Police Watch: Bomb threat at Sony building, Man arrested for weapon at Bellevue

MAN CHARGED WITH MAKING BOMB THREAT, KICKING WOMAN IN SEPARATE INCIDENTS
Police arrested a man in Union Square last Monday for an alleged bomb threat inside the Sony building at 25 Madison Avenue over the summer. He was caught by police after allegedly attacking a woman on a train in Harlem.
Police said that 35-year-old Sherman Tolbert went inside the Sony building lobby on July 20 at 11:30 a.m. and shouted “bomb!” multiple times, then allegedly left three letters with the word “bomb” and signed his name. Police said that Tolbert went back to the building’s lobby about 25 minutes later and shouted “bomb!” again multiple times, causing panic and alarm.
Tolbert was arrested last Monday at 4:50 p.m. after he allegedly kicked a woman on her hand as they were on a train at the 4/5/6 station at Lexington Avenue and East 125th Street. Police apprehended him when the train pulled into Union Square.

MAN ARRESTED FOR WEAPON AT BELLEVUE
Police arrested a 41-year-old John Doe for weapons possession inside Bellevue Hospital at 462 First Avenue last Saturday at 8:30 p.m. Police said that they were responding to reports of an emotionally disturbed person in the Sixth Precinct and when they arrived, the man was holding spackling tools. Police told him to put the tools down but he reportedly refused and was arrested. When police were attempting to restrain him in the hospital bed, the suspect reportedly jerked his arm in a way that injured one of the officers.

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Man made false bomb threat on L train

sept22-false-bomb-threatPolice are looking for a man who made a false bomb threat on the L train on Saturday. At around 5:45 p.m., the man, who was on the L after it left the Bedford Avenue station, yelled out “Bomb!”, then counted down from five and yelled out “boom!”

This was prior to the bomb going off in Chelsea at around 8:30 p.m.

A passenger took a picture of the suspect with her cell phone before she made an exit at the First Avenue station.

The individual is described Hispanic, 30 to 40 years old, 5’10”; and was last seen wearing a white t-shirt and blue 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 www.nypdcrimestoppers.com or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential.

Police Watch: Pair indicted in rental scam, teen arrested for masturbating in Union Square

MEN WANTED FOR RESTAURANT ROBBERY
Cops are hunting three men who they believed robbed Crema, a restaurant at 111 West 17th Street.
On September 12 at 10:30 p.m., police arrived at Crema after being called by a restaurant employee who said three men walked in and snatched a cash register from behind the bar. The victims also said that one of the robber pulled out a machete and demanded money in Spanish. The men then fled west bound on West 17th Street towards Seventh Avenue. The investigation is ongoing and the suspects are described as three Hispanic men in their 20’s wearing masks.

PAIR INDICTED IN RENTAL SCAM
On Tuesday, Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance, Jr., announced the indictment of Matthew Wada, 36, and Jennifer York, 27, for engaging in an apartment rental scam that defrauded more than 20 victims, many of whom were moving to New York City for the first time, out of approximately $60,000 dollars. Following an investigation by the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office and the NYPD’s sixth and ninth precincts, the indictments charge the defendants with scheme to defraud in the first degree and multiple counts of grand larceny in the fourth degree. Wada is also charged with grand larceny in the third degree.
According to documents filed in court and statements made on the record in court, from late October 2013 to early March 2014, Wada and York gained temporary access to various apartments by renting the apartment through websites including Craigslist and NYHabitat.com for vacation or a short-term stay. The apartments were located throughout Manhattan, including in Midtown, Chelsea, Greenwich Village, and the East Village. Once the defendants gained access to an apartment, they would then advertise it for rent on different websites, including Craigslist and Bazarynka.com, the latter a website serving the Polish community in New York.
Victims who responded to the defendants’ rental advertisements were shown an apartment Wada or York had access to for only a short period of time. The victims, who were falsely told that Wada was the apartment’s landlord, signed long-term lease agreements with future start dates and gave the defendants varying amounts of rent and security deposits up front.
Victims lost anywhere from $150 to $4,500, with average losses around $2,200. In many  cases, multiple victims signed leases for the same apartment.

CRAIGSLIST ‘SCAMMER’ BUSTED IN STUY TOWN
Police arrested 23-year-old Sarkis Avoyants in front of 447 East 14th Street in Stuyvesant Town last Wednesday at 2 p.m. Avoyants, along with another man, allegedly stole $500 from someone who had contacted him on Craigslist to conduct a move. The two men took the money from the victim and then fled without providing the service that was promised, police said.  Police caught Avoyants but the other man got away.

‘GROPER’ NABBED THANKS TO GOOD SAMARITAN
Fifty-year-old Stuart Bennett was arrested for sexual abuse last Thursday at 5:05 p.m. on the corner of Sixth Avenue and West 27th Street. Bennett allegedly approached a woman from behind, put his hands on her hips and forcibly pushed himself into her with his groin and began gyrating into her buttocks. A witness, who flagged down a nearby Port Authority police officer, told police that he saw Bennett forcibly gyrating against the woman.

TEEN MASTURBATES ON L PLATFORM
Police arrested a teenager in the Union Square subway station for public lewdness last Friday at 9:30 a.m. The teen was on the L platform masturbating under the stairs leading to the N/Q/R platform with his right hand inside his right front pants pocket. The teen attends Park West High School at 525 West 50th Street and is in 11th grade. His name is being withheld due to his tender age.

MEN ARRESTED FOR COUNTERFEIT BILLS
Police arrested three men for forgery last Tuesday at 11:35 p.m. on the corner of Second Avenue and East 24th Street. Troy Brooks, 23, and Darryl Riddick, 21, allegedly used counterfeit money to buy beer at a nearby bar. Twenty-year-old Shamar Dunigan was allegedly working with Brooks and Riddick and also attempted to make purchases at the bar with counterfeit money. He was also in possession of additional counterfeit currency, police said.

MAN ARRESTED FOR ‘BOMB THREAT’
Police arrested 32-year-old Justin Davidson inside the 13th precinct for false alarm of a fire last Wednesday at 7:15 p.m. Davidson allegedly dialed 911 operators and made threats to blow up the NYC Transit System by means of telephone. The report did not specify where Davidson made the call from or if he made threats about a specific station.

TWO MEN BUSTED FOR ASSAULT
Police arrested two men involved in a fight last Wednesday. Kenny Smith, 51, was arrested at 3:06 p.m. in front of the BRC at 127 West 25th Street and thirty-eight-year-old David Cameron was arrested in front of 124 West 25th Street at 3:16 p.m. Smith allegedly picked up a 2×4 piece of wood and struck the victim in the back of the head and Cameron allegedly punched the same man in the head, causing physical injury. The incident occurred at the BRC where Smith was apprehended immediately and Cameron was arrested down the block after attempting to flee.

WOMAN ARRESTED IN UMBRELLA ASSAULT
Police arrested 25-year-old Desiree Rodriguez for assault last Saturday at 1:29 a.m. in front of 12 East 22nd Street. The victim told police that he and Rodriguez, his neighbor, had an argument about the volume of the television and the argument escalated into a physical fight. Rodriguez allegedly grabbed an umbrella and repeatedly struck him, causing cuts on both his right and left forearms.

MAN BUSTED FOR SKIPPING CLUB COSTS
Police arrested 22-year-old Saverio Galasso for theft of services in front of The Hurricane Club at 360 Park Avenue South last Saturday at 3:13 a.m. Galasso paid $450 of his bill in cash and attempted to pay the rest on a credit card. When the card was declined, he allegedly attempted to leave without paying the remaining balance, which was $988.

ARRESTED FOR SLEEPING IN CARDBOARD BOX
Police arrested 27-year-old Keshaun Williams in front of 4 East 15th Street last Wednesday at 6:19 a.m. for violation on undisclosed New York State laws. Williams was allegedly sleeping on a public sidewalk inside cardboard boxes about four feet tall and eight feet long.

BUSTED FOR BURGLAR’S TOOLS
Police arrested 36-year-old Fidel Valasquez for possession of burglar’s tools last Saturday at 12:10 p.m. on the corner of East 23rd Street and Madison Avenue. Valasquez was seen casing multiple commercial pharmacies while holding what appeared to be cash. He then entered a pharmacy in the area and allegedly attempted to use a counterfeit $20 bill to make purchases. When police searched him, they found that the money was fake and he was also allegedly in possession of burglar’s tools.  No information was available on the specific pharmacy that Valasquez entered.

MAN ARRESTED FOR SKIPPING CAB FARE
Police arrested 23-year-old Marcus Sirmans for theft of services at the 13th precinct last Sunday at 3:22 a.m. Sirmans got into a yellow taxi at West 116th and Broadway and gave the driver his home address, 340 East 29th Street. The driver brought him to the location and Sirmans then allegedly told the driver that he had no money because he left his wallet at the party. The driver brought Sirmans back to his original location but nobody answered the door because there wasn’t anyone left at the party. The driver then brought Sirmans to the precinct closest to where he lives and told officers what happened, leading to his arrest for failing to pay his taxi fare of $83.50.

ARREST FOR SELLING CIGS
Police arrested Jorge Rendall, 55, for violating tax law at the corner of First Avenue and East 27th Street last Wednesday at 9:50 a.m. Rendall allegedly sold an untaxed pack of Newport Light cigarettes to someone for $8.

MAN ARRESTED FOR SALE OF ‘HEROIN’
Police arrested 42-year-old Alfredo Fabian for the intent to sell a controlled substance in front of 132 West 15th Street last Tuesday at 1:43 p.m. A plain-clothes officer saw Fabian casing the corner at West 15th Street and Sixth Avenue. Fabian then allegedly approached two other people and sold a quantity of heroin. He was in possession of a large quantity of alleged heroin, police said.

Police Watch: ‘Groper’ arrested at Stuy Town Red Mango, Bomb threat at hotel, Parks employee busted for ‘theft’

Compiled by Maria Rocha-Buschel

‘GROPER’ CAUGHT AT STUY TOWN RED MANGO
Fifty-nine-year-old David Mavashev was arrested for sexual abuse inside the Red Mango at 264 First Avenue last Wednesday at 12:59 p.m. Mavashev allegedly grabbed the victim’s butt and left breast while she was working.

‘TERRORIST THREAT’ AT GANSEVOORT HOTEL
Police arrested 55-year-old James Goff for terrorist threats last Sunday at 9:28 p.m. inside the Gansevoort Hotel at 420 Park Avenue South. Goff allegedly told a hotel employee, “A bomb will go off tonight or tomorrow over here.” Police searched the building but didn’t find a bomb, but while investigating, found that Goff did have an active warrant for his arrest.

MAN PUNCHED OUTSIDE BETH ISRAEL
Cops arrested Ezzard Davis, 41, after he allegedly punched another man in the face in front of Beth Israel, 281 First Avenue and 16th Street last Friday at 9:34 a.m. Police said the punch only caused a small cut.

PARKS EMPLOYEES BUSTED FOR ‘THEFT’
Police arrested 52-year-old Lydia Brito and 26-year-old Arabian Breland for stolen property at Union Square West and East 17th Street last Wednesday at 9:39 p.m. Police were in the park responding to a radio run of an assault. The victim told police that he was in the park and put his bag down before a fight started and after someone punched him in the face, he noticed that his bag was gone. Witnesses later told police that two park employees, Brito and Breland, had taken the bag and put it into their garbage pail. Police approached them later in the park office and asked if they had found a backpack with a cell phone in it. They both said no but they were allegedly in possession of the backpack and knew where the cell phone was.

MAN BUSTED FOR ‘THEFT’ FROM RESTAURANT
Police arrested Lawrence Wallace, 47, for petit larceny at First Avenue and East 17th Street last Tuesday at 3:04 p.m. A waitress in a nearby restaurant told police that she seated Wallace, who then headed to use the bathroom while the waitress continued greeting customers. She noticed a few minutes later that he was leaving and one of her co-workers told her that Wallace swiped a cell phone and $72 in cash off one of the tables. When she and her co-worker attempted to stop Wallace, he allegedly stuffed the cash down his pants and fled on foot. He was found on the back of a public bus and was in possession of the cash and the phone, police said.

POST OFFICE ‘TRESPASSER’ :
I DON’T KNOW HOW I GOT INSIDE
Police arrested 31-year-old Anthony Palermo for trespassing inside the Post Office at 149 East 23rd Street last Saturday at 12:05 a.m. Palermo was allegedly inside the lobby of the post office, which was closed at the time. He couldn’t get out because all the doors were locked. He told police that he didn’t know which door he got in through and that he entered the post office accidentally. A postal inspection service inspector told police that they will not prosecute for federal charges but police could proceed with state trespassing charges.

CHAIR THROWN AT BETH ISRAEL NURSE
Police arrested 21-year-old Micael Bekele, a psychiatric patient at Beth Israel, after he allegedly fractured a nurse’s wrist. Bekele was at the hospital at 9 Perlman Place for evaluation last Wednesday morning when he allegedly threw a chair at a nurse in charge of his care, causing her wrist to fracture.

WOMAN NABBED IN
MADISON AVENUE ‘ROBBERY’
Police arrested Jessica Darling, 29, after she allegedly robbed another woman on Madison Avenue and East 26th Street last Thursday at 4:29 a.m. Police said Darling approached a woman and asked for money and when the woman told her no, Darling allegedly reached behind her back into her waistband and demanded money in a threatening manner. The victim told police she believed Darling was reaching for a weapon.

MAN BUSTED FOR CAB ‘VANDALISM’
Police arrested 36-year-old Jay Oren for criminal mischief at East 14th and Third Avenue last Tuesday at 12:17 a.m. Oren intentionally broke the rear right window on the passenger’s side of a cab, police said. The value of the property was approximately $250.

WOMEN ARRESTED IN FIGHT ON THIRD AVE.
Twenty-one-year-old Starasia Allen and 36-year-old Celina Coleman were arrested for assault in front of 395 Third Avenue last Wednesday at 3:16 a.m. Allen allegedly punched Coleman in the head and stuck a comb in her ear, causing her some physical injury. Police said that Coleman also punched Allen in the head, causing a bump and bruising.

SCHNAPPS-DRINKER BUSTED FOR ‘KNIFE’
Police arrested 19-year-old James Charltown for weapons possession at 24 Union Square East last Wednesday at 12:53 p.m. Charltown was seen drinking peppermint schnapps out of a water bottle in the park and when police searched him, he was allegedly in possession of a gravity knife in his right front pocket.

ARREST FOR NAPPING NEAR ATM
Police arrested 61-year-old Gerald Russell for criminal trespassing inside the ATM area at 360 Park Avenue South last Thursday at 9:48 a.m. Russell was allegedly sleeping inside the bank without permission to do so.

MAN ARRESTED FOR SLEEPING IN FOUNTAIN
Twenty-two-year-old Nicholas Phillips was arrested at 1 Union Square West last Tuesday at 6:45 a.m. Phillips was allegedly sleeping inside the park water fountain, which he got into by climbing over a four foot wall, against park rules and regulations.

SUBWAY ‘MUSICIANS’ BUSTED
Police arrested 32-year-olds Raymond King and Gregory Hood in the Union Square subway station last Saturday at 7 p.m. Hood and King were allegedly making “unreasonable noise” with a drumset inside the station.

MAN PUNCHED AT BRC
Twenty-nine-year-old Jonathan McDuffie was arrested for assault in the BRC (Bowery Residents Committee) shelter at 127 West 25th Street last Friday at 8:08 p.m. McDuffie allegedly argued with the victim while he was playing video games and then punched him in the head and face. The punches caused a raised lump on his forehead.

‘FORGER’ CAUGHT WITH CREDIT CARDS
Police arrested 44-year-old Michael Jones for forgery in front of 60 West 23rd Street last Tuesday at 2:42 p.m. An officer recognized Jones as a person wanted for a prior grand larceny in the 13th Precinct. When he was stopped, he was allegedly in possession of several credit cards that weren’t his.