Police Watch: Man arrested for ‘assaulting’ cop, ‘Robbery’ at Sprint store

MAN WITH SCREWDRIVER ARRESTED FOR ‘ASSAULTING’ COPS IN UNION SQUARE
Sixty-year-old Leon Cureton was arrested for assault of a peace officer at the corner of Union Square East and East 15th Street last Monday. Cureton walked up to police officers while they were attending a community partnership meeting in the park at 5 p.m. and was asking them questions. Police said that Cureton seemed very agitated and when police responded to him, he allegedly threw a cigarette in the officer’s face. When another officer attempted to handcuff him due to him being emotionally disturbed, he allegedly resisted and punched the officer in the head, causing bruising and swelling. Police said that during the struggle, Cureton had a screwdriver in his left hand and he swung his arms around, striking an officer and causing an abrasion.

MAN BUSTED FOR ‘ROBBERY’ AT FLATIRON SPRINT STORE
Police arrested 25-year-old Mamadou Coulibaly for robbery, possession of stolen property and assault inside the Sprint store at 175 Fifth Avenue last Saturday at 3:30 p.m. An employee at the Sprint store said that he was showing a phone to Coulibaly when the suspect allegedly grabbed two phones from the display area and attempted to run out of the store with them. The two phones were both Samsung. Another employee at the store said that he chased Coulibaly and held him at the store until police arrived. Coulibaly allegedly attempted to punch the employee and also wrestled with him, causing pain to the employee’s hand.

MAN ARRESTED FOR ATTEMPTING TO ‘SNATCH’ PHONE TWICE FROM SAME VICTIM
Police arrested 24-year-old Sidney Rand for robbery last Saturday at 6:40 p.m. at the corner of Fifth Avenue and West 25th Street. The victim told police that he was sitting on a bench talking on his phone when Rand allegedly tried to force it out of his hand. Police said that Rand fled emptyhanded south on Fifth Avenue. The victim called 911 to report the incident but while he was trying to make that call, Rand allegedly came back and tried again to take the victim’s phone, but was again unsuccessful. The victim said that Rand then ran away north on Fifth Avenue and when police arrived, they began searching the area on East 26th Street near the north side of Madison Square Park. Officers spotted a man matching the victim’s description and they began speaking with him. Rand was arrested when the victim positively identified him as the person who tried to take his phone.

MAN NABBED FOR ‘ASSAULT’ IN UNION SQUARE
Police arrested 38-year-old Kyle Sutphin for assault last Tuesday at 1:53 p.m. at the corner of Union Square East and East 15th Street. Police said that the victim was sitting on a park bench when Sutphin approached him, started an argument with him and called him a snitch. Sutphin allegedly threatened to jump him. The victim said that when Sutphin got closer to him, he said he would use his walking cane to defend himself, at which point Sutphin allegedly began to hit the victim, causing redness on his forehead.

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