Suspect charged with trying to rob Stuy Town Citibank

Citibank attempted robbery suspect

Police arrested a Bronx man on Thursday in connection with an attempted robbery of the Citibank at 262 First Avenue last month.

Robert Balsano, 47, of 1146 Ogden Avenue, allegedly strolled up to a teller on Saturday, March 23 with an encyclopedia that had a note inside demanding cash. However, the teller refused and he ended up fleeing without any money.

 

 

Man tries to rob Stuy Town Citibank

Mar28 Citibank robbery

Police officer in front of the bank at 262 First Avenue (Photo by Sean O’Ceallaigh)

By Sabina Mollot

Police are looking for a man who tried to rob the Citibank in Stuyvesant Town on Saturday.

Police say the man strolled into the bank at 262 First Avenue at 10 a.m. and, after approaching the teller, opened an encyclopedia he was holding to a page with a handwritten note demanding cash.

However, the teller did not comply and the man ran off.

The suspect is described as white, 30 to 40 years old, 6’1″ tall and 180 lbs. He was last seen wearing a black jacket, a grey hoodie, black hat, grey gloves, and black sweatpants with red stripes.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or log onto nypdcrimestoppers.com. All calls are strictly confidential.

Update: Rick Hayduk, general manager of Stuyvesant Town, said StuyTown Property Services has provided video to the NYPD and will continue to provide assistance to police. Additionally, the Public Safety department has beefed up patrols along First Avenue with officer patrols as well as cameras.

 

Police Watch: Woman arrested for swiping ice cream, Man charged with assault

WOMAN ALLEGEDLY SWIPED DOZENS OF CARTONS OF ICE CREAM
Police arrested 32-year-old Christina Figueroa for an alleged theft inside the Food Emporium at 10 Union Square East on Monday, December 3 at 7:12 p.m. Police said that Figueroa took 50 containers of ice cream from the store without paying for the items.

MAN CHARGED WITH ASSAULT OF OFFICERS AT BETH ISRAEL
Police arrested 28-year-old Julian Dejesus for an alleged assault inside Beth Israel Hospital at 281 First Avenue on Monday, December 3 at 9:22 p.m. Police said that Dejesus went to the hospital voluntarily to be evaluated but once he became aware that he was going to be admitted into the psychiatric ward, he became irate and allegedly began fighting with security. Police said that two security officers were injured while trying to subdue him.

MAN CHARGED WITH 2017 ROLEX THEFT
Police arrested 32-year-old Tyrone Hood on Monday, December 3 at 10:09 a.m. inside the 13th precinct for an alleged theft that took place last year. Police said that the victim invited Hood and another person who wasn’t arrested back to his apartment at 332 East 18th Street after meeting them at a bar on September 9, 2017 around 3 a.m. When he woke up later, the men were gone and his watch and Rolex were missing. No other arrests have been made.

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Police Watch: Assault in Stuy Town apt., man arrested for cell phone thefts

FOURTH PERSON WANTED IN CREMA ROBBERY
Town & Village reported last week of a robbery that took place at Crema Restaurant inside of 111 West 17th Street on September 12. Three Hispanic men in masks reportedly stole a cash register from the restaurant and threatened employees with a machete. The NYPD noted last Saturday that additional surveillance video has revealed that shows the suspects walking to and leaving the location, and also showed a fourth suspect who was acting as a lookout for the other three and never entered the restaurant.

BUFFALO EXCHANGE ‘ROBBER’ ARMED WITH SCISSORS
Police arrested 35-year-old Terrance Avery for robbery outside Buffalo Exchange at 114 West 26th Street last Monday at 6:53 p.m. Store security saw Avery allegedly removing property from the store and placing it into a large black luggage bag. When security approached him and began to recover the merchandise, police said that Avery pulled out a pair of scissors and pointed them in the faces of three employees in a threatening manner. He allegedly told them, “You’re gonna stop! You’re making me angry!” He then fled the store with his loot, police said, but was stopped by officers in front of the store who also took away his scissors.

MAN NABBED FOR ‘BAIL JUMPING’
Herbert Washington, 61, was arrested for bail jumping last Tuesday at 4:23 p.m. at the corner of Park Avenue South and East 18th Street. He was also charged with possession of burglar’s tools, petit larceny, theft, resisting arrest and impersonation of a public servant. Washington and another man who wasn’t arrested were allegedly casing a number of businesses. An officer first approached the man who wasn’t arrested, who said, “It’s the other guy.”
When the officer approached Washington, he allegedly put stolen property into a large bag that was on the street median. Washington began to yell, “It’s not me, I didn’t take anything.” He allegedly ran in a circle and tried to knock the officer over while he was trying to arrest Washington. The officer asked passersby to call 911 for assistance and Washington allegedly gave false information about his identity when the officer asked. He was also in possession of a long metal spike commonly used to remove theft deterrent devices, police said.

WOMAN ARRESTED FOR ‘ASSAULT’ IN STUY TOWN APT.
Police arrested 59-year-old Stephanie Mercado, a Stuyvesant Town resident, for assault last Wednesday at 4:23 p.m. inside 1 Stuyvesant Oval. The victim, a home attendant, was caring for Mercado’s mother when the two got into an argument. The argument escalated and Mercado allegedly punched the attendant in the chest.

MAN NABBED FOR ASSAULT AT L TRAIN STATION
Police arrested 35-year-old Pedro Martinez for assault at the First Avenue L station last Sunday at 1:30 a.m. Martinez was on a Brooklyn-bound L train and allegedly punched another man in the face and back of the head. The blows caused substantial pain, bruising and swelling, as well as a small cut on the victim’s left cheek.

TRESPASSERS BUSTED ON EAST 15TH
Thirty-year-old Andrew Bell and 25-year-old Evan Brauer were arrested for criminal trespassing at 101 East 15th Street last Thursday at 7:11 a.m. Bell and Brauer were allegedly inside an area where there are signs clearly posted that say “Area is closed, no trespassing.” Brauer was also charged with possession of a controlled substance and allegedly had a ziplock bag with marijuana and a pillbox with tablets of controlled substances in his pants pocket.

DRUG ARRESTS ON EAST 23RD
Two people involved in a drug deal were arrested in front of 10 East 23rd Street last Thursday at 9:59 a.m. Unice Jinks, 42, was arrested for sale of a controlled substance and allegedly exchanged money with Thomas Cargill, 53, for a controlled substance. Cargill was arrested for possession of a controlled substance.

ASSAULT AT PRINCE GEORGE
Police arrested Christopher Wallace for assault in front of The Prince George at 14 East 28th Street last Thursday at 9:12 p.m. Wallace allegedly punched the victim in the nose after the two spoke for a few minutes, causing minor bleeding and soreness.

FRAUDULENT CHECK AT CITIBANK
Police arrested Khiratullah Abdul-Haqq for grand larceny inside the Citibank at 115 East 23rd Street last Friday at 12:04 p.m. Abdul-Haqq allegedly walked into the location and attempted to deposit a fraudulent check of $4,120.24. The victim told police that he doesn’t know Abdul-Haqq and he did not issue the check.

PHONE THEFT AT UNION SQUARE BALLROOM
Police arrested 27-year-old Elmer Quituizaca for petit larceny in the Union Square Ballroom at 27 Union Square West last Friday at 7:20 p.m. Quituizaca allegedly removed a cell phone from the bar top without permission and was seen in possession of the phone by the store manager and on video surveillance, police said.

MAN ARRESTED FOR MULTIPLE CELL PHONE THEFTS
Police arrested 49-year-old Dominic Quintero inside the 13th Precinct at 230 East 21st Street for petit larceny last Friday at 9:33 p.m. Quintero had allegedly stolen a cell phone from the bar area of Heartland Brewery at 35 Union Square West on a previous date. Quintero was arrested for petit larceny again  on Saturday at 1:15 p.m.  for allegedly stealing cell phones from Obica Mozzarella Bar at 928 Broadway and Punch Restaurant at 913 Broadway.

MAN ARRESTED FOR STAPLES SHOPLIFTING
Police arrested Melshawn Davis, 35, for petit larceny last Friday at 8:53 p.m. inside the Staples at 5 Union Square West. Davis allegedly walked into the store, took a backpack from the shelf and started putting phone cases into the bag. The manager said that the phone cases were recovered but then realized that the backpack was still on his back. Davis allegedly became “irate” but was arrested soon after.

MAN ARRESTED FOR ‘GOING POSTAL’
Thirty-three-year-old Michael Ratcliff was arrested for assault in front of a Holiday Inn at 125 West 26th Street last Sunday at 4:12 a.m. Ratcliff got into an argument with someone else and allegedly threw a postal container at him, hitting the victim in the face and causing a cut. The victim was taken to Bellevue Hospital.

MAN ARRESTED IN FIGHT ON MADISON
Police arrested Christophe Villacis, 24, for assault last Sunday at 7:05 a.m. at the corner of Madison Avenue and East 26th Street. Villacis and the victim got into an argument and Villacis allegedly punched the victim on the left side of his head, causing swelling and a cut.

MEN ARRESTED FOR SLEEPING UNDER CARDBOARD BOXES
Police arrested three people for violating unclassified New York State laws last Tuesday. The men were allegedly sleeping on public sidewalks inside cardboard boxes that were covering their bodies.
Ernesto Zayas, 34, was arrested in front of 101 East 15th Street at  6:57 a.m.
Eighteen-year-old Christian Tuyishime and Christopher Becerra, 25, were arrested in front of 220 Fifth Avenue at  7:28 a.m.  and both were also allegedly in possession of marijuana.