Police Watch: Six arrested for helping brothels advertise online, launder money

SIX CHARGED WITH HELPING BROTHELS ADVERTISE ONLINE, LAUNDER MONEY
This past Monday, police arrested six people in connection with a scheme to promote and finance brothels throughout the city, including one on 14th Street, the Daily News reported. The six suspects reportedly built websites for the brothels and are being charged with money laundering.
The websites went by the names “One Hour Girlfriend,” “Kiss Kiss Pop” and “Shake Shake Girls,” and showed photos of prostitutes from the brothels. Police said that Kwong Kyu (Kevin) Kim and Hyun Kyung (Jay Hee) Han, who are married, and Hong Nae (Diane) Yi reportedly issued high-interest loans to brothel owners in Manhattan and set up bank accounts to keep money going into and out of the brothels. Court documents said that Han owned the brothel on 14th Street, as well as one on 39th Street. Additional suspects Beirne (Michael) Lowey, Tien Chih Wang and Zhengyi (Allen) Lu allegedly helped to set up web pages and ads for the brothels.
Police said that Lowey, who allegedly photographed the prostitutes, was seen placing stickers advertising the websites on light posts, parking meters and other surfaces on Third Avenue between East 10th and 31st Streets.
Wang and Lu allegedly used bitcoin to purchase advertising credits on Backpage.com, which was seized by the federal government in April, and the suspects reportedly resold the credits on their own website.

MAN ACCUSED OF ATTEMPTING TO EMPTY FATHER’S BANK ACCOUNT
Police arrested 44-year-old Louis Governara for an alleged theft inside the TD Bank at 950 Broadway on Tuesday, October 9 at 8:57 a.m. Police said that Governara presented himself as his father inside the TD Bank to withdraw all the funds from his father’s bank account. Governara’s father said that his son didn’t have permission to withdraw the funds and when police attempted to place him under arrest, he allegedly resisted. Police said that Governara was also in possession of a debit card that didn’t belong to him. He was charged with petit larceny, resisting arrest and possession of stolen property.

REAL ESTATE AGENT ALLEGEDLY STOLE PILLS FROM CLIENT’S GRAMERCY APARTMENT
Police arrested 54-year-old David Moody for an alleged theft from an apartment at 21 East 21st Street that took place on Friday, October 5.
The victim told police that she allowed Moody inside her apartment to do an open house because the suspect is her real estate agent. Police said that Moody could then be seen entering her apartment on two separate occasions at 4:49 p.m. and 8:50 p.m. on October 5 and he allegedly went through the victim’s drawers and removed pills from multiple pill bottles. \The victim said that she didn’t have anyone scheduled to view the apartment at those times and Moody didn’t have permission to be there. Moody was charged with petit larceny inside the 13th precinct on Tuesday, October 9 at 9 a.m.

MAN ARRESTED FOR ASSAULT ON SECOND AVENUE
Police arrested 47-year-old Christopher Clark for an alleged assault in front of 465 Second Avenue on Tuesday, October 9 at 7:06 p.m. A witness told police that Clark punched the victim in the face multiple times, causing the victim to fall down the stairs. The witness said that once the victim was on the ground, Clark allegedly punched him again multiple times. The victim was transported to Beth Israel and was diagnosed with a fracture on the left side of his face. Police said that a knife was also recovered from Clark’s pants pocket and he was also charged with weapons possession.

MAN ARRESTED FOR STRANGLING GIRLFRIEND
Police arrested a 24-year-old man for strangulation inside Straus Houses at 243 East 27th Street on Wednesday, September 26 around 9 p.m. Police said that the suspect choked the victim, causing her to vomit. Police said that the victim, who is in her 20s and in a relationship with the suspect, sustained redness to her neck. The suspect was arrested inside the 13th precinct on Tuesday, October 9 at 7:55 p.m. The name of the suspect is being withheld to protect the identity of the victim.

WOMAN ARRESTED ON FIRST AVENUE OVER ALLEGED EXTORTION FOR PHONE
Police arrested 40-year-old Desiree Cruz for an alleged theft by extortion in front of 273 First Avenue on Friday, October 12 at 2:38 p.m. Police said that the victim lost her phone and arranged to meet up with Cruz to get it back, but Cruz allegedly agreed to return the phone only if the victim paid her. When they met up at East 14th Street and First Avenue, the victim saw Cruz allegedly holding her phone and police arrested her. When she was arrested, Cruz was also found to be in possession of a quantity of alleged heroin and marijuana. Cruz was charged with grand larceny by extortion, possession of stolen property and possession of a controlled substance.

SPRINT EMPLOYEE ARRESTED FOR FORGERY
Police arrested 20-year-old Abner Batista for an alleged forgery that took place inside the Sprint store at 145 Fifth Avenue on Friday, May 11. The victim told police that he went inside the store to switch a non-working phone to a used phone. The victim said that he decided to get a new phone another time.
Later in the year, he was looking at his email of purchases and found that Batista, the sales rep he had talked to when at the store, had allegedly forged his name on a protection plan policy. The victim said that he never signed his name to the plan and police said that Batista had falsely signed his name for complete the transaction. Batista was arrested inside the 13th Precinct on Wednesday, October 10 at 3 p.m.

MAN BUSTED FOR ASSAULT AT DUNKIN DONUTS
Police arrested 54-year-old Karl Dozier for an alleged assault inside the Dunkin Donuts at 355 Third Avenue on Monday, October 8 at 3:59 a.m. Police said that while Dozier and the victim were arguing inside the restaurant, Dozier pulled out a knife. When he was arrested, police found an alleged steak knife in Dozier’s back waistband. Dozier was also charged with weapons possession.

MEN BUSTED FOR ‘DRUGS’ ON EAST 24TH
Police arrested two men for allegedly selling drugs on East 24th Street on Friday morning.
Michael Miller, 35, was arrested for the alleged sale of a controlled substance at the corner of Third Avenue and East 24th Street on October 12 at 8:27 a.m. Police said that Miller, along with another person who wasn’t arrested, sold a quantity of Clonazepam to an undercover officer.
Police also arrested 44-year-old George Santiago for the alleged sale of a controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance at the corner of Second Avenue and East 24th Street on October 12 at 8:31 a.m. Police said that Santiago sold a quantity of methadone to an undercover officer, and was also in possession of several loose Clonazepam pills that were in his pocket.

MAN ARRESTED IN UNION SQUARE FOR ALLEGEDLY STOLEN CYMBALS
Police arrested 34-year-old Ricardo Montoya for alleged thefts in front of 25 Union Square West on Monday, October 8 at 11:50 a.m. Police said that on July 8 and August 2, Montoya entered the Guitar Center at 218 West 44th Street and allegedly swiped cymbals from the store on both occasions. Police said that on Monday, he was spotted in Union Square and police found that he was allegedly in possession of the stolen cymbals. Montoya was charged with petit larceny and possession of stolen property.

MAN ARRESTED FOR THEFTS FROM FIFTH AVENUE STORES
Police arrested 66-year-old Carlos Victor-Castillo for an alleged burglary at the corner of Broadway and East 21st Street on Tuesday, October 9 at 4:38 p.m. Police said that Victor-Castillo went inside the Banana Republic at 105 Fifth Avenue and stole multiple purses and he had previously been issued a trespass notice from the store, barring him from entering the business.
A plainclothes officer stopped Victor-Castillo a few blocks away from the store after being pointed out by a security officer from the business.
Police said that Victor-Castillo also entered the Coach store at 79 Fifth Avenue on October 6 and stole more than $1,000-worth of purses. He was also charged with grand larceny and possession of stolen property.

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Police Watch: Man arrested for punching women, Woman accused of stealing purse

JOHN DOE ARRESTED FOR PUNCHING WOMEN
Police arrested a 19-year-old John Doe for an assault that took place at the corner of Third Avenue and East 17th Street on Thursday, October 4 at 6:14 p.m. The victim told police that she was walking west on East 17th Street when the suspect walked up to her and punched her in the face without provocation. A witness told police that the man had punched another woman in the face as well but that victim was not at the scene by the time police arrived. The victim told police that she had pain on her upper lip and redness on her palm from when she fell on the ground. The suspect was referred to as a John Doe by police because he had no ID when arrested.

WOMAN ACCUSED OF STEALING PURSE AT PARK
Police arrested 38-year-old Dominique Eligin for an alleged theft from the corner of Madison Avenue and East 26th Street on Tuesday, October 2 at 12:48 p.m. Police said that Eligin grabbed the victim’s purse from a bench along the park and fled east on East 26th Street towards Park Avenue South, but the victim caught up with her and allegedly recovered the property from inside her backpack. Eligin was charged with grand larceny, possession of stolen property and possession of a controlled substance.

MAN BUSTED FOR EQUINOX BURGLARY
Police arrested 50-year-old William Clanton for an alleged burglary from the Equinox at 315 Park Avenue South during the overnight hours of September 8. Police said that Clanton forced open the door to the gym at 2 a.m. and allegedly stole clothing and electronics. Clanton was arrested for burglary and theft inside the 13th Precinct on Wednesday, October 3 at 9:15 a.m.

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(UPDATED: Suspect arrested) Man chokes, sexually assaults woman in Stuy Town

Update: Police have arrested a man who was staying at the Armory Men’s Shelter on Bedford Avenue in Brooklyn. Melvin Collins, 36, was arrested Tuesday afternoon and charged with burglary, sexual abuse, criminal obstruction of breathing, forcible touching and assault.

By Sabina Mollot

Police are looking for a man who followed a woman into a building in Stuyvesant Town on Monday morning.

The victim, a 42-year-old woman, had entered 315 Avenue C when a man followed her inside at about 8:10 a.m.

Once inside an elevator, the man started groping and kissing her, police said. The woman then ran out of the elevator and the man chased her, and tried to pull her into a stairwell. The attacker then got on top of the woman and choked her. He took off however, fleeing down the stairs when the victim started screaming.

The victim suffered scratches to her neck and was taken to Bellevue Hospital in stable condition.

The suspect is described as being black, 30-35 years old and about 5’7″ to 5’9″, with a slim build. He was last seen wearing a dark long sleeve shirt, dark sneakers with white soles, and a baseball hat.

Neither he nor the victim are residents of Stuyvesant Town, according to management, and security has been beefed up in response to the incident.

“StuyTown Property Services has provided NYPD with video and is fully cooperating in the apprehension of the suspect,” said Rick Hayduk, general manager of Stuyvesant Town and Peter Cooper Village. “Public Safety presence has been heightened around the two communities. Our thoughts are with the victim and her family.”

Police Watch: Men arrested for cornering woman, assaulting date in separate incidents

MAN ACCUSED OF CORNERING WOMAN IN BAR BATHROOM
Police arrested 35-year-old Ronald Alomar for alleged unlawful imprisonment inside the Oscar Wilde bar at 45 West 27th Street on Friday, September 21 at 8:15 p.m.

The victim told police that she was in the women’s bathroom in one of the stalls and when she was finished, she unlocked the door to leave. Upon doing so, Alomar allegedly walked into the same stall using his body to push the victim against the stall wall. The victim said that Alomar didn’t move but didn’t allow her to leave, using the front of his body to hold her in the stall.

The victim said that she ultimately wiggled her way out of the stall and Alomar allegedly fled but was caught at 28th Street and Sixth Avenue. The victim said that Alomar never said a word and never used his hands to touch her.

Alomar was also charged with harassment for allegedly spitting on an officer while inside the vestibule at Bellevue Hospital on Saturday, September 22 at 12:45 a.m.

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Police Watch: Arrests made for Kips Bay robbery, office burglaries

TEEN CHARGED WITH ROBBERIES IN KIPS BAY
Police arrested 18-year-old Amias Bettis and another teenager for an alleged robbery in front of 344 East 28th Street on Tuesday, September 11 at 1:49 a.m. A taxi driver told police that he saw Bettis and the other teen pulling on car door handles and when they got to his cab, he confronted him about it. In response, Bettis allegedly raised his hand in a fist, thrusting it at the driver. The name of the other teen is being withheld because of his young age.

Bettis was later charged at the precinct for additional robberies earlier this month.

Police said that Bettis and 30-year-old Kimberly McNulty stole a credit card while they were inside the apartment of a relative of McNulty in Stuyvesant Town at 271 Avenue C on Monday, September 10 at 1:30 a.m. McNulty was arrested inside the precinct on Thursday, September 13 at 10 a.m. and charged with robbery and possession of stolen property.

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Police Watch: Man charged with lewdness, Alleged dealer arrested

MAN CHARGED WITH LEWDNESS AT UNION SQUARE SUBWAY STATION
Police arrested 61-year-old Victor Colon for alleged public lewdness and harassment inside the Union Square subway station at Union Square East and East 14th Street on Sunday, September 2 at 7:11 p.m. The victim told police that Colon intentionally exposed his penis to her and when she attempted to walk away from him, he allegedly grabbed her by her hair and pulled her back.

ALLEGED DEALER ARRESTED FOR NOT GIVING CUSTOMER HIS POT
Police arrested 23-year-old Mamadou Diallo for alleged fraudulent accosting at the corner of Broadway and West 28th Street on Tuesday, August 28 at 2:19 a.m. The victim told police that he went up to Diallo to purchase marijuana, giving him $9 in cash. The victim said that he then asked Diallo for his money back but Diallo allegedly refused and walked east on West 29th Street away from the victim. Police said that Diallo never returned the victim’s money or provided him with marijuana. Diallo allegedly defrauded the victim of his money intentionally. He was arrested after police searched the area and he was positively identified by the victim at the scene.

MEN ARRESTED AFTER RETURNING TO BANK WHERE THEY ALLEGEDLY USED STOLEN CARDS
Police arrested two men inside the ATM vestibule at 233 Third Avenue for an alleged theft on Friday, August 31 at 7:30 a.m. A man and a woman reported to police that they got alerts that their debit cards were being used at the Chase Bank ATM three times without success at some point between 2:30 and 4 a.m.

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Police Watch: Senior arrested for ‘extortion,’ Man busted for Ainsworth burglary

SENIOR CHARGED WITH HOLDING PHONE FOR RANSOM NEAR STUY TOWN
Police arrested 71-year-old El Shaday Yova for alleged grand larceny by extortion at the corner of Avenue C and East 20th Street on Tuesday, August 14 at 5:53 p.m. The victim told police that he left his phone in a taxi and when he called his number, Yova allegedly answered and said that he wanted a reward for finding the phone. Police said that Yova agreed to meet the victim in front of 321 Avenue C to claim a reward, and prior to getting arrested, the victim said that Yova refused to give him his cell phone back until he had the money. Yova was also charged with possession of stolen property.

SUSPECT ARRESTED FOR AINSWORTH BURGLARY
Police arrested a second suspect in connection with an alleged burglary at the Ainsworth at 111 East 18th Street that took place in July. Police arrested 26-year-old Hnsel Devron for the burglary on Monday, August 13 at 3:30 p.m. inside the 13th Precinct.

Police said that Devron and one other person who wasn’t arrested pried open a side door at the bar and entered the building without permission on July 12 around 9 p.m. They reportedly walked out of the bar with two bags containing property. Police did not have further information about what property was taken. The bar was reportedly closed to the public but still contained several liquor bottles. Police also said that technicians were able to lift fingerprints from the door and matched them to Devron.

Town & Village previously reported that 34-year-old Hector Rosario was arrested for the burglary at the time of the incident. Rosario was allegedly acting as the lookout while Devron and a third suspect reportedly broke into the bar. Police caught Rosario three blocks away at the corner of Union Square East and East 15th Street and charged him with possession of stolen property.

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Police Watch: Men arrested for masturbating, filming under woman’s skirt

MAN CHARGED WITH MASTURBATING IN FRONT OF WOMAN AT AUGUSTUS ST. GAUDENS BATHROOM
Police arrested 23-year-old Trevon Stroman for allegedly trapping a woman inside the public restroom at the Augustus St. Gaudens playground while masturbating on Saturday, August 11 at 6:55 p.m.

The victim told police that she was in the public restroom in the playground at the corner of Second Avenue and East 20th Street and when she tried to leave, Stroman entered the bathroom and closed the door. The victim told police that Stroman was also shirtless and he allegedly had his pants down and was masturbating while holding the door shut. The victim said that she then yelled for help, at which point Stroman moved away from the door.

The victim as well as a witness told police that Stroman was still naked and masturbating when he left the bathroom. Stroman was charged with unlawful imprisonment and public lewdness.

MAN ALLEGEDLY FILMED UNDER WOMAN’S SKIRT AT UNION SQUARE SUBWAY
Police arrested 37-year-old Carlos Rivera for allegedly filming under a woman’s skirt inside the Union Square station at Union Square East and East 14th Street on Thursday, August 9 at 5:56 p.m. Rivera allegedly was walking up the stairs in the station behind a woman in her 20s while holding his cell phone facing him with the camera function in record mode.

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Convicted murderer assaults child at ACS facility

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

By Maria Rocha-Buschel

A worker for the Administration for Children’s Services who was previously in prison for murder was arrested at the First Avenue foster care facility last week for allegedly assaulting a six-year-old boy living there.

Police said that Jacques Edwards, 55, picked up the child and carried him to a doorway, forcefully pushing the boy against the door and in effect using the child to open the door. Edwards also allegedly picked up the child and put him into the top drawer of an open metal filing cabinet, reportedly shoving him into the cabinet head first. Police said that the boy had a fresh bruise on his left temple and was treated by a nurse at the facility.

According to the New York Daily News, Edwards was hired by the Administration for Children’s Services four years ago, sources said, and the Post reported that Edwards was arrested by Port Authority police for attempted murder, attempted robbery and criminal use of a weapon in June 1981. He was convicted of second-degree murder, attempted murder, criminal possession of a weapon and possession of stolen property and served time in an upstate prison for 28 years until he was released in 2010.

Commissioner David Hansell said in a statement that the agency has been changing their policies and strengthened their protocols over the last year and a half to improve their hiring standards and prevent someone like Edwards from getting hired as someone who works with children.

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Police Watch: Man arrested for up-skirting, ACS teens arrested for robbery

MAN ALLEGEDLY UP-SKIRTED TEENAGE GIRL
Police arrested 37-year-old Kevin Myers for allegedly filming a teenage girl without her permission inside the Union Square subway station at Union Square West and East 14th Street on Tuesday, July 24 at 7:46 p.m. Police said that Myers placed his cell phone with the camera function in the on position recording under the skirt of a 17-year-old. Myers was charged with unlawful surveillance.

ACS TEENS ARRESTED FOR ROBBERY
Police arrested two teenage girls for a robbery inside Bellevue South Park that took place on July 24. Police said that the teens attacked the victim and stole her wallet, including her passport, Medicaid card and cash.

The teens were arrested for the incident inside the Administration for Children’s Services building at 492 First Avenue on Thursday, July 26 at 2:11 p.m. Police said that both suspects as well as the victim were all residents of the ACS facility.

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Editorial: Will the city guarantee our safety?

When the concrete jungle starts exploding, seemingly out of nowhere, shutting down much of a neighborhood for a week (with some buildings still off limits!) the first question is what happened and why? Then of course one has to ask when could this happen again and where? And whose fault was this?

The steam pipes underneath the streets’ surface are Con Ed’s to maintain but the company has not yet been able to explain the cause of such a major pipe malfunction although we can certainly guess. The system and this city’s infrastructure are old. This isn’t the first steam blast to rock a neighborhood and probably won’t be the last. Still, it’s a scary thought that these geysers-in-waiting can shatter right through the concrete at any time.

So it now has to be asked what can be done to prevent future catastrophes like the one in Flatiron last Thursday and whether the city and Con Ed will commit to some plan of action.

It is miraculous that no one was seriously injured as a result of this recent blast. (Just ask our company driver who nearly drove into it had it not been for a red light!) We believe Con Ed and the city are doing a thorough job in inspecting and cleaning the impacted buildings and in communicating their progress. Additionally, on Tuesday Con Ed made a statement on Twitter that once the cleanup is finished the utility would conduct a “thorough investigation” into what caused the pipe to break. That’s a good start. We will hold them to it!

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Police Watch: Teen lunges at woman with knife, Suspect arrested for scooter theft

TEEN ARRESTED FOR LUNGING AT WOMAN WITH KNIFE IN FLATIRON
Police arrested a teenager for menacing and weapons possession at the corner of Broadway and East 19th Street on Tuesday, July 19 at 1:35 p.m. The victim told police that the teen was harassing her and she told him to leave her alone. At that point, the suspect reportedly turned around and pulled out a knife, then lunged at the victim multiple times. The suspect fled the location but was stopped in front of 29 East 21st Street, where the victim pointed him out to police

SUSPECT ARRESTED FOR SCOOTER THEFT ON FIRST AVENUE
Police arrested 18-year-old Henry Cubilete for allegedly stealing a motorized scooter from the corner of First Avenue and East 16th Street on Saturday, July 21 at 2:49 a.m. Police said that Cubilete was working with four other people who weren’t arrested, and the group was allegedly using bolt cutters to cut a lock and remove a scooter that was secured at the location.

Police said that Stuy Town security officers attempted to apprehend Cubilete but the suspect tried to flee the location and allegedly held his hands under his body to prevent being handcuffed. Cubilete was allegedly found with an unregistered motor scooter with the license plate removed, in addition to burglary tools. Cubilete was charged with grand larceny of auto, illegal possession of a vehicle, burglars tools, resisting arrest, criminal mischief, an unclassified public administration misdemeanor and an unclassified traffic infraction.

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Thief throws wallet in train tracks when victim tries to get it back

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Robbery suspect

Cops are looking for a pickpocket who stole a man’s wallet at the Union Square Subway station and then hit the victim on the head when he tried to get it back.

Police said that on Friday, July 13 at around 10 p.m. the victim was in the station when he realized his wallet was gone. He then asked passersby if they’d seen it, and was told that someone had picked it up from the floor. When he confronted the man, the victim saw the wallet in the other man’s hand. The two men struggled over the wallet and the thief then hit him, before throwing the wallet in the train tracks. The pickpocket then ran off and the victim was able to get his wallet back from the track bed.

The suspect, wanted for robbery, is described as white, in his 30s, 5’6″, 165 lbs. and had glasses. He was last seen wearing a gray shirt, black and white shorts and he had on a black backpack.

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

ACS teen assaults woman in Kips Bay

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

By Sabina Mollot

A 13-year-old girl who’s been staying at the Administration for Children’s Services building at First Avenue and 29th Street has been arrested for allegedly assaulting a woman on that street corner, breaking the victim’s nose.

The victim, a 25-year-old woman, told Town & Village that on Sunday, July 1 at 2:30 p.m., she was walking on First Avenue and East 29th Street when she saw a group of teenagers. Not thinking they looked especially intimidating, she kept walking. However, one of the female members of the group then approached her. She said, “Do you want to fight?” the woman, who wanted to remain anonymous, recalled. But before she could answer, the girl punched her in the face, breaking her nose and knocking out her contact lens. The force of the blow knocked the woman down and the teen then began punching her and pulling her hair, while the woman, in a fetal position, tried to block. This went on until a couple pulled up to the scene in a car, which scared the group off.

Later, the victim said she was able to find the suspect with police and learned the girl’s age, which surprised her since the suspect, who was about 5 ft. 4 inches tall, looked about 18.

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Police Watch: Teens arrested for slashing on Lexington Avenue

TEENS ARRESTED FOR SLASHING ON LEX
Police arrested a 13-year-old girl and 16-year-old boy for an alleged robbery and assault that took place at East 24th Street and Lexington Avenue on June 30 around 1 a.m. The victim told police that he and a friend got into an argument with the two suspects after leaving a bar near the intersection.
The argument escalated into a physical fight but the victim said that he and a friend tried to leave by getting into a taxi. Police said that the girl then jumped in front of the taxi to get the driver to stop, then leaned in through an open window and slashed one of the men with a razor, causing an injury. No further information was available about the victim’s condition.
The boy was arrested at the 13th Precinct on July 5 and the girl was arrested last Thursday, July 12, the latter charged with assault. Both teens were also arrested for robbery although nothing was taken from the victims during the incident.

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