Man charged with shooting guard at Target

Kips Bay Court (Photo via Google Maps)

By Maria Rocha-Buschel

Police arrested 25-year-old Christian Vargas after he allegedly shot a security guard in Kips Bay and later returned to the scene of the crime.

Police said that shortly after 5:30 a.m. on Sunday, March 10, Vargas kicked and attempted to pry open the front door entrance of a Target store that is under construction in Kips Bay Court at 520 Second Avenue where the victim was stationed.

Vargas allegedly spat on the guard and began grappling with him and in the course of the struggle, the victim’s 9mm pistol fell to the ground. Vargas allegedly grabbed the gun and shot at the guard, hitting him three times.

According to the New York Post, Vargas was arrested at the scene later that morning because he had dropped his wallet and keys during the incident and returned to retrieve them around 7 a.m.

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Teen who allegedly tried to rape Stuy Town woman hit with attempted murder charge

Stuyvesant Town (photo by Sabina Mollot)

Stuyvesant Town (photo by Sabina Mollot)

By Sabina Mollot

A 17-year-old arrested for the attempted rape of a woman in her building in Stuyvesant Town has also been charged with attempted murder.

The alleged attacker, Aaron Kish, was arraigned on Monday night, after police said he admitted he wanted to snap the 22-year-old victim’s neck as she struggled to get away.

According to the criminal complaint, Kish followed the woman as she entered her building vestibule early Sunday morning and grabbed her from behind. She was then pushed against a wall and forced to the floor, police said, before Kish got her in a chokehold and pulled her dress and underwear off.

The victim tried repeatedly to scream for help, while Kish allegedly groped her and told her, “Let me finish I’ll let you go” and also warned her if she fought him, “it will only get worse.” The victim fought back anyway, and managed to elbow and punch Kish, he later told police, according to the complaint. At that point, a neighbor came up to the vestibule and saw the woman naked and Kish with his pants down and said he was calling police. Kish then ran off with some scratches while the victim was left with a bloody lip, pain in her neck and abrasions on her back.

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Man charged with attempted murder for attack on Kips Bay tailor


Police picked up the suspect at the 30th Street men’s shelter.

By Sabina Mollot

A 53-year-old man who’d been staying at the 30th Street men’s shelter was arrested late Wednesday night for allegedly stabbing and robbing an elderly tailor in Kips Bay.

John Franklyn, who has five prior arrests starting in 1982, a police spokesperson said, was picked up by Staten Island police, and charged with attempted murder.

The arrest comes after the Department of Homeless Services, which oversees the Kips Bay shelter, also known locally as “Bellevue,” told neighbors the shelter would become a place for employed or employable men. This change in policy was made in 2015 after a woman was raped by a shelter resident at a nearby bar.

Police believe Franklyn strolled into Apel tailor shop on East 27th Street on Monday afternoon and demanded cash from the 78-year-old owner. The two men fought and at one point, the victim managed to chase the suspect out of the business with a chair. However, the suspect stabbed the business owner multiple times, fracturing his skull, puncturing his lung and causing other stab wounds. The victim then gave the robber $80 in cash and he fled.

The victim was described as being in critical but stable condition at a nearby hospital. It wasn’t clear by Thursday morning if Franklyn had an attorney.


Former Con Ed employee indicted for ax attacks, stabbing

NYPD photo of the weapon

NYPD photo of the weapon

By Maria Rocha-Buschel

Former Con Ed employee Trevial Terry was indicted last Thursday for stabbing his ex-girlfriend in her office and then attacking two of his co-workers with an ax inside the Con Edison building where he worked. Terry, 40, has been charged in a New York State Supreme Court indictment with two counts of attempted murder in the second degree, as well as multiple counts of assault and attempted assault in the first degree and attempted assault in the second degree.

According to court records, Terry followed his 36-year-old ex-girlfriend to the Upper East Side building where she worked on June 22 at 2:25 p.m. and after he was allowed into the building’s lobby, stabbed her with a knife at least six times in the abdomen, side and buttocks. The Daily News reported at the time of his arrest that he and the victim, Alicia Sylvia, were in the middle of a custody battle over their child. She was rushed to New York-Presbyterian Hospital in serious but stable condition.

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Police arrest Con Ed employee for ax attacks, stabbing

A weapon allegedly used by Trevial Terry (Photo courtesy of NYPD)

A weapon allegedly used by Trevial Terry (Photo courtesy of NYPD)

By Sabina Mollot

Police have arrested a Con Ed employee who allegedly attacked three people on Monday afternoon, including the mother of his child, using an ax.

Trevial Terry, 40, who lives at 580 St. Nicholas Avenue in Harlem, is accused of stabbing the 35-year-old mother of his child at 135 East 64th Street. Officers, when arriving at the scene found the victim in the building’s vestibule bleeding from multiple stab wounds in her stomach and back. She told them that Terry had approached her, pushed her into the building’s vestibule and then stabbed her. She was taken to New York Presbyterian Hospital in serious but stable condition.

According to the Daily News, the victim was Alicia Sylvia, and the two were in the midst of a custody battle. She’d been attacked at the building where she works.

Then later, Terry walked into the Con Ed building at 4 Irving Plaza where he’s worked for the past 15 years. His title is commercial service representative for the Department of Energy Services. Once there he headed to the 10th floor office and allegedly pulled out an ax when he saw a 49-year-old colleague and struck him in the face with it. A witness, a 40-year-old man, tried to help the victim, but then was struck in the arm by Terry who police said was using a “pointed tip hammer.”

Terry then attempted to flee by running down the stairs and into the parking lot, where officers arrested him. According to the Daily News, the cops had help from employees who’d chased him out of the building. A Times story stated that when Terry entered the office, he’d asked for a supervisor but was told the supervisor was unavailable. The two victims were taken to Bellevue Hospital where they were both listed in stable condition. Terry was also taken to Bellevue Hospital in stable condition.

He’s been charged with three counts of attempted murder, six counts of assault and four counts of criminal possession of a weapon.

Allan Drury, a spokesperson for Con Ed, said he didn’t know what would make the longtime employee snap and that as far as he knew there had been no prior incidents involving Terry. He said the victims’ injuries were non-life threatening.

An NYPD spokesperson said Terry has no prior arrests, unless they’ve been sealed.

Police Watch: Man arrested for attempted murder, Men wanted for AuH2O robbery

Police arrested Brian Quattrocchi, 37, for attempted murder and assault inside Bellevue Hospital at 462 First Avenue last Tuesday at 10 a.m. On January 27 at 12:30 a.m., Quattrocchi allegedly stabbed a woman, who police said was his ex-girlfriend, three times with a knife, causing serious physical injury. The incident took place in the victim’s apartment in the Lower East Side and the New York Post reported that an officer shot Quattrocchi after using a stun gun, which had failed to stop him.
Police said that he also punched the victim in the face in a previous incident on January 17 at 2:40 p.m., causing a cut and redness to his lower lip.
Quattrocchi was also charged with possession of a weapon.

Feb5 police suspect 2 Feb5 police suspect 1POLICE LOOKING FOR ROBBERY SUSPECTS
Police are asking for the public’s assistance in identifying and locating two suspects (pictured to the right) who are wanted for robbing a store in the East Village on Wednesday, January 21. The two suspects entered the Goldwater thrift shop (AuH20) at 84 East 7th Street around 5:30 p.m. and demanded cash from an employee. The employee complied and handed one of the suspects $240 while the other suspect then waited outside the store. Both suspects fled the location and the victim was unharmed.
The suspects are described as two black men in their late 20’s, approximately 5’8” tall and weighing 180 lbs. One suspect was wearing a grey hoodie and had a knife, and the other suspect who remained outside was wearing a black jacket. Anyone with information in regard to this incident 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 TIP577 and their tips to 274637 (CRIMES). All calls are strictly confidential.

Police made three drug-related arrests in front of the McDonald’s at 39 Union Square West last Saturday at 6:06 p.m. Jason Hawk, 36, was arrested for intent to sell a controlled substance, burglar’s tools and possession of a controlled substance. Angela Adkins, also 36, was charged with possession of a controlled substance. Ivo Bogdamovic, 44, was arrested for sale of a controlled substance, resisting arrest and possession of a controlled substance.
Police said that Hawk was in possession of a controlled substance that he was intending to sell and after searching him found that he was allegedly in possession of controlled substances, including suboxone strips and Xanax pills, as well as burglar’s tools.
Bogdamovic was allegedly selling the drugs to someone who wasn’t arrested and when an officer approached him, police said that he flailed his arms to prevent being arrested. He also allegedly tried to get rid of the goods.
Adkins was allegedly in possession of a controlled substance but police did not specify what the substance was.

Police arrested 21-year-old Daniel Corrigan for criminal mischief and assault in front of 526 East 20th Street last Sunday at 3:52 a.m. The victim told police that she got into a fight with Corrigan and he allegedly threw her phone to the ground, causing it to break. Police said that he also pushed her.

William Rolon, 36, was arrested for theft of services and trespassing at the corner of First Avenue and East 14th Street last Wednesday at 1:15 p.m. Rolon allegedly crawled under the turnstile at the First Avenue L station without paying the fare. Police said that Rolon is on parole for attempted murder.

Police arrested Shaheem Brown, 49, for an unclassified misdemeanor in front of 109 East 16th Street last Thursday at 9:58 a.m. Brown was allegedly selling untaxed cigarettes.

Police arrested 54-year-old Thomas Kim for forgery in front of 27 West 27th Street last Thursday at 1:05 p.m. Police said that Kim was displaying 229 hats with the Gucci trademark for $2, which were determined to be counterfeit.

Police arrested 51-year-old Ronald Wilmore for petit larceny inside the Hotel Kenmore, an SRO building on East 23rd Street, last Wednesday at 10 a.m. Wilmore had allegedly swiped cash from a woman’s bag.

Police arrested 35-year-old Richard Ditommaso for intoxicated driving last Monday at 12:35 a.m. at the corner of East 25th Street and First Avenue. Police said that he was pulled over for a suspended registration and when the officer approached his car, Ditommasso allegedly smelled like alcohol and had bloodshot, watery eyes. There was also the scent of alleged marijuana coming from inside the car and from Ditommaso’s clothing. Police said that he was unsteady on his feet when he got out of the car and his face was flush. There was allegedly a Maker’s Mark whiskey bottle in the back seat of the vehicle. He blew a .082 on a Breathalyzer test, police said.

Police arrested 53-year-old Deborah Barksdale for possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a controlled substance last Thursday at 9:10 p.m. inside 14 East 28th Street. In pursuant to a search warrant, police said that Barksdale was in possession of a controlled substance and narcotic paraphernalia.

Police arrested 37-year-old Luis Martinez for assault and endangering the welfare of a child inside 224 East 28th Street last Thursday at 11:30 p.m. Police said that Martinez struck the victim with a belt, causing bruising and swelling to the legs and buttocks.

Police arrested Nickossi Cole for an unclassified violation of New York State laws inside the Union Square subway station last Friday at 10 a.m. Cole allegedly solicited at least eight people to swipe him into the subway system, using a hand gesture as well as blocking pedestrian traffic in the turnstile area.

Police arrested Nihar Oza, 49, for burglar’s tools, petit larceny, criminal mischief and possession of stolen property in front of 641 Sixth Avenue last Friday at 9:56 p.m. Oza was allegedly attempting to use a circular saw to cut a lock securing a bike that didn’t belong to him on a bicycle rack. When he saw the officer approaching him, he started to walk away. Oza was also allegedly in possession of bolt cutters.

Man stabbed in Stuy Town, left paralyzed, cops say

Suspect arrested, charged with attempted murder

Bellevue Hospital (Photo courtesy of hospital)

Bellevue Hospital (Photo courtesy of hospital)

By Maria Rocha-Buschel

Police arrested a man last Saturday who allegedly robbed and stabbed a man in Stuyvesant Town on East 20th Street on December 16 at 8:11 a.m. Arpad West, 21, was arrested at the 13th Precinct at 10:30 p.m. and police said that the victim involved in the stabbing has been paralyzed.

Police said that at the time of the incident, West stabbed the victim with three knives, once in the back of the neck and vertebrae area and another in the side of the neck near the carotid artery, causing permanent paralysis to his lower body.

While West was allegedly stabbing the victim, he yelled, “I am going to kill you! Give me your PIN number! I want you dead!” and took his credit card and cell phone.

West was seen on surveillance video leaving the building at 10:34 a.m. According to the criminal complaint, the victim couldn’t move his arms or legs directly after the incident and he was rushed to Bellevue Hospital, where he underwent surgery to his spinal cord and carotid artery.

Police said that West attempted to use the credit card five times at an ATM inside the Chase Bank location at 333 East 23rd Street at 10:48 a.m., and he was also allegedly in possession of another credit card that didn’t belong to him.

West allegedly admitted to police that he stabbed the victim in the neck and back of the head and that he wanted to kill him, that he had demanded the PINs from the victim, that he took his credit card and attempted to use it at an ATM multiple times, that he took the victim’s cell phone and that he took a credit card from a second victim.

West was officially charged with assault, attempted murder in the second degree, robbery, grand larceny and two counts of criminal possession of stolen property. Police said that West’s relationship to the victim was unclear but the two appeared to know each other, and noted that the stabbing was a surprise attack inside an apartment.

West’s next court date is this Thursday. His Legal Aid attorney did not respond to a request for comment by T&V’s deadline.