Man gropes woman inside East 24th Street building

Mar30 groperCops are on the lookout for a man who followed a woman into her building on East 24th Street and Lexington Avenue and groped her before taking off.

According to police on Monday, March 20 at around 6 a.m., the suspect followed the woman into the building and into the elevator. Once inside he grabbed her breasts over and under her shirt. The victim managed to push him off though, and he ran out of the building, heading east on 24th Street.

The victim, 54, wasn’t injured.

The suspect is described as black, 45 to 50 years old and 5’6″ to 5’7″ tall. He last seen wearing a green hat, a green jacket, black and white sweatpants and black and white sneakers.

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.

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Police arrest subway groping suspect

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Groping suspect, identified as David Cruz

By Sabina Mollot

A homeless man was arrested Wednesday night for allegedly groping two women on the subway in Flatiron.

The man, identified as 33-year-old David Cruz, wore a Santa hat and rose colored glasses during the incidents, which both took place around the same time.

Cops say Cruz has a lengthy rap sheet with 17 arrests, running from minor crimes like turnstile hopping and petty larceny to more serious ones like assault, burglary, sale of marijuana and tampering with evidence.

On the evening of February 8, police said Cruz grabbed a 32-year-old woman’s butt as she waited on the platform at the 23rd Street R/W station. Then he allegedly hung around before doing the same thing to a 34-year-old woman on his way up the stairs to the street. The victims reported the incidents separately at later times.

Cruz has been charged with two counts of forcible touching.

Man wanted for gropings at 23rd St. R/W station

Groping suspect

Groping suspect

By Maria Rocha-Buschel

Police are looking for a man who groped multiple women while donning out-of-season headwear in the Flatiron District earlier this month.

Police said that the unidentified man approached a 32-year-old woman on the platform of the 23rd Street R/W station on February 8 between 7 and 7:30 p.m. and grabbed her buttocks before exiting the subway system. He then allegedly grabbed a 34-year-old woman on the buttocks while she was on the stairs going up to the street level. Police said that the man then walked west on West 22nd Street. The two incidents were reported separately at later times.

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 or by texting their tips and TIP577 to 274637 (CRIMES). All calls are strictly confidential.

Police Watch: Man arrested for groping teen, Woman arrested for 40/40 Club slashing

MAN BUSTED FOR GROPING TEEN ON 6 TRAIN
Police arrested 35-year-old Eduardo Flores for sexual abuse at the corner of Park Avenue South and East 28th Street last Tuesday at 8:58 a.m. Police said that Flores was touching his penis over his pants and then allegedly followed a teenage girl, walking so close behind her that no one else could walk in between them. He then allegedly pressed his erect penis against her buttocks and touched her buttocks with his right hand. Police said that Flores wasn’t wearing any underwear.
The New York Daily News reported that the victim was 15 and on her way to high school and the incident happened on an uptown 6 train. The paper noted that Flores was free on bail after he had allegedly exposed himself to a 16-year-old girl in Williamsburg last September.
Flores was also charged with endangering the welfare of a child.

WOMAN ARRESTED FOR SLASHING AT 40/40 CLUB
Police arrested 27-year-old Lia Blount for assault inside Jay-Z’s 40/40 Club at 6 West 25th Street last Saturday at 12:48 a.m. The Daily News reported that Blount got into an argument with 21-year-old Alejandro Corona after he bumped into her accidentally. Police said that Blount smashed a wine bottle on a railing and slit him in the face with one of the shards.

PODCAST HOST ARRESTED FOR WEAPON POSSESSION IN IRVING PLAZA SHOOTING
Police arrested 31-year-old Daryl Campbell for criminal possession of a weapon on Monday in connection with the shooting at Irving Plaza last May. Roland Collins, a rapper also known as Troy Ave., was charged with attempted murder not long after the shooting, in which Collins’s body guard, 33-year-old Ronald McPhatter, was killed during the T.I. concert at the venue. The New York Times reported that Campbell is a podcast host and had been feuding with Collins for a number of years. Campbell’s DNA was reportedly found on the trigger of a gun used in the shooting.

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Police Watch: Man arrested for ‘kicking’ dog, Teen busted for ‘groping’

MAN ALLEGEDLY KICKED DOG OUTSIDE STUY TOWN BUILDING
Police arrested 38-year-old John O’Connor for kicking a dog in front of 430 East 20th Street on Friday, December 19 at 9:30 a.m. Police said that O’Connor got into an argument with the victim over her dog barking at his dog. The victim bent down to check on O’Connor’s dog, who she said seemed scared, when O’Connor allegedly kicked the victim’s dog in the mouth, causing the animal to yelp and cry. The victim said that she brought her dog to the ASPCA Hospital for further examination and her dog didn’t have any life-threatening injuries. Stuyvesant Town surveillance video was able to identify O’Connor and Public Safety worked with the NYPD to arrest him. O’Connor was charged with torturing and injuring an animal at the 13th Precinct last Wednesday at 9:45 a.m.

TEEN BUSTED FOR GROPING AT WASHINGTON IRVING
Police arrested a teenager for sexual abuse inside the Washington Irving High School building at 40 Irving Place last Thursday. The victim told police that while riding the elevator at school at 4 p.m., she felt the boy touch her back but thought it was because the elevator was crowded, so she shrugged it off. She then felt a hand squeeze her buttocks and when she turned around to face him, the teen put his hands up. When a school administrator asked him what happened, he apologized but didn’t give an explanation as to why he did it. The victim is a student at Gramercy Arts High School and the suspect goes to International High School. The name of the suspect is being withheld due to his young age.

TEEN ARRESTED FOR ASSAULT AT WASHINGTON IRVING
Police arrested a teenager for assault inside 40 Irving Place last Friday at 2:34 p.m. Police said that the teen punched the victim in the face, causing a cut on her lip and bruising.

MAN ARRESTED FOR DRUNK DRIVING ON FDR
Police arrested 37-year-old Henry Tinajero for intoxicated driving on the FDR near East 25th Street last Friday at 11:25 p.m. Police were responding to the location because of a collision Tinajero was allegedly involved in. Police said that the suspect was driving and allegedly had an odor of alcohol emanating from his breath.

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Police Watch: Man busted for up-skirt photo near Stuy Town, Pair wanted for assault on senior

MAN BUSTED FOR UP-SKIRTING PHOTO NEAR STUYVESANT TOWN
Police arrested 33-year-old Lamberty Sabriel for obscene material and sexual abuse near Stuyvesant Town last Thursday at 8:50 p.m. The victim told police that she was walking on East 18th Street towards First Avenue when she noticed Sabriel walking closely behind her. She then felt someone touch her under her skirt on her buttocks. When she turned to see who was touching her, Sabriel allegedly had his phone under her skirt and took a picture.

Assault suspects

Assault suspects

PAIR WANTED FOR ASSAULTING 75-YEAR-OLD MAN ON WEST 14TH
Police are looking for two people believed to be behind an attack on a 75-year-old man on West 14th Street last Wednesday.
According to police, a man punched the victim in the back of the head and knocked him to the ground at 2:12 p.m. in front of 120 West 14 Street, home to a Salvation Army. The suspect then kicked the victim in the face, knocking him unconscious. The second suspect, a woman, stood by as a lookout and the suspects then fled eastbound on West 14th Street. The victim had a cut on his head and was brought to Lenox Hill Hospital in stable condition.
The first suspect is a black man who has black hair with a red streak in it. He was last seen wearing a white t-shirt, beige pants and a black and gray backpack. The second suspect is a black woman who was last seen wearing a green dress with a hood over her head and black sneakers.
Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477). All calls are strictly confidential.

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Police Watch: Man wanted for Q train groping, Convicted killer arrested in Union Square for ‘groping’

Groping suspect

Groping suspect

MAN WANTED FOR GROPING WOMAN ON Q TRAIN
Police are looking for a man who groped a 54-year-old woman on a downtown Q train near Union Square last Sunday at 7:22 a.m. According to Gothamist, the victim was sitting on the train when the man sitting next to her reached over and rubbed his hand on her leg. She said that the suspect then fell asleep and she took a photograph of him before she got off at Union Square. The suspect is described as 25 to 30 years old with an afro. He was last seen wearing a black jacket with grey sleeves, grey jeans and black sneakers.
Anyone with information in regards to either of 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). Tips can also be submitted by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website or by texting TIP577 and tips to 274637 (CRIMES). Commuters can also report incidents of improper sexual misconduct online.

CONVICTED KILLER BUSTED FOR ‘GROPING’ WOMAN
Transit police arrested 48-year-old Phillip Smalls for forcible touching and sexual abuse in the Union Square station around 8 a.m. last Thursday, The New York Post reported. Police said that Smalls rubbed against a 22-year-old woman on a downtown 4 train.
The Post noted that Smalls had recently served 25 years in prison for second-degree murder after fatally shooting a man in Astoria in 1986 and has been serving lifetime parole since being let out in 2013.
Jennifer Rosario, a member of the Transit Manhattan Task Force Anti-Crime Unit who was one of the officers who caught Smalls, was given a special MVP award by Police Commissioner Bratton earlier last week.

WOMAN ARRESTED FOR ‘ASSAULTING’ HOMELESS MAN
Thirty-two-year-old Sandra Zelazny was arrested for allegedly shoving a 70-year-old homeless man into the tracks at the Union Square subway station last Wednesday, The New York Daily News reported. The man was shoved following an argument, although it was not clear what they were arguing about. Police said that Zelazny pushed the man onto the 6 train’s tracks and then boarded the train, where she was later arrested after the man identified her as his attacker. Zelazny was charged with felony assault on a victim 65 years or older and reckless endangerment, and she had a court appearance this past Monday.

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Police Watch: Police looking for mugger, foiled bank robbers

Mugging suspect

Mugging suspect

COPS LOOKING FOR MAN WHO MUGGED WOMAN IN EAST VILLAGE BUILDING
Police are looking for a man who robbed a woman in the elevator of her East Village building.
It was on Thursday, January 14 around 8:45 p.m. when the man confronted the woman in the elevator, simulated a gun and demanded her money. The victim, 27, turned over $150 in cash, which the mugger took and fled the scene.
Police didn’t release the victim’s exact address, but said the building was on East 12th Street and Third Avenue.
The suspect was last seen wearing a dark winter jacket and a dark winter hat.
Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call Crime stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime stoppers website at http://www.nypdcrimestoppers.com or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential.

Robbery suspects

Robbery suspects

NYPD LOOKING FOR PAIR BEHIND FOILED BANK ROBBERY
Cops are asking the public’s assistance identifying two men wanted for trying to rob the M&T Bank located at 95 Madison Avenue. Police said the men approached a teller and demanded money last Thursday at 1 p.m. The teller refused and the suspects fled empty handed. There were no reported injuries.
The first suspect is a black male in his fifties, 5’8” tall, and the second suspect is a black male in his twenties, 5’7” tall. 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).

MAN ARRESTED FOR 6 TRAIN ‘GROPING’
Sixty-year-old Hector Collado was arrested for forcible touching in front of 38 East 29th Street on Wednesday at 9:19 a.m. Collado allegedly touched a 27-year-old woman inappropriately while she was on a downtown 6 train. The woman got off the train at East 28th Street and was speaking with a 911 dispatcher when she found two officers in an RMP at East 28th Street and Madison Avenue. One of the officers told the dispatcher that the victim was safely in their custody and they conducted a search of the area with her in the car. They drove about a block to East 29th Street where they saw a man fitting a description of the suspect and the victim immediately identified him.
The victim also said that when she told Collado she was going to call 911, he allegedly said, “You’re going to regret that.”
Collado was additionally charged with assault, menacing and harassment.

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Police Watch: Man arrested for ‘strangling’ mother, ‘perv’ nabbed for bathroom camera

MAN TRIES TO ‘STRANGLE’ MOTHER OVER RENT DISPUTE
Police arrested 39-year-old Juan Tavarez for obstruction of breath and assault inside 243 East 27th Street last Saturday at 12:07 a.m. Tavarez got into an argument with his mother over rent and he allegedly attempted to strangle her. The victim also told police that Tavarez shook her and pushed her to the ground, causing pain to her throat, neck and shoulder.

MAN WITH HATCHET ARRESTED AT BETH ISRAEL
Thirty-year-old Igor Pasikov was arrested for criminal mischief and possession of a weapon inside Mount Sinai Beth Israel Hospital at 281 First Avenue last Saturday at 11:19 p.m. Pasikov entered the hospital with a dislocated shoulder and police said that he broke the glass door at the hospital entrance. The estimated cost of the repair for the door is over $2,000. Police said that Pasikov was also carrying a hatchet, which he allegedly said that he carried for protection if he needed to use it.

‘PERV’ ARRESTED FOR SECRET BATHROOM CAMERA
Police arrested 27-year-old Sadeq Albahri for obscene material in front of 353 East 14th Street last Monday at 4:56 a.m. Albahri allegedly installed a hidden camera inside the restroom without the victim’s knowledge and consent, with the purpose of surreptitiously recording intimate parts of the victim where she had a reasonable expectation of privacy. Police did not have any information about how Albahri was able to install the alleged camera at the building, which is close to First Avenue.

MAN ARRESTED FOR ‘ROBBERY’ AT GUNPOINT
Twenty-year-old Troix Auguste was arrested for robbery at the corner of Union Square East and East 14th Street last Sunday at 12:10 a.m. Auguste allegedly threatened the victim with a loaded gun, demanding cash and his cell phone. Police said that Auguste was aided by another person but no other arrests were made. A gun was not recovered from the scene.

MAN ARRESTED FOR IPHONE ‘SNATCHING’
Police arrested 29-year-old Kelvin Rodriguez on Wednesday at 8 a.m. inside the 13th Precinct for grand larceny. Rodriguez asked the victim for the time and when she took her phone out to check, he allegedly snatched the phone from her hand and fled. Police said that the incident occurred on June 27 but no information was available on where the crime took place.

‘GROPER’ ARRESTED ON EAST 23RD
Police arrested 34-year-old Pavel Zaychenko for sexual abuse in front of 113 East 23rd Street last Sunday at 9:53 a.m. The victim told police that while she was walking north on Third Avenue, Zaychenko approached her from behind. He allegedly touched her buttocks and put his hand in her left rear pants pocket. She told police that he left a handwritten note in her pocket, which she handed to police. Information about what the note contained was not available. Police said that the incident took place in front of the Tap Room restaurant and bar and the victim told police that she recognized Zaychenko from her gym, where he is also a member.

SUBWAY ‘MASTURBATOR’ ARRESTED
Police arrested 56-year-old Norman Brooks for public lewdness inside the Union Square subway station last Wednesday at 6:10 p.m. Police said that Brooks was masturbating while standing on the downtown 4/5/6 platform.

WOMAN ARRESTED FOR ‘ASSAULT’
Police arrested 24-year-old Joanna Jackson for assault in front of 411 Third Avenue last Sunday at 3:37 a.m. Jackson allegedly sprayed an unknown substance into the victim’s eyes, causing irritation.

‘BURGLAR’ ARRESTED ON EAST 25TH STREET
Police arrested 27-year-old Romero Rasdell in front of 208 East 25th Street last Friday at 2:04 p.m. for a burglary taking place at 212 East 25th Street. Rasdell was allegedly on the fire escape of the building in front of an open window without permission to be there. As he left the building, police said that he attempted to flee but he was arrested soon after. Police said they later found that a burglary had taken place in one of the apartments in the building. After searching Rasdell, police found that he was also in possession of a bag of marijuana and counterfeit cash, and he was also charged with forgery and possession of marijuana.

‘TRESPASSER’ AND ‘THIEF’ BUSTED ON SIXTH AVENUE
Police arrested 47-year-old Richard Beltran for petit larceny last Wednesday at 1:31 p.m. in front of 725 Sixth Avenue. Beltran allegedly tried to steal a bicycle near the corner of West 23rd Street and Sixth Avenue. Police said that he then went north and attempted to gain entry into several buildings by pulling on the doors forcibly several times. He then proceeded to 29th Street between Broadway and Sixth Avenue and allegedly went into the building through the freight entrance. Police said that he doesn’t live or work at the location. When he left the building, he went south on Sixth Avenue and allegedly swiped merchandise from a vendor.
Police said that when he was searched, he was found to be in possession of stolen property as well as a gravity knife. He was also charged with weapons possession and criminal trespass.

LAPTOP ‘THIEF’ NABBED ON WEST 25TH
Police arrested 49-year-old John Walden for burglary inside 139 West 25th Street last Thursday at 10 a.m. Walden allegedly entered the building without permission and once on the floor, he broke a door lock to enter an office and snatched several laptops.

TWO ARRESTED IN HOME DEPOT DRILL ‘THEFT’
Elvin Vazquez, 35, and Alde Rosas, 57, were arrested for grand larceny inside the Home Depot at 40 West 23rd Street last Wednesday at 8:50 p.m. Vazquez allegedly walked out of the store with a box containing a drill that hadn’t been paid for. When Vazquez walked out of the store, officers identified themselves and Vazquez allegedly dropped the box and started running away. Police said that Vazquez prevented officers from apprehending him by swinging and flailing his arms. At that point, officers used both force and pepper spray to apprehend him. Police said that Rosas was acting in concert with Vazquez by casing out the location, and he was allegedly in possession of burglar’s tools.

MAN ARRESTED FOR ATTEMPTED BEACH BUM ‘THEFT’
Police arrested 42-year-old Ramon Jimenez for petit larceny outside 239 Seventh Avenue last Friday at 10:46 p.m. An employee at Beach Bum Tanning told police that Jimenez entered the store during business hours and attempted to take money from the cash register, which contained $236.

‘BENT’ METROCARDS AT L STATION
Police arrested 32-year-old Charles Fields for forgery and petit larceny last Tuesday inside the L station at First Avenue. Police said that Fields attempted to open the MetroCard litter box and allegedly removed MetroCards from the box, which he bent to alter the value.

Police still on lookout for Stuy Town groper

Stuy Town groping suspect in surveillance photo

Stuy Town groping suspect in surveillance photo

Police are still looking for a man who groped two women in separate incidents, and have released additional photos of the suspect.

The bearded man in the photos had grabbed two women’s butts as they were walking in the hallways of their buildings, one in Stuyvesant Oval, the other on East 14th Street.

Stuy Town groping suspect in surveillance photo

Stuy Town groping suspect in surveillance photo

The first incident was on May 18 at around 3 in the morning, when the unknown man grabbed a 24-year-old in her building on East 14th Street, then took off. Police think the same man struck again on June 15, this time at around 2 a.m., touching a 22-year-old woman’s buttocks at Stuyvesant Oval, before running away. The exact addresses were not specified.

The suspect has been described as being 25-35, 5 ft. 10 ins. tall and weighing 175-200 lbs. His race isn’t known. He was last seen wearing a black sports jacket black dress pants, a light colored dress shirt, with black dress shoes.

 

Dunkin Donuts ‘groper’ arrested

Sketch of suspect, Kerry Abrams.

A 54-year-old man, who allegedly touched an 11-year-old girl inappropriately two weeks ago in a Dunkin Donuts located at 361 East 21st Street, was arrested yesterday, according to the Deputy Commissioner of Public Information. Kerry Abrams, who lives at 201 Second Avenue, was charged with sex abuse.

During the incident, which took place at 11:30 a.m. on March 7, Abrams allegedly touched the girl inappropriately and fled the scene. There were no reported injuries.