Police Watch: Man arrested in death of transgender woman, Sex offender arrested for assault

MAN ARRESTED FOR MANSLAUGHTER IN DEATH OF TRANSGENDER WOMAN
Joseph Griffin, 26, was indicted last Friday for fatally striking 59-year-old Brenda/Kenneth Bostick with a metal object in Chelsea in April. Griffin is charged in a New York Supreme Court indictment with manslaughter in the first degree. He is also facing a separate charge of criminal mischief for breaking the windshield of a taxi cab later in the evening of Bostick’s death.
According to court documents and statements made on the record in court, Griffin approached the victim, who identified as transgender and was alternately known as Brenda and Kenneth Bostick, or simply “Bostick,” on Seventh Avenue between West 27th and 28th Streets at approximately 10 p.m. on April 25 and struck her over the head with a long, metal object. The victim immediately fell to the ground and was rushed to Bellevue Hospital. She were declared braindead on May 4 and died on May 7. Meanwhile, Griffin had fled the scene. About an hour and a half after assaulting the victim, Griffin was seen running through traffic in the middle of the street. When a taxi driver stopped his car to avoid hitting Griffin, he allegedly climbed onto the front of the car, smashing the windshield.

SEX OFFENDER NABBED FOR ASSAULT AT BELLEVUE
Police arrested 37-year-old Jamele Manning for assault and harassment last Wednesday at 6:30 a.m. inside Bellevue Hospital at 462 First Avenue. Police said that Manning punched the victim in the face, causing a cut over the victim’s eye that required stitches, as well as swelling.
As of T&V’s press time, the district attorney’s office said that the suspect had not yet been arraigned, but Manning is listed in the New York State sex offender registry as a level 3 violent sex offender. According to the Division of Criminal Justice Services, Manning forcibly sodomized a teenage girl who he threatened at gunpoint, choked and physically overpowered on February 12, 1999. He was convicted on December 10 of that year. He was sentenced to one day to six years in state prison, although it was unclear how much time he actually served.

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Police Watch: Transgender woman killed, Man busted for bank robbery

TRANSGENDER WOMAN KILLED ON SEVENTH AVENUE
Police said that 59-year-old transgender woman Brenda Bostick was found unconscious in front of 343 Seventh Avenue on April 25 at 10:30 p.m. Police reported that Bostick was transported to Bellevue Hospital and died from her injuries last Thursday. Bostick was a resident of the BRC Shelter on West 25th Street between Sixth and Seventh Avenues and had suffered head trauma.
Her death has been ruled a homicide and the investigation is ongoing.

MAN ARRESTED FOR CHASE BANK ROBBERY
Police arrested 52-year-old Charles Queen for robbery last Friday at 10:19 a.m. inside the Chase Bank at 501 Second Avenue at East 28th Street. According to the district attorney’s office, Queen passed a teller in the bank that read, “Don’t make a sound at all. This is a bank robbery. Need money now!!! Nobody will get hurt. Don’t make a sound.” The teller secretly alerted police and Queen was arrested.

WOMAN ARRESTED AFTER CAR FLIPPED ONTO SIDE
Police arrested 24-year-old Corey Kaminski for allegedly drunk driving after her car flipped on its side at the corner of East 24th Street and Lexington Avenue last Saturday at 4:32 a.m. Police said they were responding to a call about an accident when they found a car on its side with the driver still in the vehicle. Police said that Kaminski, who had been driving the car, had watery eyes, a flushed face and an odor of alcohol on her breath, but she told police that she only had a beer. Kaminski was taken to Bellevue Hospital to be treated for her injuries.

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Police Watch: Man wanted for NoMad burglary, Police looking for bank robber

Burglary suspect

Burglary suspect

MAN WANTED FOR NOMAD BURGLARY
Police are looking for a man believed to be behind to a burglary in NoMad. It was reported to police that on Sunday, December 18 at 1:30 a.m. the man got into Ajisen Ramsen Restaurant, located at 136 West 28th Street, through an unsecured basement door. Once inside, he attempted to get into a safe, but failed. The suspect then proceeded to remove a Playstation and iPhone before fleeing.
He was described as a black man wearing a black coat with a hooded sweater underneath and was wearing a black and grey backpack.
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.

Bank robbery suspect

Bank robbery suspect

POLICE LOOKING FOR CAPITAL ONE BANK ROBBER
The NYPD is asking for help finding a man they say robbed a Capital One Bank located at 470 Park Avenue South and East 31st Street. Police said that on Tuesday at around 4:20 p.m. the man approached a bank teller and passed a note demanding money.
The teller complied and gave the suspect an undetermined amount of cash. He then fled south on Park Avenue South.
The man is described as black, 50 to 60 years old, approximately six feet in height with a slim build. He was last seen wearing a black baseball cap, a gray hooded coat, light colored pants and brown shoes.
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.

MAN NABBED FOR DRIVING STOLEN CAR
Police arrested 21-year-old Mena Hanna for unauthorized use of vehicle in front of 270 Park Avenue South last Wednesday at 12:30 a.m. Police said that Hanna was stopped while driving because the car he was in had been reported stolen.

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Police Watch: Woman arrested for mugging senior, Man wanted for Herald Square groping

WOMAN ARRESTED FOR MUGGING ELDERLY WOMAN
Police arrested 49-year-old Lillian Maduro on Monday for an attempted robbery that took place on Tuesday, September 27 at noon near Fifth Avenue and West 12th Street. Police said that Maduro approached a 90-year-old woman and tried to snatch her duffle bag from the front of her utility cart. When the victim tried to prevent Maduro from taking the bag, the suspect allegedly knocked her to the ground and continued to pull at the bag. Police said that the victim managed to fight Maduro off and retained possession of her bag while Maduro allegedly fled east on East 12th Street. The victim was treated at Mount Sinai Beth Israel for cuts to her right arm and middle finger.

Groping suspect

Groping suspect

MAN WANTED FOR GROPING IN HERALD SQUARE
Police are looking for a man in connection with a groping incident near Herald Square in October. A 31-year-old woman reported that an unidentified man grabbed her buttocks while on the downtown BDFM platform on Tuesday, October 4 around 11 a.m. The man fled the station to the street. The victim described him as 25-35 years old, 5’10”, 180 lbs. with a slim build and black hair. He was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt.
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.

Bank robbery suspect

Bank robbery suspect

WOMAN WANTED FOR PARK AVE. BANK ROBBERY
Police are looking for a woman who committed a bank robbery in the Midtown South Precinct earlier this month. The suspect strolled into the Chase Bank at 2 Park Avenue between 32nd and 33rd Streets last Saturday around 3 p.m., approached a bank teller and passed a note demanding money. The teller complied and the suspect fled the bank with an undetermined amount of cash. The suspect has a light complexion, in her late 30s, 5’4” and 150 lbs. and was last seen wearing a black pea coat, black pants, white sneakers, black sunglasses and a black and white Yankee baseball cap. Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 800-577-TIPS 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 texting their tips to 274637(CRIMES) then enter TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential.

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Police Watch: Man arrested for Lillian Wald Houses murder, Man busted for bank break-ins

MAN ARRESTED FOR GREAT-GRANDMOTHER’S MURDER
Police arrested 23-year-old Gary Biaz for the murder of 82-year-old Ella-Mae Biaz inside 711 FDR Drive at the Lillian Wald Houses last Friday. Police responded to a 911 call about two women assaulted around 5:35 p.m. and found the senior, who the New York Post reported was Biaz’s great-grandmother, with her wrists and ankles bound with tape.
A 39-year-old woman had also been tied up in the apartment and had managed to free herself and alert the police. The 82-year-old was pronounced dead at the scene and the second victim was brought to Bellevue Hospital for her injuries.
Biaz reportedly stole cash from his great-grandmother and drove off in a car belonging to the younger victim, the Post said. He was arrested later that night after being caught near Bedford Avenue and South Second Street in Williamsburg.
Biaz was charged with murder and attempted murder.

MAN ARRESTED FOR FLATIRON BANK BREAK-INS
Police arrested 39-year-old Daniel Bertini for Flatiron bank burglaries that took place early Monday morning. The New York Daily News reported that Bertini was caught with $915 in stolen coins at 5:35 a.m. inside the Chase Bank at Sixth Avenue and West 18th Street. Police said that Bertini got cuts on his head when he resisted arrest and an officer hit him with a collapsible baton. He later told officers that he has a cocaine habit and had taken money from his mother. He allegedly burglarized that Chase branch, in addition to two other banks, to pay back his mother before she noticed that the money was missing. The Daily News reported that Bertini worked with a crowbar and a change of clothes and tried unsuccessfully to break into a Key Bank on East 22nd at 4:25 a.m. He allegedly managed to break into a Bank of America on Park Avenue South around 4:51 a.m. but didn’t take any money. Police said that Bertini, who lives with his mother in Chelsea, is also a suspect in eight bank jobs in Brooklyn, in addition to four thefts from a Manhattan bar and from a bodega.

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Police Watch: Ex-con arrested for ‘rape,’ mugger wanted for attempted robbery near Union Square

EX-CON ARRESTED FOR TURNMILL ‘RAPE’
Police arrested 48-year-old Rodney Stover for a rape that occurred inside the Turnmill Bar at 119 East 27th Street on Saturday, April 11 at 7:45 p.m. Stover allegedly grabbed the 23-year-old woman by the throat and raped her inside one of the stalls in the bathroom, which is on the basement level of the bar.
Stover was arrested outside 305 Seventh Avenue last Wednesday at 11:45 a.m. and the New York Post reported that the owner of Turnmill chased Stover to Seventh Avenue after recognizing him.
In 1992, Stover raped a 42-year-old woman in Southampton at knifepoint and was sentenced to 10 to 20 years in local jail. The Post reported that he did almost 19 years and was paroled in July 2012, but he was back in prison in Pennsylvania not long after on a parole violation. He had just been released again this past February and was living in the Bellevue Men’s Shelter at 400 East 30th Street.
Stover was charged with rape, sodomy and assault. He is being held at Riker’s Island and bail has been remanded.

COPS ON LOOKOUT FOR ARMED MUGGER
The New York City Police Department is asking the public’s assistance identifying a man wanted for an attempted robbery in Union Square. The robber followed the victim, a 24-year-old woman, into an elevator within 78 Fifth Avenue between 13th and 14th Streets on April 7 at 8:45 p.m. Once inside, he pulled out a gun and demanded that the victim lead him to her apartment and give him money. When she told him that she didn’t live in the building, he demanded that she go to an ATM where she was to remove money for him.  As they exited the building, he held the victim’s hand while hailing a taxi.  As the taxi pulled to the curb, the victim broke free from the man’s grasp and fled to a nearby store. The gunman fled the area empty handed.
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 their tips to 274637(CRIMES) then enter TIP577.

TWO ARRESTED FOR EAST 28TH ST. ROBBERY
Police arrested two people this week for a robbery that took place outside 143 East 28th Street on April 4.
Eighteen-year-old Show-kat Hossen was arrested last Monday at 10 a.m. and 24-year-old Imam Hossen was arrested this past Sunday at 9:30 a.m. The two men allegedly took personal belongings from the victim by force. Police said that the robbery was not a random mugging and that the three people all knew each other.

MAN ARRESTED FOR BOX CUTTER SLASH ‘ATTACK’ ON CAB PASSENGER
Police arrested 42-year-old Garfield Campbell for assault and possession of a weapon at the corner of Sixth Avenue and West 19th Street last Tuesday at 5:05 p.m. The victim told police that he was standing at the corner trying to hail a taxi, and when one stopped to pick him up, Campbell’s car was forced to stop behind it. He began to honk his horn and got out of his car to confront the victim. Campbell allegedly pushed him and began to hit him, then pulled out a box cutter and slashed him in the bicep and hand. Police said that the victim suffered serious physical injury and will need stitches on his arm and hand.

WOMAN ARRESTED FOR MAIALINO ‘THEFT’
Twenty-year-old Jazelle Hernandez was arrested last Monday at 1 a.m. after allegedly taking a jacket, purse, passport and three Xanax pills from a victim who was at Maialino restaurant at 2 Lexington Avenue on Sunday, April 5. Hernandez was allegedly wearing the jacket and holding the purse when police approached her.

MAN ARRESTED FOR STUY TOWN ‘THEFT’
Police arrested 23-year-old Honda Wang last Wednesday at 8:25 p.m. for petit larceny that occurred inside a Stuyvesant Town apartment. Wang allegedly entered the victim’s room without permission and took $750 as well as her MetroCard, Stuyvesant Town ID and key that was in one of her drawers. Police said that Wang was seen on video entering her bedroom, opening drawers and touching items on shelves. The relationship between Wang and the victim wasn’t known by the District Attorney’s office, and a rep for the D.A. said that Wang is the only other person besides the victim who has access to the apartment.

MAN BUSTED FOR ‘HEROIN’
Police arrested 49-year-old Tracy Coleman for possession of a controlled substance and petit larceny inside a Duane Reade at 71 West 23rd Street last Tuesday at 3:43 p.m. Coleman entered the store with another person who wasn’t arrested and allegedly swiped two pieces of chocolate as well as a drink. After he was stopped and searched, police found that he was in possession of 28 white baggies with alleged heroin.

THREE BUSTED FOR FLATIRON LIQUOR STORE ‘THEFT’
Police arrested a group of people in connection with a petit larceny from Flatiron Wines & Spirits at 929 Broadway last Wednesday around 5:30 p.m.
Twenty-year-old Jesus Cabrera was arrested for assault of a peace officer, petit larceny, resisting arrested, an unclassified misdemeanor of public administration, possession of stolen property and criminal mischief in front of the store at 6:18 p.m. Police said that he stole merchandise and when he was approached by police, shoved the officer and resisted for several minutes before he was restrained. He also allegedly shattered the glass door at the entrance of 939 Broadway while he was resisting arrest.
Devon Peterson, 23, was arrested for petit larceny at Broadway and 22nd Street. Police said that he was acting as a lookout and was allegedly handing property from the store to Cabrera.
Quamel Johnson, 23, was arrested for burglar’s tools and petit larceny at the corner of Broadway and East 18th Street. Police said that he was also acting as a lookout while the seven other people entered the location and took merchandise without permission. Johnson was allegedly in possession of a Jimmy Jazz bag lined with aluminum foil.
Five other people who were involved were not arrested.

COUPLE ARRESTED FOR ‘ASSAULT’
Police arrested a married couple, 54-year-old Patricia Leclerc and 28-year-old Ramon Leclerc for assault outside the Union Square subway station at Union Square East and East 15th Street last Tuesday at 6:15 p.m. The victim told police that she was crossing the street to go into the station when Patricia allegedly punched her in the face, causing substantial pain and bleeding. Ramon Leclerc then allegedly pulled her by her hair and punched her in the back of the head, and they also pushed her to the ground.
Police said that the Leclercs did not know the victim.

MAN ARRESTED FOR PHONE ‘SMASHING’
Forty-year-old Paolo Italia was arrested for criminal mischief in front of The Stand comedy club at 239 Third Avenue last Saturday at 10:52 p.m. Italia allegedly broke the victim’s phone by smashing the screen. The approximate value of the phone was $200.

SCAFFOLDING ‘TRESPASSERS’ BUSTED
Police arrested two people for reckless endangerment, criminal trespass and disorderly conduct at 4 Lexington Avenue last Saturday at 11:08 p.m. Nineteen-year-old Lucas Balzer and 20-year-old Gerard Dalbon allegedly climbed up scaffolding on the building without permission. Police said that Dalbon complied with orders to come down from the scaffolding but Balzer allegedly did not. Police said that he evaded police, causing a dangerous condition for officers in the process and was also charged with resisting arrest. Dalbon was also in possession of a tobacco pipe with alleged marijuana residue and he was charged with possession.
Police said that the two men were acting together and had entered the scaffolding from the side of the building on the southwest corner.

WOMAN BUSTED FOR ‘PROSTITUTION’
Police arrested 38-year-old Tara Penasso-Roussakov for prostitution outside 234 East 24th Street last Wednesday at 4:10 p.m. Police said that Penasso-Roussakov agreed to engage in sexual intercourse with an undercover officer in exchange for $220.

SERIAL DUANE READE ‘SHOPLIFTER’ NABBED
Twenty-year-old Marco Sepulveda was arrested last Friday at 4:14 p.m. for grand larceny and petit larceny. Sepulveda allegedly stole merchandise from four different Duane Reades, working with other people who weren’t arrested. Police said that he entered the store at 401 Park Avenue South on March 29 and swiped items there. On April 14, he entered the location at 300 Park Avenue South and allegedly stole $1,000 worth of products. He also allegedly stole things from the stores at 71 West 23rd Street on April 6 and 873 Broadway on March 24.

‘DRUG DEALER’ BUSTED ON EAST 28TH
Forty-year-old Shaheem Purdie was arrested for intent to sell a controlled substance, sale of a controlled substance, bail jumping, possession of marijuana and menacing in front of 24 East 28th Street last Saturday at 1:30 a.m. Police said that Purdie had completed a sale of the hallucinogen Molly to another person who wasn’t arrested and when he was searched, was allegedly in possession of 20 plastic bags of crack cocaine and two glassine envelopes of marijuana.
Police said that Purdie also got into an argument with someone and displayed a pocket knife while threatening to kill him.

THREE PEOPLE ARRESTED FOR K2
Police arrested three people for possession of synthetic marijuana last week in two separate incidents.
James Johns, 33, was arrested in front of 38 West 26th Street last Tuesday at 1:21 p.m. and was allegedly in possession of K2, synthetic marijuana. Police said that 24-year-olds Demike Colello and Joseph Challenger were smoking synthetic marijuana in front of 49 West 27th Street last Tuesday at 4:36 p.m.

Police Watch: Waterside Plaza heroin bust, senior missing from East 6th

HEROIN BUST AT WATERSIDE

Police arrested 45-year-old Joseph Hirsch for intent to sell a controlled substance at 25 Waterside Plaza last Thursday at 5:30 p.m. Police had a warrant to search the address and Hirsch was allegedly in possession of a quantity of heroin and pills. He was also in possession of two scales, police said.

HEROIN ARRESTS ON WEST 25TH

Police arrested 28-year-old Abel Estevez and 28-year-old Yamile Irizarry for sale of a controlled substance at the corner of West 25th Street and Sixth Avenue last Wednesday at 4:58 p.m. Estevez and Irizarry allegedly sold a quantity of heroin to an undercover police officer.

CITIBIKE ‘THIEF’ NABBED

Forty-one-year-old Christian Damgaard was arrested for possession of stolen property in front of 35 West 27th Street last Saturday at 9:43 p.m. Damgaard was seen at the location unlocking a Citibike, which he had allegedly painted purple to conceal the Citibike name and serial number. He was unlocking the bike with his own personal lock and chain, police said. A check with Citibike found that the bike had last been docked at East 40th Street and Fifth Avenue on September 2 at 11:21 a.m. and hadn’t been returned since.

SENIOR MISSING FROM EAST 6TH ST. HOME
The NYPD is seeking the public’s assistance in locating a missing person within the confines of the Ninth Precinct. Stephen Kritsky, 86, was last seen on Thursday, September 11 at approximately 12 p.m. inside his home at 230 East 6th Street. He is described as 5’9” and 125 lbs.   Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call Crime stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477).

MAN ARRESTED FOR TWO GUNS

Police arrested 29-year-old Raymond Williams for possession of a weapon last Wednesday at 4:35 p.m. Williams was found operating a rental car without being on a rental agreement. Pursuant to a search warrant, Williams was allegedly found to be in possession of two loaded .40 caliber semi automatic firearms. Both contained magazines capable of carrying 15 rounds, police said. Williams also allegedly admitted that he was in possession of two fraudulent credit cards.

MAN ARRESTED FOR ‘FOUR LOKO’
Police arrested 39-year-old William Morton for violating New York State laws at the corner of Union Square East and East 15th Street last Tuesday at 10:34 a.m. Morton was allegedly holding an open container of Four Loko in Union Square Park in plain view.

MAN BUSTED FOR ‘XANAX’

Forty-seven-year-old John Powers for possession of a controlled substance at the corner of Union Square East and East 15th Street last Tuesday at 4:01 p.m. Powers allegedly had an open container of Four Loko inside Union Square Park in public view. He was also in possession of Xanax pills and a pipe with alleged marijuana residue, police said.

MAN ARRESTED AFTER CAR ACCIDENT

Police arrested 48-year-old Emmanuel Bamfo for an unclassified traffic misdemeanor at Avenue C and East 23rd Street last Tuesday at 5:58 p.m. Bamfo was involved in an accident at the location and a license check found that Bamfo was allegedly operating the car with a suspended license. There were no injuries in the accident.

ARRESTED FOR ‘SUPREME’

Police arrested 46-year-old Thomas Scott for sale of a controlled substance in front of 107 East 14th Street last Tuesday at 4:20 p.m. He was allegedly selling a narcotic drug labeled Supreme.

MAN ARRESTED FOR ASSAULT

Police arrested 21-year-old Gage Quinones for assault at the corner of Union Square East and East 15th Street last Sunday at 3:19 p.m. Quinones allegedly punched the victim in the face while they were having an argument inside Union Square Park.

DUANE READE ‘ROBBER’ BUSTED

Ron Cusick, 32, was arrested for grand larceny in front of the Duane Reade at 71 West 23rd Street last Saturday at 2:20 p.m. Cusick was attempting to flee from the store and when he was stopped by a loss prevention officer. Police found that he was allegedly in possession of a brown bag that concealed merchandise he was trying to take without paying. When the loss prevention officer was escorting Cusick to the office, he allegedly attempted to flee a second time. While he was cuffed and detained in the office, he pushed up his legs and caused damage to a printer, police said. He was also in possession of an alleged crack pipe.

MEN ARRESTED FOR SNORTING ‘COKE’

Police arrested 23-year-old Alejandro Vilasuso and 26-year-old Hojoong Kim for possession of a controlled substance in front of Molly’s bar at 287 Third Avenue last Sunday at 12:30 a.m. Vilasuso and Kim were allegedly snorting cocaine from their hands. Kim also allegedly dropped the bag of cocaine to the ground in an attempt to conceal it.

TEEN ARRESTED AT KIPS BAY GRISTEDES

Police arrested a teen for petit larceny in front of the Gristedes supermarket at 512 Second Avenue last Saturday at 1:22 p.m. Store security saw the teen take food from the store display and conceal it in a shoulder bag. The total amount of the items taken was $40.68. The teen is attending the Secondary School for Law in Brooklyn and is currently in the care of the ACS facility at 492 First Avenue.

UNLICENSED SUNGLASSES ‘VENDOR’ BUSTED

Police arrested 35-year-old Joseph Stuart for violating New York State laws in front of 33 Union Square West last Thursday at 5:31 p.m. Stuart was allegedly selling sunglasses on the street without a proper general vendor’s license.

SLEEPING IN CARDBOARD HOUSES
Joseph McMillan, 25, and Ramon Valdes, 63, were arrested in front of 13 West 27th Street last Wednesday at 6:22 a.m. for violating New York State laws. McMillan and Valdes were allegedly sleeping on a public sidewalk with cardboard boxes covering their bodies. Neither man had valid ID.

Police Watch: Pair indicted in rental scam, teen arrested for masturbating in Union Square

MEN WANTED FOR RESTAURANT ROBBERY
Cops are hunting three men who they believed robbed Crema, a restaurant at 111 West 17th Street.
On September 12 at 10:30 p.m., police arrived at Crema after being called by a restaurant employee who said three men walked in and snatched a cash register from behind the bar. The victims also said that one of the robber pulled out a machete and demanded money in Spanish. The men then fled west bound on West 17th Street towards Seventh Avenue. The investigation is ongoing and the suspects are described as three Hispanic men in their 20’s wearing masks.

PAIR INDICTED IN RENTAL SCAM
On Tuesday, Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance, Jr., announced the indictment of Matthew Wada, 36, and Jennifer York, 27, for engaging in an apartment rental scam that defrauded more than 20 victims, many of whom were moving to New York City for the first time, out of approximately $60,000 dollars. Following an investigation by the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office and the NYPD’s sixth and ninth precincts, the indictments charge the defendants with scheme to defraud in the first degree and multiple counts of grand larceny in the fourth degree. Wada is also charged with grand larceny in the third degree.
According to documents filed in court and statements made on the record in court, from late October 2013 to early March 2014, Wada and York gained temporary access to various apartments by renting the apartment through websites including Craigslist and NYHabitat.com for vacation or a short-term stay. The apartments were located throughout Manhattan, including in Midtown, Chelsea, Greenwich Village, and the East Village. Once the defendants gained access to an apartment, they would then advertise it for rent on different websites, including Craigslist and Bazarynka.com, the latter a website serving the Polish community in New York.
Victims who responded to the defendants’ rental advertisements were shown an apartment Wada or York had access to for only a short period of time. The victims, who were falsely told that Wada was the apartment’s landlord, signed long-term lease agreements with future start dates and gave the defendants varying amounts of rent and security deposits up front.
Victims lost anywhere from $150 to $4,500, with average losses around $2,200. In many  cases, multiple victims signed leases for the same apartment.

CRAIGSLIST ‘SCAMMER’ BUSTED IN STUY TOWN
Police arrested 23-year-old Sarkis Avoyants in front of 447 East 14th Street in Stuyvesant Town last Wednesday at 2 p.m. Avoyants, along with another man, allegedly stole $500 from someone who had contacted him on Craigslist to conduct a move. The two men took the money from the victim and then fled without providing the service that was promised, police said.  Police caught Avoyants but the other man got away.

‘GROPER’ NABBED THANKS TO GOOD SAMARITAN
Fifty-year-old Stuart Bennett was arrested for sexual abuse last Thursday at 5:05 p.m. on the corner of Sixth Avenue and West 27th Street. Bennett allegedly approached a woman from behind, put his hands on her hips and forcibly pushed himself into her with his groin and began gyrating into her buttocks. A witness, who flagged down a nearby Port Authority police officer, told police that he saw Bennett forcibly gyrating against the woman.

TEEN MASTURBATES ON L PLATFORM
Police arrested a teenager in the Union Square subway station for public lewdness last Friday at 9:30 a.m. The teen was on the L platform masturbating under the stairs leading to the N/Q/R platform with his right hand inside his right front pants pocket. The teen attends Park West High School at 525 West 50th Street and is in 11th grade. His name is being withheld due to his tender age.

MEN ARRESTED FOR COUNTERFEIT BILLS
Police arrested three men for forgery last Tuesday at 11:35 p.m. on the corner of Second Avenue and East 24th Street. Troy Brooks, 23, and Darryl Riddick, 21, allegedly used counterfeit money to buy beer at a nearby bar. Twenty-year-old Shamar Dunigan was allegedly working with Brooks and Riddick and also attempted to make purchases at the bar with counterfeit money. He was also in possession of additional counterfeit currency, police said.

MAN ARRESTED FOR ‘BOMB THREAT’
Police arrested 32-year-old Justin Davidson inside the 13th precinct for false alarm of a fire last Wednesday at 7:15 p.m. Davidson allegedly dialed 911 operators and made threats to blow up the NYC Transit System by means of telephone. The report did not specify where Davidson made the call from or if he made threats about a specific station.

TWO MEN BUSTED FOR ASSAULT
Police arrested two men involved in a fight last Wednesday. Kenny Smith, 51, was arrested at 3:06 p.m. in front of the BRC at 127 West 25th Street and thirty-eight-year-old David Cameron was arrested in front of 124 West 25th Street at 3:16 p.m. Smith allegedly picked up a 2×4 piece of wood and struck the victim in the back of the head and Cameron allegedly punched the same man in the head, causing physical injury. The incident occurred at the BRC where Smith was apprehended immediately and Cameron was arrested down the block after attempting to flee.

WOMAN ARRESTED IN UMBRELLA ASSAULT
Police arrested 25-year-old Desiree Rodriguez for assault last Saturday at 1:29 a.m. in front of 12 East 22nd Street. The victim told police that he and Rodriguez, his neighbor, had an argument about the volume of the television and the argument escalated into a physical fight. Rodriguez allegedly grabbed an umbrella and repeatedly struck him, causing cuts on both his right and left forearms.

MAN BUSTED FOR SKIPPING CLUB COSTS
Police arrested 22-year-old Saverio Galasso for theft of services in front of The Hurricane Club at 360 Park Avenue South last Saturday at 3:13 a.m. Galasso paid $450 of his bill in cash and attempted to pay the rest on a credit card. When the card was declined, he allegedly attempted to leave without paying the remaining balance, which was $988.

WOMAN NABBED FOR ‘DRUNK’ DRIVING
Police arrested 23-year-old Brittany Herbott for intoxicated driving at Park Avenue South and East 26th Street last Saturday at 4:33 a.m. An officer stopped Herbott because her headlights were out and she was found to be under the influence of alcohol, police said. She allegedly had a BAC of .085 percent when tested at the scene.

ARRESTED FOR SLEEPING IN CARDBOARD BOX
Police arrested 27-year-old Keshaun Williams in front of 4 East 15th Street last Wednesday at 6:19 a.m. for violation on undisclosed New York State laws. Williams was allegedly sleeping on a public sidewalk inside cardboard boxes about four feet tall and eight feet long.

BUSTED FOR BURGLAR’S TOOLS
Police arrested 36-year-old Fidel Valasquez for possession of burglar’s tools last Saturday at 12:10 p.m. on the corner of East 23rd Street and Madison Avenue. Valasquez was seen casing multiple commercial pharmacies while holding what appeared to be cash. He then entered a pharmacy in the area and allegedly attempted to use a counterfeit $20 bill to make purchases. When police searched him, they found that the money was fake and he was also allegedly in possession of burglar’s tools.  No information was available on the specific pharmacy that Valasquez entered.

MAN ARRESTED FOR SKIPPING CAB FARE
Police arrested 23-year-old Marcus Sirmans for theft of services at the 13th precinct last Sunday at 3:22 a.m. Sirmans got into a yellow taxi at West 116th and Broadway and gave the driver his home address, 340 East 29th Street. The driver brought him to the location and Sirmans then allegedly told the driver that he had no money because he left his wallet at the party. The driver brought Sirmans back to his original location but nobody answered the door because there wasn’t anyone left at the party. The driver then brought Sirmans to the precinct closest to where he lives and told officers what happened, leading to his arrest for failing to pay his taxi fare of $83.50.

ARREST FOR SELLING CIGS
Police arrested Jorge Rendall, 55, for violating tax law at the corner of First Avenue and East 27th Street last Wednesday at 9:50 a.m. Rendall allegedly sold an untaxed pack of Newport Light cigarettes to someone for $8.

MAN ARRESTED FOR SALE OF ‘HEROIN’
Police arrested 42-year-old Alfredo Fabian for the intent to sell a controlled substance in front of 132 West 15th Street last Tuesday at 1:43 p.m. A plain-clothes officer saw Fabian casing the corner at West 15th Street and Sixth Avenue. Fabian then allegedly approached two other people and sold a quantity of heroin. He was in possession of a large quantity of alleged heroin, police said.