Texas girl battling cancer travels to New York to meet NYPD

Seven-year-old Abigail Arias, pictured with her family, Gramercy Park Block Association President Arlene Harrison and members of the 13th precinct and the NYPD (Photos courtesy of Blue Lives Matter NYC)

Last week, the Gramercy Park Block Association welcomed 7-year-old Freeport, TX Honorary Police Chief Abigail Arias (badge# 758), her father Rueben, mother Eileen, brother Ethan and Freeport Police Chief Raymond A. Garivey to Gramercy Park.

Blue Lives Matter NYC co-founders Sgt. Joseph Imperatrice, Det. Carlos Delgado and PO Chris Brinkley organized a trip to New York City for Arias, who dreams of becoming a police officer, but suffers from a incurable form of kidney cancer.

To welcome Arias to Gramercy Park, GPBA President Arlene Harrison and Kathleen Scupp organized a pizza party, and invited local NYPD, including Manhattan South Chief Salvatore Comodo, Det. Greg Welch and Emergency Service Truck 1, and 13th Precinct Neighborhood Coordinating Officers. The party was co-hosted by the Gramercy Park Hotel and Maialino Restaurant.

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Second bar planned for Maialino

Maialino (Photo courtesy of the Gramercy Park Hotel)

Maialino (Photo courtesy of the Gramercy Park Hotel)

By Maria Rocha-Buschel

Danny Meyer is hoping to give his Gramercy Park restaurant Maialino a partial makeover with the addition of a bar.

General manager Andrea Czachor appeared before the Business Affairs and Street Activities committee for Community Board 6 last Thursday with the proposal, which will require the restaurant to alter its existing liquor license. The committee approved the request, although the community board’s role is only advisory and the change will have to be made official through the State Liquor Authority.

Czachor, who has been working in the restaurant since it opened at the Gramercy Park Hotel, said that the space where the bar will be going is already a counter but the restaurant previously used it for storage and to prepare food. Since the restaurant is no longer using the space for storage or food preparation, Czachor said that management decided to add five seats to the counter in order to convert it to a bar and serve alcohol directly to customers.

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Police Watch: Robbery at Maialino, Increased security after Berlin market attack

Police arrested 34-year-old Brenda Garza inside Danny Meyer’s Maialino restaurant after she allegedly swiped a woman’s credit card and punched the victim in the face.
According to police, last Wednesday close to midnight, Garza allegedly swiped the victim’s credit card from the bar of the restaurant, which is located at the Gramercy Park Hotel. When the victim tried to get her card back, Garza allegedly punched her in the face multiple times. A witness attempted to stop Garza but then she allegedly struck him in the face as well, giving him a split lip. Bar security attempted to stop Garza from leaving the bar and as they approached her, she allegedly dropped the victim’s card on the ground, where it was found.
Garza was charged with robbery and possession of stolen property.

The NYPD has stepped up security at high profile outdoor Christmas markets throughout New York City following 12 people being killed when a truck driver plowed through a Christmas market in Berlin.
There’s no specific threat in NYC stemming from the incident in Germany, but as a precaution, the NYPD is moving heavily armed Critical Response Command officers toward these displays. Locations for the Christmas markets include Union Square, Columbus Circle and Bryant Park, as well as several others across the city.
Meanwhile, police are searching for a Tunisian man identified as Anis Amri who has multiple aliases, according to the Guardian.
The suspect’s identity papers were found inside the truck used in Monday’s attack, which left, along with those fatally injured, 48 others with injuries, CNN reported. ISIS has already claimed it inspired the attack.

Police arrested 27-year-old Nina Roman for possession of stolen property last Tuesday at 4:58 p.m. inside A.I. Friedman at 44 West 18th Street. The victim told police that she went into the art supply store on December 10 around 4:30 p.m., where Roman works. The victim said that she put her phone down on a shelf inside the store and when she turned back to it, the phone was missing. Around 10:45 p.m. that night, she noticed that her phone pinged to Hart Street between Throop and Tompkins Avenues in Brooklyn. There was also allegedly a photo of Roman on the victim’s phone, which the victim saw because it uploaded to her iCloud and the phone is synced to the iCloud account.

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Police Watch: Ex-con arrested for ‘rape,’ mugger wanted for attempted robbery near Union Square

Police arrested 48-year-old Rodney Stover for a rape that occurred inside the Turnmill Bar at 119 East 27th Street on Saturday, April 11 at 7:45 p.m. Stover allegedly grabbed the 23-year-old woman by the throat and raped her inside one of the stalls in the bathroom, which is on the basement level of the bar.
Stover was arrested outside 305 Seventh Avenue last Wednesday at 11:45 a.m. and the New York Post reported that the owner of Turnmill chased Stover to Seventh Avenue after recognizing him.
In 1992, Stover raped a 42-year-old woman in Southampton at knifepoint and was sentenced to 10 to 20 years in local jail. The Post reported that he did almost 19 years and was paroled in July 2012, but he was back in prison in Pennsylvania not long after on a parole violation. He had just been released again this past February and was living in the Bellevue Men’s Shelter at 400 East 30th Street.
Stover was charged with rape, sodomy and assault. He is being held at Riker’s Island and bail has been remanded.

The New York City Police Department is asking the public’s assistance identifying a man wanted for an attempted robbery in Union Square. The robber followed the victim, a 24-year-old woman, into an elevator within 78 Fifth Avenue between 13th and 14th Streets on April 7 at 8:45 p.m. Once inside, he pulled out a gun and demanded that the victim lead him to her apartment and give him money. When she told him that she didn’t live in the building, he demanded that she go to an ATM where she was to remove money for him.  As they exited the building, he held the victim’s hand while hailing a taxi.  As the taxi pulled to the curb, the victim broke free from the man’s grasp and fled to a nearby store. The gunman fled the area empty handed.
Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 800-577-TIPS. The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers Website at nypdcrimestoppers.com or texting their tips to 274637(CRIMES) then enter TIP577.

Police arrested two people this week for a robbery that took place outside 143 East 28th Street on April 4.
Eighteen-year-old Show-kat Hossen was arrested last Monday at 10 a.m. and 24-year-old Imam Hossen was arrested this past Sunday at 9:30 a.m. The two men allegedly took personal belongings from the victim by force. Police said that the robbery was not a random mugging and that the three people all knew each other.

Police arrested 42-year-old Garfield Campbell for assault and possession of a weapon at the corner of Sixth Avenue and West 19th Street last Tuesday at 5:05 p.m. The victim told police that he was standing at the corner trying to hail a taxi, and when one stopped to pick him up, Campbell’s car was forced to stop behind it. He began to honk his horn and got out of his car to confront the victim. Campbell allegedly pushed him and began to hit him, then pulled out a box cutter and slashed him in the bicep and hand. Police said that the victim suffered serious physical injury and will need stitches on his arm and hand.

Twenty-year-old Jazelle Hernandez was arrested last Monday at 1 a.m. after allegedly taking a jacket, purse, passport and three Xanax pills from a victim who was at Maialino restaurant at 2 Lexington Avenue on Sunday, April 5. Hernandez was allegedly wearing the jacket and holding the purse when police approached her.

Police arrested 23-year-old Honda Wang last Wednesday at 8:25 p.m. for petit larceny that occurred inside a Stuyvesant Town apartment. Wang allegedly entered the victim’s room without permission and took $750 as well as her MetroCard, Stuyvesant Town ID and key that was in one of her drawers. Police said that Wang was seen on video entering her bedroom, opening drawers and touching items on shelves. The relationship between Wang and the victim wasn’t known by the District Attorney’s office, and a rep for the D.A. said that Wang is the only other person besides the victim who has access to the apartment.

Police arrested 49-year-old Tracy Coleman for possession of a controlled substance and petit larceny inside a Duane Reade at 71 West 23rd Street last Tuesday at 3:43 p.m. Coleman entered the store with another person who wasn’t arrested and allegedly swiped two pieces of chocolate as well as a drink. After he was stopped and searched, police found that he was in possession of 28 white baggies with alleged heroin.

Police arrested a group of people in connection with a petit larceny from Flatiron Wines & Spirits at 929 Broadway last Wednesday around 5:30 p.m.
Twenty-year-old Jesus Cabrera was arrested for assault of a peace officer, petit larceny, resisting arrested, an unclassified misdemeanor of public administration, possession of stolen property and criminal mischief in front of the store at 6:18 p.m. Police said that he stole merchandise and when he was approached by police, shoved the officer and resisted for several minutes before he was restrained. He also allegedly shattered the glass door at the entrance of 939 Broadway while he was resisting arrest.
Devon Peterson, 23, was arrested for petit larceny at Broadway and 22nd Street. Police said that he was acting as a lookout and was allegedly handing property from the store to Cabrera.
Quamel Johnson, 23, was arrested for burglar’s tools and petit larceny at the corner of Broadway and East 18th Street. Police said that he was also acting as a lookout while the seven other people entered the location and took merchandise without permission. Johnson was allegedly in possession of a Jimmy Jazz bag lined with aluminum foil.
Five other people who were involved were not arrested.

Police arrested a married couple, 54-year-old Patricia Leclerc and 28-year-old Ramon Leclerc for assault outside the Union Square subway station at Union Square East and East 15th Street last Tuesday at 6:15 p.m. The victim told police that she was crossing the street to go into the station when Patricia allegedly punched her in the face, causing substantial pain and bleeding. Ramon Leclerc then allegedly pulled her by her hair and punched her in the back of the head, and they also pushed her to the ground.
Police said that the Leclercs did not know the victim.

Forty-year-old Paolo Italia was arrested for criminal mischief in front of The Stand comedy club at 239 Third Avenue last Saturday at 10:52 p.m. Italia allegedly broke the victim’s phone by smashing the screen. The approximate value of the phone was $200.

Police arrested two people for reckless endangerment, criminal trespass and disorderly conduct at 4 Lexington Avenue last Saturday at 11:08 p.m. Nineteen-year-old Lucas Balzer and 20-year-old Gerard Dalbon allegedly climbed up scaffolding on the building without permission. Police said that Dalbon complied with orders to come down from the scaffolding but Balzer allegedly did not. Police said that he evaded police, causing a dangerous condition for officers in the process and was also charged with resisting arrest. Dalbon was also in possession of a tobacco pipe with alleged marijuana residue and he was charged with possession.
Police said that the two men were acting together and had entered the scaffolding from the side of the building on the southwest corner.

Police arrested 38-year-old Tara Penasso-Roussakov for prostitution outside 234 East 24th Street last Wednesday at 4:10 p.m. Police said that Penasso-Roussakov agreed to engage in sexual intercourse with an undercover officer in exchange for $220.

Twenty-year-old Marco Sepulveda was arrested last Friday at 4:14 p.m. for grand larceny and petit larceny. Sepulveda allegedly stole merchandise from four different Duane Reades, working with other people who weren’t arrested. Police said that he entered the store at 401 Park Avenue South on March 29 and swiped items there. On April 14, he entered the location at 300 Park Avenue South and allegedly stole $1,000 worth of products. He also allegedly stole things from the stores at 71 West 23rd Street on April 6 and 873 Broadway on March 24.

Forty-year-old Shaheem Purdie was arrested for intent to sell a controlled substance, sale of a controlled substance, bail jumping, possession of marijuana and menacing in front of 24 East 28th Street last Saturday at 1:30 a.m. Police said that Purdie had completed a sale of the hallucinogen Molly to another person who wasn’t arrested and when he was searched, was allegedly in possession of 20 plastic bags of crack cocaine and two glassine envelopes of marijuana.
Police said that Purdie also got into an argument with someone and displayed a pocket knife while threatening to kill him.

Police arrested three people for possession of synthetic marijuana last week in two separate incidents.
James Johns, 33, was arrested in front of 38 West 26th Street last Tuesday at 1:21 p.m. and was allegedly in possession of K2, synthetic marijuana. Police said that 24-year-olds Demike Colello and Joseph Challenger were smoking synthetic marijuana in front of 49 West 27th Street last Tuesday at 4:36 p.m.