Police Watch: Woman robbed on Third Ave., Women arrested after car accidents

WOMAN ROBBED ON THIRD AVENUE
Police arrested 22-year-old Natividad Jiminez, 18-year-old Myasiah Bettis and three teenagers for robbery and grand larceny at the corner of Third Avenue and East 28th Street last Wednesday at 1:48 a.m. The victim told police that she was walking south on Third Avenue between East 28th and 27th Streets when five kids walked past her, one of them saying, “I think we’re going the wrong way.”
Jiminez allegedly struck her in the back of the head and began trying to grab her purse from her shoulder. The victim struggled with the suspect who eventually took the bag. The suspects then fled east on East 28th Street between Second and Third Avenues. Police said that Jimenez was seen on camera attempting to use the victim’s debit card in an ATM at 495 Second Avenue. The victim told police that she received a notification about unauthorized usage on her card at the same time that the suspects could be seen on video at the ATM.

WOMEN ARRESTED AFTER CAR ACCIDENTS
Police arrested two women this week in separate incidents for alleged intoxicated driving.
Fifty-year-old Antoinette Williams was arrested for alleged intoxicated driving at First Avenue and East 23rd Street last Sunday at 1:14 a.m. Police were responding to an accident at the location when a witness said that a blue Jeep heading north on First Avenue towards East 23rd Street had disobeyed a steady red light and had collided with another car. Upon further investigation, police found that Williams was the driver of the Jeep and she allegedly had a moderate odor of alcohol on her breath as well as bloodshot, watery eyes and slurred speech.
Police also arrested Dina Zapata for alleged intoxicated driving at the corner of Second Avenue and East 23rd Street last Monday at 5:15 a.m. Police said that Zapata was driving east on East 23rd Street between Park Avenue South and Third Avenue when she sideswiped the victim’s car. Both drivers stopped at Second Avenue and East 23rd Street and the victim identified Zapata as the person who hit his car. Police said that Zapata had signs of being intoxicated, with bloodshot, watery eyes, an odor of alcohol on her breath and slurred speech.

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Police Watch: Officer assaulted in Kips Bay, Bike ‘thief’ busted for stolen credit cards

MAN CHARGED WITH ASSAULTING OFFICER IN KIPS BAY
Police arrested 39-year-old Kevin Legenza after he allegedly punched a cop in front of 124 East 28th Street last Friday at 3:13 a.m.
Police said that Legenza was sitting down on the hood of an operating vehicle in front of the location and refused to move. Police officers at the scene asked him to move several times and he allegedly refused. Police said that they told him he was blocking traffic and would be issued a summons if he didn’t move. Legenza then allegedly tried to stop the officer from doing this by pushing him and attempting to walk away. Police said that they attempted to arrest the suspect but he allegedly flailed his arms and actively resisted being restrained, so officers brought him to the ground. This is when Legenza allegedly fell on top of one of the officers and also punched the officer in the face multiple times.
An attorney for Legenza did not respond to a request for comment.

BIKE ‘THIEF’ BUSTED FOR STOLEN CREDIT CARDS
Police arrested 26-year-old Benjamin Marcial for petit larceny and possession of stolen property last Friday at 2:11 p.m. at the corner of East 20th Street and the FDR Drive. Police said that Marcial took a bicycle from the sidewalk without permission and allegedly attempted to put the stolen bike in a taxi to flee the scene.
While Marcial was in custody after being arrested for stealing the bike, police said that he was found to be in possession of stolen credit cards. Police said that the credit cards had been swiped from a Blink Fitness location in the 9th precinct.

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

Surveillance photo of suspect

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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Police Watch: Man nabbed in burglary pattern, Robbery on Park Avenue South

MAN ARRESTED IN BURGLARY PATTERN
Police arrested 27-year-old Tracey Mckeever last Saturday and charged him with burglary in connection with an incident that took place last Monday at 21 West 46th Street in the Midtown North precinct. Police said that the incident is part of a pattern in which the suspects entered the commercial locations and removed laptops and other assorted electronics. There have been 13 incidents in all starting on May 7 when there was a burglary at 6 p.m. inside 270 Fifth Avenue. Other incidents took place on Saturday, July 25 at 3 p.m. inside 10 East 33rd Street and on Monday, July 27 at 6 p.m. inside 38 West 32nd Street. Most of the incidents took place in the Midtown North or South precincts, with one in the 20th precinct on the Upper West Side and one in the 19th precinct in the Upper East Side.
The investigation remains ongoing. 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 TIP577 and their tips to 274637 (CRIMES). All calls are kept strictly confidential.

ROBBERY ON PARK AVENUE SOUTH
Police arrested 32-year-old David Fairfax for robbery and assault last Tuesday at 12:08 p.m. at the corner of East 29th Street and Park Avenue South. Fairfax allegedly punched the victim in the face and forcibly grabbed cash from his hands. A canvass was conducted with positive results and Fairfax was arrested.

MAN NABBED FOR CANE ‘ASSAULT’
Police arrested 43-year-old Issac Dozier for assault at the corner of East 15th Street and Union Square West last Friday at 8:43 p.m. Police said that Dozier hit the victim over the head with a cane, causing pain and a cut on the top of his head.

MEN BUSTED FOR BREAKING INTO FIREFIGHTER’S CAR
The New York Post reported last Saturday that a firefighter was returning to Ladder 3 on East 13th Street around 3:30 a.m. on Friday when he spotted two men rummaging through his car that was parked in front of the station between Third and Fourth Avenues. Police arrested Jason De Jesus and Andre Kinard, who the firefighter and some of his colleagues detained until officers arrived. De Jesus had allegedly taken a pair of sunglasses and an air freshener out of the car, and police said that he was also in possession of marijuana and cocaine.

ASSAULT ON EAST 18TH AND PARK AVENUE SOUTH
Police arrested 35-year-old Ilya Lubasoff for assault at the corner of East 18th Street and Park Avenue South last Tuesday at 1:04 a.m. Police said that the victim was walking along the sidewalk when Lubasoff came up from behind him and punched him on the cheek.

COUPLE BUSTED FOR ‘FAKE’ HUNDRED
Police arrested 22-year-old Fernando Suarez and 25-year-old Maria Hernandez for forgery inside 106 East 19th Street last Friday at 2:01 a.m. Police said that Suarez and Hernandez went into Pete’s Tavern at 129 East 18th Street and ordered two drinks, then allegedly tried to pay for the drinks with a fake $100 bill. The bartender told the pair that he couldn’t accept it because it was fake, so Hernandez took the bill back and they left. They then went into The Watering Hole at 106 East 19th Street where Suarez allegedly tried to pay for their two drinks with the counterfeit bill, but the bartender said that he couldn’t accept it because the bill was fake. Hernandez took the bill back again just as officers arrived and police said that she attempted to throw it to the ground to get rid of it.

BICYCLE SEAT ‘THIEF’ BUSTED
Police arrested 29-year-old Volodymyr Boichuk for petit larceny and possession of stolen property on Tuesday at 8:54 p.m. in front of 60 West 23rd Street. The manager of the store waved down an officer because Boichuk was allegedly removing bicycle seats off of bicycles that were on the sidewalk.

MEN ARRESTED FOR TRESPASSING, DRUGS
Police arrested 27-year-old Christopher Brinson and 26-year-old Giovanni Holt for criminal trespass inside 224 East 28th Street last Friday at 10:43 a.m. Police said that Brinson and Holt were trespassing inside the 17th floor stairwell and both men said that they didn’t live in the building. They said that they were visiting a friend but police said that attempts were made to contact the friend and he couldn’t be reached. Brinson was also charged with possession of a controlled substance and police said that he had four individually packed bags of mushrooms.

WOULD-BE CAR THIEF BUSTED AT EAST 30TH
A would-be car thief left behind a trail of blood after trying to break into a BMW that was parked on 32nd Street between Madison and Fifth Avenues at 4:30 a.m. on Monday. DNAinfo reported that the 36-year-old homeless man, who was arrested, had badly cut his arm during the break-in and had tried to drive off but gave up because the wound wouldn’t stop bleeding. He got blood on the hood of the car and the driver’s side door, as well as a large pool of blood on the sidewalk when he fled. He was arrested at East 30th Street and Lexington Avenue shortly after the incident.

MAN NABBED FOR PHONE BOOTH ‘GRAFFITI’
Police arrested 42-year-old Keith Stenmon for criminal mischief and graffiti last Saturday at 12:55 a.m. in front of 125 West 14th Street. Police said that Stenmon drew on a phone booth with a permanent marker with the intent to damage property.

ASSAULT ON EAST 28TH
Eighteen-year-old Xavier Chalas was arrested for assault last Sunday at 9:16 a.m. in front of 118 East 28th Street. The victim told police that he was walking down the street when Chalas allegedly punched him in the nose, causing him to fall to the ground. A witness told police that Chalas was walking down the street and he and the victim started arguing when Chalas suddenly punched him in the face. The victim got a bloody nose and was taken to Bellevue Hospital.

MAN ARRESTED FOR SCISSOR ‘MENACING’
Police arrested 33-year-old Dawood Little for menacing in front of 243 East 27th Street last Sunday at 11:24 p.m. Little allegedly raised scissors in a threatening manner, causing a fear of physical injury for the two victims.

TEENS ARRESTED FOR FIGHT AT GOOD SHEPHERD SERVICES
Police arrested two teenagers for assault at the Good Shepherd Services residence for girls at 337 East 17th Street last Monday at 12:32 a.m. One of the teens was watching television when the other came up to her and they got into an argument. The teen then punched her and also hit the victim in the face with an unknown object, causing bleeding and a cut that required medical attention. The victim also assaulted the teen who originally attacked her. The names of the teens are being withheld due to their age.

GIFT CARD ‘THIEF’ BUSTED
Police arrested 23-year-old Krystal Cintron-Valle for grand larceny inside 60 West 23rd Street last Thursday at 2:53 p.m. Cintron-Valle allegedly stole a gift card worth $1,400 and made purchases on the card on August 22 for $965.97, on August 23 for $272.18 and on August 24 for $97.97.

Police Watch: sex abuser sentenced, East 24th Street ‘burglar’ busted

SERIAL SEXUAL ABUSER SENTENCED TO 16 YEARS IN STATE PRISON
Last Friday, Jonquel Jones, 27, was sentenced to 16 years in state prison and 25 years of post-release supervision for sexually assaulting a stranger and a young girl in two separate incidents in 2013. On May 28, Jones pleaded guilty in New York State Supreme Court to rape and sexual abuse, both in the first degree.
According to his guilty plea and documents filed in court, at around 11 p.m. on September 5, 2013, Jones approached a tourist on the L train in Manhattan. The 22-year-old woman had become separated from her friend and was asking other passengers for directions to Brooklyn, where she was staying at the friend’s apartment. Jones told the victim that he would help her hail a cab to Brooklyn if they got off the next stop together. Once outside, he led her to an isolated area on East 10th Street near the FDR. There, he threatened her with a knife and raped her. Following the attack, the victim returned to Brooklyn and told her friend, who took her to the hospital A DNA profile from the woman’s rape kit was uploaded to the New York State DNA Databank, where it matched the defendant’s DNA profile from a previous felony conviction.
A month later on October 5, Jones invited a 12-year-old girl who lived in the same East Village building as he and his then-girlfriend to come over to their apartment. He forced her to undress and change into different clothes while he watched. He then forcibly kissed her. The girl reported the incident to her mother, who contacted police.

GRAMERCY PARK ‘TRESPASSER’ ARRESTED
Police arrested 22-year-old James Ghent for criminal trespass inside 32 Gramercy Park South last Saturday at 1:15 a.m. Ghent allegedly entered the victim’s apartment without permission and remained there unlawfully, although nothing was stolen. Police did not have any information about how Ghent entered the apartment.

MAN ARRESTED FOR PREVIOUS ‘BURGLARY’
Police arrested 28-year-old Sharif McMillan for burglary and possession of stolen property last Monday at 1:30 p.m. inside the 13th Precinct. McMillan allegedly stole a 37-inch flat screen TV, an HP laptop and an iPod from an apartment on East 24th Street at an earlier date. Police said that his fingerprints were recovered from the victim’s apartment, that he doesn’t know the victim and he had no business being inside the apartment.

MAN BUSTED FOR ‘THEFTS’ FROM PRINT SHOP
Fifty-year-old Regulo Rodriguez was arrested for grand larceny inside Duggal Visual Solutions at 29 West 23rd Street last Monday at 5:22 p.m. Rodriguez’s boss told police that he had been stealing printing materials and resources for his own personal use. Rodriguez allegedly printed a total of four pieces at the store, totaling $1,760. Police said that the suspect also asked a witness, who also works for the company in the packing department, to pack those four items into boxes to ship the pieces out and the witness refused. The employee then told the CEO of the company, who called police to the scene.

MAN ARRESTED FOR ‘STOLEN’ IPAD
Police arrested 54-year-old Phillip Mellor for grand larceny and possession of stolen property at the corner of East 14th Street and Union Square East last Tuesday at 12:49 p.m. The victim told police that he had left his bag on the grass inside the park and when he went to retrieve it, he noticed that the bag, which contained his iPad, was missing. The victim said that he saw Mellor on a park bench with the victim’s bag in his possession. When he approached Mellor, he allegedly told the victim, “It’s mine because I found it.”

‘STREET WALKERS’ BUSTED ON EAST 30TH
Police arrested 22-year-old Adriana Mondragon-Cazares and 29-year-old Yutlerlay Vivas for prostitution in front of 138 East 30th Street last Tuesday at 7 p.m. Mondragon-Cazares and Vivas allegedly agreed to have sex with undercover officers in exchange for $200.

MAN ARRESTED FOR ATTEMPTED IHOP ‘DINE-AND-DITCH’
Police arrested 43-year-old Christopher Brennan inside the IHOP at 235 East 14th Street for theft of services last Wednesday at 9:43 a.m. A server at the restaurant told police that Brennan went into the restaurant and ordered food and when he handed the waiter a credit card to pay for the meal, the card was declined. Brennan allegedly had no other way to pay for the food and when police searched him, they found that he was allegedly in possession of a stolen credit card, which they said he had attempted to use to pay for the meal.

WOULD-BE ‘BURGLAR’ ARRESTED ON EAST 18TH STREET
Police arrested Misael Gonzalez, 41, in front of 10 East 18th Street for possession of burglar’s tools last Tuesday at 2:20 p.m. Gonzalez was allegedly casing a commercial truck at the northeast corner of East 18th Street and Fifth Avenue. Police said he then unlatched the back roll-down gate, looked around the cargo area inside the truck, closed the gate and then attempted to flee east on East 18th Street. He was allegedly in possession of one great neck ratchet, a (regular) ratchet, bolt cutters, a vice grip, a screwdriver and a pair of work gloves.

MAN BUSTED FOR THIRD AVENUE ‘ROBBERY’
Police arrested 46-year-old Alexander Ivanenko for robbery in front of 388 Third Avenue last Tuesday at 10:45 p.m. Ivanenko allegedly snatched cash from the victim using physical force and after searching the area, he was identified and the money was recovered.

MAN ARRESTED FOR ‘TAMPERING’ WITH STORE COMPUTER FOR CASH
Police arrested 36-year-old Dennis Finn for computer tampering and trespassing inside 115 Fifth Avenue at 19th Street last Thursday at 12:25 p.m. While working for the company, Finn allegedly used a store computer to make unauthorized returns for cash without the authority to do so. Police said that there were 17 fraudulent transactions on 12 dates for a total of $2,252.31. The address is home to Victoria’s Secret as well as a Madewell clothing shop.

MAN ARRESTED AT POST OFFICE FOR ‘FRAUD’
Keith Ruffin, 51, was arrested for forgery inside the Peter Stuyvesant Post Office at 335 East 14th Street last Thursday at 2:06 p.m. Police said that Ruffin entered the post office and allegedly passed a clerk a fraudulent money order.

ACS CLIENT ARRESTED FOR HARASSMENT OF CASEWORKER
Twenty-year-old Caleb Beneche was arrested for aggravated harassment at the 13th Precinct last Thursday. The victim is a case planner for Administration of Children’s Services and told police that Beneche is her client. Beneche has allegedly been calling her even after she told him to stop, and police said that he has been calling and texting her personal cell phone. Beneche allegedly said that he would show up at her office and “make them all sorry” and that he would “show them.” The victim told police that Beneche has violent tendencies and she fears for her safety.

MAN ARRESTED FOR ‘MISCHIEF’ AT STEAKHOUSE ON FIFTH
Nineteen-year-old Mateo Palacio was arrested for criminal mischief inside Ben & Jack’s Steakhouse at 255 Fifth Avenue last Thursday at 6:27 p.m. Police said that Palacio intentionally damaged property at the location by throwing plates to the ground and allegedly damaged one of the victim’s cars by using his necklace to scratch the driver’s side door.

‘MENACE’ ARRESTED ON THIRD AVENUE
Police arrested 27-year-old Angelo Miller for menacing in front of the Basics Plus store at 194 Third Avenue last Friday. Police said that Miller got into a fight with someone over money at around 5:20 p.m. The victim told police that Miller claimed the victim owed him $10 and then allegedly said, “If you don’t get up and start asking for money I’m going to kick you or cut you in the throat.” Police said he also threw a closed hypodermic needle at the victim, though it didn’t cause any injury.

‘UNLICENSED’ TOY SALESMAN BUSTED ON EAST 23RD
Police arrested 58-year-old Charles Staton for an unclassified misdemeanor in front of 155 East 23rd Street last Tuesday at 5:40 p.m. Police said that Staton was trying to sell three toys without a valid Department of Consumer Affairs license.

Police Watch: ‘Mugger’ arrested at 30th St. Shelter, Bank robbery in Flatiron

ARREST AT SHELTER FOR ROBBERY
On June 5, Cecil Richardson, 55, was arrested at the shelter at Bellevue on East 30th Street with police believing him to be behind multiple muggings in midtown.
According to the criminal complaint:
On April 10, he allegedly robbed a man on 60th Street and East End Drive by putting his hand on the victim’s shoulder while demanding money.
Then on May 3, at 590 Fifth Avenue, he allegedly menaced and mugged another victim.
On May 23, in front of 79 East End Drive, he allegedly told another mark, “I can be a violent person,” before fleeing with the victim’s cash.
On May 24, there was another alleged mugging at 48th Street between Park Avenue and Lexington.
On May 29, in front of 20 East 49th Street, he allegedly told the next person, “You don’t want to get hurt,” before fleeing with the victim’s money.
On June 3, he warned another victim at 550 Lexington Avenue, “Don’t run or I’ll hurt you.”
An arresting officer also said he saw Richardson approach three men aggressively at another midtown location, by pinning one of them against the wall. When he saw the officer, he fled. According to the complaint, Richardson told cops “people might misconstrue” his actions “as aggressive.” However, he added, “These people give me money.”
Bail has been set at $100,000. His next court date is set for June 11.
His attorney, Danielle Iredale, declined to comment.

MASSEUSE BUSTED FOR ‘PROSTITUTION’
Otilia Ceserta, 44, a masseuse at Wood Spa at 133 Lexington Avenue, was arrested on June 5 for prostitution. Ceserta, while giving a massage to an undercover officer, allegedly agreed to engage in oral sex for $200.

Bank robbery suspect

Bank robbery suspect

BANK ROBBERY IN FLATIRON
Police are asking the public’s assistance identifying the suspect wanted for robbing an HSBC Bank at 145 Fifth Avenue and 21st Street.
On Friday, June 5, at 11:10 a man armed with a gun walked into the bank and demanded cash from the teller. The teller complied and the suspect fled with an undetermined amount of money.
The suspect is described as white, in his mid-thirties, 5’9” tall and weighing 180 pounds.
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 texting tips to 274637(CRIMES) then enter TIP577.

DEFIANT TRESPASSER ARRESTED
Roger Smith was arrested on June 5 at around 6:30 p.m. at 444 Second Avenue, where he doesn’t live, but apparently wouldn’t leave. Security personnel at the building told police Smith walked in and refused to leave, then proceeded to smoke a cigarette. He also allegedly had a strong odor of alcohol on him and was harassing tenants. Police said that after they arrived, he still wouldn’t agree to leave and then threatened officers, causing further alarm to tenants.

‘BAG SNATCHER’ CAUGHT BY GOOD SAMARITANS
Carlos Baez, 43, was arrested on June 1 for allegedly swiping a woman’s bag and fleeing the scene. He was however chased down by good Samaritans, though he tried to struggle away from them, police said. At one point, he dropped his benefits ID card which was recovered by police. Police added that Baez has also been arrested for an April incident in which he allegedly swiped a bag off a chair at the Union Square Starbucks. The address of the more recent arrest was not available.
However, according to a criminal complaint, Baez has been accused of three bag snatching incidents in April, all of which took place in the Gramercy area.

POT ARRESTS
Police made numerous drug-related arrests this week. Below are a few samples.
Miguel Vargas, 38, was arrested on June 2 at Mount Sinai Beth Israel at 281 First Avenue for an alleged sale of a controlled substance. Police said he’s also done this before on March 17, March 25 and April 24.
Arhan Pohen, 53, was allegedly seen smoking a joint on a sidewalk outside 27 Madison Avenue, on June 3.
Adam Bezer, 35, was allegedly seen by an officer smoking pot from a pipe in public view at 38 West 26th Street, on June 3.

POT BUSTS AT UNION SQUARE
An undercover detective made several busts on drug-related charges on June 3 at East 15th Street and Union Square. Joanne Horr, 19, was arrested for allegedly selling a controlled substance. David Sinsky, 37, and Keith Ronquillo were arrested for the same thing. Jonathan Caldwell, 26, was charged with intent to sell and was allegedly in possession of a large quantity of marijuana.
In a separate incident on June 3, Igor Gartenflys, 25, was arrested at 10 Union Square East when a police officer saw that he allegedly had a gravity knife in plain view. Upon searching him, an officer also found pot, police said.
On June 4, Wilmer Bustos, 34, was arrested at East 14th Street and Union Square East after he was seen allegedly in possession of K2, synthetic marijuana in public view.

MENACING WITH KNIFE
Two men were arrested in separate incidents for allegedly menacing people with a knife.
Robert Baster, 54, was arrested on June 4 at 43 West 24th Street after allegedly being seen waving a knife around at passersby at 23rd Street and Sixth Avenue. Police made the arrest after being flagged down by a witness who identified Baster. Cops said he resisted arrest.
On June 7, Michael Jones, 52, was arrested after allegedly pushing a woman and waving a knife around while screaming obscenities at her. No injuries were reported.

POT ARRESTS ON E. 28th ST.
Michael Romain, 34, was arrested at 14 East 28th Street for allegedly selling pot. Police said he also resisted arrest when an officer told him to put his hands behind his back.
Police also arrested Papomer Sow, 43, on June 4 at the same location for allegedly buying pot. He was also charged with bribery of a public administration official, although details weren’t available on the alleged bribe attempt.

MAN ARRESTED FOR SLEEPING AT BANK
Williams Hicks was arrested on June 5 at around 4 a.m. for trespassing when he was found sleeping on the floor of the Chase Bank at 225 Fifth Avenue in the ATM area. Police noted that the bank does have signs prohibiting trespassing and loitering. Hicks was also found to have two open warrants.

PHONE TOSSER
On June 1 at 9:30 in the morning, Angeleena Morales, 22, was arrested for allegedly throwing a woman’s cell phone out the window and punching her in the face. It wasn’t clear where the incident took place, but Morales was arrested for assault and criminal mischief at the 13th Precinct.

LOOSIE SALE ON E. 28th ST.
Luis Benitez, 62, was arrested on June 2 at 10 a.m. after he was seen allegedly selling a loose cigarette at 344 East 28th Street. Police also said he has an open warrant.

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.

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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Police Watch: Burglar hits Immaculate Conception Church, Former Beth Israel doctor sentenced

Compiled by Maria Rocha-Buschel

BURGLAR HITS IMMACULATE CONCEPTION CHURCH
Police are looking for a burglar who stole $11,000 in cash from the rectory at Immaculate Conception Church. The man entered the church at 414 East 14th Street on Sunday at 1:15 p.m. and then went into a bedroom located on the third floor rectory where he took the money from a nightstand, cops said. He is described as a light skinned man who was wearing a black baseball hat, brown shorts, white sneakers and a red t-shirt. Anyone with information about the burglary is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at (800) 577-TIPS. The public can also submit tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers Website at nypdcrimestoppers.com or texting TIP577 and their tips to 274637(CRIMES).

FORMER BETH ISRAEL DOCTOR CONVICTED
Lawrence Levitan, 58, was sentenced to six months of jail time and 1,000 hours of community service this past Tuesday. The former Beth Israel Medical Center ob-gyn pleaded guilty to grand larceny in the third degree this past February. At trial, he admitted to stealing $268,000 from the hospital by diverting insurance checks and cheating on his taxes.

CRAIGSLIST-SCAMMED IN COFFEE SHOP
Police arrested 24-year-old Dequaan Brown for a robbery inside the restaurant Coffee Shop at 29 Union Square West last Saturday at 2 p.m. A 26-year-old man told police that he was meeting Brown to buy a Galaxy 5 phone from him. He originally spoke to someone named Carlos that he found through Craigslist. They had agreed to meet in Union Square for the transaction but Carlos then called the victim at 1:45 p.m. and told him that he wouldn’t be able to make it but that his partner Dequaan would meet him instead. The victim told Carlos that he would wait for Dequaan in the Coffee Shop near the park. A few minutes later, the victim got a text from Brown asking for the location of the restaurant. When he arrived, he asked the victim if he had the money for the phone and after the victim gave him $400 in cash, Brown allegedly said, “I have a gun in my duffel bag. Don’t chase me.” He then walked out of the restaurant calmly and the victim followed him to the train station. They both ended up on a downtown Q train and the victim then asked the conductor to stop the train. The conductor stopped the train at Canal Street and the train doors opened, giving Brown the opportunity to run again. He allegedly attempted to flee but ran into two officers from the First Precinct. The victim told the police, “That’s the guy,” and Brown was arrested and brought back to the 13th Precinct.

NEIGHBOR HARASSMENT IN 19 STUY OVAL
A resident of 19 Stuyvesant Oval reported last Monday at 3:38 p.m. that she has been continually harassed by a neighbor in her building. She told police that she received two text messages from him and she was alarmed by the messages because they made no sense and were sexually explicit. She said that she ran into him on the street at East 18th Street and First Avenue. He started talking to her and made no sense, saying that she was yelling when she wasn’t and he told her, “You’re just another Jew.” The victim was alarmed by the incident and said anything else happens, she said that she wants to file an order of protection.

KNIFE PULLED AT WATERSIDE PLAZA
Police arrested 60-year-old Angel Fuentes for menacing inside 40 Waterside Plaza last Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. Police responded to the scene and a 55-year-old man told them that Fuentes allegedly came out of his apartment, displaying a kitchen knife and menaced him with it. At that point, the victim called the police and then met them in the lobby. Fuentes wasn’t in his apartment by the time police came but after conducting a canvass, they found him in the front of the building. He was also allegedly in possession of a small bag of marijuana.

‘PERVS’ NABBED IN UNION SQUARE
Police arrested two men for unlawful surveillance at the Union Square subway station last week. Thirty-seven-year-old Marquis Traynham was arrested last Thursday at 8:55 a.m. Traynham allegedly put an electronic recording device under the skirt of multiple women on a downtown 6 train and the subway stairs while the women were leaving the station. Police arrested 35-year-old Jose Quezada Veloz last Friday at 6:39 p.m. Veloz was seen standing directly under the right side of the stairs leading to the downtown 4/5/6 platform and he was allegedly looking up the skirts of women going up and down the stairs and also had his cell phone in video mode pointed directly under a woman’s skirt with the lens facing up.

HIT-AND-RUN ON EAST 23RD
A 48-year-old man reported that he was involved in a car accident opposite 400 East 23rd Street last Thursday at 10:05 a.m. He told police that he was driving west on East 23rd Street when a woman in a white sedan struck his car, causing him to hit a parked car. She then fled the scene west and onto First Avenue. There were no injuries and no arrests were made.

MOTORCYCLE STOLEN ON EAST 14TH
A 24-year-old man reported that his motorcycle was stolen after he parked it in front of 655 East 14th Street at midnight last Wednesday. He told police that he parked the bike there and when he went to retrieve it later on Wednesday, the bike was gone. The tow pound had no record of the bike being towed and Stuy Town security said that their cameras don’t face the area where the bike was removed from.

BAG STOLEN IN STUYVESANT SQUARE PARK
A 13-year-old boy reported that his bag while he was in Stuyvesant Square Park at the northeast corner of Perlman Place and East 15th Street last Friday at 2:45 p.m. He told police that he put his bag on a bench and walked around the park. When he went back to the bench, his bag, which contained his iPhone, Nintendo 3DS, a Pokemon game and school supplies, was gone.

FOUR NABBED IN BRAWL OUTSIDE STUY TOWN
Police arrested 42-year-old Christopher Todd, 39-year-old Anika Reynolds, 33-year-old Eric Gersbeck and another individual for assault in front of 647 East 14th Street last Thursday at 8:34 a.m. The four allegedly got into a fight in front of Stuyvesant Town. All of them sustained minor scratches and refused medical attention at the scene.

CYCLIST KICKED ON SECOND AVENUE
A 22-year-old cyclist reported that he was assaulted while he was riding his bike at the northeast corner of Second Avenue and East 15th Street last Thursday at 7 p.m. He told police that he was riding his bike and an unknown person kicked him, causing him to fall off the bike and cause minor bleeding due to a cut on his knee. The person then fled in an unknown direction and no arrests have been made.

IPHONE STOLEN FROM FARMER’S MARKET
A 22-year-old woman reported that her iPhone was stolen while she was in Union Square Park at East 17th Street last Saturday at 5 p.m. She told police that she was working at the farmer’s market and left her cell phone on a table unattended while she went to the bathroom and when she returned, her phone was missing. She said that she tracked the phone and it was located at First Avenue and St. Mark’s Place.

CYCLIST HIT-AND-RUN BY CABBIE
A 44-year-old man reported that he was involved in an accident while he was on his bike in front of 160 West 25th Street last Thursday at 7:30 p.m. He told police that he was riding his bike at the location when a taxi hit his bike from the rear. The victim then fell off his bike and got a bruise on his head and hand, and he also complained of back pain. The taxi fled the scene and a canvass was conducted of the area with negative results. The victim could only remember that it was a taxi that hit him and had no other information.

IPHONE STOLEN AT STUY TOWN PARTY
An 18-year-old woman reported that her phone was stolen while she was inside 330 First Avenue on Saturday, May 17 at 11:59 p.m. She told police that she had left the phone inside the apartment while there for a friend’s party and when she went back to retrieve the phone, it was missing. The phone was tracked through “Find my iPhone” to a location in Brooklyn.

MAN BUSTED FOR KNIFE AT FIRST AVE L
Police arrested 28-year-old Nicholas Kleoudis for criminal possession of a weapon last Saturday at 11:28 p.m. at the First Avenue L station. Kleoudis allegedly had a black metal clip attached to his front right pants pocket and upon further investigation, it was determined to be a gravity knife, police said.

ARREST MADE FOR ‘POT’ POSSESSION
Police arrested 29-year-old Anthony Womack for unlawful possession of marijuana last Saturday at 4:20 p.m. in the Union Square station. Womack was sitting on the steps in the station, blocking passenger movement. When asked, he had no form of identification to give the police and a bag of alleged marijuana was recovered from his left front pants pocket.

NO ARRESTS IN EAST 15TH ST. TAUNTING
A 41-year-old woman reported that she was harassed at the northeast corner of East 15th Street and the FDR on Sunday, May 18 at 4:30 p.m. She told police that someone approached her, pulled her hair and then ran away. When she confronted him, he told her, “We were playing a game.”