Police Watch: Man arrested for heroin outside shelter, Car theft near Stuy Town

MAN BUSTED FOR SELLING HEROIN OUTSIDE 30TH STREET SHELTER
Police arrested 46-year-old Vincent Franco for sale of a controlled substance outside the 30th Street Men’s Shelter at 400 East 30th Street last Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. Police said that Franco sold a quantity of alleged heroin to an undercover officer for cash.

MAN ALLEGEDLY SOLD XANAX WITH CHILD NEARBY
Police arrested 52-year-old William Torres for sale of a controlled substance and endangering the welfare of a child at the corner of First Avenue and East 24th Street last Wednesday at 7:49 a.m. Police said that Torres sold Xanax to an undercover officer while in custody of an 8-year-old child. Torres was also charged with possession of a controlled substance.
Francisco Vazquez, 59, and Kevin Sullivan, 32, also allegedly sold Xanax to an undercover officer at the same time nearby in front of 318 East 23rd Street. Vazquez and Sullivan were both charged with sale of a controlled substance and Sullivan was additionally charged with possession of a controlled substance.

MAN ARRESTED FOR CAR THEFT NEAR STUYVESANT TOWN
Police arrested 47-year-old Alexander Owens for grand larceny auto at the corner of East 16th Street and Avenue C last Saturday at 3:17 p.m. Police said that Owens stole the victim’s car and attempted to flee on the FDR before he was arrested.

MAN BUSTED FOR MUSHROOMS ACROSS FROM STUY TOWN
Police arrested 23-year-old Shadi Torres for possession of a controlled substance in front of 309 First Avenue last Saturday at 12:04 a.m. Police picked up Torres for an unrelated previous incident and when he was searched, he was allegedly in possession of two bags of psychedelic mushrooms.

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Police Watch: Woman arrested for mugging senior, Man wanted for Herald Square groping

WOMAN ARRESTED FOR MUGGING ELDERLY WOMAN
Police arrested 49-year-old Lillian Maduro on Monday for an attempted robbery that took place on Tuesday, September 27 at noon near Fifth Avenue and West 12th Street. Police said that Maduro approached a 90-year-old woman and tried to snatch her duffle bag from the front of her utility cart. When the victim tried to prevent Maduro from taking the bag, the suspect allegedly knocked her to the ground and continued to pull at the bag. Police said that the victim managed to fight Maduro off and retained possession of her bag while Maduro allegedly fled east on East 12th Street. The victim was treated at Mount Sinai Beth Israel for cuts to her right arm and middle finger.

Groping suspect

Groping suspect

MAN WANTED FOR GROPING IN HERALD SQUARE
Police are looking for a man in connection with a groping incident near Herald Square in October. A 31-year-old woman reported that an unidentified man grabbed her buttocks while on the downtown BDFM platform on Tuesday, October 4 around 11 a.m. The man fled the station to the street. The victim described him as 25-35 years old, 5’10”, 180 lbs. with a slim build and black hair. He was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt.
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.

Bank robbery suspect

Bank robbery suspect

WOMAN WANTED FOR PARK AVE. BANK ROBBERY
Police are looking for a woman who committed a bank robbery in the Midtown South Precinct earlier this month. The suspect strolled into the Chase Bank at 2 Park Avenue between 32nd and 33rd Streets last Saturday around 3 p.m., approached a bank teller and passed a note demanding money. The teller complied and the suspect fled the bank with an undetermined amount of cash. The suspect has a light complexion, in her late 30s, 5’4” and 150 lbs. and was last seen wearing a black pea coat, black pants, white sneakers, black sunglasses and a black and white Yankee baseball cap. 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.

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New lighting planned for Kips Bay around homeless shelter

Council Members Dan Garodnick and Rosie Mendez outside the 30th Street men’s shelter Photo by David Kimball-Stanley)

Council Members Dan Garodnick and Rosie Mendez outside the 30th Street men’s shelter (Photo by David Kimball-Stanley)

By Sabina Mollot

City Council Members and Dan Garodnick and Rosie Mendez are hoping to shed a little light on the subject of resident safety in Kips Bay.

The plan is to have new lighting installed on the streets around the Bellevue shelter on East 30th Street and First Avenue. Additional lighting is also planned for a nearby playground, Bellevue South and possibly other playgrounds.

The project is in response to concerns by neighbors of the shelter, who, as Town & Village reported last week, feel that the city-run facility’s 850 residents have gotten out of control with aggressive panhandling, loitering, fighting, public urination and sometimes worse.

On a recent evening Garodnick and Mendez took a stroll through the neighborhood along with employees of the Department of Transportation’s lighting division to see which streets could use more visibility.

Though Garodnick said all the exact locations have not yet been determined, the block of the shelter, from 29th to 30th Streets along First Avenue, will be included as will 30th Street between First and Second Avenues. The manager of the residential building located there has said men have used that block as a toilet and the ledge of the adjoining garage wall as a bed.

“We are exploring funding those initiatives as soon as this month in the city budget which we are about to pass,” said Garodnick.

He added that he doesn’t know yet what the project will cost since it hasn’t yet been determined if the lighting will be standard DOT issue or a “less ordinary solution.”

Another safety improvement planned is to cut back any overgrown trees along 30th Street between First and Second Avenues which have been impeding light.