Cabbie punched and robbed in Gramercy

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By Sabina Mollot

Police are looking for two men who stiffed a cabbie, stole his phone and punched him in the face on a street in Gramercy.

Cops said that on Wednesday, January 9 at 7:10 p.m., the 31-year-old driver was dropping off the men at Park Avenue South and East 22nd Street, after they’d hailed the cab at 96th Street and Broadway. However, the passengers didn’t pay the fare before getting out and when the driver asked for the money, one of them reached into his window and stole his cell phone. When the driver got out of his car to get it back, one of the two men punched him before they both fled.

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The victim refused medical attention at the scene.

The two suspects are described as being black and about 18-20.

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). All calls are strictly confidential.


Naked men removed from Gramercy storefront


Workers remove a statue from 281 Park Avenue South. (Photos by Sabina Mollot)

By Sabina Mollot

Last summer, the installation of nine anatomically correct male statues into a storefront in Gramercy raised a few eyebrows, with neighborhood residents wondering if it was an art exhibit or a marketing gimmick. It didn’t help anyone’s confusion that there was a neon sign in the window indicating the space was for rent.

As it turns out, the answer is it was a bit of both. On Monday afternoon, workers emerged from the storefront at 281 Park Avenue South and 22nd Street, moving out the larger-than-life-size sculptures. Asked where they were going, a worker at the scene said the naked men were headed to storage, since the ground floor space had been leased to a restaurant. However, Dan Turkewitz, one of the brokers marketing the space, later said nothing was finalized, so he wasn’t sure why the statues were being evicted. “We’re talking to a lot of different people,” he said.

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Gang member charged with murder in Flatiron

By Maria Rocha-Buschel

Brooklyn gang member Frank Smith, 31, was recently charged in connection with the murder of two men in 2010 who were reportedly in a rival crew on Park Avenue South and East 19th Street.

According to the indictment, Smith and other members of Rival Impact began conspiring to murder members of a rival crew, Thirty-O, specifically Terrance Serrano and Rashawn Washington, in October 2009. The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District said that Smith and other members of the gang planned and carried out the murders in retaliation for the victims’ perceived involvement in the 2009 drive-by shooting of Rival Impact member Vincent Carmona.

On Monday, October 4, 2010 at around 4 a.m. police arrived on East 19th Street between Park Avenue South and Broadway after getting a call about a person shot. Serrano and Washington were getting into their car after leaving a nightclub and Smith, who had been lying in wait in a nearby vehicle, allegedly approached their car, opened fire and fled.

Both Washington and Serrano were shot in the head and died at the scene.

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Police on lookout for men on bikes swiping iPhones

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Police are looking for two men on bikes who swiped two women’s iPhones in Gramercy and Murray Hill.

Both incidents took place in June, but police released the information, along with surveillance photos of the robbery suspects, on Thursday.

On Tuesday, June 16 at 9:15 p.m., a 28-year-old woman was walking in front of 459 Park Avenue between 31st and 32nd Streets, when the men rode up on their bicycles and snatched her iPhone 6 as she was using it. The suspects then pedaled away.

On Monday, June 22, at 5:05 a.m., a 24-year-old female was walking in the vicinity of Madison Avenue and East 23rd Street when the suspects rode over to her and stole the iPhone 6 from out of her hand. The men then fled the scene.

There were no reported injuries in either incident.

Anyone with information in regards to these incidents is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 800-577-TIPS or visit or text tips to 274637(CRIMES), then enter TIP577.


Police Watch: Vendors arrested for ‘forgery,’ three arrested in robbery at Broadway deli

Lee Weston, 38, was arrested inside the Beth Israel Medical Center at 281 First Avenue for petit larceny and possession of stolen property last Saturday at 11:55 p.m. Police said that Weston, an employee at the hospital, took property from the lost and found without permission.

Police arrested five people for forgery in separate incidents last week.
Christina Cho, 54, was allegedly offering fake Cartier costume jewelry in front of 832 Sixth Avenue last Thursday at 1:10 p.m. Police said that she was displaying 33 rings, 60 earrings, 23 necklaces and 13 bracelets.
Un Shin, 57, was also arrested last Thursday at 12:08 p.m. in front of 830 Sixth Avenue. Shin was allegedly selling 85 hairclips with a counterfeit trademark logo for Burberry.
Police said that 45-year-old Md Alam was selling four bottles of counterfeit Lady Gaga perfume in front of 1175 Broadway last Thursday at 3:05 p.m.
Xuan Chen, 46, was allegedly offering two cufflinks for sale that had a trademark counterfeit for Cartier in front of 127 West 27th Street last Friday at 12:45 p.m. Police said that a representative from Global Security and Investigative Services confirmed that the items were counterfeit.
Police arrested 54-year-old Jung Kim in front of 50 West 29th Street last Friday at 3:45 p.m. for allegedly offering more than a hundred hairclips with a counterfeit Chanel logo.

Police arrested three men who allegedly robbed New Andy’s Deli at 873 Broadway close to midnight last Friday. Pablo Ruiz-Mendoza, 25, allegedly pulled a knife while demanding money from the victim to buy him beer. Though no knife was found at the scene, police believe Ruiz-Mendoza was working with 22-year-olds Jorge Otlica and Fernando Martinez, who police said were in possession of dollar bills with a white residue. All three were charged with robbery and Otlica and Martinez were charged with possession of a controlled substance.

Police arrested 25-year-old Zachary Spain for intoxicated driving last Sunday at 12:40 a.m. at the corner of Park Avenue South and East 20th Street. Spain was involved in an accident at the intersection and was allegedly behind the wheel with the engine running while there was a strong odor of alcohol on his breath. A Breathalyzer test was conducted at the scene with a BAC reading of .211, police said.

Police arrested two people in the last week for driving with a suspended license and were charged with an unclassified traffic misdemeanor.
Fifty-eight-year-old Mamy Toure was arrested in front of 133 East 14th Street last Wednesday at 12:17 p.m. Toure was driving east on 14th Street and allegedly had his cell phone in his hand while he was driving. Police said that his license also came back suspended for “operating a vehicle while using a portable electronic device.”
Ross Ramsay, 49, was arrested last Wednesday at 10:58 a.m. on the FDR at East 23rd Street. Ramsay was allegedly driving a Hummer while holding a cell phone in his right hand at chest level while his vehicle was in motion. Police said that his license came back as suspended on January 27 for failure to pay New York State taxes.

Police arrested 21-year-old Jaimon Lewis for criminal trespassing inside 240 First Avenue last Monday at 9:26 p.m. Police said that Lewis had previously been kicked out of Stuyvesant Town and warned not to return. Lewis is not a resident in the building but he was allegedly inside the building and was found sitting in the hallway.

Police arrested 41-year-old Devon Moye for violating an order of protection inside the Union Square subway station last Monday at 12:25 a.m. Police were responding to complaints of a man, Moye, and a woman fighting in the station.
Police said that the victim told them she had an order of protection against Moye and he was arrested, but he allegedly flailed his arms to prevent being handcuffed. Police said that there was a struggle and he also allegedly grabbed a handrail and refused to let go. He was charged with an unclassified public administration misdemeanor and felony, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct.

Police arrested 32-year-old Abdias Vendrell for impersonation of a public servant last Wednesday at 11:37 a.m. at Union Square East and East 14th Street. Vendrell was allegedly inside a truck parked in a “police only” spot and had an NYPD logo on the dashboard. Police said that he identified himself as an NYPD traffic agent. After he was read his rights, police said that he told them he displayed an NYPD handbook in his vehicle to avoid a summons.

Police arrested 22-year-old Rolando McClymont-Brown for reckless endangerment at the corner of Park Avenue South and East 18th Street last Friday at 4:49 a.m. Police said that McClymont-Brown was driving west on East 11th Street and didn’t signal to turn left onto Fourth Avenue. When an officer tried to pull him over using lights and sirens, he allegedly didn’t pull over and was speeding, weaving in and out of traffic to Park Avenue South and East 18th Street, where officers were finally able to get him to stop. Police also said that he gave officers a fake name.
McClymont-Brown was also charged with reckless driving, marijuana possession, disorderly conduct, driving as an unlicensed operator and speeding.

Ivelisse Pena, 24, was arrested inside the 13th Precinct at 230 East 21st Street for grand larceny and forgery last Friday at 2:20 p.m. Pena entered the People’s United Bank at 127 Seventh Avenue and allegedly posed as another person to remove money from a checking account. Police said that she presented a Washington State ID card with her picture but someone else’s personal information. She allegedly withdrew $4,578.78 from the account.

Valerio Ek, 41, was arrested for grand larceny last Wednesday at 5 p.m. inside the 13th Precinct. Police said that Ek had entered 115 East 21st Street and took a sanding machine that didn’t belong to him.

Police arrested 48-year-old Henry O’Sullivan for intoxicated driving last Thursday at 8:20 p.m. at the corner of Sixth Avenue and West 14th Street. Police were responding to the scene of an accident where O’Sullivan allegedly collided with another vehicle. O’Sullivan was operating the vehicle and had the key in the ignition with the engine running, and police said that he had a strong odor of alcohol on his breath and had slurred speech. Police administered a Breathalyzer test at the Seventh Precinct at 9:35 p.m. and the reading was .19.

Thirty-year-old Jose Hernandez was arrested inside the Union Square subway station for impersonation and an unclassified violation of New York State laws last Friday at 2:13 a.m. Police said that Hernandez was riding a bicycle inside the station, creating hazardous conditions for others in the area. Police also told Hernandez that he would be subject to arrest if he provided a fake name. He allegedly told police a fake name and birthday but police said that he eventually admitted his real name and birthday.

Police arrested 24-year-old Mark Shifrin and 25-year-old Alex Bronshteyn for possession of a controlled substance and criminal trespassing inside 224 East 28th Street last Friday at 10:54 p.m. Police said that two men and a third (charge since withdrawn) were trespassing on the ninth floor B stairwell and were in possession of narcotics. Narcotics were allegedly found in the third man’s mouth. Police said that Bronshteyn and Shifrin had narcotics in their jacket pockets.

Police Watch: Man shot on Avenue D, teens arrested in armed mugging

Police arrested four teenagers for robbery last Tuesday at 9:03 p.m. Three of the teens were arrested inside the ACS facility at 462 First Avenue and one was caught at the corner of Park Avenue South and East 28th Street. Police said that one of the teens threatened the victim with a knife while they forcibly took her jacket and shoes and warned her not to go back to the ACS facility or tell the police. The teens were also charged with menacing and weapons possession. One of the teens who was arrested at the ACS facility was also charged with possession of stolen property and was in possession of a stolen cell phone. The names of the teens are being withheld due to their age.

The New York City Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance in locating and identifying a suspect wanted in connection with a shooting in Alphabet City. The 19-year-old victim was involved in an argument with the suspect last Friday at 11:20 p.m. in front of 60 Avenue D. The suspect then pulled out a gun and shot twice, hitting the victim in the chest and neck. EMS transported the victim to Bellevue Hospital in stable condition. Police described the suspect as a Hispanic male who was last seen wearing dark jeans and a dark-hooded sweatshirt. Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477).

Police arrested 26-year-old Ricco Slade inside Bellevue Hospital last Tuesday at 5 p.m. for robbery. Police said that Slade went into a Chase Bank on West 86th Street and passed a note to a teller demanding money. The note allegedly said, “I have a gun. Remain calm. Give me 100s, no dye, no GPS. Call the police five minutes after my departure.” The teller agreed and passed Slade $2,000 in cash. A gun was not recovered from the scene.

Police arrested a teenager inside the ACS facility at 462 First Avenue last Sunday at 5:58 a.m. for a robbery that took place inside the 7-Eleven at 247 Third Avenue. The victim told police that a man walked into the store wearing a black coat, black hooded sweatshirt and jeans. He allegedly said, “Give me all the money in the register” and pulled up his shirt, displaying a gun in his waistband. He was seen fleeing the store, headed south on Third Avenue. Police searched the neighborhood and found the teen at the ACS facility, as well as a gun. The teen was also charged with possession of a weapon and possession of marijuana. His name is being withheld due to his age. Video footage is available at the 7-Eleven and at the ACS facility.

Police arrested 67-year-old William Mahoney for assault inside the Bellevue Men’s Shelter at 400 East 30th Street last Friday at 4:50 p.m. Mahoney allegedly stabbed the victim several times in his back, chest and shoulder with a large kitchen knife. Mahoney was also charged with possession of a weapon. The victim was transported to Bellevue Hospital and there was no additional information about his condition.

Police arrested 39-year-old Jason Colon for burglary last Tuesday at 7:39 p.m. inside 151 West 16th Street. Colon allegedly forcibly entered the residential building and took a US postal service delivered package from the building’s lobby area. Police said that Colon then entered the elevator with the package and opened it. The victim confronted Colon in the basement and he allegedly pushed the victim in an attempt to escape, causing the victim physical pain on his head. Colon was also charged with assault.

Police arrested 52-year-old Pedro Ovalles for grand larceny at 333 Third Avenue last Sunday at 9:52 p.m. The victim told police that he had passed out in his building’s hallway in front of his apartment door at  4 a.m.  that morning. At that time, Ovalles, who is the victim’s cousin, stole his property from his pockets, he said. The building has cameras in the hallway, which captured the incident.

Police arrested 26-year-old Broidy Blake for the sale of marijuana in front of the Associated Supermarket at 409 East 14th Street last Friday at 9:10 p.m. Blake allegedly sold a quantity of marijuana to an undercover officer.

Police arrested 25-year-old Rebecca Santiago for grand larceny in front of 40 West 23rd Street last Wednesday at 8:37 p.m. Police said that Santiago was working as a cashier at the Home Depot and stole $1,604 over a 90 day period.

Police arrested 26-year-old Joshua Waite at the corner of Avenue C and East 23rd Street for intoxicated driving last Saturday at 6:26 p.m. Waite was allegedly involved in a car accident at the location, which caused injuries. Police said that Waite had bloodshot, watery eyes, was unsteady on his feet and had a moderate smell of alcohol on his breath. Waite also allegedly did not have a valid driver’s license at the time of the accident.

Police arrested two people in connection with thefts from cars last Saturday at 10:01 p.m. Stephen Rosado, 53, was arrested for weapons possession at the corner of Park Avenue South and East 20th Street and Lynn Nieves, 54, was arrested at the corner of Third Avenue and East 27th Street for petit larceny. Nieves was allegedly helping Rosado break into three different vehicles by trying to open the door handles. Police said that Rosado was in possession of property that was taken from a car in an earlier incident, as well as a metal knuckle knife and a credit card belonging to a victim from a grand larceny auto from 2006. Rosado was also charged with possession of stolen property, possession of burglar’s tools and petit larceny.

Police arrested 27-year-old Daniel Graf for assault in front of the Headless Horseman at 119 East 15th Street last Saturday at  11:57 p.m.  The victim told police that he was standing outside a bar at the location when Graf approached him for no reason and allegedly punched him in the face, causing swelling, redness and pain. Graf was held by a bar bouncer and cuffed by a community affairs officer who happened to be in the area.

Police arrested 44-year-old Seny Tavares for intoxicated driving last Sunday at 3:50 a.m. at the corner of Union Square East and East 15th Street. Police said that Tavares was driving a vehicle that two witnesses had seen hit two other cars and leave the scene. The witnesses followed Tavares and alerted police about the incident at the location. Tavares allegedly had bloodshot eyes and an odor of alcohol on his breath. Police said that he refused a breathalyzer test.

Police arrested 23-year-old Mohammed Redziovic and 21-year-old Bekim Redza for assault at the corner of Park Avenue South and East 29th Street last Sunday at 4:36 a.m. The victim told police that the two men walked up to him and they allegedly assaulted him unprovoked, punching him in the face, knocking out one of his teeth and causing pain and swelling to his cheek and forehead.

Twenty-two-year-old Richard Duncan was arrested for assault at the corner of Second Avenue and East 27th Street last Sunday at 9:22 p.m. Duncan allegedly punched a man in the face, causing swelling and bruising to his eye. The victim told police that he hadn’t had an argument with Duncan at the time, but did have an argument with him in the same location earlier in the day.

Police arrested 57-year-old Gladys Rivera for violating New York State laws in front of 120 West 28th Street last Friday at 3:50 p.m. Rivera was allegedly displaying and offering for sale more than ten pairs of socks without a DCA license and police said that she couldn’t produce one when asked.

Mark Baines, 54, was arrested for burglary last Friday at 6:46 p.m. inside a doctor’s office at 61 West 23rd Street. The victims told police that they walked into the reception area of the office and noticed that a Samsung tablet was missing.
They called the police and Baines was allegedly in possession of the tablet, which police said was inside his hooded sweatshirt’s pocket.
Baines was also charged with possession of burglar’s tools, possession of a weapon and possession of stolen property. Police said that he had a hammer in the waistband of his pants and a BB gun in the bag that he was carrying.