Police Watch: Man arrested for groping teen, Woman arrested for 40/40 Club slashing

Police arrested 35-year-old Eduardo Flores for sexual abuse at the corner of Park Avenue South and East 28th Street last Tuesday at 8:58 a.m. Police said that Flores was touching his penis over his pants and then allegedly followed a teenage girl, walking so close behind her that no one else could walk in between them. He then allegedly pressed his erect penis against her buttocks and touched her buttocks with his right hand. Police said that Flores wasn’t wearing any underwear.
The New York Daily News reported that the victim was 15 and on her way to high school and the incident happened on an uptown 6 train. The paper noted that Flores was free on bail after he had allegedly exposed himself to a 16-year-old girl in Williamsburg last September.
Flores was also charged with endangering the welfare of a child.

Police arrested 27-year-old Lia Blount for assault inside Jay-Z’s 40/40 Club at 6 West 25th Street last Saturday at 12:48 a.m. The Daily News reported that Blount got into an argument with 21-year-old Alejandro Corona after he bumped into her accidentally. Police said that Blount smashed a wine bottle on a railing and slit him in the face with one of the shards.

Police arrested 31-year-old Daryl Campbell for criminal possession of a weapon on Monday in connection with the shooting at Irving Plaza last May. Roland Collins, a rapper also known as Troy Ave., was charged with attempted murder not long after the shooting, in which Collins’s body guard, 33-year-old Ronald McPhatter, was killed during the T.I. concert at the venue. The New York Times reported that Campbell is a podcast host and had been feuding with Collins for a number of years. Campbell’s DNA was reportedly found on the trigger of a gun used in the shooting.

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Cops flag ongoing scams, including one for summer apartment rentals

Detective John Santiago was presented with a Cop of the Month award by Deputy Inspector Brendan Timoney and Frank Scala, president of the 13th Precinct Community Council. (Photo by Maria Rocha-Buschel)

Detective John Santiago was presented with a Cop of the Month award by Deputy Inspector Brendan Timoney and Frank Scala, president of the 13th Precinct Community Council. (Photo by Maria Rocha-Buschel)

By Maria Rocha-Buschel

While crime was down in the 13th Precinct area for June, both overall and in most of the major areas, grand larcenies have spiked.

Deputy Inspector Brendan Timoney, the commanding officer of the 13th Precinct, said this was partially due to an ongoing spate of scams. He reported on the latest stats at the last Community Council meeting at the end of June.

“Nobody is giving anybody money,” he advised. “No one will arrest you if you don’t pay your bills. The IRS is not going to ask you for iTunes gift cards to pay them. It’s a scam.”

He added that there has also been an increase in apartment scams recently, specifically of criminals posting fake listings about cheap summer rentals in the Hamptons.

“Nobody is renting their shore house at prime time season,” he said. “If it sounds too good to be true it’s probably not true.”

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Police Watch: Man arrested for residential burglary, Incense vendor busted for assault

Police arrested 55-year-old Daniel Rivera for burglary last Tuesday at 10:35 a.m. inside the 13th Precinct. Police said that Rivera entered the duplex apartment of 214 East 25th Street on the first floor through the back of the building through a window on May 29 and allegedly stole things from the home.

Police arrested 37-year-old Arnold Conyers for hawking allegedly phony concert tickets in front of 15 Irving Place last Tuesday. Police said that at 6:05 p.m., a plainclothes officer saw Conyers selling the allegedly forged tickets to a concertgoer in front of the location. When he was searched, police said that he was in possession of 11 forged tickets, a gravity knife and mace. He’s been charged with weapons possession and forgery.
In a separate incident, 30-year-old Jamar Moore and 44-year-old Garland Reeves were arrested for allegedly pulling a similar act and possession of marijuana in front of 10 Union Square East last Saturday at 6:32 p.m. Police said that Moore attempted to sell fraudulent Tame Impala tickets for a sold-out concert in Prospect Park and he was allegedly in possession of the fraudulent tickets. Reeves was allegedly working with Moore to sell the fraudulent concert tickets. Both Moore and Reeves were in possession of alleged marijuana.

Police arrested 41-year-old Donel Milling for allegedly assaulting a female customer in front of 675 Sixth Avenue last Thursday at 8:44 p.m. The victim said that she was buying incense from Milling, who was in front of the location, when they got into an argument. The victim reported that Milling grabbed her and slammed her against a truck. She said that he then punched her on the side of her head and above her mouth, causing a cut on her lip. Milling allegedly fled north on Sixth Avenue and was seen selling incense at West 33rd Street and Sixth Avenue, where he was arrested.

Police arrested 48-year-old William Lowndes for possession of a controlled substance at the corner of Union Square East and East 15th Street last Thursday at 4:28 p.m. Police said that Lowndes was in possession of a controlled substance in a public place in public view. He was also allegedly in possession of five individual glassine envelopes of heroin that were in his wallet.
Lowndes was also charged for aggravated harassment at the precinct later the same day when police found that he had allegedly sent numerous unwanted emails and made numerous unwanted phone calls to a victim.

Police arrested 48-year-old Timmy Thomas for possession of a controlled substance inside the subway station at Sixth Avenue and West 14th Street last Friday at 10:26 p.m. Police said that Thomas was in the mezzanine area of the station sniffing a white powder in public view. Thomas allegedly said that it was cocaine and that someone had given it to him on the train.

Police arrested 56-year-old Charles Terry for possession of stolen property inside Union Square Park last Wednesday at 5:23 p.m. Police said that Terry was seen riding a bicycle through the south plaza of the park, disobeying park rules. When an officer asked him for identification, Terry was allegedly in possession of an American Express card with a different name on it.

Police arrested 34-year-old Jose Diaz for intoxicated driving on the FDR Drive last Thursday at 9:04 a.m. A highway patrol officer saw Diaz driving a commercial vehicle on the FDR. When he pulled Diaz over, he found that the suspect allegedly had a strong odor of alcohol on his breath as well as bloodshot, watery eyes. Police said that Diaz only had a New Jersey state ID card and was not properly licensed.

Sixty-year-old Danny Glover was arrested for a tax law violation in front of 5 Union Square West last Tuesday at 4:04 p.m. Police said that Glover was selling loose cigarettes for cash.

UPDATED: Man fatally shot at Irving Plaza


Irving Plaza (Photo via Wikipedia)

By Maria Rocha-Buschel

Four people were shot, one fatally, inside Irving Plaza on Wednesday night around 10:15 p.m. during a T.I. concert at the venue. EMS transported a 33-year-old man shot in the stomach to Beth Israel Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. A 26-year-old woman had a gunshot wound to the leg and a 34-year-old man was shot in the chest, and further investigation found that a 30-year-old man had been shot in the leg.

Police said that the man shot in the leg went to the NYU Medical Center on his own, and the 26-year-old woman and 33-year-old man were transported to Bellevue Hospital by EMS. The two victims transported to Bellevue were in stable condition. The 30-year-old man shot in the leg was reportedly Brooklyn rapper Troy Ave, according to the New York Post.

The incident occurred in the green room of the venue while rappers Maino and Uncle Murda were performing as the opening act at the show, the Post reported. The scuffle then spilled out into the area by the main stage, causing chaos and panic among the 1,000 concert attendees.

Police have not officially released the identity of the deceased victim but the Post has reported that his name was Ronald McPhatter. The Post also noted that the shooting erupted after an argument started in the limited-access section on the seventh floor of the venue before spreading to the second floor, where the green room is.

No arrests have been made and the investigation is ongoing.

UPDATE: Troy Ave, 33, whose real name is Roland Collins, has been arrested. The Union Street, Brooklyn resident has been charged with attempted murder and two counts of criminal possession of a weapon.

Where to celebrate New Year’s Eve

Richard Bona and  Mandekan Cubano will be playing at The Jazz Standard.

Richard Bona and Mandekan Cubano will be playing at The Jazz Standard.

By Maria Rocha-Buschel
With another year coming to an end, a number of neighborhood businesses are offering a wide variety of experiences for this New Year’s Eve, from rowdy parties to quiet meals, and even meditation. Local theaters and concert venues throughout the area are hosting parties and shows for the holiday.

Coco and the Vanity Vixens will be playing an 18+ show at the Gramercy Theatre at 127 East 23rd Street. Tickets range from $40 to $125. The off-Broadway burlesque show starts at 9:30 p.m. Ticket purchases for the show include entry to the New Year’s Eve countdown and the after party with Ice-T and Coco until 3 a.m.

Webster Hall at 125 East 11th Street will be taking advantage of its multilevel layout for their end-of-the-year extravaganza, featuring fire displays, DJs and live TVs showing the drop of the ball in Times Square at their New Year’s Eve Ball. The event will also feature the “largest balloon drop in the free world,” with 100,000 balloons falling from the ceiling at the stroke of midnight. General admission tickets are $99 and silver tickets are $150.

The Salon will be hosting a New Year’s Eve Eve party at the DL at 95 Delancey Street. This means that the festivities technically don’t take place on the holiday itself but the party is a tradition for the production company, which hosts various events and parties featuring big band music and swing dancing performances. Although the Salon is hosting this event in the Lower East Side this year, the party was previously held at The Players club.

Concert venues throughout the neighborhood will be hosting shows on New Year’s Eve and while Webster Hall might be consumed by a raucous New Year’s Eve-centric party, other music halls in the area are focusing on performances.

Brooklyn-based Holy Ghost! will be headlining Irving Plaza at 17 Irving Place, with Museum of Love and That Work performing as the opening bands. The show starts at 8:30 p.m. and tickets, still on sale, are $52.50.

Richard Bona and Mandekan Cubano will be playing two New Year’s Eve shows at the Jazz Standard, 116 East 27th Street. The first show is at 7:30 p.m. and the second show, at 10:30 p.m., includes a three-course meal and a champagne toast. Tickets for the 7:30 p.m. show are $135 and tickets for the 10:30 p.m. show are $195.

For more low-key dinner options, various local restaurants are offering special New Year’s Eve meals for the holiday.

Daniel Humm’s restaurant inside The NoMad Hotel at 1170 Broadway is offering an à la carte New Year’s Eve dinner with dishes such as Alaska king crab salad and roasted dry-aged tenderloin with seared foie gras, created for sharing. The New Year’s Eve festivities at the NoMad Bar are $195 per person and go from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. The price includes an open bar, DJ and hors d’oeuvres.

Resto at 111 East 29th Street, a Belgian gastropub, will be serving duck 12 different ways for the four-course New Year’s Eve menu, including consommé, sausage, confit and “ducketta.” Four courses at Resto is $95 from 5 to 7 p.m. and $150 after 9 p.m. Reservations are accepted for earlier dinner and seating after 9 p.m. includes an open bar and champagne at midnight.

Bread and Tulips at 365 Park Avenue South is offering a four-course prix fixe dinner with two different seatings. The earlier option is at 6 p.m. for $65 per person and the second is at 9 p.m. for $95 per person, which also includes open bar access at the restaurant’s New Year’s party. The Italian eatery is featuring dishes such as burrata with marinated tomatoes, duck breast over mascarpone polenta and chocolate and hazelnut mousse cake.

Jivamukti Yoga School will be holding its annual New Year’s Eve celebration with dinner, a dance party and silent reflection.

Jivamukti Yoga School will be holding its annual New Year’s Eve celebration with dinner, a dance party and silent reflection.

Some neighborhood yoga studios are offering quieter alternatives to the traditional drunken New Year’s revelry with a more meditative approach.

Jivamukti Yoga School at 841 Broadway near Union Square is hosting its 26th annual New Year’s Eve celebration with a special class, dinner, a dance party and silent reflection, which is from 9 p.m. to midnight. Admission to the class, which includes the vegan dinner, is $95.

Laughing Lotus at 636 Sixth Avenue is hosting New Year’s Eve celebration from 10 p.m. to midnight, offering an “intention-setting ceremony” with chanting, meditation and a live DJ. The cost of the class is $60 and there is a 48-hour cancellation policy.

Kundalini Yoga at 873 Broadway offers a cheaper alternative for New Year’s Eve meditation and yoga at $30 ($25 for members), although the meditation and yoga class is from 6 to 8 p.m. instead of all the way until midnight. The last day to register for Kundalini Yoga’s New Year’s event is on Tuesday, December 30.

Police Watch: Traffic agent hit by car, ‘dine and ditch’ at 40/40 Club

Police arrested 41-year-old Joshua Bright in front of 394 East 25th Street for a public administration felony and leaving the scene of an accident last Tuesday at 9:43 a.m. Bright was making a right turn from the FDR driving south onto East 23rd Street going west.
Bright allegedly made the turn from the far left lane where there is right turn only lane provided. The traffic agent directing pedestrian traffic had to shove a pedestrian out of the way to avoid being hit and the guard instructed Bright to stop and allow pedestrians to cross. Bright then allegedly drove into the traffic agent causing an injury to his right leg and knee and fled the scene. The traffic agent followed Bright to East 25th Street where he was arrested.

Police arrested 57-year-old Richard Trott for petit larceny in front of the Walgreens at 298 First Avenue last Monday at 12:35 a.m. Trott allegedly swiped 15 Oral B toothbrushes after hiding them inside his shirt.

Police arrested 21-year-old Christopher Falco for robbery and weapons possession inside the 13th Precinct last Tuesday at 10 a.m. Falco allegedly tried to mug someone in front of 234 East 25th Street on an earlier date when he also hit the victim over the head with an imitation pistol.

Police arrested four teenagers for allegedly swiping a credit card from a counter at Starbucks. It was last Monday at 10:06 p.m. at the Starbucks at 393 Third Avenue between 27th and 28th Streets when the teens spotted the credit card and grabbed it, police said. However, the card was recovered at the scene.
The teens are residents of the ACS facility and are students at the Urban Assembly High School of Music and Art and Fannie Lou Hamer High School. One of the teens was also charged with impersonation because she gave a false date of birth. Their names are being withheld by Town & Village due to their age.

Police arrested a teenager for grand larceny in front of 23 West 18th Street last Monday at 3:59 p.m. The teen was riding a Citi Bike that didn’t belong to him and told the officer at the scene, “I found it.” Citi Bike confirmed that the boy did not have a membership with the program and the value of the bike is $1,200. The teen is a student at the Business of Sports School. His name is being withheld due to his age.

Twenty-one-year-old Monica Gooding was arrested for theft of services last Saturday at 4:13 a.m. in front of the 40/40 Club at 6 West 25th Street. Gooding ordered food and drinks from the club and when the server approached her with the bill, she allegedly had no means to pay it. Gooding allegedly owed $70.77.

Police arrested 21-year-old Richard Hsu and 20-year-old Cindy Pi for reckless endangerment in front of 346 East 15th Street last Sunday at 4:48 p.m. Hsu and Pi allegedly threw a glass candle out of a second floor apartment window at the victim. The glass shattered in a common area near the victim and Hsu and Pi allegedly admitted that they threw the candle out of the window.

Police arrested 35-year-old Muazzam Butt at the corner of Lexington Avenue and East 27th Street for petit larceny. Butt allegedly accepted a delivery to his business but then wouldn’t pay the delivery driver or give back the package.

Twenty-year-old Jonathan Alives was arrested for menacing in front of Bellevue Hospital last Saturday at 5:37 a.m. Police said that Alives got into an argument with another man and then threatened him with two knives. Alives was also charged with weapons possession and disorderly conduct.

Thirty-year-old Tessa John-Connor was arrested in front of Irving Plaza at 17 Irving Place last Sunday at 1:51 a.m. An officer was at the location for crowd control after a concert and repeatedly told John-Connor that she had to move away from the front of the location. She allegedly refused and when the officer attempted to remove her from the area, she pushed him and grabbed onto other officers, police said. She allegedly resisted arrest by flailing her arms and pulling them to the front of her body to avoid being handcuffed. John-Connor was charged with resisting arrest, a public administration misdemeanor and disorderly conduct.

Michelle Mickelley, 34, was arrested for allegedly assaulting a peace officer in front of the Con Ed building at 4 Irving Place. It was last Thursday when Mickelley had allegedly been shoplifting at the store and tried to leave the store without paying. Store security followed her outside and police tried to restrain her when she allegedly smacked one of the officers, causing an abrasion on the officer’s hands.

Police arrested a teen inside the 13th Precinct last Thursday at 1 p.m. for grand larceny auto. Police said that the teen stole a car from Hertz Rent a Car. The company has a location in Gramercy at 245 East 19th Street. The teen’s name is being withheld due to his age.