Police Watch: Transgender woman killed, Man busted for bank robbery

TRANSGENDER WOMAN KILLED ON SEVENTH AVENUE
Police said that 59-year-old transgender woman Brenda Bostick was found unconscious in front of 343 Seventh Avenue on April 25 at 10:30 p.m. Police reported that Bostick was transported to Bellevue Hospital and died from her injuries last Thursday. Bostick was a resident of the BRC Shelter on West 25th Street between Sixth and Seventh Avenues and had suffered head trauma.
Her death has been ruled a homicide and the investigation is ongoing.

MAN ARRESTED FOR CHASE BANK ROBBERY
Police arrested 52-year-old Charles Queen for robbery last Friday at 10:19 a.m. inside the Chase Bank at 501 Second Avenue at East 28th Street. According to the district attorney’s office, Queen passed a teller in the bank that read, “Don’t make a sound at all. This is a bank robbery. Need money now!!! Nobody will get hurt. Don’t make a sound.” The teller secretly alerted police and Queen was arrested.

WOMAN ARRESTED AFTER CAR FLIPPED ONTO SIDE
Police arrested 24-year-old Corey Kaminski for allegedly drunk driving after her car flipped on its side at the corner of East 24th Street and Lexington Avenue last Saturday at 4:32 a.m. Police said they were responding to a call about an accident when they found a car on its side with the driver still in the vehicle. Police said that Kaminski, who had been driving the car, had watery eyes, a flushed face and an odor of alcohol on her breath, but she told police that she only had a beer. Kaminski was taken to Bellevue Hospital to be treated for her injuries.

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Police Watch: CVS ‘robbery,’ ‘fraud’ at the Gansevoort Hotel

MAN BUSTED FOR ‘ROBBERY’ AT FLATIRON 7-ELEVEN
Police arrested 47-year-old Nicholas Micena for robbery inside the 7-Eleven at 107 East 23rd Street last Tuesday at 6:47 a.m. Micena allegedly entered the store and demanded cash from the clerk while simulating a gun. Police said that Micena has four open warrants and was allegedly in possession of a hypodermic needle.

TEEN ARRESTED FOR CVS ‘ROBBERY’
Nineteen-year-old Nathaniel Pierrelouis was arrested for robbery in front of the CVS at 750 Sixth Avenue on Wednesday at 10:13 p.m. The victim told police that Pierrelouis and another person who wasn’t arrested forcibly swiped merchandise from the store. When the victim confronted the man who wasn’t arrested, Pierrelouis allegedly threw punches at the victim and a loss prevention agent at the store while trying to leave with the goods. During the struggle, Pierrelouis allegedly managed to get the items again and flee the store. Police said that Pierrelouis also returned to the store shortly after and assaulted the manager. Details of the alleged attack weren’t clear but the victim said Pierrelouis caused pain to his nose and face. He was also charged with possession of stolen property.

WOMAN ARRESTED FOR ‘FRAUD’ AT GANSEVOORT
Police arrested 25-year-old Deondra McCord for grand larceny inside the Gansevoort Hotel at 420 Park Avenue South last Friday at 1:20 p.m. McCord allegedly used a fraudulent credit card to check into a hotel and make charges to the victim’s account without permission to do so. After searching her, police found that she was allegedly in possession of two more fraudulent credit cards that she had charged purchases totaling $1,020. McCord was also charged with forgery and possession of stolen property.

MAN’S VA HOSPITAL ‘THREAT’
Angel Torres, 37, was arrested at the 13th precinct last Friday at 3 p.m. for aggravated harassment. Torres allegedly called the VA Hospital and threatened to blow the place up.

ASSAULT AND PHONE DAMAGE AT FIFTH AND EAST 15TH
Aubin Debraux, 43, was arrested for assault at the corner of Fifth Avenue and East 15th Street last Thursday at 11:26 p.m. Debraux allegedly pushed a woman to the ground, causing pain to her left shoulder and breaking her cell phone. Police did not know if Debraux and the victim knew each other before the alleged assault.

MAN ARRESTED FOR BEING IN PARK AFTER MIDNIGHT
Twenty-year-old Bakari Green was arrested for a New York State law misdemeanor inside Stuyvesant Cove Park at Avenue C and East 20th Street last Friday at 12:51 a.m. Green was allegedly inside the park after midnight, in violation of a posted sign stating the park closes at midnight. Green did not have a valid ID and police said that he refused homeless services.

TEEN BUSTED FOR CREDIT CARD ‘THEFT’
Seventeen-year-old Timothy Hilton was arrested for possession of stolen property and grand larceny at the corner of Third Avenue and East 24th Street last Sunday at 2:40 a.m. Hilton was allegedly operating a bicycle on Third Avenue against the flow of traffic and when he was stopped, could not produce ID. Police said that after he was searched, he was found to be in possession of a stolen credit card and property that was previously reported stolen in the confines of the Fifth Precinct earlier that morning. He was also charged with a second count of possession of stolen property because the bike he was riding was a Citi Bike that he allegedly did not have proof of payment for or a Citi Bike keycard.

MAN ARRESTED FOR ‘STOLEN PROPERTY’
Police arrested 53-year-old Vance Howell at the corner of Irving Place and East 17th Street for possession of stolen property last Tuesday at 6 p.m. Howell was allegedly casing the area and police said that he sat on a bench in front of a restaurant at the corner and appeared to continue casing the area. When police searched him, he was allegedly in possession of stolen property and a quantity of heroin. He was also charges with possession of a controlled substance.

WOULD-BE BIKE ‘THIEF’ CAUGHT ON EAST 26TH
Fifty-year-old Thomas Braunson was arrested for grand larceny at 23 East 26th Street last Monday at 9:50 a.m. Police said that Braunson was dismantling a bike in front of the building because he was allegedly trying to steal it. A witness confronted Braunson right before police arrived, but when he saw the cops, Braunson allegedly fled and was stopped at the train station about two blocks away. A hex key was allegedly found in Braunson’s left pants pocket and he was also charged with possession of burglar’s tools. Police said that screws and bike pieces were recovered from the scene.

FIRED HOME DEPOT EMPLOYEE ARRESTED FOR ‘THEFT’
Thirty-year-old Ramel Allston was arrested for petit larceny inside the Home Depot at 40 West 23rd Street last Tuesday at 1 p.m. An asset protection manager for the store told police that Allston was fired from the store on Tuesday and upon termination, he was searched and found to have items valued at a total of $71.36 that were in his backpack. Upon further review by the store, Allston was allegedly responsible for four other incidents on June 23, June 24 and two incidents on June 25. He was also in possession of alleged marijuana at the time of his arrest, which police said was in his pants pocket.

MAN NABBED FOR CELL PHONE ‘THEFT’
Police arrested 29-year-old Jonathan Ramos for petit larceny last Wednesday at 11:25 p.m. in front of 149 East 15th Street. Ramos allegedly took someone’s unattended cell phone from the location without permission. He was also charged with theft.

ASSAULT ON BROADWAY
Police arrested 49-year-old Mohammad Siddique for assault inside 1186 Broadway last Thursday at 10:45 a.m. The victim said he was talking to a customer at the store when Siddique came running up to him, allegedly grabbed him by the neck and threw him into the elevator. Police said that Siddique hit the victim on the arm, causing marks on his neck and arm. The victim then ran out of the elevator and back into his store and called 911, and Siddique was arrested at the scene. There was no information about how Siddique knew the victim or what the argument was about.

MAN ARRESTED FOR ‘GRAFFITI’ ON FIRST AVENUE
Police arrested 26-year-old Michael Napolitano for criminal mischief in front of 400 First Avenue at 24th Street last Thursday at 11:31 a.m. Napolitano was allegedly tagging a wall at a construction site using a permanent marker. He was allegedly in possession of eight markers in total.

KITE ‘VENDOR’ BUSTED FOR SELLING WITHOUT LICENSE
Police arrested 51-year-old Kevin Hines in front of 242 Fifth Avenue last Thursday for an unspecified New York State law misdemeanor. Hines was allegedly selling five kites for sale and could not produce a general vendor’s license.

Police Watch: ‘Groper’ arrested at Stuy Town Red Mango, Bomb threat at hotel, Parks employee busted for ‘theft’

Compiled by Maria Rocha-Buschel

‘GROPER’ CAUGHT AT STUY TOWN RED MANGO
Fifty-nine-year-old David Mavashev was arrested for sexual abuse inside the Red Mango at 264 First Avenue last Wednesday at 12:59 p.m. Mavashev allegedly grabbed the victim’s butt and left breast while she was working.

‘TERRORIST THREAT’ AT GANSEVOORT HOTEL
Police arrested 55-year-old James Goff for terrorist threats last Sunday at 9:28 p.m. inside the Gansevoort Hotel at 420 Park Avenue South. Goff allegedly told a hotel employee, “A bomb will go off tonight or tomorrow over here.” Police searched the building but didn’t find a bomb, but while investigating, found that Goff did have an active warrant for his arrest.

MAN PUNCHED OUTSIDE BETH ISRAEL
Cops arrested Ezzard Davis, 41, after he allegedly punched another man in the face in front of Beth Israel, 281 First Avenue and 16th Street last Friday at 9:34 a.m. Police said the punch only caused a small cut.

PARKS EMPLOYEES BUSTED FOR ‘THEFT’
Police arrested 52-year-old Lydia Brito and 26-year-old Arabian Breland for stolen property at Union Square West and East 17th Street last Wednesday at 9:39 p.m. Police were in the park responding to a radio run of an assault. The victim told police that he was in the park and put his bag down before a fight started and after someone punched him in the face, he noticed that his bag was gone. Witnesses later told police that two park employees, Brito and Breland, had taken the bag and put it into their garbage pail. Police approached them later in the park office and asked if they had found a backpack with a cell phone in it. They both said no but they were allegedly in possession of the backpack and knew where the cell phone was.

MAN BUSTED FOR ‘THEFT’ FROM RESTAURANT
Police arrested Lawrence Wallace, 47, for petit larceny at First Avenue and East 17th Street last Tuesday at 3:04 p.m. A waitress in a nearby restaurant told police that she seated Wallace, who then headed to use the bathroom while the waitress continued greeting customers. She noticed a few minutes later that he was leaving and one of her co-workers told her that Wallace swiped a cell phone and $72 in cash off one of the tables. When she and her co-worker attempted to stop Wallace, he allegedly stuffed the cash down his pants and fled on foot. He was found on the back of a public bus and was in possession of the cash and the phone, police said.

POST OFFICE ‘TRESPASSER’ :
I DON’T KNOW HOW I GOT INSIDE
Police arrested 31-year-old Anthony Palermo for trespassing inside the Post Office at 149 East 23rd Street last Saturday at 12:05 a.m. Palermo was allegedly inside the lobby of the post office, which was closed at the time. He couldn’t get out because all the doors were locked. He told police that he didn’t know which door he got in through and that he entered the post office accidentally. A postal inspection service inspector told police that they will not prosecute for federal charges but police could proceed with state trespassing charges.

CHAIR THROWN AT BETH ISRAEL NURSE
Police arrested 21-year-old Micael Bekele, a psychiatric patient at Beth Israel, after he allegedly fractured a nurse’s wrist. Bekele was at the hospital at 9 Perlman Place for evaluation last Wednesday morning when he allegedly threw a chair at a nurse in charge of his care, causing her wrist to fracture.

WOMAN NABBED IN
MADISON AVENUE ‘ROBBERY’
Police arrested Jessica Darling, 29, after she allegedly robbed another woman on Madison Avenue and East 26th Street last Thursday at 4:29 a.m. Police said Darling approached a woman and asked for money and when the woman told her no, Darling allegedly reached behind her back into her waistband and demanded money in a threatening manner. The victim told police she believed Darling was reaching for a weapon.

MAN BUSTED FOR CAB ‘VANDALISM’
Police arrested 36-year-old Jay Oren for criminal mischief at East 14th and Third Avenue last Tuesday at 12:17 a.m. Oren intentionally broke the rear right window on the passenger’s side of a cab, police said. The value of the property was approximately $250.

WOMEN ARRESTED IN FIGHT ON THIRD AVE.
Twenty-one-year-old Starasia Allen and 36-year-old Celina Coleman were arrested for assault in front of 395 Third Avenue last Wednesday at 3:16 a.m. Allen allegedly punched Coleman in the head and stuck a comb in her ear, causing her some physical injury. Police said that Coleman also punched Allen in the head, causing a bump and bruising.

SCHNAPPS-DRINKER BUSTED FOR ‘KNIFE’
Police arrested 19-year-old James Charltown for weapons possession at 24 Union Square East last Wednesday at 12:53 p.m. Charltown was seen drinking peppermint schnapps out of a water bottle in the park and when police searched him, he was allegedly in possession of a gravity knife in his right front pocket.

ARREST FOR NAPPING NEAR ATM
Police arrested 61-year-old Gerald Russell for criminal trespassing inside the ATM area at 360 Park Avenue South last Thursday at 9:48 a.m. Russell was allegedly sleeping inside the bank without permission to do so.

MAN ARRESTED FOR SLEEPING IN FOUNTAIN
Twenty-two-year-old Nicholas Phillips was arrested at 1 Union Square West last Tuesday at 6:45 a.m. Phillips was allegedly sleeping inside the park water fountain, which he got into by climbing over a four foot wall, against park rules and regulations.

SUBWAY ‘MUSICIANS’ BUSTED
Police arrested 32-year-olds Raymond King and Gregory Hood in the Union Square subway station last Saturday at 7 p.m. Hood and King were allegedly making “unreasonable noise” with a drumset inside the station.

MAN PUNCHED AT BRC
Twenty-nine-year-old Jonathan McDuffie was arrested for assault in the BRC (Bowery Residents Committee) shelter at 127 West 25th Street last Friday at 8:08 p.m. McDuffie allegedly argued with the victim while he was playing video games and then punched him in the head and face. The punches caused a raised lump on his forehead.

‘FORGER’ CAUGHT WITH CREDIT CARDS
Police arrested 44-year-old Michael Jones for forgery in front of 60 West 23rd Street last Tuesday at 2:42 p.m. An officer recognized Jones as a person wanted for a prior grand larceny in the 13th Precinct. When he was stopped, he was allegedly in possession of several credit cards that weren’t his.