Teens harass elderly couple, assault man at McDonald’s across from Stuy Town

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First assault suspect

By Sabina Mollot

Cops are on the lookout for three teenagers believed to be responsible for a brutal beatdown at the McDonald’s at 404 East 14th Street.

According to police, on Saturday, December 29 at 8 p.m., the three teens were harassing an elderly couple at the restaurant, located across the street from Stuyvesant Town. At some point, another customer, a 44-year-old man, tried to stop them and the group then turned on him instead, punching and kicking him in his face and on his body. The attackers then ran out, heading east.

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Second assault suspect

The victim, who had cuts on his face along with pain and bruises on his face and body; was taken to Beth Israel, and later released.

The first suspect is described as male, black, 14 to 17 years old, 5’7″ tall and 140 lbs. He last seen wearing a pink hooded sweater, black sweatpants and black and white sneakers.

The second suspect is described as female, black, 14 to 17 years old, 5’8″ and 135 lbs., with red or light brown hair. She was last seen wearing gray hooded sweater, a black jacket, red and yellow pants and gray and white sneakers.

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Third assault suspect

The third suspect is male, black, 14 to 17 years old, 5’5″, 170 lbs., and had eyeglasses. He was last seen wearing a red hooded sweater, a beige jacket and blue jeans.

Anyone with information in regard 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 CrimeStoppers website at nypdcrimestoppers.com, on Twitter @NYPDTips or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential.

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Police Watch: Men wanted for medication thefts, cell phone thefts

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MAN WANTED FOR STRING OF MEDICATION THEFTS
Police are looking for a man believed to be behind a pattern of over-the-counter medication thefts that occurred in Gramercy, Midtown, the Upper East Side and the Upper West Side.
It was reported to the police that on Tuesday, February 21 at 10:05 p.m., an unidentified man entered the Duane Reade located at 125 Third Avenue near East 14th Street and stole various medicationsfrom the shelves then fled in an unknown direction. The same man is suspected in eight other incidents from January 9 through February 23, with the suspect hitting Duane Reades on First and Second Avenue and Lexington Avenue on the Upper East Side, as well as other locations of the chain on Columbus Avenue.
The individual is described as a black man, 30 to 40 years old, 5’ 10”, and was last seen wearing a gray jacket above a gray sweatshirt and a hat.
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 nypdcrimestoppers.com or texting their tips to 274637(CRIMES) then enter TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential.

Cell phone theft suspect

MAN WANTED FOR THEFTS FROM CELL PHONE STORES
Police are still looking for a man wanted in connection with a number of cell phone thefts in Gramercy, Midtown North and South, and the Upper West Side.
The man is suspected of cutting the security devices on two cell phones inside a Verizon store at 395 Third Avenue on Sunday, January 22 around 5:15 p.m. and he is suspected of committing similar crimes at AT&T, Metro PCS and T-Mobile stores throughout the city in January. Last Friday, police also connected the man to an additional theft inside an AT&T store at 2066 Broadway on the Upper West Side, when he removed two cell phones before fleeing in an unknown direction.
The suspect is described as a man who is 5’10”, 165lb-175lbs and was last seen wearing a black hooded sweatshirt with a quarter-length overcoat. He has a distinctive scar on the left side of his head right above the ear.
Anyone with information in regards to these incidents is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477).

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Woman pushed down and mugged on 27th

By Maria Rocha-Buschel

Police arrested 21-year-old Derrick Coley for mugging a woman on West 27th Street between Sixth and Seventh Avenues last Wednesday around 5 p.m. The victim told police that Coley pushed her to the ground and he allegedly grabbed her cell phone before fleeing.

The victim said that she had credit cards in her cell phone case and after the incident, she noticed that one of the cards had been used to make a purchase at McDonald’s and Coley was arrested soon after, allegedly in possession of the phone and cards.

Coley was charged with robbery, grand larceny and criminal possession of stolen property.

Police Watch: Man arrested for swinging crowbar at McDonald’s, Man wanted for cell phone store thefts

MAN NABBED FOR SWINGING CROWBAR AND MAKING THREATS MCDONALD’S
Police arrested 38-year-old George Boone for menacing inside the McDonald’s at 26 East 23rd Street last Thursday at 8:58 a.m. The victim told police that he was waiting in line at the restaurant when Boone allegedly came up behind him and began swinging a metal crowbar at him. The victim said that Boone said, “Who wants to die today?”

Cell phone theft suspect

Cell phone theft suspect

MAN WANTED FOR MULTIPLE CELL PHONE STORE THEFTS
The NYPD is looking for a man believed to be behind a string of thefts from cell phone stores in Gramercy, Midtown and the Upper West Side.
The suspect reportedly swiped two cell phones from a Verizon Store at 395 Third Avenue on Sunday, January 22 at 5:15 p.m. by cutting the security devices. Police said that he fled in an unknown direction.
Earlier in the month on Saturday, January 7 at 3:25 p.m., the suspect took two cell phones from an AT&T Store located at 2066 Broadway near West 72nd Street and fled without paying. Twenty minutes later, he reportedly cut the security devices on two cell phones inside a Metro PC store located at 664 Ninth Avenue at West 46th Street and fled without paying.
On January 18 at 6:35 p.m., the suspect reportedly entered a T-Mobile store at 610 Ninth Avenue near West 43rd Street and removed two cell phones by cutting the security devices, then fled north on Ninth Avenue.
The suspect is described as 5’10”, 165-175 lbs. and was last seen wearing a black hooded sweatshirt with a quarter-length over coat. He has a distinctive scar on the left side of his head right above the ear.
Anyone with information in regards to 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).  The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime stoppers website at nypdcrimestoppers.com or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577.
All calls are strictly confidential.

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Police Watch: Former Sweetgreen employee accused of gunpoint robbery, ‘Drunk’ driver arrested outside Stuy Town

FORMER EMPLOYEE BUSTED FOR GUNPOINT ROBBERY AT FLATIRON RESTAURANT
Police arrested 24-year-old Johnell Turner for allegedly robbing Sweetgreen, an organic food restaurant at 8 East 18th Street.
Police said Turner, who was arrested last Wednesday, turned a gun on an employee and demanded money from the locked petty cash safe. He allegedly asked the employee, “Do you want to die for Sweetgreen?” while pointing the gun at him. The victim told police that Turner is a former employee at the restaurant and was also known as Michael Turner.

‘DRUNK’ DRIVER ARRESTED AFTER FALLING OUT OF CAR IN FRONT OF STUY TOWN
Police arrested 22-year-old Joshua Tutivan for alleged intoxicated driving at the corner of First Avenue and East 20th Street last Thursday at 1:06 a.m. Tutivan drove from East Houston Street along the FDR to East 20th Street and First Avenue, where he allegedly stopped and fell out of the vehicle, semiconscious and vomiting when police found him. He was taken to Bellevue Hospital for severe intoxication and after he was treated, police said that he refused a blood test to determine his blood alcohol level.

BETH ISRAEL GUARD ASSAULTED
Police arrested 22-year-old Allen Donovan for assault inside Mount Sinai Beth Israel at 281 First Avenue last Monday at 2:51 a.m. Police said that Donovan elbowed the victim, a security guard at the hospital, in the face and caused bruising, swelling and pain. Donovan also allegedly punched the guard in the face.

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Police Watch: Man arrested for 2015 murder, Woman mugged in Union Square

MAN ARRESTED FOR 2015 MURDER AT LILLIAN WALD HOUSES
Police arrested 22-year-old Shaquille Fuller for murder and criminal possession of a weapon last Thursday for a homicide that took place in 2015. Police responded to an assault in front of the Lillian Wald Houses at 20 Avenue D near East 3rd Street last February 23 around 4:33 p.m. and discovered that a 33-year-old man had been shot four times. EMS responded to the scene and took the victim to Beth Israel Hospital, but he couldn’t be saved. The victim was later identified as Shemrod Isaac.

WOMAN MUGGED, BEATEN WITH SKATEBOARD IN UNION SQUARE
Police arrested 22-year-old Brittany Middlebrooks last Thursday after she allegedly attacked another woman at Union Square Park on September 12 around 7 p.m. Middlebrooks allegedly hit the victim in the head and body with a skateboard, causing her pain, bruising and swelling. The victim also noticed that her cell phone was allegedly missing after she was attacked. Middlebrooks was arrested for assault and robbery.

TEEN BUSTED FOR ROBBERY AT THIRD AND EAST 14TH
Police arrested a teenager for robbery and possession of stolen property at the corner of Third Avenue and East 14th Street last Wednesday at 3:49 p.m. The teen approached the victim and said, “Give me your phone or I’m going to hurt you.” The victim complied and handed his phone over, and the suspect made the victim reset his phone. The teen then fled but police searched the area and arrested him. Police said that the teen attends the Green School and his name is being withheld due to his age.

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Police Watch: Man arrested for Campos Plaza ‘murder,’ Stabbing outside W Hotel

MAN CHARGED WITH MURDER OVER CAMPOS PLAZA SHOOTING
Police arrested 23-year-old Campos Plaza resident Theodore Holloway for murder on Wednesday. Police said that Holloway shot Elliot Caldwell, 23, last Thursday around 10:44 p.m. in front of 635 East 12th Street near Avenue C. When police arrived, they found Caldwell, unconscious and unresponsive, with a gunshot wound in his back. A EMS team took him to Bellevue, but he couldn’t be saved. Local blog EV Grieve reported that Caldwell grew up in Campos Plaza and would frequently come back to visit.

STABBING OUTSIDE UNION SQUARE W HOTEL
Thirty-year-old Francisco De La Rosa was arrested for assault and weapons possession in front of 201 Park Avenue South last Wednesday at 6:05 a.m. De La Rosa allegedly stabbed the victim in the hand and stomach with a gravity knife because of an argument they were having. Police said that the victim had a cut on his right middle finger and the right side of his stomach. When police searched him, they found that De La Rosa was in possession of a gravity knife. The victim was transported to Bellevue and police said that surveillance video is available from the hotel.

HOUSE CLEANER BUSTED FOR ‘THEFT’ FROM GRAMERCY PARK APARTMENT
Police arrested 56-year-old Diane Connif for grand larceny last Monday at 5:35 p.m. inside the 13th Precinct. Police said that Connif, who was hired by the victims to clean and take care of their apartment, swiped jewelry and other items from their home at 32 Gramercy Park South. According to the District Attorney’s office, Connif entered the apartment on March 20 to clean and the victims said that when they got home later that day, they noticed that a Social Security check and other mail was missing. The victims said that jewelry was also missing from the bedroom. Police said that Conniff admitted that on a date between February 29 and March 20, she took a checkbook, a Social Security check and valuable jewelry, but claimed she took the items to keep safe for them. The DA’s office said that the jewelry was valued over $50,000. Police said that both victims are senior citizens over the age of 85.

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Police Watch: Man killed on Park Avenue South, Arrest for Manhattan burglaries

MAN ARRESTED FOR MANSLAUGHTER
Police arrested 35-year-old Devon Givens for manslaughter on Tuesday in connection with an incident that took place in front of 432 Park Avenue South around 12:12 p.m. Police said that Givens got into an argument with the victim, 58-year-old Roger Balan, and punched the man in the head numerous times. The victim collapsed into a parked car and police found him unconscious and unresponsive at the scene. EMS also responded and transported him to Bellevue Hospital, where he was pronounced deceased. Witnesses said that Givens fled the scene on a bike, and police said that he was apprehended without incident in front of 60 Wall Street at 2:30 p.m. after he delivered a package.

SECOND MAN ARRESTED IN BURGLARY PATTERN
Police arrested 39-year-old Jesse Jones last Friday for multiple burglaries that have taken place throughout Manhattan since May. The incidents are part of a pattern in which two suspects entered commercial locations and removed laptops and other assorted electronics. Jones was charged with nine counts of burglary, as well as grand larceny and four counts of criminal possession of stolen property. Police said that Jones was arrested in connection with nine of the 13 incidents, including one on May 7 at 6 p.m. that took place at 270 Fifth Avenue, one on July 25 at 3 p.m. inside 10 East 33rd Street, one on July 27 at 6 p.m. inside 38 West 32nd Street and other incidents in the 19th, 20th, Midtown North and Midtown South precincts.
Tracey Mckeever, 27, was arrested for burglary last week in connection with an incident at West 46th Street, for which Jones was also arrested.
The investigation is still ongoing. Anyone with information in regards to these incidents 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 TIP577 and their tips to 274637(CRIMES).

MAN WANTED FOR ASSAULT AT DSW
Police are asking the public’s assistance identifying a man wanted for assaulting a police officer last Friday.
At 4 p.m., police responded to a 911 call of a shoplifter at DSW Shoes located at 40 East 14th Street. Upon arrival, responding officers were met by store officials who said that the suspect attempted to take several items from the store. Officers tried to arrest him when he began to fight with them. The suspect then punched one of the two officers in the face. All three continued to struggle, falling into one of the clothing racks. The suspect was able to get to his feet and flee the store. Both officers were taken to Lenox Hospital Healthplex, one officer with bruising to his face and the other with a complaint of pain from falling into the rack. The suspect is a black man with short braids wearing a yellow plaid shirt, brown hat and glasses.
Anyone with information in regards to these incidents 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 TIP577 and their tips to 274637(CRIMES).

WOMAN ARRESTED FOR ‘PROSTITUTION’ AT B.L. SPA
Police arrested 48-year-old Hong Xin Chen for prostitution inside B.L. Spa at 156 West 20th Street last Thursday at 5:30 p.m. Police said that Chen performed a massage on an undercover officer and allegedly agreed to perform sexual intercourse in exchange for $120.

MAN BUSTED FOR CAR ‘BREAK-IN’
Police arrested 36-year-old Roman Blaea for grand larceny auto in front of Bellevue Hospital last Monday at 6:02 a.m. Police said that Blaea intentionally broke the driver’s side window of a car to gain entry to the vehicle. Once inside, he allegedly broke the plastic housing around the steering column and shifted the lever in an attempt to steal the vehicle. Police said that he also stole property from the car and the damage done would cost more than $250 to fix. He was also charged with criminal mischief and possession of stolen property.

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Police Watch: Camera ‘perv’ arrested at Cardelino, burglary in Second Ave. building

CAMERA ‘PERV’ BUSTED AT BROADWAY TAILOR SHOP
Police arrested 39-year-old Juan Cardenas for unlawful surveillance inside 948 Broadway, which is home to Cardelino Tailor Shop, last Thursday. The victim told police that she was changing in the changing room at the shop when she noticed a hole in the most eastern wall of the room and then saw a camera in the hole. She said that she then pushed her finger through the hole and Cardenas was allegedly holding a cell phone through it. She left the changing room and confronted Cardenas, who was the tailor at the shop. He allegedly told the victim, “I’m sorry, I have a family, please, I’m sorry.” The victim gathered her belongings, left the store and called the police. Cardenas then closed up and left the store. Police arrived and convinced one of his coworkers to call Cardenas back to the store. He arrived not long after and was positively identified by the victim, who said that he had also changed shirts.

MAN BUSTED FOR SECOND AVE. ‘BURGLARY’
Police arrested 38-year-old Angel Hernandez for burglary at 318 Second Avenue last Friday at 1:48 p.m. Police said that Hernandez removed an Amazon package from a locked vestibule area of a residential building. He allegedly ripped a small hole into the package to look at the contents. Police said that he gained access to the building by claiming to be a messenger. He was also charged with burglar’s tools, petit larceny and criminal trespass.

SENIOR ARRESTED IN STUY TOWN ROOMMATE DISPUTE
Police arrested 81-year-old Joseph Calabrese for assault in front of 315 Avenue C last Saturday at 5:25 p.m. Calabrese got into a fight with the victim, who lives in the apartment with him, over a billing issue. During the argument, Calabrese allegedly punched the victim in the head and punctured the victim’s left arm with a pair of scissors.

TWO ARRESTS FOR FIGHT ON PUBLIC BUS
Police arrested 55-year-old David Rodriguez and 24-year-old Triana Acosta for assault at the corner of First Avenue and East 14th Street last Monday at 3:16 a.m. Rodriguez and Acosta were allegedly involved in an argument on a public bus that escalated with the two hitting each other in the face and causing minor cuts to their faces and hands.

WOMAN ARRESTED FOR COP ‘ASSAULT’
Forty-year-old Wanda Brown was arrested for assault of a peace officer last Tuesday at 5:05 p.m. in front of 224 East 28th Street. Police said that while trying to restrain Brown, who they said was emotionally disturbed, she tried to punch the officer and missed, but she allegedly managed to push her into the wall, causing substantial pain to the officer’s shoulder. When the officer attempted to bring Brown to an ambulance, she allegedly kicked the officer, causing pain to her leg and stomach.

‘GROPER’ ARRESTED ON BROADWAY
Cody Braxton, 29, was arrested in front of Vin Sur Vingt at 1140 Broadway for sexual abuse last Monday at 10:01 p.m. Braxton allegedly lifted a woman’s dress from behind and grabbed her buttocks with both hands. Police said that he fled the location and he was also charged with resisting arrest.

MAN ARRESTED IN FIGHT ON PARK AVENUE SOUTH
Police arrested 45-year-old Jose Rea and 26-year-old Daniel Quinones for assault last Monday around 2 p.m. in front of 315 Park Avenue South. Police said that Rea punches Quinones in the mouth, causing physical injury and bleeding, and Quinones allegedly punched Rea in the mouth as well, causing some of his teeth to fall out.

MAN ARRESTED FOR CANE ‘ASSAULT’ OUTSIDE MCDONALD’S
Police arrested 46-year-old Ramon Nunez-Phillips for assault at the corner of Park Avenue South and East 28th Street last Wednesday at 2:06 a.m. Police said that Nunez-Phillips hit the victim over the head with his cane, causing a cut and bleeding. The McDonald’s manager at the scene told police that he saw the argument between Nunez-Phillips and the victim and identified Nunez-Phillips as “that guy down the block with the baby blue shirt and the cane.” When he was questioned, Nunez-Phillips said that the victim had started pushing him and kept screaming, “Why did you take my money?” He allegedly stated, “I hit him out of self-defense.” Another witness confirmed that Nunez-Phillips did hit the victim with his cane.

TEEN ARRESTED FOR WEED OUTSIDE STUY TOWN
Police arrested a teenager at the corner of Avenue C and East 20th Street last Wednesday at 2:33 a.m. for possession of marijuana. The suspect was seen holding a lit joint in his left hand in public view and police recovered marijuana from the scene. The teen’s name is being withheld due to his age.

OFFICER ASSAULTED AT BELLEVUE
Police arrested Kane Balser, 24, for assault of a peace officer inside Bellevue Hospital at 462 First Avenue last Wednesday at 11:50 a.m. While in police custody for a previous incident that took place in another precinct, Balser allegedly punched an officer in the face, causing redness, pain and swelling to the officer’s lip. Balser was also charged with harassment.

WOMAN ARRESTED FOR PHONE ‘THEFT’ FROM BETH ISRAEL
Ruby Reyes, 38, was arrested inside the 13th Precinct last Thursday at 12:45 p.m. for possession of stolen property. Reyes was allegedly in possession of a cell phone that was reported stolen by a victim who was staying overnight in Mount Sinai Beth Israel Hospital.

MAN ARRESTED FOR ‘NEEDLES’ AND ‘COCAINE’
Police arrested 46-year-old Louis Colon for possession of a hypodermic instrument and possession of a controlled substance last Friday at 1:38 a.m. on the corner of Irving Place and East 15th Street. Police said that Colon was operating his bicycle on the sidewalk and after he was searched, he was found to be in possession of three alleged hypodermic needles and a glassine bag of alleged cocaine. Upon further investigation, police found that Colon also has an arrest warrant from Jersey City for theft by “unlawful taking.”

MAN ARRESTED FOR CVS ‘ROBBERY’
Thirty-year-old Kevin Spencer was arrested for robbery inside the CVS Pharmacy at 750 Sixth Avenue last Friday at 5:11 p.m. A store employee told police that Spencer took items from the store and attempted to leave without paying for the items. When the employee attempted to stop Spencer, the suspect allegedly got aggressive, grabbed a glass wine bottle from the shelf and hit the employee on the arm and the leg.

Police Watch: ‘Trespassers’ busted, Man found with ‘stolen’ purse and Citi Bike

TWO MEN ARRESTED AFTER CELL PHONE SNATCHING
Police arrested two people following the investigation of a cell phone snatching last Tuesday at 10:18 p.m. at the corner of First Avenue and East 28th Street. Police stopped 23-year-old Shawn Lee at the intersection in regards to the phone snatching and Lee allegedly admitted that he was in possession of a knife.
Police said that the knife recovered measured 7 1/4 inches and Lee allegedly told them that he used it for protection. He was charged with possession of a weapon.
Kevin Hawkins, 22, was charged with possession of burglar’s tools and resisting arrest at First Avenue and East 28th Street at 10:25 p.m.
When police attempted to stop Hawkins, he allegedly fled down First Avenue on a bicycle going the wrong way and riding on the sidewalk, refusing to stop. Police said he then made a right turn down East 26th Street heading west, pulled a U-turn and rode the bike on East 26th Street towards Bellevue Hospital. Hawkins allegedly dumped the bike and police said he was found hiding in the parking lot at Bellevue Hospital. He allegedly flexed and flailed his arms in an attempt to avoid being handcuffed.
Police said that the two men were not charged with the theft because the phone was not recovered and the victim could not positively identify the men as the ones who stole her phone. Police said that they were pursued because they matched the description, as two black men with bicycles, but the thieves grabbed the woman’s phone from behind her while riding a bike and she did not see their faces.

MCDONALD’S ‘TRESPASSER’ ARRESTED
Police arrested 32-year-old Matthew Bowman at Bellevue Hospital inside 462 First Avenue last Wednesday at 1:29 a.m. for criminal trespass at a McDonald’s. Police said that Bowman jumped behind the counter at the McDonald’s and after the manager on duty escorted him out, he allegedly jumped over the counter again and wouldn’t leave.

MAN ARRESTED FOR ‘STOLEN’ PURSE AND CITI BIKE
Police arrested 55-year-old Kevin Strong for possession of stolen property at the corner of Levy Place and East 23rd Street last Wednesday at 3:34 a.m. Strong was allegedly in possession of a stolen handbag and a stolen Citi Bike worth $1,200.

GRAMERCY PARK TOWERS ‘TRESPASSER’ BUSTED
Police arrested 24-year-old Alexander Schupnick for criminal trespass inside the Gramercy Park Towers at 205 Third Avenue last Wednesday at 7:33 a.m. Police said that Schupnick was seen inside of the building without permission to be there.

MAN NABBED FOR ‘STEALING’ BAG
Police arrested 35-year-old Roger Labady for petit larceny and possession of stolen property at the corner of Sixth Avenue and West 23rd Street last Wednesday at 11:21 a.m. Police said that Labady took a woman’s bag from the ground while she was using her cell phone. After searching the area, police found Labady a block away and when he was questioned, he allegedly told police, “Yes, I took the bag but I was looking for money. There was no money so I dropped the bag across the street.”

MAN CHASED BY COPS, ARRESTED FOR JUMPING SUBWAY TURNSTILE
Willie Kelland, 55, was arrested for theft of services outside 300 Park Avenue South last Wednesday at 2:53 p.m. Police were responding to a report of a larceny at the location and when they arrived, the victim pointed Kelland out. When they approached him, Kelland allegedly fled on foot into the subway station at the northeast corner of East 22nd Street and Park Avenue where police said he hopped the turnstile. He was not charged with larceny because police said they did not have enough evidence to prove that he committed the theft.

MAN BUSTED FOR ‘ROBBERY’ AT D’AGOSTINO
Police arrested 31-year-old Jorge Escobar for robbery inside the D’Agostino grocery store at 341 Third Avenue last Wednesday at 5:57 p.m. A store employee saw Escobar trying to leave the store with stolen merchandise allegedly inside his bag. When the employee stopped him at the door, Escobar allegedly began fighting with the employees in an attempt to flee. Police said that the employee was injured when Escobar flailed and then kicked and punched the victim.

MAN NABBED FOR MCDONALD’S KNIFE ‘ASSAULT’
Police arrested 42-year-old Jemar Banks for assault inside the McDonald’s at 541 Sixth Avenue last Thursday at 6:47 a.m. The victim told police that he knocked on the door to use the restroom and when Banks came out, he allegedly started a fight with the victim, throwing punches at him. The victim said that Banks then removed a knife from his waistband and allegedly proceeded to slash at him. The victim was able to grab the knife, which caused a cut on his hand. He held onto the knife and bent it and Banks allegedly fled the location. He was apprehended around the corner at 100 West 15th Street.

HOUSEKEEPER ARRESTED FOR ‘STEALING’ FROM EMPLOYER
Police arrested 47-year-old Maria Demo for grand larceny inside the 13th precinct at 230 East 21st Street last Thursday at 1:20 p.m. Police said that Demo stole items from the apartment where she was employed as a housekeeper. The value of the property stolen was greater than $3,000. Demo also allegedly swiped items from inside another apartment in the same building while being employed as a babysitter. Demo was also charged with possession of stolen property.

MAN BUSTED FOR ‘RECKLESS ENDANGERMENT’
Police arrested 37-year-old Eran Modan for reckless endangerment in front of 5 West 21st Street last Friday at 5:59 p.m. A police officer was stopped in traffic on East 21st Street close to Broadway when he heard the throttle of a motorcycle coming from behind his police vehicle. Modan was allegedly riding his motorcycle in a clearly marked bike lane on the south side of the street. The officer signaled for Modan to slow down but he allegedly continued, passing five vehicles while still in the bike lane. Once Modan saw another officer on foot signaling him to pull over, he allegedly crossed in between vehicles to pass another five cars, including a marked police car on the right side. The officer began following Modan with lights and sirens, crossing over Broadway and Fifth Avenue. Modan finally stopped when the officer boxed him in with a large delivery truck and a construction site off of Fifth Avenue. East 21st Street between Park Avenue South and Broadway is a single lane roadway with a marked bike lane close to the south side of the street.

MAN BUSTED FOR ‘ASSAULT’ INSIDE DHAKA FASHION INC.
Police arrested 43-year-old Ambia Khairul for assault and menacing inside Dhaka Fashion Inc. at 1167 Broadway last Sunday at 6:17 p.m. Khairul, an employee there, allegedly hit a co-worker in the head with a packaging tape dispenser and chased him out of the store with a baseball bat. The victim was left with a red knot on the left side of his forehead. Police did not have any information about why the fight started.

Police Watch: Man arrested for damaging Beth Israel door, Arrest in McDonald’s assault

MAN ARRESTED FOR PUNCHING DOOR AT BETH ISRAEL
Police arrested 51-year-old Andre Blanco for criminal mischief inside Beth Israel at 10 Union Square East last Monday at 3:04 p.m. A Beth Israel security guard told police that Blanco walked up to a glass door at the front of the building and he allegedly proceeded to punch the door with both fists. Police said that he shattered the entire door, which the director of the medical center said costs more than $1,000.

LISTERINE ‘THIEF’ BUSTED
Police arrested Allan Lester Massman for petit larceny last Tuesday evening at the CVS at 300 Park Avenue South. Massman allegedly took a total of 18 packs of Listerine off the shelves and tried to leave without paying.

ASSAULT AT UNION SQUARE MCDONALD’S
Gustavo Ramirez, 29, was arrested in front of the McDonald’s at 39 Union Square West last Wednesday at 4:24 a.m. for assault. The victim told police that he got into a fight with Ramirez, who allegedly punched the victim in the face and chest, which ripped his shirt and caused pain.

MAN BUSTED FOR ‘LIFTING’ LIPSTICK
Police arrested 41-year-old Samad Stevens for petit larceny and possession of stolen property inside the CVS at 275 Third Avenue last Wednesday at 7:10 p.m. Stevens allegedly took four tubes of Revlon lipstick and 16 tubes of Revlon lip gloss from the shelf and hid it in his white gift bag. Police said that he attempted to leave the store without paying.

BIKE ‘THIEF’ NABBED
Police arrested 54-year-old Dane Clark for burglar’s tools in front of 244 East 28th Street last Wednesday at 11:49 p.m. Clark allegedly cut a black bicycle lock with red bolt cutters. Police said that the lock secured a bicycle to a parking sign and that Clark is not the legal owner of the bike. He was also charged with petit larceny and criminal mischief.

MAN ARRESTED FOR BAG ‘THEFT’ AT CHURCHILL BAR
Fifty-year-old William Matos was arrested at the 13th precinct last Thursday at 2 p.m. for grand larceny. Police said that Matos entered the Churchill Bar and Lounge at 45 East 28th Street at an earlier date and allegedly stole a woman’s purse.

‘UNLICENSED’ SUNGLASSES SALESMAN BUSTED
Police arrested 51-year-old Aliou Woppa in front of 725 Sixth Avenue last Thursday at 2 p.m. for an unclassified misdemeanor of New York State laws. Woppa was allegedly trying to sell ten pairs of sunglasses without a valid Department of Consumer Affairs license.

‘DRUNK’ DRIVER ARRESTED ON FIFTH AVENUE
David Martorano, 33, was arrested for intoxicated driving at the intersection of West 17th Street and Fifth Avenue last Thursday at 11:48 p.m. Police said that he was driving south on Fifth Avenue with no headlights while swerving into different lanes. When he was stopped, he allegedly had a moderate odor of alcohol on his breath with watery, bloodshot eyes. Police said that he blew .137 on a Breathalyzer.

MAN ARRESTED FOR DUANE READE ‘THEFT’
Police arrested 55-year-old Horace Madison in front of the Duane Reade at 71 West 23rd Street last Friday at 5:21 p.m. for possession of stolen property. Police said that Madison had fled the store and was about to enter the subway system at the 23rd Street F/M station. He was allegedly holding a large box with a sensor device actively ringing. Police said that when he was stopped, they found he had stolen merchandise from the store and was in possession of stolen property.

CITI BIKE ‘THIEF’ NABBED ON THIRD AVENUE
Robert Robinson, 43, was arrested for possession of stolen property at the corner of Third Avenue and East 28th Street last Sunday at 12:51 a.m. Police said that Robinson was riding a Citi Bike on a public sidewalk and was stopped, and when police requested identification, he allegedly became irate and combative, refusing to cooperate. Police said that he flailed his arms to prevent being handcuffed and upon further investigation, officers found that the Citi Bike he was in possession of was stolen. Robinson was also charged with resisting arrest, bail jumping, disorderly conduct, an unclassified misdemeanor and an unclassified violation.

DRUG ‘DEALERS’ ARRESTED IN UNION SQUARE
Police arrested two men for selling drugs to an undercover officer in Union Square last Thursday at 6:05 p.m. Douglas Miller, 51, was charged with intent to sell a controlled substance, sale of a controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance and Edwards Glover, 41, was charged with sale of a controlled substance. Miller was arrested at the corner of Union Square West and East 14th Street and Glover was arrested at East 15th Street and Union Square East.

MAN BUSTED FOR ‘DRUGS’ IN UNION SQUARE
Police arrested 37-year-old Talib Sasa at the corner of Union Square West and East 14th Street last Friday at 11:28 p.m. for possession of a controlled substance. Sasa was allegedly operating a bicycle on the sidewalk and when he was stopped, police said he was unable to provide valid identification. After he was brought to the precinct and searched, police found that he was in possession of a glassine envelope with alleged MDMA, five plastic cases of alleged marijuana and one glassine envelope of alleged marijuana. He was also charged with an unclassified violation and possession of marijuana.

TEEN ARRESTED FOR VAN ‘DAMAGE’
Sixteen-year-old John Paez was arrested for criminal mischief in front of 67 West 14th Street last Monday at 4:05 p.m. Police said that Paez had sold marijuana to an undercover officer and after he was arrested, he allegedly damaged the police van by breaking off a metal panel while attempting to get out of the handcuffs.

Police Watch: ‘Flasher’ nabbed outside Peter Cooper Village, Female McDonald’s employee punched

Compiled by Maria Rocha-Buschel

‘FLASHER’ NABBED OUTSIDE PETER COOPER
Police arrested 54-year-old Paul Stuard on Sunday after he allegedly exposed himself to a woman at the northeast corner of East 20th Street and First Avenue. This was at around 5 p.m. as the woman was on her way to the subway. Police found Stuard at 5:10 p.m. in front of 530 East 23rd Street and arrested him for public lewdness.

‘DRUNK’ DRIVER NABBED ON EAST 14TH
Forty-year-old Raphael Brunn was arrested for intoxicated driving in front of 325 East 14th Street last Tuesday at 11:24 p.m. Brunn was behind the wheel of a car and was traveling west on East 14th Street with a defective brake light. Brunn had bloodshot watery eyes when police approached the vehicle and a strong odor of alcohol on his breath, police said. He allegedly told police that he had only had one beer and was coming from Cien Fuegos. He blew a .14 at the scene, police said.

7-ELEVEN ON SIXTH AVE. ROBBED
Police arrested 18-year-old Wamisho Dimore and 30-year-old Wanda Ceballo for robbery inside the 7-Eleven at Sixth Avenue and West 15th Street last Tuesday at 11:46 p.m. Ceballo and Dimore were allegedly working together to swipe cookies and Red Bull and according to police, got physically forceful with a store employee while doing it.

CABBIE AND CYCLIST ARRESTED ON FIRST AVE.
A cab driver and bicyclist were arrested for getting in a fight at East 16th Street and First Avenue last Wednesday at 10:51 a.m. Cab driver Ulugbek Radzhabov, 32, and Qasim Warraich, 19, were busted for criminal mischief after they got into an accident and started arguing. Radzhabov allegedly kicked Warraich’s bike, causing damage to the rear wheel, and Warraich kicked the cab’s side view mirror, causing damage, police said.

COP THREATENED ON SECOND AVE.
Fifty-seven-year-old Johnie Lonardo was arrested for menacing in front of 492 Second Avenue last Thursday at 9:01 a.m. Lonardo allegedly followed an undercover officer and made verbal threats, saying, “I am going to take your life,” while reaching into his waistband.

MAN ARRESTED FOR ‘ASSAULTING’ OFFICER
Twenty-two-year-old Gary Williams was arrested for assault of a peace officer at Union Square West and East 15th Street last Friday at 5:28 a.m. Williams was inside Union Square Park when the park was still closed. He was playing a drum when an officer approached him and when the officer tried to arrest him, Williams allegedly flailed his arms and kicked his leg in order to avoid being handcuffed. When the officer attempted to handcuff him again, Williams pushed the officer, causing both of them to fall to the ground and the officer to dislocate his finger, police said.

FEMALE MCDONALD’S EMPLOYEE PUNCHED
Police arrested 23-year-old Nicholas Melendez for assault inside the McDonald’s at 39 Union Square West last Friday at 7:54 a.m. A McDonald’s employee said that she asked Melendez to leave because he was sleeping in the restaurant and didn’t buy anything. But instead of leaving, Melendez began arguing with her and then punched her in the face and slapped her, the victim said.

ADMITTED ASSAULT ON IRVING PLACE
Thirty-one-year-old Skevos Alachouzos was arrested for assault at Irving Place and East 19th Street last Friday at 5 p.m. Alachouzos allegedly told police that he punched a man in the face after getting out of his car.

‘DRUNK’ DRIVER BUSTED
Police arrested David Barbera, 25, for intoxicated driving in front of the Think Coffee at 568 Sixth Avenue last Saturday at 4 a.m. Police saw Barbera driving East on West 14th Street and he allegedly made a sharp left turn around another vehicle, causing the wheels to shriek. When he was stopped, he had an odor of alcohol on his breath and a flushed red face, police said. He allegedly blew a .097 on a Breathalyzer at the scene.

WOMAN ARRESTED FOR KNIFE
Yunet Bosch, 24, was arrested for weapons possession last Sunday at 12:53 a.m. inside the First Avenue L station. Bosch was allegedly inside the station wearing a black metal clip and the top part of a knife showing on her front right pants’ pocket. She allegedly told police that she uses the knife for protection and she has multiple prior convictions.

‘FARE-SKIPPER’ BUSTED
Police arrested 25-year-old Michael Parsons for theft of services last Monday at 12:33 a.m. in front of 235 East 20th Street. Parsons entered a cab at West 42nd Street and Ninth Avenue and requested to go to East 38th Street and Lexington Avenue. When the driver requested payment, Parsons’ card was allegedly declined four times. The driver then brought him to the precinct, where he was given the opportunity to call a friend but he declined. He also was allowed to call Chase Preferred Members to ensure that his card was valid, which it was not, police said.

‘SHOPLIFTING’ TEEN BUSTED IN MERCEDES
Police arrested a 17-year-old girl for grand larceny last Thursday at 4:50 p.m. in front of the Nike store at 156 Fifth Avenue. One of the store employees approached the girl and asked her if she needed help. She said that she didn’t and then asked if the door she was standing near was an exit. The employee then noticed that she had something in her shopping bag so he asked if he could ring it up for her, but she allegedly continued to walk off and then fled west on West 20th Street. When police arrived, the employee told them that she was in a green Mercedes Benz up the block and after searching with the employee, the girl was arrested.

MAN ARRESTED FOR ‘THREATENING’ LETTER
Police arrested 53-year-old Kevin McGlynn for menacing last Thursday inside the 13th Precinct at 6 p.m. McGlynn allegedly hand-delivered threatening letters to the victim, who feared for his physical health and safety.

IDENTITY ‘THIEF’ BUSTED
Police arrested 31-year-old Manuel Rivera for grand larceny in front of 717 Sixth Avenue last Wednesday at 12:59 p.m. Rivera allegedly opened a Citibank account using someone else’s information without permission and deposited an IRS check valued at $5,789 under the account. He has also made multiple withdrawals, police said. He was allegedly in possession of a forged Pennsylvania driver’s license and Citibank debit card.

‘POT’-SMOKING DRIVER ARRESTED
Thirty-two-year-old Adamou Maikarfi was arrested for possession of marijuana last Monday at 1:05 p.m. in front of 750 Sixth Avenue. Maikarfi was driving north on Sixth Avenue and police said when he made an improper turn, an officer approached the vehicle, and smelled marijuana. Maikarfi allegedly said that he had smoked earlier in the day and that he had some in the console of his car, where police found it.

MAN ARRESTED FOR SMASHING LAPTOP
Police arrested 52-year-old Vincent Lynch for criminal mischief inside an apartment building at 55 West 14th Street last Tuesday at 4:17 a.m. Lynch walked into the building and asked the doorman for a room and when Lynch was told that there were no rooms available, he allegedly took the doorman’s computer, an Apple laptop, and threw it on the ground, causing damage to the case. The doorman said that the computer was worth about $2,900.

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