Letters to the editor, Nov. 15

Cartoon by Jim Meadows

Scofflaw cyclists are out of control

Dear Town & Village,

Please HELP!

On two separate occasions I have been knocked down by bicycles going the wrong way against the light! This has led me to look both ways on one-way streets and in all directions when crossing the street. Now I have come so close to having had been run over on sidewalks with bicycles riding on sidewalks, going the wrong way! Stuy Town is pretty strict about the rules regarding bicycles riding around the Oval (riders are approached by Public Safety Officers to dismount) but of course, they cannot be everywhere.

No one should be riding on sidewalks or riding the wrong way against traffic.

Something has to be done!

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Police Watch: Teens arrested for robbery, assault in separate incidents

TEENS ARRESTED FOR BELLEVUE PARK SOUTH ROBBERY
Police arrested three teenagers for robbery at the corner of Third Avenue and East 24th Street on Tuesday, September 25 at 6:16 p.m. Police said that the two girls and one boy were working together to steal multiple cell phones from victims while inside Bellevue South Park near 260 Mount Carmel Place earlier that day at 3 p.m. Police said that the teens also grabbed one of the victims by the throat and threw him to the ground before fleeing. The teens were caught after officers searched the area and the victim positively identified them at Third and East 24th.

TEENS ARRESTED FOR ASSAULT AT ASSER LEVY
Police arrested three teenagers for assault that took place at the Asser Levy playground at East 23rd Street and Avenue C on Tuesday, September 25 at 4 p.m. The victim told police that she was playing football in the park when the three suspects walked up to her and started punching her in the face. The victim said that the teens attacked her because she “snitched” on them in regards to an incident from the day before. The teens were arrested inside the 13th precinct on Tuesday, September 25 at 5:58 p.m.

MEN CHARGED WITH STEALING CAR IN EAST VILLAGE
Police arrested 24-year-old Ishmill Jordan, 36-year-old Chris Bazaar and 41-year-old Juan Gonzalez for allegedly stealing a car in the East Village last week. Police said that the victim was putting money in a meter for his car that was parked in front of 153 Avenue A near East 10th Street on Friday, September 28 at 2:50 p.m. when Jordan allegedly jumped into the unlocked vehicle with Bazaar and Gonzalez and drove away. The three were caught at the corner of Irving Place and East 15th Street at 6:03 p.m. and were charged with possession of a stolen motor vehicle and unauthorized use of vehicle, and Jordan was additionally charged with grand larceny of auto.

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Letters to the editor, Sept. 20

Sept20 Toon Cuomo deluge

Cartoon by Jim Meadows

More bikes than ever so why none left?

Re: “Two Citi Bike valet stations arrive in ST,” T&V, Aug. 30

You recently published an article about the Citi Bike racks at 20th and the FDR and First Avenue and 16th Street being made valet racks. This was great news except the rack at 20th and the FDR has been empty four of the last eight mornings I’ve gone out for a bike.

I joined Citi Bike when it first came into Manhattan. Over the last five plus years I’ve not had a bike about 95 percent of the time I’ve wanted one on weekday mornings. I’ve never understood why an area as big as PCV/ST is so underserved by Citi Bike. There are four racks now in the entire complex since the removal of the rack at 14th and B. Other areas in the city have racks every other street. Go across 13th Street and there are racks at almost every avenue.

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Citi Bike seeking larger storage space

City Council Member Keith Powers, pictured with representatives from Citi Bike, helped facilitate the arrival of two valet stations in Stuyvesant Town. (Photo courtesy of Council Member Keith Powers)

By Sabina Mollot

As Town & Village reported last month, two new Citi Bike valet stations have arrived at Stuyvesant Town. Together, the two docks, one on First Avenue and 16th Street and the other on East 20th Street, increased the number of bikes available to residents by 160.

The new bikes came at the request of Council Member Keith Powers, who’d been hearing from residents that there were never any bikes at the docks in the morning.

As it turns out, this may be due in part to the fact that a space in Stuyvesant Town that was leased to Citi Bike for the storage of about 500 bikes, was reutilized to become a new gym. Since then, Citi Bike has leased a smaller space on the property, but according to Rick Hayduk, general manager of Stuyvesant Town, management is trying to find a larger space onsite for the bikes’ storage, possibly on Avenue C.

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Police Watch: Senior arrested for ‘extortion,’ Man busted for Ainsworth burglary

SENIOR CHARGED WITH HOLDING PHONE FOR RANSOM NEAR STUY TOWN
Police arrested 71-year-old El Shaday Yova for alleged grand larceny by extortion at the corner of Avenue C and East 20th Street on Tuesday, August 14 at 5:53 p.m. The victim told police that he left his phone in a taxi and when he called his number, Yova allegedly answered and said that he wanted a reward for finding the phone. Police said that Yova agreed to meet the victim in front of 321 Avenue C to claim a reward, and prior to getting arrested, the victim said that Yova refused to give him his cell phone back until he had the money. Yova was also charged with possession of stolen property.

SUSPECT ARRESTED FOR AINSWORTH BURGLARY
Police arrested a second suspect in connection with an alleged burglary at the Ainsworth at 111 East 18th Street that took place in July. Police arrested 26-year-old Hnsel Devron for the burglary on Monday, August 13 at 3:30 p.m. inside the 13th Precinct.

Police said that Devron and one other person who wasn’t arrested pried open a side door at the bar and entered the building without permission on July 12 around 9 p.m. They reportedly walked out of the bar with two bags containing property. Police did not have further information about what property was taken. The bar was reportedly closed to the public but still contained several liquor bottles. Police also said that technicians were able to lift fingerprints from the door and matched them to Devron.

Town & Village previously reported that 34-year-old Hector Rosario was arrested for the burglary at the time of the incident. Rosario was allegedly acting as the lookout while Devron and a third suspect reportedly broke into the bar. Police caught Rosario three blocks away at the corner of Union Square East and East 15th Street and charged him with possession of stolen property.

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Officials say traffic enforcement and bus volume should make L train shutdown less hellish

Department of Transportation Commissioner Polly Trottenberg and NYC Transit President Andy Byford with Manhattan and Brooklyn elected officials (Photos by Sabina Mollot)

By Sabina Mollot

On Monday morning, transit officials and local elected officials told reporters they don’t expect the dreaded L train shutdown will be the L-pocalypse of doom everyone else is pretty sure it will be for the 15 months it will take to do repairs.

Reasons for this declaration include plans to run 80 shuttle buses an hour over the Williamsburg Bridge during peak times and “aggressive” enforcement to make sure private vehicles don’t jam traffic along high occupancy vehicle lanes. The soon-to-launch Lower East Side ferry schedule will also be timed to coordinate with bus arrivals.

Department of Transportation Commissioner Polly Trottenberg and NYC Transit President Andy Byford, along with the politicians, had hopped out of a shiny, new electric bus — one of 25 that will be implemented during the L shutdown – on 14th Street and Union Square, before announcing a few updates to the mitigation plans.

One is that the NYPD is working on a plan for enforcement of traffic in HOV lanes so they don’t get crowded with private vehicles, including mini-bus services that have popped up.

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Citi Bike to expand before L shutdown

By Maria Rocha-Buschel

Citi Bike will be increasing the number of bikes and docking points, as well as the number of valet stations, around transit points near 14th Street starting next spring to help mitigate the L train shutdown.

The plan, announced by the mayor’s office last Thursday, will add 1,250 bikes and 2,500 new docking points to the network to increase coverage in some of the city’s busiest neighborhoods for the bikeshare and added valet stations will increase service during peak hours. The process of offering denser coverage, known as “infill,” will involve enlarging current Citi Bike stations as well as the addition of new docking stations.

The 10 percent expansion of service will begin in Manhattan for the first stage of its plan, focusing on the neighborhoods from Canal to 59th Streets, a DOT spokesperson told Town & Village. Specific locations for the new docks have not yet been announced.

Valet stations are docking points near transit hubs in Midtown and Lower Manhattan that are staffed by Citi Bike employees who can corral extra bikes during peak hours when docks fill up and empty quickly and the bikeshare is planning to add up to 10 new valet stations in preparation for the shutdown.

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Stuy Town gets new temporary bus stop shelter

The new shelter at the northeast corner of East 14th Street and Avenue B (Photo by Lawrence Scheyer)

By Sabina Mollot

On Saturday, a temporary bus stop shelter was installed on the northeast corner of East 14th Street and Avenue B as preliminary work continues along 14th Street for the looming L train reconstruction.

A rep for City Council Member Dan Garodnick told Town & Village the shelter’s installation is unusual for a couple of reasons. First, because the city had initially said that temporary shelters aren’t normally installed at stops that get relocated due to construction. However, Garodnick was able to convince the city to install this one as well as another at a different stop on Avenue A over the summer.

The new shelter is also unusual because it had to fit alongside the L train construction site and still have an Americans with Disabilities Act-compliant sidewalk.

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Stuy Town Citi Bike users frustrated by empty racks

Aug10 Citibike rack empty

An empty Citi Bike rack on East 20th Street on Tuesday morning (Photo by Maria Rocha-Buschel)

 

By Sabina Mollot

Last week, the Department of Transportation announced that bike ridership in New York City had reached a record high. This spike in cycling is due to, in large part, the arrival of Citi Bike as well as the addition of many new miles of bike lanes during the Mayor Bloomberg administration. However, this news likely didn’t come as a surprise to residents of Stuyvesant Town-Peter Cooper Village who, for the past few months, have been finding their Citi Bike racks empty when hoping to ride to work in the mornings.

“They take (the bikes) away at night and they bring them back in the morning but they stop at a certain time,” said Christopher Simonetti, a frustrated Citi Bike member told us recently.

Simonetti, who heads straight for the rack near his Stuyvesant Town building on East 20th Street each morning, said it’s always empty from 9-10:15 a.m.

He’s been calling the bike share service regularly throughout the summer about this issue and has also asked for more racks.

“It’s the forgotten area of Citi Bikes,” he said. “This area is not being serviced.”

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Cops see pattern of burglaries, car, motorcycle thefts

Deputy Inspector  Brendan Timoney, commanding officer of the 13th Precinct (Photo by Maria Rocha-Buschel)

Deputy Inspector Brendan Timoney, commanding officer of the 13th Precinct (Photo by Maria Rocha-Buschel)

By Maria Rocha-Buschel

Overall crime has seen a 20 percent decrease in the last month of summer in the 13th Precinct although Commanding Officer Brendan Timoney stressed that community residents need to be aware of some recent crime patterns, including apartment and office burglaries and a car theft ring.

Timoney reported the stats at the first community council meeting after a summer break this past Tuesday, a day after the former captain was promoted to deputy inspector.

Timoney noted that in terms of general crime, the summer months have seen a small spike in robberies and although burglaries haven’t increased, he said that the incidents seem to correspond to the city’s bouts of warm weather.

“There have been lots of fire escape entries where they’re getting into apartments and stealing jewelry,” he said. “They’re crimes of opportunity. They’re only in there a couple minutes then they’re out the door.”

Timoney added that a man arrested for one of these fire escape burglaries this summer was busted after the officers secured the area and were able to catch him when he was trying to leave the building.

The two officers who apprehended the thief had been honored with the Cop of the Month award for September but since they were both on vacation at the time of the meeting, they will be presented with the award in October.

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Police Watch: ‘Trespassers’ busted, Man found with ‘stolen’ purse and Citi Bike

TWO MEN ARRESTED AFTER CELL PHONE SNATCHING
Police arrested two people following the investigation of a cell phone snatching last Tuesday at 10:18 p.m. at the corner of First Avenue and East 28th Street. Police stopped 23-year-old Shawn Lee at the intersection in regards to the phone snatching and Lee allegedly admitted that he was in possession of a knife.
Police said that the knife recovered measured 7 1/4 inches and Lee allegedly told them that he used it for protection. He was charged with possession of a weapon.
Kevin Hawkins, 22, was charged with possession of burglar’s tools and resisting arrest at First Avenue and East 28th Street at 10:25 p.m.
When police attempted to stop Hawkins, he allegedly fled down First Avenue on a bicycle going the wrong way and riding on the sidewalk, refusing to stop. Police said he then made a right turn down East 26th Street heading west, pulled a U-turn and rode the bike on East 26th Street towards Bellevue Hospital. Hawkins allegedly dumped the bike and police said he was found hiding in the parking lot at Bellevue Hospital. He allegedly flexed and flailed his arms in an attempt to avoid being handcuffed.
Police said that the two men were not charged with the theft because the phone was not recovered and the victim could not positively identify the men as the ones who stole her phone. Police said that they were pursued because they matched the description, as two black men with bicycles, but the thieves grabbed the woman’s phone from behind her while riding a bike and she did not see their faces.

MCDONALD’S ‘TRESPASSER’ ARRESTED
Police arrested 32-year-old Matthew Bowman at Bellevue Hospital inside 462 First Avenue last Wednesday at 1:29 a.m. for criminal trespass at a McDonald’s. Police said that Bowman jumped behind the counter at the McDonald’s and after the manager on duty escorted him out, he allegedly jumped over the counter again and wouldn’t leave.

MAN ARRESTED FOR ‘STOLEN’ PURSE AND CITI BIKE
Police arrested 55-year-old Kevin Strong for possession of stolen property at the corner of Levy Place and East 23rd Street last Wednesday at 3:34 a.m. Strong was allegedly in possession of a stolen handbag and a stolen Citi Bike worth $1,200.

GRAMERCY PARK TOWERS ‘TRESPASSER’ BUSTED
Police arrested 24-year-old Alexander Schupnick for criminal trespass inside the Gramercy Park Towers at 205 Third Avenue last Wednesday at 7:33 a.m. Police said that Schupnick was seen inside of the building without permission to be there.

MAN NABBED FOR ‘STEALING’ BAG
Police arrested 35-year-old Roger Labady for petit larceny and possession of stolen property at the corner of Sixth Avenue and West 23rd Street last Wednesday at 11:21 a.m. Police said that Labady took a woman’s bag from the ground while she was using her cell phone. After searching the area, police found Labady a block away and when he was questioned, he allegedly told police, “Yes, I took the bag but I was looking for money. There was no money so I dropped the bag across the street.”

MAN CHASED BY COPS, ARRESTED FOR JUMPING SUBWAY TURNSTILE
Willie Kelland, 55, was arrested for theft of services outside 300 Park Avenue South last Wednesday at 2:53 p.m. Police were responding to a report of a larceny at the location and when they arrived, the victim pointed Kelland out. When they approached him, Kelland allegedly fled on foot into the subway station at the northeast corner of East 22nd Street and Park Avenue where police said he hopped the turnstile. He was not charged with larceny because police said they did not have enough evidence to prove that he committed the theft.

MAN BUSTED FOR ‘ROBBERY’ AT D’AGOSTINO
Police arrested 31-year-old Jorge Escobar for robbery inside the D’Agostino grocery store at 341 Third Avenue last Wednesday at 5:57 p.m. A store employee saw Escobar trying to leave the store with stolen merchandise allegedly inside his bag. When the employee stopped him at the door, Escobar allegedly began fighting with the employees in an attempt to flee. Police said that the employee was injured when Escobar flailed and then kicked and punched the victim.

MAN NABBED FOR MCDONALD’S KNIFE ‘ASSAULT’
Police arrested 42-year-old Jemar Banks for assault inside the McDonald’s at 541 Sixth Avenue last Thursday at 6:47 a.m. The victim told police that he knocked on the door to use the restroom and when Banks came out, he allegedly started a fight with the victim, throwing punches at him. The victim said that Banks then removed a knife from his waistband and allegedly proceeded to slash at him. The victim was able to grab the knife, which caused a cut on his hand. He held onto the knife and bent it and Banks allegedly fled the location. He was apprehended around the corner at 100 West 15th Street.

HOUSEKEEPER ARRESTED FOR ‘STEALING’ FROM EMPLOYER
Police arrested 47-year-old Maria Demo for grand larceny inside the 13th precinct at 230 East 21st Street last Thursday at 1:20 p.m. Police said that Demo stole items from the apartment where she was employed as a housekeeper. The value of the property stolen was greater than $3,000. Demo also allegedly swiped items from inside another apartment in the same building while being employed as a babysitter. Demo was also charged with possession of stolen property.

MAN BUSTED FOR ‘RECKLESS ENDANGERMENT’
Police arrested 37-year-old Eran Modan for reckless endangerment in front of 5 West 21st Street last Friday at 5:59 p.m. A police officer was stopped in traffic on East 21st Street close to Broadway when he heard the throttle of a motorcycle coming from behind his police vehicle. Modan was allegedly riding his motorcycle in a clearly marked bike lane on the south side of the street. The officer signaled for Modan to slow down but he allegedly continued, passing five vehicles while still in the bike lane. Once Modan saw another officer on foot signaling him to pull over, he allegedly crossed in between vehicles to pass another five cars, including a marked police car on the right side. The officer began following Modan with lights and sirens, crossing over Broadway and Fifth Avenue. Modan finally stopped when the officer boxed him in with a large delivery truck and a construction site off of Fifth Avenue. East 21st Street between Park Avenue South and Broadway is a single lane roadway with a marked bike lane close to the south side of the street.

MAN BUSTED FOR ‘ASSAULT’ INSIDE DHAKA FASHION INC.
Police arrested 43-year-old Ambia Khairul for assault and menacing inside Dhaka Fashion Inc. at 1167 Broadway last Sunday at 6:17 p.m. Khairul, an employee there, allegedly hit a co-worker in the head with a packaging tape dispenser and chased him out of the store with a baseball bat. The victim was left with a red knot on the left side of his forehead. Police did not have any information about why the fight started.

Man on bike snatching phones and bags from women in Gramercy and Flatiron

Phone and bag snatching suspect

Phone and bag snatching suspect

Police are looking for a man who’s stolen from at least eleven women throughout the Gramercy and Flatiron neighborhoods while riding a bike. Cops say the man has been riding up to women and then snatches their phones or their purses before pedaling away on either a Citi Bike or a bike with a basket.

The 13th Precinct’s new commanding officer, Captain Brendan Timoney, had warned the community about a cyclist stealing phones out of women’s hands while they’re distracted at the last Community Council meeting, but details on the crimes weren’t released by police until Wednesday night.

Cops say the larceny pattern, which began in February, is as follows:

On Monday, February 2 at around 11:30 p.m., the man snatched an iPhone from a a 32-year-old woman who was walking on 6th Avenue.

On Tuesday, February 3 at around 10:30 p.m., he grabbed an iPhone from a a 34-year-old woman walking on West 19th Street near 5th Avenue.

On Saturday, February 28 at 9 p.m., the man stole a phone from a 21-year-old woman walking on East 20th Street at Second Avenue.

On Saturday, March 7 at 11:30 p.m. the man snatched a purse from a 34-year-old woman as she walked along East 27th Street, in the vicinity of Third Avenue.

On Sunday, March 15 at 2:20 a.m., the man swiped a purse from a 29-year-old woman who was in front of 100 West 21st Street.

On Sunday, March 15 at 10:40 p.m., the man grabbed a phone out of a 22-year-old woman’s hand as she was walking along East 22nd Street.

On Tuesday, March 31 at 1 a.m., he grabbed a phone from a 24-year-old woman who was walking on East 21st Street near Park Avenue South.

On Saturday, April 4 at 6 a.m. he stole a phone from a 21-year-old woman who was standing in front of 32 East 32nd Street.

On Monday, April 20 at midnight, the man took a phone from a 27-year-old woman walking on 6th Avenue, in the vicinity of West 16th Street.

On Tuesday, April 28 at 1 a.m., he stole a purse from a 23-year-old woman in front of 544 6th Avenue.

On Wednesday, April 29, 2015, at 10:30 p.m., he grabbed a purse from a 42-year-old woman who was in front of 135 East 17th Street.

There were no injuries reported in any of the incidents and police say the the serial cyclist thief is a black man with a beard.

Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 800-577-TIPS or submit tips by logging onto www.nypdcrimestoppers.com or texting tips to 274637(CRIMES) then enter TIP577.

Police Watch: Teen iPhone ‘snatchers’ busted, ‘reckless’ driver arrested

CITI BIKE ‘THIEF’ BUSTED
Police arrested 32-year-old Monica Lang for possession of stolen property last Tuesday at 12:51 a.m. in front of 370 Third Avenue. Police saw Lang littering on a public sidewalk and upon further investigation, police found that she was allegedly in possession of a stolen Citi Bike.

CAR BURGLARIZED IN GRAMERCY PARK
Police arrested 42-year-old Adalerto Soto for burglary in front of 10 Gramercy Park South last Tuesday at noon. Soto was seen casing several cars before opening the passenger side door of a commercial vehicle parked on Gramercy Park South and taking a cell phone, police said. He was also charged with possession of stolen property and petit larceny.

ARREST FOR ‘MENACING’ ON EAST 28TH
Miguel Rivera, 58, was arrested for menacing on the corner of Second Avenue and East 28th Street last Tuesday at 12:01 p.m. Rivera got into a fight with another person and allegedly pulled out an 8.5-inch knife, which the victim said made him fear for his life.

‘MISCHIEF’ AT JAY-Z’S CLUB
Thirty-year-old Safid Bakar was arrested for criminal mischief inside the 40/40 Club at 6 West 25th Street last Tuesday at 10:40 p.m. Bakar allegedly punched a mirror in the bathroom of the club. The manager, Sheldon Robinson, told police that the mirror is worth approximately $1,500.

‘BAG SNATCHER’ NABBED AT PLUG UGLIES
Eighteen-year-old Angel Valentin was arrested for grand larceny inside Plug Uglies at 257 Third Avenue last Tuesday at 11:09 p.m. The victim told police that she was sitting on a barstool with her bag hanging underneath the bar. Valentin then leaned down and while pretending to tie his shoe, allegedly took her bag and fled from the bar. The victim noticed a few minutes later that her bag was missing and witnesses said they saw Valentin leave the bar. When he was stopped, he was in possession of stolen property, police said.

‘MUGGER’ NABBED AT FIFTH AND WEST 22ND
Police arrested 19-year-old Albert Mizrahi for possession of stolen property at the corner of Fifth Avenue and West 22nd Street last Sunday at 1:29 a.m. A woman told police that an unknown man with brown hair and a jacket grabbed her and snatched her handbag containing her cell phone and personal property. She called her cell phone in the presence of police and the person who answered told her that he would meet her at West 22nd and Fifth and would return her property in exchange for money.
Mizrahi met the victim at the stated location and allegedly had her phone in his possession. Upon a show-up, the victim told police that Mizrahi looked like the person who stole her bag, but at the precinct she became irate and refused to cooperate in the investigation, police said. She then told police that Mizrahi wasn’t the person who stole her bag and she wouldn’t press charges but said that he looked like the person who had stolen her bag.

TEENS BUSTED IN 6 TRAIN CELL PHONE SNATCH
Police arrested four teenagers for grand larceny from a person at the corner of East 30th Street and Lexington Avenue last Thursday at 2:32 a.m. The victim told police that while she was riding a downtown 6 train and using her cell phone, the four teens were working together and snatched her phone from her hands, then ran out of the station at East 28th Street and Park Avenue South. The victim flagged down police and the teens were arrested at East 30th Street and Lexington. The names of the teenagers are being withheld due to their age.

‘RECKLESS’ DRIVER BUSTED AT WEST 26TH
A cop pulled a driver from his car by force last Thursday after the motorist, 57-year-old Antonio Pimental, refused to get out during an arrest for reckless driving.
It was at 11:30 a.m. when a pedestrian told police of an accident near the intersection of West 26th and Fifth Avenue and the officer then saw the vehicle involved in the accident driving west on East 26th Street. Pimental allegedly tried to drive onto the sidewalk but then stopped because another vehicle was in his way. The officer told Pimental to roll down his window but the driver refused. Police said that Pimental looked “spaced out” and the officer asked Pimental repeatedly to open his car door. Pimental then took the key out of the ignition and sat with his hands folded. The officer then broke the car window after telling Pimental to get out, and removed him from the vehicle. There was also a passenger in the car who observed Pimental hit a black SUV. It was discovered later that Pimental suffers from seizures.

‘MUGGER’ NABBED IN UNION SQUARE
Police arrested 21-year-old Gage Quinones for robbery at the corner of Union Square East and East 16th Street last Thursday at 7:55 p.m. The victim told police that he was walking on Union Square East talking on his cell phone when he was mugged. Quinones allegedly punched the man, causing him to drop his phone. Quinones then grabbed $100 in cash from the victim’s pocket and the victim’s phone from the ground, police said.

MAN ARRESTED FOR ‘STOLEN’ BIKE
Police arrested 36-year-old Wilson Perez for possession of burglar’s tools in front of 102 East 22nd Street last Wednesday at 1:59 p.m. Perez was allegedly walking a stolen bike that he had removed from Fifth Avenue. Police said that he was found in possession of burglar’s tools and he was also charged with petit larceny and possession of stolen property.

‘DRUNK’ DRIVER BUSTED ON THIRD
Police arrested 27-year-old Oscar Aponte for intoxicated driving last Saturday at 4:03 a.m. inn front of 364 Third Avenue. A witness saw Aponte driving the wrong way on Third Avenue. He was driving south, while Third Avenue is a northbound street. When police stopped him, he was allegedly intoxicated with bloodshot watery eyes, a flushed face and slurred speech. He refused a breath test at the scene and at the Seventh Precinct.

THREE MEN ARRESTED FOR ASSAULT
Police arrested 27-year-old William Maye, 23-year-old Wilson Alvarez and 27-year-old Kevin Harris for assault in front of 235 East 14th Street last Sunday at 5:01 a.m. The victim told police that the three men punched him in the face, causing substantial pain and some cuts.

‘TRESPASSERS’ ON NYCHA BUILDING ROOF
Delano Broadus, 33, and Necola Fowler, 45, were arrested for criminal trespassing last Monday at 8:40 p.m. inside 224 East 28th Street. Broadus and Fowler allegedly went on the roof of the building even though there were signs on the stairwell which said that there was no access to the roof and roof landing except for authorized personnel.

MAN ARRESTED FOR UNTAXED CIGS
Sixty-year-old Diomedes Nunez was arrested for violating tax law last Tuesday at 11:50 p.m. in front of 4 Union Square South. An officer recognized Nunez as a person of interest wanted for a prior incident by the 24th and First Precinct squads. He was allegedly selling untaxed cigarettes in Union Square when he was arrested.

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.

Letters to the editor, Aug. 21

That moment when you’re hit by a Citi Bike

After a visit to Chinatown on a recent Sunday afternoon, I was walking north along the river to Waterside, my home. I stayed close to the railing since I am 77 years of age and wanted to avoid being hit by distractions: bikes, skateboarders, etc.

I was enjoying the estuary’s sea air when something hit the back of my left knee with a bang and sent me flying into the air. My glasses flew off, my shoulder bag left my body and I landed with a heavy thud on my lower back and thought, “It is over, I will never walk again.”

I have osteoporosis, arthritis and all the muscular ailments that beset 77-year-olds. As I lay on the ground, I slowly turned my head to my left and saw the wheels of a bicycle. After the initial shock, I began to slowly move my body as I had learned to do as a fitness/health instructor. I saw a bicycle lying beside me and then saw a bicyclist, a young man, standing beside his bike looking shaken.

He said, “I am so sorry, I am so sorry.”

I slowly managed to get up off the ground and when I was on my knees, I groped around for my glasses. He waited until I had my glasses and again apologized. I told him I had to call the police to report the accident since I was afraid I had really damaged my body. He said, “Do not do that. I was not looking and did not see you. I am sorry.”

When I asked him his name he began to shake and said, “I am from Hong Kong.” He then picked the bike off the ground and took off on his Citi Bike. I knew the bike had a number so I looked at the back of the bike for its number. There wasn’t any. I later learned the bike numbers are on the sides of the bike and not the back.

The incident happened near the toilets along the East River esplanade so I slowly, like a beaten animal, limped over, washed up and very slowly, psychologically and physically, limped towards home. At home, I took all the precautionary measures to help my body heal.

The following day, I called Citi Bike to tell them about the incident. They informed me that they are not responsible. If I had a police report and the bicycle number, Citi Bike would then contact the cardholder of the Citi Bike.

I suggested to Citi Bike: the bicycle numbers should be placed on the backs of the bikes as well as the sides so one could follow through if one is accidentally hit by a Citi Bike, especially if the bicyclist takes off.

Arpine Dod,
Waterside Plaza

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