Woman takes watches from victim at Gramercy Park Hotel

Oct11 GP Hotel larceny

Watch theft suspect

By Sabina Mollot

Police are looking for a woman believed to have stolen two designer watches valued at $70,000 from a victim who was staying at the Gramercy Park Hotel.

Police said the thief also took the victim’s wallet, containing credit cards from the room at the hotel, which is located at 2 Lexington Avenue between 21st and 22nd Streets. The two watches were Nautilus and Bell Ross.

The suspect is a blonde with tattoos on her right shoulder and arm.

Anyone with information is asked to call the NYPD Crimestoppers hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477).

Police Watch: Man charged in hit-and-run, ‘Bag snatcher’ arrested at Gramercy Park Hotel

Police arrested 40-year-old Robert Maltese for allegedly leaving the scene of an accident causing personal injury in front of 132 West 31st Street on a previous date. Police said that Maltese struck a 25-year-old woman with his car, causing an injury, then left the scene. Maltese was arrested last Tuesday at 10:45 a.m. inside the 13th Precinct.

Police arrested a teenager for weapons possession inside the Union Square subway station last Sunday at 8:58 p.m. Police said that the teen had strolled into a handful of businesses attempting to raise money for a fraudulent youth football team, then entered the subway station by jumping over the turnstile. When he was searched, police said that a knife was recovered from his backpack. Police said that the teen was not connected to the group wanted for committing robberies while soliciting donations for a fake local sports team.

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Women accused of stealing laptops, shoes from unconscious man in Kips Bay apartment

Facebook photo of Maxine Hansen

By Maria Rocha-Buschel

A woman who was arrested last year in the Gramercy Park Hotel for broadcasting a raucous party over Facebook live is in trouble again after she was charged with stealing from a man in an apartment on East 28th Street after he was allegedly drugged.

Maxine Hansen, 26, along with 33-year-old Sonja Monness and 31-year-old Morgan Romano, allegedly stole a number of items from the man while the four were inside the apartment of the victim’s sister on November 17.

According to the district attorney’s office, Hansen allegedly handed the victim a drink, after which he lost consciousness. Police said that when he woke up, he noticed that an iPhone, three MacBooks, a Microsoft laptop, three credit cards, three Louis Vuitton bags and two pairs of shoes valued at $22,500 had been taken from the apartment without permission.

Hansen appeared in tabloids multiple times last November and December after her arrest related to the Facebook live video, which showed multiple BB guns in the Gramercy Park Hotel room. Police said they found heroin, methamphetamines and other drugs at the party, along with six BB guns, and three other people were arrested.

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Second bar planned for Maialino

Maialino (Photo courtesy of the Gramercy Park Hotel)

Maialino (Photo courtesy of the Gramercy Park Hotel)

By Maria Rocha-Buschel

Danny Meyer is hoping to give his Gramercy Park restaurant Maialino a partial makeover with the addition of a bar.

General manager Andrea Czachor appeared before the Business Affairs and Street Activities committee for Community Board 6 last Thursday with the proposal, which will require the restaurant to alter its existing liquor license. The committee approved the request, although the community board’s role is only advisory and the change will have to be made official through the State Liquor Authority.

Czachor, who has been working in the restaurant since it opened at the Gramercy Park Hotel, said that the space where the bar will be going is already a counter but the restaurant previously used it for storage and to prepare food. Since the restaurant is no longer using the space for storage or food preparation, Czachor said that management decided to add five seats to the counter in order to convert it to a bar and serve alcohol directly to customers.

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Police Watch: Four busted for BB guns, Fight across from Stuy Town

A number of people posing on Facebook live with fake guns inside the Gramercy Park Hotel were arrested on Tuesday, The Daily News reported. Hotel staff received a complaint about a room in the hotel and when checking on the noise, someone inside reportedly threatened the worker. Hotel staff called the police and Emergency Service Unit officers broke down the door to the room. Four people were arrested and police recovered at least four BB guns.

Police arrested 56-year-old Russell Worthy and 66-year-old Robert Stewart for fighting at the corner of First Avenue and East 14th Street last Saturday at 11:46 a.m. Police said that Stewart’s wife got into an argument with a woman who she didn’t know on the sidewalk on the west side of First Avenue and Worthy reportedly stepped in to defend the woman. Worthy then got into an argument with Stewart, who allegedly picked up a handsaw belonging to a street vendor and hit the victim in the back of the head with it, causing a cut. Police said that Worthy also punched Stewart in the head, causing redness and pain. Worthy and Stewart were both charged with assault. The DA’s office said that the handsaw was recovered from the branches of a nearby tree.

Police arrested 23-year-old Tyriek Branch for forgery at the corner of Broadway and East 18th Street last Friday at 3:06 p.m. Police noticed that a car was parked illegally at the corner and when they scanned the vehicle for summonses, it revealed the car had a stolen vehicle alert. Branch was allegedly sitting inside the car in the passenger’s side and when police searched the vehicle, they found alleged fake credit cards that were possibly used in other thefts in connection with a grand larceny pattern. Police said that Branch was also in possession of five glassine envelopes of alleged pot and he was additionally charged with possession of marijuana.

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