Police Watch: Officer assaulted at Bellevue, L train ‘Perv’ arrested

Police arrested 46-year-old Brian Smith for assault inside the Bellevue Hospital at 462 First Avenue last Tuesday at 11 a.m. While Smith was waiting for an evaluation from the Comprehensive Psychiatric Emergency Program (CPEP), he allegedly spit on and kicked an officer in the groin, knocking him to the ground. Police said that after he kicked the first officer and another was restraining him, he grabbed the second officer’s hands, twisted her fingers and refused to let go. He allegedly kicked her in the chest, knocking her to the ground as well. Another officer restrained Smith until he could be sedated. The officer who was kicked in the groin was treated at the emergency room for an injury and the other officer received a sprained left wrist as a result of Smith allegedly grabbing her.

Police arrested 27-year-old David Oakley for sexual abuse at the First Avenue L station last Saturday at 8:30 p.m. Police said that Oakley rubbed his groin area on the victim’s buttocks while on a Brooklyn-bound L train. The victim told police that she and Oakley didn’t know each other. Oakley allegedly attempted to flee and ran outside the station but he was apprehended at the main booth. He was also charged with resisting arrest.

Police arrested 35-year-old Ileasia Barrpaul for endangering the welfare of a child inside 344 East 28th Street last Wednesday at 4:37 a.m. Barrpaul, who police said was intoxicated and off her medication, allegedly locked her 10-year-old child outside the apartment and would not allow him back inside. Police said that the child was seen in the hallway missing socks and was unable to care for himself.

Police arrested 26-year-old Percius McKnight and 35-year-old Janaqual Ashaqua for grand larceny auto in front of 15 West 28th Street last Monday at 2:14 a.m. The victim and a witness called police and reported that McKnight and Ashaqua allegedly attempted to remove a 1998 Volvo from in front of the location. When police arrived, McKnight and Ashaqua were still on the scene and were taken into custody.

Police arrested 21-year-old Divene Sanabria for possession of stolen property and an unclassified public health law misdemeanor at the corner of Sixth Avenue and West 15th Street last Monday at 3:05 p.m. Police said that Sanabria was at a phone booth in possession of a debit card that didn’t belong to him and after he was searched, he was allegedly found to be in possession of synthetic marijuana. Police said that he also had a bag of K2 in his jacket pocket and a pipe with K2 residue in his duffel bag.

Police arrested a teenager for grand larceny and possession of stolen property in front of 1165 Broadway on Sunday at 11:05 p.m. The victim told police that the teen snatched the cell phone out of her hands while she was walking on the sidewalk. Police searched the area at 10:45 p.m. around West 28th and Broadway and the teen was positively identified by the victim.

Police arrested 39-year-old Kenji Tokunaga for theft of services inside Studio Twenty One at 59 West 21st Street last Wednesday at 12:47 a.m. Police said that Tokunaga refused to pay a bill totaling $316.80 for services rendered.

Police arrested 23-year-old Moises Haiat for assault at the corner of East 17th Street and Park Avenue South on New Year’s Eve at 8:47 a.m. Haiat was a passenger in a cab and got into an argument with the driver after he was driven to the location he requested. Police said that Haiat punched the driver in the face, causing injury to his left eye. The driver refused medical attention at the scene but there was swelling around his eye.

Thirty-year-old Michael Davis was arrested for criminal mischief at the corner of Sixth Avenue and West 21st Street last Wednesday at 2:50 a.m. Police said that Davis was in a cab and got into an argument with the driver about the destination. Davis allegedly began to grab at the driver through the open partition, then kicked out the rear passenger window. The driver told police that the window cost more than $250 to fix.

Police arrested 25-year-old Katherine Ramirez for assault inside the 40/40 Club at 6 West 25th Street on New Year’s Day at 3:54 a.m. Police said that Ramirez got into an argument with someone else inside the club and allegedly threw a glass at a witness. Police said that the glass missed the witness but struck someone else in the face, causing an injury.

Police arrested 34-year-old Daunte Berry for disorderly conduct in front of Taj Lounge at 48 West 21st Street on New Year’s Day at 7 a.m. Police said that Berry was acting disorderly by screaming and yelling, and acting in an aggressive manner. When police attempted to put him in custody, he allegedly refused to comply and flailed his arms, refusing to place them behind his back. Berry was also charged with resisting arrest.

Police arrested 36-year-old Claude Harris for assault in front of 135 West 26th Street last Wednesday at 2:06 p.m. Police said that Harris punched the victim in the face, causing a lump on his forehead.

Police arrested 23-year-old Michael Laford for possession of a controlled substance in front of 130 West 26th Street at 12:48 a.m. on New Year’s Day. Laford was snorting alleged cocaine from a key on a public sidewalk.

Police arrested 29-year-old Jamel Johnson for possession of marijuana in front of 230 East 30th Street last Saturday at 11:31 p.m. Police said that Johnson was in possession of a lit marijuana cigar on a public sidewalk.

Where to celebrate New Year’s Eve

Richard Bona and  Mandekan Cubano will be playing at The Jazz Standard.

Richard Bona and Mandekan Cubano will be playing at The Jazz Standard.

By Maria Rocha-Buschel
With another year coming to an end, a number of neighborhood businesses are offering a wide variety of experiences for this New Year’s Eve, from rowdy parties to quiet meals, and even meditation. Local theaters and concert venues throughout the area are hosting parties and shows for the holiday.

Coco and the Vanity Vixens will be playing an 18+ show at the Gramercy Theatre at 127 East 23rd Street. Tickets range from $40 to $125. The off-Broadway burlesque show starts at 9:30 p.m. Ticket purchases for the show include entry to the New Year’s Eve countdown and the after party with Ice-T and Coco until 3 a.m.

Webster Hall at 125 East 11th Street will be taking advantage of its multilevel layout for their end-of-the-year extravaganza, featuring fire displays, DJs and live TVs showing the drop of the ball in Times Square at their New Year’s Eve Ball. The event will also feature the “largest balloon drop in the free world,” with 100,000 balloons falling from the ceiling at the stroke of midnight. General admission tickets are $99 and silver tickets are $150.

The Salon will be hosting a New Year’s Eve Eve party at the DL at 95 Delancey Street. This means that the festivities technically don’t take place on the holiday itself but the party is a tradition for the production company, which hosts various events and parties featuring big band music and swing dancing performances. Although the Salon is hosting this event in the Lower East Side this year, the party was previously held at The Players club.

Concert venues throughout the neighborhood will be hosting shows on New Year’s Eve and while Webster Hall might be consumed by a raucous New Year’s Eve-centric party, other music halls in the area are focusing on performances.

Brooklyn-based Holy Ghost! will be headlining Irving Plaza at 17 Irving Place, with Museum of Love and That Work performing as the opening bands. The show starts at 8:30 p.m. and tickets, still on sale, are $52.50.

Richard Bona and Mandekan Cubano will be playing two New Year’s Eve shows at the Jazz Standard, 116 East 27th Street. The first show is at 7:30 p.m. and the second show, at 10:30 p.m., includes a three-course meal and a champagne toast. Tickets for the 7:30 p.m. show are $135 and tickets for the 10:30 p.m. show are $195.

For more low-key dinner options, various local restaurants are offering special New Year’s Eve meals for the holiday.

Daniel Humm’s restaurant inside The NoMad Hotel at 1170 Broadway is offering an à la carte New Year’s Eve dinner with dishes such as Alaska king crab salad and roasted dry-aged tenderloin with seared foie gras, created for sharing. The New Year’s Eve festivities at the NoMad Bar are $195 per person and go from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. The price includes an open bar, DJ and hors d’oeuvres.

Resto at 111 East 29th Street, a Belgian gastropub, will be serving duck 12 different ways for the four-course New Year’s Eve menu, including consommé, sausage, confit and “ducketta.” Four courses at Resto is $95 from 5 to 7 p.m. and $150 after 9 p.m. Reservations are accepted for earlier dinner and seating after 9 p.m. includes an open bar and champagne at midnight.

Bread and Tulips at 365 Park Avenue South is offering a four-course prix fixe dinner with two different seatings. The earlier option is at 6 p.m. for $65 per person and the second is at 9 p.m. for $95 per person, which also includes open bar access at the restaurant’s New Year’s party. The Italian eatery is featuring dishes such as burrata with marinated tomatoes, duck breast over mascarpone polenta and chocolate and hazelnut mousse cake.

Jivamukti Yoga School will be holding its annual New Year’s Eve celebration with dinner, a dance party and silent reflection.

Jivamukti Yoga School will be holding its annual New Year’s Eve celebration with dinner, a dance party and silent reflection.

Some neighborhood yoga studios are offering quieter alternatives to the traditional drunken New Year’s revelry with a more meditative approach.

Jivamukti Yoga School at 841 Broadway near Union Square is hosting its 26th annual New Year’s Eve celebration with a special class, dinner, a dance party and silent reflection, which is from 9 p.m. to midnight. Admission to the class, which includes the vegan dinner, is $95.

Laughing Lotus at 636 Sixth Avenue is hosting New Year’s Eve celebration from 10 p.m. to midnight, offering an “intention-setting ceremony” with chanting, meditation and a live DJ. The cost of the class is $60 and there is a 48-hour cancellation policy.

Kundalini Yoga at 873 Broadway offers a cheaper alternative for New Year’s Eve meditation and yoga at $30 ($25 for members), although the meditation and yoga class is from 6 to 8 p.m. instead of all the way until midnight. The last day to register for Kundalini Yoga’s New Year’s event is on Tuesday, December 30.