Police Watch: Teen arrested for Blue Smoke robbery, Driver charged with alleged vehicular assault

The five robbery suspects seen at Blue Smoke restaurant in Flatiron

FIFTH TEENAGER ARRESTED FOR BLUE SMOKE ROBBERY
Police arrested a fifth teenager for the robbery at Blue Smoke restaurant at 116 East 27th Street on March 18. Police said that the teens approached a host in the restaurant around 7 p.m. and claimed they were raising money for a basketball team before grabbing cash from the victim and fleeing. When the victim chased after them, one of them hit him in the back of the head. The fifth teen was charged with robbery for the incident inside the 13th precinct on April 11 at 10:37 a.m. His name is being withheld due to his young age.

DRIVER CHARGED WITH HITTING PEDESTRIAN ON SECOND AVENUE AND 23RD STREET
Police arrested 23-year-old Kenneth Rowe for alleged vehicular assault at the corner of First Avenue and East 23rd Street on April 13. The victim told police that he was crossing East 23rd Street near Second Avenue at around 3:30 p.m. and was in the crosswalk when Rowe allegedly started turning. The victim told police that Rowe saw him and spoke with him, then allegedly revved his engine and struck him, causing an injury, but was arrested a block away from the incident.

MAN ACCUSED OF ASSAULTING OFFICER AT BELLEVUE
Police arrested 39-year-old Jamar Moore for alleged assault of a peace officer inside Bellevue Hospital at 462 First Avenue on April 10 at 1 a.m. Officers were restraining Moore inside the hospital when he allegedly head-butted the officer intentionally, causing minor bruising and swelling to the area above his eye. Police said that Moore has previously been arrested for assaulting an officer, as well as for petit larceny and transit crimes.

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Police Watch: Teen arrested for shoplifting at ST Associated after getting hit by car

Stuyvesant Town’s Associated Supermarket (Photo by Sabina Mollot)

SHOPLIFTING TEEN HIT BY CAR AFTER GETTING BUSTED AT STUY TOWN ASSOCIATED
A teenager was hit by a car after he was caught stealing beer from the Stuyvesant Town Associated on Friday.
A store employee said she saw him attempting to conceal the beer and leave the store and when she confronted him, he began cursing at her and punched the glass door, smashing it. When a customer attempted to intervene, the teen ran into the street and police said that he was hit by a car, suffering minor injuries. The district attorney’s office said that the 18-year-old was issued a desk appearance ticket for petit larceny and criminal mischief. A store employee declined to comment on the incident.

WOMAN CHARGED WITH ASSAULTING OFFICER AT BETH ISRAEL
Police arrested 45-year-old Lavina Nolley for alleged assault and criminal trespass inside Mount Sinai Beth Israel 281 First Avenue last Monday at 12:05 a.m. Police said that Nolley was discharged from the hospital after getting treatment but allegedly refused to leave. When an officer attempted to escort her out of the building, she allegedly kicked the officer in the knee, causing pain and swelling. Additional officers arrived and attempted to escort her out of the building but she allegedly struck the same officer in the face with her bag.

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Police Watch: Caretaker accused of stealing from senior, Man arrested for purse-snatching

CARETAKER ACCUSED OF STEALING FROM SENIOR ON DAY OF HER DEATH
Police arrested 27-year-old Sanaya Mohammed last Thursday after she allegedly try to deposit a check made out to herself from her deceased boss. According to the District Attorney’s office, Mohammed was working as a caretaker for the 73-year-old victim, who lived on West 15th Street in Union Square. Mohammed allegedly deposited a $2,000 check addressed to herself at a Bronx Chase Bank on the same day that the victim passed away.

MAN ARRESTED FOR PURSE-SNATCHING AT EAST 14TH AND THIRD AVENUE
Police arrested 32-year-old Bernard Rivera after he allegedly snatched a woman’s purse at the corner of Third Avenue and East 14th Street last Saturday right after midnight. Rivera was charged with grand larceny possession of stolen property.

MAN ARRESTED FOR MUGGING ON PARK AVENUE SOUTH
Nineteen-year-old Berris McGann was arrested after allegedly mugging a woman at the corner of East 21st Street and Park Avenue South last Wednesday.
Police said that the victim was waiting to cross the street when McGann allegedly forcibly grabbed the victim’s shopping bag, shoving her, and fled north on Park Avenue South. Police searched the area and McGann was arrested shortly after for robbery and possession of stolen property.

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Police Watch: Slashing outside Stuy Town, Two arrested for assaulting cab driver

MAN BUSTED FOR SLASHING VICTIM OUTSIDE STUYVESANT TOWN
Nineteen-year-old Shukija Winns was arrested for assault after he allegedly slashed another person in the face with a razor blade at the northeast corner of First Avenue and East 14th Street.
The incident took place on April 2 at 5 p.m. but Williams wasn’t arrested until last Wednesday at 9:05 a.m. inside the 13th Precinct.

TWO ARRESTED FOR ASSAULTING CAB DRIVER
Police arrested 34-year-old Ndeh Tawah and 25-year-old Sean Glynn for theft of services and assault in front of 307 East 14th Street last Sunday at 4:41 a.m. Police said that Glynn and Tawah were in the victim’s cab and both refused to pay the fare. The driver attempted to stop them from leaving but Tawah and Glynn allegedly both punched the driver in the face, causing a cut and swelling, and ripping the driver’s shirt. The victim was treated at Mount Sinai Beth Israel Hospital.

MAN BUSTED FOR BREAKING INTO CAR ON EAST 14TH
Police arrested 51-year-old Patrice Steed for petit larceny and possession of stolen property in front of 7 East 14th Street last Tuesday at 11:04 a.m. Police said that the victim saw Steed inside his car without permission to be there. Steed allegedly tried to take the victim’s cell phone and loose change, which were inside the vehicle. The victim confronted Steed when he saw him inside his car and he held the suspect there until police responded.

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Police Watch: Woman arrested for mugging senior, Man wanted for Herald Square groping

WOMAN ARRESTED FOR MUGGING ELDERLY WOMAN
Police arrested 49-year-old Lillian Maduro on Monday for an attempted robbery that took place on Tuesday, September 27 at noon near Fifth Avenue and West 12th Street. Police said that Maduro approached a 90-year-old woman and tried to snatch her duffle bag from the front of her utility cart. When the victim tried to prevent Maduro from taking the bag, the suspect allegedly knocked her to the ground and continued to pull at the bag. Police said that the victim managed to fight Maduro off and retained possession of her bag while Maduro allegedly fled east on East 12th Street. The victim was treated at Mount Sinai Beth Israel for cuts to her right arm and middle finger.

Groping suspect

Groping suspect

MAN WANTED FOR GROPING IN HERALD SQUARE
Police are looking for a man in connection with a groping incident near Herald Square in October. A 31-year-old woman reported that an unidentified man grabbed her buttocks while on the downtown BDFM platform on Tuesday, October 4 around 11 a.m. The man fled the station to the street. The victim described him as 25-35 years old, 5’10”, 180 lbs. with a slim build and black hair. He was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt.
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.

Bank robbery suspect

Bank robbery suspect

WOMAN WANTED FOR PARK AVE. BANK ROBBERY
Police are looking for a woman who committed a bank robbery in the Midtown South Precinct earlier this month. The suspect strolled into the Chase Bank at 2 Park Avenue between 32nd and 33rd Streets last Saturday around 3 p.m., approached a bank teller and passed a note demanding money. The teller complied and the suspect fled the bank with an undetermined amount of cash. The suspect has a light complexion, in her late 30s, 5’4” and 150 lbs. and was last seen wearing a black pea coat, black pants, white sneakers, black sunglasses and a black and white Yankee baseball cap. Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 800-577-TIPS 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 texting their tips to 274637(CRIMES) then enter TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential.

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Police Watch: Man busted for assault at Associated, Police looking for men targeting cab drivers

MAN ARRESTED FOR ASSAULTING EMPLOYEE IN STUYVESANT TOWN ASSOCIATED
Police arrested 23-year-old Thomas Commender for assault in front of the Associated Supermarket at 409 East 14th Street last Monday at 11:12 p.m. An employee at the store told police that she got into an argument with Commender because he was refusing to leave the store. Commender then allegedly ripped the employee’s pants. Police said that he was also flailing his arms and scratched the victim’s neck and left arm. The incident caused her to fall to the ground and bruise her knee, but she refused medical assistance.

MEN WANTED FOR CAB DRIVER ROBBERIES
Police are looking for a group of men believed to be responsible for multiple robberies throughout Midtown and Union Square, specifically targeting cab drivers. The most recent known incident was on Friday, July 22 around 10:30 a.m., when two men approached a cab that was stopped in traffic in front of 853 Broadway just south of Union Square Park. One of the men approached the driver’s door and asked to go to Brooklyn and while he was distracted, the second man opened the passenger’s side door and snatched cash from the center cup holder. The driver attempted to stop him but the first man punched him in the face and both men fled on foot west on 14th Street.
On the same day not long after, around 11:20 a.m., the two men reportedly stole a cab driver’s backpack when they entered his cab in front of 894 Sixth Avenue at West 34th Street.
The first in the string of robberies took place on Sunday, July 10 at 4:40 p.m. when two men got into a cab at 400 Fifth Avenue near West 36th Street asked to be taken to the Bronx. They stole the driver’s iPhone 6S from the seat and cash from his shirt pocket and fled.
One of the suspects hit another cab driver on Fifth Avenue at West 35th Street on July 14 at 2:30 p.m. when the driver was dropping passengers off at the intersection. The man got into the front seat of the cab and grabbed the driver’s wallet, and fled north on Fifth Avenue towards West 36th Street.
The two suspects reportedly entered a cab at Sixth Avenue and West 38th Street on Saturday, July 16 just after 10 p.m. and grabbed cash that was on the armrest. They fled south on Sixth Avenue.
Two days later, three men reportedly robbed a driver who was dropping off passengers around 11 a.m. in front of 349 Fifth Avenue at 34th Street. Police said that one of the men entered the cab on the passenger’s side and took cash off the center console, fleeing west on 34th Street. The two other men fled south on Fifth Avenue.
The men are described as black, in their late teens to mid-20s, with slim builds and medium complexions. One of the men has a tattoo of the Batman logo on the inside of his left arm.
Anyone with information in regard to these incidents 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.

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Police Watch: Teen stabbed, traffic agent arrested for ‘scam’

TEEN ARRESTED FOR STABBING GOOD SAMARITAN
Police arrested a teenager for assault at the corner of Rutherford Place and East 16th Street last Monday at 11:49 a.m. Police said that the suspect stabbed the victim in his back. The victim told police that he was breaking up a fight when the teen stabbed him. The name of the suspect is being withheld due to his tender age.

NYPD TRAFFIC AGENT BUSTED FOR $38,000 ‘SCAM’
Police arrested 45-year-old traffic agent Johnny Phuong for grand larceny at the corner of Lexington Avenue and East 26th Street last Thursday at 8:30 p.m. Police said that Phuong made false promises to the victim about getting her a job and opening a business with her. The victim told police that she gave Phuong $38,000 at separate times. When Phuong allegedly told her that she needed to pay an additional $5,000, she became suspicious and contacted the police. Upon further investigation, police said that Phuong never released the money to the broker for the business and the broker had no knowledge of Phuong.

TEEN WITH BRASS KNUCKLES BUSTED FOR ASSAULT ON E. 17TH ST.
Police arrested a teenager for assault at the corner of Broadway and East 17th Street last Tuesday at 4:50 p.m. The boy was seen swinging at the victim and fleeing into the subway. The victim told police that the teen was in possession of brass knuckles. When he was stopped, he refused to be handcuffed and had to be taken to the ground, where he refused to put his hands behind his back. He then tried to throw the brass knuckles into the subway mezzanine, where police recovered them. He was also charged with resisting arrest, weapons possession and disorderly conduct.

WOULD-BE BIKE ‘THIEF’ NABBED AFTER FLEEING SCENE OF SEPARATE BIKE THEFT
Police arrested 48-year-old Jose Rivera for burglar’s tools at the corner of Union Square and East 16th Street last Wednesday at 1:46 p.m. Police said that Rivera was casing a number of bicycles on Broadway between 17th and 18th Streets repeatedly for about an hour, doubling back and forth to the same location. Rivera then left the location and secured his own bike at 14th Street and Union Square East and was seen walking back to the other location. He noticed that another person had been arrested nearby for attempting to cut a bike lock and allegedly attempted to flee the scene on foot. When he was stopped, police said that he was in possession of wire cutters commonly used to steal bikes.

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Police Watch: Man nabbed in burglary pattern, Robbery on Park Avenue South

MAN ARRESTED IN BURGLARY PATTERN
Police arrested 27-year-old Tracey Mckeever last Saturday and charged him with burglary in connection with an incident that took place last Monday at 21 West 46th Street in the Midtown North precinct. Police said that the incident is part of a pattern in which the suspects entered the commercial locations and removed laptops and other assorted electronics. There have been 13 incidents in all starting on May 7 when there was a burglary at 6 p.m. inside 270 Fifth Avenue. Other incidents took place on Saturday, July 25 at 3 p.m. inside 10 East 33rd Street and on Monday, July 27 at 6 p.m. inside 38 West 32nd Street. Most of the incidents took place in the Midtown North or South precincts, with one in the 20th precinct on the Upper West Side and one in the 19th precinct in the Upper East Side.
The investigation remains ongoing. 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 TIP577 and their tips to 274637 (CRIMES). All calls are kept strictly confidential.

ROBBERY ON PARK AVENUE SOUTH
Police arrested 32-year-old David Fairfax for robbery and assault last Tuesday at 12:08 p.m. at the corner of East 29th Street and Park Avenue South. Fairfax allegedly punched the victim in the face and forcibly grabbed cash from his hands. A canvass was conducted with positive results and Fairfax was arrested.

MAN NABBED FOR CANE ‘ASSAULT’
Police arrested 43-year-old Issac Dozier for assault at the corner of East 15th Street and Union Square West last Friday at 8:43 p.m. Police said that Dozier hit the victim over the head with a cane, causing pain and a cut on the top of his head.

MEN BUSTED FOR BREAKING INTO FIREFIGHTER’S CAR
The New York Post reported last Saturday that a firefighter was returning to Ladder 3 on East 13th Street around 3:30 a.m. on Friday when he spotted two men rummaging through his car that was parked in front of the station between Third and Fourth Avenues. Police arrested Jason De Jesus and Andre Kinard, who the firefighter and some of his colleagues detained until officers arrived. De Jesus had allegedly taken a pair of sunglasses and an air freshener out of the car, and police said that he was also in possession of marijuana and cocaine.

ASSAULT ON EAST 18TH AND PARK AVENUE SOUTH
Police arrested 35-year-old Ilya Lubasoff for assault at the corner of East 18th Street and Park Avenue South last Tuesday at 1:04 a.m. Police said that the victim was walking along the sidewalk when Lubasoff came up from behind him and punched him on the cheek.

COUPLE BUSTED FOR ‘FAKE’ HUNDRED
Police arrested 22-year-old Fernando Suarez and 25-year-old Maria Hernandez for forgery inside 106 East 19th Street last Friday at 2:01 a.m. Police said that Suarez and Hernandez went into Pete’s Tavern at 129 East 18th Street and ordered two drinks, then allegedly tried to pay for the drinks with a fake $100 bill. The bartender told the pair that he couldn’t accept it because it was fake, so Hernandez took the bill back and they left. They then went into The Watering Hole at 106 East 19th Street where Suarez allegedly tried to pay for their two drinks with the counterfeit bill, but the bartender said that he couldn’t accept it because the bill was fake. Hernandez took the bill back again just as officers arrived and police said that she attempted to throw it to the ground to get rid of it.

BICYCLE SEAT ‘THIEF’ BUSTED
Police arrested 29-year-old Volodymyr Boichuk for petit larceny and possession of stolen property on Tuesday at 8:54 p.m. in front of 60 West 23rd Street. The manager of the store waved down an officer because Boichuk was allegedly removing bicycle seats off of bicycles that were on the sidewalk.

MEN ARRESTED FOR TRESPASSING, DRUGS
Police arrested 27-year-old Christopher Brinson and 26-year-old Giovanni Holt for criminal trespass inside 224 East 28th Street last Friday at 10:43 a.m. Police said that Brinson and Holt were trespassing inside the 17th floor stairwell and both men said that they didn’t live in the building. They said that they were visiting a friend but police said that attempts were made to contact the friend and he couldn’t be reached. Brinson was also charged with possession of a controlled substance and police said that he had four individually packed bags of mushrooms.

WOULD-BE CAR THIEF BUSTED AT EAST 30TH
A would-be car thief left behind a trail of blood after trying to break into a BMW that was parked on 32nd Street between Madison and Fifth Avenues at 4:30 a.m. on Monday. DNAinfo reported that the 36-year-old homeless man, who was arrested, had badly cut his arm during the break-in and had tried to drive off but gave up because the wound wouldn’t stop bleeding. He got blood on the hood of the car and the driver’s side door, as well as a large pool of blood on the sidewalk when he fled. He was arrested at East 30th Street and Lexington Avenue shortly after the incident.

MAN NABBED FOR PHONE BOOTH ‘GRAFFITI’
Police arrested 42-year-old Keith Stenmon for criminal mischief and graffiti last Saturday at 12:55 a.m. in front of 125 West 14th Street. Police said that Stenmon drew on a phone booth with a permanent marker with the intent to damage property.

ASSAULT ON EAST 28TH
Eighteen-year-old Xavier Chalas was arrested for assault last Sunday at 9:16 a.m. in front of 118 East 28th Street. The victim told police that he was walking down the street when Chalas allegedly punched him in the nose, causing him to fall to the ground. A witness told police that Chalas was walking down the street and he and the victim started arguing when Chalas suddenly punched him in the face. The victim got a bloody nose and was taken to Bellevue Hospital.

MAN ARRESTED FOR SCISSOR ‘MENACING’
Police arrested 33-year-old Dawood Little for menacing in front of 243 East 27th Street last Sunday at 11:24 p.m. Little allegedly raised scissors in a threatening manner, causing a fear of physical injury for the two victims.

TEENS ARRESTED FOR FIGHT AT GOOD SHEPHERD SERVICES
Police arrested two teenagers for assault at the Good Shepherd Services residence for girls at 337 East 17th Street last Monday at 12:32 a.m. One of the teens was watching television when the other came up to her and they got into an argument. The teen then punched her and also hit the victim in the face with an unknown object, causing bleeding and a cut that required medical attention. The victim also assaulted the teen who originally attacked her. The names of the teens are being withheld due to their age.

GIFT CARD ‘THIEF’ BUSTED
Police arrested 23-year-old Krystal Cintron-Valle for grand larceny inside 60 West 23rd Street last Thursday at 2:53 p.m. Cintron-Valle allegedly stole a gift card worth $1,400 and made purchases on the card on August 22 for $965.97, on August 23 for $272.18 and on August 24 for $97.97.

Police Watch: ‘Perv’ arrested on subway, Bartender assaulted at Toshi’s

‘PERV’ BUSTED ON SUBWAY
Police arrested 31-year-old Carlos Llerena for sexual abuse at the corner of Broadway and West 28th Street last Wednesday at 8:44 a.m. The victim told police that while she was riding an uptown express train, she felt something stiff pressed up against her buttocks. Police said that Llerena was observed walking directly behind the victim entering the train and pressing up against her with an erection.

FIRE FIGHTER BUSTED FOR ‘ASSAULT’
Off-duty fire fighter Christopher Hamilton, 23, and Fernando Sacon, also 23, were arrested for assault at the southeast corner of Third Avenue and East 29th Street last Saturday at 3:50 a.m. Police said that Sacon and Hamilton punched each other multiple times. Police did not have any information on what the fight was about or if the two men knew each other beforehand.

WEST 27TH ST. ‘BURGLAR’ BUSTED
Police arrested 45-year-old Walter McArthur inside the 13th Precinct at 230 East 21st Street for burglary last Monday at 1:01 p.m. Police said that McArthur entered a commercial building at 34 West 27th Street on July 16 by climbing the scaffolding attached to the building and breaking the window to get inside. McArthur allegedly swiped a laptop and camera from the location and could not provide a legitimate reason for being on the premises.

BARTENDER ASSAULTED AT TOSHI’S
Police arrested 22-year-old John Bodoy for assault inside Toshi’s Living Room at 9 West 26th Street last Monday at 12:36 a.m. The victim told police that he was working as a bartender at the location when Bodoy entered the bar and started an argument with him. Bodoy then allegedly threw a drinking glass at the bartender, hitting him in the face and causing a number of cuts, which required stitches. Bodoy was also charged with menacing, disorderly conduct and harassment.

ASSAULT ON EAST 30TH
Police arrested 23-year-old Angel Rosado for assault in front of 200 East 30th Street last Thursday at 5:30 a.m. The doorman at the building said that he saw Rosado stumbling towards the building while the victim was coming home from the grocery store. Rosado allegedly approached the victim and started antagonizing him. The doorman told police that he went to usher the victim into the building before Rosado could attack him but when he was about to enter the building, Rosado allegedly punched the victim in the face, causing a cut and bleeding. The victim proceeded to defend himself against Rosado, who police said continued to attack him for no apparent reason. The doorman said that Rosado seemed intoxicated.

‘BAG SNATCHER’ BUSTED ON EAST 28TH
Police arrested 24-year-old Thomas Porter for petit larceny in front of 344 East 28th Street last Thursday at 4:12 a.m. The victim told police that he was sitting on a park bench behind the building drinking a beer when Porter approached him and allegedly stole his bag off the table. A canvas was conducted with positive results and police said that Porter was in possession of a check belonging to the victim.

HOMELESS PAIR ARRESTED FOR ‘TRESPASSING’
Forty-year-old Matthew Pontani and 27-year-old Giasina Amber were arrested for criminal trespass inside 37 Union Square West last Thursday at 11:49 a.m. Police said that Pontani and Amber were homeless and sleeping on the roof of the building, where they did not have permission to be. They allegedly entered the back of the building through a street alley, which has a gated entrance.

MAN BUSTED FOR ‘THEFT’ AT BETH ISRAEL
Police arrested 63-year-old Meryl Modica for grand larceny and possession of stolen property inside Mount Sinai Beth Israel Hospital at 281 First Avenue last Thursday at 4:13 p.m. Modica allegedly removed the victim’s property from the lobby of the building without permission.

NABBED FOR ‘LEWDNESS’ AT WEST 24TH AND SIXTH
Police arrested 49-year-old John Cardinali for public lewdness at the corner of Sixth Avenue and West 24th Street last Thursday at 7:58 p.m. Police said that Cardinali intentionally exposed his penis while shaking it in his hand in a public place and allegedly said to the victim, “You need some f—ing help with something?”

‘MENACE’ ARRESTED IN UNION SQUARE
Police arrested 53-year-old Nicholas Rhodes for menacing in front of 31 Union Square West on Friday at 11:35 p.m. Police said that Rhodes approached the victim in a threatening manner by raising his fists and threatening to hit him. The victim told police that he was fearful for his physical safety.

TEEN ARRESTED FOR ‘MISCHIEF’ AT GOOD SHEPHERD SERVICES
Nineteen-year-old Daisha Dyer was arrested for criminal mischief last Tuesday at 2:06 p.m. inside the Good Shepherd Services residence for girls at 337 East 17th Street. The victim said that there was a meeting going on when Dyer allegedly began to kick and bang on the door where the meeting was being held. Police said that she also broke the glass enclosure on the fire extinguisher and took the device out, allegedly spraying in the hallway. Police said that she began screaming, “I’m going to get you, I’m not playing today.”

MAN NABBED FOR ASSAULT ON FIFTH AT WEST 16TH
Police arrested 24-year-old Jermaine Himmelstein for aggravated harassment and assault at the corner of Fifth Avenue and West 16th Street last Wednesday at 4:25 p.m. Himmelstein allegedly followed the victim after an earlier argument and then punched the victim in the back of the head, causing redness, swelling and substantial pain.

Police Watch: Sex abuse at W. 28th St. hotel, Sephora ‘shoplifters’ busted

MAN ARRESTED FOR ‘SEX ABUSE’ AT HOTEL ON WEST 28TH ST.
Police arrested 41-year-old Francois Garand for sexual abuse inside Hotel Indigo at 127 West 28th Street last Saturday at 2:01 a.m. The victim told police that he met Garand through the app Grindr, and he went to the hotel room willingly after Garand invited him there for sex.
When the victim got to his room, he said that Garand began to drink and offered him drugs and alcohol. Garand then began to behave erratically and physically prevented the victim from leaving the room, police said. Garand then allegedly grabbed the victim, restrained him and took off his clothes. Police said that Garand also sexually abused him. When he tried to get away, Garand allegedly grabbed him by the throat, choking him and obstructing his breathing and then attempted to bind the victim’s wrists with bungee cords. The victim said that he told Garand he would have another drink. Once the victim could get near the door, he was able to run naked to the lobby, telling the staff to call the police. A small amount of alleged marijuana was recovered from Garand’s room.
In addition to sexual abuse, Garand was charged with obstruction of breath and circulation, unlawful imprisonment and possession of a controlled substance.

‘STREETWALKERS’ BUSTED ON EAST 25TH
Police arrested two women for prostitution in front of 160 East 25th Street last Thursday at 6:15 p.m. Teresa Mosallem, 26, and Jessica Springman, 31, allegedly agreed to have sex with undercover officers in exchange for $400.

‘RECKLESS’ BIKE RIDER ARRESTED
Police arrested 58-year-old James Cummings after he was recklessly riding a bicycle at the corner of Lexington Avenue and East 27th Street last Friday at 2:40 a.m. Cummings was allegedly riding a bicycle north against southbound-only traffic on Lexington Avenue and police said he then rode the bike onto the sidewalk in an attempt to flee the police. At that point, he allegedly threw the bicycle on the ground and ran south on Lexington Avenue, refusing to comply with orders from police to stop. Police said that when they caught up with him, he flailed his arms and tried to turn around to prevent being handcuffed. He was also allegedly in possession of a glass crack pipe with residue. Cummings was charged with resisting arrest, possession of stolen property, possession of a controlled substance, an unclassified administrative code violation and going the wrong way on a one-way street.

COUPLE CHARGED IN SEPHORA ‘ROBBERY’
Police arrested two people for a robbery inside the Sephora at 45 East 17th Street last Monday at 8:32 p.m. An employee at the store was working with an officer for another investigation and they saw Rubin Ortega, 41, entering the store via video surveillance. Ortega was allegedly working with 29-year-old Megan Murtagh and the pair started putting items from the store into their bag, police said. When an officer approached them, they tried to flee and both allegedly struggled to prevent being handcuffed. Police said that while trying to handcuff Ortega, he pulled out a knife while he fought with them, and he allegedly told them that he had to do what he had to do to feed his family.
In addition to robbery, Ortega was charged with resisting arrest and weapons possession, and Murtagh was charged with resisting arrest and possession of stolen property. Police said that Ortega and Murtagh were in a relationship.

NOT-SO-SNEAKY SNEAKER ‘THIEF’ BUSTED
Andres Suarez, 33, was arrested inside 122 Fifth Avenue last Tuesday at 12:27 p.m. for petit larceny and possession of stolen property. Suarez allegedly took a pair of sneakers from the store, attempted to conceal them in his jacket and left the store without paying.

WOMAN ARRESTED FOR CAUSING $1,000 IN ‘DAMAGE’ AT GOOD SHEPHERD
Twenty-year-old Asheley Craig was arrested for criminal mischief inside Good Shepherd Services, a residence for girls, at 337 East 17th Street last Tuesday at 6:01 p.m. Craig allegedly broke her room door by kicking it after getting upset over a room change, causing damages of $1,000. Police said she started getting violent, throwing food from the refrigerator to the floor, as well as throwing chairs and other items in the kitchen. EMS arrived at the scene and couldn’t control Craig, who then grabbed a spoon. Police approached her and told her she was under arrest, telling her to drop the spoon, but she allegedly started shouting that she wasn’t going to drop it and police said she put her hands in front of her face like she was ready to fight. As the officers managed to cuff her, she allegedly yanked out a chunk of one of the officer’s hair. Craig was also charged with resisting arrest.

SERIAL ‘SHOPLIFTERS’ BUSTED
Police arrested two people for shoplifting from Sephora at 33 East 17th Street last Wednesday at 1:55 p.m. A teenager and 22-year-old Norris Mingo were allegedly working with another person who wasn’t arrested to remove property from the store without paying for it. Police said that they followed the three around the store after confirming that they were wanted for previous crimes, but at the sight of the marked police vehicle they allegedly fled in different directions. The teen was busted at Third Avenue and East 14th Street after discarding some of the stolen items on the street while he fled and police said that Mingo ran towards Union Square Park, hiding in a janitor’s closet to avoid being arrested.
After searching the pair, police found that they were also in possession of property that was allegedly stolen from the Ralph Lauren store at 109 Prince Street.
The teen and Mingo were charged with petit larceny and two counts of possession of stolen property, and Mingo was also charged with criminal trespass. The teen’s name is being withheld due to his age.

MAN BUSTED IN UNION SQUARE FOR PHONE ‘THEFT’
Michael Pierre-Paul, 42, was arrested for grand larceny at the corner of Union Square East and East 14th street at 5 a.m. Police said that Pierre-Paul took the victim’s hat, which had fallen off his head, and removed a cell phone cable from the victim’s pants pocket. Pierre-Paul also allegedly removed an iPhone from the victim’s pocket and police said that he was in possession of a knife. Pierre-Paul was also charged with weapons possession and possession of stolen property.

FIGHT ON LEXINGTON AVE.
Police arrested two people involved in a fight in front of 129 Lexington Avenue last Sunday at 4:05 a.m. Christian Vargas, 22, and Andrew Cardenales, 23, were charged with assault. Police said that Vargas punched Cardenales, who was taken to Bellevue for treatment. Cardenales allegedly struck the Vargas in the neck with a metal object and police said that he was holding his keys, which were stained with blood.

‘DRUG DEALERS’ BUSTED IN UNION SQUARE
Police arrested 31-year-old Oleg Osinovsky and 23-year-old Charles Perich for possession of a controlled substance in front of 10 Union Square East last Friday at 3:38 p.m. Police said that Osinovsky and Perich were in possession of crack/cocaine and heroin, and Perich was in possession of alleged Xanax. Perich was additionally charged with intent to sell a controlled substance.

MAN ARRESTED FOR 2011 ‘BURGLARY’
Police arrested 22-year-old Brandon Bunch-Whyte for burglary last Saturday at 9:30 p.m. inside the 13th Precinct. Police said that Bunch-Whyte admitted to entering an apartment and removing property without permission. The alleged incident occurred in March 2011 at a residential building. Bunch-Whyte was charged in the 2011 burglary after he was arrested in Brooklyn last Saturday in an unrelated incident.

Police Watch: Prosecutor arrested for assault, two robberies last week

‘PERV’ NABBED FOR SEX ABUSE OF A CHILD
Police arrested 38-year-old Russell Alam for sex abuse of a child inside 140 East 28th Street just after midnight last Sunday. Alam allegedly put his hand under her t-shirt, rubbed her chest and put his hands inside the waistband of her pants. He also kissed her on the lips twice and tried to put his tongue in her mouth, police said. Alam was also charged with endangering the welfare of a child.

BETH ISRAEL EMPLOYEE ARRESTED
Police arrested 23-year-old Sergio Garcia for menacing last Friday at 3:50 p.m. inside the 13th Precinct for an incident at Beth Israel Hospital. The victim was a patient at Beth Israel and was unhappy with the service. She told police that she approached Garcia about it and he got very angry, allegedly pulled a knife out and said, “I will shoot you all, b—h.”

PROSECUTOR BUSTED FOR ASSAULT
Manhattan prosecutor Eli Cherkasky, 35, was arrested for allegedly choking a woman last Friday. The victim told police that she got into an argument with Cherkasky because he started picking up and touching her personal property at the Kips Bay bar Failte inside 531 Second Avenue on November 1 around 2 a.m.
According to the criminal complaint as reported by the New York Post, Cherkasky allegedly grabbed the woman by the arms and said, “B—h, you’re a b—h. Hit me. Why don’t you hit me?” He also allegedly called her a c—t, pushed her onto the floor and used both his hands to choke her. Aong with obstruction of breath, he was also charged with assault, menacing and harassment. The Post reported that Cherkasky was arraigned in his own courthouse on Friday.

MAN ARRESTED FOR ROBBERY
Twenty-six-year-old Ricardo Sanchez was arrested for robbery in front of 761 Sixth Avenue last Sunday at 1:42 a.m. The victim told police that he was leaving the deli when Sanchez approached him asking for money and food.
Sanchez then allegedly put his hand in his pocket and said, “I have a revolver. I’m going to shoot you. Give me your wallet.” The victim refused to give up his wallet and Sanchez left the location. The victim positively identified him at the corner of West 26th Street and Sixth Avenue. Police didn’t recover a gun.

‘ROBBER’ BUSTED IN UNION SQUARE
Police arrested 27-year-old Lawrence Hollaway at 10 Union Square East for robbery last Wednesday at 4:15 p.m. A woman was walking to the Union Square subway station while texting on her cell phone and she bumped into Hollaway. He asked her why she bumped into him and she told police that she apologized, and then walked into the station.
Hollaway allegedly followed her and while she was at the turnstile at the station entrance, he shoved her to the ground. He also attempted to punch her and reach into her coat to grab her cell phone, police said.

TEEN ARRESTED FOR PROPERTY DAMAGE
Police arrested a 15-year-old girl for criminal mischief inside Good Shepherd Services at 337 East 17th Street last Wednesday at 1:18 p.m. The teen intentionally damaged items inside the building by throwing tables, chairs, computer monitors and hard drives at the windows, damaging $4,000 of property. The girl’s name is being withheld due to her age.

‘COKE’ DEALER BUSTED ON SIXTH
Police arrested 29-year-old Carlos Paredes for the intent to sell and possession of a controlled substance in front of 620 Sixth Avenue last Saturday at 2:39 a.m. Paredes are in possession of 30 glassine envelopes with alleged cocaine, one glassine envelope with alleged cocaine residue and five glassine envelopes each containing an unknown pill, police said.

DRUG DEAL IN UNION SQUARE
Police arrested three men involved in a drug deal at the corner of Union Square East and East 15th Street last Thursday at 10:15 p.m. Nigel Willis, 31, was arrested for intent to sell, the sale of and possession of a controlled substance and 61-year-old Stephen Willis was charged with sale of a controlled substance.
The two men were working with 27-year-old Michael Geroulakis and allegedly sold a controlled substance to an undercover officer. Nigel Willis was also allegedly in possession of an additional quantity of the controlled substance. Geroulakis allegedly hit the officer in the face and was charged with assault of a peace officer. He was also charged with resisting arrest, as well as the intent to sell, the sale of and possession of a controlled substance.

‘DRUNK DRIVER’ ARRESTED
Police arrested Janelle Bador, 29, for intoxicated driving in front of 215 Park Avenue South last Saturday at 4:15 a.m. Bador allegedly failed to signal when changing lanes and also drove for several blocks weaving in and out of traffic. Police said that Bador was also unsteady on her feet when she got into the car at Madison Avenue and East 28th Street. Bador allegedly blew a .141 on a Breathalyzer at the Seventh Precinct.

MAN NABBED FOR FRAUDULENT CHECK
Police arrested 23-year-old Devon English for identity theft at 655 Sixth Avenue last Monday at 3:11 p.m. English allegedly tried cashing a fraudulent check. The bank teller recognized the check as fake and when the NYPD contacted the victim, he said that the check hadn’t been issued to English.

MAN ARRESTED FOR ‘HEROIN’
Police arrested 27-year-old Andrew Berlin for possession of a controlled substance last Saturday at 1:40 p.m. in front of 10 Union Square East. Berlin was allegedly holding two bags of heroin in plain view and when police searched him, he was found to be in possession of an alleged controlled substance.

WOMAN NABBED FOR CHECK ‘FORGERY’
Nineteen-year-old Isabelle Laurent was arrested for forgery in front of 120 West 23rd Street last Thursday at 1:41 p.m. A teller at the Capital One Bank nearby told police that Laurent went into the bank and allegedly tried to cash a fake check for the amount of $186.30. A representative for the bank confirmed that the cashier’s check wasn’t issued by Capital One.

Police Watch: Bust for burglary on E. 23rd St., senior charged with selling pot at Union Square

‘BURGLAR’ NABBED ON EAST 23RD
Fifty-year-old Robert Jones was arrested for burglary inside 145 East 23rd Street last Friday at 7:29 a.m. Jones allegedly entered the victim’s apartment on East 23rd Street without permission and took a watch and wallet, which contained $190 and credit cards.

THEFT AT WEST 26TH ST. OFFICE
Cesar Bernacet, 44, was arrested at the 13th Precinct last Tuesday at 12:56 p.m. for burglary. Police said that Bernacet had entered the offices of Trigger Media at 135 West 26th Street last Sunday and swiped seven laptops and tablets, and also caused damage to the fire door.

MAN BUSTED FOR ASSAULT
Police arrested Nathaniel Roberts, 31, for assault at Lexington Avenue and East 25th Street last Tuesday at 4:25 p.m. The victim said that he got into a fight with Roberts, who allegedly punched the victim in the face and bit him on the shoulder, causing visible bite marks. Police said that Roberts resisted arrest by pushing the officer and flailing his arms, refusing to be handcuffed. Roberts also allegedly kicked the window of the police van, causing $250 worth of damage and was in possession of two ziploc bags of marijuana, police said.

MAN ARRESTED FOR FALSE THEFT REPORT
Police arrested 52-year-old Jeffery Vascimini for perjury at the Union Square subway station last Tuesday at 3:45 p.m. Vascimini had previously told police that he was on a downtown 6 train at the 23rd Street station when a man snatched his bag. He reported that one man had asked him what time it was and then as the train doors closed, a second man grabbed his bag, which contained nine bottles of medication. Upon further investigation, police found that he had also falsely reported the same crime in a different precinct.

FIGHT ON SECOND AVENUE
Police arrested 21-year-old Destiny Baez for assault last Wednesday at 4:53 p.m. in front of 250 Second Avenue. Baez got into an argument with the victim and the fight escalated, after which Baez allegedly scratched the victim on the forearm, leaving a visible cut.

MAN BUSTED FOR ASSAULT
Stanley Mui, 29, was arrested for assault at the northeast corner of Fifth Avenue and East 14th Street last Wednesday at 9:54 p.m. Mui allegedly punched a man in the face, causing pain and redness to the left side of his jaw.

‘PERV’ ARRESTED AT UNION SQUARE
Police arrested 38-year-old Adel Ismail for sexual abuse in the Union Square subway station last Thursday at 9:05 a.m. Ismail was allegedly rubbing his groin area against a woman’s buttocks while on a downtown 4 train. The victim told police she tried to get away from him but he wouldn’t leave her alone. “When I first entered the train, this guy seemed a little too close,” she said. “He rubbed up against my butt so I automatically moved away. He kept bumping into me so I kept trying to move away. He made me feel very uncomfortable. He tried to move any way so that he would be touching me.”

SKATEBOARDER ARRESTED IN UNION SQUARE 
Thirty-year-old Naoki Aimoto was arrested for violating New York State laws in the Union Square subway station on Tuesday at 4:05 a.m. Aimoto was allegedly riding a skateboard erratically in the mezzanine area of the subway, which police said caused a dangerous and hazardous condition for the public and was in violation of transit rules.

ASSAULT AT GOOD SHEPHERD SERVICES
A 17-year-old girl was arrested for assault inside the Good Shepherd Services facility and home for girls at 337 East 17th Street last Friday at 7:26 a.m. She got into a fight with another girl, police said, pulling her hair and scratching the right side of her neck, causing pain and visible injury.

SENIOR ARRESTED FOR SELLING POT 
Police arrested 70-year-old Frederick Spruill at Union Square West and East 14th Street for the sale of marijuana last Friday at 6:15 p.m. Spruill was allegedly working together with another man, 36-year-old Darrell Henderson, and they sold a small quantity to an undercover officer, police said. Henderson was also arrested.

TWO BUSTED IN METHADONE SALE ON LEX
Police arrested two people in connection with a drug deal in front of 23 Lexington Avenue last Saturday at 7:55 a.m. Johnie Lonardo, 57, was arrested for allegedly selling methadone to 47-year-old Orlando Martinez, who was then arrested for possession of a controlled substance.

DWI ARREST NEAR UNION SQUARE
Police arrested 31-year-old Bassam Richard for intoxicated driving at Union Square West and East 16th Street last Sunday at 4:01 a.m. Richard was involved in a car accident at the location which resulted in property damage and on the scene, he allegedly had a strong odor of alcohol on him, as well as watery eyes, a flushed face and was unsteady on his feet.

NINE ARRESTED IN PROTEST ON THIRD AVENUE
Police arrested 23-year-old Julia Salazar for criminal last Monday at 11:20 a.m. Police said that Salazar was protesting with eight other demonstrators, who entered a government building on Third Avenue and sat down in front of the desk at the lobby. They were ordered to leave by the building’s head of security and they were warned that they would be arrested if they did not leave the building, and Salazar and the other protestors allegedly refused.
The exact location of the protest is unclear, as the report notes that Salazar originally entered 633 Third Avenue, home to an office of the governor, but was arrested at 333 Third Avenue.

WEAPON BUST AT UNION SQUARE
Police arrested 23-year-old Zaid Aftisse for possession of a weapon at the Union Square subway station last Thursday at 10:45 a.m. Aftisse allegedly left an Eighth Avenue-bound L train with a black metal clip attached to the front right side of his pants pocket. Upon further investigation, police found that it was a gravity knife.

PLAYGROUND SLEEPER ARRESTED
Police arrested 33-year-old Michael Crayton for violating New York State laws in Murphy’s Brothers playground at East 17th Street and Avenue C last Monday at 9 a.m. Crayton was allegedly lying down on a bench and sleeping inside the playground without the accompaniment of a child, in violation of park rules and regulations. A sign at the entrance of the park states that says adults must be accompanied by a child inside the park.

MAN ARRESTED FOR KICKING CAB
Twenty-four-year-old Abdoulaye Sow was arrested for criminal mischief in front of 230 Fifth Avenue last Saturday at 5:04 a.m. Sow got into an argument with passengers in a nearby cab and he allegedly kicked the cab forcefully a number of times, causing damage to the side of the car.

BUSTED ON BROADWAY FOR FAKE VERSACE
Police arrested 34-year-old Sanjay Nakarmi for forgery in front of 1201 Broadway last Tuesday at 7:29 a.m. Nakarmi was allegedly selling costume jewelry that had counterfeit trademarks for Versace.

Police looking for missing 15-year-old girl

ASIA BLOUNT

ASIA BLOUNT

The New York City Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance in locating a 15-year-old girl who was last seen on Friday, August 2, near Good Shepherd Services, a homeless shelter and organization for vulnerable youths on 337 East 17th Street.

The girl, Asia Blount, is described as black, 5 ft. 3 ins. and 120 lbs. On Friday, she was seen wearing a light blue shirt, blue pants and a black jacket.

Anyone with information in regards to this missing person is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477). The public can also submit tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website at www.nypdcrimestoppers.com or texting to 274637 (CRIMES), then enter TIP577. All call are strictly confidential.