Letters to the Editor, Mar. 16

Cartoon by Jim Meadows

NYC homeless losing resources to others

Perhaps if any of our esteemed local representatives took the time to chat with some of the younger homeless, as I have, you/they would discover (as I did), that most of the people, aged 16-40, come from other states, as close as NJ and as far away as the Dakotas!

That being said, I do believe that NY State and City residents should help the homeless, but help our citizens first. There must be a law somewhere, or one that could be written and introduced that would give preferential treatment to NYC citizens out of our NYC taxes, and possibly even send these young, able-bodied (but mostly alcohol or drug-addled) men and women back to the state they came from, and let those tax payers take care of their own. You could start by asking for any kind of identification before giving them services such as food stamps, housing, etc.

The other big burden we share are the many single teenaged mothers, most of whom have live-in boyfriends, but don’t marry because the men don’t want to share the responsibility or the rent.

If any of our powers that be would walk First Avenue from 23rd Street to 32nd Street, near the men’s shelter, methadone clinics, outpatients at Bellevue or go from First Avenue to 10th Avenue, along any of the main crosstown streets, or any place where there are restaurants or storefronts on the avenues south of 50th Street, you will see hundreds of panhandlers, barely out of their teens, with signs begging for money.  The cardboard signs say all kinds of things to gain sympathy, and a cup at their feet for donations.

I am a life-long Democrat, as is my entire family, some of whom were active in politics. However, I think that the Democrats, in particular Mayor De Blasio, are ruining our city.  I hope he and Governor Cuomo read the above and do something about it!

Barbara Zapson, PCV

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In new book, Bellevue doctor says physicians need to listen to patients

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Bellevue Doctor Danielle Ofri (photo courtesy of author)

 

By Sabina Mollot

Dr. Danielle Ofri, PhD, MD, a Kips Bay resident and Bellevue Hospital doctor who’s authored four nonfiction books, has just released her fifth, on the need for better communication between patient and doctor.

The book was inspired by a number of her own patients’ inability to tell someone else what their concerns are coupled with doctors’ habits of not listening as carefully as they should.

She gave one example of how after a while she began tuning out a patient “who was very demanding of my time,” Ofri said. He’d annoy her by leaving multiple, angry messages on her answering machine demanding to see her right away. His habit of panicking and the constant messages wore on Ofri, and while she knew he had a bad heart, she was surprised when one day he actually collapsed in her office.

“He was nervous about his heart and the terror of dying animated him,” she said. “I’m hearing obnoxious and angry demands and was not recognizing his fear of death,” Ofri admitted.

This example is mentioned in the book, What Patients Say; What Doctors Hear ($25, $24 as an e-book).

Ofri, who’s worked at Bellevue for 20 years, said often patients are too embarrassed to discuss their deeper concerns with their doctor like the real reasons they’re not taking their prescribed medication. Affordability is often, though not always a factor.

“Patients are very shy about saying it costs too much or they’re splitting it in half or there’s an eating disorder or domestic violence.”

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Man charged with attempted murder for attack on Kips Bay tailor

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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.

 

Police Watch: Rape at Beauty Bar, Slashing at methadone clinic

POLICE ARREST MAN SUSPECTED OF RAPE AT BEAUTY BAR
Thirty-year-old Brenton Maughn-Tulloch was arrested for rape inside Beauty Bar at 231 East 14th Street last Saturday at 1:41 a.m. Police said that Maughn-Tulloch was inside a bathroom stall at the location doing lines of cocaine with a woman when he allegedly raped her. According to the DA’s office, Maughn-Tulloch pulled off the victim’s pants and pinned her against the wall of the bathroom before sexually assaulting her.
When he was searched, he was also in possession of alleged marijuana.
Maughn-Tulloch’s attorney did not return a request for comment before T&V’s press time.

MAN SLASHED IN FIGHT AT METHADONE CLINIC
Police arrested two men involved in a fight inside the Methadone Maintenance Treatment Program at Mount Sinai Beth Israel at 429 Second Avenue last Friday at 8:26 a.m. Police said that 44-year-old Nelson Segui and 44-year-old Luis Ramirez were both standing in line at the clinic when they got into an argument that escalated into a physical fight. Segui allegedly pulled out a knife and slashed Ramirez, causing an injury to his lip, and police said that his jacket was cut numerous times. Ramirez allegedly punched Segui in the face and picked up a garbage can, hitting Segui in the face and causing redness and swelling.

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Police Watch: Man drives into cop car, Officers assaulted at Bellevue

DRIVER CRASHES INTO COP CAR ON FIFTH AVENUE, THEN TRIES UNSUCCESSFULLY TO FLEE
Police arrested 32-year-old Sachin Patel for reckless endangerment last Monday at 6:08 p.m. in front of 162 Fifth Avenue. A police officer was legally parked on the west side of Fifth Avenue near the northwest corner of West 21st Street when Patel allegedly crashed his vehicle into the parked van. Police said that he fled the scene, heading south on Fifth Avenue and turning onto West 20th Street going in the wrong direction. Officers conducted a vehicle stop on Fifth Avenue and pulled him over. Patel was also charged with leaving the scene of an accident and an unclassified traffic infraction.

MAN NABBED FOR HEADBUTTING OFFICER AT BELLEVUE
Police arrested 38-year-old Alexander Arias inside Bellevue Hospital at 462 First Avenue last Tuesday at 7 a.m. Arias was being removed from the hospital after being discharged when he allegedly attempted to headbutt one of the police officers. A struggle ensued and police said that Arias flailed his arms and legs, causing two officers to fall to the ground. Arias injured his mouth in the struggle and allegedly spit blood in both officers’ faces.

MAN PUNCHES OFFICER WHILE TRYING TO ESCAPE FROM BELLEVUE
Police arrested 32-year-old Augustin Fajardo for assault of a peace officer inside Bellevue Hospital last Thursday at 2:14 p.m. Police said that Fajardo attempted to escape from custody while inside the hospital facility and he allegedly fought with an officer, punching him in the chest and causing pain. Police said that Fajardo flailed and made it difficult for officers to place him back into custody. Fajardo was also charged with escape and resisting arrest.

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Police Watch: Robbery at Maialino, Increased security after Berlin market attack

WOMAN ARRESTED FOR ROBBERY AT MAIALINO
Police arrested 34-year-old Brenda Garza inside Danny Meyer’s Maialino restaurant after she allegedly swiped a woman’s credit card and punched the victim in the face.
According to police, last Wednesday close to midnight, Garza allegedly swiped the victim’s credit card from the bar of the restaurant, which is located at the Gramercy Park Hotel. When the victim tried to get her card back, Garza allegedly punched her in the face multiple times. A witness attempted to stop Garza but then she allegedly struck him in the face as well, giving him a split lip. Bar security attempted to stop Garza from leaving the bar and as they approached her, she allegedly dropped the victim’s card on the ground, where it was found.
Garza was charged with robbery and possession of stolen property.

SECURITY BEEFED UP IN NYC HOLIDAY MARKETS AFTER TRUCK INCIDENT IN BERLIN
The NYPD has stepped up security at high profile outdoor Christmas markets throughout New York City following 12 people being killed when a truck driver plowed through a Christmas market in Berlin.
There’s no specific threat in NYC stemming from the incident in Germany, but as a precaution, the NYPD is moving heavily armed Critical Response Command officers toward these displays. Locations for the Christmas markets include Union Square, Columbus Circle and Bryant Park, as well as several others across the city.
Meanwhile, police are searching for a Tunisian man identified as Anis Amri who has multiple aliases, according to the Guardian.
The suspect’s identity papers were found inside the truck used in Monday’s attack, which left, along with those fatally injured, 48 others with injuries, CNN reported. ISIS has already claimed it inspired the attack.

WOMAN ARRESTED FOR PHONE THEFT AFTER PHOTO OF HER SHOWS UP ON VICTIM’S ICLOUD ACCOUNT
Police arrested 27-year-old Nina Roman for possession of stolen property last Tuesday at 4:58 p.m. inside A.I. Friedman at 44 West 18th Street. The victim told police that she went into the art supply store on December 10 around 4:30 p.m., where Roman works. The victim said that she put her phone down on a shelf inside the store and when she turned back to it, the phone was missing. Around 10:45 p.m. that night, she noticed that her phone pinged to Hart Street between Throop and Tompkins Avenues in Brooklyn. There was also allegedly a photo of Roman on the victim’s phone, which the victim saw because it uploaded to her iCloud and the phone is synced to the iCloud account.

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Epiphany looks back on blaze that destroyed original church

Firefighters put out the fire that destroyed the Epiphany Church’s original location in 1963. Fifty years ago, the church reopened in a new location. (Town & Village photo)

Firefighters put out the fire that destroyed the Epiphany Church’s original location in 1963. Fifty years ago, the church reopened in a new location. (Town & Village photo)

By Maria Rocha-Buschel

Epiphany Church on Second Avenue will be celebrating a number of milestone anniversaries in the next year, beginning with the 50th anniversary this coming week of the congregation’s reopening after a devastating fire. The blaze gutted the church only five days before Christmas in 1963, on December 20, destroying a landmarked building that had been in the neighborhood since 1870. The church was able to reopen exactly three years later in 1966.

“The new building didn’t even have pews for that first mass, just folding chairs, but they wanted to have the service on the same day as the fire to show how quickly the community came together,” parishioner Richard Sawicki said of the new building’s reopening.

Sawicki, who currently lives on Second Avenue across from Epiphany, was not a member of the church at the time of the fire but joined the congregation not long after the new building opened, and has been interested in the church’s history for a number of years.

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Bellevue bariatric patients show off svelte new figures

Bariatric patients return to the hospital to participate in a runway show. (Pictured) Hospital staff involved in the event (Photos by Amy DiLeo)

Bariatric patients return to the hospital to participate in a runway show. (Pictured) Hospital staff involved in the event (Photos by Amy DiLeo)

By Maria Rocha-Buschel

Bariatric surgery patients at Bellevue Hospital got a chance to strut their stuff and showcase their accomplishments at the department’s annual runway show on November 17. Patients in the program, many of whom have lost more than 50 pounds with the help of the surgery as well as guidance from dieticians and psychologists on staff, invited their family and friends to the show to celebrate. Happening just a week before Thanksgiving, bariatric surgeon Dr. J.K. Saunders said that participants were unfazed by the upcoming holiday season.

“It can be difficult but people around them like friends and family are usually very supportive because it’s for their health,” he said. “There’s a lot of support here as well.”

Saunders said that most of the patients at the Center for Bariatric Surgery and Weight Management are referred by friends but medical doctors, who traditionally discourage the surgery in favor of diet and exercise, have become more open to the practice.

“A lot of doctors don’t necessarily believe in surgery for weight loss but the patients who get it really can’t lose the weight otherwise,” Saunders said. “They’ve tried literally everything they can try.”

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Police Watch: Men arrested for Flatiron shooting, Man busted for ‘drugs’ in Stuy Town

THREE ARRESTED IN FLATIRON SHOOTING
Police arrested three men in connection with a shooting in Flatiron in front of 105 West 22nd Street on Sunday at 12:55 a.m. The New York Daily News reported that the incident occurred at a book signing in the Auxiliary Lounge for the self-published erotic novella, “She’s Dickmatized,” by Tania Marie.
Police said that multiple shots were fired into a crowd near the lounge and a man with a gun was seen running into a black Mercedes. Ramel Harkless, 38, allegedly got into the backseat of the vehicle, which police said left the location and ran multiple red lights before abruptly coming to a stop. Police followed the Mercedes and when they stopped the vehicle, the found that Harkless was the only person in the backseat, while 45-year-old Barry Wiles was driving and 43-year-old Joseph Saunders was in the passenger’s seat. Police said they found a gun on the floor of the back passenger’s seat where Harkless had been sitting.
The victim was shot in the abdomen, torso, groin and in the leg. The suspects were arrested in front of 41 East 19th Street. The Daily News identified the victim as Robert Lowman and reported that Harkless and Lowman are both affiliated with the street gang the Bloods.
Harkless, Wiles and Saunders were charged with weapons possession. Wiles was also charged with reckless endangerment and Harkless was additionally charged with assault.

MAN BUSTED FOR ‘DRUGS’ IN STUY TOWN
Police arrested 34-year-old Justin Stewart for possession of a controlled substance in front of 321 Avenue C last Thursday at 9:25 a.m. Police said that Stewart was seen holding an unknown controlled substance in plain view on the sidewalk.

MAN ARRESTED FOR ASSAULTING CYCLIST
Police arrested 37-year-old Tashi Phuntsok for assault at the corner of Lexington Avenue and East 27th Street last Tuesday at 7:26 p.m. The victim told police that he was riding his bike when Phuntsok allegedly cut him off at the intersection. He and the victim proceeded to get into an argument. Phuntsok allegedly threw the victim to the ground and started kicking and punching him, causing an injury to his head and right hand, although he refused medical assistance at the scene.

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Perv poses as Good Samaritan, before sexually abusing woman in Union Square

Police are on the lookout for a creep who pretended to be helping a woman find Penn Station, only to lead her to Union Square where he sexually abused her.

Cops said that on Sunday, September 11 at around 1:35 a.m., the victim, a 22-year-old woman, was walking along East 39th Street and Lexington Avenue when she asked a man for directions to Penn Station. The man then told her to follow him and they began to walk downtown.

Once they got to 5th Avenue, at the intersection of West 15th Street, the man pushed the victim inside of a double phone booth where he sexually abused her. He then fled the scene. The victim wasn’t injured, but was taken to Bellevue Hospital for evaluation.

The suspect is described as having a light complexion and dark hair. He was last seen wearing a red American Eagle t-shirt, blue jeans and Converse sneakers.

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 or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential.

 

Bellevue names new CEO

Newly appointed Bellevue Hospital CEO William Hicks at his office Photo by Sabina Mollot)

Newly appointed Bellevue Hospital CEO William Hicks at his office (Photo by Sabina Mollot)

By Sabina Mollot

As of the past three weeks, Bellevue has had a new CEO, William Hicks, who previously served as the hospital’s COO. The appointment came following the retirement of Hick’s predecessor, executive director Steven Alexander and came alongside a number of other new leadership hires throughout NYC Health + Hospitals, Bellevue’s parent organization.

Hicks had been the acting CEO for the past few months, but since announcing the formal transition, he met with a Town & Village reporter in his new office, which doubles as a conference room, to discuss the big health care issues of the day. Those would include dealing with cuts in federal funding, adapting to the health care industry trend of ambulatory care and how the downsizing of another East Side medical mammoth, Mount Sinai Beth Israel, could impact Bellevue.

The recent news about how a hospital with over 800 beds would be shrinking to one housing just 70 has sent shockwaves through the community, and the medical community at Bellevue has been no exception.

But, said Hicks, “We’re doing our best to stay plugged in and we need to be mindful about what the impacts are. How will that affect our ED (emergency department) and our inpatient care? In an area where we may not have a lot of capacity?”

Asked if his hospital, which has 844 beds that are usually around 90 percent occupied, is prepared for an uptick in patients, Hicks said there is a “surge” plan in place.

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Stuy Town man facing eviction for starting fires

653 East 14th Street (Photo by Maria Rocha-Buschel)

653 East 14th Street (Photo by Maria Rocha-Buschel)

By Maria Rocha-Buschel

Blackstone and Ivanhoé Cambridge filed a lawsuit against a longtime Stuyvesant Town tenant at the beginning of this month because the resident has reportedly had a history of terrifying his neighbors with erratic behavior and setting fires in his apartment.

The New York Post originally reported the lawsuit between the owner and resident Max Chalawsky last Sunday and the suit was filed on April 1. The landlord, officially referred to as BPP ST in the suit, is seeking permanent injunctive relief and damages against Chalawsky because of his “severely destructive behavior” detailed in the suit, which included leaving pots unattended on a gas stove and reconnecting gas lines. The suit also alleges that Chalawsky behaved menacingly towards his neighbors and building personnel and it seeks an injunction to bar him from tampering with the gas lines, as well as damages no less than $25,000.

The suit noted nine different incidents since last year that variously involved the NYPD, FDNY, EMS, other tenants and staff in his building. Five of the incidents resulted in his being taken to Bellevue or Beth Israel for observation and in a more than one instance, Chalawsky reportedly removed a cap that had been placed on his gas line.

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Police Watch: Man arrested for ‘gun’ and ‘cocaine,’ Taxi driver robbed at knifepoint

Loaded . 22 caliber Derringer allegedly found in Mark Nickay’s pocket

Loaded . 22 caliber Derringer allegedly found in Mark Nickay’s pocket

MAN ARRESTED FOR LOADED ‘GUN’ AND STASH OF COCAINE AND PILLS ON EAST 38TH
Police arrested 51-year-old Florida resident Mark Nickay for allegedly carrying a gun while also carrying a huge stash of drugs that included cocaine, crack cocaine and pills in his minivan.
Police were patrolling in the vicinity of Second Avenue and East 38th Street on Saturday at 12:53 a.m. when they saw Nickay standing in the street near a minivan with 32-year-old Leonard Ndue. Nickay, they said, was holding an open bottle of Corona. The officers exited their patrol vehicle and began to approach the men when they said that they saw Nickay throw a bag underneath the rear of the vehicle as he began to walk towards Second Avenue.
One of the officers stopped Nickay while another confronted Ndue. Police said that when the officer started to speak to Nickay, he saw Nickay trying to reach his hand into his pants pocket.
The officer prevented him from reaching into his pocket and discovered an alleged .22 caliber Derringer that was loaded from the suspect’s pocket. The officer who arrested Nickay retrieved the bag that had been thrown under the van and found 21 small bags of alleged cocaine, 10 bags of alleged crack cocaine and dozens of alleged pharmaceutical pills.
While Nickay was being arrested, Ndue allegedly attempted to intervene and was also arrested, and was charged with obstruction of governmental administration and resisting arrest. Nickay was arrested for criminal possession of a loaded firearm, criminal possession of a controlled substance and open alcoholic beverage.

MAN ARRESTED FOR KNIFEPOINT ‘ROBBERY’ IN FRONT OF BELLEVUE HOSPITAL
Police arrested 23-year-old Daniel Leli for robbery in front of Bellevue Hospital at 462 First Avenue last Monday at 11:02 a.m.
A taxi driver told police that he was robbed at knifepoint by a customer in his cab. When stopped at a red light at East 28th Street and First Avenue, Leli hailed the cab and asked to go to East 23rd Street and Third Avenue. The victim said that while stopped at a red light at East 29th Street and Second Avenue, Leli allegedly reached through the partition, held a knife to the driver’s neck and said, “Give me money or I’ll stab you in the neck.”
The victim pulled cash out of his pocket and Leli allegedly said, “Give me $40.” The driver handed over $40 and police said that Leli then fled on foot, north on Second Avenue.
While looking through footage around Bellevue Hospital, police saw Leli, who matched the victim’s description of the suspect, standing in front of the hospital. The victim positively identified Leli as the man who had robbed him and he was arrested. Leli was also charged with weapons possession and menacing.

ANOTHER COUPLE ARRESTED FOR SEX IN PUBLIC
One week after a couple was arrested for allegedly getting frisky on the sidewalk on Irving Place, police arrested another couple for public lewdness inside a stairwell at 344 East 28th Street last Wednesday at 9:46 p.m. Latisha Foster, 41, and Mamadu Diallo, 29, were also charged with criminal trespass and an unclassified violation. Police said that Foster had her pants at her ankles and was bent over, exposing her genitals to Diallo, who also allegedly had his pants around his ankles and was masturbating. Upon further investigation, police found that neither Foster nor Diallo lived in the building.
Diallo was also charged with resisting arrest and police said that he pulled his arms away from his body in an attempt to avoid being handcuffed and once he was handcuffed, he fell to the floor and allegedly began kicking in a violent manner.

MAN ARRESTED FOR ‘ASSAULT’ OF BELLEVUE OFFICER
Police arrested 26-year-old Brian Forkos for assault of a peace officer and harassment inside Bellevue Hospital at 462 First Avenue last Friday at 3:30 a.m. Forkos allegedly spat in the face of the officer who was assigned to guard him. Police said that the victim was exposed to an unspecified communicable disease and Forkos allegedly told the officer that he is HIV positive.

IRATE IHOP CUSTOMER BUSTED FOR ‘ASSAULT’
Police arrested 35-year-old Lennox Pierre for assault of a peace officer last Friday at 6 a.m. in front of 255 First Avenue. Pierre was attempting to pay his bill at IHOP inside 235 East 14th Street around 5:15 a.m. when his debit and credit cards were declined. Police were called and officers who responded to the scene agreed to escort him to an ATM so he could get cash. When Pierre’s card failed to work at the ATM, police said that he got combative and when they tried to place him under arrest, he allegedly punched one of the officers in the face. Police said that he also resisted arrest by flailing his arms and legs, prohibiting them from putting him in handcuffs. Pierre also allegedly reached for an officer’s firearm, attempting to remove it from its holster.

DANCE STUDIO OWNER BUSTED AT HIS OWN PARTY
Police arrested 56-year-old Zackary Engel for a violation of alcoholic beverage control law and an unclassified violation at his dance studio, Zack’s Dance Loft, at 37 East 28th Street last Saturday at 2:09 a.m. Engel was allegedly acting as the manager of a party inside the studio location and was charging a fee for entrance. Engel called police when he lost control over a large group that was entering the establishment. Police said that Engel was allowing drinking and smoking inside the building, and had also allegedly failed to provide proper security, allowing weapons inside the premises.

MAN ARRESTED FOR TOY GUN ‘ASSAULT’ ON HALLOWEEN
Police arrested 45-year-old Eric Diaz for assault and criminal mischief at the corner of Third Avenue and East 29th Street on Halloween at 7:52 p.m. Diaz entered a nearby store and after being refused service, he allegedly knocked over a stand of peanuts. When an employee attempted to get Diaz to leave the store, the suspect allegedly hit the employee with a costume gun holster, causing a bruise to his left thumb. Police said that Diaz also intentionally broke five bottles of ginseng worth approximately $15 and four bottles of five hour energy worth about $14.

WOMAN NABBED FOR ‘COCAINE’
Police arrested 22-year-old Leslie Dempsey for possession of a controlled substance in front of 16 East 23rd Street last Sunday at 1:10 a.m. Dempsey was snorting alleged cocaine on a public street and when she was stopped, police said that she was in possession of additional alleged cocaine.

MAN NABBED FOR ‘ASSAULT’ AT SIXTH AND WEST 19TH
Police arrested 27-year-old Joshua Williams for assault and disorderly conduct at the corner of Sixth Avenue and West 19th Street last Saturday at 9:58 p.m. Williams was allegedly acting in a disorderly manner and was told to move because he was blocking pedestrian traffic. He then allegedly pushed the victim in the chest with two hands into a metal barrier. The victim fell through the barrier, causing a serious injury.

MAN NABBED FOR ‘STOLEN’ RENTAL CAR
Police arrested 21-year-old Sharron Kermon for unauthorized use of vehicle in front of 245 East 25th Street last Thursday at 12:35 p.m. Police were responding at the location to a report of a stolen vehicle and found that a car parked nearby had been reported as stolen by Enterprise Car Rental Company. Police requested that the vehicle be towed and while waiting for the tow company, police said that Kermon was seen entering the vehicle without permission. Upon further investigation, the Enterprise Rental agreement showed that he was allegedly using the vehicle unlawfully and was not on the rental agreement.

Police Watch: Man stabbed in Bellevue hospital garden, Teens arrested for ‘assault’

KNIFE ATTACK AT BELLEVUE HOSPITAL GARDEN
Police arrested 28-year-old Francis Salud for allegedly stabbing a man in the garden behind Bellevue Hospital.
Police said that the incident took place on October 18 at 11 a.m. with Salud allegedly hitting the victim, who they said was working onsite, with a knife, causing multiple deep gashes to his arm and left torso. According to the District Attorney’s office, Salud and the victim knew each other and the victim needed 73 stitches for the injury. Salud was charged with assault and weapons possession at the 13th Precinct last Monday at 10:15 a.m.
When asked for comment, a spokesperson for Bellevue denied the victim was an employee, but wouldn’t provide further information.

COUPLE ARRESTED FOR SEX ON SIDEWALK
Police arrested a couple on Irving Place and East 14th Street last Wednesday for allegedly having sex in public. Trevor Cline, 25, and Kelly Collins, 38, were allegedly having sexual intercourse on a public sidewalk. Collins was charged with public lewdness and performance of obscenity. Police said that Cline resisted arrest by flailing his arms and going limp, and he was charged with resisting arrest, as well as disorderly conduct, public lewdness and obscene material.

THREE TEENS ARRESTED FOR ‘ASSAULT’ ON FIRST AVENUE
Eighteen-year-old Dominique Etheridge and two other teenagers were arrested for assault in front of the CVS pharmacy at 253 First Avenue between 14th and 15th Streets last Tuesday at 12:48 a.m. Police said that the fight started after an argument and two of the teens punched the victim and kicked him. Etheridge allegedly wrapped his arms around the victim and punched him in the ribs and stomach multiple times. The names of the two teens are being withheld because of their age.

‘MUGGERS’ ARRESTED ON THIRD AVENUE
Police arrested 22-year-olds Dontay Johnson and Joseph Adams for robbery in front of a Duane Reade store at 125 Third Avenue last Saturday at 5:15 a.m. Johnson, Adams and two other people who weren’t arrested allegedly surrounded the victim at the location between 14th and 15th Streets and demanded money. Police said that one of the suspects snatched the victim’s debit card from his hand. The suspects allegedly attempted to flee but Adams and Johnson were arrested. Johnson was also charged with possession of a controlled substance because he was allegedly in possession of four bags of cocaine.

‘TRESPASSER’ PREVIOUSLY NABBED FOR ALLEGED PUBLIC LEWDNESS RETURNS
Police arrested 37-year-old Anton Liverpool for criminal trespass inside 1158 Broadway at 27th Street last Tuesday at 9:37 a.m. Liverpool allegedly remained in the location without permission to be there. After he was brought to the 13th Precinct, he was also charged with two counts of public lewdness for earlier incidents that took place on October 13. Police said that he had been masturbating outside the same building. He was later additionally charged with two counts of burglary, possession of stolen property and petit larceny. He allegedly broke into 1158 Broadway on October 12 and stole watches and perfume when the store there was closed.

MAN ARRESTED FOR ‘STOLEN’ RETURN FROM HOME DEPOT
Police arrested 53-year-old James Poindexter for petit larceny and possession of stolen property in front of the Home Depot at 40 West 23rd Street last Wednesday at 1:59 p.m. Poindexter allegedly approached a group of undercover officers and asked them to return property to the store for him. Police said that he told them someone had stolen the item from the store and gave it to him to return in exchange for store credit. Poindexter was allegedly attempting to defraud Home Depot for the value of the stolen merchandise.

ARREST MADE IN GRAMERCY FOR ‘MDMA’ ROCK AND ‘COCAINE’
Police arrested two people for drugs in front of 285 Third Avenue between East 22nd and 23rd Streets last Friday at 5:15 a.m. Jacob Fashakin, 27, was charged with intent to sell a controlled substance, possession of stolen property and possession of marijuana and 22-year-old Timothy Orlando was charged with possession of a controlled substance and possession of marijuana. Fashakin was found to be in possession of a large rock form of alleged MDMA, a medium-sized ziplock bag of alleged vegetative marijuana and a credit card that police said was stolen. Police said that he was also in possession of various drug packaging and a scale. Orlando was in possession of three small ziplock bags of alleged cocaine and a small alleged marijuana cigarette.

MAN ARRESTED FOR ‘SUSPENDED’ LICENSE AFTER HITTING PEDESTRIAN
Fifty-year-old Helio Bodini was arrested for an unclassified traffic misdemeanor and was charged as an unlicensed operator in front of 114 West 27th Street last Friday at 2:28 p.m. Police were responding to a car accident at the location, where Bodini was driving and accidentally hit a pedestrian. Upon further investigation, police found that Bodini’s license had been previously suspended and revoked. It had been suspended and revoked on two different occasions because he was allegedly driving under the influence of alcohol, in one instance allegedly driving with at least .08 BAC in 2008, and was also suspended because he allegedly failed to pay a driver responsibility assessment.

‘POT’ SMOKER ARRESTED FOR PREVIOUS ALLEGED ROBBERY
Police arrested 35-year-old Tonisha Jordan for possession of marijuana inside 344 East 28th Street last Saturday at 12:14 a.m. and was also charged with an alleged previous robbery. Police said that at the time of her arrest, she was smoking marijuana in a stairwell at the building and upon further investigation, found that she and three men allegedly punched and dragged a 69-year-old man to the ground, causing bruising and swelling to his face. Police said that Jordan stole a gold chain with the letter P from the victim.

PAIR ARRESTED FOR ‘ASSAULT’ AT BROADWAY AND WEST 27TH
Police arrested 23-year-old Kenneth Arias and 36-year-old Leonardo Arias for assault at the corner of Broadway and West 27th Street last Saturday at 10:10 p.m. Police said that the two men punched the victim in the head, causing pain, swelling and a small cut. Police said that the two men arrested got into an argument with a third person, but there was no additional information about what started the dispute.