Man sentenced to five months for bodega robbery, lawsuit alleges sex abuse at spa

MAN SENTENCED TO FIVE MONTHS FOR 14TH STREET BODEGA ROBBERY

The Manhattan District Attorney has announced the quick sentencing of 36-year-old Eutano Bernard to five months in jail for a robbery inside the bodega at 353 East 14th Street on Wednesday, November 14 at 6:53 a.m. Bernard pleaded guilty to assault in the third degree and was sentenced on Monday. He had entered the store, Community Candy, west of First Avenue, on Wednesday morning and told the cashier, “Give me the money,” before he tried to get behind the counter. He then attacked the store employee, causing cuts to the victim’s head and mouth.

MAN FILES SEX ABUSE LAWSUIT AGAINST FLATIRON SPA WORKER

The New York Post reported that a man who said he was sexually abused while getting a massage in the Living Fresh Men’s Spa at 44 West 22nd Street is suing the person he accused of the crime. As Town & Village reported in September, 47-year-old Pei Tian was charged with sexual abuse after he allegedly removed the towel from the victim during a massage and used his hands to touch the victim’s genitals and buttocks. The suit says that the victim, New Jersey resident Ronnie Arnau, went to the spa with his husband to get a massage and facial but 10 minutes into the session, Tian began focusing “exclusively” on Arnau’s buttocks, making him uncomfortable. The suit seeks unspecified damages and Arnau’s lawyer said that the spa ignored her client when Arnau first reported the assault.

MAN CHARGED WITH EXTORTION OVER PHONE STOLEN FROM GYM

Police arrested 40-year-old Sefu Sieka for an alleged theft in front of 4 Union Square East on Tuesday, November 13 at 11:19 a.m. The victim previously went into the 13th Precinct and told police that his wallet had been stolen from his locker while he was working out at a Blink Fitness.
He said that after it was taken, an unknown woman contacted him and said that she had his wallet and credit cards and wanted a reward from him in exchange for returning the wallet. She also reportedly told the victim that she had used the money in his wallet to buy food.
The victim and special operations officers from the 13th Precinct set up a meeting with the victim and Sieka, at which point Sieka was allegedly seen with the victim’s wallet before handing it over in exchange for cash. He was arrested shortly after. Sieka was charged with grand larceny by extortion, possession of stolen property and petit larceny.

WOMAN ALLEGEDLY LIED HER WAY INTO A FLATIRON APARTMENT

Police arrested 66-year-old Constance Gibbons for allegedly trespassing inside an apartment at 1107 Broadway this summer. Police said that Gibbons went inside the building on July 17 around 5 p.m. and gave the doorman her name, allegedly telling him that she was a representative of Eaton Properties, a property management company. Police said that the doorman gave her a key to one of the apartments, which she then reportedly entered unlawfully. Gibbons was arrested inside the 13th Precinct on Friday, November 16 at 5:34 p.m. Police said that Gibbons gained entry into an apartment by use of deception and remained there without permission.

‘DRUNK’ DRIVER ARRESTED AFTER CRASHING INTO SCAFFOLDING

Police arrested 25-year-old Einne Bunting after he was involved in an accident in front of 49 West 20th Street on Saturday, November 17 at 2:39 a.m. Police said that Bunting was driving east on West 20th Street between Fifth and Sixth Avenue, allegedly speeding, when he reportedly lost control of the vehicle, spun out of control and crashed into the scaffolding in front of the building on West 20th. When police arrived, Bunting allegedly had a strong odor of alcohol on his breath, slurred speech and bloodshot, watery eyes. Bunting was taken to Bellevue Hospital for blood testing after he was arrested. He was charged with criminal mischief and intoxicated driving.

MAN ACCUSED OF DAMAGING LYFT DRIVER’S CAR IN KIPS BAY

Police arrested 28-year-old Youssouf Konate for allegedly damaging a car at the corner of First Avenue and East 28th Street on Saturday, November 17 at 8:45 a.m. The victim told police that he received a call to pick up Konate from his Lyft app. When he arrived, Konate and five other men tried to get into the victim’s car. The victim told Konate that he wasn’t allowed to have that many people in the car, after which Donate allegedly kicked the passenger’s side rear door, leaving a dent.

TEEN WORKER ARRESTED FOR STEALING CASH FROM BED BATH & BEYOND

Police arrested a teenager inside the bed Bath & Beyond at 620 Sixth Avenue for petit larceny on Tuesday, November 13 at 8:30 p.m. Police said that the teen, an employee at the store, was observed swiping cash from the store’s register on various occasions between November 5 and 12. The total value lost was under $1,000. The teen’s name is being withheld because of his young age.

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Police Watch: Man charged with Union Square assault, Woman punched on East 22nd

MAN CHARGED WITH ASSAULT OF WOMAN IN UNION SQUARE
Police arrested 25-year-old Gage Quinones for an alleged assault in front of 24 Union Square East on Wednesday, November 7. The victim told police that after she smoked meth with Quinones that morning, they got into an argument that escalated into a fight when Quinones allegedly punched her in the mouth, causing a cut on her bottom lip. Quinones was also charged with criminal contempt.

Quinones has been arrested multiple times within the 13th Precinct, usually in or around Union Square, in the last few years. He was charged with assault in 2016 after police said that he hit a man in the back of the head with a brick, breaking four bones. He also allegedly mugged someone in Union Square in 2014 and assaulted someone with a bike lock in the park this past June.

MAN ALLEGEDLY PUNCHES WOMAN ON EAST 22ND STREET
Police arrested 38-year-old Rashawn Duran for an alleged assault in front of 33 East 22nd Street on Sunday, November 11 at 11:04 a.m. The victim told police that she was walking down the sidewalk when Duran allegedly punched her in the face, causing swelling and bruising. The victim said that there was no previous altercation between them before the alleged assault. Duran was stopped in front of 29 East 22nd Street and the victim and a witness positively identified him. The victim was treated on the scene and removed to Bellevue Hospital.

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Police Watch: Man charged in hit-and-run, ‘Bag snatcher’ arrested at Gramercy Park Hotel

MAN CHARGED WITH HIT-AND-RUN
Police arrested 40-year-old Robert Maltese for allegedly leaving the scene of an accident causing personal injury in front of 132 West 31st Street on a previous date. Police said that Maltese struck a 25-year-old woman with his car, causing an injury, then left the scene. Maltese was arrested last Tuesday at 10:45 a.m. inside the 13th Precinct.

TEEN CON ARTIST ARRESTED FOR KNIFE IN UNION SQUARE
Police arrested a teenager for weapons possession inside the Union Square subway station last Sunday at 8:58 p.m. Police said that the teen had strolled into a handful of businesses attempting to raise money for a fraudulent youth football team, then entered the subway station by jumping over the turnstile. When he was searched, police said that a knife was recovered from his backpack. Police said that the teen was not connected to the group wanted for committing robberies while soliciting donations for a fake local sports team.

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Police Watch: Man arrested for car break-in, ‘Dealer’ busted in Kips Bay

MAN ARRESTED FOR ALLEGED CAR BREAK-IN
Police arrested 59-year-old Reinaldo Campbell for alleged burglary at the corner of Broadway and East 20th Street on March 14 at 11:20 a.m. Police said that Campbell was seen casing and pulling on the doors of two commercial vehicles in an attempt to get inside, then got inside another commercial vehicle parked at the corner. He was arrested at the scene and also charged with possession of burglar’s tools and stolen property.

‘DEALER’ ARRESTED IN KIPS BAY
Police arrested 26-year-old Kayshawn Thomas for allegedly trying to sell a controlled substance at the corner of Park Avenue South and East 28th Street on March 14. Police said that Thomas was seen at 4:30 p.m., allegedly exchanging a small object for cash, with another person who wasn’t arrested. When Thomas was searched, he was in possession of alleged crack cocaine and marijuana. Thomas was also charged with sale of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance and possession of marijuana.

MAN BUSTED FOR DRUGS, STOLEN CREDIT CARDS
Police arrested 38-year-old Seth Harris for alleged intent to sell a controlled substance in front of 55 West 26th Street on March 16 at 10:36 a.m. Police said that while an EMS worker was helping Harris, he was found to be in possession of a quantity of a controlled substance and alleged drug paraphernalia. Harris was later charged with grand larceny and possession of stolen property while at the 13th precinct. Police said that Harris had identification and debit cards that didn’t belong to him and had allegedly used the cards to make unauthorized purchases.

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‘Scammer’ psychic charged with using stolen ID for apt.

Christine Evans was evicted from the building after owing over $49,000 in back rent. (Photo via Google Maps)

By Maria Rocha-Buschel

Police arrested a woman once charged with a “curse removal” scam for allegedly breaking into an apartment she was evicted from on Park Avenue South and changing the locks.

Police said she had been evicted by city marshals for never actually paying rent since moving in a year ago.

After she was arrested last Wednesday morning, police said that 48-year-old Christine Evans was also charged with identity theft and forgery because she allegedly signed the apartment lease using personal information that wasn’t her own. Seven months before renting the apartment, Evans had been arrested near Times Square for reportedly running a scam at a West 43rd Street fortunetelling parlor.

Regarding the most recent incident, a broker for the Stay Local real estate company told the district attorney’s office that Evans spoke with the company about renting an apartment inside 220 Park Avenue South in November 2016 and she allegedly presented a Florida State driver’s license for her rental application with her own photo but using the victim’s name.

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Police Watch: Man arrested for BB gun, Senior busted for groping

MAN ARRESTED FOR THREATENING VICTIM WITH BB GUN OVER PARKING DISPUTE
Police arrested 29-year-old Kastriot Lajqi after he allegedly pulled a BB gun on someone he was arguing with over a parking spot and indicated he was cop.
Police said last Sunday at 11 p.m. when Lajqi and the victim were arguing in front of 200 Park Avenue South, Lajqi reached over behind the passenger’s seat of his car and took out a BB gun. He then allegedly pointed it at the victim while saying, “I will blow your f—king head off.” Police said that Lajqi also retrieved a baseball cap with the letters “NYPD” and an NYPD patch on it and he allegedly said, “You see this, don’t f—k with me.” Police said he then fled north on Park Avenue South but was arrested soon after.
Police confirmed that Lajqi is not a member of the NYPD.
He was charged with alleged impersonation of a police officer and menacing.

OCTOGENARIAN ARRESTED FOR GROPING
Police arrested 85-year-old Zhen Huang for sexual abuse in front of 4 Perlman Place last Monday at 7:20 a.m. The victim told police that she was walking outside as she and Huang crossed paths. When he walked by her, he allegedly grabbed the victim’s upper thigh for no legitimate purpose.

MAN ARRESTED FOR ROBBERY ON EAST 28TH
Police arrested 32-year-old Roberto Vasquez for robbery in front of the Children’s Rescue Fund at 4 East 28th Street last Tuesday at 5:25 a.m. Vasquez allegedly robbed the victim at gunpoint, then fled with the cash. Vasquez was also charged with weapons possession and possession of stolen property, although a gun was not recovered from the scene.

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Police Watch: Con Edison employees accepting bribes, cops say, protesters arrested

CON ED EMPLOYEES TOOK BRIBES, POLICE SAY
Police arrested three Con Ed employees for commercial bribery inside the company’s headquarters at 4 Irving Place last Wednesday at 9:45 a.m. Forty-year-old Danny Cruz allegedly received $200 in exchange for his Con Edison-related plumbing inspection. Robert Tarter, 35, and Thomas Lloyd, 59, allegedly received $200 to facilitate a Con Edison inspection prior to turning the gas on. Tarter also received $200 for an inspection on April 26, 2013, police said.

PROTESTERS ARRESTED LAST WEEK
Multiple people were arrested while protesting the grand jury decision in the Eric Garner case in various incidents last week.
Police arrested three protesters for disorderly conduct on Third Avenue and East 18th Street last Monday at 1:45 p.m. Andrew Gombert, 35, Olcay Sesen, 36, and a teenager were allegedly walking on Third Avenue with a group of protesters in the lanes of traffic outside the crosswalk, blocking cars from passing. Multiple officers warned the three to disperse and they didn’t, which police said caused public inconvenience and alarm. The teenager’s name is being withheld due to his age.
Twenty-year-old Jonathan Gilles and 26-year-old Patrick Korte were also arrested while protesting at East 23rd Street and the FDR Drive last Thursday at 8:50 p.m. Korte and Gilles were charged with disorderly conduct and were allegedly obstructing vehicular traffic.

MAN ARRESTED FOR KNIFE IN UNION SQUARE
Police arrested Cameron Sizemore, 24, for weapons possession last Tuesday at 10:10 a.m. at the corner of Union Square East and East 14th Street. Sizemore was allegedly in possession of a gravity knife, which was sticking out of his rear pants pocket.

MAN BUSTED FOR NAPPING IN HOTEL WITHOUT BEING A GUEST
Police arrested 26-year-old Ronelle Freeman for criminal trespassing inside the Hampton Inn at 108 West 24th Street last Sunday at 6:46 p.m. An employee at the hotel told police that Freeman went into a hotel room at  1:30 p.m.  to sleep and allegedly didn’t have permission to be there. Freeman also allegedly went into another room at  6:30 p.m.  and was found sleeping there without permission and without paying for the room.

TEEN ARRESTED FOR ASSAULT IN STUY TOWN
Eighteen-year-old Clair Thorn was arrested for assault at 4 Stuyvesant Oval last Tuesday at 5:55 p.m. Thorn allegedly got into a fight with the victim over schoolwork. Thorn then allegedly punched the victim multiple times in the chest, hand, forearm and head causing scratches, bruising and pain. Thorn also threw multiple items belonging to the victim, causing property damage totaling $900, police said. Thorn was also charged with criminal mischief.

BROKEN WINDOWS ON MADISON AVE.
Police arrested 28-year-old Francs Bryce for criminal mischief at the corner of Madison Avenue and East 24th Street last Tuesday at 10:30 p.m. Bryce allegedly punched a man’s front windshield, breaking it in the process, after they got into an argument.

MAN ARRESTED FOR SLEEPING BY ATM
Police arrested 27-year-old Rodney Bryant for criminal trespassing inside a Bank of America ATM at 240 Park Avenue South last Wednesday at 1:55 a.m. Police said that Bryant was allegedly lying down on the floor inside the vestibule, despite a sign that said “No trespassing, no loitering, no sleeping. Violators are subject to arrest.”

‘DRUG DEALER’ BUSTED ON SECOND AVENUE
Police arrested 58-year-old Andres Torres for intent to sell a controlled substance in front of 490 Second Avenue last Wednesday at 9:50 a.m. Torres was allegedly in possession of a controlled substance that he was intending to sell.

ARRESTS MADE IN FIGHT ON THIRD AVENUE
Police arrested 40-year-old Walid Elsayed and 25-year-old Pasquale Cestaro for assault and 25-year-old Jennifer Roeske for criminal mischief on the corner of Third Avenue and East 25th Street last Wednesday at 9 p.m. Elsayed allegedly punched the victim in the head multiple times after they got into an argument. Police said that Cestaro punched the victim in the face, causing swelling. Roeske allegedly grabbed the victim’s cell phone and threw it, causing the screen to crack.

MAN NABBED FOR URINATING IN PUBLIC
Sixty-five-year-old Kenneth Taylor was arrested for an unclassified violation of New York State laws last Tuesday at 6:36 a.m. in front of 10 Union Square West. Taylor was allegedly urinating on a sidewalk in public view. He did not have valid identification, police said.

MAN ARRESTED FOR SLEEPING ON STRAUS HOUSE STAIRS
Police arrested 37-year-old Angelo Hernandez for criminal trespassing at the Straus Houses at 224 East 28th Street last Friday at 8:48 a.m. Hernandez was allegedly sleeping on the stairs at the building and he doesn’t live there. Management told police that Hernandez sleeps on the stairs of the building often.

‘SHOPLIFTER’ BUSTED FOR TOY GUN
Police arrested 39-year-old Nathan Koenig for petit larceny inside the Barnes and Noble at 33 East 17th Street last Friday at 6:41 p.m. Koenig allegedly tried to leave the store without paying for merchandise that he took from the shelves. Police said that when he was searched, Koenig was also in possession of an imitation firearm and allegedly said, “I use that for protection.”