Police Watch: Teen arrested for threatening rape, Teen busted for pushing student into tracks

TEEN ARRESTED FOR THREATENING TO RAPE GIRL AT WASHINGTON IRVING
Police arrested a teenage boy for sexual abuse, aggravated harassment and harassment inside the Washington Irving campus at 40 Irving Place last Friday at 9:55 a.m. The victim told police that the teen has been touching her without her permission, including her breasts and side. Police said that the teen also kissed the victim without her consent.
The victim told police that the teen said he wanted to have sex with her and when she said no, he said, “I will rape you.” The victim said that the teen also told her in Spanish, “You are trash and have a sh–ty body. You’re only good for sex.”
The teen’s name is being withheld because of his age.

TEEN ARRESTED FOR PUSHING STUDENT INTO TRAIN TRACKS AT UNION SQUARE
Police arrested a teenage boy at Union Square East and East 14th Street for assault last Thursday at 10:40 a.m. Police said that while waiting for the train, the teen and two other suspects who weren’t arrested punched the victim in the face, causing the victim to fall onto the train tracks. Police said that once the victim got back onto the train platform, the teens continued to punch him, causing an injury to the back of his head. Police said that both the victim and the boy who was arrested attend Manhattan Academy for Arts and Language in the Norman Thomas Campus at 111 East 33rd Street.

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Police Watch: Woman robbed on Third Ave., Women arrested after car accidents

WOMAN ROBBED ON THIRD AVENUE
Police arrested 22-year-old Natividad Jiminez, 18-year-old Myasiah Bettis and three teenagers for robbery and grand larceny at the corner of Third Avenue and East 28th Street last Wednesday at 1:48 a.m. The victim told police that she was walking south on Third Avenue between East 28th and 27th Streets when five kids walked past her, one of them saying, “I think we’re going the wrong way.”
Jiminez allegedly struck her in the back of the head and began trying to grab her purse from her shoulder. The victim struggled with the suspect who eventually took the bag. The suspects then fled east on East 28th Street between Second and Third Avenues. Police said that Jimenez was seen on camera attempting to use the victim’s debit card in an ATM at 495 Second Avenue. The victim told police that she received a notification about unauthorized usage on her card at the same time that the suspects could be seen on video at the ATM.

WOMEN ARRESTED AFTER CAR ACCIDENTS
Police arrested two women this week in separate incidents for alleged intoxicated driving.
Fifty-year-old Antoinette Williams was arrested for alleged intoxicated driving at First Avenue and East 23rd Street last Sunday at 1:14 a.m. Police were responding to an accident at the location when a witness said that a blue Jeep heading north on First Avenue towards East 23rd Street had disobeyed a steady red light and had collided with another car. Upon further investigation, police found that Williams was the driver of the Jeep and she allegedly had a moderate odor of alcohol on her breath as well as bloodshot, watery eyes and slurred speech.
Police also arrested Dina Zapata for alleged intoxicated driving at the corner of Second Avenue and East 23rd Street last Monday at 5:15 a.m. Police said that Zapata was driving east on East 23rd Street between Park Avenue South and Third Avenue when she sideswiped the victim’s car. Both drivers stopped at Second Avenue and East 23rd Street and the victim identified Zapata as the person who hit his car. Police said that Zapata had signs of being intoxicated, with bloodshot, watery eyes, an odor of alcohol on her breath and slurred speech.

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Police Watch: Man arrested for BB gun, Senior busted for groping

MAN ARRESTED FOR THREATENING VICTIM WITH BB GUN OVER PARKING DISPUTE
Police arrested 29-year-old Kastriot Lajqi after he allegedly pulled a BB gun on someone he was arguing with over a parking spot and indicated he was cop.
Police said last Sunday at 11 p.m. when Lajqi and the victim were arguing in front of 200 Park Avenue South, Lajqi reached over behind the passenger’s seat of his car and took out a BB gun. He then allegedly pointed it at the victim while saying, “I will blow your f—king head off.” Police said that Lajqi also retrieved a baseball cap with the letters “NYPD” and an NYPD patch on it and he allegedly said, “You see this, don’t f—k with me.” Police said he then fled north on Park Avenue South but was arrested soon after.
Police confirmed that Lajqi is not a member of the NYPD.
He was charged with alleged impersonation of a police officer and menacing.

OCTOGENARIAN ARRESTED FOR GROPING
Police arrested 85-year-old Zhen Huang for sexual abuse in front of 4 Perlman Place last Monday at 7:20 a.m. The victim told police that she was walking outside as she and Huang crossed paths. When he walked by her, he allegedly grabbed the victim’s upper thigh for no legitimate purpose.

MAN ARRESTED FOR ROBBERY ON EAST 28TH
Police arrested 32-year-old Roberto Vasquez for robbery in front of the Children’s Rescue Fund at 4 East 28th Street last Tuesday at 5:25 a.m. Vasquez allegedly robbed the victim at gunpoint, then fled with the cash. Vasquez was also charged with weapons possession and possession of stolen property, although a gun was not recovered from the scene.

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Police Watch: Slashing outside Stuy Town, Two arrested for assaulting cab driver

MAN BUSTED FOR SLASHING VICTIM OUTSIDE STUYVESANT TOWN
Nineteen-year-old Shukija Winns was arrested for assault after he allegedly slashed another person in the face with a razor blade at the northeast corner of First Avenue and East 14th Street.
The incident took place on April 2 at 5 p.m. but Williams wasn’t arrested until last Wednesday at 9:05 a.m. inside the 13th Precinct.

TWO ARRESTED FOR ASSAULTING CAB DRIVER
Police arrested 34-year-old Ndeh Tawah and 25-year-old Sean Glynn for theft of services and assault in front of 307 East 14th Street last Sunday at 4:41 a.m. Police said that Glynn and Tawah were in the victim’s cab and both refused to pay the fare. The driver attempted to stop them from leaving but Tawah and Glynn allegedly both punched the driver in the face, causing a cut and swelling, and ripping the driver’s shirt. The victim was treated at Mount Sinai Beth Israel Hospital.

MAN BUSTED FOR BREAKING INTO CAR ON EAST 14TH
Police arrested 51-year-old Patrice Steed for petit larceny and possession of stolen property in front of 7 East 14th Street last Tuesday at 11:04 a.m. Police said that the victim saw Steed inside his car without permission to be there. Steed allegedly tried to take the victim’s cell phone and loose change, which were inside the vehicle. The victim confronted Steed when he saw him inside his car and he held the suspect there until police responded.

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Police Watch: Officer assaulted in Kips Bay, Bike ‘thief’ busted for stolen credit cards

MAN CHARGED WITH ASSAULTING OFFICER IN KIPS BAY
Police arrested 39-year-old Kevin Legenza after he allegedly punched a cop in front of 124 East 28th Street last Friday at 3:13 a.m.
Police said that Legenza was sitting down on the hood of an operating vehicle in front of the location and refused to move. Police officers at the scene asked him to move several times and he allegedly refused. Police said that they told him he was blocking traffic and would be issued a summons if he didn’t move. Legenza then allegedly tried to stop the officer from doing this by pushing him and attempting to walk away. Police said that they attempted to arrest the suspect but he allegedly flailed his arms and actively resisted being restrained, so officers brought him to the ground. This is when Legenza allegedly fell on top of one of the officers and also punched the officer in the face multiple times.
An attorney for Legenza did not respond to a request for comment.

BIKE ‘THIEF’ BUSTED FOR STOLEN CREDIT CARDS
Police arrested 26-year-old Benjamin Marcial for petit larceny and possession of stolen property last Friday at 2:11 p.m. at the corner of East 20th Street and the FDR Drive. Police said that Marcial took a bicycle from the sidewalk without permission and allegedly attempted to put the stolen bike in a taxi to flee the scene.
While Marcial was in custody after being arrested for stealing the bike, police said that he was found to be in possession of stolen credit cards. Police said that the credit cards had been swiped from a Blink Fitness location in the 9th precinct.

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Police Watch: Man arrested for jumping into L tracks, Stabbing on Sixth Ave.

MAN ARRESTED FOR JUMPING INTO TRACKS WHILE RUNNING FROM COPS
Police arrested 32-year-old Jose Vijay for reckless endangerment and criminal trespass inside the First Avenue L station last Tuesday at 6:46 p.m. Police were responding to a call about Vijay about a previous sex abuse case while he was at the Third Avenue station on the L train. Police said that he matched the description of a man who was wanted for sex abuse and escorted him off the train. Officers then identified him as a suspect for the earlier incident, but while he was being held at the station, Vijay allegedly jumped onto the tracks and fled down the tunnel. Police said that he was seen passing between the tracks as a train was pulling into the station. No further information was available about the sex abuse case for which he was originally pursued.

MAN NABBED FOR STABBING ON SIXTH AVENUE
Police arrested 28-year-old Cedric Toon for assault and weapons possession last Sunday at 3:30 a.m. in front of 686 Sixth Avenue. Police said that Toon stabbed the victim in the back near his right shoulder with a knife, causing a puncture wound. Police searched the area and found Toon nearby, and two witnesses positively identified him.

MAN NABBED FOR ASSAULTING COP ON BROADWAY
Police arrested 25-year-old Mohamed Thiam for assault of a peace officer last Friday at 4:34 p.m. in front of 1165 Broadway at 27th Street. Police said that they approached Thiam because he was drinking beer out of a cup on the sidewalk and he allegedly refused to show the officer his ID. When they attempted to place him in handcuffs, he allegedly started flailing his arms to prevent being handcuffed. Police said that in the struggle, he punched the arresting office in the face.

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Cops make string of K2 arrests on 14th St.

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

By Maria Rocha-Buschel

Police have noticed an increase in the use of K2 around West 14th Street and Sixth Avenue and believe that smokers of the drug are coming into the city on the PATH train, which has a stop at the intersection.

According to the commanding officer of the 13th Precinct, Deputy Inspector Brendan Timoney, there were at least 10 people arrested for K2, also known as synthetic marijuana, in the last week, and charged with violating health codes.

Timoney discussed the arrests at a 13th Precinct Community Council meeting held on Tuesday, noting that two arrests were made at the Gramercy precinct earlier in the day.

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Police Watch: Men arrested for Flatiron shooting, Man busted for ‘drugs’ in Stuy Town

THREE ARRESTED IN FLATIRON SHOOTING
Police arrested three men in connection with a shooting in Flatiron in front of 105 West 22nd Street on Sunday at 12:55 a.m. The New York Daily News reported that the incident occurred at a book signing in the Auxiliary Lounge for the self-published erotic novella, “She’s Dickmatized,” by Tania Marie.
Police said that multiple shots were fired into a crowd near the lounge and a man with a gun was seen running into a black Mercedes. Ramel Harkless, 38, allegedly got into the backseat of the vehicle, which police said left the location and ran multiple red lights before abruptly coming to a stop. Police followed the Mercedes and when they stopped the vehicle, the found that Harkless was the only person in the backseat, while 45-year-old Barry Wiles was driving and 43-year-old Joseph Saunders was in the passenger’s seat. Police said they found a gun on the floor of the back passenger’s seat where Harkless had been sitting.
The victim was shot in the abdomen, torso, groin and in the leg. The suspects were arrested in front of 41 East 19th Street. The Daily News identified the victim as Robert Lowman and reported that Harkless and Lowman are both affiliated with the street gang the Bloods.
Harkless, Wiles and Saunders were charged with weapons possession. Wiles was also charged with reckless endangerment and Harkless was additionally charged with assault.

MAN BUSTED FOR ‘DRUGS’ IN STUY TOWN
Police arrested 34-year-old Justin Stewart for possession of a controlled substance in front of 321 Avenue C last Thursday at 9:25 a.m. Police said that Stewart was seen holding an unknown controlled substance in plain view on the sidewalk.

MAN ARRESTED FOR ASSAULTING CYCLIST
Police arrested 37-year-old Tashi Phuntsok for assault at the corner of Lexington Avenue and East 27th Street last Tuesday at 7:26 p.m. The victim told police that he was riding his bike when Phuntsok allegedly cut him off at the intersection. He and the victim proceeded to get into an argument. Phuntsok allegedly threw the victim to the ground and started kicking and punching him, causing an injury to his head and right hand, although he refused medical assistance at the scene.

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Police Watch: Murderer arrested in Union Square shooting, Man arrested for sex abuse in Union Square

CONVICTED MURDERER ARRESTED IN UNION SQUARE SHOOTING
Sixty-year-old Leslie Jiminez was arrested for assault last Sunday at 8:35 p.m. inside the 13th Precinct. According to the New York Daily News, the 55-year-old victim, who helps run a custodial company, had just arrived at an office building at 126 Fifth Avenue near West 18th Street around 12:30 a.m. on Saturday morning to pay her employees when Jiminez approached her in the hallway and allegedly demanded her purse. The victim struggled with Jiminez, who allegedly shot her in the leg before running off with the $2,000 in cash meant for her workers.
Jiminez was also charged with robbery, reckless endangerment, weapons possession and menacing. The victim was taken to Bellevue Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries
DNAinfo reported that Jiminez has a rap sheet going back decades, with a robbery conviction in 1977 and a conviction for first-degree manslaughter in 1983. He was released in 1997.

MAN BUSTED FOR SEX ABUSE IN UNION SQUARE SUBWAY
Police arrested 23-year-old Charles Cassis for sexual abuse and public lewdness inside the Union Square subway station last Wednesday at 7:05 p.m. Police said that Cassis rubbed his groin area on a woman’s buttocks repeatedly while they were on an uptown 5 train. Cassis also allegedly masturbated behind the victim. Police said that Cassis and the victim don’t know each other.

MAN ARRESTED FOR ASSAULT AT L’EXPRESS
Police arrested 28-year-old David Richardson for allegedly assaulting an employee at L’Express restaurant at 249 Park Avenue South. The victim said last Sunday at 5 a.m. Richardson was being escorted out of the restaurant, which is when he punched the employee in the face.

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Police Watch: ‘Reckless’ driver arrested, Men wanted for Midtown bank robberies

AFTER COPS ATTEMPT TO MAKE PROSTITUTION ARREST, DRIVER TRIES TO FLEE POLICE
Police arrested a man after he tried to flee the scene of an attempted arrest for prostitution.
Police said that Yu Yuesheng, 53, was driving with a woman who left the vehicle and engaged in conversation with an undercover officer. According to the DA’s office, she offered and agreed to perform oral sex in exchange for $250. When police attempted to arrest the woman for prostitution, Yuesheng allegedly fled while ignoring police vehicles that were following him.
He was nabbed last Thursday at the corner of Park Avenue South and East 20th Street at 3:37 a.m.
Police said that Yuesheng drove recklessly by failing to obey numerous steady red lights, endangering the safety of himself and others. At the time of his arrest, he allegedly flailed his arms to avoid being handcuffed. The DA’s office said that Yuesheng had about $700 in cash in his vehicle and the woman who was arrested reportedly referred to Yuesheng as her “friend.” Yuesheng was also charged with promoting prostitution, reckless driving and resisting arrest. No further information was available about the woman Yuesheng was with who was reportedly arrested for prostitution.

TEEN ARRESTED FOR SEXTORTION
Police arrested a teenager for promoting sexual performance by a child inside Simon Baruch Middle School at 330 East 21st Street last Thursday at 1:20 p.m. Police said that the teen sent multiple female teenagers photos of his penis through Snapchat and coerced multiple girls into sending photos back in fear that he would expose them. He would additionally FaceTime with girls while he was masturbating. He also intimidated a girl into stroking his penis on a park bench during a lunch break from school.
The teen was also charged with sexual abuse, coercion and performance of an obscenity. His name is being withheld due to his age.

Bank robbery suspect

Bank robbery suspect

CHASE BANK ROBBER WANTED
Police are looking for a man who robbed a Chase Bank in Kips Bay earlier this month. Police said that the suspect strolled into the bank at 2 Park Avenue between East 32nd and 33rd Street and demanded cash from the teller. The teller complied and the suspect fled. The unknown man is white, in his late 40s to mid-50s and is 5’7” with a slim build. He had grey stubble and was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt with the hood worn tightly around his face, dark-rimmed eyeglasses, dark pants and a backpack.
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 Crime Stoppers website at nypdcrimestoppers.com. All calls are strictly confidential.

Santander Bank robbery suspect

Santander Bank robbery suspect

BANK ROBBER HITS TWO SANTANDER BANKS IN MIDTOWN
Police are looking for a man in connection with two Manhattan bank robberies. The first incident took place at the Santander Bank at Lexington Avenue between East 34th and 35th Streets, when the suspect approached a teller and demanded money on Tuesday, March 8 at 3 p.m. Police said that the teller complied and the suspect fled with an undetermined amount of money.
The second incident occurred inside another Santander location, this one at 711 Third Avenue between East 44th and 45th Streets. Police said that on Thursday, May 12 at 5:30 p.m., the man approached a teller and demanded money. This teller also complied and the man fled with an undetermined amount of cash.
Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477). All calls are strictly confidential.

TEEN BUSTED FOR PHONE THEFT
Police arrested a teenager for snatching a phone out of a straphanger’s hand as he sat waiting for the 1 train at the 23rd Street station last Monday.
The victim said after the suspect grabbed his phone, he ran out of the subway station. The victim then chased the teen down West 22nd Street between Sixth and Seventh Avenues and got his phone back, at which point he hit the teen. Neither the suspect or the victim had any visible injuries and both refused medical assistance. Police said that when the suspect was placed under arrest, he resisted by locking his arms and legs. The teen was charged with grand larceny, resisting arrest and possession of stolen property and his name is being withheld due to his age.

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Police Watch: Man arrested for cat ‘abuse,’ ‘Perv’ nabbed at L station

KIPS BAY MAN ARRESTED FOR CAT ‘ABUSE’
Police arrested 58-year-old Steven Loftin at 14 East 28th Street last Wednesday at 11:47 a.m. Loftin allegedly kicked his cat several times, causing the animal to slide down the hallway. Police said that upon further investigation, it was determined that the living conditions were unsanitary for a cat, with feces and urine all over the apartment. Loftin also allegedly leaves the cat in the hallway for hours at a time and refuses to let the animal inside. He was charged with an unclassified violation of an agriculture and markets law.

‘SUBWAY GRINDER’ NABBED AT FIRST AVE. L STATION
Police arrested 23-year-old Mario Andrades for sexual abuse inside the First Avenue L station last Friday at 6:58 p.m.
Police said that Andrades was standing alone on the L platform at Union Square, pacing from end to end of the platform, allegedly checking out women who were also waiting for the train. He then allegedly positioned himself behind a woman and followed her onto a Brooklyn-bound train. Police said that Andrades pushed his groin against a woman and repeatedly rubbed against her, and noted that there was enough room behind the woman such that he didn’t need to be so close to her. He also allegedly placed his hand on the woman’s buttocks.
Andrades was also on the L train at the Union Square station last Wednesday and followed a woman onto a Brooklyn-bound train, allegedly rubbing his groin on her buttocks and touching her buttocks with his hand.

MAN ‘PUNCHES’ OWNER OF ADULT VIDEO STORE
Thirty-year-old Pedro Vazquez was arrested for robbery at the corner of Sixth Avenue and West 24th Street last Saturday at 6:16 a.m. for an incident in an adult video store on the west side of Sixth Avenue. The owner said that Vazquez entered his store and without permission, placed a pair of Hauty lace underwear into his waistband and allegedly attempted to leave without paying. When the store owner tried to stop the suspect, he allegedly punched the owner in the face, causing bleeding and swelling. The owner flagged down someone to help him and they detained the suspect until police arrived. When Vazquez was searched, police found that he was allegedly in possession of metal knuckles. Vazquez was also charged with petit larceny, resisting arrest, assault and weapons possession.

MAN BUSTED IN FLATIRON FOR ATTEMPTING TO ‘FORCE’ KISS ON COWORKER
Police arrested 23-year-old Hector Lema for assault in front of Flatiron’s Equinox gym at 897 Broadway last Friday. The victim told police that Lema was trying to force her into giving him a kiss and while she was trying to get away, he allegedly scratched her neck. The victim said that she and Lema are coworkers.

DRUNK MAN ARRESTED FOR ‘ASSAULT’ OF CABBIE
Police arrested 37-year-old Carlo Trotto for assault at the corner of Fifth Avenue and 27th Street last Thursday at 11:02 p.m. Police said that a cab driver flagged down police and said that he had picked up Trotto and another man in the Midtown South Precinct and agreed to drive them home.
The driver told police that while Trotto was in the backseat of the cab, he was intoxicated and allegedly began punching the back of the driver’s seat. The driver then pulled over at the southeast corner of Fifth and 27th and Trotto allegedly proceeded to punch the driver in the back of the head and his face, causing pain and swelling.
Police said that Trotto and the man he was with fled the scene but a witness told police that he saw Trotto screaming at a food vendor, using racial slurs, at which point the witness intervened. Trotto then allegedly charged at the witness, attempting to attack him, but he was soon arrested at the location without incident.

MAN BUSTED FOR ‘STOLEN’ BAG IN KIPS BAY
Police arrested 51-year-old Brian Best for possession of stolen property last Friday at 11:02 a.m. at the corner of Third Avenue and East 28th Street. Police said that Best was seen throwing out the contents of a purse into a garbage can in a suspicious manner. Police approached him and asked if the bag belonged to him, and he allegedly said that he found the bag and that it isn’t a crime to go scavenger hunting. The owner of the bag said that it went missing from in front of 248 East 28th Street.

WOMAN ARRESTED FOR ‘PROSTITUTION’ AT THIRD AVE. SPA
Police arrested 22-year-old Sieun Hwang for prostitution inside a spa at 350 Third Avenue last Friday at 7:10 p.m. Police said that Hwang agreed to have sex with an officer in exchange for cash. Police said that Hwang was questioned in regards to human trafficking but she did not provide them with further information.

SUNGLASSES SALESMEN BUSTED FOR ‘FAKE’ MERCH
Police arrested 42-year-old Alpha Fadika for forgery in front of 1167 Broadway between 27th and 28th Streets last Thursday at 5:47 p.m. Police said that Fadika was displaying trademark counterfeit sunglasses and had a case containing additional sunglasses that were also allegedly counterfeit.

MAN ARRESTED FOR ‘DRUG’ SALE AT EAST 29TH AND FIRST AVENUE
Police arrested 61-year-old Jerry Mills for sale of a controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance last Wednesday at 7:10 p.m. on the corner of East 29th Street and First Avenue. Police said that Mills exchanged a quantity of a controlled substance for cash with an undercover officer. He was also in possession of an alleged controlled substance.

MAN BUSTED FOR ‘K2’ ON THIRD AVENUE
Police arrested 46-year-old Willie McCray for a public health law misdemeanor in front of 397 Third Avenue last Tuesday at 12:19 a.m. Police said that McCray was on the sidewalk smoking an alleged synthetic marijuana cigarette. When police approached him, he allegedly admitted that it was K2. Police found that he was also in possession of a bag of K2.

Police Watch: ‘Drunk’ drivers arrested, ‘Groper’ busted in Union Square

‘DRUNK’ DRIVER ARRESTED AFTER HANGING OUTSIDE OF CAR
Police arrested 28-year-old Saman Ebrahimzadeh in front of 114 West 16th Street for intoxicated driving last Sunday at 4:40 a.m. Police said that Ebrahimzadeh was driving east on West 16th Street when he and his passenger allegedly began to hang outside of the car while it was moving. When they were stopped, Ebrahimzadeh allegedly had slurred speech and bloodshot watery eyes.

SUBWAY ‘GRINDER’ BUSTED AT UNION SQUARE
Police arrested 53-year-old Glenn Gordon for sexual abuse inside the Union Square subway station last Thursday at 7:48 p.m. Gordon allegedly rubbed his groin area on the victim’s buttocks multiple times while they were on a downtown 4 train. Police said that he and the victim did not know each other.

TEEN PHONE ‘THIEF’ CAUGHT BY GOOD SAMARITAN
An alleged attempt by an 18-year-old to run off with a woman’s phone was foiled by a Good Samaritan last Friday.
The victim told police that she was standing in front of 200 Park Avenue South at 8:43 p.m. when Nickoles Rodriguez, 18, allegedly snatched her phone out of her hand and fled. However, police said that Rodriguez was stopped at the northeast corner of East 18th Street and Broadway by a civilian. The teen was later charged with grand larceny and possession of stolen property.

MAN ACCUSED OF SPITTING AT AND BITING EMT
Police arrested Thomas Thompson for assault last Friday at 9:45 a.m. at First Avenue and East 30th Street. An EMT told police that he was treating a patient on East 30th Street when Thompson allegedly approached him and became belligerent. Police said that Thompson then tried to get into the ambulance and leave with the patient who was inside. The EMT said that he ended up not getting in the ambulance but that he did approach the vehicle while it was attempting to drive away and allegedly continued to shout before spitting in the EMT’s face, police said. The EMT opened the door of the ambulance, at which point Thompson allegedly tried to spit at him again. He put up his hand to block Thompson from spitting at him but the suspect then allegedly bit the EMT’s hand.

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Police Watch: Officer assaulted at Bellevue, L train ‘Perv’ arrested

MAN ARRESTED FOR ‘ASSAULTING’ FEMALE OFFICER AT BELLEVUE
Police arrested 46-year-old Brian Smith for assault inside the Bellevue Hospital at 462 First Avenue last Tuesday at 11 a.m. While Smith was waiting for an evaluation from the Comprehensive Psychiatric Emergency Program (CPEP), he allegedly spit on and kicked an officer in the groin, knocking him to the ground. Police said that after he kicked the first officer and another was restraining him, he grabbed the second officer’s hands, twisted her fingers and refused to let go. He allegedly kicked her in the chest, knocking her to the ground as well. Another officer restrained Smith until he could be sedated. The officer who was kicked in the groin was treated at the emergency room for an injury and the other officer received a sprained left wrist as a result of Smith allegedly grabbing her.

‘PERV’ ARRESTED AT FIRST AVENUE L STATION
Police arrested 27-year-old David Oakley for sexual abuse at the First Avenue L station last Saturday at 8:30 p.m. Police said that Oakley rubbed his groin area on the victim’s buttocks while on a Brooklyn-bound L train. The victim told police that she and Oakley didn’t know each other. Oakley allegedly attempted to flee and ran outside the station but he was apprehended at the main booth. He was also charged with resisting arrest.

WOMAN ARRESTED FOR ‘CHILD ABUSE’
Police arrested 35-year-old Ileasia Barrpaul for endangering the welfare of a child inside 344 East 28th Street last Wednesday at 4:37 a.m. Barrpaul, who police said was intoxicated and off her medication, allegedly locked her 10-year-old child outside the apartment and would not allow him back inside. Police said that the child was seen in the hallway missing socks and was unable to care for himself.

TWO ARRESTED FOR CAR ‘THEFT’
Police arrested 26-year-old Percius McKnight and 35-year-old Janaqual Ashaqua for grand larceny auto in front of 15 West 28th Street last Monday at 2:14 a.m. The victim and a witness called police and reported that McKnight and Ashaqua allegedly attempted to remove a 1998 Volvo from in front of the location. When police arrived, McKnight and Ashaqua were still on the scene and were taken into custody.

DEBIT CARD ‘THIEF’ BUSTED AT PHONE BOOTH WITH ‘K2’
Police arrested 21-year-old Divene Sanabria for possession of stolen property and an unclassified public health law misdemeanor at the corner of Sixth Avenue and West 15th Street last Monday at 3:05 p.m. Police said that Sanabria was at a phone booth in possession of a debit card that didn’t belong to him and after he was searched, he was allegedly found to be in possession of synthetic marijuana. Police said that he also had a bag of K2 in his jacket pocket and a pipe with K2 residue in his duffel bag.

TEEN ARRESTED FOR PHONE SNATCHING
Police arrested a teenager for grand larceny and possession of stolen property in front of 1165 Broadway on Sunday at 11:05 p.m. The victim told police that the teen snatched the cell phone out of her hands while she was walking on the sidewalk. Police searched the area at 10:45 p.m. around West 28th and Broadway and the teen was positively identified by the victim.

MAN NABBED FOR NOT PAYING BILL AT NIGHTCLUB
Police arrested 39-year-old Kenji Tokunaga for theft of services inside Studio Twenty One at 59 West 21st Street last Wednesday at 12:47 a.m. Police said that Tokunaga refused to pay a bill totaling $316.80 for services rendered.

CAB DRIVER ASSAULTED ON NEW YEAR’S EVE
Police arrested 23-year-old Moises Haiat for assault at the corner of East 17th Street and Park Avenue South on New Year’s Eve at 8:47 a.m. Haiat was a passenger in a cab and got into an argument with the driver after he was driven to the location he requested. Police said that Haiat punched the driver in the face, causing injury to his left eye. The driver refused medical attention at the scene but there was swelling around his eye.

MAN ARRESTED FOR CAB DRIVER ‘ASSAULT’
Thirty-year-old Michael Davis was arrested for criminal mischief at the corner of Sixth Avenue and West 21st Street last Wednesday at 2:50 a.m. Police said that Davis was in a cab and got into an argument with the driver about the destination. Davis allegedly began to grab at the driver through the open partition, then kicked out the rear passenger window. The driver told police that the window cost more than $250 to fix.

FIGHT AT 40/40 CLUB ON NEW YEAR’S
Police arrested 25-year-old Katherine Ramirez for assault inside the 40/40 Club at 6 West 25th Street on New Year’s Day at 3:54 a.m. Police said that Ramirez got into an argument with someone else inside the club and allegedly threw a glass at a witness. Police said that the glass missed the witness but struck someone else in the face, causing an injury.

‘AGGRESSIVE’ MAN ARRESTED AT TAJ LOUNGE
Police arrested 34-year-old Daunte Berry for disorderly conduct in front of Taj Lounge at 48 West 21st Street on New Year’s Day at 7 a.m. Police said that Berry was acting disorderly by screaming and yelling, and acting in an aggressive manner. When police attempted to put him in custody, he allegedly refused to comply and flailed his arms, refusing to place them behind his back. Berry was also charged with resisting arrest.

ASSAULT ON WEST 26TH
Police arrested 36-year-old Claude Harris for assault in front of 135 West 26th Street last Wednesday at 2:06 p.m. Police said that Harris punched the victim in the face, causing a lump on his forehead.

MAN BUSTED FOR ‘COKE’ ON WEST 26TH
Police arrested 23-year-old Michael Laford for possession of a controlled substance in front of 130 West 26th Street at 12:48 a.m. on New Year’s Day. Laford was snorting alleged cocaine from a key on a public sidewalk.

MAN BUSTED FOR ‘POT’ ON EAST 30TH
Police arrested 29-year-old Jamel Johnson for possession of marijuana in front of 230 East 30th Street last Saturday at 11:31 p.m. Police said that Johnson was in possession of a lit marijuana cigar on a public sidewalk.

Robberies, K2 busts up in 13th Precinct

Cops also address noise complaints at new First Avenue pizzeria/lounge

Deputy Inspector Brendan Timoney giving crime stats at the meeting (Photos by Maria Rocha-Buschel)

Deputy Inspector Brendan Timoney giving crime stats at the meeting (Photos by Maria Rocha-Buschel)

By Maria Rocha-Buschel

Robberies and felony assaults have increased significantly in the past month in the 13th Precinct, with crime overall increasing only slightly, police said this week.

The crimes, which included bank robberies, a K2-related assault on an officer and attacks on Bellevue staffers, were discussed by Deputy Inspector Brendan Timoney at a 13th Precinct Community Council meeting this past Tuesday. Additionally, residents at the meeting expressed concern over noise at the new pizzeria and bar/lounge on First Avenue that recently replaced Adriatic.

At the meeting, Timoney also mentioned that a recent arrest made for K2, the synthetic cannabinoid that has started to be a problem for the precinct, especially around the shelters, contributed to the increase in felony assaults this month. This is after a man who was arrested for K2 managed to get his hands to the front of his body while he was handcuffed and punch an officer in the face.

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Garodnick bill would close stores selling K2

A packet of synthetic marijuana or K2, labeled “spice”

A packet of synthetic marijuana or K2, labeled “spice”

By Sabina Mollot

K2, or synthentic marijuana, a new drug associated with the growing homeless population that they city has recently declared war on, is now facing combat legislatively.

On Monday morning, the City Council held a hearing to discuss new bills to fight the epidemic, including one, by Council Member Dan Garodnick, that would shut down bodegas that have been selling the product cheaply and openly.

“Until they clean up their act,” he said. This would be by recognizing synthetic drug violations as a nuisance that could be declared under the Nuisance Abatement Law.

The problem currently, explained Garodnick, that despite the store owners’ brazen behavior, those hawking the product have been able to stay one step ahead of the law by routinely altering the chemical mix of ingredients.

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