Police Watch: Senior assaulted in Union Square, Man arrested for separate Union Square assault

MAN CHARGED WITH ASSAULTING SENIOR ON TRAIN TO UNION SQUARE
Police arrested 26-year-old Jesus Reyes for allegedly assaulting a senior, fracturing a bone in his face, inside the Union Square subway station over the weekend. Police said that on Sunday, June 10 at 10:45 p.m., the 71-year-old victim was riding an uptown 4/5 train from Fulton Street to Union Square when Reyes allegedly began cursing at him and taunting him.
When the train pulled into Union Square, Reyes allegedly continued to taunt the victim and ultimately pushed him to the ground, causing him to fall onto the platform and injure his face. Police said that the victim later learned at the hospital that the fall had caused a fracture in the bones around his left eye.
An attorney for Reyes could not be reached for comment by T&V’s press time.

MAN ARRESTED FOR ALLEGED UNION SQUARE ASSAULT
Police arrested 24-year-old Gage Quinones for an alleged assault and weapons possession at the corner of Union Square East and East 15th Street on Friday, June 15 shortly after 11 a.m. The victim flagged down a police officer in Union Square Park, saying he had been assaulted there last night and that Quinones, who was in the park at the time, was the one who did it.
The victim told police that he was talking with a friend in the park the night before around 11 p.m. when Quinones allegedly hit him in the back of the head with something, causing cuts on the left side of his face and head that required stitches. The victim said that he might have been hit with a bike lock and when Quinones was searched, he was allegedly in possession of a key chain to a bike lock, and his bike, the chain and lock were recovered from in front of 31 East 17th Street.

MAN BUSTED FOR BIKE THEFTS
Police arrested 59-year-old William Hernandez for an alleged theft in front of Bellevue Hospital at 462 First Avenue on Wednesday, June 13 at 5 p.m. Police said that Hernandez could be seen on video surveillance removing a bicycle from in front of the hospital without permission and when he was searched, he was allegedly in possession of bolt cutters, a tool commonly used to steal bicycles. After he was arrested, Hernandez was also charged with petit larceny for allegedly stealing another bike in front of Bellevue on January 18, 2017. He was charged with burglar’s tools and petit larceny for the incident this month.

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Woman robbed in building on East 13th Street

Robbery suspect

By Sabina Mollot

Cops are on the lookout for a man who robbed a woman in her East Village building on Sunday.

The victim, 20, was entering her building in the vicinity of East 13th and Second Avenue at about 4:30 p.m. when an unknown man grabbed her from behind.

He then demanded her bag, and when she turned it over, he ran out. The victim is believed to have lost $1,100 worth of property, including an iPhone and cash, as well as personal items.

The suspect is described as black and in his twenties; and last seen wearing a baseball cap, black hooded shirt and blue jeans.

Police don’t suspect a pattern at this time.

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Burglar stole shirts, paper towels

Burglary suspect

By Sabina Mollot

Police are looking for a burglar who forced his way into a home office at 5 East 17th Street.

According to the victim, he’d left the building at 9:30 a.m. on May 15 and returned at 8:30 a.m. the following day to find his office ransacked.

Additionally, his bag was stolen, as were some shirts, a drill and even paper towels with a combined worth of $350.

Police said the door appeared to be forced open at the locked room in the building, which is also home to the Union Fare restaurant.

The suspect was captured in fuzzy surveillance footage that shows a light-skinned man with facial hair wearing a hat.

Man robbed three Chase banks

Bank robbery suspect

Police are looking for a man believed to have robbed three banks, one in Flatiron, one in Chelsea and another in midtown.

Police said on Monday, May 14 at about 9 a.m., the man strolled into a Chase Bank at 839 9th Avenue at West 55th Street and passed a note to the teller demanding cash. He got away with $1,000 before running west.

On Wednesday, May 23 at 11:35 a.m., he went to a Chase Bank at 162 Fifth Avenue at 21st Street and passed another demand note. The teller handed over some cash and the robber fled south on Fifth Avenue.

On Saturday, May 26 at 10:45 a.m. he went to a Chase branch at 611 Avenue of the Americas at West 18th Street and did the same thing. The teller turned over cash and the man fled.

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Cop recognized after homeless man charged with attacking woman on street

13th Precinct Deputy Inspector Steven Hellman, Executive Officer Ernesto Castro, Cop of the Month Officer Carilina Lugo and 13th Precinct Community Council President Frank Scala (Photo by Maria Rocha-Buschel)

By Maria Rocha-Buschel

Police officer Carilina Lugo was named Cop of the Month at the 13th precinct’s latest community council meeting on Tuesday, May 15 for catching a man who allegedly attacked a woman in an unprovoked assault.

“I don’t have one every month but it’s for those cops who go that little extra step,” Deputy Inspector Steven Hellman said of the award.

Hellman said that in the assault, the victim was walking down West 25th Street at the beginning of the month while drinking her coffee when 29-year-old Tyrel Henderson approached her and “knocked her out cold.”

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Man knocks woman down, steals her bag on train at Union Square

 

By Sabina Mollot

Police are looking for a man who shoved a woman to the floor and stole her bag aboard a 4 train at Union Square on Monday.

The victim, 48, told police that around 1 p.m. said she saw him harassing other men on the train, so she started recording him on her phone. He and the woman then got into an argument, which is when he pushed her and forcibly grabbed her bag, before fleeing the train. The bag contained $350 worth of items including clothing and the victim’s wallet.

The suspect is described as black, in his 20s-30s and was last seen wearing a baseball cap, glasses and all dark clothing.

Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto nypdcrimestoppers.com or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577.

Administration for Children’s Services teens arrested for violent robberies

Administration for Children’s Services facility in Kips Bay (Photo via Google Maps)

By Maria Rocha-Buschel

Multiple teens living at the Administration for Children’s Services building at 492 First Avenue have been arrested in connection with a number of separate robberies in the last week. Three teens arrested for choking and robbing a man on East 18th Street were also charged with a phone robbery in Chinatown and another group of teens were arrested after harassing a woman on the 6 train, police said. They reportedly grabbed her phone when she got off the subway in Kips Bay.

The three teens arrested for the violent robbery on East 18th Street attacked the man near Third Avenue around midnight on Monday, May 21, police said.

The victim told police that he was walking south on Third Avenue and was being followed by three men when he made a left turn onto East 18th Street heading towards Second Avenue. He said that one of the men then came up to him and asked for the time and after he said that it was 12:27 a.m., the suspect told him he had a gun and to give him everything he had. The victim said that he was then attacked from behind and choked, then lost consciousness. When he regained consciousness, he noticed that his property was gone.

Police caught the first teen at First Avenue and East 18th Street at 1:34 a.m. the same day. Police arrested a second teen for the robbery inside the 13th precinct the next day at 6 a.m. and a third teen at 6:30 a.m. inside the ACS facility in Kips Bay. Police did not find weapons on any of the teens that were arrested.

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Woman robbed at knifepoint in Union Square

Sketch of robbery suspect

By Sabina Mollot

Police are looking for a man who robbed an employee of a Dunkin Donuts on the street on Monday, April 16, taking $3,500 of the shop’s money she had with her.

The 26-year-old victim said at about 11:40 a.m. she was at the intersection of East 17th Street and Union Square East on her way to a nearby bank with the business’s proceeds, when a man approached her from behind, asking for directions.

When she turned around, the man pulled out a knife and grabbed a paper bag from the victim’s hand, which contained the $3,500. The mugger then fled into Union Square Park and the victim was uninjured.

Asked if this was being investigated as a possible inside job, a police spokesperson said the department couldn’t speculate on this.

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ST/PCV ditches security SUVs

One of three new scooters to be used by public safety officers, along with a fleet of bikes (Photo by Sabina Mollot)

By Sabina Mollot

The Public Safety department of Stuyvesant Town/Peter Cooper Village invested in a fleet of six new bikes and three new Segway scooters, while also saying goodbye to three of its five SUV trucks.

The shift in transportation methods has a couple of reasons, according to StuyTown Property Services.

The first is to increase visibility of a security presence as a crime deterrent. The other is to make it easier for residents to get to know public safety officers.

The department is also in the midst of instituting a program similar to one being introduced by the 13th Precinct which places officers in very specific areas to act as community liaisons. The idea is to make it easier for neighborhood residents to form relationships with local law enforcement.

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Elderly woman assaulted at bus stop near Stuy Town

Assault suspect

By Sabina Mollot

Cops are on the lookout for a thug who shoved an elderly woman to the ground as she sat on a bench at a bus stop at First Avenue and 14th Street.

Police said on Sunday, April 22 at 7 p.m., a man approached the 82-year-old victim and shoved her off the bench, knocking her to the ground. The woman landed on her arm and later said she had pain in her arm as a result of the assault, although she didn’t go to the hospital.

Police don’t have a description of the man although he’s been captured in some fuzzy surveillance images.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call detectives at the 13th Precinct at (212) 477-7444.

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Thirteenth Precinct to join NYPD Community Policing Program

Deputy Inspector Steven Hellman, commanding officer of the 13th Precinct (Photo by Maria Rocha-Buschel)

By Maria Rocha-Buschel

The 13th Precinct will soon be joining in an NYPD program that assigns officers to be liaisons to specific neighborhoods.

Deputy Inspector Steven Hellman, commanding officer of the 13th Precinct, announced at last month’s community council meeting that the precinct would join the Neighborhood Policing program by October and the policy is expected to be instituted in precincts citywide by 2019.

“It’s going to allow us to talk to the right people through social media and interact with the community,” Hellman said. “It’ll help with a lot of different issues like traffic and noise complaints because the officers will get to know the community on a personal basis.”

The program will break the precinct into different sectors that are each assigned neighborhood coordination officers (NCOs) who work as liaisons between the NYPD and the community. Sectors in each precinct are designed to correspond to the boundaries of established neighborhoods as much as possible. NCOs will be familiarizing themselves with the residents and problems in the neighborhood by attending community meetings and following up on previous incidents.

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Robbers steal victim’s hat, threaten him with knife at Union Square Park

Sketch of the second suspect

Police are looking for a pair of muggers who pulled a knife on a teenager at Union Square Park.

On Thursday, April 12 at 5:40 p.m., the 18-year-old victim was about to go into the subway when one of the men grabbed from behind and pulled off his red baseball cap. The two began to argue and struggle over the hat when the second suspect pulled out a knife and menaced the victim with it before he and the other man fled with the cap.

The first suspect is described as a white male. The second suspect is male, white, in his 20’s to 30’s with very short hair and facial hair and about six feet tall. He was last seen wearing a tan or brown jacket, dark pants and a baseball cap.

Anyone with information in regards 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 Crime Stoppers website at nypdcrimestoppers.com or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577.

All calls are strictly confidential.

Update: The Post reports the cap was a “Make America Great Again” hat worn by a Danish tourist.

Ticketing blitz hits drivers in Stuy Town

Drivers parked in the loop roads have been slapped with tickets. (Photo by Sabina Mollot)

By Sabina Mollot

Stuy Town drivers, beware.

A recent and ongoing ticketing blitz in the loop roads around the Oval has local motorists on edge for a couple of reasons. First, generally, parking tickets are the domain of Stuyvesant Town’s own public safety department, whose officers are deputized to issue them for infractions. Additionally, they offer a 15-minute grace period to drivers loading and unloading at times when parking isn’t permitted. This grace period was arranged by then-Assembly Member Steven Sanders and the city in 2002.

But all that has changed within the past couple of months. Residents have been complaining on the ST-PCV Tenants Association’s Facebook page, as well as to the office of Council Member Keith Powers, about an NYPD crackdown on illegal parking, that came without warning.

The infractions were for idling as well as for parking in spots where “No Parking” signs were posted. A rep for Powers noted that public safety typically lets drivers know when they can re-park after street sweeping is concluded but that tends to be before the “No Parking” signs indicate.

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‘Inheritance baby’ stiffed cabbie, cops say

Facebook photo of Maxine Hansen

By Maria Rocha-Buschel

Police arrested 26-year-old Maxine Hansen, who previously arrested in the precinct for allegedly drugging a man and stealing from him and reportedly broadcasting a drug-fueled party on a live Facebook video, for allegedly skipping out on cab fare last Saturday night.

After a taxi driver flagged down officers because a customer wouldn’t pay the fare, Hansen, a self-proclaimed “inheritance baby,” reportedly told police that she did not have the means to pay for the ride after officers gave her multiple opportunities to do so. No further information was available about where specifically the incident took place.

Hansen was most recently arrested in the precinct when she and two friends allegedly drugged a man in his sister’s apartment and reportedly stole laptops, credit cards and clothing. Hansen also appeared in a number of tabloids at the end of 2016 after the arrest related to the Facebook live video, which reportedly showed multiple BB guns in a Gramercy Park Hotel room, and police reportedly found heroin, methamphetamines and other drugs when Hansen and three other people were arrested.

Hansen was charged with theft of services inside the precinct around 9:30 p.m. Her attorney could not be reached for comment before T&V’s press time.

Kitten rescued from postal truck engine is still under observation

Melanie, a kitten rescued from a truck parked in Gramercy (Photo by Marilyn Pascarelli)

By Sabina Mollot

Melanie, the mostly blind kitten rescued from the engine of a postal truck last month, is still waiting for her forever home.

Holly Staver, a founding member of rescue organization City Critters, noted that the adorable black and white longhair kitten came close to getting adopted by a Stuy Town resident who wound up not being able to take her for some reason.

Meanwhile, Staver said Melanie may need further observation and specialized veterinary care as her reactions to some cats and other stimuli “are a bit dramatic.” This isn’t due to her limited vision, which hasn’t been a problem as she seems to gets around without problems.

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