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.

Editorial: A little information goes a long way, Say yes to debating, not mud-slinging

A little information goes a long way

Last week, an attempted rape of a woman in a Stuyvesant Town elevator sent shockwaves through the community, which despite the occasional assault or robbery, has a reputation for being safer than most neighborhoods.

Far less shocking, but still disturbing was the fact that there was no attempt by the owner of the complex to reach out to residents. Town & Village reported on the crime on our blog shortly after the police released information about the attack, as did other local news outlets, and the Tenants Association sent out an e-mail blast to warn neighbors.

There was a time when, if there was a crime in the community, fliers would be posted in prominent spaces in lobbies, but sadly that hasn’t been the case in years.

In a recent high profile sex crime incident, in which, the “Stuy Town groper” victimized two women in the complex, fliers were distributed, but they came from local State Senator Brad Hoylman and his aides, not property management.

CWCapital didn’t respond to a request from this newspaper on Friday to speak with the chief of Public Safety or anyone else who could provide more details about the attack, other than to say (on Monday after the arrest) that security had been beefed up over the weekend and that a comment would be forthcoming. We’re still waiting.

The point here as long as management prefers to let tenants hear about crime in their apartment complex from the media and the TA, it’s going to appear that they care more about not scaring away potential renters than protecting those who’ve already signed on the dotted line.

CW already knows how to communicate with tenants when management wants to, sending emailed newsletters and Facebook posts to promote events and the soon to open ice rink. It would take no more effort to keep tenants in the loop about criminal activity.

Say yes to debating, not mud-slinging

Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, who’s held her position in Washington for 22 years, is currently running against Nicholas Di iorio, a former seminary student and former Pfizer employee whose party (Republican) automatically makes him a longshot. Di iorio has spent the past several weeks calling Maloney out for not accepting invitations to publicly debate him.

When asked why she wasn’t debating him, a rep for Maloney said she has agreed to a debate (scheduled for October 28 in an event held by the 17th Precinct Community Council).

Still, Di iorio this week issued press releases accusing Maloney of not debating him, but rather only agreeing to “show up” at the event, a candidates forum, then “speak for 20 minutes and take questions from the audience for 10 minutes.”

Maloney spokesperson Kathy Lynn responded to say the event, which she described as a debate, would have the format of candidates each getting a five-minute opening statement, followed by each candidate getting a short rebuttal.

Following that, the audience asks questions that are facilitated by a moderator,” Lynn said. “This is the format proposed by the 17th Precinct and both campaigns agreed to this when they accepted the invitation to participate.”

When asked for clarification on what the event was, an officer at the 17th Precinct told a T&V reporter it’s “not really a debate,” because there would be no formatted questions, but candidates from local races would have the opportunity to speak and take some questions.

So okay, it’s not technically a debate, but she’s also not shying away from questions.

Now this event aside, as to whether or not we think Maloney (or any candidate) should agree to participate in a debate event if invited and if their schedule permits, the answer is of course.

In Maloney’s case, the fact there hasn’t been a Republican elected in Manhattan since Roy Goodman left the State Senate may make expending the energy on a debate seem like a waste. Maybe, for her, it is.

Still, we think it’s still important for longtime candidates to continue to prove themselves to voters and also to show that they have nothing to hide.

That said, we also think Di iorio might have a better shot at being taken seriously if he’d tone down the near weekly ripping of Maloney via press releases.

As the election looms closer, the candidate has begun sending out statements bashing Maloney on everything from her trip to China to get a panda for New York (while Di iorio went to Israel) to authoring lots of bills that haven’t passed the house to not doing enough about Ebola.

These are fair game topics, but after a while, constant mud-slinging can begin to look like a too-desperate attempt to get attention and voters tune it out.

It’s also worth noting that the past two elections Maloney has run in, most recently with Republican Chris Wight and prior to that with Democrat Reshma Saujani during the primary, were pretty contentious. The attacks on Maloney in both races were nonstop and still Saujani and Wight were easily clobbered by Maloney.

It’s hard to say whether or not the negative campaigning had anything to do with it, since a well-known incumbent is always going to have an extreme advantage over a political newcomer. But it obviously didn’t help.

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.