Police Watch: Man wanted for gunpoint robbery, John Doe arrested for menacing

Robbery suspect

MAN WANTED FOR GUNPOINT ROBBERY
Police are looking for a man suspected in a gunpoint robbery that took place in a video store at 725 Sixth Avenue on Sunday, April 22 at 2:50 a.m. Police said that the suspect approached a 50-year-old store employee behind the counter, turned a gun on him and demanded all the cash from the register. The employee gave him $900 and the suspect ran north on Sixth Avenue. No injuries were reported as a result of the incident.
The suspect is described as a black man in his 20s, approximately 5’5” and 145 lbs. He was last seen wearing a dark cap, a dark hooded sweat jacket and light-colored pants.
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) or visit nypdcrimestoppers.com. Tipc can also be texted to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential.

JOHN DOE ARRESTED FOR MENACING IN UNION SQUARE
Police arrested a 41-year-old John Doe man for allegedly menacing someone in front of 39 Union Square West on Thursday, April 26 at 12:23 p.m. Police said that the man punched a victim in his waist. When the suspect fled the scene, officers saw him throwing an ice pick into a garbage can inside Union Square Park. When police attempted to place him under arrest, he allegedly flailed his arms to prevent himself from being handcuffed. Cops referred to him as John Doe because he had no ID.

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Woman robbed at knifepoint in Union Square

Sketch of robbery suspect

By Sabina Mollot

Police are looking for a man who robbed an employee of a Dunkin Donuts on the street on Monday, April 16, taking $3,500 of the shop’s money she had with her.

The 26-year-old victim said at about 11:40 a.m. she was at the intersection of East 17th Street and Union Square East on her way to a nearby bank with the business’s proceeds, when a man approached her from behind, asking for directions.

When she turned around, the man pulled out a knife and grabbed a paper bag from the victim’s hand, which contained the $3,500. The mugger then fled into Union Square Park and the victim was uninjured.

Asked if this was being investigated as a possible inside job, a police spokesperson said the department couldn’t speculate on this.

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Woman robbed at gunpoint on East 20th Street

Robbery suspect

By Sabina Mollot

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

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

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

UPDATED: Kips Bay Ricky’s shop robbed at gunpoint

Mar15 rickys robbery

Robbery suspect

By Sabina Mollot

Cops are looking for a man who robbed a Ricky’s beauty supply store in Kips Bay at gunpoint.

Police said that on Wednesday night, the man walked into the business at 369 Third Avenue and 27th Street, turned a gun on a worker and demanded cash. The employee turned over $217 and the robber fled north on Third Avenue. No one was injured in the incident.

The suspect is described as being black, in his 40s and about 5 ft. 8 ins. tall.

Representatives for Ricky’s, which has 19 locations, declined to comment.

Anyone with information is asked to call the 13th Precinct Detective Squad at (212) 477-7444.

UPDATE: Police have linked the suspect to two other robberies.

On Sunday, February 18 at approximately 10:35 p.m., police believe the same man turned a gun on an employee at a Harlem 7-Eleven at 1400 5th Avenue.  He then jumped over the counter and helped himself to $100 from the register before fleeing.

On Sunday, March 11 at almost 9 p.m., the man robbed a 47-year-old woman in  her car in Brooklyn. Police say he opened the door of a Ford Explorer that was double parked in front of a Brooklyn bakery at 139 Smith Street and turned a gun on the driver.  The victim was able to escape the car, but the gunman got away with her purse, which contained $200 in cash, four credit cards and four debit cards. The suspect fled east on Dean Street.

Robbers threaten victims with razor blade on East 22nd Street

Robbery suspects

By Sabina Mollot

Police are on the lookout for two robbers who threatened two victims with a razor blade on East 22nd Street and Park Avenue South on Monday afternoon.

Cops say the pair approached two 19-year-old men, at 4:20 p.m. and pulled out the blade while demanding money. They ended up getting away with a phone and $10 in cash. The victims weren’t hurt.

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.

 

Teens busted for armed ‘robberies’ near Stuy Town and in Gramercy Park

Nov19 Robbery suspects

Robbery suspects (via NYPD)

By Maria Rocha-Buschel

Police arrested three teenagers for multiple armed robberies throughout Manhattan last Wednesday, with one incident taking place on East 20th Street near Stuyvesant Town and another along Gramercy Park North within the last month.

In post-Miranda statements, the 14 and 15-year-olds who were arrested told police that they had committed two to three robberies each night multiple times when they came into Manhattan from Brooklyn in an SUV allegedly driven by 18-year-old Daniel Jean-Louis, who was also arrested in connections with the robberies last Wednesday.

According to the District Attorney’s office, the two younger teens mugged one victim on November 7 at around 1 a.m. near 346 East 20th Street, west of First Avenue. The victim told police that one of the teens hit him from behind while reaching into the victim’s pocket to swipe his cell phone and ID. Police said that the victim suffered injuries to his face, hands, elbow and knee from running after the two suspects.

Police said that the 14 and 15-year-olds held up a woman at gunpoint in front of 45 Gramercy Park North last Sunday at 2:28 a.m., mugging her and her friend.

In one incident in Chelsea near 331 West 21st Street on November 7, one of the teens simulated a gun and stole a victim’s wallet around 2 a.m. In another incident in Chelsea on November 15, the 14 and 15-year-olds approached a man at 1:40 a.m. in front of 439 West 22nd Street and threatened a man with a silver-toned gun. A third incident in Chelsea took place in front of 416 West 20th Street last Sunday at 2:30 a.m. when the two younger teens pointed a silver handgun at the victim and demanded her property. The victim told police that she asked for help from a person who was parked in a white SUV nearby and he told her to get away from the car. The 15-year-old who was arrested later told police that it was Jean-Louis who told the victim to move.

Police said that the two younger suspects were seen on surveillance footage from the McDonald’s on Park Avenue South using stolen credit cards to buy food after robberies on both November 7 and November 15.

Police said that the 14-year-old also ordered items off of Nike.com using his own address, his mother’s cell phone number and the stolen credit card number of a card he stole last Sunday.

Jean-Louis, of East 29th Street in Brooklyn, was charged with nine counts of robbery, while the younger teens were each charged with five counts.

Police on lookout for armed robber of Union Square bank

Armed robbery suspect

Armed robbery suspect

Police are hunting a gunman they say robbed a bank in Union Square on Wednesday.

At around 4 p.m., the armed robber strolled into the Amalgamated Bank at 10 East 14th Street between University Place and Fifth Avenue and demanded cash, cops said. A teller complied an he then fled with the loot and a dye pack. After he escaped the bank, the dye pack exploded.

The suspect has been described as a white male, 5’7″ tall and weighing 150 pounds.

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

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.

Laundromat robber punches woman, 70

Surveillance photo of suspect

Surveillance photo of suspect

Cops are hunting a knife-toting robber who they say has been holding up laundromats and assaulting his victims, in one incident even punching a 70-year-old woman. The robberies have taken place in the Kips Bay neighborhood as well as on the Upper East Side.
Police say the pattern started on February 22, when a man entered the 217 Laundromat at 217 East 26th Street and snatched $300 out of the cash register.
Then on the evening of Wednesday, February 26, at the Alpine Cleaners, located at 178 East 70th Street, the same man is believed to have made a person there give him $200 in cash.
On the evening of Tuesday, March 12 at Elegant Cleaners and Tailors, located at 168 East 24th Street, the man swiped $300 from the register. He also punched his victim in the face.
On the evening of Thursday, March 27 at the 29 Street Cleaner, located at 212 East 29th Street, the robber pulled a knife and demanded money.  The 70-year-old female victim refused and he then punched her in the face and threw her to the ground. The brute then fled empty-handed.
The most recent known incident took place on the evening of Saturday, March 29 at Lok’s Laundry at 354 East 81st Street. The same man is believed to have taken $500 from the register there.
The suspect is described as black, 45-55 years old, 5’7”-5’9” tall and 190 lbs. He was last seen wearing a dark waist-length jacket with a blue hoodie underneath, blue jeans and was carrying a small silver knife. Anyone with information is asked to call Crime stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477). Or submit tips online at http://www.crimestoppers.com.

Robber targeting ST, East Village women gets 12 years

Surveillance photos of Freddie Keitt

Surveillance photos of Freddie Keitt

By Maria Rocha-Buschel

A gun-toting mugger who was nabbed last year by Stuyvesant Town security was sentenced to 12 years in prison and five years of post-release supervision on Tuesday, after previously pleading guilty to robbery and burglary.

Freddie Keitt, a 33-year-old homeless man, was collared on December 12, 2012, after security officers saw that he fit the description of a man suspected in a string of robberies in the area. Police said that he made statements implicating himself after he was arrested.

According to police, the robbery pattern began on Tuesday, December 4 when Keitt followed a woman into the elevator of her building in Far Rockaway, Queens, and demanded her purse. When she refused, he snatched it from her and fled the scene.

Then on December 8 at 1 a.m., he followed a 28-year-old woman in Manhattan into her elevator at 121 East 12th Street and demanded her cell phone and bag. He fled the scene after the victim complied.

The next reported incident occurred later that same day around 11 p.m. when he followed an 85-year-old woman into her building at 305 West 13th Street, forcibly knocking her to the ground and grabbing her two purses, as well as a ring.

The last incident reported before Keitt was arrested occurred on December 9 at 635 East 14th Street in Stuyvesant Town. He followed a 22-year-old woman inside the building, cornering her in the elevator and demanded her handbag while threatening her with a gun. The report was for some reason initially reported by police as having taken place in Gramercy.

The Manhattan District Attorney reported that Keitt said he would just wait outside the buildings until someone would let him in, and would then rob the first person who entered. Keitt pleaded guilty to the two top charges in the indictment, which were robbery in the first degree and burglary in the first degree.

On Wednesday, a spokesperson for the Queens D.A. said Keitt’s Rockaway case is still pending and he had a court appearance that day.