Police Watch: Bus driver arrested after hitting pedestrian, Suspect arrested for alleged CVS robbery

Robbery suspect

Police arrested 54-year-old Damion Seeley for allegedly leaving the scene of an accident causing personal injury in an incident on August 17 around 10 p.m. near the intersection of East 22nd Street and Second Avenue. Seeley was driving a bus near the intersection allegedly hit a man in his 40s who was crossing the street. Police said that Seeley then left the scene without waiting for police to arrive, and the victim was transported to Bellevue Hospital with minor injuries. Seeley was arrested on Monday, December 10 at 6:40 p.m. inside the 13th Precinct. Police did not have further information about whether the bus was owned by the MTA or a private company.

Police arrested 41-year-old Alan Betances for an alleged robbery that took place inside the CVS at 253 First Avenue on Wednesday, November 14 around 8 p.m.

As Town & Village reported at the time, a man strolled into the store and began throwing items from the shelves into a garbage bag. When an employee confronted him in the aisle, the man allegedly pulled out a needle and told the worker to “step back.”

Betances was arrested on Wednesday, December 12 at 5:30 p.m. inside the 13th Precinct.

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‘Scammer’ psychic charged with using stolen ID for apt.

Christine Evans was evicted from the building after owing over $49,000 in back rent. (Photo via Google Maps)

By Maria Rocha-Buschel

Police arrested a woman once charged with a “curse removal” scam for allegedly breaking into an apartment she was evicted from on Park Avenue South and changing the locks.

Police said she had been evicted by city marshals for never actually paying rent since moving in a year ago.

After she was arrested last Wednesday morning, police said that 48-year-old Christine Evans was also charged with identity theft and forgery because she allegedly signed the apartment lease using personal information that wasn’t her own. Seven months before renting the apartment, Evans had been arrested near Times Square for reportedly running a scam at a West 43rd Street fortunetelling parlor.

Regarding the most recent incident, a broker for the Stay Local real estate company told the district attorney’s office that Evans spoke with the company about renting an apartment inside 220 Park Avenue South in November 2016 and she allegedly presented a Florida State driver’s license for her rental application with her own photo but using the victim’s name.

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Mom, son tried to get ST apt. with fake ID, cops say

Stuyvesant Town leasing office (Photo by Sabina Mollot)

By Maria Rocha-Buschel

Police busted a woman and her son for attempting to lease an apartment in Peter Cooper Village and in Murray Hill with an allegedly stolen identity last Tuesday. Christine Thompson, 48, and 19-year-old Christopher Vlado were arrested inside the Stuyvesant Town leasing office at 252 First Avenue after the pair went through the application process for apartments at 370 First Avenue in Peter Cooper and at 12 East 37th Street in April.

Thompson and Vlado allegedly toured the apartment in Peter Cooper Village on April 14.

The DA’s office said that Thompson went into the Stuy Town leasing office on April 22 and applied for the Peter Cooper apartment, allegedly presenting herself as the victim whose ID was being used. She reportedly signed the application that day and returned to the leasing office last Tuesday to sign the lease agreement. According to the DA’s office, Vlado sat with Thompson while she went through the application and pointed out where she needed to sign the victim’s name. She allegedly signed the victim’s name 33 times on the lease agreement and provided management with 12 money orders, each with the victim’s name in the signature.

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Thefts from homes up in 13th Precinct

Deputy Inspector Brendan Timoney (Photo by Maria Rocha-Buschel)

By Maria Rocha-Buschel

The 13th Precinct has seen a spike in the theft of unattended property recently, in part thanks to criminally rude dates.

The precinct’s commanding officer Deputy Inspector Brendan Timoney said that bar-hoppers have getting stolen from after inviting strangers up to their apartments and waking up the next morning to discover that items had been stolen.

Timoney discussed the crimes at the most recent community council meeting at the end of last month.

The deputy inspector also pointed to thefts by hired help as one of the culprits for the increase. The NYPD has previously said that 50 complaints have been made of residential thefts in the city, allegedly committed by apartment cleaners hired through the app Handy, and Timoney reiterated that residents should be wary services that give employees access to residents’ apartments.

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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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Police Watch: Man arrested for screwdriver ‘assault,’ ‘Drunk’ driver arrested outside Stuy Town

Victor Coronado-Vasquez, 36, was arrested for forgery in front of 601 East 20th Street last Wednesday at 8:40 a.m. Police said that Coronado-Vasquez produced a fraudulently acquired Pennsylvania driver’s license bearing his image along with the information of an identity theft victim. Police said that he used this ID during traffic stops on six different occasions between July 10, 2010 and October 19, 2013, resulting in summonses being made in the victim’s name and causing false entries to be made in the records of the NYPD and the NYS Department of Motor Vehicles. He allegedly used the fraudulently acquired license when asked to identify himself at the time of his arrest. Coronado-Vasquez was also charged with identity theft and criminal impersonation.

Seventy-year-old Reginald Salik was arrested for menacing at the FDR and East 20th Street last Saturday at midnight. Police said that Salik took an unknown object out of his pocket and threatened to kill another man with it, causing the victim to fear for his life. Police canvassed the area and when Salik was stopped, he was allegedly in possession of a screwdriver.

Police arrested 26-year-old Frederico Alves for intoxicated driving in front of 520 East 20th Street last Saturday at 2:58 a.m. Alves was stopped at a checkpoint and allegedly had an odor of alcohol on his breath, as well as bloodshot, watery eyes. He was taken to the 7th precinct, where police said he refused to take a Breathalyzer.

Daniil Mayer, 21, was arrested for possession of marijuana in front of 346 Third Avenue last Saturday at 3:11 a.m. Mayer was driving north on Third Avenue and allegedly talking on his cell phone, and when after he was stopped police said that he had a strong odor of marijuana emanating from the car. Police said that Mayer admitted that he had a “couple ounces of weed in his trunk.” Police recovered two large jars of alleged marijuana from his trunk, as well as a bottle of alleged marijuana from under the passenger’s seat, a small plastic jar of alleged butane hash oil in the center console, a jar of alleged marijuana from a boot behind the driver’s seat and a bottle with alleged marijuana residue from the center console. He was also charged with possession of a controlled substance.

Police arrested two people for prostitution inside a spa at 1162 Broadway last Saturday at 7:25 p.m. Kwang Mckim, 58, was charged with promoting and securing prostitution and allegedly told an undercover officer that he could have sexual intercourse with 35-year-old Jin Guihua, who was charged with prostitution, for $250.

Forty-year-old Jennifer Llanos was arrested for grand larceny last Wednesday at 10 a.m. inside the 13th precinct. Police said that Llanos took cash rents totaling the amount of $47,519 without permission from the period of June 6, 2011 to March 11, 2015. Further details on how she acquired the rent money were unavailable.

Police arrested three people for a robbery in front of 49 West 27th Street last Saturday just after midnight. Moyler Eric, 27, Andres Robinson, 24, and Brooke Dowdell, 34, allegedly caused serious physical injury to the victim and stole his wallet and credit cards. Police said that they fled on foot when officers identified themselves and ordered them to stop. All three were charged with robbery and resisting arrest and Eric, who was allegedly in possession of the victim’s credit cards, was also charged with possession of stolen property.

Police arrested 43-year-old Andrew Wyszkowski in front of 150 West 26th Street last Friday at 9:44 a.m. for leaving the scene of an accident. Wyszkowski reversed his car and police said that he accidentally hit a pedestrian, said sorry and then drove away. The pedestrian sustained minor injuries but refused medical assistance at the scene of the accident.

Police arrested 27-year-old Mauricio Eguez for theft of services at Paddy Reilly’s bar at 519 Second Avenue and East 29th Street. It was last Tuesday at 12:23 a.m. when Eguez allegedly ordered numerous drinks and walked out without paying. Police said that the bill came out to be $204.

Police arrested 22-year-old Madeline Ciprian for weapons possession and possession of a controlled substance last Tuesday at 12:35 a.m. inside Bellevue Hospital at 462 First Avenue. Ciprian was apprehended on a search warrant and was allegedly in possession of a loaded 9mm Ruger and a quantity of controlled substances.

Monique Walker, 32, was arrested inside the 13th precinct last Tuesday at 12:40 p.m. for grand larceny. Police said that Walker supplied another person with 250 personal identifiers that were used to cause financial losses exceeding $50,000. The incident is related to a city-wide grand larceny pattern from this year. Walker was also charged with identity theft and fraud.

Police arrested 48-year-old Marie Serrano for petit larceny and possession of stolen property inside Mount Sinai Beth Israel at 10 Perlman Place last Wednesday at 2:17 p.m. The victim told police that she left her cell phone on a counter in the bathroom and after she quickly realized that she had left it there she went back to get it, but the phone was gone. She told security at the location, who checked the cameras and identified Serrano, who had entered the bathroom immediately after the victim and allegedly took the phone. Police said that Serrano initially denied having the phone when confronted by the victim and security but she later admitted it and returned the phone after being shown the video footage.

Twenty-year-old David Fonseca was arrested for petit larceny inside the Barnes & Noble at 33 East 17th Street last Wednesday at 5:34 p.m. Fonseca allegedly took books off a shelf, stuffed them in his pants and then tried to leave the store without paying.

Police arrested 47-year-old Mary Riley for an unclassified traffic misdemeanor at the corner of East 28th Street and Park Avenue South last Thursday at 12:54 p.m. Riley was involved in a motor vehicle accident with no injuries and after police requested her license, she allegedly told them that she didn’t have one but that she did have a NYS benefit card ID. A computer check showed that her NYS driver’s permit is suspended.

Police arrested 46-year-old Hector Davila for petit larceny inside Manhattan Wholesalers at 121 West 27th Street last Friday at 12:45 p.m. The victim left her phone on her office counter and walked out the store and when she got back, the phone was missing.
Loss prevention reviewed video that allegedly showed Davila taking the phone without permission and walking out of the store.

Fifty-year-old Samuel Garcia was arrested for burglar’s tools and petit larceny at the corner of West 23rd Street and Sixth Avenue last Tuesday at 2:37 p.m. Police said that Garcia was casing a bicycle rack on the corner when he used a knife to remove a bicycle light that was secured to the bike with plastic ties.

Police arrested 21-year-old William Feimer for drug impaired driving at the corner of Irving Place and East 14th Street last Thursday at 2:07 a.m. Feimer was pulled over after he was driving south on Second Avenue at East 14th Street and allegedly failed to signal after making a right turn. Police said that he was also driving between two lanes of traffic. When he was stopped, he allegedly had bloodshot eyes and a smell of marijuana emanating from him. He blew a 0.00 on a Breathalyzer and refused urine testing. Feimer was also charged with possession of marijuana and fail to signal.

Cops warn of spike in scams, larcenies: Crime down overall, but scam calls, pick-pocketings and assaults are up

By Maria Rocha-Buschel 

Deputy Inspector Dave Ehrenberg at the 13th Precinct (Photo by Maria Rocha-Buschel)

Deputy Inspector Dave Ehrenberg at the 13th Precinct (Photo by Maria Rocha-Buschel)

At the 13th Precinct Community Council’s most recent monthly meeting this past Tuesday, Deputy Inspector David Ehrenberg told residents about the slight decrease in overall crime for the area in the last month, although there has been a spike in larcenies.

The number of grand larcenies jumped by 7.7 percent in the last month, although Ehrenberg noted that the precinct is still down 4.9 percent for the year. He said that there has been an increase in pickpockets, as well as an increase in cons.

“There’s a new scam that criminals have been trying, where they use information about people’s family and medical conditions,” the commanding officer said. “There have been phone calls from people that the victims know.”

He noted that the phone calls are not actually from people known to the victim but are criminals who have managed to fake a phone number and manipulate the caller ID.

Ehrenberg added that there has also been an increase in ransom call scams, where criminals will call a victim and demand money for a ransom, but he noted that this was a known scam and that anyone receiving such a call should notify 911 immediately.

The commanding officer also noted that there has been a specific increase in grand larcenies of unattended property in restaurants and despite the recent arrest of suspects thought to be responsible for some of these crimes, he warned residents not to be careless with their property while sitting in restaurants in the neighborhood, specifically in eating establishments around Union Square.

“You have to be aware of your personal belongings,” he said.

There has also been an increase in murder for the precinct, which Ehrenberg said was due to the shooting that took place at Home Depot at the end of January ahead of the season’s first big snow storm. A former employee had gone in to confront one of the store managers, shot him and ultimately shot himself.

Inspector Ehrenberg said that the scene was especially chaotic because the store was so busy with people who were preparing for the snow, but commended both civilians and officers for their quick response. Before police arrived, witnesses had taken it upon themselves to perform CPR on the shooting victim and police continued until EMS arrived.

Felony assaults also increased 18.2 percent in the past month, and Inspector Ehrenberg said this was especially notable because half of these incidents were domestic violence. In two of the cases, Ehrenberg said that the suspects had been involved in domestic violence previously with other partners. He added that the increases were also due to an assault on a lieutenant and on nurses at Bellevue who were assaulted while attending to patients.

Robberies were down 14.3 percent for the precinct in the last month and burglaries were down 63 percent.

Inspector Ehrenberg honored the Cop of the Month from both last month and this month, since the officer last month wasn’t able to attend the meeting to be recognized for his work. Officer Phil McGovern was given the award for January for work that he did last December when a child was choking at Blue Smoke on East 27th Street. He was able to dislodge what was blocking the child’s airway before the EMS arrived by using the version of the Heimlich maneuver that is performed on children.

The commanding officer noted that some of the bad press the police department has been receiving in the last few months has overshadowed the officers who have been working hard, so he wanted to acknowledge the good work that McGovern had done.

Officer Jason Negron was given the honor for this month for making an arrest on a suspect who had been noted on a “wanted” poster and was responsible for a number of grand larcenies in various precincts throughout the city.

Detective Ray Dorrian announced at the meeting that the Citizens Police Academy would be starting up soon and the precinct is now accepting applications. He noted that anyone interested in the program can get an application by contacting him at (212) 477-7427.

Community Council President Frank Scala encouraged those at the meeting to take the course, saying that he had taken it before and had found it very useful.

“For that week you are a police officer and you learn a lot of things in it,” he said.

ID theft is common type of larceny in 13th Precinct

Deputy Inspector David Ehrenberg gives the latest local crime stats at Tuesday’s 13th Precinct Community Council meeting. (Photo by Maria Rocha-Buschel)

Deputy Inspector David Ehrenberg gives the latest local crime stats at Tuesday’s 13th Precinct Community Council meeting. (Photo by Maria Rocha-Buschel)

By Maria Rocha-Buschel

In the first 13th precinct community council meeting after the summer break, the precinct’s commanding officer, Deputy Inspector David Ehrenberg reported that after a mostly uneventful season, crime is up 5.2 percent this month. However, he added that crime is down for the year overall.

Grand larcenies, traditionally a problem for this area, were up this month but are also down 7 percent for the year and decreased during the summer, Ehrenberg said.

Identity theft is the most common type of grand larceny and the deputy inspector noted that the precinct is still having problems with thieves stealing debit card information with card scanners taped over ATMs.

When a resident at the meeting inquired about the bank’s awareness of the problem in their own ATMs, Ehrenberg added that they weren’t necessarily at fault for missing it.

“The skimmers are only on the ATM for a very short period of time, for about an hour,” he said. “They’re usually put on later in the evening after the bank was closed already so they wouldn’t always notice.”

Ehrenberg emphasized that residents should call 911 when they encounter one of these skimmers, which are easily recognizable because they are flimsy and attached with double-sided tape.

Felony assaults have also been a problem this summer but Ehrenberg noted that in most cases, the fights involved people that knew each other. The increases are also due to assaults of EMTs at Bellevue and the shelters in the area. Grand larceny auto is also up, with nine cars being stolen within the precinct this month, compared to six that had been stolen by the same point last year. Ehrenberg noted that there seems to be a trend there and that it’s mostly rental cars that are getting swiped.

“There’s a way they can overcome the security system that Zipcar uses,” he said. “There’s another way they can use the device to get in and steal the cars. It’s a popular system and it’s going to take them a while to change it, so we’re seeing an increase in that in the command.”

He added that residents don’t have to worry so much about a car they have rented being stolen because most of these incidents have occurred in the locations where the cars are picked up.

As in the past, grand larceny of unattended property continues to be a problem for the precinct.

“There are still a lot of laptops being left in restaurants and coffee shops. You’re not going to leave $2,000 in cash just sitting there, so don’t leave your laptop,” Ehrenberg warned.

Residents at the meeting were curious about the impact of the mayor’s Vision Zero plan, which was introduced over the summer. Captain Steven Hellman noted that since Mayor de Blasio has been in office, the precinct has seen decreases in collisions this summer. There is currently an arterial slow zone on Seventh Avenue and Sixth Avenue will be a slow zone this December.

As in most community council meetings in the past, residents also expressed their frustrations about cyclists who don’t follow the rules of the road, often riding on sidewalks and without lights at night.

One Stuyvesant Town resident said that he’s been seeing delivery people riding their bikes recklessly near his building at 21 Stuyvesant Oval.

“You’re going to find a body in 20 different pieces due to these bicyclists,” the resident said. “They’re like kamikazes coming around the curve behind 21 Oval. Someone is going to get killed on the bottom of the hill. Pedestrians are getting less safe.“

Police Officer John Sedita said that the NYPD has a good relationship with Stuyvesant Town’s Public Safety officers and would talk to them about the issue. Another resident, though, had a suggestion for those two-wheeled officers as well.

“Remind Stuy Town security that they need lights on their bikes, too,” the resident, who didn’t want to be identified, said at the meeting.

Police Watch: ‘Flasher’ nabbed outside Peter Cooper Village, Female McDonald’s employee punched

Compiled by Maria Rocha-Buschel

Police arrested 54-year-old Paul Stuard on Sunday after he allegedly exposed himself to a woman at the northeast corner of East 20th Street and First Avenue. This was at around 5 p.m. as the woman was on her way to the subway. Police found Stuard at 5:10 p.m. in front of 530 East 23rd Street and arrested him for public lewdness.

Forty-year-old Raphael Brunn was arrested for intoxicated driving in front of 325 East 14th Street last Tuesday at 11:24 p.m. Brunn was behind the wheel of a car and was traveling west on East 14th Street with a defective brake light. Brunn had bloodshot watery eyes when police approached the vehicle and a strong odor of alcohol on his breath, police said. He allegedly told police that he had only had one beer and was coming from Cien Fuegos. He blew a .14 at the scene, police said.

Police arrested 18-year-old Wamisho Dimore and 30-year-old Wanda Ceballo for robbery inside the 7-Eleven at Sixth Avenue and West 15th Street last Tuesday at 11:46 p.m. Ceballo and Dimore were allegedly working together to swipe cookies and Red Bull and according to police, got physically forceful with a store employee while doing it.

A cab driver and bicyclist were arrested for getting in a fight at East 16th Street and First Avenue last Wednesday at 10:51 a.m. Cab driver Ulugbek Radzhabov, 32, and Qasim Warraich, 19, were busted for criminal mischief after they got into an accident and started arguing. Radzhabov allegedly kicked Warraich’s bike, causing damage to the rear wheel, and Warraich kicked the cab’s side view mirror, causing damage, police said.

Fifty-seven-year-old Johnie Lonardo was arrested for menacing in front of 492 Second Avenue last Thursday at 9:01 a.m. Lonardo allegedly followed an undercover officer and made verbal threats, saying, “I am going to take your life,” while reaching into his waistband.

Twenty-two-year-old Gary Williams was arrested for assault of a peace officer at Union Square West and East 15th Street last Friday at 5:28 a.m. Williams was inside Union Square Park when the park was still closed. He was playing a drum when an officer approached him and when the officer tried to arrest him, Williams allegedly flailed his arms and kicked his leg in order to avoid being handcuffed. When the officer attempted to handcuff him again, Williams pushed the officer, causing both of them to fall to the ground and the officer to dislocate his finger, police said.

Police arrested 23-year-old Nicholas Melendez for assault inside the McDonald’s at 39 Union Square West last Friday at 7:54 a.m. A McDonald’s employee said that she asked Melendez to leave because he was sleeping in the restaurant and didn’t buy anything. But instead of leaving, Melendez began arguing with her and then punched her in the face and slapped her, the victim said.

Thirty-one-year-old Skevos Alachouzos was arrested for assault at Irving Place and East 19th Street last Friday at 5 p.m. Alachouzos allegedly told police that he punched a man in the face after getting out of his car.

Police arrested David Barbera, 25, for intoxicated driving in front of the Think Coffee at 568 Sixth Avenue last Saturday at 4 a.m. Police saw Barbera driving East on West 14th Street and he allegedly made a sharp left turn around another vehicle, causing the wheels to shriek. When he was stopped, he had an odor of alcohol on his breath and a flushed red face, police said. He allegedly blew a .097 on a Breathalyzer at the scene.

Yunet Bosch, 24, was arrested for weapons possession last Sunday at 12:53 a.m. inside the First Avenue L station. Bosch was allegedly inside the station wearing a black metal clip and the top part of a knife showing on her front right pants’ pocket. She allegedly told police that she uses the knife for protection and she has multiple prior convictions.

Police arrested 25-year-old Michael Parsons for theft of services last Monday at 12:33 a.m. in front of 235 East 20th Street. Parsons entered a cab at West 42nd Street and Ninth Avenue and requested to go to East 38th Street and Lexington Avenue. When the driver requested payment, Parsons’ card was allegedly declined four times. The driver then brought him to the precinct, where he was given the opportunity to call a friend but he declined. He also was allowed to call Chase Preferred Members to ensure that his card was valid, which it was not, police said.

Police arrested a 17-year-old girl for grand larceny last Thursday at 4:50 p.m. in front of the Nike store at 156 Fifth Avenue. One of the store employees approached the girl and asked her if she needed help. She said that she didn’t and then asked if the door she was standing near was an exit. The employee then noticed that she had something in her shopping bag so he asked if he could ring it up for her, but she allegedly continued to walk off and then fled west on West 20th Street. When police arrived, the employee told them that she was in a green Mercedes Benz up the block and after searching with the employee, the girl was arrested.

Police arrested 53-year-old Kevin McGlynn for menacing last Thursday inside the 13th Precinct at 6 p.m. McGlynn allegedly hand-delivered threatening letters to the victim, who feared for his physical health and safety.

Police arrested 31-year-old Manuel Rivera for grand larceny in front of 717 Sixth Avenue last Wednesday at 12:59 p.m. Rivera allegedly opened a Citibank account using someone else’s information without permission and deposited an IRS check valued at $5,789 under the account. He has also made multiple withdrawals, police said. He was allegedly in possession of a forged Pennsylvania driver’s license and Citibank debit card.

Thirty-two-year-old Adamou Maikarfi was arrested for possession of marijuana last Monday at 1:05 p.m. in front of 750 Sixth Avenue. Maikarfi was driving north on Sixth Avenue and police said when he made an improper turn, an officer approached the vehicle, and smelled marijuana. Maikarfi allegedly said that he had smoked earlier in the day and that he had some in the console of his car, where police found it.

Police arrested 52-year-old Vincent Lynch for criminal mischief inside an apartment building at 55 West 14th Street last Tuesday at 4:17 a.m. Lynch walked into the building and asked the doorman for a room and when Lynch was told that there were no rooms available, he allegedly took the doorman’s computer, an Apple laptop, and threw it on the ground, causing damage to the case. The doorman said that the computer was worth about $2,900.

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Police Watch, May 1: Subway ‘pervs’ arrested, Teen busted for knife on Ave. C

Compiled by Maria Rocha-Buschel

Police arrested two men for unlawful surveillance last Saturday in Union Square in separate incidents.
Thirty-one-year-old Angel Amastal was arrested at the northwest corner of Union Square East and East 14th Street at 3:45 p.m. He allegedly used his cell phone to take video under the skirt of a 16-year-old girl without her knowledge while she was watching street performers.
Police also arrested 46-year-old Constantino Hernandez-Gonzalez in the station at 4:45 p.m. He allegedly placed a recording device under the dress of a 25-year-old woman while she was going up the stairs from the 4/5 train.

A 43-year-old woman reported that she was involved in a hit-and-run accident at East 23rd Street and the FDR last Saturday at 11:25 p.m. She told police that she was driving south in the middle lane of the FDR when another vehicle driving erratically sideswiped her, stopped and then took off southbound. The victim refused medical assistance at the scene and her passenger’s side door sustained damage from the accident.

A 26-year-old cab driver told police that he was assaulted by a customer that he dropped off at the northwest corner of Fifth Avenue and West 21st Street last Saturday at 4:10 a.m. He reported that the customer was arguing with him over the cab fare and he then punched the driver in the face, causing swelling and pain to the left side of his forehead. The man then fled the scene on foot.

Police arrested a 14-year-old boy for criminal possession of a weapon last Monday at 9:43 p.m. at the southeast corner of Avenue C and East 20th Street. Police approached the teen after seeing him make a furtive movement and upon further investigation, found that he was in possession of a gravity knife that was over four inches long. The boy reportedly told police that he carries it “in case someone runs up on me.” After searching him, police also found that he was in possession of marijuana. The teen’s name is being withheld due to his age.

A 23-year-old man reported that his phone was stolen from inside a warehouse at 867 Broadway on Sunday, April 6 at 10 a.m. He told police that he was at work and put the Samsung Galaxy Note phone in his desk drawer and he later noticed that it was missing. He had not given anyone permission to take it. The phone couldn’t be tracked because it was turned off and the victim reported the incident last Tuesday.

A 57-year-old man reported on April 20 that his car was damaged while it was parked at the northeast corner of First Avenue and East 14th Street. He told police that he parked the car in a legal spot the previous day at 7 p.m. and when he returned at 4:20 p.m. the next day, he realized that his side view mirror on the driver’s side was missing.

Police arrested 30-year-old Quinn Ferree for tampering with physical evidence in the Union Square subway station last Thursday at 4:56 p.m. Ferree was smoking a joint in public view and when police approached him, he allegedly destroyed the evidence by stepping on it and mashing it with his foot. Police said that the field test for marijuana was positive and there was only enough evidence left to test.

Police arrested 20-year-old Jonathan Frohman for criminal possession of a forged instrument last Thursday at 1:40 p.m. Police approached Frohman because he was seen with a knife clipped to his pants pocket, which upon further inspection was determined to be a gravity knife, in violation of transit law. After searching him, police found that he was also allegedly in possession of a fake Pennsylvania driver’s license with his photograph on it.

A 33-year-old resident of 530 East 23rd Street told police last Thursday at 11:30 a.m. that she was a victim of identity theft. She reported to the 13th precinct that in October 2005 and November 2006 that an unknown person had opened two loans using her name. She spoke with someone at a credit reporting company who told her to file a police report and they would then remove the unauthorized loans from her credit report.

A 49-year-old woman reported that her phone was stolen while she was waiting for an uptown 4 train at the Union Square subway station on April 19 at 1 a.m. She told police that she got on an uptown 6 train at Astor Place and got off at Union Square to transfer to an uptown 4 train. She said that while she was waiting for the train, she put her iPhone into her outside jacket pocket. She was sitting on the bench while waiting for the train and when she boarded the train, she was told by several other passengers that her phone had fallen onto the bench and was picked up by another person. Tracking on the phone was unavailable. She reported the incident last Tuesday.

A 13-year-old student at the United Nations International School at 24-50 Roosevelt Drive reported last Wednesday at 4:15 p.m. that her computer was stolen. She told police that while she was inside the school on April 17 at 4 p.m., she realized as she was leaving the school that her laptop was no longer in her bag. She last saw the MacBook Air while she was in the cafeteria while she was eating lunch and was unsure if her bag was left unzipped.

Police arrested 29-year-old Joseph Moore for assault inside the Ace Hotel at 20 West 29th Street last Saturday at 12:35 a.m. Moore allegedly threw a 23-year-old woman out of the club at the hotel, causing pain to her neck and minor abrasions to her lower left leg.

Police arrested 32-year-old Humberto Ramirez and 20-year-old Josue Urena for assault at the southwest corner of Broadway and East 18th Street last Friday at 5:20 a.m. A 23-year-old man told police that he got into an argument with three men when Ramirez and Urena allegedly punched him in the face, causing swelling and cuts to his right eye and upper lip. The two left the scene after the incident but returned not long after and were identified by a witness.




Police Watch, April 24

Bank robbery suspect

Bank robbery suspect

Cops are seeking the public’s assistance in locating ta man wanted in connection with two attempted and one completed bank robberies.
One of the incidents occurred in the Bronx with another taking place in Inwood. A third happened in the Midtown South precinct last Friday at around 11:25 a.m.
In that incident, the robber walked into a Capital One Bank at 404 5th Avenue by East 37th Street, approached a teller and passed a note demanding money. The teller then handed him approximately $2,800 before he fled the location. The suspect is described as a male, approximately 5’7” with a medium build and goatee.

Police arrested 24-year-old Ricky Despiau for assault at the southwest corner of Third Avenue and East 18th Street last Monday at 4:55 p.m.
A 71-year-old man reported that he was walking his dog when Despiau walked nearby with his dog. Despiau allegedly got aggressive and kicked the victim’s dog and the two got into an argument that resulted in a physical fight. Despiau punched the victim in the face and pushed him to the ground, police said.

Police arrested two subway performers last week in separate incidents.
Nineteen-year-old Ainsley Brundage was arrested for reckless endangerment  last Monday at 2:45 p.m. at the First Avenue L station. Brundage was allegedly dancing and flipping on the poles in an Eighth Avenue-bound L train while playing music on a speaker. The teen also panhandled for money afterwards, police said.
Police arrested 19-year-old Yushon Stroughn for reckless endangerment on the same Monday at 3:15 p.m. at the Union Square L station. Stroughn allegedly danced and flipped on a moving Eighth Avenue-bound L train while playing music on a speaker and also asked for money afterwards.

A 75-year-old woman reported that her car was damaged while it was parked at the southeast corner of Third Avenue and East 17th Street last Saturday at noon. She told police that when she returned to her parked vehicle, she noticed that it had been struck.

Police arrested a 14-year-old boy for petit larceny in front of 333 East 14th Street last Monday at 7:20 p.m. The teen rode the bike east on East 14th Street before he was stopped at First Avenue. He told police that it was his bike and that his friend has the key but then he later recanted, saying that it wasn’t his but that he was going to return it. The boy’s name is being withheld due to his age.

Police arrested 35-year-old Dennis Jackson for intoxicated driving last Friday at 1:59 a.m. opposite 827 East 14th Street. Jackson allegedly drove while impaired by alcohol and caused a crash that resulted in his car flipping and blocking oncoming traffic. A field breathalyzer resulted in a .114 BAC, police said.

Police arrested 29-year-old Henry Engroff for petit larceny in front of 5 Peter Cooper Road last Thursday at 12:30 p.m. Engroff allegedly snatched a bag from a cart without permission and walked away. The bag contained a nut driver, an iPad mini, screw driver bits, nut bolts and a small tool channel lock.

A 57-year-old resident of 276 First Avenue in Stuyvesant Town reported last Thursday at 10:30 p.m. that her neighbor has been harassing her. She told police that the woman has been banging on the walls, cursing at the victim and yelling that since she pays rent, she can yell as loud as she wants. The victim said that Stuyvesant Town security has been notified.

A 70-year-old resident of 18 Stuyvesant Oval reported last Thursday at 3:53 p.m. that her identity was stolen at some point between April 1 and April 8. She told police that an unknown person used her Social Security number and filed a tax return dated April 1. She was informed on April 8 by the IRS that her taxes were filed and she needed a report from the police to further investigate the matter.

A 52-year-old man reported that his phone was stolen while he was inside Equinox Gym at 897 Broadway last Wednesday at 1:25 p.m. He told police that he was in the locker room changing and he put his phone on a shelf in a locker. When he went to retrieve his phone about five minutes later, he found that the phone had been stolen. He reported that he never left the front of the locker but there were multiple people next to him during the incident.

A 49-year-old man reported that he was harassed while he was at the New York Racquet Club inside 270 Park Avenue South last Saturday at 1:58 p.m. He told police that an unknown man confronted him while he was swimming in the pool. The man yelled at him in an aggressive manner and the victim said that he was alarmed and annoyed.

The Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance identifying an individual believed to be behind a string of thefts in

Surveillance photo of suspect

Surveillance photo of suspect

the confines of the 6th and the 13th precincts.
According to police, the man, described as black, 25 to 35 years old, 5’9 to 6’0, and wearing a backpack, sunglasses and a dark hoodie, took a 24-year-old woman’s wallet at a Chipotle at 55 East 8th Street in the 6th precinct on Friday, February 28.
On Tuesday, March 18 at 3 p.m., the same man is believed to have walked into Think Coffee at 250 Mercer Street in the 6th precinct and taken a 28-year-old mam’s unattended bag containing a laptop and electronic tablet.
On Saturday, March 22 at 2:15 p.m., the suspect entered the Starbucks located at 45 West 4th Street in the 6th precinct and swiped a woman’s unattended laptop.
He then entered The Pit Stop at 123 East 24th Street in the 13th Precinct and stole a 26 year-old man’s bag on Saturday, April 5.
Two days later on April 7, he grabbed a woman’s bag, containing a wallet and a laptop at Artichoke Pizza, located at 111 MacDougal Street in the 6th precinct.
On April 8 at 6:10 p.m., the suspect entered the NYU Campus located at 5 University Place in the 6th precinct and took a woman’s laptop.
On April 14, he headed to the Pot Belly Deli at 333 Park Avenue in the 13th precinct where he stole a 22-year-woman’s backpack.

A 50-year-old man reported that he got into an argument with someone else over a parking space opposite 430 East 20th Street last Wednesday at 9 a.m. He told police that the person he was arguing with told him that he could take the parking space but that he shouldn’t be surprised if he found damage to his car when he came back. The victim said that he felt threatened. No arrests were made.

Police arrested a 14-year-old boy for criminal possession of stolen property opposite 10 Union Square East last Wednesday at 5:45 p.m. Police approached the teen because he was riding a bike on the sidewalk instead of inside the park. The officer asked him if the bike belonged to him and the boy responded that he found it on the street and just took it.
The bicycle belongs to the bike share program and the boy did not have the authority to use the bike without paying for it. The bike share program told police that the bike was worth $1,200 and was last docked at 8:36 a.m. at West 21st Street and Sixth Avenue. The teen’s name is being withheld due to his age.

Police arrest 50-year-old Ronald Hutt for grand larceny last Wednesday at 9 p.m. inside Rodeo at 375 Third Avenue. Hutt allegedly removed credit cards from inside a 45-year-old man’s jacket without permission. He then took the credit cards and made purchases at the adjacent Duane Reade without permission, police said.

Police Watch: Three subway ‘pervs’ nabbed, Peter Cooper Village resident’s identity stolen

By Maria Rocha-Buschel

Police arrested three men for forcible touching last week in separate incidents.
Thirty-seven-year-old Jesus Tanco was arrested at the Park Avenue South/23rd Street Station last Tuesday at 10:15 a.m. Tanco was allegedly rubbing his hands and groin against the buttocks of a 31-year-old woman while on an uptown 6 train.
Police arrested 39-year-old Thomas Seminara at the Park Avenue South/28th Street Station last Monday at 11:16 a.m. Seminara was allegedly rubbing his groin on the buttocks of a  16-year-old girl standing in front of him on a downtown 6 train. He then touched her buttocks with his right hand before leaving the train and was observed with an erection, police said.
Twenty-three-year-old Malcolm Dubose was arrested at the Union Square subway station last Tuesday at 6:35 p.m. Dubose was on a downtown 4 train when he allegedly rubbed his groin against a 21-year-old woman’s buttocks.

A 25-year-old resident of 4 Peter Cooper Road reported  last Saturday at 11:45 a.m. that her identity had been stolen. She told police that her bank notified her that a former employee of Chase had given out her information to a third party for no reason that they know of. Chase is performing an investigation and told the victim to file a report in order to put an alert on her social security number. The bank did not know which branch gave out her information. Chase would not give out any other information until the investigation is complete and no funds were missing.

A 24-year-old woman reported that her vest was stolen from the northeast corner of Third Avenue and East 22nd Street last Friday at 9 p.m. She told police that she left the vest on a hanger next to the door at Lamarca Restaurant and when she returned, she saw that the vest was missing. Video surveillance showed a woman taking the vest but no arrests have been made.

Police arrested 17-year-old Olufemi Ogundipe inside Madison Square Park at 10 Madison Avenue last Saturday at 9:50 p.m. Ogundipe with three other people allegedly tried to take property that didn’t belong to them from three other people. The other three alleged accomplices stole an ID card from one victim, credit cards, a Galaxy phone, a phone charger and an iPhone from the other two victims. Ogundipe was found to be in possession of the first victim’s iPhone, police said. No other arrests have been made.

Police arrested 39-year-old Andrae Cezair for criminal trespassing inside 321 East 22nd Street last Saturday at 5:16 a.m. Cezair was allegedly on the fourth floor of the building and told police that he was looking for his friend who lived in one of the apartments, but a resident of that apartment said that she didn’t know him.

Police arrested 35-year-old Juan Ruiz for unlawful surveillance by the northeast corner of East 14th Street and Union Square East in Union Square Park last Saturday at 4:45 p.m. Ruiz allegedly put a sweater with an electronic device underneath the skirt of a woman who was standing in a crowd watching dancers. The woman told police that she saw a man standing behind her and felt a man touching her buttocks under her skirt. Ruiz was putting the sweater under her skirt for the purposes of recording her, police said.

A resident of 39 Gramercy Park North reported last Monday at 3:45 p.m. that she was harassed in her building. She told police that a woman she knows but doesn’t live there entered the building without permission. The victim told police that she asked the woman to leave but she became verbally abusive, then swung her shopping bag and hit the victim in the chest. The woman also sprayed an unknown substance at the victim but it didn’t make contact with her.


Moshe Moshiyakov

Moshe Moshiyakov

Police are asking for the public’s assistance in locating Moshe Moshiyakov, a 15-year-old last seen on Saturday, April 12 at 492 First Avenue, home to ACS. The missing teen is white, 5’4”, 140 lbs. with brown eyes and brown hair. He was wearing a grey sweatshirt, grey sweatpants, and white sneakers. Moshiyakov is in good physical condition. Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS (8477). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto Crime Stoppers’ website at nypdcrimestoppers.com or by texting TIP577 and their tips to CRIMES (274637).

A woman reported that her laptop was stolen while she was inside the Pret a Manger at 24 West 23rd Street last Thursday at 4 p.m. She told police that she was in the restaurant when she realized that the computer was missing and she thinks that someone took it when the bag was down near her chair.

Police arrested 20-year-old James Chen for impaired driving last Tuesday at 12:15 a.m. at the northeast corner of Union Square West and East 14th Street. Police saw Chen committing a traffic infraction and upon stopping him, there was a cloud of smoke and a strong smell of marijuana emanating from the vehicle. Chen allegedly said that he was smoking marijuana with the female passenger, who was also arrested. Police recovered a joint in the passenger’s hand. Chen allegedly admitted that he was smoking pot while driving.

A 51-year-old woman reported that her car was broken into while it was parked in front of 25 East 26th Street last Monday at 10 p.m. She told police that she went back to the car the following day at 8 a.m. and she noticed that the driver’s side back window had been smashed with an unknown object and both her EZ Pass and car manual were missing.

A man reported that his car was damaged in a hit-and-run last Wednesday at 12:10 a.m. at the southwest corner of Fifth Avenue and West 15th Street. He told police that he was involved in an accident at the location and the other vehicle involved fled east on East 14th Street without staying to exchange information.

Police arrested 26-year-old Gabriel Perez for petit larceny last Thursday at 11 p.m. at the northeast corner of Third Avenue and East 27th Street. A 30-year-old man told police that his phone was removed from his car which was parked at the above location and Perez allegedly broke in and took it.

Police arrested 18-year-old Rayqua Perez and 22-year-old Daniel Siciliano for reckless endangerment in the Union Square subway station last Thursday at 12:45 p.m. Perez and Siciliano were allegedly dancing and performing acrobatic and gymnastic moves on a moving downtown 4 train, creating a hazard and a risk of serious physical injury to passengers.