Cops looking for man behind 6 train grinding incident

Grinding suspect

Police are looking for a man who rubbed his crotch on a woman on a northbound 6 train at Union Square.

The 20-year-old victim told police she was on the northbound train and noticed a man grinding on her buttocks as he stood near her. When she tried to move away he continued to move with her before she was able to get out of the train at 33rd Street. The man stayed on the train.

The incident was reported to police on September 25, which is the day it happened at 8 a.m., but police only released information about it on Wednesday.

The suspect, who the victim got a photo of, is described as Hispanic with a medium complexion, approximately 35 years old and has brown eyes and black hair. He was last seen wearing a dark blue, collared shirt with white stripes and was carrying a black bag.

Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 800-577-TIPS or for Spanish 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers Website at or texting their tips to 274637(CRIMES) then enter TIP577. All calls are kept strictly confidential.

Man grinds on woman at Union Square subway

Subway grinder

Police are looking for a man who allegedly pushed his crotch up against a woman’s buttocks as she was on board an uptown 4 or 5 train near Union Square East and 14th Street. Police said when the 36-year-old victim turned around, she saw that the man was masturbating.

The incident occurred on the evening of Thursday, January 5 although information from the NYPD was just released today. A detective said the delay in making it public was due to the length of this particular investigation although it’s not known to be part of a pattern.

The suspect is described as 30-35 years old and 5’9″-6’0″ tall. He was last seen wearing a grey hooded sweatshirt, black winter jacket, baseball hat and blue jeans.

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 or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential.

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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Opinion: A New Year’s resolution to build the full Second Avenue Subway

By Keith Powers

Starting on January 1, New Yorkers will have the opportunity to ride the brand new Second Avenue Subway – a project over one hundred years in the making and once considered out of reach. We still have a long road ahead of us, but we have reached a major milestone and New Yorkers are right to celebrate. We should all make a New Year’s resolution to see this project through to the end and complete the entire Second Avenue Subway.

The new line is expected to carry 200,000 riders each day, easing congestion on the Lexington Avenue line, which carries over 1.3 million riders daily and is the most heavily trafficked subway line in the city. Easing congestion means faster running and less crowded trains. It means that we get to work faster and return home to our families sooner. Even better, it means that East Siders will feel more comfortable during their ride.

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Man comes close to to hurling boy off 4 train


Police sketch of suspect

By Sabina Mollot

Police are looking for a man who who pulled an 11-year-old boy off a 4 train last Wednesday into the area between the cars where he then picked him and shook him as if he was going to throw him off the train.

The boy bumped his head on the side of the train while this was happening. At some point, a 26-year-old female passenger intervened, and managed to pull the victim back into the train car. The good samaritan and the boy got off the southbound train at Union Square while the suspect remained on the train. This happened at around 3:30 p.m.

According to a police officer, the incident began with play fighting that was going on aboard the train and it escalated to a point where the victim’s involvement or lack of it was enough motivation for the suspect to pull him outside. The victim and the suspect did not know each other beforehand and the woman didn’t know either of the individuals. There were also other passengers aboard the train car though it was unclear how many.

The suspect of the crime, which went from being classified as reckless endangerment to assault by police, is described as black, in his 30s and 6’0 tall. He was last seen wearing black sweater and a multi-colored baseball cap.

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 WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential.

Woman sexually assaulted at 23rd St. Station

Sexual assault suspect

Sexual assault suspect

Police are looking for a man who sexually assaulted a woman at the 23rd Street 6 station over the weekend.

Gothamist reported on Wednesday that the 32-year-old woman said that she had just missed an uptown 6 train at the station on Saturday at 10:20 p.m. when a man approached her and grabbed her arm and inner thigh, then exposed his genitals.

Police said that the man then demanded that she perform oral sex and when she screamed, he yelled at her to shut up. Police said that the man is in his 30s, 5’9” and 180 pounds with brown eyes, a shaved head and goatee. He was wearing a red shirt and tan cargo shorts at the time of the incident.

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 or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577.

All calls are strictly confidential.

Night service disruptions on 4/5/6 lines this week

By Maria Rocha-Buschel

The MTA announced last week that nighttime service on 4/5/6 lines will be limited at some local stations through the end of next week, due to the Fastrack maintenance work program.

Since this Tuesday, trains have not been running between Grand Central-42nd Street and Atlantic Avenue-Barclay’s Center at night, which will continue through early Friday morning and start up again for four weeknights from Monday, February 22 to Friday, February 26. Service on the 5 train will be ending early each night and 6 train service will only operate between Grand Central and the Bronx. The MTA recommends that straphangers use the R before 11:30 p.m. and the N after 11:30 p.m. as an alternative for stations south of Grand Central, including Union Square and the 23rd Street/Park Avenue South.

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Police Watch: Man ‘trespasses’ in micro-apartment, multiple ‘forgers’ busted

Elmostafa Bouragreg, 62, was arrested for criminal trespass at the corner of Mount Carmel Place and East 26th Street last Monday at 11:58 p.m. Police said that Bouragreg was inside an enclosed pre-fabricated apartment being used for the new micro-apartment building without permission. Bouragreg was also charged with possession of marijuana.

Police arrested 41-year-old Esteban Mendoza and 51-year-old Bernardo Sanchez for burglary in front of J East Restaurant at 175 Third Avenue last Tuesday at 3:17 p.m. Mendoza was allegedly acting as a lookout while Sanchez allegedly entered a commercial truck through the driver’s side door and removed a work bag from under the seat.

Police arrested 29-year-old Jerome Suglam for forgery at the corner of Union Square East and East 14th Street last Tuesday at 10:14 p.m. Upon a car stop, that Suglam was allegedly drinking alcohol inside his car and produced a fake Arizona driver’s license that police said was shown to have purchased over $1,000 worth of merchandise, by fraudulent means. After searching him, police found that he was in possession of an additional counterfeit Arizona driver’s license. Suglam was also charged with possession of stolen property.

Sadeq Al-Bahri, 27, was arrested in front of 353 East 14th Street for an unclassified violation of New York State laws last Wednesday at 11:45 a.m. Al-Bahri allegedly sold two loose Newport cigarettes to an undercover officer for $2. The cigarettes were not in New York packaging as required by law, police said.

Police arrested a 33-year-old man for disorderly conduct at Union Square West and East 17th Street last Wednesday at 12:18 p.m. Police said that the man, identified only as John Doe, was yelling, spitting and causing public alarm inside Union Square Park, where he also harassed an elderly man and littered.

Eighteen-year-old Imani Witherspoon and 24-year-old Mansell McLain were arrested for forgery inside the Chase Bank at 611 Sixth Avenue last Thursday at 6:05 p.m. The bank branch manager told police that Witherspoon and McLain entered the bank with a fraudulent check and allegedly attempted to cash it. Witherspoon was also charged with petit larceny.
The previous Tuesday at 6:04 p.m., another man, 20-year-old Ramon Santos, was arrested for forgery at the same bank. Police said that the bank branch manager told them Santos entered the location and presented a fraudulent check to one of the tellers in an attempt to cash it.

Two people were arrested for selling drugs near Washington Irving High School last week.
Rafael Vazquez, 44, was arrested in front of 145 East 15th Street for sale on school grounds last Thursday at 7:18 p.m. Police said that Vazquez sold a quantity of a controlled substance to an undercover detective and the deal allegedly took place within a thousand feet of the school. He was also in possession of alleged marijuana and an additional quantity of a controlled substance.
He was also charged with intent to sell a controlled substance, sale of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance and possession of marijuana.
Police arrested 22-year-old Romer Collado for sale of a controlled substance in front of 123 East 15th Street last Tuesday at 8:02 p.m. Police said that on seven separate occasions, Collado sold an amount of a controlled substance in the vicinity of the high school. He was also allegedly in possession of a quantity of a controlled substance and packaging used in the sale of narcotics. He was also charged with sale on school grounds, intent to sell a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Police arrested 26-year-old Bryan Dejesus at the corner of Union Square West and East 14th Street last Friday at 12:30 a.m. Police said that Dejesus harassed a woman while on the uptown 6 train and when police told him to stop harassing her, he said to the officer, “Suck my d—,” and “What you gonna do about it, n—–!” When police attempted to remove him from the train, he allegedly flailed his arms and pushed the officer. Dejesus was charged with resisting arrest, disorderly conduct and harassment.

Police arrested 46-year-old Thomas Sloan and 45-year-old Yeh Chan for assault at the corner of East 28th Street and Second Avenue last Friday at 4:31 a.m. Police said that Sloan and Chan got into an argument which turned violent. Both men punched each other in the face and Chan allegedly bit Sloan. Police did not have any information about why the fight started.

Andre Rodriguez, 39, was arrested at Fourth Avenue and East 14th Street last Friday at 6:39 a.m. Rodriguez was allegedly smoking a cigarette in the mezzanine of the Union Square station and ignored requests to put it out. Police said he resisted arrest by going limp and tensing up his arms, and when he was brought back to Transit District 4 inside the station, he allegedly refused to walk and had to be carried by officers. Police said that while he was being escorted, he caused screamed at the officers, causing public alarm. He was charged with resisting arrest and disorderly conduct.

Police arrested 24-year-old Roberts Parks for assault and menacing in front of 200 East 26th Street last Saturday at 11:08 p.m. Police said that Parks punched and kicked the victim in the face, causing swelling and pain. The victim also told police that Parks lifted up his shirt and showed what appeared to be a gun, but no gun was recovered from the scene.

Forty-year-old Arbu Jordan was arrested for a health code violation and possession of marijuana in front of 340 East 28th Street on Sunday at 1:50 a.m. Jordan was allegedly urinating on a tree in public and after he was searched, police said that he had a ziplock bag of marijuana inside his left sock.

Police arrested 44-year-old Melissa Justice for weapons possession and menacing in front of 28 West 23rd Street last Monday at 8:18 a.m. Justice was allegedly holding a box cutter out in front of the victim’s place of employment, scaring the victim. Police said that a box cutter was recovered from Justice’s left front jacket pocket.

Police on lookout for man who slashed victims with box-cutter in Union Square

Suspect behind attacks on subway and street

Suspect of attacks on subway and street

Police are looking for a box-cutter wielding thug who they say attacked four people on the subway and on the street early Wednesday morning.

The pattern began at around 1:20 a.m. when two men approached a 35-year-old man on a northbound 4 train at Broadway/Lafayette. One of them punched the straphanger in the face with the exposed blade of a box cutter in his hand, which cut the victim’s cheek, police said. The attacker and victim both stayed on the train until Union Square and 14th Street, where they both got out.

As the attacker, who’s described as black and heavyset, fled the station, he slapped a 20-year-old woman on the right side of her face.

He then made his way up the stairs near the Food Emporium, where a 46-year-old man was standing by the elevator. He then asked the other man for $2, and when he refused, the attacker slashed him on the right side of his face. He then crossed 14th Street where a 59-year-old man was waiting for the M14 bus. That man was then asked for a dollar, and when he refused, he was also slashed on the right side of his face, police said. The attacker then fled the location.

All victims were taken to Bellevue Hospital in stable condition. The investigation in ongoing.

The suspected attacker was wearing a white hooded sweatshirt, black vest, blue jeans and red sneakers.

Police Watch: Teen iPhone ‘snatchers’ busted, ‘reckless’ driver arrested

Police arrested 32-year-old Monica Lang for possession of stolen property last Tuesday at 12:51 a.m. in front of 370 Third Avenue. Police saw Lang littering on a public sidewalk and upon further investigation, police found that she was allegedly in possession of a stolen Citi Bike.

Police arrested 42-year-old Adalerto Soto for burglary in front of 10 Gramercy Park South last Tuesday at noon. Soto was seen casing several cars before opening the passenger side door of a commercial vehicle parked on Gramercy Park South and taking a cell phone, police said. He was also charged with possession of stolen property and petit larceny.

Miguel Rivera, 58, was arrested for menacing on the corner of Second Avenue and East 28th Street last Tuesday at 12:01 p.m. Rivera got into a fight with another person and allegedly pulled out an 8.5-inch knife, which the victim said made him fear for his life.

Thirty-year-old Safid Bakar was arrested for criminal mischief inside the 40/40 Club at 6 West 25th Street last Tuesday at 10:40 p.m. Bakar allegedly punched a mirror in the bathroom of the club. The manager, Sheldon Robinson, told police that the mirror is worth approximately $1,500.

Eighteen-year-old Angel Valentin was arrested for grand larceny inside Plug Uglies at 257 Third Avenue last Tuesday at 11:09 p.m. The victim told police that she was sitting on a barstool with her bag hanging underneath the bar. Valentin then leaned down and while pretending to tie his shoe, allegedly took her bag and fled from the bar. The victim noticed a few minutes later that her bag was missing and witnesses said they saw Valentin leave the bar. When he was stopped, he was in possession of stolen property, police said.

Police arrested 19-year-old Albert Mizrahi for possession of stolen property at the corner of Fifth Avenue and West 22nd Street last Sunday at 1:29 a.m. A woman told police that an unknown man with brown hair and a jacket grabbed her and snatched her handbag containing her cell phone and personal property. She called her cell phone in the presence of police and the person who answered told her that he would meet her at West 22nd and Fifth and would return her property in exchange for money.
Mizrahi met the victim at the stated location and allegedly had her phone in his possession. Upon a show-up, the victim told police that Mizrahi looked like the person who stole her bag, but at the precinct she became irate and refused to cooperate in the investigation, police said. She then told police that Mizrahi wasn’t the person who stole her bag and she wouldn’t press charges but said that he looked like the person who had stolen her bag.

Police arrested four teenagers for grand larceny from a person at the corner of East 30th Street and Lexington Avenue last Thursday at 2:32 a.m. The victim told police that while she was riding a downtown 6 train and using her cell phone, the four teens were working together and snatched her phone from her hands, then ran out of the station at East 28th Street and Park Avenue South. The victim flagged down police and the teens were arrested at East 30th Street and Lexington. The names of the teenagers are being withheld due to their age.

A cop pulled a driver from his car by force last Thursday after the motorist, 57-year-old Antonio Pimental, refused to get out during an arrest for reckless driving.
It was at 11:30 a.m. when a pedestrian told police of an accident near the intersection of West 26th and Fifth Avenue and the officer then saw the vehicle involved in the accident driving west on East 26th Street. Pimental allegedly tried to drive onto the sidewalk but then stopped because another vehicle was in his way. The officer told Pimental to roll down his window but the driver refused. Police said that Pimental looked “spaced out” and the officer asked Pimental repeatedly to open his car door. Pimental then took the key out of the ignition and sat with his hands folded. The officer then broke the car window after telling Pimental to get out, and removed him from the vehicle. There was also a passenger in the car who observed Pimental hit a black SUV. It was discovered later that Pimental suffers from seizures.

Police arrested 21-year-old Gage Quinones for robbery at the corner of Union Square East and East 16th Street last Thursday at 7:55 p.m. The victim told police that he was walking on Union Square East talking on his cell phone when he was mugged. Quinones allegedly punched the man, causing him to drop his phone. Quinones then grabbed $100 in cash from the victim’s pocket and the victim’s phone from the ground, police said.

Police arrested 36-year-old Wilson Perez for possession of burglar’s tools in front of 102 East 22nd Street last Wednesday at 1:59 p.m. Perez was allegedly walking a stolen bike that he had removed from Fifth Avenue. Police said that he was found in possession of burglar’s tools and he was also charged with petit larceny and possession of stolen property.

Police arrested 27-year-old Oscar Aponte for intoxicated driving last Saturday at 4:03 a.m. inn front of 364 Third Avenue. A witness saw Aponte driving the wrong way on Third Avenue. He was driving south, while Third Avenue is a northbound street. When police stopped him, he was allegedly intoxicated with bloodshot watery eyes, a flushed face and slurred speech. He refused a breath test at the scene and at the Seventh Precinct.

Police arrested 27-year-old William Maye, 23-year-old Wilson Alvarez and 27-year-old Kevin Harris for assault in front of 235 East 14th Street last Sunday at 5:01 a.m. The victim told police that the three men punched him in the face, causing substantial pain and some cuts.

Delano Broadus, 33, and Necola Fowler, 45, were arrested for criminal trespassing last Monday at 8:40 p.m. inside 224 East 28th Street. Broadus and Fowler allegedly went on the roof of the building even though there were signs on the stairwell which said that there was no access to the roof and roof landing except for authorized personnel.

Sixty-year-old Diomedes Nunez was arrested for violating tax law last Tuesday at 11:50 p.m. in front of 4 Union Square South. An officer recognized Nunez as a person of interest wanted for a prior incident by the 24th and First Precinct squads. He was allegedly selling untaxed cigarettes in Union Square when he was arrested.