Police Watch: Gunpoint robbery at Pinkberry, Teen arrested for groping classmate

One of two robbery suspects

TWO MEN WANTED FOR GUNPOINT ROBBERY AT PINKBERRY
Cops are looking for two men believed to be behind a gunpoint robbery at a Pinkberry near West 14th Street.
Police said that the suspects turned a gun on employees at a Pinkberry at 523 Sixth Avenue last Wednesday and ordered them to the back of the shop. The men assaulted the employees, forced them to open the safe and remove $1,600 in cash as well as their personal property. The suspects then fled south on Sixth Avenue and the victims were taken to Lenox Hill Hospital to be treated for bruising and cuts. The first suspect is a black man who was wearing a jacket with a hood and a backpack and the second suspect is a Hispanic man who was wearing a jacket with a red symbol on it.
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.

TEEN ARRESTED FOR GROPING CLASSMATE
Police arrested a teenager for sexual abuse inside the Washington Irving building at 40 Irving Place last Wednesday at 12:59 p.m. The victim told police that while she was standing on the platform in Union Square waiting for a Queens-bound N train two days earlier, the suspect forcibly kissed her, as well as groped her breasts and vagina over her clothing. She told police that she repeatedly asked him to stop but he continued to grope her on and off for the entire ride into Queens. Police said that the victim and the suspect knew each other and are both students of a school at the Washington Irving campus. The suspect’s name is being withheld because of his age.
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Baby born on FDR Drive

Police officers with the newborn (Photos courtesy of NYPD)

By Maria Rocha-Buschel

It’s a boy! A baby was born on the FDR Drive after police received a call about a woman in labor near East 20th Street early Tuesday morning.

Detective Michael Sharpe of the NYPD Collision Investigation Squad was heading north on the FDR when he heard the dispatch call but when he arrived at the location, he didn’t see anyone in need of assistance. He continued to look around on the northbound side of the FDR and eventually found the family on the highway near East 47th Street.

Sharpe approached the vehicle and found that the woman was in labor and the baby’s father was receiving detailed instructions on child delivery from the 911 dispatcher. Sharpe and the father assisted the pregnant woman in the delivery of a baby boy.

They then wrapped the newborn in a blanket to keep him warm and Detectives Robert Mirfield and Joe Conway, who arrived shortly after his birth, cleared the baby’s airway and cut the umbilical cord.

The newborn

The newborn

Mirfield and Conway work with NYPD Emergency Service Unit Truck 1, which is stationed at the 13th Precinct and the detectives are trained New York State Emergency Medical technicians.

After highway patrol officers flagged down a nearby ambulette, the mother and newborn were taken with an escort to New York Presbyterian Weill Cornell Medical Center. The mother and baby, whose names weren’t released by police, were reported to be in stable condition.

Larceny up this month, mainly bag, phone thefts

Captain Brendan TImoney (Photo by Maria Rocha-Buschel)

Captain Brendan Timoney (Photo by Maria Rocha-Buschel)

By Maria Rocha-Buschel

Captain Brendan Timoney, who hosted his first community council meeting as the new commanding officer of the 13th Precinct on Tuesday, told residents that the neighborhood is still having some of the same old problems with grand larceny.

That crime is up by about 6.7 percent in the last month and Timoney noted that the precinct is specifically tracking a pattern in which a black man on a bicycle seems to be targeting women distracted by their smart phones. So far, 13 women have been victims of the thief, who rides on the sidewalk behind them and grabs their phone while they’re not paying attention. Four of them had their purses stolen but Timoney said that the rest had their phones snatched right out of their hands and he added that with some of the incidents, there is video surveillance available that shows the women’s inattention to who and what is around them.

“Know your surroundings,” advised Timoney, who was transferred to the 13th Precinct seven weeks ago. “Many of them had their heads buried in the phone and didn’t even see the guy coming.”

While the phone and purse snatchings contributed to the increases, Timoney said that theft of unattended items also continues to be a problem for the precinct, where bar and restaurant goers are leaving their bags and phones behind while they go to get a drink.

“Get the word out to your friends to keep your property in your sights at all times,” he advised.

In addition to grand larceny, Timoney said that crime is currently experiencing a spike in the 13th Precinct and was up slightly overall in the last month.

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