Police Watch: ‘Mugger’ arrested at 30th St. Shelter, Bank robbery in Flatiron

ARREST AT SHELTER FOR ROBBERY
On June 5, Cecil Richardson, 55, was arrested at the shelter at Bellevue on East 30th Street with police believing him to be behind multiple muggings in midtown.
According to the criminal complaint:
On April 10, he allegedly robbed a man on 60th Street and East End Drive by putting his hand on the victim’s shoulder while demanding money.
Then on May 3, at 590 Fifth Avenue, he allegedly menaced and mugged another victim.
On May 23, in front of 79 East End Drive, he allegedly told another mark, “I can be a violent person,” before fleeing with the victim’s cash.
On May 24, there was another alleged mugging at 48th Street between Park Avenue and Lexington.
On May 29, in front of 20 East 49th Street, he allegedly told the next person, “You don’t want to get hurt,” before fleeing with the victim’s money.
On June 3, he warned another victim at 550 Lexington Avenue, “Don’t run or I’ll hurt you.”
An arresting officer also said he saw Richardson approach three men aggressively at another midtown location, by pinning one of them against the wall. When he saw the officer, he fled. According to the complaint, Richardson told cops “people might misconstrue” his actions “as aggressive.” However, he added, “These people give me money.”
Bail has been set at $100,000. His next court date is set for June 11.
His attorney, Danielle Iredale, declined to comment.

MASSEUSE BUSTED FOR ‘PROSTITUTION’
Otilia Ceserta, 44, a masseuse at Wood Spa at 133 Lexington Avenue, was arrested on June 5 for prostitution. Ceserta, while giving a massage to an undercover officer, allegedly agreed to engage in oral sex for $200.

Bank robbery suspect

Bank robbery suspect

BANK ROBBERY IN FLATIRON
Police are asking the public’s assistance identifying the suspect wanted for robbing an HSBC Bank at 145 Fifth Avenue and 21st Street.
On Friday, June 5, at 11:10 a man armed with a gun walked into the bank and demanded cash from the teller. The teller complied and the suspect fled with an undetermined amount of money.
The suspect is described as white, in his mid-thirties, 5’9” tall and weighing 180 pounds.
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 texting tips to 274637(CRIMES) then enter TIP577.

DEFIANT TRESPASSER ARRESTED
Roger Smith was arrested on June 5 at around 6:30 p.m. at 444 Second Avenue, where he doesn’t live, but apparently wouldn’t leave. Security personnel at the building told police Smith walked in and refused to leave, then proceeded to smoke a cigarette. He also allegedly had a strong odor of alcohol on him and was harassing tenants. Police said that after they arrived, he still wouldn’t agree to leave and then threatened officers, causing further alarm to tenants.

‘BAG SNATCHER’ CAUGHT BY GOOD SAMARITANS
Carlos Baez, 43, was arrested on June 1 for allegedly swiping a woman’s bag and fleeing the scene. He was however chased down by good Samaritans, though he tried to struggle away from them, police said. At one point, he dropped his benefits ID card which was recovered by police. Police added that Baez has also been arrested for an April incident in which he allegedly swiped a bag off a chair at the Union Square Starbucks. The address of the more recent arrest was not available.
However, according to a criminal complaint, Baez has been accused of three bag snatching incidents in April, all of which took place in the Gramercy area.

POT ARRESTS
Police made numerous drug-related arrests this week. Below are a few samples.
Miguel Vargas, 38, was arrested on June 2 at Mount Sinai Beth Israel at 281 First Avenue for an alleged sale of a controlled substance. Police said he’s also done this before on March 17, March 25 and April 24.
Arhan Pohen, 53, was allegedly seen smoking a joint on a sidewalk outside 27 Madison Avenue, on June 3.
Adam Bezer, 35, was allegedly seen by an officer smoking pot from a pipe in public view at 38 West 26th Street, on June 3.

POT BUSTS AT UNION SQUARE
An undercover detective made several busts on drug-related charges on June 3 at East 15th Street and Union Square. Joanne Horr, 19, was arrested for allegedly selling a controlled substance. David Sinsky, 37, and Keith Ronquillo were arrested for the same thing. Jonathan Caldwell, 26, was charged with intent to sell and was allegedly in possession of a large quantity of marijuana.
In a separate incident on June 3, Igor Gartenflys, 25, was arrested at 10 Union Square East when a police officer saw that he allegedly had a gravity knife in plain view. Upon searching him, an officer also found pot, police said.
On June 4, Wilmer Bustos, 34, was arrested at East 14th Street and Union Square East after he was seen allegedly in possession of K2, synthetic marijuana in public view.

MENACING WITH KNIFE
Two men were arrested in separate incidents for allegedly menacing people with a knife.
Robert Baster, 54, was arrested on June 4 at 43 West 24th Street after allegedly being seen waving a knife around at passersby at 23rd Street and Sixth Avenue. Police made the arrest after being flagged down by a witness who identified Baster. Cops said he resisted arrest.
On June 7, Michael Jones, 52, was arrested after allegedly pushing a woman and waving a knife around while screaming obscenities at her. No injuries were reported.

POT ARRESTS ON E. 28th ST.
Michael Romain, 34, was arrested at 14 East 28th Street for allegedly selling pot. Police said he also resisted arrest when an officer told him to put his hands behind his back.
Police also arrested Papomer Sow, 43, on June 4 at the same location for allegedly buying pot. He was also charged with bribery of a public administration official, although details weren’t available on the alleged bribe attempt.

MAN ARRESTED FOR SLEEPING AT BANK
Williams Hicks was arrested on June 5 at around 4 a.m. for trespassing when he was found sleeping on the floor of the Chase Bank at 225 Fifth Avenue in the ATM area. Police noted that the bank does have signs prohibiting trespassing and loitering. Hicks was also found to have two open warrants.

PHONE TOSSER
On June 1 at 9:30 in the morning, Angeleena Morales, 22, was arrested for allegedly throwing a woman’s cell phone out the window and punching her in the face. It wasn’t clear where the incident took place, but Morales was arrested for assault and criminal mischief at the 13th Precinct.

LOOSIE SALE ON E. 28th ST.
Luis Benitez, 62, was arrested on June 2 at 10 a.m. after he was seen allegedly selling a loose cigarette at 344 East 28th Street. Police also said he has an open warrant.

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Bank robbery suspect

Bank robbery suspect

MAN WANTED FOR ATTEMPTED BANK ROBBERY
Police are seeking the public’s assistance in locating and identifying a person wanted in connection to a robbery of an HSBC bank located at 800 Sixth Avenue.
On Thursday, February 5 at 8:45 a.m. a man walked into the bank and passed a demand note, but ended up fleeing without money.
The suspect is described as a black man who is approximately 35 years old, 5’7”, with a dark brown complexion and thin mustache. He was last seen wearing a dark colored winter hat with ear flaps, gray scarf, dark colored winter jacket, dark pants and tan boots.
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 nypdcrimestoppers.com or by texting TIP577 and their tips to 274637 (CRIMES). All calls are strictly confidential.

MAN NABBED FOR IPHONE ‘THEFT’ FROM CAR
Samuelle Blakely, 46, was arrested for petit larceny at the corner of Broadway and West 28th Street last Thursday at 4:04 p.m. Blakely was also charged with resisting arrest and possession of stolen property.
The victim told police that she was in a car with her boyfriend and had asked Blakeley if he knew where a nearby bathroom was, then left the vehicle. Her boyfriend was still in the driver’s seat and Blakely allegedly got into the car. When the victim returned to find Blakeley still sitting in the passenger’s seat, she asked him to leave and when she got back in the car, immediately noticed that her cell phone was missing from the seat.
A lieutenant stopped Blakely not long after on suspicion of stealing a cell phone and Blakely allegedly pushed the officer away, causing injury. Police said that he ran north on Broadway towards West 28th Street. He was then stopped at the intersection and arrested. After searching him, police said that he was in possession of a stolen iPhone 4 belonging to the victim that was recovered after it fell out of his pant leg.

TEEN BUSTED FOR ‘FAKE’ NBA ALL STAR TICKETS
Nineteen-year-old Derrick Johnson was arrested in front of 100 East 23rd Street for forgery and fraudulent accosting last Thursday at 5:15 p.m. Johnson allegedly agree to meet an undercover officer to sell tickets to the NBA All Star Game via Craigslist and when the officer met up with him, the tickets appeared to be fraudulent.

PIPE ASSAULT ON FIRST AVE. AND EAST 25TH
Police arrested 53-year-old Jerome Maxwell for assault at the corner of First Avenue and East 25th Street last Saturday at 2:41 a.m. Maxwell allegedly hit the victim with a metal pipe in the left shoulder, causing pain and swelling.

MAN ARRESTED FOR ‘SELLING DRUGS’ AT ASSER LEVY PLACE
Police arrested 26-year-old Eduardo Garcia for intent to sell a controlled substance and sale of a controlled substance at the corner of Asser Levy Place and East 23rd Street last Thursday at 10:10 p.m. Garcia was allegedly selling a quantity of a controlled substance to another person and after searching him, police said that he was in possession of an additional quantity of a controlled substance.

CREDIT CARD THIEF NABBED
Police arrested a teenager for grand larceny inside School of the Future at 127 East 22nd Street last Thursday at 2:14 p.m. The teen used a stolen credit card inside the Chipotle at 125 East 23rd Street for food totaling $18.25. The teen said that he got the card from his friend, who had stolen it from a teacher.

WANTED GAP SWEATER ‘THIEVES’ CAUGHT
Police arrested two men who were connected to previous crimes within the 13th precinct last week. James Whiting, 45, and Frankie Blake, also 45, were charged with possession of stolen property and burglar’s tools. Police said that Whiting and Blake, who officers recognized from a “wanted” posted, were seen in front of 69 Fifth Avenue last Thursday at 2:10 p.m. casing the location.
When an officer approached, he saw that they were allegedly in possession of burglar’s tools (a box lined with foil inside a large plastic bag), which contained stolen merchandise with security tags. The two had allegedly previously swiped sweaters from the nearby Gap store.
Police said that Whiting was in possession of suboxone, a drug used to treat dependence on opiates, and was charged with possession of a controlled substance.

TEEN BUSTED FOR THEFTS AT FAST FOOD JOINTS
Nineteen-year-old Roland Thomas was arrested inside the 13th Precinct last Friday at 6 p.m. Thomas was charged with three counts of grand larceny and one count of possession of stolen property. Thomas allegedly entered the Starbucks at 10 Union Square East at an earlier date and stole a bag containing credit cards. On a different occasion, Thomas allegedly swiped a Lenovo laptop from the Chickpea at 210 East 14th Street. Police said that when he was arrested, Thomas was in possession of the Lenovo laptop and a tablet belonging to an unknown victim. Police said that Thomas was responsible for two additional grand larcenies, one of which happened at the end of last year, but no further information was available about where the alleged thefts took place.

MAN ARRESTED FOR COUNTERFEIT SNEAKS
Police arrested 49-year-old Christopher Bailey in front of 18 West 29th Street for forgery last Tuesday at 10:10 a.m. Bailey was allegedly in possession of trademark counterfeit sneakers in public view.

‘POT’ DEALER ARRESTED
Police arrested 35-year-old Mamamdou Barry at the corner of Broadway and West 28th Street last Tuesday at 11:07 a.m. Barry was charged with resisting arrest, an unclassified misdemeanor, sale of marijuana and possession of marijuana. Police said that he was selling pot at the corner and when they tried to stop him, he fled. When he was searched, he was allegedly in possession of additional marijuana.

MAN NABBED FOR SELLING ‘LOOSIES’
Fifty-one-year-old Kenny Smith was arrested for an unclassified violation in front of 52 West 28th Street last Tuesday at 5:25 p.m. Smith was allegedly approaching pedestrians and selling loose cigarettes without a license.

ARREST FOR ‘SNATCHING’ WALLET AT KOA
Eighteen-year-old Dayanara Torres was arrested for grand larceny and possession of stolen property last Wednesday in front of KOA at 12 West 21st Street at 12:20 p.m. Torres allegedly took a wallet from a handbag containing multiple credit cards and cash from the location.

MAN ARRESTED FOR STOLEN PROPERTY
Police arrested 41-year-old Pedro Rivera for possession of stolen property in front of 139 Fifth Avenue last Tuesday at 1:45 p.m. Police said that Rivera was hiding inside a public phone booth while he was removing items from their security casing and putting them into a black backpack, then left the location. He was allegedly in possession of stolen property when he was searched.

WOULD-BE BIKE ‘THIEF’ BUSTED
Police arrested 29-year-old Jeremy Rodriguez for burglar’s tools and petit larceny in front of 60 West 23rd Street last Wednesday at 5:24 p.m. Rodriguez was allegedly yanking on a bicycle lock in an attempt to remove the bicycle from the rack. Police said that Rodriguez was also in possession of a metal rod commonly used in bike thefts.

VENDOR BUSTED FOR ‘FAKE’ ROLEX
Michael Groux, 31, was arrested in front of 41 Union Square West last Wednesday at 5 p.m. for forgery and an unclassified misdemeanor. Groux was allegedly displaying for sale six watches with a counterfeit trademark for Rolex, and police said that when they asked Groux to show them a DCA license, he couldn’t.

MAN BUSTED FOR CAMERA STORE ‘THEFT’
Police arrested 27-year-old Xavier Veal for grand larceny inside Adorama at 42 West 18th Street last Thursday at 8:35 p.m. Veal allegedly removed $2,400 worth of merchandise from the store, put it into his jacket and attempted to leave.

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MAN WANTED IN HSBC ROBBERY

Robbery suspect

Robbery suspect

Police are looking for a man they believe robbed a bank in the 13th Precinct.
The man allegedly entered the HSBC Bank located at 101 West 14th Street last Tuesday around 3:35 p.m. and passed a note demanding cash to a teller. He then fled the bank with $1267 inside of a manila envelope, police said. There were no reported injuries as a result of this incident.
The suspect is a white man who is approximately 50-60 years old, 5’8”, 160 lbs and was last seen wearing a burgundy button down shirt, gray t-shirt, jeans and black and gray sneakers and he was seen carrying a manila envelope.
Anyone with information in regards to this bank robbery is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 800-577-TIPS.

MAN SETS FIREWORKS AT COFFEE SHOP
No arrests have been made in a case of reckless endangerment that occurred in front of the Coffee Shop at 29 Union Square West last Wednesday at 1:20 a.m. Victims told police that they were eating at the Coffee Shop in the sidewalk seating area when an unknown person threw fireworks under the table, causing alarm and burn marks on their clothing. After throwing the fireworks, the person fled south on Union Square West on a bicycle.

STUY TOWN WOMAN’S ID STOLEN
A 27-year-old resident of 310 First Avenue reported on Monday at 4 p.m. that her identity had been stolen. She told police that she got an email from her credit card company stating that there was unusual activity on her card, regarding charges at Home Depot and Walgreens, totaling $750.77. The victim said that she didn’t authorize those transactions and she was still in possession of the card. All the charges were made in New Jersey beginning on Saturday, May 24.

CYCLIST DAMAGES CAR AT EAST 18TH
A 27-year-old woman reported that her car was damaged while she was driving at the northeast corner of Park Avenue South and East 18th Street. She told police that she was driving north on Park Avenue South when a man on a bike started punching her mirror. The man then broke the mirror and fled.

MAN NABBED FOR ‘CHOKING’ IN SUBWAY
Police arrested 29-year-old Sidney Aime for criminal obstruction of breath at the Union Square subway station last Sunday at 2:30 a.m. The victim told police that she was arguing with Aime on the L platform in the station and Aime then allegedly choked her, cutting off her breathing. She didn’t sustain any injuries from the incident.

RANGERS FAN CRAIGSLIST-SCAMMED
A man reported that he was the victim of fraudulent accosting last Thursday at 5:20 p.m. at the southwest corner of Fifth Avenue and West 25th Street. He told police that he found an ad on Craigslist to purchase Rangers tickets for the game on May 29.
He got in touch with the person in the ad via text message. The victim made arrangements to meet the man at the corner of West 25th Street and Lexington Avenue and the man gave him two tickets through the victim’s car window and the victim paid $650 in cash. The man told him during the transaction that he worked at the NBA store in Manhattan. When the victim attempted to enter Madison Square Garden with the tickets, he found that they were counterfeit.

SENIOR HARASSED BY NEIGHBOR
A 79-year-old woman reported that she was harassed last Friday at 12:30 p.m. in front of 204 East 23rd Street. She told police that a 61-year-old man hit her in the arm after a minor argument. She said that the incident shook her up and she fears for her safety, and told police that the man involved is her neighbor.

FOOD STOLEN FROM DELIVERY MAN
A delivery person for the Four Seasons Cafe told police that money and food was stolen from him inside 61 West 23rd Street last Friday at 3:20 p.m. He told police that he went to the lobby to deliver food. An unknown person accepted the food order and also had the delivery person give him $76 and said that he needed the money and would return with change. The man then went upstairs to an unknown floor and never returned with the food or money.

PHONE STOLEN FROM ANN TAYLOR OFFICE
A 21-year-old woman reported that her phone was stolen while she was working in the Ann Taylor at 149 Fifth Avenue last Friday. She told police that she was in possession of the phone when she went in around 2 p.m. and she left the phone in her purse in the employee offices. She returned to work and when she went to retrieve the phone around 3 p.m., her phone wasn’t there. No surveillance video was available.

BRACELET MISSING ON EAST 25TH
A 38-year-old woman told police that she realized that her bracelet had been stolen from her apartment at 242 East 25th Street last Thursday around 7 p.m. She said that she is in the process of moving and the movers have been in and out of the apartment, as well as real estate agents. She said that she is sure the bracelet was in a box in her bedroom. She also has insurance on the bracelet, which is worth $500.

CAR DAMAGED NEAR STUY TOWN
A 33-year-old man reported that his car was damaged after he parked it in front of 520 East 20th Street last Wednesday at 11:30 a.m. He told police that he returned that evening around 12:30 a.m. and he saw that his car had been hit by another vehicle, causing damage to both passenger’s side doors.

GIRL MISSING FROM ACS

Kessiah White

Kessiah White

The New York City Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance in finding the following missing person who resides within the confines of the 13th Precinct. Kessiah White was last seen leaving her residence in the ACS Facility at 492 First Avenue on Wednesday, May 21 at 12:47 a.m. She is a 13-year-old girl, 5’3” and 112 lbs. Anyone with information in regards to this missing person is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS (8477). The public can also submit tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website at nypdcrimestoppers.com. All calls are strictly confidential.

RIOT AT GOOD SHEPHERD SERVICES
A 16-year-old girl was arrested inside the Good Shepherd Services at 337 East 17th Street last Tuesday at 10:29 p.m. for inciting a riot. The girl intentionally reported a false alarm by pulling the fire alarm box on the fourth floor, causing a condition that endangered the safety of the others in the building. During the same incident, she also intentionally broke two fire extinguisher cabinets on the fourth floor. The fire department responded and the building was evacuated.

HOMELESS MAN CHOKED AT BELLEVUE
Police arrested 30-year-old Yeon Shin for strangulation inside Bellevue at 462 First Avenue last Wednesday at 4:38 p.m. Shin allegedly placed a homeless man in a choke hold for no apparent reason, cutting off blood flow and oxygen and causing the man to lose consciousness. The victim also had a small cut above his left eye.

CAR BROKEN INTO ON EAST 26TH
A 46-year-old woman reported that her car was broken into after she parked it in front of 225 East 26th Street last Monday at 9:30 p.m. She said that she returned the next day at 7 a.m. and found that the driver’s side rear window was broken and her GPS had been stolen from her glove compartment. Blood was also found inside the car.

TEEN NABBED FOR STOLEN CITIBIKE
Police arrested a 17-year-old boy for grand larceny of a Citibike last Tuesday at 4:45 p.m. in front of 541 Sixth Avenue. Police saw the boy showing the bike to his friends and when he approached him, the boy said, “I took it out of the rack around the block.” The bike belonged to the New York City Bike Share program and the officer discovered that the boy did not belong to the program. The bike is valued at $1,200.