Police Watch: Man shot at FDR apartment, Police looking for bank robber

Knife recovered from the scene

Knife recovered from the scene

COP SHOOTS KNIFE-WIELDING MAN IN APARTMENT ON FDR DRIVE
A police officer shot a man on Tuesday after responding to a call about an emotionally disturbed person at 911 FDR Drive. Police arrived at the scene just after midnight, but by then the man had left the location and fled to 765 FDR Drive near East 8th Street. A sergeant and a police officer in uniform assigned to Police Service Area 4 arrived at 765 FDR Drive and headed to the sixth floor, where they believed the man ran to. Once on the sixth floor, the officers heard a loud commotion on the seventh floor and went up to investigate. The officers went to an apartment on the seventh floor, where they encountered a 25-year-old man armed with a knife. After repeated calls for the man to drop the knife, police said he advanced towards the officer in a threatening manner. The sergeant then fired his gun, the single shot striking the man in the chest. EMS responded and took the man to Bellevue Hospital in stable condition and he was arrested. Both officers were taken to Beth Israel Hospital for evaluation. A knife was recovered at the scene and the investigation is ongoing. The man’s name has not been released.

MAN ARRESTED FOR ‘ASSAULT’ IN UNION SQUARE
Police arrested 22-year-old Gage Quinones last Friday at 7:45 a.m. for an assault that took place on November 5, 2015 at the corner of Union Square East and East 16th Street. The victim told police that he felt a hard object hit him in the back of the head. When he turned to face the direction of the blow, he reported that Quinones was standing there holding a brick and the suspect allegedly used the brick to hit the victim in the face as well. Police said that the assault caused the victim to suffer cuts on his head and face, as well as four broken bones, swelling and substantial pain.
Quinones was also previously charged with assault in October 2014 after he allegedly mugged someone in Union Square. That incident took place at the same intersection and police said that Quinones punched a man who was talking on the phone, causing him to drop it, after which he allegedly grabbed $100 in cash from the victim’s pocket as well as his phone from the ground.

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Cops arrest bike-riding bank robbery suspect

Surveillance image of suspect who allegedly robbed Ponce de Leon on First Avenue and also tried to rob other banks

Surveillance image of suspect who allegedly robbed Ponce de Leon on First Avenue and also tried to rob other banks

By Sabina Mollot

On Tuesday, police arrested Michael Sancinella, a 42-year-old homeless man they believe to be responsible for robbing one bank near Stuyvesant Town, the Ponce de Leon branch on First Avenue, and attempted to rob two other banks, all in the same day. Three more banks were hit the next day. In each incident, the man arrived on his bike and then strolled into the bank where he handed a note to a teller demanding cash.

Cops say the pattern is as follows.

On Thursday, September 10 at approximately 9:37 a.m., the man walked into a Chase Bank, located at 225 5th Avenue and 27th Street, but fled empty handed.

Three minutes later, he tried his luck at the Chase Bank at 386 Park Avenue South and 27th Street, but again, left without any money.

Then at 10:03 a.m., he walked into the Ponce De Leon Bank, located at 319 First Avenue between 18th and 19th Streets, and got away with $1,000 in cash.

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