Police Watch: Men busted for office burglaries, Woman assaulted at Barn Joo

MEN ARRESTED FOR OFFICE BURGLARIES
Police arrested 22-year-old Avante Carter and 24-year-old Calvin Layne last Thursday for allegedly burglarizing two office buildings to steal Apple MacBooks.
Carter and Layne allegedly forced the front door of 636 Sixth Avenue and swiped thousands of dollars-worth of the computers from an office on November 14 between 3 and 6 a.m. Police said they also forced the front door open at 245 Fifth Avenue and stole multiple laptops from offices in that building over the course of two days, from November 9 to 10, between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m.
Deputy Inspector Brendan Timoney said at the recent community council meeting that police tracked Carter and Layne down through the serial numbers of the stolen computers. Carter and Layne reportedly had no history of burglary but had recently both been laid off by a cleaning company and had easy access to the Sixth Avenue building. They were also allegedly responsible for similar burglaries in Midtown South and the Sixth Precinct.

MAN CHARGED WITH ASSAULTING WOMAN AT BARN JOO
Police arrested 32-year-old Freddy Dobbs last Thursday for allegedly assaulting a woman at Barn Joo at 35 Union Square West. The 27-year-old victim told police that Dobbs grabbed her left arm with his right hand and grabbed her throat with his left hand, briefly squeezing so she couldn’t breathe before throwing her to the ground, causing her left arm to slam into the stair railing. Police said that Dobbs and the victim didn’t know each other and got into an argument inside the restaurant, but no further information was available about what started the dispute. Dobbs was charged with obstruction of breath and assault.

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Police Watch: Woman arrested for slashing, Arson at Bellevue

WOMAN BUSTED FOR SLASHING VICTIM IN THE FACE IN UNION SQUARE
Police arrested a 37-year-old woman after she allegedly cut another woman in the face multiple times at Union Square Park with a double-edged blade, and also cutting her on the neck.
Police said that Makeba Elizabeth Grimes allegedly yelled at the victim, “I’m going to kill you,” multiple times while reportedly attacking her. Police recovered a blade underneath a bench in the park. No further information was available about what caused the dispute.
She was arrested for assault and weapons possession at the corner of Union Square East and East 15th Street last Monday at 2:42 p.m.

MAN ARRESTED FOR ARSON AT BELLEVUE
Police arrested 35-year-old Lacharles Bell for arson inside Bellevue Hospital at 462 First Avenue last Thursday at 9 p.m. Police said that Bell intentionally started a fire inside the hospital in an attempt to cause damage to the building. According to a criminal complaint, Bell could be seen on video surveillance lighting matches and throwing them into a garbage can.

WOMAN ARRESTED FOR LOADED GUN AT LATHAM HOTEL
Police arrested 26-year-old Laisha Carter for weapons possession inside the 13th Precinct last Wednesday at 9 p.m. Police said that Carter was arrested in regards to a gun found inside the Latham Hotel at 4 East 28th Street inside a room on the ninth floor. Carter allegedly admitted that she was keeping the firearm in a bag with ammunition in the magazine. Police said that the weapon didn’t have a serial number.

MAN’S JAW FRACTURED IN ASSAULT ON EAST 23RD STREET
Police arrested 57-year-old Vincent Pelzer for allegedly fracturing another man’s jaw by hitting him in the face with a blunt object in front of 230 East 23rd Street. The incident happened last Wednesday at 11 a.m. and police said that the victim needed surgery to repair his jaw. No further information was available about why Pelzer allegedly attacked the victim.

COUPLE BUSTED FOR ASSAULT ON PARK AVENUE SOUTH
Police arrested 43-year-old Karl Williams and 26-year-old Ashley Mekeel for assault in front of 420 Park Avenue South last Sunday at 2:49 a.m. The victim told police that she got into an argument with Williams and Mekeel, and Mekeel allegedly punched her in the head and arm, causing pain and swelling, as well as a bruise. Police said that Williams also kicked her in the head.

ARREST FOR HARASSMENT ON EAST 21ST
Police arrested 21-year-old Clarence Bradley for criminal trespass and aggravated harassment inside a building on East 21st Street between Broadway and Park Avenue South last Monday at 7:35 a.m. Police said that Bradley repeatedly followed the victim for multiple blocks and into her building, causing her to be in fear for her safety. Police said that Bradley has been previously convicted of harassment.

MAN ARRESTED FOR THEFT FROM BARN JOO SAFE
Police arrested 21-year-old William Winfield for grand larceny inside Barn Joo at 893 Broadway last Tuesday at 5:21 p.m. Surveillance video allegedly showed Winfield, who works at the restaurant, going inside an open safe and removing cash. Police said that Winfield left with the stolen cash and it wasn’t recovered when he was arrested.

MAN NABBED FOR DAMAGING CAR, CELL PHONE ON EAST 21ST STREET
Police arrested a 36-year-old “John Doe” for criminal mischief in front of 15 East 21st Street last Saturday at 12:49 a.m. The man allegedly approached the victim after fighting in the street and punched the man’s passenger side mirror. The victim then stopped his vehicle to check what the damage was and asked the suspect if he was going to pay for it. In response, the man grabbed the victim’s cell phone and threw it into the street. The phone landed in traffic and was completely destroyed. The suspect fled on foot and was arrested on East 21st Street.

WOMAN ARRESTED FOR DAMAGING UBER
Police arrested 26-year-old Alice Zu for criminal mischief in front of 54 West 21st Street last Saturday at 3:02 a.m. Police said that Zu got mad at her Uber driver and punched the car’s passenger side mirror several times, causing it to break and fall to the ground.

WOMAN BUSTED FOR ‘DINE-AND-DITCH’ AT ORION DINER
Police arrested 46-year-old Adela Alonso for theft of services inside the Orion Diner at 395 East 23rd Street last Saturday at 3:37 a.m. Police said that Alonso ate at the diner but then refused to pay the bill.

WOMAN ARRESTED FOR TRESPASSING IN EAST 20TH STREET BUILDING
Police arrested 23-year-old Elizabeth Lalin for criminal trespass and unnecessary noise inside 4 East 20th Street last Saturday at 12:15 p.m. Police said that Lalin entered the building and remained there without permission, and allegedly refused to leave. When she was told to leave, she allegedly refused, flailing her arms and screaming obscenities, causing annoyance and alarm.

MAN ARRESTED FOR SLEEPING INSIDE DUNKIN DONUTS
Police arrested 54-year-old Aldo Guerrini for criminal trespass inside the Dunkin Donuts at 355 Third Avenue last Friday at 6:15 a.m. Police said that Guerrini was sleeping inside the store. An employee asked him to leave multiple times but he allegedly refused.

Police Watch: ‘Perv’ takes plea deal, Burglars wanted

SUBWAY ‘PERV’ TAKES PLEA DEAL
The New York Post reported that 46-year-old Daniel Galantter pleaded guilty on Monday to attempted aggravated sexual abuse of a woman on August 8, 2015 while she was waiting for the train at the 23rd Street N/R station. Galantter will need to complete an intensive one-year long sex addiction program and register as a sex offender as part of the no-jail plea deal. Galantter had wrapped one arm around the victim’s shoulder while slipping his other hand under her skirt and penetrating her. Police said that at the time of his arrest, he told them he was sexually repressed because women wouldn’t date him and he doesn’t like going to prostitutes.

Office burglary suspect

Office burglary suspect

CLOSET HIDING BURGLAR WANTED
Police have released details about a burglary in which an office prowler conned a building security guard.
As Town & Village reported last week, 13th Precinct Deputy Inspector Brendan Timoney spoke about the burglar at the latest meeting of the 13th Precinct Community Council. At the time, Timoney seemed shocked at the reaction of the guard, who, upon discovering a man inside a building closet and claimed he was looking for somewhere to charge his phone, showed the man a spot where he could do so instead of calling the police. The unknown man then went to another floor, hid again and ended up stealing numerous laptops.
Police have since said that the man entered the offices of Gravity Advertising at 114 West 26th Street on Friday, April 22 around 6:09 p.m. and removed an undetermined number of laptops from the office. Police said that the man is black, approximately 25 years old, 5’10” tall and 185 lbs. with brown eyes, a bald head and dark complexion, and was last seen wearing a white baseball hat, multi-colored sneakers and a black shirt. Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 800-577-TIPS. The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers Website at nypdcrimestoppers.com. All calls are kept strictly confidential.

Burglary suspect

Burglary suspect

MAN WANTED FOR BURGLARY AT BARN JOO
Police are on the lookout for a burglar who swiped alcohol and a laptop from Barn Joo, a Korean bar/restaurant located at 893 Broadway between 19th and 20th Streets.
On Sunday, April 17 at 4:30 a.m., the suspect is believed to have gotten onto the premises, where he took the computer and four bottles of liquor.
The individual is a black man, 35 to 40 years old, 6’, 200 to 220 lbs., with a beard. He was last seen wearing a two tone jacket, a du-rag and light blue jeans. Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477).  The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime stoppers website at nypdcrimestoppers. All calls are strictly confidential.

MAN ARRESTED FOR ‘TERRORIST’ THREATS AGAINST VA WORKERS
Police arrested 32-year-old Dmitriy Ulanov for a terrorist threat last Saturday at 11 a.m. inside the 13th Precinct. Police said that Ulanov made threats by telephone and social media posts to injure Veterans Administration workers at the VA Hospital, and also allegedly made threats against his psychiatrist.

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