Robbery, burglary up in 13th precinct

Deputy Inspector Steven Hellman at the recent community council meeting (Photo by Maria Rocha-Buschel)

By Maria Rocha-Buschel

Robbery and burglary are up in the neighborhood, Deputy Inspector Steven Hellman reported at the 13th precinct’s monthly Community Council meeting this past Tuesday. Both crimes are up by 50% in the last 28 day period, Hellman said, with a citywide bank robbery pattern contributing to the increase in the number of robberies for the precinct. 

Robberies have been an issue for the precinct for the last few months as well, particularly ones committed by teenagers who live at the Administration for Children’s Services facility on First Avenue just north of Bellevue, but Hellman said that none of the robberies from the last few weeks have been attributed to ACS kids. Three teens have been arrested in the last month for robberies out of 21 incidents, Hellman specified, but none of them live at the ACS facility. 

Hellman said that there are currently three patterns that are affecting the increase in robberies and burglaries for the precinct. One is attributed to a bank robbery pattern in which a man who doesn’t have a weapon passes a note to tellers and demands cash. Hellman said that the pattern is citywide, with four of the incidents occurring in the 13th precinct. 

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Man arrested for East Village home invasion

Burglary suspect Tyler Lockett

By Maria Rocha-Buschel

Police arrested Louisiana resident Tyler Lockett, 22, on Tuesday in connection with a home invasion that took place in the East Village earlier this summer.

According to the NYPD, Lockett followed a 21-year-old woman into her apartment building near East 12th Street and Avenue A on Friday, July 26 around 1:45 a.m. The victim later told the New York Post that Lockett had wrapped his arm around her throat while she was trying to open her door, causing her to briefly lose consciousness.

Police said that Lockett also forcefully pushed his way into her apartment and grabbed her, told her to shut up and allegedly threw her to the ground while covering her mouth to prevent her from screaming.

The victim’s 22-year-old roommate, who was home at the time and had been sleeping, woke up and encountered Lockett, who then allegedly fled the scene. Police said that he was last seen fleeing on foot near East 11th Street and First Avenue.

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Burglary on East 10th Street

Burglary suspects

The New York City Police Department is asking the public’s assistance identifying a person wanted for questioning in connection to a burglary that occurred within the confines of the 6th Precinct.

It was reported to police that on Wednesday, August 14 around 8 a.m. inside 32 East 10th Street, an unidentified man and woman entered a 31-year-old female’s apartment by unknown means. Once inside, they removed approximately $5,200 worth of jewelry and electronics before fleeing in unknown direction.

Anyone with information in regard to the identity of these two individuals 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 CrimeStoppers website at nypdcrimestoppers.com or on Twitter @ NYPDTips.

Man arrested for stealing wine from Chelsea restaurant after scaling building, allegedly masturbating inside

By Maria Rocha-Buschel

Police arrested a 50-year-old man after he allegedly scaled a wall at a West 24th Street building in an attempt to evade capture and reportedly stole wine from the restaurant’s cellar last week.

Steven Vega reportedly broke into Zauo, a Japanese restaurant at 152 West 24th Street, on Tuesday, August 20 around 12:40 a.m. when the restaurant was closed. Police said that the building manager spotted Vega inside through security cameras and said that he was inside the building illegally and without permission to be there.

When police arrived at the scene around 1:40 a.m., two officers spotted Vega on the second floor, after which he allegedly tried to escape through two separate roof access points. Police said that Vega then scaled down the side of the building, then went back up to the roof.

Three officers then followed Vega onto the roof by going up the fire escape and managed to arrest him. According to the district attorney’s office, police also spotted Vega allegedly masturbating via the surveillance video while Vega was allegedly in the hallway inside the building.

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Doorman arrested for masturbating in resident’s apartment

By Maria Rocha-Buschel

Police arrested a doorman last month who allegedly broke into a resident’s apartment and masturbated while inside earlier this year.

Police said that 21-year-old Ronald Yagual, a doorman at a building on West 23rd Street in the Flatiron District, went inside the victim’s apartment without permission on Thursday, May 23 around 3 a.m.

According to the District Attorney’s office, Yagual masturbated and then removed water from the victim’s refrigerator without permission to do so. Yagual was arrested inside the 13th precinct on Wednesday, July 17 at 9:30 a.m.

Yagual was charged with burglary as a sexually-motivated felony, petit larceny and criminal trespass. The court issued a temporary order of protection for the victim against Yagual but he was released on his own recognizance during a court appearance on Wednesday, July 17. The exact location of the building is being withheld to protect the victim.

An attorney for Yagual could not be reached for comment on the case by T&V’s press time.

Police Watch: Teens busted for burglary, Motorcyclist accused of reckless endangerment

TEENS BUSTED FOR CONSTRUCTION SITE BURGLARY
Police busted two teenagers for allegedly breaking into a construction site at 322 East 18th Street on Tuesday, June 11 at 8:17 a.m. The victim told police that he arrived at the job site and noticed that the secure door on the ground floor was broken and when he got to the main floor, he heard a commotion in the basement. He saw that his alarm system was unplugged and the key pad was broken and he said that he then saw the two teenagers leaving the site through the broken door. He took photos of the teens, which he showed to officers who arrived at the scene, and after searching the area, police caught the two suspects. The victim also said that while he was taking a photo of the two teens who were arrested, a third teen ran past them and fled to East 18th Street towards First Avenue. The teens were also charged with criminal mischief.

MOTORCYCLIST ACCUSED OF RECKLESS ENDANGERMENT
Police arrested 29-year-old Ricardo Bonano for alleged reckless endangerment at the corner of First Avenue and East 14th Street on Tuesday, June 11 at 3:11 p.m. Police said that Bonano was seen driving a motorcycle without license plates and he allegedly ran a red light while popping a wheelie in traffic. Bonano was also charged with being an unlicensed operator and an unclassified traffic infraction.

TEEN NABBED FOR STEALING FROM TAXIS
Police arrested a teenager for allegedly stealing from cab drivers throughout the neighborhood earlier this month.

The teenager reportedly reached into a taxi that was in front of 401 Park Avenue South on Sunday, June 9 around 11:15 a.m. and stole the driver’s cell phone.

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Police Watch: Man accused of slashing friend, Man busted for Irving Place burglary

MAN ACCUSED OF SLASHING FRIEND OVER PHONE, MONEY
Police arrested 54-year-old Christopher Timmons for an alleged robbery that took place outside the Goodwill at 105 West 25th Street on Friday, June 7 at 8:30 a.m. Police said that Timmons, who knew the victim, asked to use his phone, then put the phone in his pocket. When the victim asked for his phone back, Timmons allegedly slashed him with an unknown weapon, causing cuts to his left elbow and right finger. Police said that Timmons and the victim also had an argument about money. Timmons allegedly fled on foot with the victim’s phone, and neither the phone nor the weapon were recovered when Timmons was arrested on Saturday, June 8 at 2:50 a.m. inside the 13th precinct.

MAN BUSTED FOR IRVING PLACE BURGLARY
Police arrested 31-year-old Jeff Seidenberg for an alleged burglary inside 67 Irving Place on Friday, June 7 at 8:20 p.m. Police were responding to a call about an unknown person in the stairwell of a commercial building and when they conducted an interior patrol, they reportedly found Seidenberg hiding under a bench on the 10th floor. When they searched him, they found that he was allegedly in possession of property belonging to one of the businesses in the building. Police said that he did not have permission to be inside the building and he was also charged with criminal trespass and possession of a controlled substance. There are multiple businesses in the building, including Irving Place Surgery & Wellness Center on the floor where Seidenberg was caught, but police did not specify which business he allegedly stole from or what property was taken.

MEN CHARGED WITH ROBBERY OUTSIDE TAJ LOUNGE
Police arrested 27-year-old Levan Easley and 27-year-old Raymond Rodriguez for an alleged robbery at the corner of West 21st Street and Fifth Avenue on Sunday, April 21 at 4:20 a.m. The victim told police that he was leaving the Taj Lounge at 48 West 21st Street when he was attacked by an unknown number of people who hit him in the face and allegedly stole his jewelry. Easley and Rodriguez were charged with robbery and assault on Tuesday, June 4 at 10:40 p.m. inside the 13th Precinct. Two other people were arrested in connection with the incident on May 8 and May 29.

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Police Watch: Man charged with apartment burglary, Teens arrested for fight

MAN CHARGED WITH GRAMERCY APARTMENT BURGLARY
Police arrested 52-year-old Santiago Ferreira for an alleged burglary inside 125 East 17th Street at Irving Place on Sunday, April 28 at 2 a.m.

The victim told police that he was out at a diner when an unknown person broke into his apartment by forcing the front door open. He said that when he returned home around 12:45 a.m., his door was open and the apartment was a mess with a number items having been taken. The victim said that the deadbolt had been broken and was on the floor, and there were also items in the apartment that didn’t belong to him. He told police that he spoke to his neighbor, who said that he heard noises around 6 p.m. that evening.

While waiting for the NYPD evidence collection team, the victim was pinging his MacBook so that it would make an audible noise when Ferreira allegedly came into the apartment with the victim’s stolen items. It was unclear why Ferreira went to the victim’s apartment with the allegedly stolen property but police said that he also lives in the building.

Ferreira allegedly told police that a friend gave him the victim’s stolen items, so police are still looking for a second possible suspect in connection with the actual apartment break-in.

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Police Watch: Girls arrested at Good Shepherd, Man accused of groping Barnes and Noble employee

GIRLS ARRESTED FOR ASSAULT OF COP AND EMPLOYEE AT GOOD SHEPHERD
Police arrested a teenage girl for an alleged assault inside Good Shepherd Services, a residence for girls, at 337 East 17th Street on Tuesday, April 16 at 3:59 p.m. Police said that the girl bit a staff member at the group home on the forearm, causing swelling, marks and pain.

The victim told police that the girl also threw a big, hard object at his face, causing a broken nose, bleeding and swelling to his left eye. The teen was also charged with resisting arrest because she reportedly flailed her arms and legs to prevent officers from handcuffing her, resulting in four officers being injured.

Nineteen-year-old Shaniah Daniels was also arrested inside Good Shepherd while police were attempting to arrest the other teen. Police said that Daniels attempted to intervene in the initial arrest, allegedly punching one of the officers in the face.Daniels was charged with assault of a peace officer and an unclassified misdemeanor.

The name of the first teen is being withheld due to her young age.

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Man allegedly swiped chandeliers and more

HOME DEPOT CHANDELIER

By Maria Rocha-Buschel

Police have arrested a man who reportedly walked out of the Home Depot on West 23rd Street with a chandelier he didn’t pay for — twice.

Robert Frierson, 48, went inside the store at 40 West 23rd Street on Tuesday, March 12 around 11 a.m. and allegedly took a box containing a chandelier. According to the district attorney’s office, video surveillance shows Frierson walking into the store empty-handed and walking out with the box, which police said that he didn’t pay for.

Police said Frierson returned to the store the following day around 9:15 a.m. and could be seen on video surveillance going to the lighting aisle before taking another chandelier box without stopping at the register to pay.

The DA’s office said that Frierson entered the store again on Sunday, March 17 at 8:45 a.m. and allegedly took a shower head and bathmat before leaving without paying for the items.

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Police Watch: Man arrested for Stuyvesant Town package theft, Suspect pleads guilty to burglar’s tools

THIRD MAN BUSTED FOR STUY TOWN PACKAGE THEFT
Police have arrested a third person in a connection with a string of package thefts that occurred on Christmas in Stuyvesant Town.

Thirty-year-old Norman Pope was arrested on Thursday, March 14 at 2:16 p.m. for six alleged burglaries that took place between 1 and 1:45 a.m. on December 25, 2018.

Rahul Cuya, 19, and 32-year-old Justin Irizarry were both arrested for the alleged burglaries within two days of the incidents.

Police said that Pope, along with Cuya and Irizarry, got inside 245 Avenue C around 1 a.m. and stole packages from the lobby, then allegedly broke into 277 Avenue C and stole packages from that building as well. The men allegedly got into 651 East 14th Street at 1:15 a.m. and stole packages, then broke into 271 Avenue C and took packages from that building as well. Police said that the three suspects broke into 281 Avenue C and 645 East 14th Street around 1:40 a.m. Continue reading

Police Watch: Man charged with slashing coworker, Patient accused of sexual abuse at MSBI

MAN CHARGED WITH SLASHING COWORKER AT ELEVEN MADISON PARK
Police arrested 65-year-old Nigel McClean for an alleged assault inside Eleven Madison Park at 11 Madison Avenue on Tuesday, March 5 at 8:50 a.m. The victim told police that he and McClean, who are coworkers, got into an argument inside the restaurant. McClean allegedly picked up a chef’s knife and pointed it at the victim and the victim said that in an act of self-defense, he punched McClean in the face. Police said that during the fight, McClean slashed the victim in the back, cutting him. McClean was also charged with menacing.

PATIENT ACCUSED OF SEX ABUSE OF BETH ISRAEL EMPLOYEE
Police arrested 52-year-old Frankie Serrano for alleged sexual abuse inside Mount Sinai Beth Israel hospital at 281 First Avenue on Sunday, March 10 at 11:52 a.m. The victim told police that she was leaning over while tending to another patient when she felt something hard on her buttocks. When she turned around, she saw Serrano standing behind her and he allegedly had his penis exposed from his hospital gown.

MAN CHARGED WITH PHONE THEFT AT KIPS BAY SHELTER
Police arrested 58-year-old Tony Roman for an alleged theft inside the men’s shelter at 400 East 30th Street on Monday, March 4 at 7:45 p.m. The victim told police that while he was sleeping, Roman ripped open his pants and took his cell phone from his pocket.

After he was arrested, Roman was also charged in connection with a robbery that took place on Thursday, February 28 at 10:50 p.m. Police said that he pulled out a knife and mugged the victim inside the lobby of 148 East 30th Street. He was also charged with weapons possession. Roman was charged with grand larceny for the alleged theft at the shelter.

TWO BUSTED FOR ASSAULT OUTSIDE DELI
Police arrested two people for an alleged assault in front of the deli at 353 East 14th Street on Thursday, March 7 at 4:40 p.m. A teenager and 20-year-old Luis Rios allegedly punched the victim in the head and back while the victim was on the ground. Rios was caught in front of 309 East 14th Street and the teen was busted at the corner of Second Avenue and East 14th Street. Police said that the suspects and the victim did not know each other.

TEEN NABBED FOR WALLET THEFT AT UNION SQUARE MOVIE THEATER
Police arrested a teenager last Thursday for a theft that took place in a movie theater near Union Square earlier this year. The victim told police that he went to the theater at 890 Broadway on January 22 and while he was watching a movie between 6:30 and 8:30 p.m., his wallet went missing. As Town & Village previously reported, 18-year-old Noel Carr was also arrested in connection with this alleged theft. Carr was charged with grand larceny on February 12. The name of the teen arrested most recently is being withheld due to his young age.

MAN ARRESTED FOR SWITCHBLADE IN KIPS BAY
Police arrested 21-year-old Javier Hernandez for alleged weapons possession at the corner of East 26th Street and Second Avenue on Thursday, March 7 at 7:17 p.m.

Police saw Hernandez driving south on Second Avenue with excessively tinted windows and when he was stopped, he allegedly had a switchblade in plain view in the center cup holder of the car. When police searched his vehicle, they also found that he had a small bag of alleged marijuana and a partially smoked alleged marijuana cigarette from the driver’s side air conditioner vent.

MAN ARRESTED FOR DUANE READE THEFT, ROBBERY
Police arrested 46-year-old Martin Negron for alleged possession of a controlled substance at the corner of Second Avenue and East 27th Street on Wednesday, March 6 at 1 a.m. Police recognized Negron at the intersection because he fit the description from a previous alleged theft in which he reportedly stole items from the Duane Reade at 777 Sixth Avenue on Wednesday, February 27 at 10:17 p.m. When he was stopped, police found that he was in possession of an alleged controlled substance.

Upon further investigation, police found that he was a suspect in a previous robbery that took place inside the same Duane Reade on February 23 at 4:13 a.m. Police said that Negron and two other people who weren’t arrested removed beer from the store without paying and caused an injury to the store employee as a result of the alleged theft.

SUSPECT ARRESTED FOR RESTAURANT BURGLARY
Police arrested 26-year-old Ibrahim Jalloh for an alleged burglary that took place at PN Wood Fired Pizza inside 2 West 28th Street on December 23, 2018, at 9:30 p.m. Police said that the front door of the business was damaged and the glass had been cracked. Jalloh allegedly broke into the restaurant while the business was closed and took electronics. Jalloh was arrested on Tuesday, March 5 at 8:45 a.m. inside the 13th Precinct.

Police Watch: Man accused of exposing himself, Man arrested for theft at bath house

CRIME DECREASE THROUGHOUT NEW YORK CITY IN FEBRUARY
This February, New York City experienced 10.8 percent less index crime than in February 2018, the NYPD announced this week. Despite the reduction in overall crime, the NYPD will implement a five-point plan targeted at the violent crime in several neighborhoods throughout the city. The plan includes additional uniformed personnel, strengthening gun prosecutions, expanding the CeaseFire Program by providing interventions to known gang members in Brooklyn and the Bronx and domestic violence gun investigations. The NYPD is also launching a new program, Re-EntryStat, which will closely monitor and analyze the resources provided to people who are re-entering their communities upon release from prison.

MAN ACCUSED OF EXPOSING HIMSELF AT PRINCE GEORGE
Police arrested 33-year-old Saad Sethy for alleged public lewdness that took place inside the Prince George at 14 East 28th Street on February 20 at 3:45 p.m. The building, formerly a hotel, now houses people who are formerly homeless. The victim told police that she is a social worker there and was working when Sethy entered the room, unzipped his pants and showed the victim his penis without her consent. Sethy also allegedly asked her to perform a sex act on him. She told police that she asked him to leave and he fled in an unknown direction. Sethy was arrested inside the 13th precinct on Wednesday, February 27 at 1 p.m.

MAN CHARGED WITH THEFT AT GAY BATH HOUSE
Police arrested 26-year-old Joseph Boodoo for an alleged theft inside the West Side Club, a bathouse for gay and bisexual men at 27 West 20th Street on Sunday, March 3 at 6:21 a.m. A witness told police that Boodoo climbed over a wall from one cubicle in the club to another that belonged to the witness’s friend. The witness then saw Boodoo leave the cubicle with items wrapped in a towel.

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Police Watch: Teen arrested for Flatiron burglaries, Man arrested for assaulting ex-girlfriend

TEEN BUSTED FOR BURGLARIES IN FLATIRON

Police have arrested a teenager they believe was behind a pattern of burglaries in Flatiron.

The first incident was when he broke into Madison Reed Color Bar at 11 West 18th Street on Thursday, January 10 at 9:30 p.m. Police said that he forced open the door at the salon while it was closed and swiped cash from the register.

Later that night at 2:30 a.m. on January 11, the teen allegedly forced open the door of Boqueria at 53 West 19th Street when the business was closed, but he left without taking anything.

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Man charged with burglaries in Union Square

By Maria Rocha-Buschel

Police arrested a man for multiple alleged burglaries that occurred inside a building on West 17th Street just west of Fifth Avenue on February 11.

Police said that 56-year-old Anthony Dunn forced open an apartment door inside the building and took electronics and cash. Dunn allegedly forced the door in another apartment in the building and police said he took electronics from that unit as well, in addition to silverware.

Dunn allegedly attempted to break into a third apartment in the building but while he was attempting to force open the door, another resident heard him went outside his apartment to ask Dunn what he was doing. Dunn reportedly said that he was from maintenance and was there to fix the apartment door, but then said he was at the wrong apartment and he fled the scene without getting inside.

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