Letters to the editor, July 11

Cartoon by Jim Meadows

Why no help on bike thefts?

Stuyvesant Town is the “idyllic” place to live, but with a little secret. Bicycles are stored in the terrace level but some are being stolen without any concern from management, who state that it is not their responsibility if things are stolen. Noticeably there are no security cameras in or near the laundry rooms.

I had two Trek bicycles stolen about four weeks after I moved in. There was hardly a response other than to claim it under my insurance! This despite the room requiring a key to get in (which suggests an “inside” job of either a contractor or someone with key access).

Recently a friend had their $1,100 bicycle stolen, even though it had three locks including a U-lock and no peddles. The thieves knew which bicycle(s) to take, as they left the spouses bicycle, which is old. The two bicycles were locked together.

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Police Watch: Man arrested for Stuy Town groping, Equipment damaged at Mount Sinai Beth Israel

MAN ARRESTED FOR STUYVESANT TOWN GROPING
Police arrested 22-year-old Borkot Ullah for allegedly groping a woman while she was going into her building at 321 Avenue C in Stuyvesant Town on Sunday, May 19 around 2 p.m. The victim told police that she was going to enter her building when Ullah allegedly grabbed her right breast and fled south on Avenue C. Ullah was arrested near the same building where the incident happened about an hour later at 3:08 p.m.

EQUIPMENT DAMAGED AT MSBI
Police arrested 42-year-old Richard Forbes for allegedly damaging equipment inside Mount Sinai Beth Israel at 281 First Avenue on Tuesday, May 14 at 12:26 p.m. Police said that Forbes entered the hospital and proceeded to pick up and throw down hospital equipment, destroying $5,000-worth of equipment. Forbes was charged with criminal mischief.

WOMAN BUSTED FOR INJURING CVS MANAGER
Police arrested 73-year-old Virginia Guerzon for an alleged assault inside the CVS at 253 First Avenue on Saturday, May 18 at 6:55 p.m. The manager of the store told police that he told Guerzon that she had to leave the store for being disorderly and she allegedly scratched the manager in the face, causing cuts.

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Police Watch: Woman accused of ID theft, Man charged with obstructing EMT

WOMAN ACCUSED OF ID THEFT AT BANK
Police arrested 59-year-old Robin Hill for an alleged theft inside the TD Bank at 90 Fifth Avenue on Thursday, April 11 at 4:48 p.m. Police said that Hill entered the bank, claiming that she lost her debit card and was trying to get a replacement card. When she presented a New Jersey ID to the bank employee, the employee discovered that the card was allegedly a fake license with Hill’s photograph and someone else’s name. The employee notified the supervisor at the location and they were able to get in touch with the actual owner of the account, who said that she had not given any permission to Hill to access it. When Hill was searched, officers found a valid New York State driver’s license with her real personal information on it. Hill was charged with grand larceny, identity theft and forgery.

MAN CHARGED WITH OBSTRUCTING EMT IN FRONT OF BETH ISRAEL
Police arrested 34-year-old Ricardo Gonzalez for allegedly preventing emergency workers from doing their job in front of Mount Sinai Beth Israel at 10 Union Square East on Saturday, April 13 at 9:49 a.m. Police said that Gonzalez walked in front of an ambulance, obstructing the workers from responding to an emergency call. Gonzalez also allegedly made threatening gestures and used threatening language to EMT personnel. Police said that Gonzalez attempted to punch one of the workers and refused to disperse from the location, causing alarm and annoyance. Gonzalez was charged with an unclassified misdemeanor and disorderly conduct.

TEENS ARRESTED FOR ROBBERY
Police arrested two teenagers for a robbery in front of 495 Second Avenue on Sunday, April 14 at 10:47 a.m. Police said that the two teens punched the victim in the face before forcibly removing cash from him. One of the teens allegedly ran when officers attempted to handcuff them and he resisted arrest. The teens were charged with robbery and possession of stolen property. The names of the teens are being withheld due to their young age.

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Police Watch: Men charged with office burglaries, Bike theft in Stuyvesant Town

MEN CHARGED WITH MULTIPLE OFFICE BURGLARIES
Police arrested three people for multiple alleged commercial burglaries that took place throughout the month of June. Nineteen-year-old Marcus White, 23-year-old Devonte Chavous and 27-year-old Wilfredo Martinez were ultimately arrested at 49 West 23rd Street on Friday, June 29 at 4:14 a.m. after police said they forced open a locked door there.
Once they were arrested, all three men were all charged in connection with two additional burglaries that took place previously. Police said that on June 22, the men broke into two different offices at 72 Madison, allegedly smashing a window to get inside and taking multiple laptops at each office.
Chavous was also charged in connection with five other burglaries that took place previously throughout the precinct.
Police said that Chavous also broke into an office at 12 West 27th Street sometime between June 8 and June 11 and allegedly stole multiple laptops. Chavous allegedly attempted to break into a building at 30 West 26th Street on June 10 around 3 a.m. but he wasn’t able to gain access to any of the offices or steal any laptops in this incident. Police said that Chavous pushed through the front door at 245 Fifth Avenue on June 14 around 2 a.m. and allegedly stole laptops from an office in the building. He allegedly broke into an office at 233 Park Avenue South on June 11 at 5 a.m. to steal multiple laptops. Chavous allegedly broke into an office at 28 West 25th Street in the overnight hours of June 18 and reportedly stole multiple laptops.
White, Chavous and Martinez were charged with burglary and trespassing.

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Police Watch: ACS teen charged with robbery, Suspect caught in cell phone snatching

ACS TEEN CHARGED WITH ROBBERY
Police arrested 18-year-old Rayshawn Weir for an alleged robbery inside the Administration for Children’s Services facility at 492 First Avenue on Wednesday, June 20 at 9:20 p.m. Police said that earlier that day, Weir snatched a man’s cell phone at East 20th Street and Second Avenue and physically shoved him. The victim, a man in his 30s, was not seriously injured and police caught up with Weir at the facility, where he is a resident.

SUSPECT CAUGHT IN CELL PHONE SNATCHING
Police arrested 20-year-old Josiah Butts for alleged grand larceny and theft in front of 37 West 23rd Street on Monday, June 18 at 12:43 p.m. Police said that Butts grabbed the victim’s cell phone out of her hands while she was standing on the sidewalk. Police searched the area around the southeast corner of West 23rd Street and Sixth Avenue immediately after the incident and the victim positively identified Butts as the person who had taken her cell phone.

STORE EMPLOYEE ACCUSED OF STEALING LAPTOPS
Police arrested a 36-year-old man for alleged grand larceny and possession of stolen property on Tuesday, June 19 at 3:18 p.m. Police said that Shannon Jex stole laptops from Mike’s Tech Shop at 120 West 20th Street on March 2 and June 16. Jex reportedly stole 12 laptops in March and allegedly sold them on Craigslist and police said that Jex also stole a Macbook Pro from the store in June. He was also allegedly in possession of small baggies of alleged cocaine when he was arrested and was charged with possession of a controlled substance.

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Police Watch: Senior assaulted in Union Square, Man arrested for separate Union Square assault

MAN CHARGED WITH ASSAULTING SENIOR ON TRAIN TO UNION SQUARE
Police arrested 26-year-old Jesus Reyes for allegedly assaulting a senior, fracturing a bone in his face, inside the Union Square subway station over the weekend. Police said that on Sunday, June 10 at 10:45 p.m., the 71-year-old victim was riding an uptown 4/5 train from Fulton Street to Union Square when Reyes allegedly began cursing at him and taunting him.
When the train pulled into Union Square, Reyes allegedly continued to taunt the victim and ultimately pushed him to the ground, causing him to fall onto the platform and injure his face. Police said that the victim later learned at the hospital that the fall had caused a fracture in the bones around his left eye.
An attorney for Reyes could not be reached for comment by T&V’s press time.

MAN ARRESTED FOR ALLEGED UNION SQUARE ASSAULT
Police arrested 24-year-old Gage Quinones for an alleged assault and weapons possession at the corner of Union Square East and East 15th Street on Friday, June 15 shortly after 11 a.m. The victim flagged down a police officer in Union Square Park, saying he had been assaulted there last night and that Quinones, who was in the park at the time, was the one who did it.
The victim told police that he was talking with a friend in the park the night before around 11 p.m. when Quinones allegedly hit him in the back of the head with something, causing cuts on the left side of his face and head that required stitches. The victim said that he might have been hit with a bike lock and when Quinones was searched, he was allegedly in possession of a key chain to a bike lock, and his bike, the chain and lock were recovered from in front of 31 East 17th Street.

MAN BUSTED FOR BIKE THEFTS
Police arrested 59-year-old William Hernandez for an alleged theft in front of Bellevue Hospital at 462 First Avenue on Wednesday, June 13 at 5 p.m. Police said that Hernandez could be seen on video surveillance removing a bicycle from in front of the hospital without permission and when he was searched, he was allegedly in possession of bolt cutters, a tool commonly used to steal bicycles. After he was arrested, Hernandez was also charged with petit larceny for allegedly stealing another bike in front of Bellevue on January 18, 2017. He was charged with burglar’s tools and petit larceny for the incident this month.

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Police Watch: Arrests for spa burglary, Union Square bank robbery

MAN ARRESTED FOR SPA BURGLARY
Police arrested a third suspect in connection with stealing from the Spring Garden Spa at 344 East 16th Street on April 25 at 10:30 p.m. Police arrested 25-year-old Kristian George for alleged burglary in front of 10 Union Square East on Thursday, May 31 at 5:36 p.m. George allegedly entered the spa with previously arrested Shaquasha Goldstein, 20, and Elijah Rosario, 19, and the three suspects allegedly removed cash from the register. Police said that the three suspects got away with $180 in cash. According to the district attorney’s office, George and Rosario could be seen on surveillance video ringing the bell to get inside the business. Rosario was sentenced to five months in prison on May 18.
Goldstein and another suspect, 33-year-old Eric Dineen, have been charged in connection with additional robberies at the spa in April and May.

MAN CHARGED WITH UNION SQUARE BANK ROBBERY
Police arrested 63-year-old Richard Johnson on Wednesday, May 30 at 10 a.m. for an alleged robbery that took place inside the HSBC at 15 Union Square West on May 17 around 11 a.m. Police said that Johnson went to the bank, passed the teller a demand note and reached, as if to make it look like he had a weapon, while demanding cash. He then fled the scene. Police said that Johnson was already in federal custody for a previous incident when an investigation connected him with the alleged robbery in Union Square.

ACCUSED SHOPLIFTER ALLEGEDLY PULLS OUT NEEDLE AT MARSHALLS
Police arrested 34-year-old Leslie Rodriguez inside the 13th precinct on June 3 at 11 a.m. for an alleged robbery that took place inside the Marshalls at 620 Sixth Avenue on Wednesday, May 30 at 7 p.m. Police said that when confronted for alleged shoplifting, Rodriguez displayed a hypodermic needle and said, “You’re not stopping me,” at which point she fled. She allegedly dropped her benefit card at the scene, which was later used to identify her.

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Suspect arrested for Peter Cooper Village burglaries

Peter Cooper Village

By Maria Rocha-Buschel

Police have arrested a man for allegedly stealing packages and bikes in Peter Cooper Village buildings on various days in April.

In one of the most recent incidents, James Curry, 55 allegedly took a bike from inside 370 First Avenue on Monday, April 23 around 3 p.m. The victim told police that he left his bike in the hallway of the building and when he returned, it was missing. Police said that a man could be seen on surveillance video removing the bike, and Curry reportedly identified himself on the video.

The first incident took place on Monday, April 2 sometime between 1 and 10:30 p.m. inside 431 East 20th Street when Curry allegedly stole packages containing knee-high suede boots as well as energy drinks belonging to two different residents.

Both victims told police that they had the items delivered to the building but never received the packages. A porter for the building also told police that he found empty boxes for both the boots and the energy drinks and that someone had taken the items without permission.

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Police Watch: East Village groper wanted, Man arrested for ‘stolen’ debit cards

Sex abuse suspect

COPS ON LOOKOUT FOR EAST VILLAGE GROPER
Cops are looking for a man who forcibly groped a woman through her clothing in the East Village.
On Friday, May 11 at 11 p.m., the victim said he grabbed her in front of 162 Second Avenue between East 10th and 11th Streets. He then snatched a wallet from another victim’s hand while running off. Police didn’t give a description of the suspect but a fuzzy surveillance photo shows a thin, dark haired man. Anyone with information is asked to call the NYPD at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477).

MAN ALLEGEDLY STOLE DEBIT CARDS
Police arrested 25-year-old Shaquille Urgent for an alleged grand larceny at the corner of Second Avenue and East 26th Street on Sunday, May 27 at 4:29 a.m. The victim told police that Urgent asked the victim to come to a party but said that he needed to see the victim’s wallet to make sure that he wasn’t a police officer. The victim gave his wallet to another suspect, who took the debit cards out of his wallet and both men allegedly walked away without returning the cards. The victim said that he then followed the suspects for several blocks asking for his property back, at which point the unknown suspect fled in a taxi, but police were able to arrest Urgent.

BRC RESIDENT CHARGED WITH FOR SEX ABUSE IN CHINATOWN
Police arrested 30-year-old Jahi Walker for alleged sexual abuse inside the Bowery Resident’s Committee shelter at 127 West 25th Street on Wednesday, May 23 at 8 a.m. Police said that on Thursday, May 10 at 6:30 p.m., the victim was walking to work in Chinatown when Walker allegedly grabbed and squeezed the victim’s buttocks, then reportedly reached under the victim’s skirt and touched her over her underwear. After the victim pushed Walker away, she took a photo of him using her cell phone, leading to his identification.

MAN ACCUSED OF MENACING IN CHELSEA
Police arrested 37-year-old Kariyn Jackson for alleged menacing at the corner of Seventh Avenue and West 27th Street on Tuesday, May 22 at 12:53 a.m. Police said that Jackson pulled out a knife in front of an employee at a nearby store. Jackson allegedly fled the store but police stopped him on West 25th Street where he was searched and officers allegedly recovered credit cards and MetroCards that didn’t belong to him. Police said that a knife was recovered from in front of 245 West 25th Street. He was also charged with possession of stolen property and weapons possession.

MEN ALLEGEDLY FOUND WITH FORGED CREDIT CARDS AT STARBUCKS
Police arrested 20-year-old Cesar Pritchard and 20-year-old Tyrell Cohen for forgery inside the Starbucks at 14 West 23rd Street on Friday, May 25 at 4:18 p.m. Police said that Pritchard was attempting to use a forged credit card at multiple locations and when he was searched, he was allegedly in possession of additional forged cards, a small bag of alleged marijuana and an allegedly fraudulent Michigan driver’s license. Police said that Cohen was in possession of six fraudulent credit cards and Pritchard was also charged with forgery and possession of marijuana.

SUSPECT ARRESTED IN UNION SQUARE FOR ALLEGED DOWNTOWN ROBBERY
Police arrested 27-year-old Waleek Watford for a previous alleged robbery at the corner of Union Square West and East 14th Street on Friday, May 25 at 1:30 p.m. Police said that Watford and 23-year-old Senee Roldan, who was arrested in connection with the alleged robbery on May 17, took the victim’s backpack from the ground inside the Fulton Street subway station in the Financial District and allegedly threatened her if she went to the police about the incident.

MAN CHARGED WITH PAWNING FRIEND’S BIKE
Police arrested 31-year-old Robert Bazemore for petit larceny in front of 101 East 14th Street on Friday, May 25 at 4 p.m. Police said that Bazemore and the victim were friends and Bazemore borrowed the victim’s bike but never returned it. Bazemore allegedly pawned the bicycle at a nearby pawn shop.

Police Watch: Gunman wanted to adult video store robbery

GUNMAN ROBS ADULT VIDEO STORE
Cops are looking for a man involved in a gunpoint robbery that took place in a Sixth Avenue adult video store in April. Police said that the unidentified man strolled up to a 50-year-old employee of the store at 725 Sixth Avenue at West 24th Street on Sunday, April 22 at 2:50 a.m., pulled out a gun and demanded the contents of the cash register. The man reportedly got $900 from the employee and fled north on Sixth Avenue.
The suspect is described as black, in his 20s, approximately 5’5” and 145 lbs. He was last seen wearing a dark cap, a dark hooded sweat jacket and light-colored pants.
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 at nypdcrimestoppers.com or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential.

MEN ARRESTED FOR DRIVING WITH SUSPENDED LICENSES AFTER ACCIDENTS
Police arrested 49-year-old Rafael Torres for an alleged traffic infraction in front of 505 East 14th Street on Thursday, May 10 at 1:17 p.m. Police said that Torres was involved in a crash at the location with injuries and Torres was allegedly driving a white box truck. Police said that he didn’t provide proof of insurance and he allegedly had a suspended driver’s license.
Another man was arrested after a collision in front of 400 Second Avenue on Thursday, May 10 at 3:05 p.m. Police said that 44-year-old Martin Rodriguez was involved in a crash at the location and his privilege to drive in New York State had allegedly been suspended previously.
Both men were charged with unclassified traffic misdemeanors.

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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: Man arrested in death of transgender woman, Sex offender arrested for assault

MAN ARRESTED FOR MANSLAUGHTER IN DEATH OF TRANSGENDER WOMAN
Joseph Griffin, 26, was indicted last Friday for fatally striking 59-year-old Brenda/Kenneth Bostick with a metal object in Chelsea in April. Griffin is charged in a New York Supreme Court indictment with manslaughter in the first degree. He is also facing a separate charge of criminal mischief for breaking the windshield of a taxi cab later in the evening of Bostick’s death.
According to court documents and statements made on the record in court, Griffin approached the victim, who identified as transgender and was alternately known as Brenda and Kenneth Bostick, or simply “Bostick,” on Seventh Avenue between West 27th and 28th Streets at approximately 10 p.m. on April 25 and struck her over the head with a long, metal object. The victim immediately fell to the ground and was rushed to Bellevue Hospital. She were declared braindead on May 4 and died on May 7. Meanwhile, Griffin had fled the scene. About an hour and a half after assaulting the victim, Griffin was seen running through traffic in the middle of the street. When a taxi driver stopped his car to avoid hitting Griffin, he allegedly climbed onto the front of the car, smashing the windshield.

SEX OFFENDER NABBED FOR ASSAULT AT BELLEVUE
Police arrested 37-year-old Jamele Manning for assault and harassment last Wednesday at 6:30 a.m. inside Bellevue Hospital at 462 First Avenue. Police said that Manning punched the victim in the face, causing a cut over the victim’s eye that required stitches, as well as swelling.
As of T&V’s press time, the district attorney’s office said that the suspect had not yet been arraigned, but Manning is listed in the New York State sex offender registry as a level 3 violent sex offender. According to the Division of Criminal Justice Services, Manning forcibly sodomized a teenage girl who he threatened at gunpoint, choked and physically overpowered on February 12, 1999. He was convicted on December 10 of that year. He was sentenced to one day to six years in state prison, although it was unclear how much time he actually served.

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Police Watch: Subway mugger threatens victims on 1 train, Man arrested for Dig Inn burglary

Suspect of two robberies

Suspect of two robberies

SUBWAY MUGGER THREATENS VICTIMS WITH CLUB, KNIFE
Police are on the lookout for a mugger who threatened two straphangers, one with a metal club, the other with a knife at the 14th Street 1 train station.
The first incident took place on Sunday, November 27 at around 4:15 a.m. when the thug approached a 33-year-old victim on a stairway. He pulled out a metal club and demanded her bag. The victim complied and the mugger fled with her bag, which contained $200, a MetroCard and other bank and ID cards.
On Monday, December 5 at around 5 a.m., police believe the same man pulled a knife on a 68-year-old man at the station and demanded cash. The victim, however, was able to get on the train without giving the mugger anything.
Police have surveillance photos of the suspect using the MetroCard belonging to the first victim at the Utica Avenue 3/4 train station in Brooklyn on Monday, November 28. In another photo, he’s seen fleeing the subway.
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 online. All calls are strictly confidential.

MAN ARRESTED FOR BURGLARY
Police arrested 21-year-old Brandon Hart for burglary last Friday at 10 a.m. inside the 13th precinct. An employee for Dig Inn, a restaurant at 1178 Broadway, told police that she had a purse containing two credit cards, cash, school books and an iPad in the employee locker room on December 7 and that she later discovered was missing. Another employee at the restaurant told police that her wallet went missing the same day after she had also left it in the employee locker room. Police said that Hart could be seen on surveillance video rummaging around the locker room area on December 7 around 12:30 p.m. and he allegedly made a video statement admitting that he took the purse and wallet, keeping the cash and disposing of the rest of the property in an alley in Queens.

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Police Watch: Robbery at Old Navy, Stuy Town trespassers arrested

Old Navy robbery suspect

Old Navy robbery suspect

ROBBERY AT SIXTH AVE. OLD NAVY
Police are looking for a man who slashed another man on the torso and robbed him at the Old Navy store at 610 Sixth Avenue.
Police said the 44-year-old victim had strolled into the store last Friday at 5:20 p.m. when the suspect used an unknown object to cut him before snatching $80 from his pants pocket. The robber then fled in an unknown direction and the victim was taken to Bellevue for his injuries.
Police said that the suspect is a man in his late 20s to early 30s with a light complexion and a beard, and was last seen wearing a two-tones grey sweatshirt, black pants and black 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). All calls are strictly confidential.

MEN ARRESTED FOR SLEEPING IN STUY TOWN BUILDING
Police arrested two men for trespassing inside a Stuyvesant Town building and sleeping there last week.
Alberto Benavidez, 63, was arrested for criminal trespass inside 321 Avenue C last Tuesday at 9:25 a.m. Police arrested 36-year-old Michael Crayton for criminal trespass inside the same building last Friday at 7:07 a.m. Police said that both men were sleeping inside the building but there was no further information about how they got inside or which area specifically they were sleeping in.

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Police Watch: ‘Drunk’ drivers arrested, ‘Groper’ busted in Union Square

‘DRUNK’ DRIVER ARRESTED AFTER HANGING OUTSIDE OF CAR
Police arrested 28-year-old Saman Ebrahimzadeh in front of 114 West 16th Street for intoxicated driving last Sunday at 4:40 a.m. Police said that Ebrahimzadeh was driving east on West 16th Street when he and his passenger allegedly began to hang outside of the car while it was moving. When they were stopped, Ebrahimzadeh allegedly had slurred speech and bloodshot watery eyes.

SUBWAY ‘GRINDER’ BUSTED AT UNION SQUARE
Police arrested 53-year-old Glenn Gordon for sexual abuse inside the Union Square subway station last Thursday at 7:48 p.m. Gordon allegedly rubbed his groin area on the victim’s buttocks multiple times while they were on a downtown 4 train. Police said that he and the victim did not know each other.

TEEN PHONE ‘THIEF’ CAUGHT BY GOOD SAMARITAN
An alleged attempt by an 18-year-old to run off with a woman’s phone was foiled by a Good Samaritan last Friday.
The victim told police that she was standing in front of 200 Park Avenue South at 8:43 p.m. when Nickoles Rodriguez, 18, allegedly snatched her phone out of her hand and fled. However, police said that Rodriguez was stopped at the northeast corner of East 18th Street and Broadway by a civilian. The teen was later charged with grand larceny and possession of stolen property.

MAN ACCUSED OF SPITTING AT AND BITING EMT
Police arrested Thomas Thompson for assault last Friday at 9:45 a.m. at First Avenue and East 30th Street. An EMT told police that he was treating a patient on East 30th Street when Thompson allegedly approached him and became belligerent. Police said that Thompson then tried to get into the ambulance and leave with the patient who was inside. The EMT said that he ended up not getting in the ambulance but that he did approach the vehicle while it was attempting to drive away and allegedly continued to shout before spitting in the EMT’s face, police said. The EMT opened the door of the ambulance, at which point Thompson allegedly tried to spit at him again. He put up his hand to block Thompson from spitting at him but the suspect then allegedly bit the EMT’s hand.

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