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

MAN ARRESTED FOR EAST 25TH ST. BURGLARY
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.

MEN BUSTED FOR SELLING ‘FAKE’ CONCERT TICKETS
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.

INCENSE VENDOR ARRESTED FOR ASSAULT
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.

MAN ARRESTED FOR HEROIN IN UNION SQUARE
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.

MAN ARRESTED FOR ‘COCAINE’ IN F/M STATION
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.

SCOFFLAW CYCLIST ARRESTED FOR STOLEN CREDIT CARD
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.

‘DRUNK’ DRIVER ARRESTED ON FDR
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.

MAN ARRESTED FOR SELLING LOOSIES
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.

Police Watch: Man wanted for Q train groping, Convicted killer arrested in Union Square for ‘groping’

Groping suspect

Groping suspect

MAN WANTED FOR GROPING WOMAN ON Q TRAIN
Police are looking for a man who groped a 54-year-old woman on a downtown Q train near Union Square last Sunday at 7:22 a.m. According to Gothamist, the victim was sitting on the train when the man sitting next to her reached over and rubbed his hand on her leg. She said that the suspect then fell asleep and she took a photograph of him before she got off at Union Square. The suspect is described as 25 to 30 years old with an afro. He was last seen wearing a black jacket with grey sleeves, grey jeans and black sneakers.
Anyone with information in regards to either of these incidents is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). Tips can also be submitted by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website or by texting TIP577 and tips to 274637 (CRIMES). Commuters can also report incidents of improper sexual misconduct online.

CONVICTED KILLER BUSTED FOR ‘GROPING’ WOMAN
Transit police arrested 48-year-old Phillip Smalls for forcible touching and sexual abuse in the Union Square station around 8 a.m. last Thursday, The New York Post reported. Police said that Smalls rubbed against a 22-year-old woman on a downtown 4 train.
The Post noted that Smalls had recently served 25 years in prison for second-degree murder after fatally shooting a man in Astoria in 1986 and has been serving lifetime parole since being let out in 2013.
Jennifer Rosario, a member of the Transit Manhattan Task Force Anti-Crime Unit who was one of the officers who caught Smalls, was given a special MVP award by Police Commissioner Bratton earlier last week.

WOMAN ARRESTED FOR ‘ASSAULTING’ HOMELESS MAN
Thirty-two-year-old Sandra Zelazny was arrested for allegedly shoving a 70-year-old homeless man into the tracks at the Union Square subway station last Wednesday, The New York Daily News reported. The man was shoved following an argument, although it was not clear what they were arguing about. Police said that Zelazny pushed the man onto the 6 train’s tracks and then boarded the train, where she was later arrested after the man identified her as his attacker. Zelazny was charged with felony assault on a victim 65 years or older and reckless endangerment, and she had a court appearance this past Monday.

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

Bank robbery suspect

Bank robbery suspect

MAN WANTED FOR ATTEMPTED BANK ROBBERY
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.

MAN NABBED FOR IPHONE ‘THEFT’ FROM CAR
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.

TEEN BUSTED FOR ‘FAKE’ NBA ALL STAR TICKETS
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.

PIPE ASSAULT ON FIRST AVE. AND EAST 25TH
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.

MAN ARRESTED FOR ‘SELLING DRUGS’ AT ASSER LEVY PLACE
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.

CREDIT CARD THIEF NABBED
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.

WANTED GAP SWEATER ‘THIEVES’ CAUGHT
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.

TEEN BUSTED FOR THEFTS AT FAST FOOD JOINTS
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.

MAN ARRESTED FOR COUNTERFEIT SNEAKS
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.

‘POT’ DEALER ARRESTED
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.

MAN NABBED FOR SELLING ‘LOOSIES’
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.

ARREST FOR ‘SNATCHING’ WALLET AT KOA
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.

MAN ARRESTED FOR STOLEN PROPERTY
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.

WOULD-BE BIKE ‘THIEF’ BUSTED
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.

VENDOR BUSTED FOR ‘FAKE’ ROLEX
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.

MAN BUSTED FOR CAMERA STORE ‘THEFT’
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.

Police Watch: Man arrested for attempted murder, Men wanted for AuH2O robbery

MAN ARRESTED FOR ATTEMPTED MURDER AT BELLEVUE HOSPITAL
Police arrested Brian Quattrocchi, 37, for attempted murder and assault inside Bellevue Hospital at 462 First Avenue last Tuesday at 10 a.m. On January 27 at 12:30 a.m., Quattrocchi allegedly stabbed a woman, who police said was his ex-girlfriend, three times with a knife, causing serious physical injury. The incident took place in the victim’s apartment in the Lower East Side and the New York Post reported that an officer shot Quattrocchi after using a stun gun, which had failed to stop him.
Police said that he also punched the victim in the face in a previous incident on January 17 at 2:40 p.m., causing a cut and redness to his lower lip.
Quattrocchi was also charged with possession of a weapon.

Feb5 police suspect 2 Feb5 police suspect 1POLICE LOOKING FOR ROBBERY SUSPECTS
Police are asking for the public’s assistance in identifying and locating two suspects (pictured to the right) who are wanted for robbing a store in the East Village on Wednesday, January 21. The two suspects entered the Goldwater thrift shop (AuH20) at 84 East 7th Street around 5:30 p.m. and demanded cash from an employee. The employee complied and handed one of the suspects $240 while the other suspect then waited outside the store. Both suspects fled the location and the victim was unharmed.
The suspects are described as two black men in their late 20’s, approximately 5’8” tall and weighing 180 lbs. One suspect was wearing a grey hoodie and had a knife, and the other suspect who remained outside was wearing a black jacket. Anyone with information in regard 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.

DRUG ARRESTS AT UNION SQUARE
Police made three drug-related arrests in front of the McDonald’s at 39 Union Square West last Saturday at 6:06 p.m. Jason Hawk, 36, was arrested for intent to sell a controlled substance, burglar’s tools and possession of a controlled substance. Angela Adkins, also 36, was charged with possession of a controlled substance. Ivo Bogdamovic, 44, was arrested for sale of a controlled substance, resisting arrest and possession of a controlled substance.
Police said that Hawk was in possession of a controlled substance that he was intending to sell and after searching him found that he was allegedly in possession of controlled substances, including suboxone strips and Xanax pills, as well as burglar’s tools.
Bogdamovic was allegedly selling the drugs to someone who wasn’t arrested and when an officer approached him, police said that he flailed his arms to prevent being arrested. He also allegedly tried to get rid of the goods.
Adkins was allegedly in possession of a controlled substance but police did not specify what the substance was.

ARREST FOR ASSAULT OUTSIDE ST BUILDING
Police arrested 21-year-old Daniel Corrigan for criminal mischief and assault in front of 526 East 20th Street last Sunday at 3:52 a.m. The victim told police that she got into a fight with Corrigan and he allegedly threw her phone to the ground, causing it to break. Police said that he also pushed her.

ATTEMPTED MURDER PAROLEE ARRESTED FOR TRESPASSING AT FIRST AVE. L STATION
William Rolon, 36, was arrested for theft of services and trespassing at the corner of First Avenue and East 14th Street last Wednesday at 1:15 p.m. Rolon allegedly crawled under the turnstile at the First Avenue L station without paying the fare. Police said that Rolon is on parole for attempted murder.

MAN BUSTED FOR SELLING ‘LOOSIES’
Police arrested Shaheem Brown, 49, for an unclassified misdemeanor in front of 109 East 16th Street last Thursday at 9:58 a.m. Brown was allegedly selling untaxed cigarettes.

VENDOR ARRESTED FOR FAKE GUCCI HATS
Police arrested 54-year-old Thomas Kim for forgery in front of 27 West 27th Street last Thursday at 1:05 p.m. Police said that Kim was displaying 229 hats with the Gucci trademark for $2, which were determined to be counterfeit.

‘PICKPOCKET’ ARRESTED
Police arrested 51-year-old Ronald Wilmore for petit larceny inside the Hotel Kenmore, an SRO building on East 23rd Street, last Wednesday at 10 a.m. Wilmore had allegedly swiped cash from a woman’s bag.

MAN ARRESTED FOR ‘DRUNK’ DRIVING
Police arrested 35-year-old Richard Ditommaso for intoxicated driving last Monday at 12:35 a.m. at the corner of East 25th Street and First Avenue. Police said that he was pulled over for a suspended registration and when the officer approached his car, Ditommasso allegedly smelled like alcohol and had bloodshot, watery eyes. There was also the scent of alleged marijuana coming from inside the car and from Ditommaso’s clothing. Police said that he was unsteady on his feet when he got out of the car and his face was flush. There was allegedly a Maker’s Mark whiskey bottle in the back seat of the vehicle. He blew a .082 on a Breathalyzer test, police said.

WOMAN ARRESTED FOR ‘DRUGS’
Police arrested 53-year-old Deborah Barksdale for possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a controlled substance last Thursday at 9:10 p.m. inside 14 East 28th Street. In pursuant to a search warrant, police said that Barksdale was in possession of a controlled substance and narcotic paraphernalia.

MAN ARRESTED FOR ASSAULT AND CHILD ENDANGERMENT
Police arrested 37-year-old Luis Martinez for assault and endangering the welfare of a child inside 224 East 28th Street last Thursday at 11:30 p.m. Police said that Martinez struck the victim with a belt, causing bruising and swelling to the legs and buttocks.

MAN ARRESTED FOR SELLING METROCARD SWIPES
Police arrested Nickossi Cole for an unclassified violation of New York State laws inside the Union Square subway station last Friday at 10 a.m. Cole allegedly solicited at least eight people to swipe him into the subway system, using a hand gesture as well as blocking pedestrian traffic in the turnstile area.

WOULD-BE BIKE ‘THIEF’ BUSTED
Police arrested Nihar Oza, 49, for burglar’s tools, petit larceny, criminal mischief and possession of stolen property in front of 641 Sixth Avenue last Friday at 9:56 p.m. Oza was allegedly attempting to use a circular saw to cut a lock securing a bike that didn’t belong to him on a bicycle rack. When he saw the officer approaching him, he started to walk away. Oza was also allegedly in possession of bolt cutters.

Police Watch: Subway mugger convicted, ‘groper’ arrested

SUBWAY MUGGER CONVICTED
Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance, Jr. announced on Wednesday the trial conviction of Anthony White, 44, for the robbery and strangulation assault of six victims in Manhattan subway stations and surrounding areas in August 2011. White was found guilty by a jury in New York State Supreme Court of all of the charges in the indictment: robbery in the first, second, and third degrees and strangulation in the first and second degrees. White is expected to be sentenced on  November 13.
As proven at trial, at approximately 9 a.m. on August 13, 2011, White attacked a 71-year-old man on the platform of the N/R subway station at West 28th Street and Broadway. White approached the victim from behind, choked him until he lost consciousness and stole $150 from his pocket before fleeing. The victim suffered a stroke in the hours following the attack and had to be hospitalized for approximately a month. Over the course of the next thirteen days, White similarly attacked five other men, all between the ages of 38 and 85, choking them from behind and stealing their money and other personal items.
In one instance, on August 16, 2011, White followed a 75-year-old man into a commercial building near the entrance of the West 28th  Street N/R station. The defendant entered the elevator behind the victim, choked him and stole approximately $200 from his wallet. Between August 18 and August 26, 2011, White attacked two more men in the same West 28th  Street station. The August 26  attack at the 28th  Street station was captured on surveillance camera. Three days later, an undercover NYPD transit officer recognized White at the West 28th Street station and placed him under arrest.

‘MUGGER’ ARRESTED FOR CHOKING VICTIM
Police arrested 29-year-old Christopher Jones for robbery and strangulation last Monday at Sixth Avenue and West 14th Street at 5:22 a.m.  Jones allegedly threw the victim to the ground and strangled him by putting his arm around the victim’s neck until he could no longer breathe. He then took the victim’s cell phone from his hand and fled on foot, police said, until he was arrested at Sixth and West 14th.

MAN STABBED IN FIGHT ON E. 23RD
Police arrested 63-year-olds Michael Taperino and Anthony Giacia for assault over an alleged fight that occurred on the corner of East 23rd Street and Park Avenue South last Friday at 8:20 a.m. The victim, a third person involved in the fight who was not arrested, told police that he was stabbed in the neck at the location after an argument.

WOMAN ‘SLASHES’ MAN WITH BOX CUTTER
Forty-nine-year-old Ernestine Christian was arrested for assault in front of 39 Union Square West last Tuesday at 12:18 p.m. Christian allegedly slashed a man with a box cutter, approximately seven times on the chest, back and arm.

MAN BUSTED FOR ROBBERY
Police arrested 24-year-old Dianrougha Diallo for robbery at the corner of Broadway and West 28th Street last Tuesday at 5:56 p.m. A clerk from a nearby store told police that Diallo was working with someone else and the other person passed something from the store to him and he allegedly concealed it in a plastic bag. The clerk confronted them for stealing and Diallo allegedly punched him in the face, causing bruising to his left eye. They then fled east on East 28th Street and Diallo was arrested. The person that he was working with was not arrested.

MAN ‘STEALS’ BEER FROM CVS
Police arrested 24-year-old Nicholas Thompson for petit larceny inside the CVS Pharmacy at 338 East 23rd Street last Wednesday at 1:15 a.m. A cashier at the store told police that Thompson walked over to a cooler of beer and opened a 24-ounce can of Bud Light. Thompson allegedly started to walk out of the store without paying for it and when the cashier asked if he was going to pay, Thompson allegedly said, “I have no money.” The cashier detained Thompson until police arrived.

MAN ARRESTED FOR FIGHT ON LEX
Twenty-seven-year-old Luis Miranda was arrested for assault and resisting arrest in front of 126 Lexington Avenue last Wednesday at 4:26 a.m. Miranda and another person who wasn’t arrested were allegedly hitting another man in the face, causing bruising to the left side of his forehead. Miranda allegedly flexed and flailed his arms to prevent being handcuffed. The person who wasn’t arrested fled on foot for three blocks and then got into a cab going north on Third Avenue.

DUANE READE ‘SHOPLIFTER’ PULLS KNIFE
Police arrested Robert Jelich, 63, inside the 13th precinct at 230 East 21st Street  on Thursday at 11:30 a.m.  for previously menacing someone inside a Duane Reade at 300 East 23rd Street. A cashier at the store told police that Jelich had stolen a drink from the Duane Reade and then allegedly pulled a knife from his pocket and threatened the cashier after he confronted Jelich.

MAN ARRESTED FOR ASSAULT ON FIFTH AVE.
Thirty-one-year-old James Jenkins was arrested for assault in front of 60 West 23rd Street last Thursday at 1:14 p.m. The victim told police that he was walking and texting on the west side of Fifth Avenue between 14th and 15th Streets when he bumped into Jenkins, who then allegedly took a step back and punched the victim in the face. He called 911 and followed Jenkins to the Best Buy at the corner of Sixth Avenue and West 23rd Street. The victim then flagged down a police officer, who found Jenkins in the lobby of the store and arrested him.

ARRESTS FOR LOOSIE SALES
Two people were arrested for violating tax law and selling “loosies” this week in unrelated incidents.
Police arrested 42-year-old Andrew Walden at the corner of Mount Carmel Place and East 27th Street last Thursday at 2:22 p.m. Walden was allegedly selling five Newport cigarettes with a Tennessee tax stamp for 25 cents each. Walden wasn’t in possession of a tax stamp and he was allegedly in possession of untaxed cigarettes.
Thirty-three-year-old Hafedh Alkablani was arrested in front of 203 Third Avenue last Friday at 6:35 p.m. Alkablani allegedly sold a pack of Newport cigarettes with a Virginia tax stamp to an undercover officer for $8.

ARREST FOR POLITICAL GRAFFITI
Police arrested 23-year-old Nicole Vivieros for criminal mischief and posting graffiti in front of 23 West 20th Street last Thursday at 9:25 p.m. Vivieros allegedly told police that she and another person used aerosol blue chalk spray and a stencil saying, “why does the NRA have so much power?” and “#unzippedtruth.” She did not have authority to post advertisements on the sidewalk and the graffiti was not easily removed, causing damage on the sidewalk estimated to be less than $250.

‘GROPER’ FOLLOWS WOMAN INTO BATHROOM
Twenty-year-old Barry Hamadou was arrested for sexual abuse at the 13th Precinct last Thursday. Hamadou allegedly followed a woman into an elevator to the sixth floor of a building and into a hallway restroom where he then forced her into a stall and attempted to grab her chest. A second complaint notes that in a separate incident, he followed a woman into 18 West 27th Street and grabbed her buttocks before fleeing the scene. Police didn’t disclose the address of the first incident.

THEFT AT BOXERS NYC
Police arrested 28-year-old Tao Xu for grand larceny last Friday at 1:32 a.m. inside the bar Boxers NYC at 37 West 20th Street. Xu allegedly removed property from someone’s pants, which were hanging in an unlocked employee locker. After searching Xu, police found that he was also in possession of alleged crystal meth and a pipe and straw containing alleged crystal meth residue.

Police Watch: Camera pervs, groping and pick-pocketing arrests at Union Square subway

Compiled by Maria Rocha-Buschel

CAMERA ‘PERVS’ BUSTED AT UNION SQUARE
Police arrested two men for “obscene material” in unrelated incidents at Union Square station last week. Rubio Patricio-Palaguachi, 37, was arrested last Tuesday at 2 p.m. Patricio-Palaguachi was allegedly walking directly behind a woman with his Samsung Galaxy phone camera lens facing upward under her dress and while she was walking up the stairs out of the station, recording her underwear as she walked. She told police that she did not know him and did not give him permission to film her.
Oscar Torres, 31, was arrested last Sunday at 4:35 p.m. Torres allegedly placed a recording device under the skirt of a girl as she was walking up the stairs out of the station.

‘GROPER’ NABBED IN UNION SQUARE
Police arrested Carlos Hernandez Saavedra, 50, arrested for groping a woman at the Union Square subway station last Friday at 5:45 p.m. Hernandez Saavedra was allegedly touching and rubbing a woman’s butt while on the train without her permission.

MAN BUSTED FOR SNATCHING WALLET
Police arrested 50-year-old James Davis in Union Square for grand larceny last Monday at 10:40 a.m. Davis allegedly reached into a woman’s purse while on an Eighth Avenue-bound L train and removed her wallet. Police said that he used a dry cleaning bag with a pink shirt to cover his left arm while removing the wallet. He allegedly fled onto a downtown express train to avoid being arrested. Police arrested him on the 4/5/6 platform and he was allegedly in possession of a Samsung Galaxy phone and two MetroCards that belonged to someone else.

PHONE SNATCHER NABBED IN UNION SQUARE
Thirty-two-year-old Billy Decaneo was arrested for grand larceny at Union Square East and East 14th Street last Tuesday at 7:41 a.m. The victim said that he was sitting in Union Square Park on the steps by the fountain. He had his bag on his lap and was looking for his wallet when Decaneo allegedly reached into the bag and took his cell phone with charger attached. The victim alerted a nearby officer and the victim’s phone was in Decaneo’s hand when he was arrested, police said.

ARREST FOR PHONY MUGGING STORY
Police arrested 27-year-old Jennifer Fleischer arrested for perjury last Wednesday at 3:20 p.m. at the Union Square subway station. Fleischer allegedly told police that while she was getting off an uptown M train at the Broadway-Lafayette station, an unknown black man mugged her and stole her purse, containing her MetroCard and $20 in cash. Upon further investigation, she recanted her story, allegedly saying that she made it up as an excuse to not go to work and that her property was in the garbage.

MAN ADMITS HAVING GUN
Police arrested 27-year-old Bobby Robinson for weapons possession inside the 13th precinct at 230 East 21st Street last Sunday at 12:30 a.m. Police said that Robinson freely walked up to an officer, while not in custody, and spontaneously said, “that’s my car and I left a gun in the trunk.” A handgun was recovered from the car.


‘DRUNK DRIVER’ AT THIRD AND EAST 15TH
Police arrested 40-year-old William Mack arrested for intoxicated driving last Tuesday at 2:53 a.m. at Third Avenue and East 15th Street. Police saw him swerving in traffic and he allegedly had a smell of alcohol on his breath when police stopped him. He blew a .157 on a Breathalyzer, police said.

MAN GRABS AND ‘THREATENS’ WOMAN
Police arrested 29-year-old Kevin Newton arrested for criminal mischief in front of 717 Sixth Avenue last Tuesday at 1:50 a.m. The victim told police that she was walking on the sidewalk when she felt Newton grab her wrist. She pulled free and began to walk away from him but he allegedly followed her for about two blocks and began to verbally threaten her. She attempted to call 911 when he smacked the phone from her hand, causing the glass screen to shatter, police said. She also told police that he spit in her face.

BIKE ‘BURGLAR’ BUSTED ON WEST 25TH
Police arrested 54-year-old Lindsay Thomas arrested for possession of burglar’s tools last Wednesday at 1:45 p.m. in front of 40 West 25th Street. Thomas was walking east with two other unknown men when they were seen stopping at a Citibike rack. The first unknown man pointed at the rack while the second unknown man was seen attempting to remove the bike by pulling on the tire. The men then fled in unknown directions and when police stopped Thomas, he was allegedly in possession of burglar’s tools.

SUBWAY BUSKER BUSTED FOR FORGERY
Claudio Soto, 32, was arrested for forgery last Wednesday 6:25 p.m. inside the Union Square station. Soto was allegedly playing an electric guitar with an amplification device on the L platform in violation of transit rules. When asked to produce identification, he gave a forged US permanent resident card and forged Chilean driver’s license

MAN ARRESTED FOR KICKING DOOR
Police arrested 22-year-old Vincent Florido for criminal mischief last Thursday at 12:45 a.m. in front of Friend of a Farmer at 77 Irving Place. Florido allegedly damaged the front lobby door by kicking the glass intentionally.

ATTEMPTED BIKE ‘THIEF’ BUSTED
Police arrested 19-year-old Anthony Barahona for possession of burglar’s tools in front of 10 Union Square East last Thursday at 2:20 p.m. Barahona was allegedly using wirecutters to open a bicycle lock which didn’t belong to him. Police said that he was in possession of another pair of wirecutters, which were in his backpack.

MAN ARRESTED FOR POT
Ibrahima Jalloh, 23, was arrested for marijuana possession last Wednesday at 6:23 p.m. at Broadway and West 28th Street. Police said he had it in plain view on a public sidewalk.

TEEN RIDING BIKE ON SIDEWALK ARRESTED FOR BRASS KNUCKLES
Police arrested a 17-year-old for weapons possession at West 23rd Street and Seventh Avenue last Monday at 5:35 p.m. Miller was allegedly riding a black bicycle recklessly on the sidewalk of Seventh Avenue, causing about 15 people to move out of the way. He was also in possession of brass knuckles in his left shorts pocket, police said.

MAN HIT OVER THE HEAD WITH BOTTLE
James Quinn, 23, was arrested for assault last Saturday at 3:34 p.m. in front of 101 West 25th Street. Quinn got into an argument with the victim and allegedly hit him over the head with a bottle.

TEENS ACROBATS ARRESTED
Police arrested two teens for reckless endangerment last Saturday at 8:10 p.m. at the Union Square subway station. A 16-year-old and 18-year-old Kyle Solomon were allegedly working together, dancing and somersaulting on a crowded L train, causing a hazard to themselves and others, police said. The name of the 16-year-old is being withheld due to his age.

MAN ARRESTED FOR SELLING ‘LOOSIE’
Police arrested 38-year-old Udo Onua for violating tax law at East 14th Street and Union Square West last Thursday at 9:28 a.m. Onua was allegedly selling loose Newport cigarettes from a carton with an Ohio stamp in exchange for cash.

‘DRUNK DRIVER’ BUSTED ON SECOND AVENUE
Police arrested Victor Assante, 44, for intoxicated driving in front of 531 Second Avenue last Friday at 3:01 a.m. Assante was driving north on Third Avenue and then east on East 29th Street and while driving on Third Avenue, he was allegedly swerving back and forth between the far right lane and the middle of the road. He was stopped near East 29th Street because he allegedly didn’t signal when he turned and police said that he had a strong odor of alcohol on his breathe, watery, bloodshot eyes, slurred speech and was unsteady on his feet.