Purse-snatching suspect arrested at Food Emporium

Union Square Food Emporium (Photo via Google Maps)

By Maria Rocha-Buschel

Police arrested a 39-year-old man for a string of alleged purse snatchings around Union Square last Tuesday afternoon. Daniel Negrin was busted inside the Food Emporium at 10 Union Square East after he allegedly took a woman’s purse that was on top of her shopping cart and tried to leave the store. A store security officer who saw the incident stopped Negrin as he was attempting to flee. Police said that video surveillance showed Negrin taking the victim’s bag out of her cart, and the victim told police that her bag contained credit cards as well as a Louis Vuitton organizer worth more than $1,000.

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Police Watch: ‘Reckless’ driver arrested, Men wanted for Midtown bank robberies

Police arrested a man after he tried to flee the scene of an attempted arrest for prostitution.
Police said that Yu Yuesheng, 53, was driving with a woman who left the vehicle and engaged in conversation with an undercover officer. According to the DA’s office, she offered and agreed to perform oral sex in exchange for $250. When police attempted to arrest the woman for prostitution, Yuesheng allegedly fled while ignoring police vehicles that were following him.
He was nabbed last Thursday at the corner of Park Avenue South and East 20th Street at 3:37 a.m.
Police said that Yuesheng drove recklessly by failing to obey numerous steady red lights, endangering the safety of himself and others. At the time of his arrest, he allegedly flailed his arms to avoid being handcuffed. The DA’s office said that Yuesheng had about $700 in cash in his vehicle and the woman who was arrested reportedly referred to Yuesheng as her “friend.” Yuesheng was also charged with promoting prostitution, reckless driving and resisting arrest. No further information was available about the woman Yuesheng was with who was reportedly arrested for prostitution.

Police arrested a teenager for promoting sexual performance by a child inside Simon Baruch Middle School at 330 East 21st Street last Thursday at 1:20 p.m. Police said that the teen sent multiple female teenagers photos of his penis through Snapchat and coerced multiple girls into sending photos back in fear that he would expose them. He would additionally FaceTime with girls while he was masturbating. He also intimidated a girl into stroking his penis on a park bench during a lunch break from school.
The teen was also charged with sexual abuse, coercion and performance of an obscenity. His name is being withheld due to his age.

Bank robbery suspect

Bank robbery suspect

Police are looking for a man who robbed a Chase Bank in Kips Bay earlier this month. Police said that the suspect strolled into the bank at 2 Park Avenue between East 32nd and 33rd Street and demanded cash from the teller. The teller complied and the suspect fled. The unknown man is white, in his late 40s to mid-50s and is 5’7” with a slim build. He had grey stubble and was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt with the hood worn tightly around his face, dark-rimmed eyeglasses, dark pants and a backpack.
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. All calls are strictly confidential.

Santander Bank robbery suspect

Santander Bank robbery suspect

Police are looking for a man in connection with two Manhattan bank robberies. The first incident took place at the Santander Bank at Lexington Avenue between East 34th and 35th Streets, when the suspect approached a teller and demanded money on Tuesday, March 8 at 3 p.m. Police said that the teller complied and the suspect fled with an undetermined amount of money.
The second incident occurred inside another Santander location, this one at 711 Third Avenue between East 44th and 45th Streets. Police said that on Thursday, May 12 at 5:30 p.m., the man approached a teller and demanded money. This teller also complied and the man fled with an undetermined amount of cash.
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.

Police arrested a teenager for snatching a phone out of a straphanger’s hand as he sat waiting for the 1 train at the 23rd Street station last Monday.
The victim said after the suspect grabbed his phone, he ran out of the subway station. The victim then chased the teen down West 22nd Street between Sixth and Seventh Avenues and got his phone back, at which point he hit the teen. Neither the suspect or the victim had any visible injuries and both refused medical assistance. Police said that when the suspect was placed under arrest, he resisted by locking his arms and legs. The teen was charged with grand larceny, resisting arrest and possession of stolen property and his name is being withheld due to his age.

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Police Watch: Men wanted for burglaries

Police are looking for two men wanted in connection with six burglaries that occurred in the confines of the First, Fifth, 10th and 13th Precincts. They say the burglars forcibly opened ATMs on the exterior of commercial establishments and fled. Cash was stolen in two of the six burglaries.
The first incident occurred between 7 p.m. on Monday, January 26 and 10 a.m. on Tuesday, January 27 outside SoHo News at 186 Prince Street. The ATM was damaged but no cash was removed.
The second incident happened between 12:28 a.m. on Sunday, February 22 and 12 p.m. on Monday, February 23 outside 225 West 23rd Street. The two burglars removed $4,820 in cash.
The third incident occurred between 11:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 5 and 9:30 a.m. on Friday, March 6 outside the Tasti D-Lite at 203 Spring Street. No cash was stolen but the ATM was damaged.
The fourth incident occurred around 2:30 a.m. on Thursday, March 5 at the corner of Rivington Street and Bowery. The ATM was damaged but no cash was stolen.
The fifth incident happened between 9:15 p.m. on Tuesday, March 17 and 6:30 a.m. on Wednesday, March 18 in front of 46 West 21st Street. The thieves grabbed $2,460 in cash from the ATM.
The most recent incident occurred between 9:55 p.m. on last Monday and 9:37 a.m. last Tuesday outside 144 West 19th Street. The ATM was damaged but no cash was stolen.
Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 800-577-TIPS. 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.

Police arrested 59-year-old Victor Badillo was arrested for robbery and possession of stolen property in front of 703 Sixth Avenue last Monday at 2:43 p.m. Badillo allegedly removed two watches from the Burlington Coat Factory at 707 Sixth Avenue and when a security officer tried to stop him, police said that he pulled a knife from his pants pocket and confronted the officer, saying, “Don’t try to stop me.”
The officer then walked out of the store and flagged down police. He told the cops that a man wearing a yellow shirt would be exiting the store and had been threatening employees with a knife. Badillo then left the store and police told him to stop, but he allegedly didn’t listen.
At that point, an officer pulled out his gun and ordered Badillo to put his hands up. Police said that he dropped the knife but continued to walk away until he was brought to the ground by officers at the scene. Officers recovered one of the stolen watches from the left sleeve of Badillo’s jacket and another watch that he allegedly stole was recovered inside the store.

Police arrested two people in separate incidents for reckless endangerment and criminal trespass inside the Union Square subway station last Tuesday, for trespassing inside the Bowery J station.
James Lanning, 24, was arrested at 3 p.m. Police said that he was seen via surveillance video entering the track area of the Bowery station. “Do not enter” signs are clearly posted in the station. Lanning allegedly surrendered himself at Transit District 4.
Lindsay Nunnery, 21, was arrested at 6:15 p.m. and was allegedly on surveillance video entering the track area of the Bowery station.

Police arrested three women involved in a fight last Tuesday at 3:05 p.m. inside the Halal Deli Grocery at 491 Second Avenue between 27th and 28th Streets. Umit Dikkaya, 35, Tiffany Parks, 24, and Dzhennifer Atayan, 22, were charged with assault. Police said that Parks and Atayan were inside the store when Dikkaya allegedly pushed through them. They got into a fight, and Dikkaya allegedly pulled Parks’ hair and scratched her face, and also bit Atayan’s hand. Parks and Atayan allegedly blocked Dikkaya’s way as she was trying to get into the building. Police also said that Parks and Atayan punched Dikkaya in the face and kicked her in the back.

Police arrested 43-year-old Thurman Davis for petit larceny last Wednesday in front of 276 Park Avenue South at 1:19 p.m. Davis was allegedly in possession of stolen property and police said that he was stopped because he was seen casing commercial vehicles. When police identified themselves to Davis, he allegedly attempted to flee by riding a bicycle on the sidewalk. He was also charged with a public administration misdemeanor, possession of stolen property and an unclassified violation of New York State laws.

Police arrested 64-year-old Preston Solomon for possession of stolen property inside the Bellevue Men’s Shelter at 400 East 30th Street last Saturday at 9:15 p.m. The victim told police that he put his bag down to play soccer and during the game, looked over to check on the bag and didn’t see it. The victim was able to use the Find My iPhone app and an officer located his phone inside the Bellevue Men’s Shelter. Solomon allegedly had the phone in his left front pocket.

Twenty-year-old Yesenia Mendez was arrested for intoxicated driving at the corner of Union Square West and East 14th Street last Thursday at 1:22 a.m. Police said that Mendez committed a traffic infraction while driving and when she was stopped, had a strong odor of alcohol on her breath. She was allegedly unsteady on her feet and had erratic speech. Police said that she refused a Breathalyzer test at the scene and was also carrying a learner’s permit without an authorized driver with her. She was also charged with unlicensed operator and impaired driving.

Police arrested 28-year-old Erol Ozdemir for criminal mischief in front of the Flatiron Hall at 38 West 26th Street last Friday at 12:34 a.m. Police said that Ozdemir was shouting in the street and attempted to fight a bouncer at another bar. He allegedly went towards a parked car and repeatedly hit the windshield with his bag, causing the windshield to crack. Ozdemir was also charged with harassment.

Police arrested three people for selling churros on the L platform at the Union Square subway station in two different incidents last week. Noemi Baez, 42, and Maria Quinatora, 31, were arrested last Saturday at 5:15 p.m. Maria Junga, 52, was arrested later that same day, at 11:55 p.m. Police said that the women were selling the fried pastries for $2 without permission to do so. The women were charged with unclassified misdemeanors of New York State laws.

Police arrested 45-year-old Frankie Blake for grand larceny at the corner of Sixth Avenue and West 14th Street last Saturday at 7:39 p.m. Police said that Blake entered a nearby Joe Fresh clothing store, removed stacks of clothing from the shelves and placed the items inside a booster bag lined with foil. Blake was allegedly in possession of stolen property valued in excess of $1,000. He was also charged with possession of stolen property and burglar’s tools.

Thirty-year-old Nicholas Schulman was arrested for assault last Monday at 2:01 a.m. at the corner of East 21st Street and Fifth Avenue. Schulman allegedly punched the victim in the head, causing pain and swelling to the left side of his face. Police did not have any additional information about whether or not Schulman knew the victim.