Man found dead in East River

East River

The East River (pictured in 2012). (Photo by Maria Rocha-Buschel.)

By Sabina Mollot

A man was found floating in the East River at around East 14th Street on Sunday afternoon, and as of Monday morning, police said they believe they know who it is.

While they wouldn’t release the name of the individual prior to his being officially identified by a family member, police said they are pretty certain it’s a 24-year-old homeless man with a history of depression.

A police source added that no criminality is suspected at this time. However, the investigation is ongoing and the NYC Medical Examiner is looking into the cause of death.

The man, after being pulled out of the water by the NYPD’s Marine and SCUBA Units at around 2:30 p.m., was taken to the Skyport Marina on East 23rd Street, where he was pronounced dead.

UPDATE on Tuesday: A woman who said she was the man’s mother told Town & Village her son “was a good person.”

The woman, who didn’t want to give her name, added that she last saw her son a month ago. “He was always helping everyone. I raised him to be a gentleman and he was a goodhearted person. We will all miss him.”

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Police Watch: ‘Terrorist threats’ made at UN School, Equipment ‘theft’ from Beth Israel

MAN WHO CLAIMED TO BE GOD ARRESTED FOR ‘TERRORIST THREATS’ AT UN SCHOOL
Police arrested 44-year-old John Butler inside the 13th precinct last Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. for making terrorist threats. Police said that Butler made several threats towards students and staff on the street in front of the United Nations International School at Waterside Plaza. He allegedly said that he was God and that the school was evil.
Police said that he then made gun gestures with his hands and allegedly said that he was going to kill them and everyone in the school. He allegedly told the students that they were responsible for killing a Loyola student that died during a soccer game between the UN School and the Loyola school.
The Wall Street Journal reported on October 28 that 16-year-old Thomas Jakelich, a student at Loyola School on the Upper East Side, died after an injury at a boys’ varsity soccer game against the UN International School on Randall’s Island the previous Monday.

PAIR BUSTED FOR ‘STEALING’ EQUIPMENT FROM BETH ISRAEL
Twenty-year-old Imani McBride and 21-year-old Joel Alicea were arrested last Wednesday for allegedly swiping pricey medical equipment from hospitals, including Beth Israel.
According to the District Attorney’s office, McBride was seen on video surveillance entering an exam room at the Lenox Hill Healthplex at 30 Seventh Avenue while holding an empty bag on November 28, 2014 at 3:30 p.m. The DA’s office said that McBride left the exam room soon after with the same bag, now containing something bulky. An employee at the hospital told police that a heart rate monitor valued at $21,690 and an otoscope valued at $1,182 were missing from the room immediately after McBride left.
In an incident on October 30 of this year, McBride allegedly stole a heart rate monitor from an exam room at Beth Israel Hospital at East 16th Street and First Avenue. The DA’s office said that McBride could be seen on video surveillance entering an exam room around 11 p.m. and an employee told police that a heart rate monitor was missing soon after McBride left. Police said that a heart rate monitor was also missing from a Beth Israel exam room after McBride went in on November 3 at 2 p.m.
The District Attorney’s office said that Alicea and two other people who weren’t arrested entered Beth Israel Hospital around 11 p.m. on November 3. Alicea and the two other men allegedly entered a curtained exam area within one larger exam room, running out of a back exit of the exam area while carrying a large bag with bulky items. Police said that six heart rate monitors were missing from the larger exam room immediately after Alicea and the other men left.
Police said McBride admitted that it was him in several surveillance still photographs and he admitted that he knows Alicea from high school. Police noted that Alicea also admitted to knowing McBride from high school and admitted that it was him in surveillance photographs from the incident on November 3.

WOMAN ARRESTED FOR ‘DRUNK’ DRIVING AFTER ‘STEALING’ TAXI
Police arrested 27-year-old Kinga Tabares for grand larceny, unauthorized use of vehicle and impaired driving at the corner of Third Avenue and East 26th Street last 12:33 a.m. The New York Post reported that the taxi driver had picked up Tabares and her friends up at Washington and Little West 12th Streets but they were so rowdy that the driver stopped at the 13th Precinct on East 21st Street to get the police. While he was inside the precinct asking for help, Tabares allegedly got into the driver’s seat and drove north on Third Avenue. Police said that they caught up with her because she stopped the car to vomit out the window of the taxi. Upon investigation, Tabares allegedly had a strong odor of alcohol on her breath and bloodshot eyes, and was allegedly combative with police. She was escorted to Bellevue Hospital and police said that she refused a Breathalyzer test.

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BREAKING: Baby found dead in Stuy Town building

By Sabina Mollot

A two-month-old baby girl was found dead at 455 East 14th Street this morning, police said.

It was at 4:42 a.m. when police arrived at the building to find the infant unconscious and unresponsive. An FDNY spokesperson said the baby was in cardiac arrest.

She was then taken to Mount Sinai Beth Israel where she was pronounced dead. The Medical Examiner will determine the cause of death and the investigation is ongoing.

Police told T&V it does not look suspicious but the investigation is ongoing. The girl’s identity is pending family notification.

Man found dead in Union Square subway roadbed

East 14th Street and Third Avenue subway (Photo by Sabina Mollot)

East 14th Street and Third Avenue subway (Photo by Sabina Mollot)

By Sabina Mollot

Police are investigating the death of a 24-year-old man who was found on a road bed in the subway at Third Avenue and 14th Street.

Emergency responders arrived at around 4:47 a.m. on Thursday after getting a call about a person unconscious. After seeing that he was unresponsive with signs of trauma to his body, he was pronounced dead at the scene. An investigation is ongoing and the Medical Examiner will determine the cause of death.

“We still don’t know if the individual was struck by a train,” said an NYPD spokesman. The identity of the man is being withheld pending family notification. As of noon on Thursday, police said they were still trying to track down one possible relative in the Netherlands.

“We’re not sure if he’s a tourist or if he lives here,” the spokesman added.

Two bodies found in the East River

By Maria Rocha-Buschel

Police found two bodies in the East River within the 13th Precinct on Thursday night and Friday morning.

Paul Bauer, a 50-year-old homeless man, was found last night in the East River near East 14th Street after a 911 call alerted police to a man in the water at 11:52 p.m. The NYPD Harbor Unit responded to the scene and EMS pronounced the man DOA.

Another man of an unknown age was pulled out of the East River at East 23rd Street on Friday morning after police received a 911 call at 6:52 a.m. EMS pronounced the unidentified man dead at 7:02 a.m.

Police said that both bodies were decomposing and had likely been in the river for a while and the incidents are not considered connected. The Medical Examiner has not yet determined the causes of death and the investigation is ongoing.

Late on Friday, police said they were looking for someone in connection with the 23rd Street case.
The unidentified male is dark skinned and was wearing a polo shirt with dark and light stripes, Levis blue jeans, black warm-up jacket and black Nike sneakers. He also had a close cut beard with no mustache.

Anyone with information about his identity is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 800-577-TIPS.
The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers Website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM or texting their tips to 274637(CRIMES) then enter TIP577.

Note: This post was updated to reflect that a second body has been recovered and that police are looking for someone.