MAN CHARGED WITH FLATIRON OFFICE THEFTS
Police arrested 28-year-old Amir Johnson on Wednesday, May 1 at 6 p.m. for multiple alleged thefts from various office buildings in Flatiron, including from 28 West 25th Street and 151 West 26th Street.
Police said that Johnson looted eight different locations since the beginning of this year. Johnson was caught after he allegedly stole a woman’s laptop and cell phone from an office inside the West 26th Street building between 4 and 4:30 p.m. on the day he was arrested.
The victim told police that she had left her cell phone and laptop on a bench in a hallway to use the bathroom and when she returned, both were gone. She said that she noticed an unknown man in the hallway and asked him if he had seen a laptop and cell phone and he said no.
When the victim asked a co-worker if he had seen her laptop, the coworker said he had seen an unknown man with a laptop and described the man that the victim had first asked about the phone and laptop.
Loaded . 22 caliber Derringer allegedly found in Mark Nickay’s pocket
MAN ARRESTED FOR LOADED ‘GUN’ AND STASH OF COCAINE AND PILLS ON EAST 38TH
Police arrested 51-year-old Florida resident Mark Nickay for allegedly carrying a gun while also carrying a huge stash of drugs that included cocaine, crack cocaine and pills in his minivan.
Police were patrolling in the vicinity of Second Avenue and East 38th Street on Saturday at 12:53 a.m. when they saw Nickay standing in the street near a minivan with 32-year-old Leonard Ndue. Nickay, they said, was holding an open bottle of Corona. The officers exited their patrol vehicle and began to approach the men when they said that they saw Nickay throw a bag underneath the rear of the vehicle as he began to walk towards Second Avenue.
One of the officers stopped Nickay while another confronted Ndue. Police said that when the officer started to speak to Nickay, he saw Nickay trying to reach his hand into his pants pocket.
The officer prevented him from reaching into his pocket and discovered an alleged .22 caliber Derringer that was loaded from the suspect’s pocket. The officer who arrested Nickay retrieved the bag that had been thrown under the van and found 21 small bags of alleged cocaine, 10 bags of alleged crack cocaine and dozens of alleged pharmaceutical pills.
While Nickay was being arrested, Ndue allegedly attempted to intervene and was also arrested, and was charged with obstruction of governmental administration and resisting arrest. Nickay was arrested for criminal possession of a loaded firearm, criminal possession of a controlled substance and open alcoholic beverage.
MAN ARRESTED FOR KNIFEPOINT ‘ROBBERY’ IN FRONT OF BELLEVUE HOSPITAL
Police arrested 23-year-old Daniel Leli for robbery in front of Bellevue Hospital at 462 First Avenue last Monday at 11:02 a.m.
A taxi driver told police that he was robbed at knifepoint by a customer in his cab. When stopped at a red light at East 28th Street and First Avenue, Leli hailed the cab and asked to go to East 23rd Street and Third Avenue. The victim said that while stopped at a red light at East 29th Street and Second Avenue, Leli allegedly reached through the partition, held a knife to the driver’s neck and said, “Give me money or I’ll stab you in the neck.”
The victim pulled cash out of his pocket and Leli allegedly said, “Give me $40.” The driver handed over $40 and police said that Leli then fled on foot, north on Second Avenue.
While looking through footage around Bellevue Hospital, police saw Leli, who matched the victim’s description of the suspect, standing in front of the hospital. The victim positively identified Leli as the man who had robbed him and he was arrested. Leli was also charged with weapons possession and menacing.
ANOTHER COUPLE ARRESTED FOR SEX IN PUBLIC
One week after a couple was arrested for allegedly getting frisky on the sidewalk on Irving Place, police arrested another couple for public lewdness inside a stairwell at 344 East 28th Street last Wednesday at 9:46 p.m. Latisha Foster, 41, and Mamadu Diallo, 29, were also charged with criminal trespass and an unclassified violation. Police said that Foster had her pants at her ankles and was bent over, exposing her genitals to Diallo, who also allegedly had his pants around his ankles and was masturbating. Upon further investigation, police found that neither Foster nor Diallo lived in the building.
Diallo was also charged with resisting arrest and police said that he pulled his arms away from his body in an attempt to avoid being handcuffed and once he was handcuffed, he fell to the floor and allegedly began kicking in a violent manner.
MAN ARRESTED FOR ‘ASSAULT’ OF BELLEVUE OFFICER
Police arrested 26-year-old Brian Forkos for assault of a peace officer and harassment inside Bellevue Hospital at 462 First Avenue last Friday at 3:30 a.m. Forkos allegedly spat in the face of the officer who was assigned to guard him. Police said that the victim was exposed to an unspecified communicable disease and Forkos allegedly told the officer that he is HIV positive.
IRATE IHOP CUSTOMER BUSTED FOR ‘ASSAULT’
Police arrested 35-year-old Lennox Pierre for assault of a peace officer last Friday at 6 a.m. in front of 255 First Avenue. Pierre was attempting to pay his bill at IHOP inside 235 East 14th Street around 5:15 a.m. when his debit and credit cards were declined. Police were called and officers who responded to the scene agreed to escort him to an ATM so he could get cash. When Pierre’s card failed to work at the ATM, police said that he got combative and when they tried to place him under arrest, he allegedly punched one of the officers in the face. Police said that he also resisted arrest by flailing his arms and legs, prohibiting them from putting him in handcuffs. Pierre also allegedly reached for an officer’s firearm, attempting to remove it from its holster.
DANCE STUDIO OWNER BUSTED AT HIS OWN PARTY
Police arrested 56-year-old Zackary Engel for a violation of alcoholic beverage control law and an unclassified violation at his dance studio, Zack’s Dance Loft, at 37 East 28th Street last Saturday at 2:09 a.m. Engel was allegedly acting as the manager of a party inside the studio location and was charging a fee for entrance. Engel called police when he lost control over a large group that was entering the establishment. Police said that Engel was allowing drinking and smoking inside the building, and had also allegedly failed to provide proper security, allowing weapons inside the premises.
MAN ARRESTED FOR TOY GUN ‘ASSAULT’ ON HALLOWEEN
Police arrested 45-year-old Eric Diaz for assault and criminal mischief at the corner of Third Avenue and East 29th Street on Halloween at 7:52 p.m. Diaz entered a nearby store and after being refused service, he allegedly knocked over a stand of peanuts. When an employee attempted to get Diaz to leave the store, the suspect allegedly hit the employee with a costume gun holster, causing a bruise to his left thumb. Police said that Diaz also intentionally broke five bottles of ginseng worth approximately $15 and four bottles of five hour energy worth about $14.
WOMAN NABBED FOR ‘COCAINE’
Police arrested 22-year-old Leslie Dempsey for possession of a controlled substance in front of 16 East 23rd Street last Sunday at 1:10 a.m. Dempsey was snorting alleged cocaine on a public street and when she was stopped, police said that she was in possession of additional alleged cocaine.
MAN NABBED FOR ‘ASSAULT’ AT SIXTH AND WEST 19TH
Police arrested 27-year-old Joshua Williams for assault and disorderly conduct at the corner of Sixth Avenue and West 19th Street last Saturday at 9:58 p.m. Williams was allegedly acting in a disorderly manner and was told to move because he was blocking pedestrian traffic. He then allegedly pushed the victim in the chest with two hands into a metal barrier. The victim fell through the barrier, causing a serious injury.
MAN NABBED FOR ‘STOLEN’ RENTAL CAR
Police arrested 21-year-old Sharron Kermon for unauthorized use of vehicle in front of 245 East 25th Street last Thursday at 12:35 p.m. Police were responding at the location to a report of a stolen vehicle and found that a car parked nearby had been reported as stolen by Enterprise Car Rental Company. Police requested that the vehicle be towed and while waiting for the tow company, police said that Kermon was seen entering the vehicle without permission. Upon further investigation, the Enterprise Rental agreement showed that he was allegedly using the vehicle unlawfully and was not on the rental agreement.