Police Watch: Teen busted for robbery from taxi, Man nabbed for wallet-snatching

Police arrested a teenager for a robbery at the corner of East 27th Street and First Avenue on Thursday, July 4 at 9:11 p.m. A cab driver told police that the teen entered his green taxi through the front passenger door, attempting to punch the driver in the face, and proceeded to grab money from the victim’s front shirt pocket and his cell phone from the car before fleeing on foot. Police said that the teen used to live in the Administration for Children’s Services facility at 492 First Avenue but no longer resides there.

Police arrested 25-year-old Peter Cangelosi for an alleged theft from inside the Union Square subway station at Union Square East and East 14th Street on Tuesday, July 2 at 9:10 p.m. Police said that on June 17 around 11 a.m., Cangelosi allegedly asked for a MetroCard swipe into the station. After the victim swiped him into the subway, Cangelosi allegedly snatched the victim’s wallet from his hand and ran into the station. The victim told police that he chased Cangelosi but lost him inside the station. When the victim contacted his credit card company, he found that there had been multiple attempts to use his card.

Police said that the victim viewed a blind photo array on June 24 and identified Cangelosi as the person who grabbed his wallet and Cangelosi allegedly identified himself on surveillance video from the station. Cangelosi was charged with grand larceny and identity theft.

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Man wanted for package thefts, vandalism in Stuy Town

Package theft suspect (Photo courtesy of StuyTown Property Services)

By Maria Rocha-Buschel

In what seems to be an ongoing battle to stay a step ahead of local package thieves, a couple of buildings in Stuyvesant Town were hit recently by a man who management also believes is responsible for some graffiti.

StuyTown Property Services notified residents in an email this week that a man has been stealing packages and vandalizing apartment doors, most recently “piggybacking” into 649 East 14th Street on Monday. Packages were subsequently reported missing from the hallway and management believes that the man also vandalized a number of doors in 17 Stuyvesant Oval.

A resident confirmed to Town & Village last Friday that a delivery man had been running loose in the building, staying inside for 40 to 50 minutes last Wednesday, during which he drew penises on three apartment doors on two different floors and “trashed” the second floor, ripping open multiple packages, although it was unclear if anything was stolen from the boxes. The resident noted that the doors had been cleaned and repainted by Thursday.

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Man drawing swastikas and penises in different Manhattan buildings

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The suspect is being investigated by the Hate Crimes Task Force.

The suspect is being investigated by the Hate Crimes Task Force.

Police are looking for a man who’s been scrawling swastikas and penises on doors in apartment buildings in NoMad, Chelsea and Lower Manhattan.

Police said the man began his crude graffiti spree on Sunday, November 26 at 7:30 p.m. when he strolled into a residential building on Madison Avenue and East 29th Street, went to the 48th floor and drew a swastika on two of the doors and a penis on another door. He added the tag “Max G was here” on another door.

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Police Watch: Officer assaulted in Kips Bay, Bike ‘thief’ busted for stolen credit cards

Police arrested 39-year-old Kevin Legenza after he allegedly punched a cop in front of 124 East 28th Street last Friday at 3:13 a.m.
Police said that Legenza was sitting down on the hood of an operating vehicle in front of the location and refused to move. Police officers at the scene asked him to move several times and he allegedly refused. Police said that they told him he was blocking traffic and would be issued a summons if he didn’t move. Legenza then allegedly tried to stop the officer from doing this by pushing him and attempting to walk away. Police said that they attempted to arrest the suspect but he allegedly flailed his arms and actively resisted being restrained, so officers brought him to the ground. This is when Legenza allegedly fell on top of one of the officers and also punched the officer in the face multiple times.
An attorney for Legenza did not respond to a request for comment.

Police arrested 26-year-old Benjamin Marcial for petit larceny and possession of stolen property last Friday at 2:11 p.m. at the corner of East 20th Street and the FDR Drive. Police said that Marcial took a bicycle from the sidewalk without permission and allegedly attempted to put the stolen bike in a taxi to flee the scene.
While Marcial was in custody after being arrested for stealing the bike, police said that he was found to be in possession of stolen credit cards. Police said that the credit cards had been swiped from a Blink Fitness location in the 9th precinct.

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Police Watch: Men wanted for fur theft, Assault at deli on Lex.

Police arrested 32-year-old Jarrick Sinclair for an unclassified felony and for being a fugitive from another state inside the 30th Street Men’s Shelter at 400 East 30th Street last Wednesday at 8:30 a.m. Police said that Sinclair was wanted by the state of Missouri and there was a warrant from the county of St. Louis from March 6.

Cops are asking for the public’s assistance in identifying three suspects wanted for burglary within the confines of the 13th Precinct.
On Monday, November 16 at 3:49 a.m. inside of Henry Cowit/Madison Avenue Furs at 118 West 27th Street, three unknown suspects got into the business by throwing a brick through a glass front door. Once inside, the suspects stole 30 fur coats with a total value of about $25,000. The suspects fled in a black four-door sedan.
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 TIP577 to 274637 (CRIMES). All calls are kept strictly confidential.

Police arrested 36-year-old Abdul Alim for assault inside New York Deli and Grocery at 71 Lexington Avenue (at East 26th Street) on Christmas Day at 11:34 p.m. The victim told police that she walked into the deli when Alim, who she didn’t know, allegedly approached her and hit her in the face with a soda can. Police said that he then grabbed a black broom and struck her in the face multiple times with it. The victim called police and held Alim there, and she told police that he said he had been drinking and was drunk. The victim, who was taken to Lenox Hill Healthplex, sustained a swollen lip and stitches on the left side of her nose.

Police arrested 29-year-old Josiah Wall for graffiti and criminal mischief in front of Press, a sandwich shop, at 34 East 23rd Street on Christmas Day. Police said that Wall was seen at 9:16 p.m. making graffiti on a public sign and light pole that was a sketch of a man with glasses and the word “Vote” in red, white and blue.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Former precinct stationhouse becomes gallery for graffiti writers

A former police precinct stationhouse located at 327 East 22nd Street became home to an exhibit of graffiti and street art that opened last Thursday. Fifty artists participated in the show, which will be open again this weekend. (Photo by Jowy Romano.)

A former police precinct stationhouse located at 327 East 22nd Street became home to an exhibit of graffiti and street art that opened last Thursday. Fifty artists participated in the show, which will be open again this weekend. (Work by Pesu/Photo by Jowy Romano.)

By Maria Rocha-Buschel

A former police precinct is probably the last place one would expect to find rooms plastered in graffiti and street art, but one local organization took to the walls of the former 21st Precinct at 327 East 22nd Street and covered the space in art.

Art collective Outlaw Arts collaborated with a group of about 50 graffiti writers and street artists who have been tagging, spraying and wheatpasting inside the four floors of the building for the previous three weeks.

Curated by Rob Aloia of Outlaw Arts and street art publication VNA Mag, the show features work from Elle, Pixote, RAE, Smells, Ghost, RAMBO, Sheryo and The Yok, Lexi Bella, Esteban del Valle, Li Hill, Vexta, Never, Mr. Toll, Faust and others. The work debuted in a private opening last Thursday and was open to the public on both days last weekend.

According to New York-based blog Daytonian in Manhattan, the East 22nd Street building was the former home of the neighborhood’s police precinct in the late 1800s before the area was renumbered the 13th and moved to East 21st Street. It has, until recently, functioned as a foster care group residence for LGBTQ young people.

The building’s current developer, Suzuki Capital, is planning to demolish the building at the end of the month but in the meantime, allowed the artists to freely decorate the walls, like an indoor version of Five Points. Unfortunately, as is also the case with Five Points, the art will soon be gone when the building is torn down to make way for more luxury condos.

The exhibit will be open one final weekend, August 30 to 31, from 1 to 6 p.m. both days.

Click through for more photos from the exhibit. (All photos by Jowy Romano.)

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