Juan Rodriguez was arrested in connection with the incidents.
By Sabina Mollot
Police have arrested a man they believe is responsible for a week-long LinkNYC kiosk smashing spree in different neighborhoods in Manhattan.
Juan Rodriguez, 41, who’d been staying at the East 30th Street men’s shelter, was picked up by police in front of 230 East 21st Street at about 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday.
From April 16-23, a man, who was seen on surveillance video, smashed 42 Wi-Fi hubs with a brick or other blunt objects in Greenwich Village, Chelsea, Flatiron and in midtown.
Rodriguez has been arrested a number of times since 2006, mostly for alleged marijuana possession and criminal mischief, police said.
Posted in 13th Precinct, Crime, First Avenue, Homelessness, Kips Bay
- Tagged 13th precinct, 30th Street Men’s Shelter, chelsea, crime, criminal mischief, east midtown, First Avenue, Flatiron, Gramercy, Kips Bay, LinkNYC, marijuana, midtown, vandalism
You don’t have to drive to hate 20th St.
Well, I’ve just about seen it all in my six decades here living in ST/PCV… mostly good, some great, some questionable, but now I have seen it all! The asinine idea by some “brainiac” in NYC government that decided to totally screw up East 20th Street between First Avenue and Avenue C!
No, I’m not a car owner that lost one of the few precious parking spaces; just a good ol’ fashioned resident that cares about his neighbors and most importantly, our safety. Over the last few years we went from the normal two east and westbound lanes, to one more narrow lane to appease all the Bloomberg/Big Bird bike riders.
And now we have the narrowest east/westbound lanes for traffic so that a two-way bike lane could be constructed on the north or Peter Cooper side… not to mention that those bike lanes must be crossed to get to a parked car, the two new bus stop islands or to simply cross the street to go to Lenz’s Deli, Mount Sinai or Oval Fitness. Bozos!
State Senator Hoylman is the sponsor of the Child Victim’s Act and GENDA. (Photo by Maria Rocha-Buschel)
By Maria Rocha-Buschel
Governor Andrew Cuomo highlighted a number of causes frequently championed by State Senator Brad Hoylman in his speech outlining his agenda for 2019 earlier last month, in addition to pushing for the legalization of recreational marijuana.
The governor specifically called for the passage of Hoylman’s legislation that would extend the statute of limitations for child sexual abuse crimes and the passage of the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act, which would add gender identity and expression to the state’s hate crime and human rights laws. The governor also called for bolstering gun control measures and passing Senator Hoylman’s bill banning bump-fire stock devices.
Hoylman said that he’s optimistic about the governor’s commitment to pass his legislation, especially because of the Democrats’ new majority. Of Hoylman’s bills that the governor mentioned in his address, the senator said that the Child Victims Act, which would increase the statute of limitations for victims of child sexual abuse, is one of the most crucial.
“New York is an outlier for protections for child sexual abuse and LGBT issues, which were two issues that the governor mentioned, so I’m really glad to see him supporting them,” Hoylman said. “And now we have a Senate to support them. No longer does the governor have to compromise, which unfortunately has been the case in the last decade.”
ALLEGED SUBWAY ‘GRINDER’ ON 6 TRAIN ARRESTED
Police arrested 64-year-old Mohamed Abdel Rahim for alleged sexual abuse inside the Union Square station on Tuesday, November 20 at 5:30 p.m. Rahim allegedly thrust his erect penis onto the victim’s buttocks while they were on an uptown 6 train. Police said that Rahim and the victim did not know each other.
MEN CHARGED WITH ASSAULT OUTSIDE FOOD EMPORIUM
Police arrested 43-year-old Kitwane Parkinson and 39-year-old Alexander Rivera for an alleged assault on Monday, November 19 at 4:25 p.m. in front of 10 Union Square East. Parkinson and Rivera allegedly kicked and punched the victim inside the location due to an argument they had earlier in the day. Police said that the victim had bruised lips.
WOMAN ACCUSED OF STEALING WALLET FROM HOLIDAY MARKET VENDOR
Police arrested 32-year-old Dominique Elgin for an alleged theft that took place in Union Square earlier this month. A vendor at the Union Square Holiday Market told police that she left her purse on a chair in her booth on Sunday, November 18 and around 5:50 p.m., she noticed that her wallet was missing from the bag. Police said that Elgin had allegedly used the victim’s credit card. She was busted on Wednesday, November 21 at 7:20 p.m. inside the 13th Precinct.
MAN WANTED FOR DUNKIN DONUTS ROBBERY
Police are looking for a man involved in a robbery at a Chelsea Dunkin Donuts at the end of May. The suspect reportedly threatened a 20-year-old employee inside the 225 Seventh Avenue location on Monday, May 28 at 3:45 p.m. and demanded the contents of the register. Police said that he got away with approximately $500 and fled east on West 23rd Street. No injuries were reported.
The suspect is described as a black man in his 40s-50s who was last seen wearing all dark clothing. Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS. All calls are strictly confidential.
MAN NABBED FOR CVS ROBBERY
Police arrested 58-year-old Joseph Green for robbery on June 9 at 3:30 p.m. inside the 13th precinct. Green was allegedly shoplifting in the CVS at 300 Park Avenue South on May 27 at 4:25 p.m. when he got into a fight with an employee while leaving the store. Police said that Green was attempting to steal deodorant.
FOOD VENDORS ACCUSED OF ASSAULT
Police arrested 49-year-old Reda Badawy and 20-year-old Karim Badawy for assault at the corner of Sixth Avenue and West 21st Street on Saturday, June 9 at 8:08 p.m. Police said that the two suspects, food vendors, intentionally pushed a food cart into her body, causing pain to her back and neck.
Posted in 13th Precinct, Crime, Police Watch
- Tagged assault, bag theft, K2, Kips Bay, marijuana, menacing, Mount Sinai Beth Israel, robbery, TJ Maxx, Union Square
MAN ARRESTED FOR FIRST AVENUE ASSAULT
Police arrested 42-year-old Wesley Walker for an alleged assault in front of 390 First Avenue on Saturday, May 19 at 8:26 a.m. Police said that the 43-year-old victim was walking down the street when Walker, who he didn’t know, approached him and started punching him in the face. Police said that the victim complained of pain to his face and was also bleeding from the back of his head.
OFFICER ASSAULTED AT MOUNT SINAI BETH ISRAEL
Police arrested 39-year-old Jason Marshall for the alleged assault of a peace officer in front of Mount Sinai Beth Israel Hospital on Monday, May 14 at 3:58 a.m. Police said that an EMS worker was transporting Marshall to the hospital and when they arrived, Marshall requested a wheelchair but one was not available. Police said that Marshall became irate and allegedly punched the EMS worker in the chest.
BOY BUSTED FOR ASSAULT AT WASHINGTON IRVING
Police arrested a teenager for assault and possession of marijuana inside the Washington Irving Campus at 40 Irving Place on Monday, May 14 at 1:24 p.m. The victim told police that she and the suspect got into an argument over the phone the day before, which later led to the suspect posting on social media that the victim was a hoe. The victim said that she and a friend also posted about the suspect and said that she and a friend were going to get beat up. She told police that on Monday, May 14, she didn’t talk to the suspect but later in the day, he walked up to her and punched her in the face, causing a cut on her forehead. The victim was brought to Bellevue Hospital and when the suspect was searched, police found that he was in possession of marijuana. The teen’s name is being withheld due to his young age.
Union Square (Photo by Sabina Mollot)
By Maria Rocha-Buschel
A man arrested for selling loosies in Union Square wound up facing far more serious charges when he didn’t do a good enough job hiding his stash and almost 60 envelopes of heroin fell from his butt crack when he bent over to be searched, police said.
Levon Huggins, 43, had initially been stopped at the corner of Union Square East and East 14th Street at 12:49 p.m. last Wednesday because he was allegedly selling untaxed cigarettes on the sidewalk.
Once Huggins was brought to the precinct, police said that they suspected he was hiding additional drugs. He was strip-searched inside a cell at the precinct and when he bent over, a ziplock bag containing the 59 glassine envelopes of heroin fell from the suspect’s “intergluteal cleft,” police said.
Stuyvesant Town’s Associated Supermarket (Photo by Sabina Mollot)
SHOPLIFTING TEEN HIT BY CAR AFTER GETTING BUSTED AT STUY TOWN ASSOCIATED
A teenager was hit by a car after he was caught stealing beer from the Stuyvesant Town Associated on Friday.
A store employee said she saw him attempting to conceal the beer and leave the store and when she confronted him, he began cursing at her and punched the glass door, smashing it. When a customer attempted to intervene, the teen ran into the street and police said that he was hit by a car, suffering minor injuries. The district attorney’s office said that the 18-year-old was issued a desk appearance ticket for petit larceny and criminal mischief. A store employee declined to comment on the incident.
WOMAN CHARGED WITH ASSAULTING OFFICER AT BETH ISRAEL
Police arrested 45-year-old Lavina Nolley for alleged assault and criminal trespass inside Mount Sinai Beth Israel 281 First Avenue last Monday at 12:05 a.m. Police said that Nolley was discharged from the hospital after getting treatment but allegedly refused to leave. When an officer attempted to escort her out of the building, she allegedly kicked the officer in the knee, causing pain and swelling. Additional officers arrived and attempted to escort her out of the building but she allegedly struck the same officer in the face with her bag.
SUSPECT ARRESTED FOR VIOLENT MUGGING IN KIPS BAY LAST YEAR
Police arrested 22-year-old Jonathan Rivera last Thursday for a robbery that allegedly took place at the corner of East 29th Street and First Avenue last November 22. Police said that Rivera, along with two other people who weren’t arrested, punched the victim several times and broke his eyeglasses before swiping his Beats headphones and fleeing.
TEEN ARRESTED FOR LEWDNESS AT WASHINGTON IRVING
Police arrested a teenager for public lewdness inside the Washington Irving Campus at 345 East 15th Street last Friday at 4:08 p.m. Police said that the teen pulled down his pants and exposed himself to a female student inside the school. The teen’s name is being withheld due to his young age.
WOMAN ARRESTED FOR THEFT ALSO CHARGED WITH ATTEMPTED BANK ROBBERY
Police charged a 35-year-old woman with a 2015 attempted bank robbery in the Lower East Side last Wednesday after she was arrested for an alleged grand larceny and possession of stolen property.
Police said that Sheena Bellinger was employed by the MADE Hotel at 44 West 29th Street and while she was working on November 2, 2017, she allegedly took someone’s wallet containing a debit card, MetroCard and ID that had been left on a bar stool. After she was in custody for the theft, police found through further investigation that she allegedly tried to rob an HSBC at 307 Grand Street on Wednesday, July 29, 2015 at 4:08 p.m. She allegedly passed the teller a demand note underneath a black plastic bag but the teller didn’t comply with the request and Bellinger allegedly fled the scene with the note.
Posted in 13th Precinct, Crime, Police Watch
- Tagged Bellevue Hospital, brass knuckles, marijuana, public lewdness, robbery, slashing, Straus Houses, trespassing, washington irving, weapons possession
TEEN ARRESTED FOR SNATCHING PHONE
Police arrested a teenager for petit larceny in front of 71 Lexington Avenue last Wednesday at 12:07 a.m. The victim told police that the teen approached him on the street and asked to use his cell phone so that he could call his mom. Once the victim handed the teen his phone, the suspect reportedly ran off with the device. Police said that the teen is a student at Metropolitan High School. The teen’s name is being withheld due to his young age.
MAN ARRESTED FOR ASSAULT AT 230 FIFTH
Police arrested a 27-year-old man last Sunday at 3:13 a.m. inside the bar 230 Fifth at 230 Fifth Avenue after a witness told police that he hit the victim in the back of the head with a beer bottle. The blow caused a cut on the victim’s head.
Police arrested Lirim Sopi for the alleged assault as well as possession of a controlled substance he allegedly had on him.
BETH ISRAEL EMPLOYEE ACCUSED OF THEFT FROM HOSPITAL BATHROOM
Police arrested 46-year-old Alexis Vasquez for alleged grand larceny in front of Mount Sinai Beth Israel at 288 First Avenue last Thursday at 5:09 p.m. Police said that Vasquez stole the victim’s purse, which contained her credit cards and cash, from the hospital’s bathroom. The victim told police that she had left her bag in the bathroom by mistake and Vasquez was allegedly the next person to go into the bathroom after the victim. Police said that Vasquez is a manager in the cafeteria at the hospital and allegedly admitted to police that he took the purse. Vasquez was also charged with possession of stolen property.
SHOPLIFTING SUSPECT ARRESTED FOR FAKE GUN ON EAST 23RD
Police arrested 59-year-old Richard James for alleged weapons possession inside 6 East 23rd Street, which is home to Outlette jewelry shop, last Friday at 1 p.m. Police said that an employee at the store saw James taking items from a display shelf and concealing them and allegedly attempted to leave without paying.
After he was stopped, police found that he was in possession of an imitation firearm that was tucked in his waistband. Police also recovered alleged heroin that was stamped with “Starbucks” as well as alleged hydrocodone bitartrate. James was also arrested for petit larceny, possession of stolen property and possession of a controlled substance.
MEN ARRESTED FOR OFFICE BURGLARIES
Police arrested 22-year-old Avante Carter and 24-year-old Calvin Layne last Thursday for allegedly burglarizing two office buildings to steal Apple MacBooks.
Carter and Layne allegedly forced the front door of 636 Sixth Avenue and swiped thousands of dollars-worth of the computers from an office on November 14 between 3 and 6 a.m. Police said they also forced the front door open at 245 Fifth Avenue and stole multiple laptops from offices in that building over the course of two days, from November 9 to 10, between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m.
Deputy Inspector Brendan Timoney said at the recent community council meeting that police tracked Carter and Layne down through the serial numbers of the stolen computers. Carter and Layne reportedly had no history of burglary but had recently both been laid off by a cleaning company and had easy access to the Sixth Avenue building. They were also allegedly responsible for similar burglaries in Midtown South and the Sixth Precinct.
MAN CHARGED WITH ASSAULTING WOMAN AT BARN JOO
Police arrested 32-year-old Freddy Dobbs last Thursday for allegedly assaulting a woman at Barn Joo at 35 Union Square West. The 27-year-old victim told police that Dobbs grabbed her left arm with his right hand and grabbed her throat with his left hand, briefly squeezing so she couldn’t breathe before throwing her to the ground, causing her left arm to slam into the stair railing. Police said that Dobbs and the victim didn’t know each other and got into an argument inside the restaurant, but no further information was available about what started the dispute. Dobbs was charged with obstruction of breath and assault.
WOMAN CHARGED WITH STEALING THOUSANDS FROM SENIOR
Police arrested 39-year-old Dian Barrett last Tuesday for allegedly bilking an elderly woman she works for. Police said that Barrett, who is a home health aide, fraudulently conducted multiple ATM withdrawals from a 100-year-old victim. According to the district attorney’s office, Barrett made a series of withdrawals from an ATM at the bank totaling $56,900 from the period of May 31 to September 13. Police said that Barrett could be seen on video surveillance stills in the same time frame that withdrawals were made from the victim’s account and Barrett reportedly did not have permission or authority to make the withdrawals.
Police did not have information about where the senior is a resident although Barrett was arrested inside the Chase Bank at 333 East 23rd Street last Tuesday.
MAN WITH ‘FREE HUGS’ SIGN BUSTED FOR ASSAULT AT UNION SQUARE
Police arrested 26-year-old Jermaine Himmelstein for alleged assault at the corner of Union Square West and East 14th Street last Saturday at 4:20 p.m. The victim told police that she was in Union Square Park taking photos with her family and friends when Himmelstein approached them with a “free hugs” sign. He allegedly tried to hug the victim, who said that she didn’t want to be touched and tried to move away. Police said that Himmelstein attempted to reach out and hug her again, and she said she asked him nicely to leave her alone. Police said that Himmelstein then approached her from behind a short time later when she and her family were taking a photo in front of the George Washington statue. He allegedly smacked her in the face, causing her sunglasses to fall off and her cell phone to drop. Police said that the victim suffered from bruising on the right side of her face and swelling to her lip.
MAN ARRESTED FOR MANSLAUGHTER IN DEATH OF TRANSGENDER WOMAN
Joseph Griffin, 26, was indicted last Friday for fatally striking 59-year-old Brenda/Kenneth Bostick with a metal object in Chelsea in April. Griffin is charged in a New York Supreme Court indictment with manslaughter in the first degree. He is also facing a separate charge of criminal mischief for breaking the windshield of a taxi cab later in the evening of Bostick’s death.
According to court documents and statements made on the record in court, Griffin approached the victim, who identified as transgender and was alternately known as Brenda and Kenneth Bostick, or simply “Bostick,” on Seventh Avenue between West 27th and 28th Streets at approximately 10 p.m. on April 25 and struck her over the head with a long, metal object. The victim immediately fell to the ground and was rushed to Bellevue Hospital. She were declared braindead on May 4 and died on May 7. Meanwhile, Griffin had fled the scene. About an hour and a half after assaulting the victim, Griffin was seen running through traffic in the middle of the street. When a taxi driver stopped his car to avoid hitting Griffin, he allegedly climbed onto the front of the car, smashing the windshield.
SEX OFFENDER NABBED FOR ASSAULT AT BELLEVUE
Police arrested 37-year-old Jamele Manning for assault and harassment last Wednesday at 6:30 a.m. inside Bellevue Hospital at 462 First Avenue. Police said that Manning punched the victim in the face, causing a cut over the victim’s eye that required stitches, as well as swelling.
As of T&V’s press time, the district attorney’s office said that the suspect had not yet been arraigned, but Manning is listed in the New York State sex offender registry as a level 3 violent sex offender. According to the Division of Criminal Justice Services, Manning forcibly sodomized a teenage girl who he threatened at gunpoint, choked and physically overpowered on February 12, 1999. He was convicted on December 10 of that year. He was sentenced to one day to six years in state prison, although it was unclear how much time he actually served.
TRANSGENDER WOMAN KILLED ON SEVENTH AVENUE
Police said that 59-year-old transgender woman Brenda Bostick was found unconscious in front of 343 Seventh Avenue on April 25 at 10:30 p.m. Police reported that Bostick was transported to Bellevue Hospital and died from her injuries last Thursday. Bostick was a resident of the BRC Shelter on West 25th Street between Sixth and Seventh Avenues and had suffered head trauma.
Her death has been ruled a homicide and the investigation is ongoing.
MAN ARRESTED FOR CHASE BANK ROBBERY
Police arrested 52-year-old Charles Queen for robbery last Friday at 10:19 a.m. inside the Chase Bank at 501 Second Avenue at East 28th Street. According to the district attorney’s office, Queen passed a teller in the bank that read, “Don’t make a sound at all. This is a bank robbery. Need money now!!! Nobody will get hurt. Don’t make a sound.” The teller secretly alerted police and Queen was arrested.
WOMAN ARRESTED AFTER CAR FLIPPED ONTO SIDE
Police arrested 24-year-old Corey Kaminski for allegedly drunk driving after her car flipped on its side at the corner of East 24th Street and Lexington Avenue last Saturday at 4:32 a.m. Police said they were responding to a call about an accident when they found a car on its side with the driver still in the vehicle. Police said that Kaminski, who had been driving the car, had watery eyes, a flushed face and an odor of alcohol on her breath, but she told police that she only had a beer. Kaminski was taken to Bellevue Hospital to be treated for her injuries.
Posted in 13th Precinct, Crime
- Tagged bank robbery, Bellevue Hospital, BRC shelter, drunk driving, Gansevoort Hotel, heroin, marijuana, May Day, protests, shoplifting, Trader Joe's, trespassing, Union Square