Woman arrested in connection with fatal butt injection on East 21st Street

Aug3 Fatal butt injection


By Sabina Mollot 

Police have arrested a Queens woman believed to have been involved in the death of a woman who received a fatal cosmetic butt injection last summer in an unmarked building near Peter Cooper Village.

Allison Spence, 44, has been arrested on charges of manslaughter and unauthorized practice of profession for the injection. Spence, who police said turned herself in, allegedly acted as a nurse during the procedure, for which the suspected doctor has still not been arrested. Police said they have identified the man but haven’t disclosed his name. That man is not a real doctor, according to a story in CBS New York, but police told Town & Village they couldn’t confirm that at this time.

The procedure was performed at a third floor apartment at 319 East 21st Street, between First and Second Avenues on July 15. Later police were summoned in response to Bynum complaining of dizziness and chest pains. She was taken to St. Luke’s Hospital, but 12 days later was taken off life support after being pronounced brain dead.

The medical examiner has deemed the death of 31-year-old mother Latesha Bynum, a Harlem resident, a homicide.

A lawyer for Bynum’s family told CBS New York the doctor is a phony who used a Dunkin Donuts as his waiting room, and that a fake nurse greeted her. The attorney also said the doctor had a pattern of injecting unsuspecting women with “silicone poison into his patients’ buttocks and/or thighs.”

Meanwhile, Spence’s sister told the Daily News her sister denied giving any injection, saying she only prepped the patient by massaging her muscles.


Police Watch: Man arrested for BB gun, Senior busted for groping

Police arrested 29-year-old Kastriot Lajqi after he allegedly pulled a BB gun on someone he was arguing with over a parking spot and indicated he was cop.
Police said last Sunday at 11 p.m. when Lajqi and the victim were arguing in front of 200 Park Avenue South, Lajqi reached over behind the passenger’s seat of his car and took out a BB gun. He then allegedly pointed it at the victim while saying, “I will blow your f—king head off.” Police said that Lajqi also retrieved a baseball cap with the letters “NYPD” and an NYPD patch on it and he allegedly said, “You see this, don’t f—k with me.” Police said he then fled north on Park Avenue South but was arrested soon after.
Police confirmed that Lajqi is not a member of the NYPD.
He was charged with alleged impersonation of a police officer and menacing.

Police arrested 85-year-old Zhen Huang for sexual abuse in front of 4 Perlman Place last Monday at 7:20 a.m. The victim told police that she was walking outside as she and Huang crossed paths. When he walked by her, he allegedly grabbed the victim’s upper thigh for no legitimate purpose.

Police arrested 32-year-old Roberto Vasquez for robbery in front of the Children’s Rescue Fund at 4 East 28th Street last Tuesday at 5:25 a.m. Vasquez allegedly robbed the victim at gunpoint, then fled with the cash. Vasquez was also charged with weapons possession and possession of stolen property, although a gun was not recovered from the scene.

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Gramercy restaurant Sal Anthony’s returns after closing a decade ago

Anthony Macagnone (center, outside his restaurant) with his wife Cynthia Graham and Macagnone’s son, who is also named Anthony (Photo by Maria Rocha-Buschel)

By Maria Rocha-Buschel

Ten years after Sal Anthony’s closed on Irving Place, the Italian restaurant has come back to the neighborhood, although owner Anthony Macagnone insists he hasn’t really been gone this whole time. Aside from living adjacent to the old restaurant on East 17th Street, Macagnone and his wife, Cynthia Graham, have been running a movement studio on Third Avenue for the last 18 years, but the new space on Third Avenue at East 19th Street marks the first Sal Anthony’s restaurant in the immediate Gramercy Park area in a decade.

The spot on Irving Place expanded over the 40 years the restaurant was open and although the new space on Third Avenue is only a fraction of the size, Macagnone said that he has a much better relationship with his current landlord than with the owner of the building on Irving Place.

Macagnone was forced to close the previous restaurant due to a long court battle over rent but he said that he has been drawn to this neighborhood because of a sense of community.

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Police Watch: Bus driver accused of slapping special needs child, Slashing at Boxers

Police arrested 55-year-old Lucien Magliore for assault and endangering the welfare of a child in front of 10 Waterside Plaza last Tuesday at 9:08 a.m. Police said that Magliore, a bus driver, caused physical injury to one of the students who was on his bus while attempting to restrain him. Police said that the victim was a 10-year-old special needs child who was acting out on the bus. According to the District Attorney’s office, Magliore slapped the victim on the back, causing substantial pain, redness and a handprint on the child’s upper back.

Police arrested 25-year-old Tevin Gingles for slashing two people inside Boxers NYC, a gay sports bar, at 37 West 20th Street.
One of the victims told police that on March 26 at 2 a.m. he was trying to breaking up a fight at the bar that involved his friend. That’s when Gingles allegedly slashed him in the shoulder with a box cutter, causing a puncture wound.
Gingles also allegedly slashed another victim on the right hand, causing a deep cut.
Following the incident, the first victim got into a cab and went to Harlem Hospital, where he received 16 stitches. The second victim received five stitches for the cut on his hand.
Gingles was arrested inside the 13th Precinct last Wednesday at 9 p.m. and was charged with assault and criminal possession of a weapon.

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Police Watch: Man arrested for failed mugging, ‘Grinder’ busted in Union Square

Police arrested 51-year-old Kenneth Brwon for attempted robbery after, they said, he tried to snatch a woman’s purse and canvas shopping bags from her shoulder.
According to the district attorney, while at the corner of Park Avenue South and East 23rd Street last Sunday at 1 a.m., Brwon continued to pull on the victim’s bags even when multiple passersby intervened, and even when the victim struggled to get away by getting into a taxi.
When it was clear he wasn’t going to get the woman’s belongings, he allegedly attempted to flee but was arrested soon after.

Police arrested 24-year-old Kavon Morgan for sexual abuse at East 14th Street and Union Square East last Thursday at 7:30 a.m. Police said that Morgan used his sweatshirt to hide his erection and proceeded to thrust his hips and rub his groin area against the victim’s buttocks multiple times.

Thirty-year-old Josh Lewis was arrested for possession of a controlled substance in front of 38 Gramercy Park East last Friday at 7:09 p.m. Police said that Lewis snorted cocaine from his right hand while on the sidewalk, and alleged cocaine was recovered from his pockets when he was searched.

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Gramercy Park community activist Herbert Rosenfield dies


Herbert Rosenfield

By Sabina Mollot

On July 20, Herbert Rosenfield, a longtime Gramercy Park resident and community activist — also an original resident of Peter Cooper and World War II veteran — died at the age of 97.

His passing, which came just 16 days away from his next birthday, was due to diabetes as well as kidney disease, which he was diagnosed with in June. His funeral was held last Monday.

Rosenfield, who lived in Gramercy Park since 1950 (after a two-year stint in the newly opened Peter Cooper), was throughout his life involved in the community, focusing on quality of life issues through neighborhood organizations like the Block Association.

His daughter, Patricia Rosenfield, told Town & Village that when her father and mother, Audrey Priest Rosenfield, moved into the community, “They were the youngest residents at the time.” Feeling there was a serious problem in the neighborhood of people not cleaning up after their dogs, Rosenfield, along with the rector of Calvary Church at that time organized the first community park cleanup event. Patricia also said Rosenfield was active in pushing for what would become the Pooper Scooper Law.

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Sex offender busted at 30th St. shelter, man stopped from stealing ice cream bites into officer



Police arrested 25-year-old Dashawn Johnson inside the 30th Street Men’s Shelter at 400 East 30th Street last Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. for an unclassified felony after he failed to register a change of address with the sex offender monitoring unit. Police said that Johnson is a level 2 sex offender after being convicted of sexual abuse in the first degree on March 6, 2007. After he was notified of his duties in 2010 and 2015, he allegedly failed to notify authorities of a change of address within 10 days as required by law. Police said that Johnson has a previous conviction for failure to register on April 25, 2016 in Kings County.



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Q train suspect

Police are looking for a man who allegedly pulled a knife on fellow straphangers on the Q train and waved it around in a threatening manner last Thursday. A 49-year-old woman told police that while she was riding a downtown Q from Union Square at 9:05 a.m. when she saw the man waving a knife and making threats to passengers. The man left the train at Canal Street and fled in an unknown direction. The suspect is described as a 30-year-old black man, 6’0″ tall, 180 lbs. with a bald head and dark complexion. He was last seen wearing a red shirt, gray jogging pants and black sneakers.


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 kept strictly confidential.


Thirty-year-old Thomas McKnight was arrested for robbery last Friday after trying to make off with some ice cream from the Duane Reade at 777 Sixth Avenue. Police said that McKnight took ice cream out of the freezer and put it into his shorts without paying for it. When he passed the register and attempted to leave the store, a loss prevention officer attempted to stop him, at which point McKnight allegedly punched the officer in the face, causing swelling and a scratch to his cheek. Police said that McKnight also bit the officer on the arm, causing a red mark, and allegedly stomped on the officer’s cell phone, causing it to break. McKnight was also charged with petit larceny, criminal mischief and possession of stolen property.



Police arrested 32-year-old Joshua Hernandez for reckless endangerment and possession of fireworks on Independence Day last Monday at 10:05 p.m. inside 275 First Avenue. Police were conducting a floor-by-floor search at the building across from Stuyvesant Town because lit fireworks had been thrown onto the street and in one instance hit a passerby. Hernandez was allegedly on the building’s rooftop with a belt of fireworks and a green torch lighter. Police said he was also allegedly in possession of additional fireworks that were in his pants pocket and a transparent bag containing additional fireworks was found behind him.


Police arrested 22-year-old Shaquille King and a teenager for petit larceny in front of the Senton Hotel at 39 West 27th Street on Independence Day last Monday at 6:26 a.m. King and the teen allegedly entered the front passenger’s side and on the back driver’s side of a car. Police said that the car was unlocked but the doors were closed. The victim said he wasn’t sure if property was taken from the car, but King and the teen allegedly went into another car on the driver’s side and passenger’s side. Police said that a witness has video of the incident and saw the car break-in happen. King and the teen allegedly fled east on 27th Street before they were arrested. The teen’s name is being withheld due to his age.


Police arrested 26-year-old Jonathan Kwok inside the 13th Precinct last Tuesday at 10:45 a.m. for leaving the scene of an accident causing personal injury. Police said that Kwok hit the victim with his cab at West 21st and Sixth Avenue on May 21, causing pain to the victim’s hip and leg. Kwok allegedly drove off before police arrived at the scene.


Police arrested 41-year-old Valencia Parrish for petit larceny inside the Duane Reade at 401 Park Avenue South last Wednesday at 11:07 a.m. The store manager told police that he noticed Parrish’s cash register was short on June 15 at the end of her shift and subsequently realized that her register had been short on other shifts of hers as well. He started watching her on video surveillance last Tuesday. Around 8:44 a.m. that day, he saw Parrish receive payment for store items and she allegedly kept the cash in her right hand while giving the customer change. After the customer left the store, Parrish allegedly put the money inside her shirt near her neck. The manager said that Parrish could be seen on video surveillance taking cash on a number of different occasions.



Police arrested 32-year-old Brian Miller for criminal mischief and criminal trespass in front of 15 East 21st Street last Wednesday at 2:28 p.m. The building manager of 15 East 21st Street told police that he went to check on an apartment in the building that is currently vacant and Miller was allegedly inside the apartment without permission. Police said that Miller fled out of an apartment window down the fire escape and was stopped down the block. The building manager said that there was also damage to a ladder that was inside the apartment.



Police arrested 35-year-old Dustin Robinson inside L&W Oyster Co. at 254 Fifth Avenue last Tuesday at 5:07 p.m. for petit larceny and possession of stolen property. Robinson allegedly took money from the victim’s bag that was inside the location. The victim said that he put a camera in the office because money had gone missing after Robinson was hired the previous Saturday.



Police arrested 23-year-old Ayanna Hull for assault and harassment at the corner of Union Square East and East 14th Street last Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. Hull allegedly punched and scratched the victim, causing bruising and cuts to her neck and chest. Police said that the argument was the result of a dispute over a backpack.


Police arrested 37-year-old Nathan Pickett for allegedly swiping multiple paintings from the WeWork office at 115 West 18th Street. Police said that Pickett entered the location last Thursday at 10:03 a.m. using his passcard on his day off.

Gramercy Park community activist Audrey Sisson Kasha dies at 88

A public memorial service will be held for Audrey Sisson Kasha on Thursday, June 30.

A public memorial service will be held for Audrey Sisson Kasha on Thursday, June 30.

By Sabina Mollot

Gramercy Park resident Audrey Sisson Kasha, 88, died on June 12, a month after suffering a severe stroke.

Kasha was for many years involved in her community, having been the one to suggest the formation of the Gramercy Park Block Association in 1993.

This was after another resident, Tim Harrison, was beaten by a roving gang on the street. The association, run by Tim’s mother Arlene Harrison, was formed the next year and has remained devoted to local safety and quality of life ever since. Meanwhile, Kasha also served as one Gramercy Park’s trustees, including for some time as its counsel.

Arlene Harrison said she’ll remember Kasha for her dedication and her skills as a writer and editor for much of the trustees’ and block association’s literature.

“Just when we thought our writing was in perfect shape for Audrey to review, she would find at least 15 errors,” Harrison said.

She was also a founding member of the Tilden Democratic Club, which she was very active in, both in going to meetings and petitioning.

Until her retirement over 25 years ago, Kasha, a resident of 60 Gramercy Park North, served as chief of staff for the now-deceased Democratic Assemblyman William Passanante, who represented the Greenwich Village area.

Harrison noted that Kasha was often referred to as Passanante’s “brains” by the Assemblymember himself and that they remained good friends for decades.

Kasha was also known for throwing dinner parties, where guests raved over her cooking, and for being an avid church-goer at Calvary. She also met frequently with a group of people, who, like her, had involvement in politics, called The Schleppers.

Kasha had a grown son, Matthew, who worked in the music industry, and died in 2005. She is also predeceased by her sisters Gloria and Maxine. Kasha has one remaining sibling, her brother Peter Kasha, whose five-year-old son Ethan and wife Zena Kasha was very close with.

She was buried last week in Warwick, New Jersey with a small service for family members. On June 30 at 6 p.m., there will be a public memorial service held at Calvary Church, located at 277 Park Avenue South and 21st Street. Reverend Jacob Smith will be officiating.

Police Watch: Man arrested for Campos Plaza ‘murder,’ Stabbing outside W Hotel

Police arrested 23-year-old Campos Plaza resident Theodore Holloway for murder on Wednesday. Police said that Holloway shot Elliot Caldwell, 23, last Thursday around 10:44 p.m. in front of 635 East 12th Street near Avenue C. When police arrived, they found Caldwell, unconscious and unresponsive, with a gunshot wound in his back. A EMS team took him to Bellevue, but he couldn’t be saved. Local blog EV Grieve reported that Caldwell grew up in Campos Plaza and would frequently come back to visit.

Thirty-year-old Francisco De La Rosa was arrested for assault and weapons possession in front of 201 Park Avenue South last Wednesday at 6:05 a.m. De La Rosa allegedly stabbed the victim in the hand and stomach with a gravity knife because of an argument they were having. Police said that the victim had a cut on his right middle finger and the right side of his stomach. When police searched him, they found that De La Rosa was in possession of a gravity knife. The victim was transported to Bellevue and police said that surveillance video is available from the hotel.

Police arrested 56-year-old Diane Connif for grand larceny last Monday at 5:35 p.m. inside the 13th Precinct. Police said that Connif, who was hired by the victims to clean and take care of their apartment, swiped jewelry and other items from their home at 32 Gramercy Park South. According to the District Attorney’s office, Connif entered the apartment on March 20 to clean and the victims said that when they got home later that day, they noticed that a Social Security check and other mail was missing. The victims said that jewelry was also missing from the bedroom. Police said that Conniff admitted that on a date between February 29 and March 20, she took a checkbook, a Social Security check and valuable jewelry, but claimed she took the items to keep safe for them. The DA’s office said that the jewelry was valued over $50,000. Police said that both victims are senior citizens over the age of 85.

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Snapping the snowstorm: Gramercy Park in pictures

Making the best of a weekend of being snowed in, numerous residents of Gramercy Park headed outside, cameras in tow, to capture the blizzard’s beauty as well as the opportunity to enjoy the snow with their families. The neighbor photo project was organized by Arlene Harrison, president of the Gramercy Park Block Association. Here are just some of the photos. The rest (over 100) can be seen on Harrison’s Flickr.

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Teens busted for armed ‘robberies’ near Stuy Town and in Gramercy Park

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Robbery suspects (via NYPD)

By Maria Rocha-Buschel

Police arrested three teenagers for multiple armed robberies throughout Manhattan last Wednesday, with one incident taking place on East 20th Street near Stuyvesant Town and another along Gramercy Park North within the last month.

In post-Miranda statements, the 14 and 15-year-olds who were arrested told police that they had committed two to three robberies each night multiple times when they came into Manhattan from Brooklyn in an SUV allegedly driven by 18-year-old Daniel Jean-Louis, who was also arrested in connections with the robberies last Wednesday.

According to the District Attorney’s office, the two younger teens mugged one victim on November 7 at around 1 a.m. near 346 East 20th Street, west of First Avenue. The victim told police that one of the teens hit him from behind while reaching into the victim’s pocket to swipe his cell phone and ID. Police said that the victim suffered injuries to his face, hands, elbow and knee from running after the two suspects.

Police said that the 14 and 15-year-olds held up a woman at gunpoint in front of 45 Gramercy Park North last Sunday at 2:28 a.m., mugging her and her friend.

In one incident in Chelsea near 331 West 21st Street on November 7, one of the teens simulated a gun and stole a victim’s wallet around 2 a.m. In another incident in Chelsea on November 15, the 14 and 15-year-olds approached a man at 1:40 a.m. in front of 439 West 22nd Street and threatened a man with a silver-toned gun. A third incident in Chelsea took place in front of 416 West 20th Street last Sunday at 2:30 a.m. when the two younger teens pointed a silver handgun at the victim and demanded her property. The victim told police that she asked for help from a person who was parked in a white SUV nearby and he told her to get away from the car. The 15-year-old who was arrested later told police that it was Jean-Louis who told the victim to move.

Police said that the two younger suspects were seen on surveillance footage from the McDonald’s on Park Avenue South using stolen credit cards to buy food after robberies on both November 7 and November 15.

Police said that the 14-year-old also ordered items off of Nike.com using his own address, his mother’s cell phone number and the stolen credit card number of a card he stole last Sunday.

Jean-Louis, of East 29th Street in Brooklyn, was charged with nine counts of robbery, while the younger teens were each charged with five counts.

Stuy Town author delves into history of Gramercy Park and Union Square


Alfred Pommer in Gramercy Park (Photo by Sabina Mollot)

Alfred Pommer in Gramercy Park (Photo by Sabina Mollot)

By Sabina Mollot

Stuyvesant Town resident Alfred Pommer, who’s been leading historical walking tours of various Manhattan neighborhoods for over 25 years, has released a new book about two neighborhoods with particularly rich but different histories — Gramercy Park and Union Square. Pommer’s wife Joyce is the co-author of the book, Exploring Gramercy Park and Union Square ($22, paperpack, The History Press), which was released on October 26.

Together, the couple has also written another book, Exploring Manhattan’s Murray Hill, and Pommer has previously written two other neighborhood history books, Exploring New York’s SoHo and Exploring the Original West Village.

On his latest venture, Pommer said he had initially pitched the idea to his publisher of writing only about Gramercy Park, but was then asked to throw the adjacent neighborhood into the mix.

“I said sure,” said Pommer, who was intrigued by the idea of side-by-side profiles of a neighborhood known for its exclusivity as well as one known for being the pulpit of the masses.

“You have two different neighborhoods in Manhattan that have distinctively different heritages,” he said. “Union Square represents the working class, the common people, while Gramercy Park is much more elite and wealthy, and like many neighborhoods in Manhattan, they’re a block apart.”

The book delves into the past of each community, with Gramercy Park always having been known for its wealthy residents but also those who were creatively gifted.

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Police Watch: sex abuser sentenced, East 24th Street ‘burglar’ busted

Last Friday, Jonquel Jones, 27, was sentenced to 16 years in state prison and 25 years of post-release supervision for sexually assaulting a stranger and a young girl in two separate incidents in 2013. On May 28, Jones pleaded guilty in New York State Supreme Court to rape and sexual abuse, both in the first degree.
According to his guilty plea and documents filed in court, at around 11 p.m. on September 5, 2013, Jones approached a tourist on the L train in Manhattan. The 22-year-old woman had become separated from her friend and was asking other passengers for directions to Brooklyn, where she was staying at the friend’s apartment. Jones told the victim that he would help her hail a cab to Brooklyn if they got off the next stop together. Once outside, he led her to an isolated area on East 10th Street near the FDR. There, he threatened her with a knife and raped her. Following the attack, the victim returned to Brooklyn and told her friend, who took her to the hospital A DNA profile from the woman’s rape kit was uploaded to the New York State DNA Databank, where it matched the defendant’s DNA profile from a previous felony conviction.
A month later on October 5, Jones invited a 12-year-old girl who lived in the same East Village building as he and his then-girlfriend to come over to their apartment. He forced her to undress and change into different clothes while he watched. He then forcibly kissed her. The girl reported the incident to her mother, who contacted police.

Police arrested 22-year-old James Ghent for criminal trespass inside 32 Gramercy Park South last Saturday at 1:15 a.m. Ghent allegedly entered the victim’s apartment without permission and remained there unlawfully, although nothing was stolen. Police did not have any information about how Ghent entered the apartment.

Police arrested 28-year-old Sharif McMillan for burglary and possession of stolen property last Monday at 1:30 p.m. inside the 13th Precinct. McMillan allegedly stole a 37-inch flat screen TV, an HP laptop and an iPod from an apartment on East 24th Street at an earlier date. Police said that his fingerprints were recovered from the victim’s apartment, that he doesn’t know the victim and he had no business being inside the apartment.

Fifty-year-old Regulo Rodriguez was arrested for grand larceny inside Duggal Visual Solutions at 29 West 23rd Street last Monday at 5:22 p.m. Rodriguez’s boss told police that he had been stealing printing materials and resources for his own personal use. Rodriguez allegedly printed a total of four pieces at the store, totaling $1,760. Police said that the suspect also asked a witness, who also works for the company in the packing department, to pack those four items into boxes to ship the pieces out and the witness refused. The employee then told the CEO of the company, who called police to the scene.

Police arrested 54-year-old Phillip Mellor for grand larceny and possession of stolen property at the corner of East 14th Street and Union Square East last Tuesday at 12:49 p.m. The victim told police that he had left his bag on the grass inside the park and when he went to retrieve it, he noticed that the bag, which contained his iPad, was missing. The victim said that he saw Mellor on a park bench with the victim’s bag in his possession. When he approached Mellor, he allegedly told the victim, “It’s mine because I found it.”

Police arrested 22-year-old Adriana Mondragon-Cazares and 29-year-old Yutlerlay Vivas for prostitution in front of 138 East 30th Street last Tuesday at 7 p.m. Mondragon-Cazares and Vivas allegedly agreed to have sex with undercover officers in exchange for $200.

Police arrested 43-year-old Christopher Brennan inside the IHOP at 235 East 14th Street for theft of services last Wednesday at 9:43 a.m. A server at the restaurant told police that Brennan went into the restaurant and ordered food and when he handed the waiter a credit card to pay for the meal, the card was declined. Brennan allegedly had no other way to pay for the food and when police searched him, they found that he was allegedly in possession of a stolen credit card, which they said he had attempted to use to pay for the meal.

Police arrested Misael Gonzalez, 41, in front of 10 East 18th Street for possession of burglar’s tools last Tuesday at 2:20 p.m. Gonzalez was allegedly casing a commercial truck at the northeast corner of East 18th Street and Fifth Avenue. Police said he then unlatched the back roll-down gate, looked around the cargo area inside the truck, closed the gate and then attempted to flee east on East 18th Street. He was allegedly in possession of one great neck ratchet, a (regular) ratchet, bolt cutters, a vice grip, a screwdriver and a pair of work gloves.

Police arrested 46-year-old Alexander Ivanenko for robbery in front of 388 Third Avenue last Tuesday at 10:45 p.m. Ivanenko allegedly snatched cash from the victim using physical force and after searching the area, he was identified and the money was recovered.

Police arrested 36-year-old Dennis Finn for computer tampering and trespassing inside 115 Fifth Avenue at 19th Street last Thursday at 12:25 p.m. While working for the company, Finn allegedly used a store computer to make unauthorized returns for cash without the authority to do so. Police said that there were 17 fraudulent transactions on 12 dates for a total of $2,252.31. The address is home to Victoria’s Secret as well as a Madewell clothing shop.

Keith Ruffin, 51, was arrested for forgery inside the Peter Stuyvesant Post Office at 335 East 14th Street last Thursday at 2:06 p.m. Police said that Ruffin entered the post office and allegedly passed a clerk a fraudulent money order.

Twenty-year-old Caleb Beneche was arrested for aggravated harassment at the 13th Precinct last Thursday. The victim is a case planner for Administration of Children’s Services and told police that Beneche is her client. Beneche has allegedly been calling her even after she told him to stop, and police said that he has been calling and texting her personal cell phone. Beneche allegedly said that he would show up at her office and “make them all sorry” and that he would “show them.” The victim told police that Beneche has violent tendencies and she fears for her safety.

Nineteen-year-old Mateo Palacio was arrested for criminal mischief inside Ben & Jack’s Steakhouse at 255 Fifth Avenue last Thursday at 6:27 p.m. Police said that Palacio intentionally damaged property at the location by throwing plates to the ground and allegedly damaged one of the victim’s cars by using his necklace to scratch the driver’s side door.

Police arrested 27-year-old Angelo Miller for menacing in front of the Basics Plus store at 194 Third Avenue last Friday. Police said that Miller got into a fight with someone over money at around 5:20 p.m. The victim told police that Miller claimed the victim owed him $10 and then allegedly said, “If you don’t get up and start asking for money I’m going to kick you or cut you in the throat.” Police said he also threw a closed hypodermic needle at the victim, though it didn’t cause any injury.

Police arrested 58-year-old Charles Staton for an unclassified misdemeanor in front of 155 East 23rd Street last Tuesday at 5:40 p.m. Police said that Staton was trying to sell three toys without a valid Department of Consumer Affairs license.

UPDATED: Man tries to rape woman in her Stuyvesant Town building

Surveillance photos of suspect

Surveillance photos of suspect

By Sabina Mollot

Police are on the lookout for a man who tried to rape a woman on Saturday. Police reported the neighborhood, but not the address as Gramercy. However, according to the ST-PCV Tenants Association, the incident occurred in Stuyvesant Town at 245 Avenue C.

Cops said it was around 3:30 a.m., when a man followed the victim into her apartment building and tried to rape her in the vestibule. The 25-year-old woman was able to fight off the suspect and get away.

She refused medical attention on scene, police said.

The suspect is described as black, 5’8″ tall, weighing 170 pounds wearing blue jeans, white sneakers and a dark jacket with the Adidas symbol on the back and with the word Adidas in large lettering on the hood.

Police managed to get some surveillance photos of the suspect breezing into the woman’s building.

Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 800-577-TIPS or submit their tips online at nypdcrimstoppers.com or text their tips to 274637(CRIMES) then enter TIP577.

Town & Village reached out to the NYPD’s Deputy Commissioner of Public Information to ask why crimes occurring in Stuyvesant Town have at times been referred to as “Gramercy” and haven’t included an address.

A spokesperson said he could only speculate that this was how the information was provided by the victims or the detectives working on the case. This case is being handled by the Special Victims Squad. However, he also noted that in this case, Stuyvesant Town was withheld because it’s the address of the victim of a sex crime. “We don’t mention the address of the victim, especially the victim of a sex crime,” he said, adding, “Stuyvesant Town is in the Gramercy section of Manhattan.”

When told that the withholding of this information has led some residents of the community to wonder if it’s being done as a favor for Stuy Town management, lest the place look bad to potential renters, the spokesperson denied this. “It’s without any malicious intent, I can guarantee you that,” he said.

This post has been updated to add information from the ST-PCV Tenants Association and the DCPI.

Police Watch: Mother arrested for ‘orchestrating’ fight, Woman arrested for bus stop ‘assault’

Kiana Johnson, 34, was arrested for reckless endangerment and assault in front of 117 East 14th Street last Monday at 11:08 a.m. Police said that Johnson orchestrated a fight between her daughter and her friends as well as the victim. Johnson can allegedly be seen on video stating, “You better hit this b—- before I do.” Police said that Johnson also had her daughter and her friends jump the victim and kick the girl while she was on the ground.

Twenty-year-old Brendon Alleyne was arrested for robbery and weapons possession near the National Arts Club in front of 14 Gramercy Park South last Tuesday at 11 p.m. Alleyne allegedly approached the victim from behind while holding an object in his right hand. When he saw a police officer nearby, he allegedly put the object into his right pants pocket and backed into a dark shaded area. Upon further investigation, police said that Alleyne was in possession of a knife. No injuries were reported.

Police arrested 56-year-old Derrick Barnett for intoxicated driving, being an unlicensed operator and impaired driving last Sunday at 7:41 a.m. at the corner of Second Avenue and East 23rd Street. Police said that Barnett was driving the car and was behind the wheel when he accidentally hit another vehicle.
When police approached his vehicle, they could smell a very strong odor of alcohol on Barnett’s breath. He also allegedly had watery, bloodshot eyes, slurred speech and was unsteady on his feet. Police said that he was uncooperative and unable to follow simple instructions. He allegedly blew .140 on a Breathalyzer.
Police said that further investigation showed that Barnett didn’t have a license to drive and had a prior DWI conviction. He was also charged with unlicensed operation of a vehicle.

Police arrested 58-year-old Mans Rezaeilipaei at the FDR and East 25th Street last Thursday at 9:28 a.m. for being an “aggravated unlicensed operator.” Police said that he has been arrested multiple times for driving without a license and the most recent charge is a felony.
Rezaeilipaei was allegedly involved in a motor vehicle accident in the southbound right lane. When police arrived, Rezaeilipaei was in the car with the keys in the ignition and the engine running. Police said that Rezaeilipaei is also diabetic. His blood sugar was 34 and he was close to losing consciousness while police were at the scene.

Karen Parr, 52, was arrested for assault at the corner of Fifth Avenue and West 23rd Street last Wednesday at 2:33 p.m. The victim told police that she was sitting at the M23 bus stop when Parr came up to her and asked if she could have her seat. The victim gave Parr the seat but then Parr accused her of kicking her repeatedly in the leg. Parr then allegedly jumped up and grabbed the victim’s wrist, telling her to stop kicking her and leaving fingernail scratches on her wrist. Police said that Parr had no visible injuries on her leg and there were no other arrests in connection with the incident.

Twenty-year-old Canseco Steven and a teenager were arrested last Thursday at 1 p.m. for burglary, criminal mischief, possession of stolen property and criminal trespass. Police said that Steven and the teenager entered the Choza Taqueria at 66 Madison Avenue and stole $860 in cash. They also allegedly damaged $3,000 worth of food. The teenager’s name is being withheld due to his age.

Police arrested 32-year-old Bernard Castillo for assault of a peace officer at Union Square West and East 14th Street last Friday at 5:38 p.m. Two officers approached Castillo to issue him a citation for having an open container of alcohol in the park and police said that he began to walk away.
When one of the officers grabbed him to stop him from walking away, Castillo allegedly threw a punch at the officer and began fighting with the officer by punching and kicking at him. Police said that Castillo also kept trying to pull away while they were attempting to handcuff him. He was also charged with resisting arrest and disorderly conduct.

Police arrested 65-year-old Steven Robinson for assault of a peace officer in front of Mount Sinai Beth Israel at 10 Union Square East last Tuesday at 5:50 p.m. Police said that the victim was an on-duty EMT and was helping Robinson into the ambulance when he hit her in the face, causing pain and scratches on her neck that started bleeding.

Police arrested 28-year-old William Ryan for theft of services last Tuesday at 4:05 p.m. Police said that Ryan had previously gone to County Restaurant at 34 East 20th Street with other people who weren’t arrested, ordered food and left without paying.

Police arrested 29-year-old Gulchera Sheralshoeva for grand larceny and forgery last Wednesday at 8:15 a.m. Police said that Sheralshoeva took a check from the victim, wrote it out in her own name in the sum of $15,000 and signed the victim’s name on the check. She then allegedly deposited the check into her personal bank account without permission or authority to do so.

Police arrested three people for drugs outside 322 East 30th Street last Thursday at 6:35 p.m. Juan Sicard, 36, and Sammy Velez, 37, were charged with intent to sell a controlled substance, sale of a controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance and allegedly sold a quantity of controlled substance to a 41-year-old woman, who was charged with possession of a controlled substance.

Police arrested 29-year-old Heather Brown for petit larceny and possession of stolen property last Tuesday at 12:55 p.m. in front of the CVS Pharmacy at 215 Park Avenue South. Brown allegedly took seven ice cream containers and concealed them in a black shopping bag, walked by the register and attempted to leave without paying.

Anthony Persaud, 38, was arrested for petit larceny outside the Joe Fresh at 110 Fifth Avenue last Friday at 7:11 p.m. Police said that Persaud strolled into the store, swiped some clothes, then fled on foot.
After he was arrested, he was found in possession of an Air-O-Swiss travel humidifier with no receipt. He allegedly said that he bought it with a credit card on Bleecker Street but he was not in possession of a credit card. After contacting the Basics Plus store at 194 Third Avenue, the manager told police that a man with a similar description stole that item at around 6 p.m. that day.
Persaud was also charged with weapons possession and possession of stolen property.