MEN CHARGED WITH MULTIPLE OFFICE BURGLARIES
Police arrested three people for multiple alleged commercial burglaries that took place throughout the month of June. Nineteen-year-old Marcus White, 23-year-old Devonte Chavous and 27-year-old Wilfredo Martinez were ultimately arrested at 49 West 23rd Street on Friday, June 29 at 4:14 a.m. after police said they forced open a locked door there.
Once they were arrested, all three men were all charged in connection with two additional burglaries that took place previously. Police said that on June 22, the men broke into two different offices at 72 Madison, allegedly smashing a window to get inside and taking multiple laptops at each office.
Chavous was also charged in connection with five other burglaries that took place previously throughout the precinct.
Police said that Chavous also broke into an office at 12 West 27th Street sometime between June 8 and June 11 and allegedly stole multiple laptops. Chavous allegedly attempted to break into a building at 30 West 26th Street on June 10 around 3 a.m. but he wasn’t able to gain access to any of the offices or steal any laptops in this incident. Police said that Chavous pushed through the front door at 245 Fifth Avenue on June 14 around 2 a.m. and allegedly stole laptops from an office in the building. He allegedly broke into an office at 233 Park Avenue South on June 11 at 5 a.m. to steal multiple laptops. Chavous allegedly broke into an office at 28 West 25th Street in the overnight hours of June 18 and reportedly stole multiple laptops.
White, Chavous and Martinez were charged with burglary and trespassing.
Stuyvesant Town’s Associated Supermarket (Photo by Sabina Mollot)
SHOPLIFTING TEEN HIT BY CAR AFTER GETTING BUSTED AT STUY TOWN ASSOCIATED
A teenager was hit by a car after he was caught stealing beer from the Stuyvesant Town Associated on Friday.
A store employee said she saw him attempting to conceal the beer and leave the store and when she confronted him, he began cursing at her and punched the glass door, smashing it. When a customer attempted to intervene, the teen ran into the street and police said that he was hit by a car, suffering minor injuries. The district attorney’s office said that the 18-year-old was issued a desk appearance ticket for petit larceny and criminal mischief. A store employee declined to comment on the incident.
WOMAN CHARGED WITH ASSAULTING OFFICER AT BETH ISRAEL
Police arrested 45-year-old Lavina Nolley for alleged assault and criminal trespass inside Mount Sinai Beth Israel 281 First Avenue last Monday at 12:05 a.m. Police said that Nolley was discharged from the hospital after getting treatment but allegedly refused to leave. When an officer attempted to escort her out of the building, she allegedly kicked the officer in the knee, causing pain and swelling. Additional officers arrived and attempted to escort her out of the building but she allegedly struck the same officer in the face with her bag.
MAN ACCUSED OF CHOKING GIRLFRIEND IN PCV APT.
Police arrested a 52-year-old man for alleged obstruction of breath and assault inside a Peter Cooper Village apartment last Wednesday. The victim told police that she wanted to file a report against the man, who is her boyfriend. The suspect choked her while inside the apartment, although the victim told police that she did not lose consciousness. The name of the suspect is being withheld to protect the privacy of the victim.
MAN ARRESTED FOR 2015 ASSAULT OF GIRLFRIEND
Police arrested a 36-year-old man for an alleged assault last Tuesday. Police said that he got into an argument with his girlfriend on January 10, 2015 that escalated into a physical fight. The suspect, whose name is being withheld to protect the privacy of the victim, reportedly hit the victim with a chair, causing pain and swelling to her left arm. He also allegedly forced the victim to sit on the floor for over an hour and reportedly told her that if she moved, he would knock out all her teeth, break all her bones and kill her. Police said that the suspect was arrested because the victim called the police last week to report the incident.
WOMAN ROBBED ON THIRD AVENUE
Police arrested 22-year-old Natividad Jiminez, 18-year-old Myasiah Bettis and three teenagers for robbery and grand larceny at the corner of Third Avenue and East 28th Street last Wednesday at 1:48 a.m. The victim told police that she was walking south on Third Avenue between East 28th and 27th Streets when five kids walked past her, one of them saying, “I think we’re going the wrong way.”
Jiminez allegedly struck her in the back of the head and began trying to grab her purse from her shoulder. The victim struggled with the suspect who eventually took the bag. The suspects then fled east on East 28th Street between Second and Third Avenues. Police said that Jimenez was seen on camera attempting to use the victim’s debit card in an ATM at 495 Second Avenue. The victim told police that she received a notification about unauthorized usage on her card at the same time that the suspects could be seen on video at the ATM.
WOMEN ARRESTED AFTER CAR ACCIDENTS
Police arrested two women this week in separate incidents for alleged intoxicated driving.
Fifty-year-old Antoinette Williams was arrested for alleged intoxicated driving at First Avenue and East 23rd Street last Sunday at 1:14 a.m. Police were responding to an accident at the location when a witness said that a blue Jeep heading north on First Avenue towards East 23rd Street had disobeyed a steady red light and had collided with another car. Upon further investigation, police found that Williams was the driver of the Jeep and she allegedly had a moderate odor of alcohol on her breath as well as bloodshot, watery eyes and slurred speech.
Police also arrested Dina Zapata for alleged intoxicated driving at the corner of Second Avenue and East 23rd Street last Monday at 5:15 a.m. Police said that Zapata was driving east on East 23rd Street between Park Avenue South and Third Avenue when she sideswiped the victim’s car. Both drivers stopped at Second Avenue and East 23rd Street and the victim identified Zapata as the person who hit his car. Police said that Zapata had signs of being intoxicated, with bloodshot, watery eyes, an odor of alcohol on her breath and slurred speech.
THREE ARRESTED IN FLATIRON SHOOTING
Police arrested three men in connection with a shooting in Flatiron in front of 105 West 22nd Street on Sunday at 12:55 a.m. The New York Daily News reported that the incident occurred at a book signing in the Auxiliary Lounge for the self-published erotic novella, “She’s Dickmatized,” by Tania Marie.
Police said that multiple shots were fired into a crowd near the lounge and a man with a gun was seen running into a black Mercedes. Ramel Harkless, 38, allegedly got into the backseat of the vehicle, which police said left the location and ran multiple red lights before abruptly coming to a stop. Police followed the Mercedes and when they stopped the vehicle, the found that Harkless was the only person in the backseat, while 45-year-old Barry Wiles was driving and 43-year-old Joseph Saunders was in the passenger’s seat. Police said they found a gun on the floor of the back passenger’s seat where Harkless had been sitting.
The victim was shot in the abdomen, torso, groin and in the leg. The suspects were arrested in front of 41 East 19th Street. The Daily News identified the victim as Robert Lowman and reported that Harkless and Lowman are both affiliated with the street gang the Bloods.
Harkless, Wiles and Saunders were charged with weapons possession. Wiles was also charged with reckless endangerment and Harkless was additionally charged with assault.
MAN BUSTED FOR ‘DRUGS’ IN STUY TOWN
Police arrested 34-year-old Justin Stewart for possession of a controlled substance in front of 321 Avenue C last Thursday at 9:25 a.m. Police said that Stewart was seen holding an unknown controlled substance in plain view on the sidewalk.
MAN ARRESTED FOR ASSAULTING CYCLIST
Police arrested 37-year-old Tashi Phuntsok for assault at the corner of Lexington Avenue and East 27th Street last Tuesday at 7:26 p.m. The victim told police that he was riding his bike when Phuntsok allegedly cut him off at the intersection. He and the victim proceeded to get into an argument. Phuntsok allegedly threw the victim to the ground and started kicking and punching him, causing an injury to his head and right hand, although he refused medical assistance at the scene.
MAN WANTED FOR GROPING WOMAN ON Q TRAIN
Police are looking for a man who groped a 54-year-old woman on a downtown Q train near Union Square last Sunday at 7:22 a.m. According to Gothamist, the victim was sitting on the train when the man sitting next to her reached over and rubbed his hand on her leg. She said that the suspect then fell asleep and she took a photograph of him before she got off at Union Square. The suspect is described as 25 to 30 years old with an afro. He was last seen wearing a black jacket with grey sleeves, grey jeans and black sneakers.
Anyone with information in regards to either of these incidents is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). Tips can also be submitted by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website or by texting TIP577 and tips to 274637 (CRIMES). Commuters can also report incidents of improper sexual misconduct online.
CONVICTED KILLER BUSTED FOR ‘GROPING’ WOMAN
Transit police arrested 48-year-old Phillip Smalls for forcible touching and sexual abuse in the Union Square station around 8 a.m. last Thursday, The New York Post reported. Police said that Smalls rubbed against a 22-year-old woman on a downtown 4 train.
The Post noted that Smalls had recently served 25 years in prison for second-degree murder after fatally shooting a man in Astoria in 1986 and has been serving lifetime parole since being let out in 2013.
Jennifer Rosario, a member of the Transit Manhattan Task Force Anti-Crime Unit who was one of the officers who caught Smalls, was given a special MVP award by Police Commissioner Bratton earlier last week.
WOMAN ARRESTED FOR ‘ASSAULTING’ HOMELESS MAN
Thirty-two-year-old Sandra Zelazny was arrested for allegedly shoving a 70-year-old homeless man into the tracks at the Union Square subway station last Wednesday, The New York Daily News reported. The man was shoved following an argument, although it was not clear what they were arguing about. Police said that Zelazny pushed the man onto the 6 train’s tracks and then boarded the train, where she was later arrested after the man identified her as his attacker. Zelazny was charged with felony assault on a victim 65 years or older and reckless endangerment, and she had a court appearance this past Monday.