Registered sex offender arrested for L train groping

Suspect Gian Verdelli

By Maria Rocha-Buschel 

This Friday, police arrested a man with multiple previous convictions for sex crimes in connection with a subway groping that took place on the L train near First Avenue earlier this week. The suspect was identified as 67-year-old Gian Verdelli, who the Daily News reported was just released from prison in May after he was convicted of another incident of sex abuse on the subway. 

The 37-year-old victim was on an Eighth Avenue-bound L train traveling from Bedford to First Avenue on Wednesday, June 26 around 8:50 a.m. when Verdelli allegedly put his hand under her dress and groped her. She and Verdelli both got off the train at First Avenue, where the victim took a photo of Verdelli with her phone before he fled the station. 

Verdelli is a level 2 sex offender and lives in a shelter on Wards Island, according to the New York State sex offender registry, and he was arrested there on Friday. 

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Police Watch: Teens busted for burglary, Motorcyclist accused of reckless endangerment

TEENS BUSTED FOR CONSTRUCTION SITE BURGLARY
Police busted two teenagers for allegedly breaking into a construction site at 322 East 18th Street on Tuesday, June 11 at 8:17 a.m. The victim told police that he arrived at the job site and noticed that the secure door on the ground floor was broken and when he got to the main floor, he heard a commotion in the basement. He saw that his alarm system was unplugged and the key pad was broken and he said that he then saw the two teenagers leaving the site through the broken door. He took photos of the teens, which he showed to officers who arrived at the scene, and after searching the area, police caught the two suspects. The victim also said that while he was taking a photo of the two teens who were arrested, a third teen ran past them and fled to East 18th Street towards First Avenue. The teens were also charged with criminal mischief.

MOTORCYCLIST ACCUSED OF RECKLESS ENDANGERMENT
Police arrested 29-year-old Ricardo Bonano for alleged reckless endangerment at the corner of First Avenue and East 14th Street on Tuesday, June 11 at 3:11 p.m. Police said that Bonano was seen driving a motorcycle without license plates and he allegedly ran a red light while popping a wheelie in traffic. Bonano was also charged with being an unlicensed operator and an unclassified traffic infraction.

TEEN NABBED FOR STEALING FROM TAXIS
Police arrested a teenager for allegedly stealing from cab drivers throughout the neighborhood earlier this month.

The teenager reportedly reached into a taxi that was in front of 401 Park Avenue South on Sunday, June 9 around 11:15 a.m. and stole the driver’s cell phone.

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‘Groper’ arrested in Union Square was on parole for murder

By Maria Rocha-Buschel

Police arrested a 63-year-old man on parole for murder for allegedly groping a woman inside the Union Square subway station last Wednesday. Police said that Wilfredo Gonzalez was on a downtown 4 train at 4:28 p.m. on November 28 and was allegedly grinding and pushing his groin area on the buttocks of a woman while the train traveled from Grand Central to Union Square.

When police approached him and attempted to place him in custody, he allegedly flailed his arms violently and attempted to run away to avoid being arrested.

Police said that Gonzalez has three prior arrests for forcible touching and is a registered sex offender. Information about Gonzalez’s sex offender registration is not available through the online registry because he is a level 1 offender. The law permits the registry to make available information online only about level 2 and 3 offenders, which are for more serious crimes.

Gonzalez was previously convicted of forcible touching in June 2018 and February 2012.

Police did not have further information about the murder for which Gonzalez was on parole.

He was also charged with resisting arrest and disorderly conduct for the recent incident in Union Square.

Woman groped at 6 train station on East 23rd Street

Groping suspect

Police are looking for a man who grabbed a woman’s butt as she left the 6 train station at Park Avenue South and East 23rd Street.

The 26-year-old victim was walking up the stairs to leave the station when the man groped her and ran off on East 23rd Street. The incident happened on the morning of Friday, June 8, although police released the information this week.

The suspect is described as being black, 50 to 55 years of age, approximately 5’9″ to 5’11”, bald and has a slim build. He was wearing a green t-shirt, dark colored pants, tan boots, a tan hat and black sunglasses.

Police also reported two other similar groping incidents in the subway in Manhattan this week with different suspects in each case.

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Police Watch: ACS teen charged with robbery, Suspect caught in cell phone snatching

ACS TEEN CHARGED WITH ROBBERY
Police arrested 18-year-old Rayshawn Weir for an alleged robbery inside the Administration for Children’s Services facility at 492 First Avenue on Wednesday, June 20 at 9:20 p.m. Police said that earlier that day, Weir snatched a man’s cell phone at East 20th Street and Second Avenue and physically shoved him. The victim, a man in his 30s, was not seriously injured and police caught up with Weir at the facility, where he is a resident.

SUSPECT CAUGHT IN CELL PHONE SNATCHING
Police arrested 20-year-old Josiah Butts for alleged grand larceny and theft in front of 37 West 23rd Street on Monday, June 18 at 12:43 p.m. Police said that Butts grabbed the victim’s cell phone out of her hands while she was standing on the sidewalk. Police searched the area around the southeast corner of West 23rd Street and Sixth Avenue immediately after the incident and the victim positively identified Butts as the person who had taken her cell phone.

STORE EMPLOYEE ACCUSED OF STEALING LAPTOPS
Police arrested a 36-year-old man for alleged grand larceny and possession of stolen property on Tuesday, June 19 at 3:18 p.m. Police said that Shannon Jex stole laptops from Mike’s Tech Shop at 120 West 20th Street on March 2 and June 16. Jex reportedly stole 12 laptops in March and allegedly sold them on Craigslist and police said that Jex also stole a Macbook Pro from the store in June. He was also allegedly in possession of small baggies of alleged cocaine when he was arrested and was charged with possession of a controlled substance.

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Police Watch: East Village groper wanted, Man arrested for ‘stolen’ debit cards

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COPS ON LOOKOUT FOR EAST VILLAGE GROPER
Cops are looking for a man who forcibly groped a woman through her clothing in the East Village.
On Friday, May 11 at 11 p.m., the victim said he grabbed her in front of 162 Second Avenue between East 10th and 11th Streets. He then snatched a wallet from another victim’s hand while running off. Police didn’t give a description of the suspect but a fuzzy surveillance photo shows a thin, dark haired man. Anyone with information is asked to call the NYPD at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477).

MAN ALLEGEDLY STOLE DEBIT CARDS
Police arrested 25-year-old Shaquille Urgent for an alleged grand larceny at the corner of Second Avenue and East 26th Street on Sunday, May 27 at 4:29 a.m. The victim told police that Urgent asked the victim to come to a party but said that he needed to see the victim’s wallet to make sure that he wasn’t a police officer. The victim gave his wallet to another suspect, who took the debit cards out of his wallet and both men allegedly walked away without returning the cards. The victim said that he then followed the suspects for several blocks asking for his property back, at which point the unknown suspect fled in a taxi, but police were able to arrest Urgent.

BRC RESIDENT CHARGED WITH FOR SEX ABUSE IN CHINATOWN
Police arrested 30-year-old Jahi Walker for alleged sexual abuse inside the Bowery Resident’s Committee shelter at 127 West 25th Street on Wednesday, May 23 at 8 a.m. Police said that on Thursday, May 10 at 6:30 p.m., the victim was walking to work in Chinatown when Walker allegedly grabbed and squeezed the victim’s buttocks, then reportedly reached under the victim’s skirt and touched her over her underwear. After the victim pushed Walker away, she took a photo of him using her cell phone, leading to his identification.

MAN ACCUSED OF MENACING IN CHELSEA
Police arrested 37-year-old Kariyn Jackson for alleged menacing at the corner of Seventh Avenue and West 27th Street on Tuesday, May 22 at 12:53 a.m. Police said that Jackson pulled out a knife in front of an employee at a nearby store. Jackson allegedly fled the store but police stopped him on West 25th Street where he was searched and officers allegedly recovered credit cards and MetroCards that didn’t belong to him. Police said that a knife was recovered from in front of 245 West 25th Street. He was also charged with possession of stolen property and weapons possession.

MEN ALLEGEDLY FOUND WITH FORGED CREDIT CARDS AT STARBUCKS
Police arrested 20-year-old Cesar Pritchard and 20-year-old Tyrell Cohen for forgery inside the Starbucks at 14 West 23rd Street on Friday, May 25 at 4:18 p.m. Police said that Pritchard was attempting to use a forged credit card at multiple locations and when he was searched, he was allegedly in possession of additional forged cards, a small bag of alleged marijuana and an allegedly fraudulent Michigan driver’s license. Police said that Cohen was in possession of six fraudulent credit cards and Pritchard was also charged with forgery and possession of marijuana.

SUSPECT ARRESTED IN UNION SQUARE FOR ALLEGED DOWNTOWN ROBBERY
Police arrested 27-year-old Waleek Watford for a previous alleged robbery at the corner of Union Square West and East 14th Street on Friday, May 25 at 1:30 p.m. Police said that Watford and 23-year-old Senee Roldan, who was arrested in connection with the alleged robbery on May 17, took the victim’s backpack from the ground inside the Fulton Street subway station in the Financial District and allegedly threatened her if she went to the police about the incident.

MAN CHARGED WITH PAWNING FRIEND’S BIKE
Police arrested 31-year-old Robert Bazemore for petit larceny in front of 101 East 14th Street on Friday, May 25 at 4 p.m. Police said that Bazemore and the victim were friends and Bazemore borrowed the victim’s bike but never returned it. Bazemore allegedly pawned the bicycle at a nearby pawn shop.

Police Watch: Gunpoint robbery at Pinkberry, Teen arrested for groping classmate

One of two robbery suspects

TWO MEN WANTED FOR GUNPOINT ROBBERY AT PINKBERRY
Cops are looking for two men believed to be behind a gunpoint robbery at a Pinkberry near West 14th Street.
Police said that the suspects turned a gun on employees at a Pinkberry at 523 Sixth Avenue last Wednesday and ordered them to the back of the shop. The men assaulted the employees, forced them to open the safe and remove $1,600 in cash as well as their personal property. The suspects then fled south on Sixth Avenue and the victims were taken to Lenox Hill Hospital to be treated for bruising and cuts. The first suspect is a black man who was wearing a jacket with a hood and a backpack and the second suspect is a Hispanic man who was wearing a jacket with a red symbol on it.
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 nypdcrimestoppers.com or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential.

TEEN ARRESTED FOR GROPING CLASSMATE
Police arrested a teenager for sexual abuse inside the Washington Irving building at 40 Irving Place last Wednesday at 12:59 p.m. The victim told police that while she was standing on the platform in Union Square waiting for a Queens-bound N train two days earlier, the suspect forcibly kissed her, as well as groped her breasts and vagina over her clothing. She told police that she repeatedly asked him to stop but he continued to grope her on and off for the entire ride into Queens. Police said that the victim and the suspect knew each other and are both students of a school at the Washington Irving campus. The suspect’s name is being withheld because of his age.
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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.

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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