Teen worker tells would-be robber to get out of ST Dunkin’ Donuts

Tanzina Haque refused demands for cash from a man believed by cops to have robbed or tried to rob five businesses in Manhattan and Brooklyn. (Photo by Sabina Mollot)

By Sabina Mollot

Police are looking for a senior citizen who’s had had limited success in a series of robberies, most recently at the Dunkin’ Donuts in Stuyvesant Town.

In that incident, which occurred on Friday, September 8, the man, who’s believed to be 65-70 years old, pulled out a kitchen knife and demanded money from an 18-year-old staffer. However, according to the employee who was reached on the phone this week, Tanzina Haque, the robber didn’t get it.

According to Haque, the interaction started normally with the man asking about prices of the things he wanted, like a doughnut. But then he took out his knife. At first, Haque said she didn’t notice it, so he made a point of telling her he had one while saying, “Give me the money.” However, she refused. The robber asked again, and Haque told him to leave. When he still kept asking, Haque said she got louder, again telling him to leave.

“I said, ‘I’m going to call the cops.’” Finally, the man gave up and left empty-handed.

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Police Watch: Woman arrested after swallowing lit joint, Man arrested for unprovoked attack

WOMAN ARRESTED AFTER SWALLOWING LIT JOINT
Police arrested 24-year-old Ashley Balbuena for criminal tampering and possession of marijuana in front of 72 East 26th Street last Thursday at 11:10 p.m. Police said that Balbuena was smoking a joint on the sidewalk in public view and when an officer approached her and identified himself, Balbuena allegedly attempted to eat and swallow the lit joint. Police said that she was informed several times that she would be arrested if she swallowed the joint but she continued to do so. Balbuena was arrested and taken to Bellevue Hospital.

MAN ARRESTED AFTER UNPROVOKED ATTACK
Police arrested 22-year-old Thomas Blyden after he allegedly assaulted a passerby unprovoked at the corner of East 25th Street and First Avenue last Wednesday at 8:52 p.m. Police said that Blyden punched a man he didn’t know for no apparent reason. When police attempted to confront him, Blyden allegedly fled and when officers caught up with him, he allegedly tensed his body to prevent being handcuffed. Blyden was charged with assault and resisting arrest.

MAN NABBED FOR BURGLARY AT EPIPHANY
Thirty-year-old Tony Scott was arrested for burglary inside 239 East 21st Street last Wednesday at 7:50 p.m. Scott allegedly entered the commercial office inside the church and removed property without permission. Police said that Scott did not have permission to be inside the office. No further information was available about what was taken.

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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: Former Sweetgreen employee accused of gunpoint robbery, ‘Drunk’ driver arrested outside Stuy Town

FORMER EMPLOYEE BUSTED FOR GUNPOINT ROBBERY AT FLATIRON RESTAURANT
Police arrested 24-year-old Johnell Turner for allegedly robbing Sweetgreen, an organic food restaurant at 8 East 18th Street.
Police said Turner, who was arrested last Wednesday, turned a gun on an employee and demanded money from the locked petty cash safe. He allegedly asked the employee, “Do you want to die for Sweetgreen?” while pointing the gun at him. The victim told police that Turner is a former employee at the restaurant and was also known as Michael Turner.

‘DRUNK’ DRIVER ARRESTED AFTER FALLING OUT OF CAR IN FRONT OF STUY TOWN
Police arrested 22-year-old Joshua Tutivan for alleged intoxicated driving at the corner of First Avenue and East 20th Street last Thursday at 1:06 a.m. Tutivan drove from East Houston Street along the FDR to East 20th Street and First Avenue, where he allegedly stopped and fell out of the vehicle, semiconscious and vomiting when police found him. He was taken to Bellevue Hospital for severe intoxication and after he was treated, police said that he refused a blood test to determine his blood alcohol level.

BETH ISRAEL GUARD ASSAULTED
Police arrested 22-year-old Allen Donovan for assault inside Mount Sinai Beth Israel at 281 First Avenue last Monday at 2:51 a.m. Police said that Donovan elbowed the victim, a security guard at the hospital, in the face and caused bruising, swelling and pain. Donovan also allegedly punched the guard in the face.

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Police Watch: Man wanted for attempted rape, Dunkin Donuts employee arrested for sex abuse

suspect Dominique Frazier

Dominique Frazier

MAN WANTED FOR ATTEMPTED RAPE
The New York City Police Department is asking for the public’s assistance in identifying a suspect wanted for attempted rape within the confines of the 13th Precinct.
Police said that 31-year-old Dominique Frazier forced the victim, a 48-year-old woman, into the 17th floor stairwell where he forced her to perform a sexual act and then attempted to rape her on Thanksgiving at noon inside of Straus Houses at 344 East 28th Street.
The victim resisted and Frazier allegedly grabbed her handbag before fleeing down the stairwell. The victim chased him to the lobby and, with the assistance of a witness, was able to get her bag back from the suspect. Frazier allegedly fled into an elevator in the lobby. The victim was taken by EMS to Bellevue Hospital, where she was treated and released.
Frazier was previously arrested for robbery on November 9.
Anyone with information in regards to this incident 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 nypdcrimestoppers.com or texting their tips and TIP577to 274637(CRIMES). All calls are kept strictly confidential.

MEN ARRESTED IN ‘SHOOTING’
Police arrested 33-year-old Gadell Gibbs and 32-year-old Ronald McPhatter last Wednesday for assault, weapons possession at 3:10 a.m. inside 13th Precinct. Police said that Gibbs and McPhatter engaged in a shootout, resulting in the victim receiving a gunshot wound to her inner right calf.

DUNKIN DONUTS EMPLOYEE NABBED FOR ‘SEX ABUSE’
Police arrested 41-year-old Ahmed Mechebek for allegedly sexually abusing a coworker and endangering the welfare of a child inside the Dunkin Donuts at 818 Sixth Avenue last Wednesday. The victim told police that it was her second day of training at the Dunkin Donuts and Mechebek followed her when she went into the back to check her phone. Mechebek allegedly attempted to hug her and kiss her on the mouth without her consent. The victim said that she told him to stop and attempted to push him away. Mechebek allegedly said, “Just one kiss,” and again tried to hug and kiss her. She said that she pushed him away again.
Police said that video surveillance showed Mechebek grabbing the victim around her waist and trying to kiss her while she attempted to move away.

MAN ARRESTED IN THANKSGIVING ‘ASSAULT’
Police arrested 29-year-old Brian Miller for assault on Thanksgiving at 3:16 a.m. in front of 257 Third Avenue. Police said that Miller got into an argument with the victim and he allegedly punched the victim in the face, causing minor pain and bleeding. EMS responded to the incident and the victim was taken to Bellevue Hospital. Police said that Miller, during the arrest, claimed that he punched the victim in the face.

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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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Dunkin Donuts ‘groper’ arrested

Sketch of suspect, Kerry Abrams.

A 54-year-old man, who allegedly touched an 11-year-old girl inappropriately two weeks ago in a Dunkin Donuts located at 361 East 21st Street, was arrested yesterday, according to the Deputy Commissioner of Public Information. Kerry Abrams, who lives at 201 Second Avenue, was charged with sex abuse.

During the incident, which took place at 11:30 a.m. on March 7, Abrams allegedly touched the girl inappropriately and fled the scene. There were no reported injuries.