Police Watch: NYPD looking for burglar, Teen breaks 13th precinct door

Cops are on the lookout for a burglar who got into an apartment at 214 East 25th Street by breaking a basement window of the building on Sunday, May 29 between noon and 7 p.m. The intruder got away with two iPad Minis, a Chromebook and a Fitbit Blaze.
The suspect is described as a Hispanic man with a dark complexion and bald head, and was last seen wearing a red t-shirt and gray sweatpants. The suspect was captured on surveillance video attempting to first gain entry inside the building through a rear door around 2:46 p.m. 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 Crimestoppers website at nypdcrimestoppers.com or by texting TIP577 and their tips to 274637 (CRIMES). All calls are strictly confidential.

Police arrested three teenagers after they assaulted two Forcella Bar workers at 377 Park Avenue South last Wednesday at 7 p.m. The three teens who were arrested physically assaulted the workers, resulting in injuries to one of the worker’s face and hand.
Police said that one of the teens, who resides in the ACS facility at 492 First Avenue and doesn’t currently attend school, resisted arrest by pushing the officer. He also provided a false name and birthday to police even after being informed that giving a false name would result in an additional charge. When police brought the teen to the precinct, he refused to go through the door and said that he wanted the handcuffs removed. He pulled himself away from the officer and in the ensuring struggle, he broke the glass door in the front of the precinct. The teen was charged with resisting arrest, assault, criminal mischief, impersonation and a public administration misdemeanor and the two others were charged with assault.

Police arrested 31-year-old Jamar Lawton at Second Avenue and East 29th Street last Monday at 4:41 p.m. after he allegedly threatened a man nearby. Police said that Lawton grabbed the victim by his chest in a threatening manner, cutting him in the process. He then allegedly fled the scene but was soon pointed out to police by the victim in a nearby park. Police said that Lawton behaved in a combative manner and attempted to flee the area by running through a playground filled with children. He allegedly continued to resist arrest when police caught up with him and one officer was injured while attempting to place him in handcuffs. Police said that he was also in possession of multiple fake credit cards. Lawton was charged with forgery, resisting arrest, assault and disorderly conduct.

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Police Watch: Closet-hiding ‘burglar’ arrested, Subway grinder busted in Union Square

Office burglary suspect Phoenix Goines

Office burglary suspect Phoenix Goines

Police have arrested the man reportedly responsible for tricking a building security guard into letting him charge his phone when he was really biding his time until employees went home to steal a number of laptops from a Chelsea office at the end of April. The incident took place on April 22 around 6:09 p.m. when Phoenix Goines, 33, entered the offices of Gravity Advertising at 114 West 26th Street and allegedly swiped a bunch of laptops.
Deputy Inspector Brendan Timoney of the 13th Precinct originally reported the incident at a community council meeting in April and at the time, expressed shock that the guard in the building didn’t call the police when the unfamiliar man entered the building.
Before the theft took place, the guard found Goines allegedly hiding inside a closet where the suspect allegedly said he was looking for somewhere to charge his phone. Instead of escorting him out of the building or alerting the authorities, the guard showed him where he could plug the device in and allowed Goines to go back to the office, where he waited until the employees left and then allegedly snatched the laptops.
Police said that Goines left prints at the location and there was a positive print hit on his name, leading to his arrest.

Police arrested 32-year-old Jermaine Hampton for sexual abuse inside the Union Square subway station at Union Square East and East 14th Street last Tuesday at 7:04 p.m. Hampton was allegedly rubbing his groin on a woman’s buttocks. While police were interviewing the victim, a second woman said that Hampton had also groped her. Neither of the women knew Hampton.

Police arrested 27-year-old Jamaal Green for grand larceny inside 321 East 25th Street last Tuesday at 6:30 a.m. Police said that Green was arrested under an indictment from 2014 to 2015 because he allegedly schemed to defraud victims and worked with others who were arrested, using the personal information of victims to make fraudulent purchases.

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Cops issue summonses for underage drinking at First Avenue lounge

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Visana, a pizzeria in front and cocktail lounge in back, on First Avenue (Photo by Sabina Mollot)

By Maria Rocha-Buschel

Visana, the First Avenue speakeasy style cocktail lounge that’s previously drawn the ire of neighbors due to nighttime noise, had the 13th Precinct’s commanding officer seeing red recently after officers issued seven summonses for underage drinking.

Deputy Inspector Brendan Timoney said the 13th Precinct will be taking a more active role with regards to disruptive patrons at Visana after those incidents, which occurred at the end of February.

“We’ve been on top of them lately but that was the straw that broke the camel’s back,” Timoney said. “(Visana owner David Jaffee) was crying out in the street saying they didn’t want this to happen but they advertised a party that night. They knew this would happen when they packed the place.”

Jaffee and his partner Ross Rachlin have been at a number of meetings of the 13th Precinct Community Council in the last few months but were not present this Tuesday as Timoney addressed community members.

Area residents, who were at the meeting to find out if progress had been made in keeping the bar under control, praised the police officers who have responded to the scene in dealing with the drunken crowds.

Visana recently failed to get the support of a Community Board 6 committee in its hopes for renewal of its liquor license. The business has an upcoming hearing with the State Liquor Authority regarding charges on noise and license issues.

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