Police Watch: Box cutter attack outside Stuy Town, Men wanted for bank burglary

TEENS ARRESTED FOR ATTACK ON MAN WITH BOX CUTTER OUTSIDE STUY TOWN
Police arrested four people for assault at the northeast corner of East 14th Street and First Avenue last Friday between 6:45 and 8 p.m. Police said that 19-year-old Yale Garner-Lowery, 20-year-old Jasmine Reyes, a 16-year-old girl and a 17-year-old girl attacked another man, causing cuts and bruising. Garner-Lowery allegedly slashed the victim with a box cutter, which was recovered from the scene. The names of the younger suspects are being withheld due to their young age.
An attorney for Garner-Lowery told Town & Village he couldn’t comment on the case because his client was in the process of getting a new attorney. It wasn’t clear if he had a new attorney by T&V’s press time.

MEN WANTED FOR BANK BURGLARY
The New York City Police Department is asking the public’s assistance identifying suspects in regards to a burglary from the Bethpage Federal Bank at 109 West 26th Street. Police said that the suspects entered the bank last Sunday, May 21 at 12:15 a.m. by breaking a basement window. Once inside, they disarmed the security system and attempted to open the bank’s vault. They were reportedly unsuccessful so they fled empty handed. The men are described as white, last seen wearing a green hat, black sneakers, a blue jacket and black jeans.
Anyone with information is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 800-577-TIPS or 1-888-57-PISTA (74782) for Spanish. The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers Website at nypdcrimestoppers.com or texting their tips to 274637(CRIMES) then enter TIP577.

MAN BUSTED FOR ASSAULT OF EMT AT BETH ISRAEL
Thirty-year-old Robert McClelland was arrested for allegedly assaulting an EMT inside Mount Sinai Beth Israel at 281 First Avenue. Police said that last Friday at 9 p.m. McClelland slapped a uniformed EMT in the face, causing substantial pain and bruising.

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Police Watch: Man ‘trespasses’ in micro-apartment, multiple ‘forgers’ busted

MAN BUSTED FOR TRESPASSING IN MICRO-APARTMENT
Elmostafa Bouragreg, 62, was arrested for criminal trespass at the corner of Mount Carmel Place and East 26th Street last Monday at 11:58 p.m. Police said that Bouragreg was inside an enclosed pre-fabricated apartment being used for the new micro-apartment building without permission. Bouragreg was also charged with possession of marijuana.

‘THIEVES’ BUSTED FOR BURGLARY AT J EAST
Police arrested 41-year-old Esteban Mendoza and 51-year-old Bernardo Sanchez for burglary in front of J East Restaurant at 175 Third Avenue last Tuesday at 3:17 p.m. Mendoza was allegedly acting as a lookout while Sanchez allegedly entered a commercial truck through the driver’s side door and removed a work bag from under the seat.

‘FORGER’ NABBED IN UNION SQUARE
Police arrested 29-year-old Jerome Suglam for forgery at the corner of Union Square East and East 14th Street last Tuesday at 10:14 p.m. Upon a car stop, that Suglam was allegedly drinking alcohol inside his car and produced a fake Arizona driver’s license that police said was shown to have purchased over $1,000 worth of merchandise, by fraudulent means. After searching him, police found that he was in possession of an additional counterfeit Arizona driver’s license. Suglam was also charged with possession of stolen property.

BUSTED FOR ‘LOOSIE’ SALES NEAR FIRST AVE.
Sadeq Al-Bahri, 27, was arrested in front of 353 East 14th Street for an unclassified violation of New York State laws last Wednesday at 11:45 a.m. Al-Bahri allegedly sold two loose Newport cigarettes to an undercover officer for $2. The cigarettes were not in New York packaging as required by law, police said.

BELLIGERENT MAN ARRESTED IN UNION SQUARE
Police arrested a 33-year-old man for disorderly conduct at Union Square West and East 17th Street last Wednesday at 12:18 p.m. Police said that the man, identified only as John Doe, was yelling, spitting and causing public alarm inside Union Square Park, where he also harassed an elderly man and littered.

ARRESTS FOR ‘FORGED’ CHECKS AT CHASE BANK
Eighteen-year-old Imani Witherspoon and 24-year-old Mansell McLain were arrested for forgery inside the Chase Bank at 611 Sixth Avenue last Thursday at 6:05 p.m. The bank branch manager told police that Witherspoon and McLain entered the bank with a fraudulent check and allegedly attempted to cash it. Witherspoon was also charged with petit larceny.
The previous Tuesday at 6:04 p.m., another man, 20-year-old Ramon Santos, was arrested for forgery at the same bank. Police said that the bank branch manager told them Santos entered the location and presented a fraudulent check to one of the tellers in an attempt to cash it.

MEN ARRESTED FOR ‘DRUG DEALS’ NEAR WASHINGTON IRVING
Two people were arrested for selling drugs near Washington Irving High School last week.
Rafael Vazquez, 44, was arrested in front of 145 East 15th Street for sale on school grounds last Thursday at 7:18 p.m. Police said that Vazquez sold a quantity of a controlled substance to an undercover detective and the deal allegedly took place within a thousand feet of the school. He was also in possession of alleged marijuana and an additional quantity of a controlled substance.
He was also charged with intent to sell a controlled substance, sale of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance and possession of marijuana.
Police arrested 22-year-old Romer Collado for sale of a controlled substance in front of 123 East 15th Street last Tuesday at 8:02 p.m. Police said that on seven separate occasions, Collado sold an amount of a controlled substance in the vicinity of the high school. He was also allegedly in possession of a quantity of a controlled substance and packaging used in the sale of narcotics. He was also charged with sale on school grounds, intent to sell a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

MAN NABBED FOR ‘HARASSMENT’ ON 6 TRAIN
Police arrested 26-year-old Bryan Dejesus at the corner of Union Square West and East 14th Street last Friday at 12:30 a.m. Police said that Dejesus harassed a woman while on the uptown 6 train and when police told him to stop harassing her, he said to the officer, “Suck my d—,” and “What you gonna do about it, n—–!” When police attempted to remove him from the train, he allegedly flailed his arms and pushed the officer. Dejesus was charged with resisting arrest, disorderly conduct and harassment.

FIGHT AT SECOND AVE. AND EAST 28TH
Police arrested 46-year-old Thomas Sloan and 45-year-old Yeh Chan for assault at the corner of East 28th Street and Second Avenue last Friday at 4:31 a.m. Police said that Sloan and Chan got into an argument which turned violent. Both men punched each other in the face and Chan allegedly bit Sloan. Police did not have any information about why the fight started.

‘DISORDERLY’ MAN ARRESTED INSIDE UNION SQUARE STATION
Andre Rodriguez, 39, was arrested at Fourth Avenue and East 14th Street last Friday at 6:39 a.m. Rodriguez was allegedly smoking a cigarette in the mezzanine of the Union Square station and ignored requests to put it out. Police said he resisted arrest by going limp and tensing up his arms, and when he was brought back to Transit District 4 inside the station, he allegedly refused to walk and had to be carried by officers. Police said that while he was being escorted, he caused screamed at the officers, causing public alarm. He was charged with resisting arrest and disorderly conduct.

ASSAULT ON EAST 26TH STREET
Police arrested 24-year-old Roberts Parks for assault and menacing in front of 200 East 26th Street last Saturday at 11:08 p.m. Police said that Parks punched and kicked the victim in the face, causing swelling and pain. The victim also told police that Parks lifted up his shirt and showed what appeared to be a gun, but no gun was recovered from the scene.

‘URINATOR’ ARRESTED ON EAST 28TH
Forty-year-old Arbu Jordan was arrested for a health code violation and possession of marijuana in front of 340 East 28th Street on Sunday at 1:50 a.m. Jordan was allegedly urinating on a tree in public and after he was searched, police said that he had a ziplock bag of marijuana inside his left sock.

WOMAN ARRESTED FOR BOX CUTTER
Police arrested 44-year-old Melissa Justice for weapons possession and menacing in front of 28 West 23rd Street last Monday at 8:18 a.m. Justice was allegedly holding a box cutter out in front of the victim’s place of employment, scaring the victim. Police said that a box cutter was recovered from Justice’s left front jacket pocket.

Cops arrest box-cutter attack suspect

Surveillance photos of box-sutter attack suspect

Surveillance photos of box-cutter attack suspect

By Sabina Mollot

Police have arrested a man they say used a box-cutter to slash two men across the face and punch and smack other victims, all in one morning on the street and on the subway.

Twenty-four-year-old Derrick Mcleod of 82 Macon Street, Brooklyn, has been charged with five counts of assault and four counts of criminal possession of a weapon.

Cops said the pattern began on Wednesday at around 1:10 a.m. when Mcleod allegedly punched another straphanger in the face on a northbound 4 train at Broadway/Lafayette.

Then at 1:18 a.m., he punched another random stranger in the face at the Bleecker stop. McLeod had a metal object in his hand at the time, the victim said, and as a result of the punch, he got a cut on his face.

At Union Square, McLeod fled the location where he allegedly slapped a 20-year-old woman on the right side of her face, causing her injury.

He then made his way up the stairs near the Food Emporium, where a 46-year-old man was standing by the elevator. He then asked the other man for $2, and when he refused, McLeod slashed him on the right side of his face, police said. Minutes later, McLeod crossed 14th Street where a 59-year-old man was waiting for the M14 bus. That man was then asked for a dollar, and when he refused, McLeod allegedly slashed on the right side of his face.

All victims were taken to Bellevue Hospital in stable condition.

Police said they found the box-cutter at a nearby location and that McLeod later admitted (in substance) to all the attacks except the slap.

His attorney, Karen Funk, declined to comment on the arrests.

Police on lookout for man who slashed victims with box-cutter in Union Square

Suspect behind attacks on subway and street

Suspect of attacks on subway and street

Police are looking for a box-cutter wielding thug who they say attacked four people on the subway and on the street early Wednesday morning.

The pattern began at around 1:20 a.m. when two men approached a 35-year-old man on a northbound 4 train at Broadway/Lafayette. One of them punched the straphanger in the face with the exposed blade of a box cutter in his hand, which cut the victim’s cheek, police said. The attacker and victim both stayed on the train until Union Square and 14th Street, where they both got out.

As the attacker, who’s described as black and heavyset, fled the station, he slapped a 20-year-old woman on the right side of her face.

He then made his way up the stairs near the Food Emporium, where a 46-year-old man was standing by the elevator. He then asked the other man for $2, and when he refused, the attacker slashed him on the right side of his face. He then crossed 14th Street where a 59-year-old man was waiting for the M14 bus. That man was then asked for a dollar, and when he refused, he was also slashed on the right side of his face, police said. The attacker then fled the location.

All victims were taken to Bellevue Hospital in stable condition. The investigation in ongoing.

The suspected attacker was wearing a white hooded sweatshirt, black vest, blue jeans and red sneakers.

Police Watch: Teen purse snatcher arrested on 5th Ave., Three arrested in assault on E. 23rd

TEEN PURSE-SNATCHER ARRESTED

Police arrested a teenager for robbery in front of 260 Fifth Avenue last Wednesday at 11:32 p.m. Witnesses told police that the teen, along with another person who wasn’t arrested, snatched a woman’s purse. The teen used force to do so, pulling the victim’s hair and dragging her to the ground. The suspect was captured on the scene by a witness and was eventually placed under arrest when police arrived. The victim suffered an injury to her right elbow.

THREE ARRESTED IN ASSAULT

Police arrested three people in connection with an assault at 332 East 23rd Street last Friday at 1:30 a.m. Thirty-seven-year-old Alliesha Joseph-Morgan was arrested for assault and 37-year-old Teddy Wooten and 25-year-old James Barnes were busted for resisting arrest and for assault. Joseph-Morgan, Wooten and Barnes got into a fight with a woman outside a nearby club and allegedly punched the woman in the head and face, causing cuts and contusions. While attempting to arrest Barnes and Wooten, they refused to stop for the officers after being told to do so and refused to be placed in handcuffs. The two men allegedly pushed back, which police said necessitated the use of pepper spray to subdue them, and they refused medical treatment for pepper spray.

MAN ARRESTED FOR ASSAULT AT BETH ISRAEL

Police arrested 48-year-old Ricky Young for assault last Tuesday at 12:46 a.m. in front of Beth Israel’s 9 Perlman Place building. The victim told police that he got into an argument with Young, another patient at the hospital, and when security attempted to escort him out of the building, Young allegedly threw a garbage can and resisted their attempts to make him leave. While security was attempting to remove him, Young allegedly punched the victim in the eye, causing swelling.

MAN ARRESTED FOR ASSAULT BY CRUTCH

Police arrested 50-year-old Joseph Oliver for assault last Thursday at 5:59 p.m. inside 127 West 25th Street. The victim told police that Oliver allegedly assaulted him with crutches, cutting him on the left side of his upper torso. The victim said that he didn’t know Oliver and they didn’t have any kind of argument that would have escalated the incident. The victim does not speak English and is only fluent in Spanish and an officer at the scene translated the information.

WOULD-BE TEEN ‘BURGLAR’ BUSTED ON SECOND AVE.

Police arrested a teen for possession of burglar’s tools in front of 444 Second Avenue last Wednesday at 8:06 a.m. Officers saw the teen being chased by two people who were yelling that the teen had stolen one of their phones. They headed north on Third Avenue, then East on East 24th Street. Police then saw the teen going north on Second Avenue on a bike toward East 25th Street. He kept going the wrong way on Second Avenue and police stopped him at the northeast corner of Second Avenue and East 25th Street. He was in possession of a metal bolt cutter and a Samsung G4 cell phone. Police were unable to verify if the cell phone was stolen.

GREENCARD ‘SCAMMER’ BUSTED

Fifty-seven-year-old Jenetta Ferguson was arrested for grand larceny last Wednesday in front of 100 West 23rd Street. A man told police that he had given $8,500 to Ferguson on the promise that she would acquire a greencard for him. Ferguson is the victim’s ESL instructor and she allegedly has been given the money over the span of three months and has asked for more “to continue the visa process,” police said. Ferguson has received no legitimate documentation from INS or any agency to show that the money had been used for its promised purpose. The victim pointed her out on the street and she was arrested. She allegedly stated, “People, people, you think you are trying to help but they think it’s extortion.”

PHONE STOLEN FROM DOCTOR’S OFFICE

Police arrested 55-year-old Osvaldo Vasquez for petit larceny last Wednesday at 3:19 p.m. inside a doctor’s office at 16 East 16th Street. The victim told police that Vasquez is a patient at his office on the second floor. Vasquez was inside the office when the victim stepped out to use the restroom and when he returned, his cell phone was missing from the desk. After he called the police, officers demanded that Vasquez was to return the cell phone if he had it. Vasquez then allegedly reached into his groin area and pulled out an iPhone.

MAN ARRESTED FOR CITI BIKE ‘THEFT’

Twenty-year-old Christian Gonzalez was arrested for possession of stolen property last Friday at 7:21 p.m. on the corner of Seventh Avenue and West 15th Street. Gonzalez was allegedly in possession of a stolen Citi Bike. After searching him, police found that he was also allegedly in possession of a stolen Citi Bike keycard that belonged to someone else. A representative from Citi Bike verified that the bike was last docked on June 5 at 5:52 p.m. in the 5th precinct. Gonzalez does not belong to the Citi Bike program, police said.

‘JETPACK’ SWIPED FROM CONSTRUCTION SITE

Police arrested 32-year-old Jonattan Martinez, petit larceny last Monday at 1:15 p.m. inside the 13th Precinct at 230 East 21st Street. Martinez allegedly took a Verizon JetPack HotSpot from a cabinet without permission to do so from inside the construction site at 444 Second Avenue.

TRESPASSER ARRESTED ON WEST 27TH

Police arrested 52-year-old Michael Mack for burglar’s tools and criminal trespassing last Thursday at 8:23 p.m. in front of 34 West 27th Street. Mack allegedly entered the freight entrance of the building without permission by slipping metal scissors into the lock and forcing the door open. When Mack was stopped, he was also in possession of metal pliers and a metal pick believed to be burglar’s tools, police said.

MAN ARRESTED FOR BAR THEFT

Police arrested 54-year-old Fabian Peralta for petit larceny last Thursday at 11:12 p.m. at 299 First Avenue. Peralta allegedly swiped a guitar and camera from a nearby bar.

MAN NABBED FOR THREATS WITH BOX-CUTTER

Twenty-year-old Matthew Forty was arrested for menacing in front of 111 East 18th Street last Friday at 1 a.m. Forty allegedly displayed a yellow box-cutter knife while stating, “I’ll cut all of you,” the victim told police.

‘MENACE’ ARRESTED ON EAST 28TH

Police arrested 51-year-old Bruce Manning for assault and menacing in front of 14 East 28th Street last Saturday at 1:58 a.m. Manning allegedly hit the victim in the back of the head with an unknown object after he got in the middle of a fight between Manning and another tenant in the building. Manning also allegedly threatened the victim with a knife.

MAN BUSTED FOR STOLEN ACCOUNT INFO

Police arrested 37-year-old Jon Reich for stolen property last Saturday at 5:27 p.m. on the corner of Park Avenue South and East 25th Street. Reich was seen driving a motorcycle without a license plate and when police stopped him, he did not have a driver’s license or registration. He was also allegedly in possession of a credit card that didn’t belong to him, as well as a bank account with a routing number and a credit account number with an expiration date that did not belong to him.

ATM ‘THIEF’ NABBED ON SEVENTH AVE.

Police arrested 35-year-old Curtis Lawson for grand larceny last Wednesday at 1:13 a.m. in front of 307 Seventh Avenue. An investigator for the NCR Corporation was investigating money missing from ATMs that Lawson was servicing. The investigator had Lawson’s manager call him in to question him about possible involvement and he allegedly admitted to taking money from an ATM that he serviced on Lafayette Street. Lawson had $1,126 in cash in his wallet and two screwdrivers in his possession, police said.