services at 492 First Avenue, has been missing since Tuesday evening at 8 p.m., police said.

He was last seen in Kips Bay in the vicinity of 28th Street and First Avenue.

He is Hispanic, 5’1″ tall, 174 pounds and has red hair, brown eyes and a light complexion. He was last seen wearing a black jacket, a gray shirt and gray sweatpants.

Anyone with information 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 or texting their tips to 274637(CRIMES) then enter TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential.



New leader for embattled ACS

ACS Commissioner David Hansell, with Mayor Bill de Blasio Photo by Sabina Mollot)

ACS Commissioner David Hansell, with Mayor Bill de Blasio (Photo by Sabina Mollot)

By Sabina Mollot

After a particularly troubling year for the city’s child welfare agency, Mayor Bill de Blasio last Tuesday announced a new pick for commissioner of the Administration of Children’s Services.

David Hansell, who was previously the chief of staff at the New York City Human Resources Administration from 2002-2006, was named as the replacement for Gladys Carrion. Carrion resigned after the high-profile death of an abused six-year-old named Zymere Perkins who’d been under the ACS’s radar.

The introduction was made at a packed press conference at the ACS’s First Avenue headquarters in Kips Bay, with reporters asking about systemic failures at the agency, which the mayor to some degree denied. De Blasio said many of the problems at the agency during the Perkins case had to do with individual employees not doing their jobs and that those individuals had either been fired or “reprimanded in another way.”

Hansell, meanwhile, said he had not yet taken a “deep dive” into the agency’s past failures, but said he hoped his managerial experience would help fix any lingering problems in policy.

De Blasio praised Hansell for his “compassionate leadership,” adding that his takeover comes at a time when the agency is facing up to 60,000 cases a year.

“Often complex and painful situations that don’t present themselves obviously in a lot of cases,” the mayor said. “There are times we don’t have an indication that a family is in danger. Our job, our mission is to save every child. David Hansell understands that.”

The mayor’s statement is a contradiction of Carrion’s, who once reportedly said that not every child could be protected.

Hansell, who also worked for the Gay Men’s Health Crisis during the height of the AIDS epidemic, said he felt there was “no greater calling” than the opportunity to serve vulnerable communities.

“I worked on the front lines at the Gay Men’s Health Crisis and it’s shown me what happens when the government takes a callous attitude to those who need help the most and also showed me what can happen when the government cares.”

More recently, he spent five years as managing director of the Global Human & Social Services Center of Excellence at KPMG, a tax advisory and auditing firm. Before that, he served as acting assistant secretary and principal deputy assistant secretary for the Administration for Children and Families in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. He’s also held other government positions.

As for the ACS, he said he planned to take a “top to bottom” look to “protect what’s working and change what is not,” using “metrics-based” management. Hansell added that he welcomed working with an independent monitor that’s been assigned by the state to oversee the ACS and looked forward to working more closely with the NYPD to protect children as well as ACS staff from dangerous situations.

Hansell also said he was a “great admirer” of Carrion, saying they’d worked together in Albany, though, he added, “There are things we’ll do differently.”

He said he was looking into the “child-stat” program that’s similar to the NYPD’s Crime Stat program for tracking crime. “My job will be to make sure it’s as effective as it can be,” Hansell said, adding that he was also planning on making sure ACS employees had proper training. The mayor said $49 million was being spent on improvements, including in training.

When reporters asked the mayor about how recently caseloads have gone up at the ACS, de Blasio responded that this was typical after a high-profile case like Perkins’.

After months of physical abuse, Perkins died after being beaten with a broomstick by his mother’s boyfriend, who then hung him by his shirt on a door.

De Blasio said he expected he would “not be surprised” if caseloads would start to decline with Hansell’s hiring.

He also disagreed with a reporter who’d heard that preventative services were not available enough, although he admitted, “It’s not where we want it to be.” He also said he would make sure the ACS was supported in getting resources. Asked about a recent state report about the the agency, the mayor said he thought it was “simplistic” to expect a report to be completely accurate.

Dr. Herminia Palacio added, “We need to be cautious about making some extrapolations. We need to be judicious and informed about the way we move forward.”

De Blasio said he had seen the agency when he agreed there were in fact system-wide problems, which came under a spotlight after the fatal beatdown of Nixzmary Brown. Seven-year-old Brown died at the hands of her stepfather, who also had sexually abused her, in 2006.

“Every New Yorker felt the loss personally because there were many chances to save her,” the mayor said. “One of the things that became clear after that was that there weren’t enough communications between the NYPD and the ACS. A lot was done in the aftermath to change that. No one disagreed that the two agencies were missing an opportunity to work on a common cause but we constantly see a need for more.”

He also pointed to cases in the more recent past where the ACS has pushed for removal of children from homes only to have a court not approve the request.

“The challenge is how do we get that agreed upon by a judge?” said de Blasio. “That’s one of the big challenges here.”

Another goal, he said, was to lower foster placements, with the mayor saying placing a child who’s been removed from parents with nuclear family members was preferable, and reduced reports of abuse.

Hansell, asked why he was taking the job considering the risks of being called a failure should there be another child death, answered, “I know it won’t be easy.”

Palacio also pointed out that New Yorkers could also play a role in saving abused or neglected children by speaking up. “If you feel a child’s life is in danger, pick up a phone,” she said.

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

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.

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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Police Watch: Man arrested for East 6th Street murder, NC man killed in car accident

Police arrested 24-year-old Terrance Pugh on Monday, a suspect in the murder of 21-year-old Michael Ayala-Rodriguez. On Friday, June 3 at around 2 a.m., police had responded to a 911 call about a man who was shot in the courtyard area of the Lillian Wald Houses at 890 East 6th Street.
When police arrived at the scene, they found Ayala-Rodriguez with gunshot wounds to his torso. He was transported to Beth Israel, where he was pronounced dead.
Pugh was also charged with two counts of criminal possession of a weapon.

Twenty-one-year-old North Carolina resident Elliot Copeland was killed after being hit by a car at the intersection of Madison Avenue and East 23rd Street on Thursday, June 16 at 10:19 p.m. Police responded to the scene after getting a call about a motor vehicle accident and found Copeland lying in the roadway, unconscious and unresponsive, with severe body trauma. EMS transported Copeland to Bellevue Hospital, where he was pronounced dead the following Sunday. The investigation squad for the NYPD determined that a vehicle was driving along East 23rd Street at the Madison Avenue intersection when Copeland stepped into the road outside the marked crosswalk and was hit by the car. The investigation remains ongoing and no arrests have been made.

June23 public lewdness

Public lewdness suspect

The NYPD is looking for a man who allegedly exposed himself on the 4 train near Union Square last week. Police said that the 55 to 65-year-old white man was on a downtown 4 train approaching the Union Square subway station on Sunday, June 12 around 7 p.m. with his private parts exposed.
Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477). The public can also submit their tips at or by texting their tips and TIP577 to 274637 (CRIMES). All calls are strictly confidential.

Suspect behind string of shades thefts

Suspect behind string of shades thefts

Police are looking for a man responsible for 10 thefts throughout Manhattan from December 8 to May 19. The suspect reportedly targeted sunglasses stores and stole 57 pairs of sunglasses in total, primarily from stores in the Financial District, West Village and Midtown South.
Police suspect that in one of the incidents that took place in Flatiron, the man stole four pairs of sunglasses from the Solstice Sunglasses location at 168 Fifth Avenue between West 21st and 22nd Streets on Friday, March 25 around 8 p.m.
The suspect has a shaved head and is black, 45 to 55 years old, 5’7” and 180 lbs. Anyone with information in regards to these incidents is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS.

Eighteen-year-old Isaiah Douglas and another teenager were arrested for burglary inside Mexico Lindo at 459 Second Avenue and East 26th Street last Monday at 4:47 a.m. Police said that the second teenager, whose name is being withheld due to his young age, broke a window to get into the restaurant and broke into the cash register, taking a handful of cash. After police searched the area, they found that the teen was working with Douglas and the younger boy was found in possession of burglar’s tools and credit cards that didn’t have his name on them. The younger teen was also charged with grand larceny, burglar’s tools and possession of stolen property.

Police arrested 28-year-old Ryann Lyde for forgery and theft of services inside Tonic at 411 Third Avenue last Thursday at 11:16 p.m. Police said that Lyde ordered drinks from the bar and allegedly attempted to use a forged credit card to pay for them. Lyde allegedly attempted to flee the location but he was arrested and when he was searched, he was allegedly in possession of two additional fraudulent credit cards.

Police arrested 43-year-old Santos Vazquez for burglar’s tools in front of the Human Resources Administration building at 109 East 16th Street last Saturday at 2:09 p.m.
Police said that Vazquez was seen casing the location with a screwdriver sticking out of his pants pocket. Vazquez then entered a garage and allegedly removed copper piping that police said he had hidden there earlier. Vazquez was also charged with theft of services, possession of stolen property and criminal trespass.

Eighteen-year-old Martinique Bumbray was arrested for assault and harassment inside the Administration for Children’s Services Facility at 492 First Avenue last Sunday at 4:38 a.m. Police said that Bumbray threw a yellow and white padlock, hitting the victim in the right cheek and causing severe pain. Police said that the victim was treated at the Bellevue emergency room.

Police Watch: sex abuser sentenced, East 24th Street ‘burglar’ busted

Last Friday, Jonquel Jones, 27, was sentenced to 16 years in state prison and 25 years of post-release supervision for sexually assaulting a stranger and a young girl in two separate incidents in 2013. On May 28, Jones pleaded guilty in New York State Supreme Court to rape and sexual abuse, both in the first degree.
According to his guilty plea and documents filed in court, at around 11 p.m. on September 5, 2013, Jones approached a tourist on the L train in Manhattan. The 22-year-old woman had become separated from her friend and was asking other passengers for directions to Brooklyn, where she was staying at the friend’s apartment. Jones told the victim that he would help her hail a cab to Brooklyn if they got off the next stop together. Once outside, he led her to an isolated area on East 10th Street near the FDR. There, he threatened her with a knife and raped her. Following the attack, the victim returned to Brooklyn and told her friend, who took her to the hospital A DNA profile from the woman’s rape kit was uploaded to the New York State DNA Databank, where it matched the defendant’s DNA profile from a previous felony conviction.
A month later on October 5, Jones invited a 12-year-old girl who lived in the same East Village building as he and his then-girlfriend to come over to their apartment. He forced her to undress and change into different clothes while he watched. He then forcibly kissed her. The girl reported the incident to her mother, who contacted police.

Police arrested 22-year-old James Ghent for criminal trespass inside 32 Gramercy Park South last Saturday at 1:15 a.m. Ghent allegedly entered the victim’s apartment without permission and remained there unlawfully, although nothing was stolen. Police did not have any information about how Ghent entered the apartment.

Police arrested 28-year-old Sharif McMillan for burglary and possession of stolen property last Monday at 1:30 p.m. inside the 13th Precinct. McMillan allegedly stole a 37-inch flat screen TV, an HP laptop and an iPod from an apartment on East 24th Street at an earlier date. Police said that his fingerprints were recovered from the victim’s apartment, that he doesn’t know the victim and he had no business being inside the apartment.

Fifty-year-old Regulo Rodriguez was arrested for grand larceny inside Duggal Visual Solutions at 29 West 23rd Street last Monday at 5:22 p.m. Rodriguez’s boss told police that he had been stealing printing materials and resources for his own personal use. Rodriguez allegedly printed a total of four pieces at the store, totaling $1,760. Police said that the suspect also asked a witness, who also works for the company in the packing department, to pack those four items into boxes to ship the pieces out and the witness refused. The employee then told the CEO of the company, who called police to the scene.

Police arrested 54-year-old Phillip Mellor for grand larceny and possession of stolen property at the corner of East 14th Street and Union Square East last Tuesday at 12:49 p.m. The victim told police that he had left his bag on the grass inside the park and when he went to retrieve it, he noticed that the bag, which contained his iPad, was missing. The victim said that he saw Mellor on a park bench with the victim’s bag in his possession. When he approached Mellor, he allegedly told the victim, “It’s mine because I found it.”

Police arrested 22-year-old Adriana Mondragon-Cazares and 29-year-old Yutlerlay Vivas for prostitution in front of 138 East 30th Street last Tuesday at 7 p.m. Mondragon-Cazares and Vivas allegedly agreed to have sex with undercover officers in exchange for $200.

Police arrested 43-year-old Christopher Brennan inside the IHOP at 235 East 14th Street for theft of services last Wednesday at 9:43 a.m. A server at the restaurant told police that Brennan went into the restaurant and ordered food and when he handed the waiter a credit card to pay for the meal, the card was declined. Brennan allegedly had no other way to pay for the food and when police searched him, they found that he was allegedly in possession of a stolen credit card, which they said he had attempted to use to pay for the meal.

Police arrested Misael Gonzalez, 41, in front of 10 East 18th Street for possession of burglar’s tools last Tuesday at 2:20 p.m. Gonzalez was allegedly casing a commercial truck at the northeast corner of East 18th Street and Fifth Avenue. Police said he then unlatched the back roll-down gate, looked around the cargo area inside the truck, closed the gate and then attempted to flee east on East 18th Street. He was allegedly in possession of one great neck ratchet, a (regular) ratchet, bolt cutters, a vice grip, a screwdriver and a pair of work gloves.

Police arrested 46-year-old Alexander Ivanenko for robbery in front of 388 Third Avenue last Tuesday at 10:45 p.m. Ivanenko allegedly snatched cash from the victim using physical force and after searching the area, he was identified and the money was recovered.

Police arrested 36-year-old Dennis Finn for computer tampering and trespassing inside 115 Fifth Avenue at 19th Street last Thursday at 12:25 p.m. While working for the company, Finn allegedly used a store computer to make unauthorized returns for cash without the authority to do so. Police said that there were 17 fraudulent transactions on 12 dates for a total of $2,252.31. The address is home to Victoria’s Secret as well as a Madewell clothing shop.

Keith Ruffin, 51, was arrested for forgery inside the Peter Stuyvesant Post Office at 335 East 14th Street last Thursday at 2:06 p.m. Police said that Ruffin entered the post office and allegedly passed a clerk a fraudulent money order.

Twenty-year-old Caleb Beneche was arrested for aggravated harassment at the 13th Precinct last Thursday. The victim is a case planner for Administration of Children’s Services and told police that Beneche is her client. Beneche has allegedly been calling her even after she told him to stop, and police said that he has been calling and texting her personal cell phone. Beneche allegedly said that he would show up at her office and “make them all sorry” and that he would “show them.” The victim told police that Beneche has violent tendencies and she fears for her safety.

Nineteen-year-old Mateo Palacio was arrested for criminal mischief inside Ben & Jack’s Steakhouse at 255 Fifth Avenue last Thursday at 6:27 p.m. Police said that Palacio intentionally damaged property at the location by throwing plates to the ground and allegedly damaged one of the victim’s cars by using his necklace to scratch the driver’s side door.

Police arrested 27-year-old Angelo Miller for menacing in front of the Basics Plus store at 194 Third Avenue last Friday. Police said that Miller got into a fight with someone over money at around 5:20 p.m. The victim told police that Miller claimed the victim owed him $10 and then allegedly said, “If you don’t get up and start asking for money I’m going to kick you or cut you in the throat.” Police said he also threw a closed hypodermic needle at the victim, though it didn’t cause any injury.

Police arrested 58-year-old Charles Staton for an unclassified misdemeanor in front of 155 East 23rd Street last Tuesday at 5:40 p.m. Police said that Staton was trying to sell three toys without a valid Department of Consumer Affairs license.

Police looking for 12-year-old boy last seen at Family Court

Alexander Luciano

Alexander Luciano

UPDATE: Police say Luciano has been found and is safe.

Police are looking for a 12-year-old boy who’s been staying at the Administration for Children’s Services (ACS) facility at 492 First Avenue.

Alexander Luciano was last seen on Tuesday, March 3 at 2 p.m. leaving New York City Family Court, located at 60 Lafayette Street. He is described as Hispanic, approximately 5’1″ tall, weighing 140 lbs., with brown eyes, dark complexion and short close cut black hair. He was last seen wearing black work boots.

Anyone with information in regards to this missing person 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 or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577.

Police Watch: Man shot on Avenue D, teens arrested in armed mugging

Police arrested four teenagers for robbery last Tuesday at 9:03 p.m. Three of the teens were arrested inside the ACS facility at 462 First Avenue and one was caught at the corner of Park Avenue South and East 28th Street. Police said that one of the teens threatened the victim with a knife while they forcibly took her jacket and shoes and warned her not to go back to the ACS facility or tell the police. The teens were also charged with menacing and weapons possession. One of the teens who was arrested at the ACS facility was also charged with possession of stolen property and was in possession of a stolen cell phone. The names of the teens are being withheld due to their age.

The New York City Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance in locating and identifying a suspect wanted in connection with a shooting in Alphabet City. The 19-year-old victim was involved in an argument with the suspect last Friday at 11:20 p.m. in front of 60 Avenue D. The suspect then pulled out a gun and shot twice, hitting the victim in the chest and neck. EMS transported the victim to Bellevue Hospital in stable condition. Police described the suspect as a Hispanic male who was last seen wearing dark jeans and a dark-hooded sweatshirt. Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477).

Police arrested 26-year-old Ricco Slade inside Bellevue Hospital last Tuesday at 5 p.m. for robbery. Police said that Slade went into a Chase Bank on West 86th Street and passed a note to a teller demanding money. The note allegedly said, “I have a gun. Remain calm. Give me 100s, no dye, no GPS. Call the police five minutes after my departure.” The teller agreed and passed Slade $2,000 in cash. A gun was not recovered from the scene.

Police arrested a teenager inside the ACS facility at 462 First Avenue last Sunday at 5:58 a.m. for a robbery that took place inside the 7-Eleven at 247 Third Avenue. The victim told police that a man walked into the store wearing a black coat, black hooded sweatshirt and jeans. He allegedly said, “Give me all the money in the register” and pulled up his shirt, displaying a gun in his waistband. He was seen fleeing the store, headed south on Third Avenue. Police searched the neighborhood and found the teen at the ACS facility, as well as a gun. The teen was also charged with possession of a weapon and possession of marijuana. His name is being withheld due to his age. Video footage is available at the 7-Eleven and at the ACS facility.

Police arrested 67-year-old William Mahoney for assault inside the Bellevue Men’s Shelter at 400 East 30th Street last Friday at 4:50 p.m. Mahoney allegedly stabbed the victim several times in his back, chest and shoulder with a large kitchen knife. Mahoney was also charged with possession of a weapon. The victim was transported to Bellevue Hospital and there was no additional information about his condition.

Police arrested 39-year-old Jason Colon for burglary last Tuesday at 7:39 p.m. inside 151 West 16th Street. Colon allegedly forcibly entered the residential building and took a US postal service delivered package from the building’s lobby area. Police said that Colon then entered the elevator with the package and opened it. The victim confronted Colon in the basement and he allegedly pushed the victim in an attempt to escape, causing the victim physical pain on his head. Colon was also charged with assault.

Police arrested 52-year-old Pedro Ovalles for grand larceny at 333 Third Avenue last Sunday at 9:52 p.m. The victim told police that he had passed out in his building’s hallway in front of his apartment door at  4 a.m.  that morning. At that time, Ovalles, who is the victim’s cousin, stole his property from his pockets, he said. The building has cameras in the hallway, which captured the incident.

Police arrested 26-year-old Broidy Blake for the sale of marijuana in front of the Associated Supermarket at 409 East 14th Street last Friday at 9:10 p.m. Blake allegedly sold a quantity of marijuana to an undercover officer.

Police arrested 25-year-old Rebecca Santiago for grand larceny in front of 40 West 23rd Street last Wednesday at 8:37 p.m. Police said that Santiago was working as a cashier at the Home Depot and stole $1,604 over a 90 day period.

Police arrested 26-year-old Joshua Waite at the corner of Avenue C and East 23rd Street for intoxicated driving last Saturday at 6:26 p.m. Waite was allegedly involved in a car accident at the location, which caused injuries. Police said that Waite had bloodshot, watery eyes, was unsteady on his feet and had a moderate smell of alcohol on his breath. Waite also allegedly did not have a valid driver’s license at the time of the accident.

Police arrested two people in connection with thefts from cars last Saturday at 10:01 p.m. Stephen Rosado, 53, was arrested for weapons possession at the corner of Park Avenue South and East 20th Street and Lynn Nieves, 54, was arrested at the corner of Third Avenue and East 27th Street for petit larceny. Nieves was allegedly helping Rosado break into three different vehicles by trying to open the door handles. Police said that Rosado was in possession of property that was taken from a car in an earlier incident, as well as a metal knuckle knife and a credit card belonging to a victim from a grand larceny auto from 2006. Rosado was also charged with possession of stolen property, possession of burglar’s tools and petit larceny.

Police arrested 27-year-old Daniel Graf for assault in front of the Headless Horseman at 119 East 15th Street last Saturday at  11:57 p.m.  The victim told police that he was standing outside a bar at the location when Graf approached him for no reason and allegedly punched him in the face, causing swelling, redness and pain. Graf was held by a bar bouncer and cuffed by a community affairs officer who happened to be in the area.

Police arrested 44-year-old Seny Tavares for intoxicated driving last Sunday at 3:50 a.m. at the corner of Union Square East and East 15th Street. Police said that Tavares was driving a vehicle that two witnesses had seen hit two other cars and leave the scene. The witnesses followed Tavares and alerted police about the incident at the location. Tavares allegedly had bloodshot eyes and an odor of alcohol on his breath. Police said that he refused a breathalyzer test.

Police arrested 23-year-old Mohammed Redziovic and 21-year-old Bekim Redza for assault at the corner of Park Avenue South and East 29th Street last Sunday at 4:36 a.m. The victim told police that the two men walked up to him and they allegedly assaulted him unprovoked, punching him in the face, knocking out one of his teeth and causing pain and swelling to his cheek and forehead.

Twenty-two-year-old Richard Duncan was arrested for assault at the corner of Second Avenue and East 27th Street last Sunday at 9:22 p.m. Duncan allegedly punched a man in the face, causing swelling and bruising to his eye. The victim told police that he hadn’t had an argument with Duncan at the time, but did have an argument with him in the same location earlier in the day.

Police arrested 57-year-old Gladys Rivera for violating New York State laws in front of 120 West 28th Street last Friday at 3:50 p.m. Rivera was allegedly displaying and offering for sale more than ten pairs of socks without a DCA license and police said that she couldn’t produce one when asked.

Mark Baines, 54, was arrested for burglary last Friday at 6:46 p.m. inside a doctor’s office at 61 West 23rd Street. The victims told police that they walked into the reception area of the office and noticed that a Samsung tablet was missing.
They called the police and Baines was allegedly in possession of the tablet, which police said was inside his hooded sweatshirt’s pocket.
Baines was also charged with possession of burglar’s tools, possession of a weapon and possession of stolen property. Police said that he had a hammer in the waistband of his pants and a BB gun in the bag that he was carrying.

Police Watch: Man arrested for gun, ‘pickpocket’ busted in Starbucks

Police arrested 41-year-old Mariusz Stypulkowski for theft of services inside Big Daddy’s Diner at 239 Park Avenue South last Sunday at 9:35 p.m. Stypulkowski allegedly entered the building through an unlocked door while the business was closed and allegedly poured himself a drink at the bar.
Police issued him a summons and escorted him from the location, telling him not to return. About 30 minutes later, police were called back because Stypulkowski had allegedly re-entered the building, sat at the bar and gotten himself another drink.
When officers told him to leave, he allegedly refused. Before arresting him, police searched him and he was found to be in possession of a small quantity of alleged marijuana concealed in a vitamin bottle. Stypulkowski was also charged with criminal trespassing and possession of marijuana.

Police arrested 33-year-old Peter Fuentes for possession of a weapon in front of 247 East 28th Street last Monday at 9:26 p.m. Police were responding to a radio run of a man shot in Midtown South on East 29th Street at Lexington Avenue. After doing a canvass of the area, a witness told police that Fuentes was down the street.
Police said that Fuentes matched the description by radio dispatch and he was frisked after police told him to put his hands up. Fuentes then allegedly said that the gun was in his pocket. Police recovered a loaded .38 semi automatic Remington firearm from his front right pants pocket. One spent casing was recovered from in front of 425 Park Avenue South. Fuentes was also charged with reckless endangerment. It was not immediately clear if anyone was actually shot.

Police arrested 58-year-old Roderick Broomfield for obstruction of breath and circulation in front of the Kenmore at 145 East 23rd Street last Sunday at 5:57 a.m. The victim told police that she was involved in an argument with Broomfield when he allegedly put his hands on her neck and choked her.

Police arrested 46-year-old Glenn Hawley for grand larceny inside the Barnes and Noble at 33 East 17th Street last Monday at 11:23 a.m. Hawley is an employee at the store and police said that he committed unauthorized transactions totaling $3,600.

Police arrested 22-year-old Presley Charles for assault in front of 115 Lexington Avenue last Sunday at 4:59 a.m. The victim told police that he was standing over his friend who was passed out drunk in front of the bar when Charles started to record them. Charles didn’t like that the other man was trying to block him from filming and they started to argue. The argument then led to Charles allegedly punching the victim in the nose, causing bleeding and swelling. The victim was taken to Bellevue Hospital and Charles sustained a cut to his right pinky but refused medical assistance.

Nineteen-year-old Tyshawn Brown was arrested for assault in front of the ACS facility at 492 First Avenue last Tuesday at 10:25 p.m. Brown allegedly punched another person in the face, causing swelling and bruising to the victim’s right eye.

Police arrested 34-year-old Alex Strollo last Monday in front of 25 Union Square West for allegedly swiping a tip from a restaurant. Strollo allegedly grabbed $25 off the table at around 10:30 p.m. and ran out of the restaurant. The victim ran after him and approached him on the corner of East 18th Street and Broadway, where Strollo allegedly hit him in the face and body. Strollo was also charged with assault.

Forty-year-old Heather Nichols was arrested for petit larceny in front of the Starbucks at 41 Union Square West last Saturday. Nichols allegedly took a five dollar bill from another customer’s pocketbook and then left the building. Nichols was also charged with possession of stolen property.

Police arrested 33-year-old Pavel Zaychenko in front of 641 Sixth Avenue for criminal trespassing last Tuesday at 11:10 a.m. Zaychenko was allegedly taking pictures of women’s butts without their permission. There was no information available about where Zaychenko was allegedly trespassing.

Police arrested two vendors last Monday in separate incidents.
Fifty-three-year-old Mohamed Rasid was arrested in front of 132 West 28th Street at  2 p.m. He allegedly was selling more than ten bouquets of flowers without a DCA license and could not produce one when asked.
Police said that Shawn Ettinger, 27, was displaying five bars of soap for sale without a DCA license in front of 261 Seventh Avenue at  2:50 p.m.

Police arrested 43-year-old Alexander Perez for an unclassified traffic misdemeanor at the corner of East 15th Street and Union Square East last Saturday at 1:10 p.m. Perez was involved in a car accident and when police checked his license, it was allegedly suspended.

Police arrested 36-year-old Daniel Calcaterra for violating New York State laws at the corner of Avenue C and East 23rd Street. Calcaterra was allegedly holding an open container of Four Loko on a public sidewalk.

Police arrested 22-year-old Juan Quezada for petit larceny inside the 13th precinct last Saturday at 4 p.m. Quezada allegedly took a woman’s cell phone without permission in a previous incident. The woman told police that she doesn’t know Quezada.

Police arrested 34-year-old Nicole Butler for intent to sell a controlled substance in front of 243 East 27th Street last Sunday at 7:40 p.m. Butler allegedly sold a quantity of marijuana to an undercover officer. She had a controlled substance on her person, police said. Butler was also charged with sale of marijuana and possession of marijuana.

Police arrested 31-year-old Sean Butler inside the 13th precinct at 230 East 21st Street for forgery last Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. Butler allegedly endorsed a check for $473 and another for $478 and signed the documents as the victims, without the authority to do so.

Police Watch: Three subway ‘pervs’ nabbed, Peter Cooper Village resident’s identity stolen

By Maria Rocha-Buschel

Police arrested three men for forcible touching last week in separate incidents.
Thirty-seven-year-old Jesus Tanco was arrested at the Park Avenue South/23rd Street Station last Tuesday at 10:15 a.m. Tanco was allegedly rubbing his hands and groin against the buttocks of a 31-year-old woman while on an uptown 6 train.
Police arrested 39-year-old Thomas Seminara at the Park Avenue South/28th Street Station last Monday at 11:16 a.m. Seminara was allegedly rubbing his groin on the buttocks of a  16-year-old girl standing in front of him on a downtown 6 train. He then touched her buttocks with his right hand before leaving the train and was observed with an erection, police said.
Twenty-three-year-old Malcolm Dubose was arrested at the Union Square subway station last Tuesday at 6:35 p.m. Dubose was on a downtown 4 train when he allegedly rubbed his groin against a 21-year-old woman’s buttocks.

A 25-year-old resident of 4 Peter Cooper Road reported  last Saturday at 11:45 a.m. that her identity had been stolen. She told police that her bank notified her that a former employee of Chase had given out her information to a third party for no reason that they know of. Chase is performing an investigation and told the victim to file a report in order to put an alert on her social security number. The bank did not know which branch gave out her information. Chase would not give out any other information until the investigation is complete and no funds were missing.

A 24-year-old woman reported that her vest was stolen from the northeast corner of Third Avenue and East 22nd Street last Friday at 9 p.m. She told police that she left the vest on a hanger next to the door at Lamarca Restaurant and when she returned, she saw that the vest was missing. Video surveillance showed a woman taking the vest but no arrests have been made.

Police arrested 17-year-old Olufemi Ogundipe inside Madison Square Park at 10 Madison Avenue last Saturday at 9:50 p.m. Ogundipe with three other people allegedly tried to take property that didn’t belong to them from three other people. The other three alleged accomplices stole an ID card from one victim, credit cards, a Galaxy phone, a phone charger and an iPhone from the other two victims. Ogundipe was found to be in possession of the first victim’s iPhone, police said. No other arrests have been made.

Police arrested 39-year-old Andrae Cezair for criminal trespassing inside 321 East 22nd Street last Saturday at 5:16 a.m. Cezair was allegedly on the fourth floor of the building and told police that he was looking for his friend who lived in one of the apartments, but a resident of that apartment said that she didn’t know him.

Police arrested 35-year-old Juan Ruiz for unlawful surveillance by the northeast corner of East 14th Street and Union Square East in Union Square Park last Saturday at 4:45 p.m. Ruiz allegedly put a sweater with an electronic device underneath the skirt of a woman who was standing in a crowd watching dancers. The woman told police that she saw a man standing behind her and felt a man touching her buttocks under her skirt. Ruiz was putting the sweater under her skirt for the purposes of recording her, police said.

A resident of 39 Gramercy Park North reported last Monday at 3:45 p.m. that she was harassed in her building. She told police that a woman she knows but doesn’t live there entered the building without permission. The victim told police that she asked the woman to leave but she became verbally abusive, then swung her shopping bag and hit the victim in the chest. The woman also sprayed an unknown substance at the victim but it didn’t make contact with her.


Moshe Moshiyakov

Moshe Moshiyakov

Police are asking for the public’s assistance in locating Moshe Moshiyakov, a 15-year-old last seen on Saturday, April 12 at 492 First Avenue, home to ACS. The missing teen is white, 5’4”, 140 lbs. with brown eyes and brown hair. He was wearing a grey sweatshirt, grey sweatpants, and white sneakers. Moshiyakov is in good physical condition. Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS (8477). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto Crime Stoppers’ website at or by texting TIP577 and their tips to CRIMES (274637).

A woman reported that her laptop was stolen while she was inside the Pret a Manger at 24 West 23rd Street last Thursday at 4 p.m. She told police that she was in the restaurant when she realized that the computer was missing and she thinks that someone took it when the bag was down near her chair.

Police arrested 20-year-old James Chen for impaired driving last Tuesday at 12:15 a.m. at the northeast corner of Union Square West and East 14th Street. Police saw Chen committing a traffic infraction and upon stopping him, there was a cloud of smoke and a strong smell of marijuana emanating from the vehicle. Chen allegedly said that he was smoking marijuana with the female passenger, who was also arrested. Police recovered a joint in the passenger’s hand. Chen allegedly admitted that he was smoking pot while driving.

A 51-year-old woman reported that her car was broken into while it was parked in front of 25 East 26th Street last Monday at 10 p.m. She told police that she went back to the car the following day at 8 a.m. and she noticed that the driver’s side back window had been smashed with an unknown object and both her EZ Pass and car manual were missing.

A man reported that his car was damaged in a hit-and-run last Wednesday at 12:10 a.m. at the southwest corner of Fifth Avenue and West 15th Street. He told police that he was involved in an accident at the location and the other vehicle involved fled east on East 14th Street without staying to exchange information.

Police arrested 26-year-old Gabriel Perez for petit larceny last Thursday at 11 p.m. at the northeast corner of Third Avenue and East 27th Street. A 30-year-old man told police that his phone was removed from his car which was parked at the above location and Perez allegedly broke in and took it.

Police arrested 18-year-old Rayqua Perez and 22-year-old Daniel Siciliano for reckless endangerment in the Union Square subway station last Thursday at 12:45 p.m. Perez and Siciliano were allegedly dancing and performing acrobatic and gymnastic moves on a moving downtown 4 train, creating a hazard and a risk of serious physical injury to passengers.

Police looking for missing 12-year-old girl

Maleah Decambre

Maleah Decambre

Police are looking for a 12-year-old girl who was last seen at the Administration for Children’s Services building on First Avenue on Tuesday evening at 9 p.m.

Maleah Decambre is described as approximately 5 ft 6 ins. and 145 lbs., with brown eyes and black hair. She was last seen wearing blue jeans and a blue T-shirt.

Anyone with information regarding Decambre 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 or texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential.

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