30th St. Shelter resident arrested in connection with robberies in Kips Bay and near Stuy Town

Robbery suspect

Robbery suspect

By Sabina Mollot

Cops have arrested a resident of the 30th Street men’s shelter, who they believe is responsible for robbing five people at businesses. Police said that in one of the incidents, a female victim was bashed over the head with a stapler and in others the suspect threatened to kill his victims. Two of the alleged holdups were near Stuyvesant Town, two were in Kips Bay and a fifth was in East Midtown.

John Marino, 56, was collared on Friday at 4 p.m. after police from the 13th Precinct recognized him from surveillance photos. It wasn’t clear if they found him at the shelter or elsewhere within the confines of the precinct, which runs from 14th Street to 30th Street from Seventh Avenue to the East River.

UPDATE: Police spotted Marino last Friday at Bellevue Hospital around 4:20 p.m. after recognizing him from the surveillance photos and Marino allegedly entered a restricted area of the medical center while trying to flee. Police said that he attempted to climb a fence to avoid arrest, and he was also charged with criminal trespass. 

One cop said Marino’s no stranger to the criminal justice system, with 18 prior arrests. Some are sealed but others include robbery, burglar and petty larceny.

For the recent incidents, he’s been charged with five counts of robbery, five counts of assault and five counts of criminal possession of a weapon.

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Paws for celebration at First Ave. pharmacy

Store turns focus to health needs of disabled dogs

Woodstock, a dog owned by the manager at Nature’s First pharmacy, is able to walk using a wheelchair now sold at the store on First Avenue and 18th Street.

Woodstock, a dog owned by the manager at Nature’s First pharmacy, is able to walk using a wheelchair now sold at the store on First Avenue and 18th Street.

By Sabina Mollot

On First Avenue, one small pharmacy is going to the dogs — but in its owners’ defense, it’s just a response to neighborhood demographics.

The shop is across the street from Stuyvesant Town, where at last official count, there were close to 1,100 dogs, and in response, Nature’s First pharmacy is now focused on Fido, carrying canine medical supplies from wheelchairs to harnesses for giving lift to weak hind legs. Additionally, soon the store will be carrying dog meds that typically are only carried at veterinarians’ offices.

In the past three years the shop’s been open, co-owner and pharmacist Alex Burlak has been focused on holistic health products, stocking items like essential oils, herbs and organic teas. However, he recently noticed there seemed to be a need in the area for pet medical supplies.

“I really think it’s going to explode,” he said.

“I have no doubt because of the demographics here. In Stuy Town there are a million dogs.”

Additionally, there aren’t any distributors of such products within a 100-mile radius, Burlak said. The idea however, actually came from the store’s manager, Ralph Perez, who bought a wheelchair for his dachshund, Woodstock, a few years ago after the dog lost the use of his hind legs.

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