Man charged with bag snatching and violent mugging on First Ave.

Stuyvesant Town Dunkin Donuts

By Maria Rocha-Buschel

Police have arrested a man they say punched and robbed a man on First Avenue and also snatched a woman’s bag at the Stuyvesant Town Dunkin Donuts.

Raymond Velez, 23, allegedly walked up to a table at Dunkin Donuts at 266 First Avenue last Wednesday at 9 p.m. where the victim was sitting and grabbed her purse, which contained three credit cards.

Ten minutes later, police said he was walking near 253 First Avenue when he allegedly grabbed the second victim who had cash in his hand. Police said that Velez attempted to throw the victim to the ground and in the scuffle, Velez allegedly punched the victim in the mouth and he sustained a bruise on his lip and a cut on his hand.

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Cops looking for man who snatched bag from woman in Stuy Town

Bag-snatching suspect

By Sabina Mollot

Police are on the lookout for a man who grabbed a bag from a woman in Stuyvesant Town last Thursday evening.

The 21-year-old victim was walking along the Avenue C Loop at 11:20 p.m. when a man ran up to her, stole her bag, and took off. The woman, who wasn’t hurt, lost $11 in cash and her credit cards, police said.

Police had no description of the suspect, but in a few fuzzy surveillance photos, he appears to be light-skinned and thin, last seen in a bright orange hoodie and green jacket.

A spokesperson for StuyTown Property Services said management is working with the 13th Precinct to find the suspect.

Thieves preying on victims at coffee bars around Union Square

By Maria Rocha-Buschel

Police arrested a man this past Monday who is suspected of snatching unattended bags from the Starbucks at 10 Union Square East, which police say has been a hotbed of thefts for the last few months. The precinct’s commanding officer, Deputy Inspector Steven Hellman, said at last week’s Community Council meeting that the precinct has especially been struggling with thefts from the chain throughout the city because the company has been reluctant to provide surveillance video.

“One of the main ways we can catch these guys is with video and Starbucks has not been very cooperative,” Hellman said. “We’ve followed up with subpoenas and we’ve still never been able to retrieve a single video from them.”

Starbucks did not return a request for comment by T&V’s press time.

Despite the lack of cooperation from the coffee chain, the man who was arrested, 60-year-old Prince Wright, was picked up inside the Starbucks location at 25 Union Square West this past Monday by officers who recognized him from a photo. Police connected him to two grand larcenies at the 10 Union Square East location on March 2 and 12, as well as thefts from two more at Starbucks locations in the Midtown South precinct.

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Man charged with stealing thousands of dollars worth of bags from Flatiron stores

By Maria Rocha-Buschel

Police arrested a man believed to be responsible for a number of thefts from high-end designer stores in the Flatiron area since January. Kevin Gonzalez, 36, has been charged with grand larceny and petit larceny in connection with four thefts from the Coach store at 79 Fifth Avenue and the Michael Kors store at 133 Fifth Avenue.

According to the district attorney’s office, Gonzalez entered the Coach store on January 22 around 1:35 p.m. and stole several items from the store, including three purses. Representatives for the store told the DA’s office that the merchandise was valued at $1,080.

The next day, Gonzalez allegedly returned to the store and swiped three purses, in addition to other items, which were valued at a total of $2,315.

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Suspect charged with swiping bag full of cash and jewelry from Flatiron club

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Bag theft suspect one

By Sabina Mollot

Police have arrested one of the women who allegedly worked together to steal a bag full of cash and jewelry from a boxer who was partying at Jay-Z’s 40/40 nightclub.

Sarah Morin, a 40-year-old resident of Enfield, Connecticut, was arrested at the 13th Precinct in Gramercy on Tuesday morning. However, it wasn’t clear if she turned herself in due to the media attention the incident’s gotten or was brought in.

Police said that on Sunday at about 3 a.m., the 27-year-old victim, who has been identified in news reports as boxer Jermall Charlo, was at the club in Flatiron when he got into an argument with another patron that turned physical. However, once the fight was over and he went back to his seat, he realized that his bag, which he said had $40,000 in cash and $115,000 worth of jewelry, was gone.

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Bag theft suspect two

Police said Morin was the blonde woman seen in surveillance photos with four other female suspects carrying the victim’s bag. She’s been charged with grand larceny in the second degree and criminal possession of stolen property in the second degree. The NYPD isn’t aware of any prior arrests.

The four other suspects seen at the club, all described as Hispanic women wearing short or tight dresses, have not yet been arrested.

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).

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Bag theft suspects three, four and five

Pair stole woman’s phone at 23rd Street subway station

Phone theft suspects

Cops are looking for a pair of thieves who snatched a woman’s iPhone X at the 23rd Street subway station.

On Friday, February 2 at 9:15 p.m., the 54-year-old female victim was walking along the R platform, looking at her phone, when the two men grabbed it from her before fleeing.

Both suspects are described as being black, about 20 years old, 5 ft. 7 ins. and 170 lbs. One was wearing a grey hooded sweatshirt, the other a black hooded jacket.

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 nypdcrimestoppers.com or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577.

All calls are strictly confidential.

Men steal 11 purses from Flatiron Coach store

Suspects

By Sabina Mollot

Police are on the lookout for two thieves with expensive taste who stole 11 bags from the Flatiron Coach store.

On January 23 at around 12:30 p.m., one of the men strolled into the shop at 79 Fifth Avenue and 16th Street and took the purses, which together were valued at $3,000, from a display. He then fled the store and handed the goods to another man who’d been waiting outside.

Police didn’t have descriptions of the suspects but three fuzzy surveillance photos show men of slim build who were wearing dark hats and dark jackets.

The men may have been involved in other incidents, as a tweet from the 13th Precinct pointed out that they are wanted for larcenies at high-end stores where one man does the swiping while the other holds the door open.

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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Note to candidates: ST/PCV is off limits to door-knocking

Rick Hayduk (Photo by Sabina Mollot)

By Maria Rocha-Buschel

With the election coming in November, candidates for City Council as well as those canvassing for them should take note: Stuy Town is off limits.

Stuyvesant Town’s general manager Rick Hayduk said at a meeting this week held by the 13th Precinct Community Council that while door-knocking isn’t illegal in the city, it is against the “house rules” on the property.

His comment was in response to a complaint from a resident at the meeting who said door-knockers were roaming the complex before the primary election in September.

Hayduk agreed that “It was pretty rampant (during the primary).”

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Police Watch: ‘Flasher’ arrested on E. 21st, Man ‘spits’ blood at officer

‘FLASHER’ CAUGHT ON EAST 21ST
Police arrested 32-year-old Anton Wilkins for alleged public lewdness inside the 13th Precinct last Thursday at 7:44 p.m. The victim told police that she was walking on East 21st Street between Third Avenue and Park Avenue South last Thursday at 7:40 p.m. when Wilkins walked past her and as she continued to walk, Wilkins allegedly walked up to her, pulled his penis out and began to masturbate, and allegedly told her to look at him.

MAN ALLEGEDLY SPITS BLOOD AT OFFICER AT BELLEVUE
Police arrested 22-year-old Johanni Martinez for assault of a peace officer inside Bellevue Hospital at 462 First Avenue last Sunday at 2:55 a.m. Police said that Martinez spat in an officer’s face with blood.
Police said that prior to the incident, Martinez had gotten into a fight in front of 150 West 4th Street around 1:25 a.m., hitting a man and a woman on the head with an umbrella. He was brought to Bellevue following the fight, which is when he allegedly spat in an officer’s face.

TEEN BUSTED FOR MUGGING ON WEST 15TH
Police arrested a teenager for snatching cash from someone at the corner of Seventh Avenue and West 15th Street. The victim told police that he and a friend were in the middle of the street on West 15th between Sixth and Seventh Avenues last Wednesday evening counting cash when the teen snatched the money and started running west towards Seventh Avenue. Police said that the victim then ran back towards Sixth Avenue to the Dunkin Donuts to get another friend for help and went back in the direction the teen fled, where a police officer saw them running.
A bystander then mentioned to the officers that it looked like someone needed help at the corner of West 15th Street and Seventh Avenue and when police arrived at the intersection, they found the victim and his friend attempting to restrain the teen, who was arrested shortly after.

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Teens wanted for string of electronic toothbrush thefts

Surveillance photos of suspects from the third incident in Murray Hill

By Maria Rocha-Buschel

Police are looking for a group of teenagers suspected of stealing thousands of dollars worth of electronic toothbrushes from Duane Reades throughout the city, including from a store in Gramercy. The four incidents all took place in April, although police only announced the pattern this week. The first theft took place inside the Duane Reade at 125 Third Avenue near East 14th Street on Sunday, April 9 at 9:18 p.m. when the suspects reportedly grabbed $1,264 worth of electronic toothbrushes from the shelves and fled.

The next two incidents took place two days later on April 11 in stores on the Upper East Side. Police said that the suspects entered a Duane Reade at 1091 Lexington Avenue at 5:07 p.m. and swiped $1,210 worth of electronic toothbrushes before fleeing, then stole $3,030 worth of electronic toothbrushes from a Duane Reade at 1352 First Avenue at 5:20 p.m.

The last known incident took place on Sunday, April 23 when the suspects made off with  $160 worth of electronic toothbrushes from a Duane Reade at 155 East 34th Street near Third Avenue.

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Woman’s credit cards used after she may have dropped wallet on 6 train road bed

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Larceny suspect

 

By Sabina Mollot

Cops are looking for a man who used a 22-year-old woman’s credit cards in the Bronx after she may have lost them in the tracks of a subway station at 23rd Street.

The victim told cops she believes she dropped her wallet on the northbound 6 train road bed on June 23 and that this is where the suspect found it. Purchases were later made at a MetroCard vending machine inside the 149th Street and 3rd Avenue subway station in the Bronx. The suspect is described as black and was wearing a black t-shirt with a gold Adidas symbol on the front.

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 www.nypdcrimestoppers.com or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential.

Teen arrested for selling stolen defibrillators from Washington Irving building

Washington Irving High School, pictured last April (Photo by Sabina Mollot)

By Maria Rocha-Buschel

Police arrested 18-year-old Anthony Johnson last Tuesday for selling defibrillators stolen from the Washington Irving High School campus at 40 Irving Place last May.

Police said that an employee noticed two automated external defibrillators (AEDs) were missing from the school’s eighth floor and basement on May 15.

Johnson allegedly admitted stealing the two AEDs from the school before that date and selling them online. It was unclear how Johnson reportedly gained access to the basement of the building where the AEDs were stored.

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

MAN ARRESTED FOR THREATENING VICTIM WITH BB GUN OVER PARKING DISPUTE
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.

OCTOGENARIAN ARRESTED FOR GROPING
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.

MAN ARRESTED FOR ROBBERY ON EAST 28TH
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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Homeless man arrested for violent Kips Bay mugging

Darnell Williams

By Sabina Mollot

A homeless man from the 30th Street men’s shelter has been arrested for allegedly bashing a woman over the head with an unknown object multiple times in an attempt to get her bag.

Police say Darnell Williams, 29, was picked up at the shelter, known locally as Bellevue, on Thursday night, after being recognized by police from surveillance footage.

Cops said Williams has a lengthy criminal history and was released from prison two months ago after a five year stint for a robbery upstate.

He also has arrests for grand larceny in upstate areas as well as an arrest for criminal trespass in the city.

In the most recent incident, on February 26, the victim, a 37-year-old woman was walking along Second Avenue at 34th Street when a man approached her from behind and struck her on the head. He then pulled on her bag, knocking her down in the process. While the victim was still on the ground, her attacker continued to hit her in the head with the object before fleeing empty-handed. The woman was taken to NYU Hospital for treatment.

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