Random assaults up in Gramercy

By Maria Rocha-Buschel

Following the arrest of a man wanted for a random attack in Union Square Park last week, Deputy Inspector Steven Hellman said at the 13th Precinct Community Council’s meeting on Tuesday that the neighborhood has seen a slight increase in unprovoked assaults recently.

Hellman noted the uptick after a woman at the meeting said that a homeless woman approached her and punched her in the head while she was waiting for the bus with her granddaughter.

“We’re seeing a lot of this even minor level harassment and assaults but we are making apprehensions,” he said, adding that the arrests have included homeless and emotionally disturbed individuals.

Hellman noted that officers have made an arrest on another random attack that occurred in Union Square Park, in which the suspect fractured the victim’s eye socket. A witness told police that he saw the victim and the suspect, 33-year-old Tyrone George, get into an argument inside the park on Tuesday, March 3 around 9:40 p.m.

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Police Watch: Man arrested for assaulting women for planning to have abortion

MAN ARRESTED FOR ASSAULTING WOMAN FOR PLANNING TO HAVE ABORTION

Police arrested a 33-year-old man for assaulting his girlfriend at the end of last month after she reportedly told him that she was going to have an abortion. The victim told police that the suspect punched her in the face while they were standing in front of 321 First Avenue on Friday, February 28 around 5:30 p.m., then choked her. She said that the suspect also broke her cell phone.

She said that the assault caused pain in her face. The victim was removed to Bellevue Hospital to check on the baby.

The suspect was charged with obstruction of breath, assault and criminal mischief.

MAN ARRESTED FOR BREAKING GIRLFRIEND’S ARM

Police arrested a 39-year-old man for an assault that took place on February 16 around 3 a.m. inside an apartment on East 27th Street at Third Avenue. Police said that the suspect assaulted a woman, causing extreme pain and serious physical injury, including a broken arm. The suspect was arrested on Tuesday, February 25 at 8 a.m. inside the 13th precinct.

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Police Watch: Woman arrested for package theft, Theft at Waterside Gristedes

WOMAN ARRESTED FOR STUY TOWN PACKAGE THEFT
Police arrested a 39-year-old woman on Wednesday, February 19 at 10 a.m. for a theft that occurred in 2019. Police said that the woman was seen on video removing packages from 620 East 20th Street on December 2. The woman was charged with grand larceny inside the 13th precinct. 

MAN NABBED FOR THEFT IN WATERSIDE PLAZA GRISTEDES
Police arrested a 19-year-old man for a theft from the Gristedes at 25 Waterside Plaza on Monday, February 17 at 9:43 p.m. A witness told police that the suspect, who was an employee at the store, removed items without permission and left without paying. The suspect was charged with petit larceny and possession of stolen property.

MEN BUSTED FOR SEPHORA THEFTS, ROBBERY
Police arrested an 18-year-old man and a 20-year-old man for thefts from the Sephora at 119 Fifth Avenue on Friday, February 21 at 2:56 p.m. Officers said that they were investigating a grand larceny pattern in Sephora stores throughout the city when a group of 10 individuals were spotted casing the Sephora at 45 East 17th Street, then left and headed north on Broadway and west on East 19th Street, where they cased the location on Fifth Avenue. Police said that three of the individuals then entered the location and took merchandise without paying. Plainclothes officers then followed them, and after a brief chase, two of the suspects were arrested and the property was recovered.

The 18-year-old was charged with possession of stolen property and the 20-year-old was charged with grand larceny, possession of stolen property and possession of marijuana.

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Police Watch: Girl arrested for sexual misconduct, Paramedic assaulted

GIRL ARRESTED FOR SEXUAL MISCONDUCT AT GOOD SHEPHERD

Police arrested a teenage girl for sexual misconduct inside Good Shepherd Services at 337 East 17th Street on Tuesday, February 11 at 10:33 p.m. The victim told police that while playing a game of truth or dare, the suspect said, “I haven’t eaten anyone out in a while.” The victim said that she no longer wanted to play but as she was walking away, the suspect pulled the victim’s pants down and started performing oral sex on her without her consent.

MAN ARRESTED FOR ASSAULTING PARAMEDIC

Police arrested a 39-year-old man for assaulting a paramedic at the corner of Lexington Avenue and East 29th Street on Tuesday, February 11 at 12:09 p.m. Police said that the paramedic was administering first aid to someone who was unconscious when the suspect punched him multiple times, causing pain and a bruise to his left temple.

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Man’s skull fractured in New Year’s Day assault

The New York City Police Department is asking for the public’s assistance in locating these unidentified men who are wanted in connection to an assault that occurred in the East Village just after New Year’s.

It was reported to the police that on January 1 around 4 a.m., a 25-year-old male victim was assaulted by three unidentified males near East 9th Street and Avenue A. The victim was removed to Bellevue Hospital with a fractured skull and broken nose.

Anyone with information in regard to the identity of these men 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 CrimeStoppers website or on Twitter @NYPDTips.

All calls are strictly confidential.

Police Watch: Arrests made in fight at East 14th St. bodega

TWO ARRESTED FOR FIGHT AT EAST 14TH ST. BODEGA

Police arrested a store clerk and a customer after a fight inside Community Grocery and Candy at 353 East 14th Street on Saturday, February 1 at 10:08 a.m. A 28-year-old man who was arrested reportedly walked into the store to buy cigarettes with a group of people. The 69-year-old employee, who was also arrested, said that the group started arguing with store owners while the 28-year-old man said that the store owners were speaking to the group disrespectfully. Police said that the 28-year-old man went behind the counter and started fighting with the employee, causing injuries to his head. The 69-year-old man reportedly hit the other man in the head and face with a wooden sword. Both were charged with assault and the 69-year-old man was also charged with weapons possession. The 28-year-old man was taken to Beth Israel for treatment.

FIVE ARRESTED FOR ROBBERY ON FIRST AVENUE

Police arrested five people for a robbery that took place at the corner of East 15th Street and First Avenue on Thursday, January 30 at 3:29 a.m. The victim told police that he was picking up passengers at the location and the four girls got into the vehicle while being loud and disruptive, and then began to punch the driver in the head, causing cuts to his face and the top of his head. The passengers then grabbed his cell phone and fled the vehicle, but four girls matching the suspects’ description were stopped at East 17th Street and Second Avenue. The victim’s phone was recovered after the suspects were arrested. The suspects included two 18-year-olds, two 19-year-olds and a 20-year-old, who reportedly gave a false name when she was initially arrested and was also charged with impersonation.

TEEN BUSTED FOR PHONE SNATCHING

Police arrested a teenager for a theft in front of 146 West 23rd Street on Wednesday, January 29 at 7:26 p.m. The victim told police that she was walking west on West 23rd Street on the north side of the street with her phone in her hand and the suspect was walking in the opposite direction on the same side of the street. The victim said that the suspect then snatched her phone out of her hand and fled, but he was arrested shortly after. The teen was charged with grand larceny and possession of stolen property. Police said that the boy was taken into custody by the homeless outreach unit.

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Police Watch: Men arrested for stabbing, stolen car in separate incidents

MAN ARRESTED FOR STABBING AT NYCHA BUILDING

Police arrested a 64-year-old man for an assault that took place inside 344 East 28th Street on October 8, 2019, 4:25 a.m. Police said that a woman got into a dispute with a man that she didn’t know and suffered a stab wound on her lower right leg.

A witness told police that he saw the victim and the man go into an elevator in the building while involved in a fight and after the victim got out of the elevator, she said that the man had stabbed her. The suspect was charged with assault inside the 13th precinct on Wednesday, January 22 at 8:45 a.m. 

MAN BUSTED FOR STOLEN CAR

Police arrested a 34-year-old man at the corner of Park Avenue South and East 19th Street on Wednesday, January 22 at 6:58 p.m. for stealing a car from First Avenue. The victim told police that he parked his vehicle in front of 325 First Avenue near East 19th Street when it was stolen. The vehicle was still running but did not have a key, and the victim was nearby and said that he saw the suspect get inside his car and take off, heading west on East 19th Street without permission.

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Six wanted in gang assault

By Maria Rocha-Buschel

Police are looking for six men wanted in a gang assault that took place in the Flatiron District during the early morning hours of New Year’s Day.

A 25-year-old man reported to police that he was walking near the corner of West 25th Street and Sixth Avenue on Wednesday, January 1 around 4:15 a.m. when six individuals approached him. The suspects then chased the victim, pushed him into a doorway at 101 West 25th Street and punched and kicked the victim in the head multiple times.

The suspects fled in an unknown direction and the victim was removed to Bellevue Hospital for treatment.

Anyone with information in regard to the identity of these individuals 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 CrimeStoppers website at nypdcrimestoppers.com or on Twitter @ NYPDTips.

All calls are strictly confidential.

Police Watch: Men arrested for separate robberies at Albano Playground, Second Ave.

MAN ARRESTED FOR ROBBERY AT ALBANO PLAYGROUND
Police arrested 27-year-old Francis Kareem for an alleged robbery that took place in Albano Playground at East 29th Street and Second Avenue last month.
A man told police that he left a bar across the street from the playground on September 21 while he was extremely drunk. He said that he had no recollection of what happened after he walked out of the bar but he said that he woke up inside the playground with a bloody nose and realized later that he had been robbed sometime between 4 and 7 a.m., and his keys and wallet were missing.
Francis was arrested for the alleged robbery inside the 13th precinct on Thursday, October 24 at 9 a.m. and was also charged with grand larceny. Police had no further information about what connected Francis to this incident.

MAN NABBED FOR SECOND AVE. ROBBERY
Police arrested 35-year-old Douglas Coward for an alleged robbery in front of 489 Second Avenue on Friday, October 25 at 9:31 p.m. The victim told police that Coward walked up to him and punched him in the face, causing him to fall to the ground and hit his head. The victim said that after he fell, Coward went through his pockets and took his property without permission. Shortly after the incident, the victim searched the area with officers and Coward was arrested nearby.

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Police Watch: Man arrested for Stuy Town burglary, Man arrested for bodega robbery

MAN BUSTED FOR STUY TOWN BURGLARY
Police arrested 22-year-old Joel Torrens for an alleged burglary that occurred inside 315 Avenue C on Sunday, October 6 around noon. Police said that one of the roommates left the apartment and shortly after, another roommate who was still inside heard noises in the apartment hallway. When she went to check what it was, she saw Torrens allegedly standing in the hallway, and he reportedly took credit cards and jewelry from the apartment before fleeing. Police said that Torrens does not live in the building but no further information was available about how he got inside the building or the apartment itself. Torrens was charged inside the 13th precinct on Monday, October 7 at 12:15 p.m.

MAN BUSTED FOR BODEGA ROBBERY
Police arrested 50-year-old Edward Abel for an alleged robbery from a bodega at 315 First Avenue on April 23 at 10:50 p.m. A worker at the bodega said that Abel was throwing things inside the store, striking the victim on the arm, and he allegedly left the bodega with beer that he hadn’t paid for. Abel was ultimately arrested for the robbery on Thursday, October 10 at 8 a.m. inside the 13th precinct.

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Police Watch: Pair arrested for trespassing in Stuy Town, Teen arrested for 14th St. robbery

PAIR ARRESTED FOR TRESPASSING IN STUY TOWN
Police arrested 19-year-old Jose Lopez for alleged criminal trespass inside 453 East 14th Street on Monday, September 30 at 10:43 a.m. The victim told police that Lopez and a teenage girl entered the building by following a resident who opened the door at the location. A tenant called public safety about people in the stairwell and a public safety officer reportedly approached Lopez and the girl on the 12th floor around 9 a.m. that morning.

Police said that the pair then fled down the stairs to the 9th floor, where the officer was able to stop them. The girl allegedly said that she was at the building visiting a friend, but did not have the last name of the friend and did not know the address of the building she was in or the apartment number of the alleged friend. Signs posted along the walls of the location before entering states no trespassing.

TEEN BUSTED FOR EAST 14TH ST. ROBBERY
Police arrested a teenager inside the 13th precinct on Friday, September 27 at 12:15 p.m. for a previous robbery.

Police said that the incident occurred in front of 349 East 14th Street on July 14 at 8:40 p.m. The teen reportedly reached into the victim’s pocket from behind and the victim then struggled with the teen when he realized that his wallet had been stolen. Police said the victim was in his 60s.

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Police Watch: Stuy Town man arrested for filming friend

STUY TOWN MAN ARRESTED FOR FILMING FRIEND IN SHOWER
Police arrested 30-year-old Phi Trinh for obscene material inside 651 East 14th Street on Sunday, September 29 at 5:56 p.m. The victim told police that she discovered a portable charging device capable of recording video and taking pictures plugged into the bathroom wall outlet and pointing towards the shower and bathtub. The victim said that she confronted Trinh and found that he was in possession of pictures and videos of her in the bathroom on his personal cell phone and laptop. Police said that Trinh and the victim are friends and had no further information about the nature of their relationship.

MAN BUSTED FOR THEFTS, BURGLARY
Police arrested 54-year-old Alan Nimmons inside the 13th precinct on Monday, September 23 at 4:33 p.m. for an alleged theft that took place in an office previously.

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Three wanted for assaulting elderly man

Suspect 1

The New York City Police Department is asking for the public’s assistance in identifying three individuals who are wanted for questioning in connection to an assault that occurred in the East Village.

Police said that the three individuals approached the 84-year-old male victim from behind near East 6th Street and Avenue D on Wednesday, September 4 around 6:30 a.m. The male suspect punched the victim in the right side of the face and the three then fled.

Suspect 2

Police said that the first suspect is a black boy, approximately 15-18 years old and was last seen wearing a multicolored t-shirt, black pants and black sneakers. The second suspect is a Hispanic girl, approximately 15-18 years old and with long hair. She was last seen wearing a red t-shirt, dark pants, and purple shoes. The third individual is a black girl between 15 and 18 years old and was last seen wearing a floral dress and sandals.

Suspect 3

Anyone with information in regard to the identity of these individuals 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 CrimeStoppers website at nypdcrimestoppers.com or on Twitter @NYPDTips. All calls are strictly confidential.

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

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

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

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

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Police Watch: Girls arrested for robbery, Teens busted for trespassing

GIRLS BUSTED FOR EAST 13TH ST. ROBBERY
Police arrested two teenagers at the corner of Second Avenue and East 28th Street on Tuesday, August 20 at 11:07 p.m. for an alleged robbery that took place in front of 324 East 13th Street at 9 p.m. that day.

Police said that the suspect threw the victim violently to the ground and forcibly removed her purse. The suspects reportedly caused a bruise to the victim’s elbow from throwing her to the ground. When the suspect were searched, the victim’s credit card and cell phone were recovered from one of the suspect’s bras. The names of the suspects are being withheld due to their young age.

TEENS BUSTED FOR TRESPASSING ON SCAFFOLDING
Police arrested a teenager, as well as 19-year-old Ousmane Niambele and 20-year-old Thomas Mwakasala for alleged criminal trespass in front of a Mount Sinai building at 323 East 17th Street on Tuesday, August 20 at 3:47 p.m. Police said that the three knowingly entered the top of the scaffolding area in front of the building that wasn’t open to the public and continued to return there unlawfully after they had been told multiple times by a Mount Sinai security officer that they were trespassing. All three boys were charged with criminal trespass. Niambele and the younger teen were also charged with possession of a controlled substance and the younger teen was additionally charged with possession of drug paraphernalia.

TEEN ARRESTED FOR ASSAULT AT ACS
Police arrested a teenager for an assault inside the Administration for Children’s Services facility at 492 First Avenue on Monday, August 19 at 11:58 a.m. The victim told police that she was preventing the suspect from entering one of the rooms inside the facility so that the teen didn’t attack another resident. The victim said that the teen became enraged and took a broom from a staff member, then attempted to break a window by hitting it with the broom, but staff managed to get the broom from her before she caused significant damage. The victim said that the suspect then grabbed a chair and purposely threw it at her, hitting her in the left leg and ankle, causing pain and discomfort.

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