Police Watch: Different suspects wanted for robbery at bubble tea spot, menacing at nightclub

One of the two suspects

TWO WANTED FOR ATTEMPTED ROBBERY AT BUBBLE TEA SPOT
The NYPD is on the lookout for two men who tried to rob a bubble tea shop in Flatiron.
On Friday, August 11 at 7 p.m., two men entered a Coco bubble tea spot, located at 38 Lexington Avenue and East 24th Street. One of the men approached the counter, simulated a gun with his hand under his sweatshirt and demanded cash from the register. However, they ended up fleeing the location without getting any money.
The first suspect is described as black, 20-30 years old and was last seen wearing a blue head scarf, white hooded sweat jacket, green knapsack, blue jeans and black shoes.
The second suspect is described as white or Hispanic, approximately 20-30 years old and was last seen wearing a black baseball cap, gray hooded sweat jacket, white T-shirt, blue jeans, sneakers and was walking with a cane.
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. All calls are strictly confidential.

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Mailman arrested for assault on Saturday

Columbia Care Medical Marijuana Dispensary on Monday afternoon (Photo by Sabina Mollot)

By Maria Rocha-Buschel

Police arrested a mailman for assault in the East Village on Saturday at 3 p.m. after he kicked a door at the East 14th marijuana dispensary and allegedly hit an officer when police tracked him down nearby.

Thirty-year-old Daniel Jean was attempting to deliver mail to the Columbia Care Medical Marijuana Dispensary at 212 East 14th Street around 2 p.m., Gothamist reported on Sunday. Jean allegedly got into an argument with a security guard, who told him he wasn’t allowed in the building.

Police said that Jean and the guard got into an argument and the guard told him he could give her the mail but he allegedly refused. He left but returned shortly after and gave the mail to someone else, then left the dispensary again. He allegedly returned to the building a third time and kicked a door, prompting the security guard to call the police. The district attorney’s office said that the damage to the door and lock prevented the door from being able to open.

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Police Watch: Woman nabbed for credit card theft, four arrested for cabbie assault

WOMAN ARRESTED FOR CREDIT CARD THEFTS FROM EQUINOX GYM
Police arrested 34-year-old Adrien McMaster on Friday for allegedly stealing credit cards from the Flatiron Equinox Gym at 897 Broadway and 20th Street on three different occasions and then using the cards to make purchases.
Police said that McMaster allegedly took an American Express card from a locker in the women’s locker room of the gym on October 21, 2016 without permission and used the card fraudulently in several locations. McMaster also reportedly stole two credit cards from a locker inside the gym on December 3, 2016. In a third incident on February 17, police said that McMaster stole a credit card from a locker and allegedly used it multiple times. Police said that video from the location showed McMaster entering and leaving the gym on all three dates.
She was arrested for grand larceny and possession of an anti-security item.

FOUR ARRESTED FOR ASSAULTING CABBIE ON SECOND AVENUE
Police arrested four people for assaulting a cab driver on Second Avenue last Sunday at just after 4 a.m. Police said that 21-year-old Stepfane Gilliam, 23-year-old Shawn Gilliam, 23-year-old Kenisha Thomas and 23-year-old Scott Hercules got into an argument with a cab driver because the four left the cab without paying the fare.
According to the district attorney’s office, the driver picked the suspects up at the corner of Eighth Avenue and West 25th Street and one of them told him to take them to East 51st Street and First Avenue. When they arrived, another one of the suspects allegedly asked the driver to take them to Second Avenue on the same block. When they arrived at Second Avenue, the suspects reportedly told the driver they weren’t paying because it wasn’t where they wanted to go, and to drive south on Second Avenue. The driver ultimately dropped them off at East 21st Street and Second Avenue, but they allegedly continued to refuse to pay the fare, which was $25.
The suspects knocked the driver to the ground, cops said, causing two nails on his left hand to partially rip off and causing cuts on his fingertips. Stepfane Gilliam was caught in front of 250 Second Avenue near East 15th Street at 4:25 a.m. and Shawn Gilliam was caught at East 17th Street and Rutherford Place around the same time. Hercules and Thomas were later arrested inside the 13th Precinct at 5:23 a.m. All four were charged with assault and theft of services.

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Man arrested for crashing drone into Waterside apt.

Karma drone

By Maria Rocha-Buschel

Police arrested a 24-year-old man last Wednesday at 3:45 p.m. for crashing his drone through an apartment window at Waterside Plaza last Saturday. Shane Smith, a resident of East 33rd Street, reportedly flew the toy through the window of a 66-year-old resident’s apartment.

Peter Davis, general manager of Waterside Plaza, told Town & Village after the incident that flying drones in the area is especially dangerous because Waterside Plaza is adjacent to spots where helicopters and seaplanes frequently land.

A representative for DCPI said it was likely that investigators tracked the drone back to Smith through the registered serial number.

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Police Watch: Man arrested for punching senior, Drunk driver arrested after fleeing accident

MAN ARRESTED FOR PUNCHING SENIOR AND ANOTHER VICTIM IN KIPS BAY
Police arrested 38-year-old Earl Davis for assault at the corner of Lexington Avenue and East 29th Street last Tuesday at 9:47 a.m. after he allegedly punched two strangers in the face unprovoked, one of whom was a senior. Davis allegedly approached a 30-year-old victim and punched him in the nose, causing his nose to bleed and causing severe swelling and redness. The victim was taken to NYU Langone Medical Center.
Davis was charged with the second assault this past Monday after a 70-year-old man reported that he was the victim of an unprovoked attack in front of 369 Third Avenue at 27th Street earlier on that same Tuesday. Davis is being evaluated in the psychiatric unit at Bellevue Hospital, police said, and the Manhattan District Attorney’s office said that Davis has not been arraigned yet.

‘DRUNK’ DRIVER ARRESTED AFTER FLEEING ACCIDENT
Police arrested 24-year-old Dominic Logue for unauthorized use of vehicle and intoxicated driving at the corner of Irving Place and East 16th Street last Monday at 11:43 a.m. Police said that Logue was sitting in the passenger’s seat of the car south of East 14th Street in the Ninth Precinct and an officer told him that the car wasn’t allowed to be parked there, so he got into the driver’s seat to move it. In the process, he allegedly crashed into four other vehicles. Police said that Logue smelled of alcohol and had slurred speech, and after causing the damage, he allegedly attempted to flee the scene. Logue was also charged as an unlicensed operator, leaving the scene of an accident and an unclassified traffic infraction. No injuries were reported as a result of the collision.

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Drone crashes through window at Waterside

Karma drone

Karma drone

By Sabina Mollot

A resident of Waterside Plaza got the shock of her life when a drone came crashing through her window at Waterside on Saturday evening. The woman, who’s 66, was nearby but unharmed when the drone landed. However, the window of her 27th floor apartment at 20 Waterside Plaza was shattered.

Police are investigating the matter, since flying drones in New York City is illegal except in certain parks.

Peter Davis, general manager of Waterside Plaza, noted that doing so is especially dangerous near the East River property because it’s adjacent to spots where seaplanes and helicopters land. Waterside is also home to 4,000 people.

“We’re very lucky that no one was hurt,” he said. “It was a reckless and irresponsible act to fly a drone in an urban area, not to mention illegal. It’s not fun and games.”

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Police Watch: Woman arrested for slashing, Arson at Bellevue

WOMAN BUSTED FOR SLASHING VICTIM IN THE FACE IN UNION SQUARE
Police arrested a 37-year-old woman after she allegedly cut another woman in the face multiple times at Union Square Park with a double-edged blade, and also cutting her on the neck.
Police said that Makeba Elizabeth Grimes allegedly yelled at the victim, “I’m going to kill you,” multiple times while reportedly attacking her. Police recovered a blade underneath a bench in the park. No further information was available about what caused the dispute.
She was arrested for assault and weapons possession at the corner of Union Square East and East 15th Street last Monday at 2:42 p.m.

MAN ARRESTED FOR ARSON AT BELLEVUE
Police arrested 35-year-old Lacharles Bell for arson inside Bellevue Hospital at 462 First Avenue last Thursday at 9 p.m. Police said that Bell intentionally started a fire inside the hospital in an attempt to cause damage to the building. According to a criminal complaint, Bell could be seen on video surveillance lighting matches and throwing them into a garbage can.

WOMAN ARRESTED FOR LOADED GUN AT LATHAM HOTEL
Police arrested 26-year-old Laisha Carter for weapons possession inside the 13th Precinct last Wednesday at 9 p.m. Police said that Carter was arrested in regards to a gun found inside the Latham Hotel at 4 East 28th Street inside a room on the ninth floor. Carter allegedly admitted that she was keeping the firearm in a bag with ammunition in the magazine. Police said that the weapon didn’t have a serial number.

MAN’S JAW FRACTURED IN ASSAULT ON EAST 23RD STREET
Police arrested 57-year-old Vincent Pelzer for allegedly fracturing another man’s jaw by hitting him in the face with a blunt object in front of 230 East 23rd Street. The incident happened last Wednesday at 11 a.m. and police said that the victim needed surgery to repair his jaw. No further information was available about why Pelzer allegedly attacked the victim.

COUPLE BUSTED FOR ASSAULT ON PARK AVENUE SOUTH
Police arrested 43-year-old Karl Williams and 26-year-old Ashley Mekeel for assault in front of 420 Park Avenue South last Sunday at 2:49 a.m. The victim told police that she got into an argument with Williams and Mekeel, and Mekeel allegedly punched her in the head and arm, causing pain and swelling, as well as a bruise. Police said that Williams also kicked her in the head.

ARREST FOR HARASSMENT ON EAST 21ST
Police arrested 21-year-old Clarence Bradley for criminal trespass and aggravated harassment inside a building on East 21st Street between Broadway and Park Avenue South last Monday at 7:35 a.m. Police said that Bradley repeatedly followed the victim for multiple blocks and into her building, causing her to be in fear for her safety. Police said that Bradley has been previously convicted of harassment.

MAN ARRESTED FOR THEFT FROM BARN JOO SAFE
Police arrested 21-year-old William Winfield for grand larceny inside Barn Joo at 893 Broadway last Tuesday at 5:21 p.m. Surveillance video allegedly showed Winfield, who works at the restaurant, going inside an open safe and removing cash. Police said that Winfield left with the stolen cash and it wasn’t recovered when he was arrested.

MAN NABBED FOR DAMAGING CAR, CELL PHONE ON EAST 21ST STREET
Police arrested a 36-year-old “John Doe” for criminal mischief in front of 15 East 21st Street last Saturday at 12:49 a.m. The man allegedly approached the victim after fighting in the street and punched the man’s passenger side mirror. The victim then stopped his vehicle to check what the damage was and asked the suspect if he was going to pay for it. In response, the man grabbed the victim’s cell phone and threw it into the street. The phone landed in traffic and was completely destroyed. The suspect fled on foot and was arrested on East 21st Street.

WOMAN ARRESTED FOR DAMAGING UBER
Police arrested 26-year-old Alice Zu for criminal mischief in front of 54 West 21st Street last Saturday at 3:02 a.m. Police said that Zu got mad at her Uber driver and punched the car’s passenger side mirror several times, causing it to break and fall to the ground.

WOMAN BUSTED FOR ‘DINE-AND-DITCH’ AT ORION DINER
Police arrested 46-year-old Adela Alonso for theft of services inside the Orion Diner at 395 East 23rd Street last Saturday at 3:37 a.m. Police said that Alonso ate at the diner but then refused to pay the bill.

WOMAN ARRESTED FOR TRESPASSING IN EAST 20TH STREET BUILDING
Police arrested 23-year-old Elizabeth Lalin for criminal trespass and unnecessary noise inside 4 East 20th Street last Saturday at 12:15 p.m. Police said that Lalin entered the building and remained there without permission, and allegedly refused to leave. When she was told to leave, she allegedly refused, flailing her arms and screaming obscenities, causing annoyance and alarm.

MAN ARRESTED FOR SLEEPING INSIDE DUNKIN DONUTS
Police arrested 54-year-old Aldo Guerrini for criminal trespass inside the Dunkin Donuts at 355 Third Avenue last Friday at 6:15 a.m. Police said that Guerrini was sleeping inside the store. An employee asked him to leave multiple times but he allegedly refused.

Police Watch: Robbery at Old Navy, Stuy Town trespassers arrested

Old Navy robbery suspect

Old Navy robbery suspect

ROBBERY AT SIXTH AVE. OLD NAVY
Police are looking for a man who slashed another man on the torso and robbed him at the Old Navy store at 610 Sixth Avenue.
Police said the 44-year-old victim had strolled into the store last Friday at 5:20 p.m. when the suspect used an unknown object to cut him before snatching $80 from his pants pocket. The robber then fled in an unknown direction and the victim was taken to Bellevue for his injuries.
Police said that the suspect is a man in his late 20s to early 30s with a light complexion and a beard, and was last seen wearing a two-tones grey sweatshirt, black pants and black sneakers.
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.

MEN ARRESTED FOR SLEEPING IN STUY TOWN BUILDING
Police arrested two men for trespassing inside a Stuyvesant Town building and sleeping there last week.
Alberto Benavidez, 63, was arrested for criminal trespass inside 321 Avenue C last Tuesday at 9:25 a.m. Police arrested 36-year-old Michael Crayton for criminal trespass inside the same building last Friday at 7:07 a.m. Police said that both men were sleeping inside the building but there was no further information about how they got inside or which area specifically they were sleeping in.

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Police Watch: ‘Groper‘ arrested in Union Square, Senior mugged on West 28th

‘GROPER’ NABBED IN UNION SQUARE SUBWAY
Police arrested 27-year-old Leon Miller for sexual abuse inside the Union Square subway station last Thursday at 6:07 p.m. Miller allegedly grabbed a woman’s buttocks on the subway and police said that Miller and the victim don’t know each other.

MAN ARRESTED FOR MENACING AT PARK AVE. SOUTH AND EAST 22ND
Police arrested 48-year-old Jody Herman for menacing and weapons possession at the corner of Park Avenue South and East 22nd Street last Tuesday at 6:52 p.m. Police said that Herman pulled a knife out of his front pocket and waved it towards the victim, causing him to become alarmed and in fear for his personal safety.

Still from surveillance video of suspect

Still from surveillance video of suspect

COPS ON LOOKOUT FOR THUG WHO GRABBED PURSE FROM 72-YEAR-OLD WOMAN
Police are hunting a man who snuck behind a 72-year-old woman and snatched her purse, causing the woman to fall to the ground. The victim suffered injuries to her face and knees, but refused medical attention.
The victim’s purse contained her cell phone and $100.
The incident happened last Thursday, at around 5 a.m. in front 8 West 28th Street with the perp then fleeing east on East 28th Street.
The suspect is described as black, 20 to 30 years old, 5 ft.7 ins, and weighing 140 to 160 lbs. He was last seen wearing a baseball cap, backpack and long sleeved shirt with a skull logo on front.
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 by visiting http://www.nypdcrimestoppers.com. All calls will be kept confidential.

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Police Watch: Teen arrested for putting cop in headlock, Knife point robbery at shelter

TEEN ARRESTED FOR PUTTING COP IN HEADLOCK ON FIRST AVENUE
Police arrested a teenager at the corner of First Avenue and East 15th Street last Wednesday at 7 p.m. for assault of a peace officer. Police were attempting to place the teen under arrest in regards to an attempted robbery when he flailed his arms and pushed the officer’s hands away. The teen also punched the officer in the face and placed the officer in a headlock, attempting to cut off the officer’s breathing.
The teen, whose name is being withheld due to his age, was also charged with obstruction of breath, resisting arrest, an unclassified misdemeanor and assault.

KNIFEPOINT ROBBERY AT 30TH STREET MEN’S SHELTER
Police arrested 45-year-old John Jemison for allegedly robbing another man at knifepoint at the 30th Street Men’s Shelter at 400 East 30th Street. The victim told police that he and Jemison got into an argument over money last Tuesday at 9:24 p.m. when Jemison allegedly pulled out a gravity knife and held it up to his throat while reaching into the victim’s pocket and taking out cash. No injuries were reported as a result of the incident.

MAN BUSTED FOR BREAKING CAR MIRRORS IN STUY TOWN
Police arrested 21-year-old John Christian in front of 505 East 14th Street last Friday at 3:28 a.m. for allegedly smashing car mirrors. Stuyvesant Town Public Safety told police that they had received a complaint about a man damaging the cars.
When police arrived in the area, they saw Christian allegedly in the act of damaging a car mirror and after he was stopped, police said that there were six cars nearby with similar damage. He was charged with criminal mischief.

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Police Watch: Men arrested for phone ‘snatching,’ man arrested with dildo

‘MASTURBATOR’ ARRESTED NEAR UNION SQUARE
Police arrested 44-year-old Reggie Frank for public lewdness at the corner of Fourth Avenue and Union Square East last Tuesday at noon. Frank allegedly exposed his erect penis through a hole in his shorts and started masturbating in front of the victim.

MAN CAUGHT WITH PANTS DOWN AND DILDO
John Pheffer, 69, was arrested for public lewdness in front of 3 East 27th Street last Wednesday at 2:49 p.m. Police said that he was in front of the building with his pants down, showing his private parts on a public sidewalk while holding a dildo in his left hand.

TWO MEN ARRESTED FOR PHONE ‘SNATCHING’
Police arrested 21-year-old Daniel Rodriguez and 26-year-old Cornell Williams for petit larceny at the corner of Madison Avenue and East 23rd Street last Saturday at 3:40 a.m. Police said that the two men were working together to steal property from the victim. Williams allegedly swiped a black Samsung cell phone from next to the victim’s hand and police said that Rodriguez was standing as a lookout. Rodriguez was also charged with possession of marijuana and Williams, who police said was in possession of the phone that the men allegedly swiped, was also charged with possession of stolen property.

MEN ARRESTED FOR ‘GAMBLING’ DURING DICE GAME
Police arrested six people for promoting gambling in front of 344 East 28th Street last Saturday at 12:10 a.m. Forty-year-old Quammie Logan, 21-year-old Michael McCants, 46-year-old Zadie Morris, 38-year-old Ian Shillingford, 25-year-old James Paige and 48-year-old Sean Shillingford were allegedly in front of the building playing Cee-lo, a dice game, for cash. Police said that Logan was in possession of the dice and $80 in cash when he was stopped by the officer.
Morris and Ian Shillingford were also charged with possession of a gambling device and possession of marijuana. Morris was allegedly in possession of a grinder with marijuana residue and police said that Shillingford was in possession of 36 glassine envelopes of alleged marijuana.
McCants, Paige and Sean Shillingford were also charged with possession of a gambling device.

MAN BUSTED FOR ATTEMPTED BIKE ‘THEFTS’ ON E. 14TH ST.
Police arrested 32-year-old Angel Rivera for bribery and possession of stolen property in front of the Stuyvesant Town Associated Supermarket, 409 East 14th Street last Tuesday. At 10:19 a.m., Rivera was allegedly carrying a screwdriver and police said they observed him removing a bicycle and bike parts without permission. He allegedly threw the screwdriver on top of a van in an attempt to conceal the evidence. Police said that he was found in possession of stolen property.

GYM ‘THIEF’ BUSTED
Police arrested 24-year-old Christopher Lafontant for petit larceny inside the New York Sports Club at 10 Irving Place last Tuesday at 12:55 a.m. Police said that Lafontant removed property worth over $1,000 from lockers at the gym without permission.

MEN ARRESTED FOR ‘DRUGS’ IN NYCHA STAIRWELL
Police arrested two men for the sale of a controlled substance inside 344 East 28th Street last Tuesday at 10:10 p.m. Police said that 36-year-old William Glen and 54-year-old Gerald Beatty sold a quantity of a controlled substance to an undercover detective in the staircase of a housing development. Police said that when they were stopped, Glen refused to be handcuffed by placing his hands inside his pockets and stiffening his arms. Police said he was in possession of a controlled substance that was in his left front pants pocket and he had a ziplock bag of alleged PCP in his right front pants pocket. He was also charged with resisting arrest, intent to sell a controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance.

‘POT’ SMOKER TO COP: LEAVE ME ALONE
Adrian Cevallos, 24, was arrested at the corner of Madison Avenue and East 26th Street last Thursday at 3:32 p.m. Police said that Cevallos was smoking marijuana on a sidewalk and when an officer approached him, he allegedly tried to punch the cop, telling the officer to leave him alone. After a short chase, Cevallos allegedly resisted arrest by flailing his arms, going limp and forcefully pulling his arms away in an attempt to avoid being handcuffed. Cevallos was charged with resisting arrest, possession of marijuana and disorderly conduct.

BIKE ‘THIEF’ BROKE LOCKS WITH TEETH
Police arrested 53-year-old Nathaniel Gaines for burglar’s tools in front of 130 East 25th Street last Wednesday at 11:08 a.m. Gaines was allegedly casing several bicycles near Sixth Avenue and West 26th Street. Police said he then proceeded to 130 East 25th Street where he was seen physically breaking bicycle locks with his teeth. He was also charged with petit larceny, criminal mischief and possession of stolen property.

CVS EMPLOYEE ASSAULTED
Police arrested 46-year-old Keith Morris for assault in front of the CVS Pharmacy at 750 Sixth Avenue last Thursday at 10:10 p.m. The victim told police that while he was cleaning at work, Morris came up to the door of the store and started pulling on the handle. When the employee told him that they were closed, Morris allegedly grabbed him by the shirt, causing scratches on his chest. Two people walked out of the store, after which Morris allegedly punched the victim in the face multiple times, causing bruising and redness. The fight was broken up by a witness who was in the store.

‘PANHANDLER’ ARRESTED FOR BLOCKING TRAFFIC
Police arrested 46-year-old Rafael Cepeda for a New York State law unclassified misdemeanor and disorderly conduct at the corner of Lexington Avenue and East 29th Street last Friday at 6:03 p.m. Police said that Cepeda was begging in a public street, walking over to moving vehicles and causing traffic to be impeded.

MAN ARRESTED FOR ‘CASING’ CARS
Sixty-year-old Louis Rosario was arrested for petit larceny at the corner of Union Square East and East 15th Street last Saturday at 5:46 p.m. Rosario was allegedly casing over 20 vehicles in a car break-in prone location and police said that they observed him for 45 minutes, walking around Gramercy Park and looking into vehicles while allegedly trying to gain access by pulling on the car door. Police said that when they searched him, he was in possession of merchandise that he could not explain how he acquired. Police said that the vehicle where he stole property from was parked at East 17th Street and Second Avenue.

Police Watch: Drug, drunk driving arrests this week

MAN ARRESTED FOLLOWING THEFT
Nineteen-year-old Mahamood Davis was charged with resisting arrest and disorderly conduct at the corner of Second Avenue and East 24th Street last Tuesday at 1:13 a.m. Police said that Davis was seen walking away from the scene of a crime and fit the description of a man wanted for grand larceny. When Davis saw police approaching him, he allegedly became evasive by changing direction. As police approached him, Davis allegedly refused orders to stop and walked away. Police officers chased him and said that Davis ran for about two blocks with police in pursuit on foot and in cars. After catching him, police said physical force had to be used to bring Davis to the ground. Police said that he resisted being handcuffed by flailing his arms and legs and refusing to place his hands behind his back. Police did not have enough evidence to charge him with the initial grand larceny for which they were originally pursuing him.

‘RECKLESS’ MAN BUSTED FOR ‘DRUG SALE’ ON FIRST AVE.
Police arrested 27-year-old John Moses for intent to sell a controlled substance at the corner of First Avenue and East 18th Street last Friday at 6 p.m. Police said that Moses was seen exchanging an amount of a controlled substance for cash with another person then recklessly drove the wrong way on a one way street, disregarding the traffic lights, while allegedly attempting to flee. Police said that he also did not obey orders to stop and he then entered the FDR, recklessly changed lanes and almost caused multiple accidents. He was also charged with sale of a controlled substance, reckless endangerment and possession of a controlled substance.

WOULD-BE BIKE ‘THIEF’ NABBED IN STUY TOWN
Police arrested 59-year-old Samuel Roberts at the corner of First Avenue and East 16th Street last Sunday at 10:31 p.m. Public Safety officers for Stuyvesant Town told police that Roberts was trying to cut the lock off a bicycle without permission to do so.

‘DRUNK’ DRIVING ARRESTS LAST WEEK
Police arrested 31-year-old Brian O’Neill for intoxicated driving in front of 1107 Broadway last Saturday at 2:55 a.m. O’Neill was driving south on Broadway at West 24th Street, where police then saw him stopped at a green light with the car running. An officer went up to the car and O’Neill had the window down. Police said that there was an odor of alcohol coming from the vehicle and O’Neill was allegedly slumped over inside the car and was incoherent. A check with PBT allegedly read .21 at the scene, and police said that at the precinct, O’Neill blew .16 on a Breathalyzer. O’Neill was also charged with harassment.
Calogera Narbone, 57, was arrested for impaired driving last Sunday at 1:23 a.m. in front of 167 West 23rd Street. Narbone was seen vomiting on the side of the road and police said that when they followed her, she failed to stay in the lane. After stopping her, they asked if she would consent to a BAC test and she allegedly refused.

MAN ARRESTED FOR BIKE ‘DAMAGE’
Forty-year-old Benny Mamedou was arrested for petit larceny and criminal mischief at the corner of Sixth Avenue and West 23rd Street last Wednesday at 8:50 p.m. Mamedou allegedly attempted to break a bicycle lock by kicking the bike with extreme force, causing scratches to the bike. Police said that he then looked around to see if he was being watched and then fled the scene. Mamedou was also charged with petit larceny, possession of stolen property and possession of a controlled substance because he allegedly removed property from a store at 184 Fifth Avenue and tried to leave without paying. Police said he was also in possession of a wax paper baggie with alleged heroin residue.

MULTIPLE ‘VENDORS’ BUSTED FOR NO LICENSE
Police arrested multiple people last week for selling merchandise without a Department of Consumer Affairs license and were charged with unclassified New York State law misdemeanors.
Mamadou Sylla, 41, was arrested at the corner of Sixth Avenue and West 28th Street last Monday for selling sunglasses.
Martha Yancha, 26, and Puelas Aqelina, 52, were arrested last Sunday morning around 11:30 a.m. near the corner of Fifth Avenue and East 16th Street. Police said that the two women were selling assorted necklaces, bracelets and hats.
Police arrested 35-year-old Heriberto Lecler in front of 5 West 19th Street last Sunday at 1:25 p.m. Lecler was allegedly selling more than five selfie sticks.
Eighteen-year-old Carlos Chan Perez was arrested at Fifth Avenue and West 28th Street last Sunday at 2:55 p.m. Perez was allegedly selling bubble guns.

MEN BUSTED FOR CRYSTAL METH ‘DEAL’
Police arrested 51-year-old Steven Baker and 25-year-old Leomar Rivas-Veras for an alleged drug deal that took place in front of 43 West 26th Street last Friday at 10 p.m. Baker was charged with possession of a controlled substance and Rivas-Veras was charged with intent to sell a glassine envelope of crystal meth.

MAN ARRESTED FOR LAPTOP ‘THEFTS’
Police arrested 25-year-old Julian Pomales inside the 13th Precinct last Saturday at noon for grand larceny. Police said that Pomales entered an apartment and helped himself to two MacBooks, totaling approximately $3,500. Information on the location of the theft was not available.

FIGHT ON EAST 19TH STREET
Gregory Bacchiano, 24, was arrested in front of 227 East 19th Street for criminal mischief last Saturday at 6:35 p.m. The victim told police that he got into a fight with Bacchiano, who allegedly slapped the victim’s cell phone out of his hand, causing it to fall to the ground. Police said that the incident caused the screen to crack and the phone wouldn’t work properly afterwards.

MAN NABBED FOR ‘DRUGS’
Police arrested 27-year-old Christopher Ortiz for intent to sell a controlled substance at Sixth Avenue and West 15th Street last Thursday at 6:19 p.m. Police said that Ortiz sold a quantity of a controlled substance to an undercover officer in exchange for cash. After police searched him, they found that he was allegedly in possession of marijuana and a controlled substance. He was also charged with sale of a controlled substance and marijuana possession.

MAN BUSTED FOR EYEGLASSES ‘THEFT’
Police arrested 61-year-old Richard Franklin for petit larceny in front of a Ricky’s shop 7 East 14th Street last Thursday at 2:59 p.m. Franklin allegedly took eyeglasses off a rack, put them in his jacket pocket and tried to leave without paying. Franklin was also charged with possession of stolen property.

Deli worker threatened with knife over a cigar

Brothers deli on East 14th Street and Avenue B (Photo by Sabina Mollot)

Brothers deli on East 14th Street and Avenue B (Photo by Sabina Mollot)

By Sabina Mollot
Police are on the lookout for a man who, on Christmas Eve, threatened a deli employee at knifepoint for refusing to sell him a loose cigar.

According to an employee who asked to remain anonymous, the man walked into Brothers, a deli/convenience store on East 14th Street and Avenue B, and asked for the cigar. But after the employee refused, explaining it’s against the law to sell it loose, the customer got angry and started knocking over straws and merchandise on racks. At this point the worker told him to get out and that’s when the man pulled a knife.

“He tried to cut one of my co-workers,” the employee said.

The two men struggled, and the fight spilled outside of the store where the customer also tried to get in a kick. At one point, the employee hit the ground and cut his hand. Though the customer didn’t succeed in cutting him, the employee who spoke with T&V (who wasn’t involved in the incident) said the customer may have thought he did succeed because that’s when he ran off.

The suspect is described as being Hispanic, 22 or 23 years old, about 5 ft. 9 inches tall and thin. He also has black hair and a light beard, and at the time he was at the store, was wearing a black, puffy jacket with a hood.

The employee who was interviewed also said that his co-worker is doing fine and that he wasn’t sure if police, who responded to the scene, ended up finding the suspect. However, he added that the customer is known at another store on Avenue B for making trouble.

“That’s just the way the kid is,” the employee said.

A spokesperson for the NYPD’s DCPI (office of the Deputy Commissioner of Public Information) said she didn’t have any information about an incident at that address on Christmas Eve.

Police Watch: Camera pervs, groping and pick-pocketing arrests at Union Square subway

Compiled by Maria Rocha-Buschel

CAMERA ‘PERVS’ BUSTED AT UNION SQUARE
Police arrested two men for “obscene material” in unrelated incidents at Union Square station last week. Rubio Patricio-Palaguachi, 37, was arrested last Tuesday at 2 p.m. Patricio-Palaguachi was allegedly walking directly behind a woman with his Samsung Galaxy phone camera lens facing upward under her dress and while she was walking up the stairs out of the station, recording her underwear as she walked. She told police that she did not know him and did not give him permission to film her.
Oscar Torres, 31, was arrested last Sunday at 4:35 p.m. Torres allegedly placed a recording device under the skirt of a girl as she was walking up the stairs out of the station.

‘GROPER’ NABBED IN UNION SQUARE
Police arrested Carlos Hernandez Saavedra, 50, arrested for groping a woman at the Union Square subway station last Friday at 5:45 p.m. Hernandez Saavedra was allegedly touching and rubbing a woman’s butt while on the train without her permission.

MAN BUSTED FOR SNATCHING WALLET
Police arrested 50-year-old James Davis in Union Square for grand larceny last Monday at 10:40 a.m. Davis allegedly reached into a woman’s purse while on an Eighth Avenue-bound L train and removed her wallet. Police said that he used a dry cleaning bag with a pink shirt to cover his left arm while removing the wallet. He allegedly fled onto a downtown express train to avoid being arrested. Police arrested him on the 4/5/6 platform and he was allegedly in possession of a Samsung Galaxy phone and two MetroCards that belonged to someone else.

PHONE SNATCHER NABBED IN UNION SQUARE
Thirty-two-year-old Billy Decaneo was arrested for grand larceny at Union Square East and East 14th Street last Tuesday at 7:41 a.m. The victim said that he was sitting in Union Square Park on the steps by the fountain. He had his bag on his lap and was looking for his wallet when Decaneo allegedly reached into the bag and took his cell phone with charger attached. The victim alerted a nearby officer and the victim’s phone was in Decaneo’s hand when he was arrested, police said.

ARREST FOR PHONY MUGGING STORY
Police arrested 27-year-old Jennifer Fleischer arrested for perjury last Wednesday at 3:20 p.m. at the Union Square subway station. Fleischer allegedly told police that while she was getting off an uptown M train at the Broadway-Lafayette station, an unknown black man mugged her and stole her purse, containing her MetroCard and $20 in cash. Upon further investigation, she recanted her story, allegedly saying that she made it up as an excuse to not go to work and that her property was in the garbage.

MAN ADMITS HAVING GUN
Police arrested 27-year-old Bobby Robinson for weapons possession inside the 13th precinct at 230 East 21st Street last Sunday at 12:30 a.m. Police said that Robinson freely walked up to an officer, while not in custody, and spontaneously said, “that’s my car and I left a gun in the trunk.” A handgun was recovered from the car.


‘DRUNK DRIVER’ AT THIRD AND EAST 15TH
Police arrested 40-year-old William Mack arrested for intoxicated driving last Tuesday at 2:53 a.m. at Third Avenue and East 15th Street. Police saw him swerving in traffic and he allegedly had a smell of alcohol on his breath when police stopped him. He blew a .157 on a Breathalyzer, police said.

MAN GRABS AND ‘THREATENS’ WOMAN
Police arrested 29-year-old Kevin Newton arrested for criminal mischief in front of 717 Sixth Avenue last Tuesday at 1:50 a.m. The victim told police that she was walking on the sidewalk when she felt Newton grab her wrist. She pulled free and began to walk away from him but he allegedly followed her for about two blocks and began to verbally threaten her. She attempted to call 911 when he smacked the phone from her hand, causing the glass screen to shatter, police said. She also told police that he spit in her face.

BIKE ‘BURGLAR’ BUSTED ON WEST 25TH
Police arrested 54-year-old Lindsay Thomas arrested for possession of burglar’s tools last Wednesday at 1:45 p.m. in front of 40 West 25th Street. Thomas was walking east with two other unknown men when they were seen stopping at a Citibike rack. The first unknown man pointed at the rack while the second unknown man was seen attempting to remove the bike by pulling on the tire. The men then fled in unknown directions and when police stopped Thomas, he was allegedly in possession of burglar’s tools.

SUBWAY BUSKER BUSTED FOR FORGERY
Claudio Soto, 32, was arrested for forgery last Wednesday 6:25 p.m. inside the Union Square station. Soto was allegedly playing an electric guitar with an amplification device on the L platform in violation of transit rules. When asked to produce identification, he gave a forged US permanent resident card and forged Chilean driver’s license

MAN ARRESTED FOR KICKING DOOR
Police arrested 22-year-old Vincent Florido for criminal mischief last Thursday at 12:45 a.m. in front of Friend of a Farmer at 77 Irving Place. Florido allegedly damaged the front lobby door by kicking the glass intentionally.

ATTEMPTED BIKE ‘THIEF’ BUSTED
Police arrested 19-year-old Anthony Barahona for possession of burglar’s tools in front of 10 Union Square East last Thursday at 2:20 p.m. Barahona was allegedly using wirecutters to open a bicycle lock which didn’t belong to him. Police said that he was in possession of another pair of wirecutters, which were in his backpack.

MAN ARRESTED FOR POT
Ibrahima Jalloh, 23, was arrested for marijuana possession last Wednesday at 6:23 p.m. at Broadway and West 28th Street. Police said he had it in plain view on a public sidewalk.

TEEN RIDING BIKE ON SIDEWALK ARRESTED FOR BRASS KNUCKLES
Police arrested a 17-year-old for weapons possession at West 23rd Street and Seventh Avenue last Monday at 5:35 p.m. Miller was allegedly riding a black bicycle recklessly on the sidewalk of Seventh Avenue, causing about 15 people to move out of the way. He was also in possession of brass knuckles in his left shorts pocket, police said.

MAN HIT OVER THE HEAD WITH BOTTLE
James Quinn, 23, was arrested for assault last Saturday at 3:34 p.m. in front of 101 West 25th Street. Quinn got into an argument with the victim and allegedly hit him over the head with a bottle.

TEENS ACROBATS ARRESTED
Police arrested two teens for reckless endangerment last Saturday at 8:10 p.m. at the Union Square subway station. A 16-year-old and 18-year-old Kyle Solomon were allegedly working together, dancing and somersaulting on a crowded L train, causing a hazard to themselves and others, police said. The name of the 16-year-old is being withheld due to his age.

MAN ARRESTED FOR SELLING ‘LOOSIE’
Police arrested 38-year-old Udo Onua for violating tax law at East 14th Street and Union Square West last Thursday at 9:28 a.m. Onua was allegedly selling loose Newport cigarettes from a carton with an Ohio stamp in exchange for cash.

‘DRUNK DRIVER’ BUSTED ON SECOND AVENUE
Police arrested Victor Assante, 44, for intoxicated driving in front of 531 Second Avenue last Friday at 3:01 a.m. Assante was driving north on Third Avenue and then east on East 29th Street and while driving on Third Avenue, he was allegedly swerving back and forth between the far right lane and the middle of the road. He was stopped near East 29th Street because he allegedly didn’t signal when he turned and police said that he had a strong odor of alcohol on his breathe, watery, bloodshot eyes, slurred speech and was unsteady on his feet.

Police Watch: ‘Flasher’ nabbed outside Peter Cooper Village, Female McDonald’s employee punched

Compiled by Maria Rocha-Buschel

‘FLASHER’ NABBED OUTSIDE PETER COOPER
Police arrested 54-year-old Paul Stuard on Sunday after he allegedly exposed himself to a woman at the northeast corner of East 20th Street and First Avenue. This was at around 5 p.m. as the woman was on her way to the subway. Police found Stuard at 5:10 p.m. in front of 530 East 23rd Street and arrested him for public lewdness.

‘DRUNK’ DRIVER NABBED ON EAST 14TH
Forty-year-old Raphael Brunn was arrested for intoxicated driving in front of 325 East 14th Street last Tuesday at 11:24 p.m. Brunn was behind the wheel of a car and was traveling west on East 14th Street with a defective brake light. Brunn had bloodshot watery eyes when police approached the vehicle and a strong odor of alcohol on his breath, police said. He allegedly told police that he had only had one beer and was coming from Cien Fuegos. He blew a .14 at the scene, police said.

7-ELEVEN ON SIXTH AVE. ROBBED
Police arrested 18-year-old Wamisho Dimore and 30-year-old Wanda Ceballo for robbery inside the 7-Eleven at Sixth Avenue and West 15th Street last Tuesday at 11:46 p.m. Ceballo and Dimore were allegedly working together to swipe cookies and Red Bull and according to police, got physically forceful with a store employee while doing it.

CABBIE AND CYCLIST ARRESTED ON FIRST AVE.
A cab driver and bicyclist were arrested for getting in a fight at East 16th Street and First Avenue last Wednesday at 10:51 a.m. Cab driver Ulugbek Radzhabov, 32, and Qasim Warraich, 19, were busted for criminal mischief after they got into an accident and started arguing. Radzhabov allegedly kicked Warraich’s bike, causing damage to the rear wheel, and Warraich kicked the cab’s side view mirror, causing damage, police said.

COP THREATENED ON SECOND AVE.
Fifty-seven-year-old Johnie Lonardo was arrested for menacing in front of 492 Second Avenue last Thursday at 9:01 a.m. Lonardo allegedly followed an undercover officer and made verbal threats, saying, “I am going to take your life,” while reaching into his waistband.

MAN ARRESTED FOR ‘ASSAULTING’ OFFICER
Twenty-two-year-old Gary Williams was arrested for assault of a peace officer at Union Square West and East 15th Street last Friday at 5:28 a.m. Williams was inside Union Square Park when the park was still closed. He was playing a drum when an officer approached him and when the officer tried to arrest him, Williams allegedly flailed his arms and kicked his leg in order to avoid being handcuffed. When the officer attempted to handcuff him again, Williams pushed the officer, causing both of them to fall to the ground and the officer to dislocate his finger, police said.

FEMALE MCDONALD’S EMPLOYEE PUNCHED
Police arrested 23-year-old Nicholas Melendez for assault inside the McDonald’s at 39 Union Square West last Friday at 7:54 a.m. A McDonald’s employee said that she asked Melendez to leave because he was sleeping in the restaurant and didn’t buy anything. But instead of leaving, Melendez began arguing with her and then punched her in the face and slapped her, the victim said.

ADMITTED ASSAULT ON IRVING PLACE
Thirty-one-year-old Skevos Alachouzos was arrested for assault at Irving Place and East 19th Street last Friday at 5 p.m. Alachouzos allegedly told police that he punched a man in the face after getting out of his car.

‘DRUNK’ DRIVER BUSTED
Police arrested David Barbera, 25, for intoxicated driving in front of the Think Coffee at 568 Sixth Avenue last Saturday at 4 a.m. Police saw Barbera driving East on West 14th Street and he allegedly made a sharp left turn around another vehicle, causing the wheels to shriek. When he was stopped, he had an odor of alcohol on his breath and a flushed red face, police said. He allegedly blew a .097 on a Breathalyzer at the scene.

WOMAN ARRESTED FOR KNIFE
Yunet Bosch, 24, was arrested for weapons possession last Sunday at 12:53 a.m. inside the First Avenue L station. Bosch was allegedly inside the station wearing a black metal clip and the top part of a knife showing on her front right pants’ pocket. She allegedly told police that she uses the knife for protection and she has multiple prior convictions.

‘FARE-SKIPPER’ BUSTED
Police arrested 25-year-old Michael Parsons for theft of services last Monday at 12:33 a.m. in front of 235 East 20th Street. Parsons entered a cab at West 42nd Street and Ninth Avenue and requested to go to East 38th Street and Lexington Avenue. When the driver requested payment, Parsons’ card was allegedly declined four times. The driver then brought him to the precinct, where he was given the opportunity to call a friend but he declined. He also was allowed to call Chase Preferred Members to ensure that his card was valid, which it was not, police said.

‘SHOPLIFTING’ TEEN BUSTED IN MERCEDES
Police arrested a 17-year-old girl for grand larceny last Thursday at 4:50 p.m. in front of the Nike store at 156 Fifth Avenue. One of the store employees approached the girl and asked her if she needed help. She said that she didn’t and then asked if the door she was standing near was an exit. The employee then noticed that she had something in her shopping bag so he asked if he could ring it up for her, but she allegedly continued to walk off and then fled west on West 20th Street. When police arrived, the employee told them that she was in a green Mercedes Benz up the block and after searching with the employee, the girl was arrested.

MAN ARRESTED FOR ‘THREATENING’ LETTER
Police arrested 53-year-old Kevin McGlynn for menacing last Thursday inside the 13th Precinct at 6 p.m. McGlynn allegedly hand-delivered threatening letters to the victim, who feared for his physical health and safety.

IDENTITY ‘THIEF’ BUSTED
Police arrested 31-year-old Manuel Rivera for grand larceny in front of 717 Sixth Avenue last Wednesday at 12:59 p.m. Rivera allegedly opened a Citibank account using someone else’s information without permission and deposited an IRS check valued at $5,789 under the account. He has also made multiple withdrawals, police said. He was allegedly in possession of a forged Pennsylvania driver’s license and Citibank debit card.

‘POT’-SMOKING DRIVER ARRESTED
Thirty-two-year-old Adamou Maikarfi was arrested for possession of marijuana last Monday at 1:05 p.m. in front of 750 Sixth Avenue. Maikarfi was driving north on Sixth Avenue and police said when he made an improper turn, an officer approached the vehicle, and smelled marijuana. Maikarfi allegedly said that he had smoked earlier in the day and that he had some in the console of his car, where police found it.

MAN ARRESTED FOR SMASHING LAPTOP
Police arrested 52-year-old Vincent Lynch for criminal mischief inside an apartment building at 55 West 14th Street last Tuesday at 4:17 a.m. Lynch walked into the building and asked the doorman for a room and when Lynch was told that there were no rooms available, he allegedly took the doorman’s computer, an Apple laptop, and threw it on the ground, causing damage to the case. The doorman said that the computer was worth about $2,900.

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