Police Watch: Six arrested for helping brothels advertise online, launder money

SIX CHARGED WITH HELPING BROTHELS ADVERTISE ONLINE, LAUNDER MONEY
This past Monday, police arrested six people in connection with a scheme to promote and finance brothels throughout the city, including one on 14th Street, the Daily News reported. The six suspects reportedly built websites for the brothels and are being charged with money laundering.

The websites went by the names “One Hour Girlfriend,” “Kiss Kiss Pop” and “Shake Shake Girls,” and showed photos of prostitutes from the brothels. Police said that Kwong Kyu (Kevin) Kim and Hyun Kyung (Jay Hee) Han, who are married, and Hong Nae (Diane) Yi reportedly issued high-interest loans to brothel owners in Manhattan and set up bank accounts to keep money going into and out of the brothels. Court documents said that Han owned the brothel on 14th Street, as well as one on 39th Street. Additional suspects Beirne (Michael) Lowey, Tien Chih Wang and Zhengyi (Allen) Lu allegedly helped to set up web pages and ads for the brothels.

Police said that Lowey, who allegedly photographed the prostitutes, was seen placing stickers advertising the websites on light posts, parking meters and other surfaces on Third Avenue between East 10th and 31st Streets.

Wang and Lu allegedly used bitcoin to purchase advertising credits on Backpage.com, which was seized by the federal government in April, and the suspects reportedly resold the credits on their own website.

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Police Watch: Man arrested for assaulting women, Break-in at Limelight gym

HOMELESS MAN CHARGED WITH ASSAULTING THREE WOMEN
Police arrested a 23-year-old homeless man for allegedly attacking multiple women in the East Village and Gramercy last weekend, The New York Post reported on Sunday.
Carlos Munoz reportedly cut off a 20-year-old woman while riding his bike on East 11th Street near Second Avenue around 11:15 p.m. on Saturday, July 7 and allegedly shoved her to the ground.
Police said that he later hit an 18-year-old woman in the face with a bike lock, knocking one of her teeth out, around midnight at Third Avenue and East 15th Street.
Shortly after, he allegedly hit a 20-year-old woman in the back of the head with the bike lock near East 14th Street and Second Avenue. Police said that the third victim’s friends followed the man who attacked her and Munoz was arrested around midnight, although it was unclear where exactly the arrest took place. Munoz was charged with assault and criminal possession of a weapon.

MAN CHARGED WITH BREAKING INTO LIMELIGHT GYM
Police arrested 22-year-old Efrain Ramos for an alleged burglary inside 656 Sixth Avenue on Monday, July 2 at 5:18 a.m.
A woman told police that she was opening Limelight Fitness at the location when she noticed that the chain and padlock to the front door were unlocked and not attached to the handle. She said that she called her boss, who called police to the scene, and when they entered the building, they allegedly found that Ramos was allegedly inside. Police said that Ramos had items belonging to the gym in his pocket, including packages of protein cookies that he had allegedly taken from the gym. Ramos was also charged with possession of stolen property.

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Police Watch: Arrests for spa burglary, Union Square bank robbery

MAN ARRESTED FOR SPA BURGLARY
Police arrested a third suspect in connection with stealing from the Spring Garden Spa at 344 East 16th Street on April 25 at 10:30 p.m. Police arrested 25-year-old Kristian George for alleged burglary in front of 10 Union Square East on Thursday, May 31 at 5:36 p.m. George allegedly entered the spa with previously arrested Shaquasha Goldstein, 20, and Elijah Rosario, 19, and the three suspects allegedly removed cash from the register. Police said that the three suspects got away with $180 in cash. According to the district attorney’s office, George and Rosario could be seen on surveillance video ringing the bell to get inside the business. Rosario was sentenced to five months in prison on May 18.
Goldstein and another suspect, 33-year-old Eric Dineen, have been charged in connection with additional robberies at the spa in April and May.

MAN CHARGED WITH UNION SQUARE BANK ROBBERY
Police arrested 63-year-old Richard Johnson on Wednesday, May 30 at 10 a.m. for an alleged robbery that took place inside the HSBC at 15 Union Square West on May 17 around 11 a.m. Police said that Johnson went to the bank, passed the teller a demand note and reached, as if to make it look like he had a weapon, while demanding cash. He then fled the scene. Police said that Johnson was already in federal custody for a previous incident when an investigation connected him with the alleged robbery in Union Square.

ACCUSED SHOPLIFTER ALLEGEDLY PULLS OUT NEEDLE AT MARSHALLS
Police arrested 34-year-old Leslie Rodriguez inside the 13th precinct on June 3 at 11 a.m. for an alleged robbery that took place inside the Marshalls at 620 Sixth Avenue on Wednesday, May 30 at 7 p.m. Police said that when confronted for alleged shoplifting, Rodriguez displayed a hypodermic needle and said, “You’re not stopping me,” at which point she fled. She allegedly dropped her benefit card at the scene, which was later used to identify her.

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Police Watch: Man arrested for damaging cars, Car break-in on E. 28th

MAN CHARGED WITH DAMAGING CARS WITH PIPE IN KIPS BAY
Police arrested 26-year-old Damien Emory on Monday after he allegedly walked through traffic, hitting multiple vehicles — which all had drivers in them at the time — with a metal pipe.
Police said this caused damage to the cars. He was charged with alleged criminal mischief, reckless endangerment and weapons possession at the corner of East 24th Street and First Avenue at 4 p.m. None of the drivers sustained any injuries.

MAN ARRESTED FOR BREAKING INTO CAR ON EAST 28TH
Police arrested 28-year-old Gaber Algalal last Tuesday at 5 a.m. for allegedly using a metal object to try to break into a vehicle parked in front of 23 East 28th Street at 5:24 a.m.
Police said they witnessed this when they went to the scene to respond to a call about an unrelated incident and saw that there was damage to the driver’s side door and scratches on the driver’s side window. Algalal was charged with criminal mischief and possession of burglar’s tools.

MAN ARRESTED FOR ROBBERY IN DOMESTIC INCIDENT
Police arrested a 50-year-old man for robbery at the corner of Second Avenue and East 14th Street last Wednesday at 7:28 p.m. The victim told police that while she was driving with the suspect, who was sitting in the passenger’s seat, they got into an argument over money. She said that the suspect became irate and kicked her in the hand, causing an injury. She told police that the man also forcibly took her credit cards and made four unauthorized purchases on one of the cards. When she and the suspect returned to their home, he allegedly damaged a lamp and threw other items all over the apartment before leaving. The victim then went to the precinct to report the incident and the suspect was stopped at Second Avenue and East 14th Street, where he was identified by the victim and arrested. Police said that he was also in possession of marijuana. The suspect was also charged with assault, criminal mischief and possession of a controlled substance. The name of the suspect is being withheld to protect the identity of the victim.

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Women accused of stealing laptops, shoes from unconscious man in Kips Bay apartment

Facebook photo of Maxine Hansen

By Maria Rocha-Buschel

A woman who was arrested last year in the Gramercy Park Hotel for broadcasting a raucous party over Facebook live is in trouble again after she was charged with stealing from a man in an apartment on East 28th Street after he was allegedly drugged.

Maxine Hansen, 26, along with 33-year-old Sonja Monness and 31-year-old Morgan Romano, allegedly stole a number of items from the man while the four were inside the apartment of the victim’s sister on November 17.

According to the district attorney’s office, Hansen allegedly handed the victim a drink, after which he lost consciousness. Police said that when he woke up, he noticed that an iPhone, three MacBooks, a Microsoft laptop, three credit cards, three Louis Vuitton bags and two pairs of shoes valued at $22,500 had been taken from the apartment without permission.

Hansen appeared in tabloids multiple times last November and December after her arrest related to the Facebook live video, which showed multiple BB guns in the Gramercy Park Hotel room. Police said they found heroin, methamphetamines and other drugs at the party, along with six BB guns, and three other people were arrested.

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Police Watch: Man strolls into woman’s apt. to pee, Teen stabs victim on train, slashes another

MAN BARGES INTO WOMAN’S APARTMENT

TO PEE, THEN ALLEGEDLY MAKES THREATS

Matthew Pryblyski, 25, was arrested after allegedly breezing into a woman’s apartment at 149 West 14th Street, where he then headed to her bathroom and began to pee. The woman, who doesn’t know Pryblyski, said she told him to get out, and he responded by picking up a lamp and allegedly waving it around in front of her in a threatening manner. He also told her, “Shut up, you Arabic bitch. I am going to sue you,” according to a criminal complaint. Police said it is unclear how he got into her apartment in the incident, which occurred last Saturday night. He was arraigned on November 5 and his next court appearance on charges of burglary, menacing and criminal possession of a weapon is on December 20. Town & Village reached out to Pryblyski’s attorney, but did not hear back.

HIGH SCHOOL GIRL ATTACKS TWO WITH

SCISSORS AT UNION SQUARE SUBWAY

Police arrested a teen who, on Halloween night, slashed one teen with a scissor at the Union Square subway station and stabbed another on the train. The victim who was slashed said he was trying to get away from the girl, whose name is being withheld due to her age, when she slashed his wrist, causing a very serious physical injury. On the train, she also stabbed another male victim in the neck, hand and back. The incident may have been part of a larger fight. The alleged assailant attends Susan Wagner High School in Staten Island.

POLICE IMPERSONATION IN KIPS BAY

Police arrested Gerardo Torres, 30, after he allegedly pretended to be a cop to gain entry to a building at 334 East 26th Street last Monday morning. Police said he told a security officer there that he was an officer conducting an investigation at the location and even went as far as providing what appeared to be an NYPD-issued business card. The security officer didn’t buy it, however, and Torres was charged with impersonating an officer and criminal trespass.

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Police Watch: Senior charged with sex abuse, Man punches store employee

SENIOR CHARGED WITH SEX ABUSE OUTSIDE GRAMERCY PARK
Police arrested 62-year-old Dean Barlow for sexual abuse at the corner of Gramercy Park East and East 20th Street last Thursday at 6:58 a.m. Barlow allegedly admitted to police that he just “lost it” and grabbed and slapped a woman’s buttocks from behind while she walked. The woman confirmed that it was Barlow who’d grabbed her.

CONFRONTED ABOUT SHOPLIFTING, MAN PUNCHES STORE EMPLOYEE
Police arrested 29-year-old Aleksandr Mashin for robbery and possession of stolen property at the corner of Park Avenue South and East 23rd Street last Monday at 5:58 p.m. An employee at a nearby store told police that he was walking down the aisle when he noticed that a shelf of coffee was empty. He then notiticed that Mashin was allegedly rushing down the aisle while looking back at him. When the employee confronted him about the coffee, Mashin allegedly dragged him on the floor and during the struggle, punched him in the head and fled the store. He reportedly ran north on Park Avenue South until an officer stopped him at the southwest corner at East 23rd Street. No further information was available about which store was involved in the incident.

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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 charged with robbing and choking Stuy Town woman

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Stuyvesant Town (Photo by Sabina Mollot)

By Maria Rocha-Buschel

A Stuyvesant Town woman was attacked inside her apartment by a man she met on the street earlier that night at the end of last month.

Police said that the 52-year-old victim met three men in the neighborhood on the night of January 22 and invited them back to her apartment at 5 Stuyvesant Oval around 12:45 a.m. Two of the men left the apartment shortly after to buy cigarettes and once they were gone, 23-year-old Shadi Torres allegedly grabbed the victim and threw her to the ground.

According to the District Attorney’s office, Torres also attempted to pull down her pants and allegedly attempted to strangle her, putting a hand around her neck and forcefully squeezing her throat, causing substantial pain and swelling. A criminal complaint said that the victim attempted to call 911 but Torres grabbed the phone and threw it against the wall. When the victim tried to call 911 on her cell phone, Torres allegedly grabbed the device and ran out of the apartment. It was unclear if the victim’s phone was recovered.

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Police Watch: Men arrested for Flatiron shooting, Man busted for ‘drugs’ in Stuy Town

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.

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Police Watch: Woman wanted for watch thefts, man arrested for punching woman on subway platform

Watch theft suspect

Watch theft suspect

COPS ON LOOKOUT FOR WOMAN WHO STOLE PRICEY WATCHES FROM TWO MEN
Police are looking for a woman who stole watches from two men she accompanied to hotels on different occasions last August. The first incident took place at a Flatiron hotel, the second one in Queens.
Police said that on Friday, August, 21 at around 4 a.m., the woman met the victim, a 35- year-old man, in the Meat Packing District before taking her to the ACE hotel at 20 West 29th Street.  When the man fell asleep, the woman took the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore watch worth $55,000 off of his wrist and took off.
Four days later on August 25 at 1 a.m., another man, 28, met up with the woman in front of the Catch Restaurant located at 21 9th Avenue in Chelsea. He then brought her to the Z hotel located 42-45 11th street in Queens. After the man fell asleep, the suspect took the watch off his wrist, another Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore watch worth $50,000, and left.
The suspect is described as Hispanic, approximately 5’8” with long black hair and a light complexion with a tattoo on her hand. Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 800-577-TIPS .

WOMAN PUNCHED AT 23RD STREET N/R STATION
Police arrested 47-year-old Cleveland Gibbs for allegedly randomly punching a woman on the subway last Wednesday.
The victim said she was at the 23rd Street N/R station at Fifth Avenue at around 10:30 a.m., waiting for the train on the downtown platform when Gibbs punched her in the face for no apparent reason. His fist hit her right cheek, causing swelling and redness. She said that Gibbs then followed her out of the turnstile and walked towards her but when she told him to get away, he walked off. She then followed him out of the station at a safe distance while on the phone with 911 as she gave a description of him. At that time he approached her again but soon backed off, turning around when she told him to get away. He was arrested a short time later.

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Police Watch: Home Depot employee ‘threatens’ shooting, Man arrested for ‘arson’

HOME DEPOT EMPLOYEE ACCUSED OF THREATENING COPYCAT SHOOTING
Police arrested 31-year-old Home Depot employee Rafael Borbon the day after he allegedly threatened a copycat attack of a shooting earlier this year at the store at 40 West 23rd Street. Borbon, who was charged with stalking and harassment inside the 13th precinct on Saturday, allegedly told one of his coworkers that he wanted to leave his job “how Calvin did,” in reference to Calvin Esdaile, another Home Depot employee who had fatally shot a manager at the store in January before killing himself.
According to the criminal complaint, Borbon first mentioned his idea last Wednesday and allegedly told a co-worker that he would do it “bigger and better” and would use an AK-47 instead of a handgun to shoot the store managers.
His co-worker said that they discussed Borbon’s alleged plan again last Friday.
“I thought about what we talked about before,” he reportedly said. “I’d like to do it. Except when I do it, they’ll need more ambulances and more priests.”
The co-worker told police that Borbon’s statements put her in fear for her personal safety and for the safety of her co-workers.
Borbon was arraigned on Sunday and released on his own recognizance. His next court date is on January 21 and a temporary order of protection was issued, prohibiting him from entering the store.

MAN ARRESTED AT SHELTER FOR ‘THREATS’
Police arrested 33-year-old Jamel Cobb for aggravated harassment last Wednesday at 1:15 p.m. inside the 30th Street Men’s Shelter at 400 East 30th Street. The victim told police that Cobb called her on November 16, and he allegedly threatened to come to her house and shoot her.

MAN ARRESTED FOR ‘ARSON’ IN FIRST AVENUE APARTMENT
Police arrested 57-year-old Christophe Gay for arson, reckless endangerment and criminal mischief last Friday at 9:54 p.m. at the corner of First Avenue and East 22nd Street. Police said that after arguing with his boyfriend, Gay destroyed property in their home that belonged to both of them, then set fire to property in their kitchen. He allegedly took a photograph of the remains and sent it via text message to his boyfriend with the message, “How do you like this?” The fire was deemed incendiary by the fire marshal.

MAN BREAKS WINDOW AT NO. 1 CHINESE RESTAURANT
Twenty-nine-year-old Jamel McMillian was arrested for criminal mischief in front of No. 1 Chinese Restaurant at 265 First Avenue last Friday at 12:12 p.m. An employee at the restaurant between 15th and 16th Streets told police that he asked McMillian to leave and when McMillian exited, he allegedly kicked the glass plate front window, causing it to break. The employee said that the window was valued at approximately $1,000.

TEEN ARRESTED FOR STOLEN IPHONE
Police arrested a teenager for petit larceny and possession of stolen property in front of the CVS store at 253 First Avenue last Saturday at 1:10 p.m. After stopping the teen and searching him, police found that he was in possession of an iPhone that wasn’t his. Police said that the teen is currently a student at the New Design High School at Essex and Grand Street and his name is being withheld due to his age.

MAN ARRESTED FOR ‘GROPING’ WOMAN
Police arrested 36-year-old Solomon Miller for sexual abuse inside Trevi Coffee Shop at 48 Union Square East last Wednesday at 9:17 a.m. The victim told police that while entering the deli, Miller allegedly grabbed her butt.

MAN BUSTED FOR STROLLER ‘THEFT’
Police arrested 41-year-old Michael Ballard for burglary and possession of stolen property last Wednesday at 3:44 p.m. inside 214 East 25th Street. Police were responding to a call in the area about a suspicious man on the block related to a recent burglary. Police saw Ballard walking away from where the incident occurred. The victim told police that Ballard had followed her into her building and claimed that he lived there. After he followed her inside, he allegedly walked out with her baby stroller. Police found Ballard after searching the area.

MAN ARRESTED FOR CD ‘FORGERIES’
Forty-year-old Vashon Watts was arrested for the manufacture of unauthorized recordings at the corner of Third Avenue and East 29th Street last Monday at 10:54 a.m. Watts was initially stopped for an alleged traffic infraction. Police said that he denied having identification and knowingly misrepresented his name and date of birth even when advised that doing so was a crime. Once he relented and produced his valid ID card, police found that his license was allegedly suspended. He was also in possession of 345 allegedly counterfeit CDs. Watts was also charged with forgery, impersonation of a public servant, an unclassified traffic misdemeanor and unlicensed operator.

MEN ARRESTED FOR SELLING ‘LOOSIES’
Police arrested two people last week for selling loose cigarettes, charging them with a violation of tax law and unlawful peddling.
Eric Johnson, 46, in front of 109 East 16th Street last Tuesday at 1:19 p.m. Police said that Johnson was selling untaxed cigarettes for cash on a public sidewalk and did not have a vendor license.
Police arrested 31-year-old Johnny Grima last Friday at 8:06 a.m. at the corner of East 14th Street and Union Square East. Grima was allegedly selling one pack of cigarettes on the sidewalk for cash without a vendor’s license.

TWO ARRESTED IN BROADWAY ‘DRUG DEAL’
Police arrested two people involved in a drug deal in front of 1165 Broadway last Thursday at 8:02 p.m. Alexis McGregor, 33, and Curtis Jones, 27, were both charged with possession of marijuana. McGregor was additionally charged with forgery and Jones was also charged with resisting arrest and sale of marijuana. Police said that McGregor was sitting in his car when Jones approached him and handed him a bag of alleged marijuana in exchange for cash. His temporary vehicle plate was also discovered to be altered and therefore invalid, police said.
When McGregor and Jones were stopped, Jones allegedly began spitting at officers and kicked at police to prevent the officer from placing him in handcuffs.

MAN ARRESTED FOR ‘DRUGS’ ON EAST 25TH
Nineteen-year-old Justin Rowe was arrested for possession of a controlled substance in front of 240 East 25th Street last Saturday at 11:19 p.m. Police said that Rowe was in possession of a quantity of alleged cocaine.

TURNSTILE ‘JUMPER’ BUSTED FOR ‘DRUGS’
Police arrested 31-year-old Miguel Fernandez for theft of services inside the Union Square subway station at Union Square East and East 14th Street last Wednesday at 9:10 a.m. Police said that Fernandez walked through the emergency exit gate in the station to avoid paying the fare and also remained in the station unlawfully. When he was searched, he was also found to be in possession of an alleged hypodermic needle and a small clear bottle of pills with no label or name on it, police said. He was also charged with possession of a hypodermic instrument, possession of a controlled substance and criminal trespass.

Dem clubs host presidential candidate forum

Reps for Sanders, Clinton and O’Malley face off on drugs, guns and financial reform 

Assembly Member Keith Wright represented Hillary Clinton, Adam Stolz represented Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley and Sean Patrick Murphy represented Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders. (Photo by Maria Rocha-Buschel)

Assembly Member Keith Wright represented Hillary Clinton, Adam Stolz represented Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley and Sean Patrick Murphy represented Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders. (Photo by Maria Rocha-Buschel)

By Maria Rocha-Buschel

Over a dozen local political clubs sponsored a forum for the Democratic Presidential candidates this past Sunday afternoon but rather than appear at the forum personally, all three campaigns for the leading candidates sent representatives on their behalf. The event was held at the SVA Theatre on West 23rd Street.

Adam Stolz represented Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley and Sean Patrick Murphy spoke on behalf of Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, but former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was represented by New York Democratic Assemblyman Keith Wright instead of a representative of her campaign.

Wright’s lack of familiarity with Clinton’s campaign tripped up the local elected official on a handful of issues during the forum, including on financial reform.

“(Clinton) has a plan to go further than Glass-Steagall,” he said of legislation passed in 1933 that limited commercial bank securities, which was repealed in 1999. “I’m not intimately involved in the campaign but she has a plan to take it further.”

When pressed, Wright could not provide additional information about what he meant by taking Glass-Steagall “further.”

One of the noticeable differences among the candidates was their stance on the death penalty. Both Stolz and Murphy said that their of character for a moment to say that he was “emphatically” against it. Members of the audience clamored for him to instead answer the question as the candidate he was representing, but he said no more on the topic, possibly to deflect the fact that Clinton was the only of the three candidates not opposed.

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Police Watch: ‘Perv’ arrested at Union Square, Man busted for 2014 ‘mugging’

‘PERV’ GROPED WOMAN AFTER FOLLOWING HER FROM CLUB, SAY POLICE
Police arrested 41-year-old Mitch Martin for sexual abuse and possession of marijuana at the corner of Union Square East and East 14th Street last Saturday at 6:50 a.m. The victim told police that she met Martin at the Cielo nightclub in the Meatpacking District and told him she wasn’t interested in him, but he then followed her onto an MTA bus after she left the club. The victim said that he sat next to her on the bus, causing her fear and alarm. She got off at East 14th Street and Third Avenue in an attempt to get away from him but he just followed her off the bus and then squeezed her breasts and put his hand on her crotch. The victim said that she yelled and a witness intervened, causing Martin to flee on foot. Police searched the area and found Martin and an officer said he was also in allegedly in possession of marijuana and a glassine pipe.

STOLEN LAPTOP FOUND AT KENMORE HALL
Police arrested 57-year-old Donald Puryear for petit larceny and possession of stolen property inside the Kenmore Hall SRO building at 145 East 23rd Street last Saturday at 6:55 a.m. The victim told police that he put his laptop in the community room and both the victim and a witness said that Puryear had taken the computer without permission. A surveillance video was made available.

MAN ARRESTED IN 2014 ‘MUGGING’
Police arrested Salahin Mustagus, 18, for robbery last Tuesday at 1:20 p.m. inside the 13th precinct. Mustagus allegedly robbed his victim at knifepoint last year.

ARREST FOR DRUG DEAL ON SECOND AVE.
Richard Corbett, 43, was arrested in front of 442 Second Avenue for intent to sell a heroin to another man last Tuesday at 1:20 p.m.

MAN ARRESTED FOR PHONE ‘THEFT’
Thirty-year-old Michael Gomera was arrested for possession of stolen property last Wednesday at 4:05 a.m. in front of 125 West 20th Street. Gomera was allegedly in possession of the victim’s cell phone and told the victim, “I’ll give your phone back if you pay me $100,” police said.

MEN ARRESTED FOR ‘COUNTERFEIT’ DVDS
Police arrested three men for forgery last Wednesday. Konstantinos Bardis, 56, and Anwar Schenwarie, 60, were arrested at the corner of Fifth Avenue and West 28th Street at 9 a.m. and 63-year-old Ibrahima Ngom was arrested at 9:34 a.m. at the corner of Sixth Avenue and West 22nd Street. The three men were allegedly in possession of counterfeit DVD movies. Ngom was also selling the DVDs on a public sidewalk, police said.

DUANE READE ‘SHOPLIFTER’ BUSTED
Police arrested 43-year-old Kevin Staggers for petit larceny and possession of stolen property inside 5 East 19th Street last Wednesday at 10:44 a.m. An officer saw Staggers casing a commercial movie trailer that was parked near Irving Place and East 19th Street, after which he went into a nearby Duane Reade and allegedly took items from the store without paying.

BELLEVUE ‘TRESPASSER’ ARRESTED
Police arrested 38-year-old Tommy Moy for criminal trespassing inside Bellevue Hospital at 462 First Avenue last Wednesday at 11:05 a.m. Moy allegedly entered the building while talking to himself and tried to run up one of the escalators as a guard tried to stop him. Police said that he had no permission to be inside the building.

ARREST FOR SELLING HATS WITHOUT A LICENSE
Police arrested 44-year-old Stanley Jabouin for an unclassified misdemeanor at the corner of Union Square East and East 14th Street last Wednesday at 3:25 p.m. Jabouin was allegedly trying to sell more than five hats without a Department of Consumer Affairs general vendor’s license.

CHECK REVEALED TO BE FAKE AT HSBC BANK
Police arrested Jasmine King, 32, for grand larceny and forgery inside 15 Union Square West last Thursday at 1:47 p.m. Police said that King attempted to cash a fraudulent check in the HSBC Bank at the location. When the teller saw a block on the account, she contacted the bank manager and discovered that the check for $1,074.68 was fraudulent.

MAN BUSTED FOR ‘DRUNK’ DRIVING
After getting into a car accident, Rodolfo Solano, 28, was arrested for intoxicated driving last Friday at 6:07 a.m. in front of Bellevue Hospital. Hospital police told the 13th Precinct officers that Solano had been driving the car and upon investigation, Solano allegedly appeared to have watery eyes, a flushed face and smelled like alcohol.

MAN ARRESTED FOR ‘GRAVITY KNIFE’
Police arrested 23-year-old David Sayer for possession of a weapon at the Union Square subway station last Saturday at 6:40 p.m. Police saw Sayer on an 8th Avenue-bound L train and he allegedly had a black metal clip on his pants pocket that was determined to be a gravity knife. He allegedly told police, “I use it for my protection.”

Man beaten outside Whole Foods, drug arrest outside Stuy Town

VIDEO SHOWS MAN BEATEN OUTSIDE OF WHOLE FOODS
Gothamist reported that a video was uploaded to LiveLeak on Monday that captured the beating of an unidentified man outside the Union Square location of Whole Foods. The video, which has since been removed, shows people who appear to be Whole Foods employees repeatedly punching and kicking the man who was attempting to get into the store after hours. The blog noted that the incident allegedly occurred on December 30. No arrests have been made but Whole Foods told Grub Street that the team members who have been identified so far have been placed on administrative leave.

DRUG ARREST OUTSIDE STUY TOWN
Police arrested 52-year-old Kenneth Spulka for possession of a controlled substance in front of 527 East 14th Street last Friday at 5:20 p.m. Police said that Spulka was in possession of a pipe with alleged crack cocaine residue.

ASSAULT AT IHOP
Police arrested 28-year-old Quincy Robinson for assault in front of the IHOP at 235 East 14th Street last Thursday at 6:34 a.m. Robinson allegedly hit another man on the head and cheek. Police said that the victim was bleeding from his head and had pain in his chest.

MAN ARRESTED FOR ‘STOLEN’ PHONE
Police arrested 21-year-old Tredez Colbert for petit larceny in front of the Bounce Sporting Club at 55 West 21st Street last Thursday at 2:33 a.m. Colbert allegedly swiped a Galaxy cell phone from a coat that was lying on a chair. A witness said that Colbert attempted to throw the phone to the ground after security approached him. Colbert was also arrested for possession of stolen property.

DRIVING WITH SUSPENDED LICENSE
Police arrested 45-year-old livery cab driver Dale Lama last Tuesday at 2:46 a.m. at the corner of East 22nd Street and Third Avenue. Lama was driving his livery cab when he was involved in accident. Police said that after checking his license, they found that it had been suspended.

WOMAN ARRESTED FOR ‘SKIPPING’ CAB FARE
Police arrested 21-year-old Israa Chegi for theft of services at the corner of Third Avenue and East 18th Street last Thursday at 5:07 a.m. The driver told police that Chegi and three men got into his cab at a downtown location. When they arrived at Third Avenue and East 18th, the men left without paying. Chegi allegedly refused to pay the fare. Police said that when she was arrested, Chegi said, “I want to act like a child.” She then fell to the ground, getting cuts on her knees in the process.

WOMAN ARRESTED FOR ‘ASSAULT’
Fifty-year-old Seynabou Diaw was arrested for assault inside the 13th precinct last Friday at 6:55 p.m. Diaw allegedly punched the victim in the face, causing pain to her lips. Police said that the incident occurred in an elevator at Bellevue Hospital inside 462 First Avenue.

TJ MAXX ‘SHOPLIFTER’ NABBED
Larry Roman, 26, was arrested for petit larceny inside the TJ Maxx at 620 Sixth Avenue last Tuesday at 7:24 p.m. Roman allegedly took merchandise from the shelf, concealed it inside his coat and attempted to leave the store without paying. Roman was also charged with theft.

‘THEFT’ AT AMERICAN APPAREL BY FORMER EMPLOYEE
Twenty-year-old Andrew Titaley was arrested inside the 13th Precinct for petit larceny last Saturday at 2:30 p.m. Titaley is a former employee of American Apparel and he allegedly stole three pairs of shorts from his old place of employment. Police said that Titaley walked into the dressing room and took off the tags, which a store employee found, and Titaley allegedly left the store without paying.

CREDIT CARD THEFT
Police arrested Eugene Smith, 31, inside the 13th precinct last Sunday at 2:15 p.m. for grand larceny. Smith allegedly took credit cards from the victim’s home and used it to make purchases without permission. Police said that Smith was also in possession of methamphetamine and ketamine. Smith was also charged with possession of a controlled substance and possession of stolen property.

WOMAN ARRESTED FOR ‘CHILD ABUSE’
Police arrested 35-year-old Irene Peraza for endangering the welfare of a child last Wednesday at 8:22 p.m. inside 1186 Broadway. Peraza allegedly slapped her daughter, who is under 17, and also scratched her hand. The victim told police that the argument started when she tried to stop her mother from drinking because the daughter felt that her mother was drinking excessively. Peraza was also charged with assault.

CRIMINAL MISCHIEF AT LOCAL RESTAURANT
Forty-five-year-old James Sanders was arrested for criminal mischief inside the 13th precinct last Monday at 8:15 p.m. Sanders allegedly damaged the front desk computer screen intentionally while inside Cafeteria at 119 Seventh Avenue.