Man arrested for stealing more than $11k during bank robberies

Bank robbery suspect

By Maria Rocha-Buschel

Police have arrested 48-year-old Joseph Rivera last Thursday for bank robberies in Gramercy and throughout Manhattan, allegedly taking a total of approximately $11,000 in 12 different bank robberies.

In each incident, Rivera reportedly entered a bank and passed a demand note while demanding cash from the teller.

One of the robberies that took place in Flatiron occurred on Tuesday, September 10 around noon when police said that Rivera entered the Chase Bank at 71 West 23rd Street and allegedly passed a demand note while making a demand for cash. The teller reportedly complied, and Rivera allegedly for away with $3,700.

Police said that Rivera passed a note to a teller inside the Amalgamated Bank at 301 Third Avenue near East 23rd Street on Thursday, September 19 at 1 p.m. and got away with $89. He also allegedly robbed the HSBC Bank at 800 Sixth Avenue and West 28th Street, passing a note to a teller to demand cash, but police said that he fled before the teller complied.

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Burglar manages to steal from same bank twice

Burglary suspect

Burglary suspect

By Sabina Mollot

Cops are hunting a burglar who’s been hitting banks during non-business hours, including one bank in NoMad he successfully stole money from twice.

According to police the suspect, a light skinned man, forcibly enters each bank by breaking or removing glass panels when the bank is closed and steals cash.

The pattern began on Wednesday, April 6 when at 6 a.m., he got inside the Investors Bank at 276 5th Avenue at 30th Street, pried open a teller drawer and took cash.

On Sunday, July 24, at approximately 11:50 a.m., he returned and forcibly opened a locked safe to get cash.

He headed back to the bank a third time on Tuesday, August 9, at around 4 a.m. and again forcibly opened the teller drawer. This time, however, he left empty handed.

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Man robbed at First Ave. ATM

By Maria Rocha-Buschel

Police are on the lookout for four men who robbed a man as he was leaving the Bank of America ATM at East 21st Street and First Avenue last Friday night.

The crime, one of two robberies at ATMs in the 13th Precinct in the last month, was reported by Deputy Inspector Brendan Timoney, the precinct’s commanding officer, at the most recent Community Council meeting on Tuesday. Timoney said the other robbery took place at an ATM on Seventh Avenue recently.

In the incident across from Peter Cooper Village, Timoney said that a man went into the vestibule around 11:30 p.m. and got $60 in cash. As he was leaving and was about to get on his skateboard, he said that four men approached him and a scuffle ensued. Police searched the area for the suspects, who were all described as black, at the time but no arrests have been made. Timoney said that officers are planning to search the area again for new leads.

“Be aware of your surroundings when you’re going in there,” he advised. “If you see a group of people outside the ATM, maybe go to a different one.”

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Police arrest suspect in Manhattan bank robbery spree



By Maria Rocha-Buschel

Police arrested 43-year-old homeless man Abdul Harley for robbery last Thursday after he allegedly attempted to rob five different banks earlier that day, in addition to five other robberies that police said that he has committed since November. The suspect had been seen on surveillance video wearing a blue painter’s jumpsuit while running away from the scene of robberies he allegedly committed in January.

Harley’s alleged spree last Thursday began at 9:24 a.m. inside a Bank of America at 800 Sixth Avenue. Police said that he walked into the bank and demanded money but when the teller refused, Harley fled empty handed. He was more successful after an alleged robbery from a Banco Popular at 345 Park Avenue South between East 25th and 26th Streets at 10:47 a.m.

Police said that after Harley demanded money, the teller complied and he fled with an undetermined amount of money.

Later that afternoon at 1:09 p.m., Harley allegedly attempted to rob a Chase Bank at 1221 Madison Avenue on the corner of East 88th Street but police said that when he demanded money from the teller, the teller walked away from the window and Harley fled empty handed. He then went to the HSBC Bank at 1340 Third Avenue, between East 76th and 77th Streets, and approached an empty teller window. Police said that he motioned to an employee to come over but the employee, who recognized Harley from surveillance photos that had been handed out by police, ignored him and Harley then fled the bank.

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Old Ess-a-Bagel space’s neighboring storefronts are now being marketed

A sign above the former Ess-a-Bagel shop announces that the Grill 21 space and others are available. (Photo by Sabina Mollot)

A sign above the former Ess-a-Bagel shop announces that the Grill 21 space and others are available. (Photo by Sabina Mollot)

By Sabina Mollot

Back in January, Town & Village reported that three neighboring restaurants, Ess-a-Bagel, Grill 21 and Rose restaurant, had lost their leases. Then a couple of weeks ago, a sign went up over the former Ess-a-Bagel space (soon to be home to Tal Bagels) saying the spaces around the corner were also now on the market. Grill 21 is still there as is the shoe repair shop next door as is a small storefront that’s vacant and had been used for storage by Ess-a-Bagel.

The real estate firm listing the spaces is Walker Malloy and according to the exclusive broker for those listings, Eric Fisher, the owner of the building is looking for anything “neighborhood service related” to fill the space.

Additionally, while all three storefronts are being listed, Fisher said that “ideally,” the shoe repair shop can remain.

“We have allegiance to the cobbler,” he said, although the owner would be willing to relocate the shop somehow. The listing notes that parcels of the property can be combined, and the now vacant storage space could be used as traditional retail. The storefronts have actually been getting marketed “very softly” for the past few months, said Fisher, but that changed earlier this month with the sign going up. The only type of retail Fisher could think of that the landlord, an LLC owned by L&M Development CEO Ron Moelis and others, doesn’t want, is a liquor store. The listing described the space, on East 21st Street west of First Avenue, as “ideal for a wine bar or a commissary kitchen.”

Prices also have been made available with the vacant space at 380 square feet going for $4,750. The 415-square-foot shoe repair shop is listed as $5,190 a month and the 715-square-foot Grill 21 is listed as being $8,940.

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Police Watch: Teens arrested for First Ave. robberies, Man busted for multiple ‘burglaries’

Police arrested three teens at the corner of First Avenue and East 23rd Street last Thursday at 2:50 a.m. for two different robberies.
One of the victims told police that he was walking south on First Avenue at the northeast corner of East 23rd Street when three unknown boys surrounded him and demanded his phone.
The victim said that one of the teens took a wooden stick and started to hit him on the face and body. While he was trying to run away, his phone fell out of his pocket and police later recovered the victim’s phone from the right pants pocket of one of the teens.
A second victim told police that she was waiting for the bus at the northeast corner of East 23rd Street and First Avenue when the three teens tried to snatch her phone from her hand. She said that she was texting when they walked up behind her, reached over her shoulder and tried to grab her phone. She told police that she started running away and as she was running, the teens threw large chunks of ice at her, which hurt her lower back.
The names of the teens are being withheld due to their age.

Police arrested 28-year-old Elijah Johnson for the sale of marijuana in front of 515 East 14th Street last Friday at 4:59 p.m. Police said that Johnson sold a quantity of marijuana to an undercover officer. Johnson was also charged with possession of marijuana.

Police arrested 36-year-old Ping Du and 26-year-old Yun Lu for prostitution inside Moon Boy Spa at 101 West 25th Street last Friday at 5:15 p.m. Police said that Du massaged an undercover officer and agreed to engage in sexual intercourse for $160. Lu massaged the same undercover officer and allegedly agreed to engage in anal sex in exchange for $160. Du and Lu could not produce valid massage licenses.

Police arrested 67-year-old Ira Goldberg for burglary, grand larceny and petit larceny inside the 13th precinct last Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. Police said that Goldberg entered the fifth floor of the Adorama camera store at 42 West 18th Street without permission and opened a locked door with a credit card. He also allegedly went to the sales floor of the location and removed camera equipment valued over $15,000. He was charged with two counts of burglary in the 13th Precinct this year, one count of grand larceny in Midtown South last year, one count of grand larceny and two counts of petit larceny in the 13th precinct last year and one count of grand larceny and petit larceny in the Midtown North precinct this year.

Police arrested 28-year-old Christopher Marcano inside Bellevue at 462 First Avenue last Thursday at 2:20 a.m. Marcano was charged with resisting arrest and disorderly conduct. Police said that Marcano was acting loud and aggressive inside an ER patient holding area, causing alarm and a hazardous environment to other patients. Marcano also allegedly pulled his arms away as officers attempted to put him in handcuffs, causing a struggle.

Police arrested 44-year-old Jamel Lee for an unclassified felony and fraud inside 444 Second Avenue last Friday at 12:20 p.m. Lee is a registered New York State level 2 sex offender after having been convicted of attempted rape in the first degree on September 3, 1991. Lee allegedly gave a written statement containing false information and intending to defraud the state as to his true residence or living status.
He allegedly failed to notify New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services of an address change within 10 calendar days by September 11, 2012 as required by New York State corrections law.
Police said that he also failed to return the signed annual verification forms to New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services after they were mailed to his last registered address in 2013 and 2014 as required by corrections law and he allegedly failed to appear at his local law enforcement agency to provide a photo within 20 days after his annual registration date, by July 18, 2014, as required every three years by NYC corrections law.

Police arrested 31-year-old Tiffany King and 38-year-old Antonne Frazier for criminal trespassing inside 224 East 28th Street last Wednesday at 10:50 p.m. King and Frazier allegedly entered and remained unlawfully on the roof landing at the building even though signs in the stairwell state that there is no access to the roof and roof landing except for authorized personnel.

Police arrested 57-year-old vendor Young Yang for forgery in front of 37 West 28th Street last Tuesday at 1:45 p.m. Police said that Yang was displaying 36 bracelets with a trademark counterfeit logo for I Love NY.
Police arrested 43-year-old Prakash Dasani for forgery in front of 1201 Broadway last Friday at 2:25 p.m. Dasani was allegedly displaying 107 pieces of costume jewelry which bore a trademark counterfeit logo for I Love NY.

Police arrested 27-year-old Iasia Purcell for endangering the welfare of a child inside 4 East 28th Street last Tuesday at 12:33 p.m. Purcell allegedly left her daughter and son alone and unsupervised for almost two hours.

Police arrested 22-year-old Abdoully Kane for possession of marijuana last Wednesday at 8 p.m. on the corner of Broadway and West 29th Street. Police said that Kane had a small plastic bag of marijuana in his right hand. He was brought back to the stationhouse and issued a summons.

Police arrested two men for the sale of marijuana and possession of marijuana on the corner of Broadway and West 28th Street last Tuesday at 5:50 p.m. Alexander Henson, 27, and Stephon Pierre, also 27, allegedly sold a quantity of marijuana to an undercover officer. Police said that Henson was also in possession of a controlled substance and that Pierre was in possession of additional marijuana.

Two men were arrested for criminal trespassing inside ATM vestibules this past week.
Cleon Vondothard, 46, was arrested inside 225 Fifth Avenue last Thursday at 8:30 p.m. Vondothard was allegedly inside the Chase ATM vestibule and was not conducting any bank business and did not have permission to be inside the location.
Police arrested 55-year-old Christopher Schafer for criminal trespassing inside the Bank of America at 399 Third Avenue last Friday at 6:31 a.m. Police said that Schafer did not have permission to be inside the location and a sign at the facility says that it may only be used to conduct banking business.

Police arrested 47-year-old Kevin McNicholas at the Union Square subway station last Friday at 3:30 a.m. for an unclassified violation of New York State laws. McNicholas was allegedly completely outstretched on a downtown 4 train, occupying multiple seats and with his feet up.

Police arrested 48-year-old Wendell Foston for an unclassified violation of New York State laws in front of 100 West 24th Street last Saturday at 1:33 a.m. Foston was allegedly urinating on a public sidewalk in public view.

Police watch: Highway ‘robber’ busted, masseuse arrested for ‘prostitution’

Twenty-year-old Volodya Karapetyan was arrested for petit larceny last Tuesday at 11:30 a.m. in front of 447 East 14th Street. Karapetyan and another person had a contract to conduct a move with the victim. He allegedly demanded a $500 security deposit and once the victim handed over the cash, Karapetyan fled the scene without doing any work, police said.

Police arrested a teen for criminal trespassing in front of 240 First Avenue last Tuesday at 1:35 p.m. The teen was casing residential buildings along East 14th Street and attempted to go inside one of them at 333 East 14th Street. He then walked around the block to the back of the building, where he was able to gain entry when a tenant was exiting and he went to the third floor of the building. After leaving, he went to 329 East 14th Street. He attempted to gain entry there before going to 240 First Avenue where he was seen pulling on the door to get in. The teen’s name is being withheld due to his age.

Police arrested 26-year-old Fatima Bensabeur for robbery at the corner of the FDR and East 23rd Street last Sunday at 4:27 a.m. Bensabeur allegedly punched the victim in the face, causing a cut near his left eye. She then reached into his car and tried to remove cash that he had on the center console, police said. Bensabeur was also charged with assault.

Police arrested 24-year-old Betty Abney last Wednesday at 3:45 p.m. inside the 13th precinct for filing a false report. Police said that Abney had claimed that she was robbed but after an officer questioned her, she admitted that the robbery hadn’t happened.

Sixty-year-old Victor Clarke was arrested for violating unclassified New York State laws in front of 132 West 28th Street last Friday at 4:10 p.m. Clarke was allegedly offering and displaying more than ten flowers for sale without a valid general vendor department of consumer affairs license.

Police arrested 26-year-old Jamar Powell for criminal mischief last Monday at 4:36 a.m. in front of the Malibu Diner at 163 West 23rd Street. Powell had walked into the diner with a friend and ordered food. After eating, Powell’s friend asked to have separate checks, which led to an argument between them. Powell then allegedly broke the glass partition that separates the tables.

Sixty-year-old Charles Jackson was arrested for criminal trespassing last Tuesday at 1:16 a.m. inside the Bank of America ATM at 800 Sixth Avenue. Jackson was allegedly sleeping inside the ATM area of the bank despite the signs posted that warn people to nap elsewhere. The signs read, “no panhandling, no loitering, no sleeping. Any person who enters or remains in this facility who is not conducting banking business is trespassing and is subject to arrest and prosecution.”

Police arrested 55-year-old Reginald Moten for fraudulent accosting last Tuesday at 12:04 a.m. at the corner of Fifth Avenue and 27th Street. Moten was allegedly soliciting and attempting to sell new Samsung Galaxy phones to passing pedestrians for $200 each. The phones were found to be counterfeit and Moten was attempting to defraud passersby, police said.

Police arrested 53-year-old Benjamin Guadalupe for burglary inside the 13th precinct last Tuesday at 4:35 p.m. Guadalupe allegedly entered three apartments inside 244 East 21st Street on September 17 through a rear window. The bedrooms were found in disarray and some of the victims’ jewelry was missing, police said.

Twenty-found-year-old Johnell Muhammad was arrested for assault in front of 650 Sixth Avenue last Wednesday at 2:57 p.m. Muhammad allegedly hit the victim in the face with a metal pole causing serious physical injury. Muhammad was identified by the victim and a witness, police said.

Police arrested 30-year-old Norah Alanazi for forgery at the corner of Sixth Avenue and West 23rd Street last Wednesday at 8:55 p.m. Alanazi allegedly offered to sell two tickets to a Broadway show and the tickets were found to be fraudulent.

Police arrested 32-year-old Xiao Tan for prostitution inside Moon Boy Spa at 101 West 25th Street last Thursday at 3:30 p.m. Tan allegedly agreed to have sex with an undercover officer for $80.

Police arrested 52-year-old Milton Saunders for assault in front of 106 West 28th Street last Thursday at 7:46 p.m. The victim told police that he and Saunders got into an argument. Saunders allegedly got out of his car with a wooden stick and hit the victim, causing substantial pain to his left ankle and causing him to walk with a limp.

Police arrested 44-year-old Hubert Cary for possession of drug paraphernalia at the corner of East 23rd Street and Fifth Avenue last Friday at 1:16 a.m. The victim said that he was standing outside his car with the window rolled down while his cell phone was charging in the center console when Cary allegedly reached into the car and grabbed the phone. A witness saw Cary stick the phone into an envelope that he tucked under his armpit before fleeing east on 25th Street, then south on Fifth Avenue. The witness was able to stop him and the phone was recovered on the scene, police said. Cary was also charged with petit larceny and possession of stolen property.