PCV porters catch cell phone ‘thief’

Peter Cooper Village

By Maria Rocha-Buschel

An attempt to steal a Peter Cooper Village resident’s cell phone on Wednesday evening was cut short thanks to the quick actions of two porters on the property who ran after the suspect and caught him. The man was then held for Stuyvesant Town’s Public Safety department and later the police.

According to the District Attorney’s office, 19-year-old Joseph Small approached the victim in front of 370 First Avenue around 5:30 p.m. and demanded her iPhone before grabbing it from her hands and running away.

Small was charged with grand larceny and theft and was arrested in front of 375 First Avenue around 6:21 p.m.

The porters who nabbed the suspect are Joel Quezada and Jose Paredes. The Public Safety officer who was also involved is Kerron Safe. The DA’s office said that Safe recovered the victim’s phone from Small’s pocket.

Police Watch: Police looking for Sixth Ave. attempted bank robber, teen arrested for thefts at fast food joints

Bank robbery suspect

Bank robbery suspect

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Crime down overall in Thirteenth Precinct

Captain Ron McCall from Transit District 4 with Deputy Inspector David Ehrenberg and 13th Precinct Community Council President Frank Scala (Photo by Maria Rocha-Buschel)

Captain Ron McCall from Transit District 4 with Deputy Inspector David Ehrenberg and 13th Precinct Community Council President Frank Scala (Photo by Maria Rocha-Buschel)

By Maria Rocha-Buschel

Crime was down 4 percent in 2014 for the 13th precinct, Deputy Inspector David Ehrenberg reported at the community council’s first meeting of the year on Tuesday evening. Additionally, while grand larceny has made up 80 percent of the crime in the precinct, those numbers are dropping as well. The year has seen a 22 percent decrease for the crime so far. Overall crime for the year is also down 26 percent in the precinct.

Although crime was down for the precinct overall last year, there were increases last year in specific areas, including robberies, burglaries and felony assaults, with 17 percent, 30 percent and 43 percent increases respectively. All of those crimes have seen decreases since the beginning of this year, though, with the biggest decrease in burglaries, with a 66 percent drop.

Ehrenberg said that the increase in felony assaults last year was primarily due to attacks on EMTs and doctors at the many hospitals in the precinct, but he added that there has been a slight increase in street violence.

“In most cases, it has been verbal disputes that escalated,” he said. An assault can be escalated to a felony if a weapon is involved, but Ehrenberg noted that the weapons involved in most of the felony assaults in this precinct were items found on the street, such as garbage cans, rather than a weapon like a loaded gun or a knife.

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