Man arrested for bank robberies in Kips Bay, Upper East Side

Robbery suspect

By Maria Rocha-Buschel

Police arrested 50-year-old Jon Waulters on Wednesday in connection with seven bank robberies throughout the city, including one in Kips Bay.

Waulters allegedly got away with cash after passing a demand note to a teller inside a Kips Bay Chase Bank at 450 Third Avenue between East 31st and 32nd Streets on March 13 around 1:10 p.m.

Police said that Waulters’ spree began on March 9 on the Upper East Side and he allegedly robbed another bank on the Upper East Side on May 11.

Waulters allegedly conducted two bank robberies on the Upper East Side about 15 minutes apart last Wednesday, reportedly pointing a gun at a teller while passing a demand note inside the HSBC at 1165 Third Avenue at East 68th Street and getting away with cash from a Capital One at 1295 Second Avenue, also at East 68th, at 4:17 p.m. He fled south on Second Avenue but was arrested about a half an hour later at 4:49 p.m.

Waulters was charged with seven counts of robbery.

Police looking for men behind two attempted bank robberies

May11 Chase robber number two

Kips Bay Chase Bank attempted robbery suspect

Police are looking for two men who attempted to rob local Chase Banks in separate incidents.

On Tuesday at around 5:30 p.m., a man strolled into a bank at 501 Second Avenue and 28th Street, approached a teller and passed a note demanding money. The teller didn’t comply, though, and the suspect fled the scene. He was last seen walking southbound on Second Avenue.

The would-be robber of the Kips Bay bank is described as being white, 35-40 years old, approximately 5’5″ tall, with a slim build. Police also said he had a light complexion with blisters around his mouth and a tattoo on his neck. At the time of the incident he was wearing blue jeans, a beige baseball cap, a gray sweatshirt and a black hooded jacket.

Police are also looking for a man who tried to rob a Chase Bank in NoMad on Friday, but left emptyhanded.

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Man wanted for East Side bank robberies

Robbery suspect

By Maria Rocha-Buschel

The NYPD is asking for the public’s help in finding a man wanted for two bank robberies on the East Side.

Most recently, the suspect went into a Chase Bank at 450 Third Avenue between East 31st and 32nd Streets yesterday around 1:10 p.m. and passed a demand note to a bank teller. Police said that the teller complied and gave the suspect an unspecified amount of money. He then fled in an unknown direction.

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30th St. Shelter resident arrested in connection with robberies in Kips Bay and near Stuy Town

Robbery suspect

Robbery suspect

By Sabina Mollot

Cops have arrested a resident of the 30th Street men’s shelter, who they believe is responsible for robbing five people at businesses. Police said that in one of the incidents, a female victim was bashed over the head with a stapler and in others the suspect threatened to kill his victims. Two of the alleged holdups were near Stuyvesant Town, two were in Kips Bay and a fifth was in East Midtown.

John Marino, 56, was collared on Friday at 4 p.m. after police from the 13th Precinct recognized him from surveillance photos. It wasn’t clear if they found him at the shelter or elsewhere within the confines of the precinct, which runs from 14th Street to 30th Street from Seventh Avenue to the East River.

UPDATE: Police spotted Marino last Friday at Bellevue Hospital around 4:20 p.m. after recognizing him from the surveillance photos and Marino allegedly entered a restricted area of the medical center while trying to flee. Police said that he attempted to climb a fence to avoid arrest, and he was also charged with criminal trespass. 

One cop said Marino’s no stranger to the criminal justice system, with 18 prior arrests. Some are sealed but others include robbery, burglar and petty larceny.

For the recent incidents, he’s been charged with five counts of robbery, five counts of assault and five counts of criminal possession of a weapon.

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

AFTER COPS ATTEMPT TO MAKE PROSTITUTION ARREST, DRIVER TRIES TO FLEE POLICE
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.

TEEN ARRESTED FOR SEXTORTION
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

CHASE BANK ROBBER WANTED
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

BANK ROBBER HITS TWO SANTANDER BANKS IN MIDTOWN
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.

TEEN BUSTED FOR PHONE THEFT
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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First Avenue Chase Bank robbed

Mar31 Chase Bank suspect

Bank robbery suspect

Cops are on the lookout for a man who robbed the Chase Bank located across the street from Stuyvesant Town on Thursday, March 24.

The man, who strolled into the bank at 255 First Avenue and 15th Street at around 4:30 p.m., allegedly passed a note to a teller demanding cash. The teller then handed the man around $1,500 and he ran off in an unknown direction.

The suspect is described as a white, approximately 5’6″ tall and was last seen a wearing a black hoodie sweatshirt with the letter DG, a black baseball cap, black gloves and had a band aid on his chin. An employee at the bank referred questions about the incident to a company spokesperson who declined to comment.

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.

Police arrest suspect in Manhattan bank robbery spree

ABDUL HARLEY

ABDUL HARLEY

By Maria Rocha-Buschel

Police arrested 43-year-old homeless man Abdul Harley for robbery last Thursday after he allegedly attempted to rob five different banks earlier that day, in addition to five other robberies that police said that he has committed since November. The suspect had been seen on surveillance video wearing a blue painter’s jumpsuit while running away from the scene of robberies he allegedly committed in January.

Harley’s alleged spree last Thursday began at 9:24 a.m. inside a Bank of America at 800 Sixth Avenue. Police said that he walked into the bank and demanded money but when the teller refused, Harley fled empty handed. He was more successful after an alleged robbery from a Banco Popular at 345 Park Avenue South between East 25th and 26th Streets at 10:47 a.m.

Police said that after Harley demanded money, the teller complied and he fled with an undetermined amount of money.

Later that afternoon at 1:09 p.m., Harley allegedly attempted to rob a Chase Bank at 1221 Madison Avenue on the corner of East 88th Street but police said that when he demanded money from the teller, the teller walked away from the window and Harley fled empty handed. He then went to the HSBC Bank at 1340 Third Avenue, between East 76th and 77th Streets, and approached an empty teller window. Police said that he motioned to an employee to come over but the employee, who recognized Harley from surveillance photos that had been handed out by police, ignored him and Harley then fled the bank.

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Police Watch: Stuy Town ‘thief’ busted, teen arrested for threatening dad

STUY TOWN ‘TRESPASSER’ ARRESTED, KNIVES FOUND NEARBY
Nineteen-year-old Andrew Kane was arrested for burglar’s tools and criminal trespass last Monday at 3:52 a.m. inside 323 Avenue C. Stuyvesant Town’s Public Safety Department told police that Kane was inside a vestibule at the building without permission because he isn’t a resident and he was allegedly standing near two knives that were on the floor. However, according to information from the district attorney’s office, Kane was actually seen in a garage and allegedly admitted, “I know I wasn’t supposed to be in there.” The complaint from the D.A. states that the knives at the scene had blades at least four inches long.

‘THIEF’ BUSTED IN STUY TOWN BUILDING
Police arrested 34-year-old Kenneth Samuels for petit larceny inside 447 East 14th Street last Tuesday at 1:19 p.m. Police said that Samuels was working with two people who weren’t arrested and stole property from an apartment. Samuels allegedly admitted that he had knowledge of the other two suspects who allegedly swiped property from the apartment. According to a complaint from the D.A.’s office, the alleged incident took place July of 2014 at a building on East 6th Street where the victim lived. The victim is a woman who’d invited two men she’d met at a bar to go home with her. At some point she fell asleep and when she woke up, saw that her iPhone, iPad and credit card were missing. Because any photos taken on her phone are uploaded to the woman’s laptop, she later saw a photo of someone who the D.A.identified as Samuels, who had visited her apartment the night prior, pop up on the screen.

TEEN PULLS KNIFE ON DAD
A sixteen-year-old was arrested for menacing inside 120 Lexington Avenue last Monday at 7:50 p.m. The victim told police that he asked his son to clean up ketchup that had spilled on the floor after an argument. He went into his son’s room to make him clean up the mess when the teen allegedly pulled a small knife out on him and the victim then called the police. The teen’s name is being withheld by T&V due to his tender age.

MEN ARRESTED FOR ‘MUGGING’ ON WEST 25TH
Twenty-year-old Kyle Matthews and 21-year-old Raliek Young were arrested for robbery last Saturday at 6:26 p.m. near 130 West 25th Street. Police said that Matthews and Young intimidated a victim so that he would give them cash and placed the victim in fear for his safety. Young allegedly fled but was caught at the corner of Sixth Avenue and West 23rd Street. The men were also charged with fraudulent accosting, resisting arrest and possession of stolen property.

‘PICKPOCKETS’ ARRESTED ON BROADWAY
Police arrested two known pickpockets for grand larceny and possession of stolen property in front of 913 Broadway last Tuesday at 11:07 p.m. Police said that Paul Neal, 31, removed the victim’s wallet from his bag while Daniel Velez, 26, acted as a lookout. Police said that the victim’s property was found on Neal.

SHRIMP ‘THIEF’ BUSTED ON THE SUBWAY
Police arrested 31-year-old Jorge Escobar-Adorno for theft of services and possession of stolen property at the corner of Park Avenue South and East 22nd Street last Tuesday at 12:20 p.m. Escobar-Adorno was walking east from West 21st Street and Sixth Avenue and allegedly entered the uptown 6 train station by crawling under the turnstile without paying the fare. When police searched him, he was allegedly in possession of eight bags of frozen shrimp from Trader Joe’s that police said was stolen.

ASSAULT ON THIRD AVE. AND EAST 27TH
Police arrested 26-year-old Luis Corniel for assault at the corner of Third Avenue and East 27th Street last Tuesday at 6:35 p.m. Police said that Corniel punched the victim in the face, causing pain and a small cut. There was no information available about how the dispute started or if Corniel knew the victim.

WOMAN BUSTED FOR ‘DRUG DEAL’
Police arrested 64-year-old Marion Smith in front of 180 East 23rd Street last Wednesday at 8:35 a.m. for sale of a controlled substance. Smith allegedly sold a quantity of a controlled substance to an undercover police officer.

FIGHT AT BELLEVUE
Police arrested two people involved in a fight at Bellevue Hospital inside 462 First Avenue last Friday at 3 a.m. Abdiwahid Abrahim, 37, and Christina Grant-Crosby, 28, were both charged with assault. Abrahim allegedly broke Grant-Crosby’s finger and police said that Grant Crosby hit Abrahim with an umbrella. Police did not have any information about how the fight started or how Abrahim and Grant-Crosby knew each other.

CHASE BANK ‘TRESPASSER’ ARRESTED
Police arrested 41-year-old Gurey Rodriguez for criminal trespass inside the Chase Bank at 69 Fifth Avenue last Friday at 5:40 a.m. Police said that Rodriguez was inside the bank sitting on the radiator. He was allegedly not conducting banking business and signs there clearly state no loitering.

MAN ASSAULTED ON THIRD AVENUE
Thirty-year-old William Uihlein was arrested for assault last Sunday at 8:08 p.m. at the corner of Third Avenue and East 19th Street. The victim told police that he was walking south on Third Avenue when he heard someone yelling. He turned his head and Uihlein allegedly grabbed him and punched him in the face. The victim had redness and swelling on the right side of his face.

WOMEN NABBED FOR ‘THEFT’
Police arrested 47-year-old Macaro Gaunchaux and 35-year-old Theresa Haynes for grand larceny, possession of stolen property and jostling at the corner of Sixth Avenue and West 28th Street last Wednesday at 3:11 a.m. Gaunchaux and Haynes were allegedly jostling the victim’s pockets at the corner. Police said that they snatched the victim’s credit card and then used it to make purchases. They were also in possession of cash and other items belonging to the victim, police said.
Gaunchaux was also later charged in an additional grand larceny incident at the 13th Precinct. Police said that she stole property from someone’s hotel room at the Marriott Hotel at 1535 Broadway at an earlier date.

MAN NABBED FOR ‘STOLEN’ CREDIT CARDS
Sixty-year-old Jose Huerta was arrested for grand larceny at the corner of East 14th Street and Union Square East last Wednesday at 10:50 p.m. Police said that on multiple occasions and at multiple subway stations, Huerta used stolen credit cards at MetroCard vending machines.

MAN NABBED FOR BIKE ‘THEFT’
Police arrested 39-year-old Robert Monfiston for burglar’s tools, petit larceny and possession of stolen property in front of 133 Fifth Avenue last Friday at 12:55 p.m. Monfiston allegedly removed boltcutters from his backpack, clipped a lock that was attached to a bicycle and removed the bike without permission. After he was searched, police said that he was in possession of multiple burglars’ tools.

MAN ARRESTED FOR UNION SQUARE ‘ASSAULT’
Police arrested 53-year-old Nicholas Rhodes for assault at the corner of Union Square West and East 16th Street last Sunday at 1:15 a.m. Rhodes allegedly punched the victim in the face, causing swelling to his right eye.

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.

Letters to the Editor, Feb. 19

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Bank policy less than user friendly

Many years ago my lawyer suggested a durable power of attorney document for me and my husband. I put our durable power of attorney documents away until I felt that I might need to use it to pay the ongoing bills.

Recently he was hospitalized and I went to the Chase Bank on First Avenue directly across from Stuyvesant Town on Fifteenth Street. After two days of being asked questions, I was told that it would be in action the next day. The next day, I was told by the bank officer that the document had been refused because it had not been written up in the last six months.

I then said that people do not do this every six months, but only get it done to use in an emergency. She said there was nothing she could do, for that was the rule.

I have my own checking account there and have been a customer for about 20-30 years and even when I brought that up I was still not someone passing through New York City, she still could not do anything for me. I called my lawyer who said that it was just the policy of Chase Bank and did not know of a six-month limit in other cases.

My husband has since recovered and I am going to update this document. I am writing to advise and to warn my neighbors of this ruling by Chase. It might be time to look around for another bank, for I always thought that I could use it whenever an emergency arose.

Mary Devers, ST

Tenants’ subletting is none of TA’s business

Re: “Subletting requires more than just matchmaking,” letter, T&V., Jan. 15, which was written in response to the T&V Jan. 8 article, “New business aims to find sublets for students in Stuyvesant Town”

To the editor:

In years past, the Tenants Association used to stand with tenants. However, in Susan Steinberg’s letter lambasting the sublet matchmaking service, the TA is standing with the property owner. Whose side are they really on?

They are focused on outing the tenants who may need to sublet their apartment for totally valid and legitimate reasons, and may not wish to go to the landlord for approval.

Legally speaking, a tenant who overcharges a sub-letter can be liable for treble damages. And, whether or not they sublet is provided in the terms of their lease with landlords, which is construed liberally in favor of tenants by state courts. Tenants are responsible for knowing the rules.

It seems like the TA is taking an “anti-youth” position here. Tenants do not need the Tenants Association providing “helicopter parenting” to lecture them on what they may or not do.

Name Withheld, ST

Police Watch: Teens arrested for First Ave. robberies, Man busted for multiple ‘burglaries’

TEENS NABBED FOR TWO ROBBERIES ON FIRST AVENUE AND 23RD STREET
Police arrested three teens at the corner of First Avenue and East 23rd Street last Thursday at 2:50 a.m. for two different robberies.
One of the victims told police that he was walking south on First Avenue at the northeast corner of East 23rd Street when three unknown boys surrounded him and demanded his phone.
The victim said that one of the teens took a wooden stick and started to hit him on the face and body. While he was trying to run away, his phone fell out of his pocket and police later recovered the victim’s phone from the right pants pocket of one of the teens.
A second victim told police that she was waiting for the bus at the northeast corner of East 23rd Street and First Avenue when the three teens tried to snatch her phone from her hand. She said that she was texting when they walked up behind her, reached over her shoulder and tried to grab her phone. She told police that she started running away and as she was running, the teens threw large chunks of ice at her, which hurt her lower back.
The names of the teens are being withheld due to their age.

POT ‘DEALER’ BUSTED OUTSIDE STUY TOWN
Police arrested 28-year-old Elijah Johnson for the sale of marijuana in front of 515 East 14th Street last Friday at 4:59 p.m. Police said that Johnson sold a quantity of marijuana to an undercover officer. Johnson was also charged with possession of marijuana.

MEN ARRESTED FOR ‘PROSTITUTION’ AT SPA
Police arrested 36-year-old Ping Du and 26-year-old Yun Lu for prostitution inside Moon Boy Spa at 101 West 25th Street last Friday at 5:15 p.m. Police said that Du massaged an undercover officer and agreed to engage in sexual intercourse for $160. Lu massaged the same undercover officer and allegedly agreed to engage in anal sex in exchange for $160. Du and Lu could not produce valid massage licenses.

MAN BUSTED FOR ‘BURGLARIES’
Police arrested 67-year-old Ira Goldberg for burglary, grand larceny and petit larceny inside the 13th precinct last Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. Police said that Goldberg entered the fifth floor of the Adorama camera store at 42 West 18th Street without permission and opened a locked door with a credit card. He also allegedly went to the sales floor of the location and removed camera equipment valued over $15,000. He was charged with two counts of burglary in the 13th Precinct this year, one count of grand larceny in Midtown South last year, one count of grand larceny and two counts of petit larceny in the 13th precinct last year and one count of grand larceny and petit larceny in the Midtown North precinct this year.

‘AGGRESSIVE’ MAN ARRESTED AT BELLEVUE
Police arrested 28-year-old Christopher Marcano inside Bellevue at 462 First Avenue last Thursday at 2:20 a.m. Marcano was charged with resisting arrest and disorderly conduct. Police said that Marcano was acting loud and aggressive inside an ER patient holding area, causing alarm and a hazardous environment to other patients. Marcano also allegedly pulled his arms away as officers attempted to put him in handcuffs, causing a struggle.

SEX OFFENDER ARRESTED FOR ‘FRAUD’
Police arrested 44-year-old Jamel Lee for an unclassified felony and fraud inside 444 Second Avenue last Friday at 12:20 p.m. Lee is a registered New York State level 2 sex offender after having been convicted of attempted rape in the first degree on September 3, 1991. Lee allegedly gave a written statement containing false information and intending to defraud the state as to his true residence or living status.
He allegedly failed to notify New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services of an address change within 10 calendar days by September 11, 2012 as required by New York State corrections law.
Police said that he also failed to return the signed annual verification forms to New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services after they were mailed to his last registered address in 2013 and 2014 as required by corrections law and he allegedly failed to appear at his local law enforcement agency to provide a photo within 20 days after his annual registration date, by July 18, 2014, as required every three years by NYC corrections law.

‘TRESPASSERS’ BUSTED ON EAST 28TH
Police arrested 31-year-old Tiffany King and 38-year-old Antonne Frazier for criminal trespassing inside 224 East 28th Street last Wednesday at 10:50 p.m. King and Frazier allegedly entered and remained unlawfully on the roof landing at the building even though signs in the stairwell state that there is no access to the roof and roof landing except for authorized personnel.

VENDORS ARRESTED FOR I LOVE NY MERCH
Police arrested 57-year-old vendor Young Yang for forgery in front of 37 West 28th Street last Tuesday at 1:45 p.m. Police said that Yang was displaying 36 bracelets with a trademark counterfeit logo for I Love NY.
Police arrested 43-year-old Prakash Dasani for forgery in front of 1201 Broadway last Friday at 2:25 p.m. Dasani was allegedly displaying 107 pieces of costume jewelry which bore a trademark counterfeit logo for I Love NY.

WOMAN ARRESTED FOR CHILD ENDANGERMENT
Police arrested 27-year-old Iasia Purcell for endangering the welfare of a child inside 4 East 28th Street last Tuesday at 12:33 p.m. Purcell allegedly left her daughter and son alone and unsupervised for almost two hours.

MAN NABBED FOR ‘POT’
Police arrested 22-year-old Abdoully Kane for possession of marijuana last Wednesday at 8 p.m. on the corner of Broadway and West 29th Street. Police said that Kane had a small plastic bag of marijuana in his right hand. He was brought back to the stationhouse and issued a summons.

‘POT DEALERS’ ARRESTED ON BROADWAY
Police arrested two men for the sale of marijuana and possession of marijuana on the corner of Broadway and West 28th Street last Tuesday at 5:50 p.m. Alexander Henson, 27, and Stephon Pierre, also 27, allegedly sold a quantity of marijuana to an undercover officer. Police said that Henson was also in possession of a controlled substance and that Pierre was in possession of additional marijuana.

ATM ‘TRESPASSERS’ ARRESTED
Two men were arrested for criminal trespassing inside ATM vestibules this past week.
Cleon Vondothard, 46, was arrested inside 225 Fifth Avenue last Thursday at 8:30 p.m. Vondothard was allegedly inside the Chase ATM vestibule and was not conducting any bank business and did not have permission to be inside the location.
Police arrested 55-year-old Christopher Schafer for criminal trespassing inside the Bank of America at 399 Third Avenue last Friday at 6:31 a.m. Police said that Schafer did not have permission to be inside the location and a sign at the facility says that it may only be used to conduct banking business.

SUBWAY ‘SPREADER’ ARRESTED
Police arrested 47-year-old Kevin McNicholas at the Union Square subway station last Friday at 3:30 a.m. for an unclassified violation of New York State laws. McNicholas was allegedly completely outstretched on a downtown 4 train, occupying multiple seats and with his feet up.

PUBLIC ‘URINATOR’ NABBED ON WEST 24TH
Police arrested 48-year-old Wendell Foston for an unclassified violation of New York State laws in front of 100 West 24th Street last Saturday at 1:33 a.m. Foston was allegedly urinating on a public sidewalk in public view.

Man stabbed in Stuy Town, left paralyzed, cops say

Suspect arrested, charged with attempted murder

Bellevue Hospital (Photo courtesy of hospital)

Bellevue Hospital (Photo courtesy of hospital)

By Maria Rocha-Buschel

Police arrested a man last Saturday who allegedly robbed and stabbed a man in Stuyvesant Town on East 20th Street on December 16 at 8:11 a.m. Arpad West, 21, was arrested at the 13th Precinct at 10:30 p.m. and police said that the victim involved in the stabbing has been paralyzed.

Police said that at the time of the incident, West stabbed the victim with three knives, once in the back of the neck and vertebrae area and another in the side of the neck near the carotid artery, causing permanent paralysis to his lower body.

While West was allegedly stabbing the victim, he yelled, “I am going to kill you! Give me your PIN number! I want you dead!” and took his credit card and cell phone.

West was seen on surveillance video leaving the building at 10:34 a.m. According to the criminal complaint, the victim couldn’t move his arms or legs directly after the incident and he was rushed to Bellevue Hospital, where he underwent surgery to his spinal cord and carotid artery.

Police said that West attempted to use the credit card five times at an ATM inside the Chase Bank location at 333 East 23rd Street at 10:48 a.m., and he was also allegedly in possession of another credit card that didn’t belong to him.

West allegedly admitted to police that he stabbed the victim in the neck and back of the head and that he wanted to kill him, that he had demanded the PINs from the victim, that he took his credit card and attempted to use it at an ATM multiple times, that he took the victim’s cell phone and that he took a credit card from a second victim.

West was officially charged with assault, attempted murder in the second degree, robbery, grand larceny and two counts of criminal possession of stolen property. Police said that West’s relationship to the victim was unclear but the two appeared to know each other, and noted that the stabbing was a surprise attack inside an apartment.

West’s next court date is this Thursday. His Legal Aid attorney did not respond to a request for comment by T&V’s deadline.

Police Watch: Man shot on Avenue D, teens arrested in armed mugging

TEENS BUSTED FOR ARMED MUGGING AT ACS
Police arrested four teenagers for robbery last Tuesday at 9:03 p.m. Three of the teens were arrested inside the ACS facility at 462 First Avenue and one was caught at the corner of Park Avenue South and East 28th Street. Police said that one of the teens threatened the victim with a knife while they forcibly took her jacket and shoes and warned her not to go back to the ACS facility or tell the police. The teens were also charged with menacing and weapons possession. One of the teens who was arrested at the ACS facility was also charged with possession of stolen property and was in possession of a stolen cell phone. The names of the teens are being withheld due to their age.

SHOOTING ON AVENUE D
The New York City Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance in locating and identifying a suspect wanted in connection with a shooting in Alphabet City. The 19-year-old victim was involved in an argument with the suspect last Friday at 11:20 p.m. in front of 60 Avenue D. The suspect then pulled out a gun and shot twice, hitting the victim in the chest and neck. EMS transported the victim to Bellevue Hospital in stable condition. Police described the suspect as a Hispanic male who was last seen wearing dark jeans and a dark-hooded sweatshirt. Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477).

CHASE BANK ‘ROBBER’ BUSTED
Police arrested 26-year-old Ricco Slade inside Bellevue Hospital last Tuesday at 5 p.m. for robbery. Police said that Slade went into a Chase Bank on West 86th Street and passed a note to a teller demanding money. The note allegedly said, “I have a gun. Remain calm. Give me 100s, no dye, no GPS. Call the police five minutes after my departure.” The teller agreed and passed Slade $2,000 in cash. A gun was not recovered from the scene.

TEEN ARRESTED IN 7-ELEVEN STICK-UP
Police arrested a teenager inside the ACS facility at 462 First Avenue last Sunday at 5:58 a.m. for a robbery that took place inside the 7-Eleven at 247 Third Avenue. The victim told police that a man walked into the store wearing a black coat, black hooded sweatshirt and jeans. He allegedly said, “Give me all the money in the register” and pulled up his shirt, displaying a gun in his waistband. He was seen fleeing the store, headed south on Third Avenue. Police searched the neighborhood and found the teen at the ACS facility, as well as a gun. The teen was also charged with possession of a weapon and possession of marijuana. His name is being withheld due to his age. Video footage is available at the 7-Eleven and at the ACS facility.

MAN STABBED AT BELLEVUE SHELTER
Police arrested 67-year-old William Mahoney for assault inside the Bellevue Men’s Shelter at 400 East 30th Street last Friday at 4:50 p.m. Mahoney allegedly stabbed the victim several times in his back, chest and shoulder with a large kitchen knife. Mahoney was also charged with possession of a weapon. The victim was transported to Bellevue Hospital and there was no additional information about his condition.

MAN ARRESTED FOR ‘STEALING’ PACKAGE
Police arrested 39-year-old Jason Colon for burglary last Tuesday at 7:39 p.m. inside 151 West 16th Street. Colon allegedly forcibly entered the residential building and took a US postal service delivered package from the building’s lobby area. Police said that Colon then entered the elevator with the package and opened it. The victim confronted Colon in the basement and he allegedly pushed the victim in an attempt to escape, causing the victim physical pain on his head. Colon was also charged with assault.

MAN ‘STEALS’ FROM COUSIN IN THIRD AVE. BUILDING
Police arrested 52-year-old Pedro Ovalles for grand larceny at 333 Third Avenue last Sunday at 9:52 p.m. The victim told police that he had passed out in his building’s hallway in front of his apartment door at  4 a.m.  that morning. At that time, Ovalles, who is the victim’s cousin, stole his property from his pockets, he said. The building has cameras in the hallway, which captured the incident.

‘POT’ DEALER BUSTED OUTSIDE STUY TOWN
Police arrested 26-year-old Broidy Blake for the sale of marijuana in front of the Associated Supermarket at 409 East 14th Street last Friday at 9:10 p.m. Blake allegedly sold a quantity of marijuana to an undercover officer.

HOME DEPOT EMPLOYEE BUSTED FOR ‘THEFT’
Police arrested 25-year-old Rebecca Santiago for grand larceny in front of 40 West 23rd Street last Wednesday at 8:37 p.m. Police said that Santiago was working as a cashier at the Home Depot and stole $1,604 over a 90 day period.

‘DRUNK’ DRIVER ARRESTED NEAR PETER COOPER
Police arrested 26-year-old Joshua Waite at the corner of Avenue C and East 23rd Street for intoxicated driving last Saturday at 6:26 p.m. Waite was allegedly involved in a car accident at the location, which caused injuries. Police said that Waite had bloodshot, watery eyes, was unsteady on his feet and had a moderate smell of alcohol on his breath. Waite also allegedly did not have a valid driver’s license at the time of the accident.

MAN NABBED FOR ‘THEFTS’ FROM CARS
Police arrested two people in connection with thefts from cars last Saturday at 10:01 p.m. Stephen Rosado, 53, was arrested for weapons possession at the corner of Park Avenue South and East 20th Street and Lynn Nieves, 54, was arrested at the corner of Third Avenue and East 27th Street for petit larceny. Nieves was allegedly helping Rosado break into three different vehicles by trying to open the door handles. Police said that Rosado was in possession of property that was taken from a car in an earlier incident, as well as a metal knuckle knife and a credit card belonging to a victim from a grand larceny auto from 2006. Rosado was also charged with possession of stolen property, possession of burglar’s tools and petit larceny.

MAN ASSAULTED OUTSIDE 15TH ST. BAR
Police arrested 27-year-old Daniel Graf for assault in front of the Headless Horseman at 119 East 15th Street last Saturday at  11:57 p.m.  The victim told police that he was standing outside a bar at the location when Graf approached him for no reason and allegedly punched him in the face, causing swelling, redness and pain. Graf was held by a bar bouncer and cuffed by a community affairs officer who happened to be in the area.

‘DRUNK’ DRIVER ARRESTED AT UNION SQUARE
Police arrested 44-year-old Seny Tavares for intoxicated driving last Sunday at 3:50 a.m. at the corner of Union Square East and East 15th Street. Police said that Tavares was driving a vehicle that two witnesses had seen hit two other cars and leave the scene. The witnesses followed Tavares and alerted police about the incident at the location. Tavares allegedly had bloodshot eyes and an odor of alcohol on his breath. Police said that he refused a breathalyzer test.

FIGHT AT PARK AVE. SOUTH AND EAST 29TH
Police arrested 23-year-old Mohammed Redziovic and 21-year-old Bekim Redza for assault at the corner of Park Avenue South and East 29th Street last Sunday at 4:36 a.m. The victim told police that the two men walked up to him and they allegedly assaulted him unprovoked, punching him in the face, knocking out one of his teeth and causing pain and swelling to his cheek and forehead.

ASSAULT AT SECOND AVENUE
Twenty-two-year-old Richard Duncan was arrested for assault at the corner of Second Avenue and East 27th Street last Sunday at 9:22 p.m. Duncan allegedly punched a man in the face, causing swelling and bruising to his eye. The victim told police that he hadn’t had an argument with Duncan at the time, but did have an argument with him in the same location earlier in the day.

BUSTED FOR SELLING SOCKS WITHOUT A LICENSE
Police arrested 57-year-old Gladys Rivera for violating New York State laws in front of 120 West 28th Street last Friday at 3:50 p.m. Rivera was allegedly displaying and offering for sale more than ten pairs of socks without a DCA license and police said that she couldn’t produce one when asked.

TABLET STOLEN FROM DOCTOR’S OFFICE
Mark Baines, 54, was arrested for burglary last Friday at 6:46 p.m. inside a doctor’s office at 61 West 23rd Street. The victims told police that they walked into the reception area of the office and noticed that a Samsung tablet was missing.
They called the police and Baines was allegedly in possession of the tablet, which police said was inside his hooded sweatshirt’s pocket.
Baines was also charged with possession of burglar’s tools, possession of a weapon and possession of stolen property. Police said that he had a hammer in the waistband of his pants and a BB gun in the bag that he was carrying.