Police Watch: Three subway ‘pervs’ nabbed, Peter Cooper Village resident’s identity stolen

By Maria Rocha-Buschel

THREE SUBWAY ‘PERVS’ NABBED
Police arrested three men for forcible touching last week in separate incidents.
Thirty-seven-year-old Jesus Tanco was arrested at the Park Avenue South/23rd Street Station last Tuesday at 10:15 a.m. Tanco was allegedly rubbing his hands and groin against the buttocks of a 31-year-old woman while on an uptown 6 train.
Police arrested 39-year-old Thomas Seminara at the Park Avenue South/28th Street Station last Monday at 11:16 a.m. Seminara was allegedly rubbing his groin on the buttocks of a  16-year-old girl standing in front of him on a downtown 6 train. He then touched her buttocks with his right hand before leaving the train and was observed with an erection, police said.
Twenty-three-year-old Malcolm Dubose was arrested at the Union Square subway station last Tuesday at 6:35 p.m. Dubose was on a downtown 4 train when he allegedly rubbed his groin against a 21-year-old woman’s buttocks.

PCV RESIDENT’S ID STOLEN
A 25-year-old resident of 4 Peter Cooper Road reported  last Saturday at 11:45 a.m. that her identity had been stolen. She told police that her bank notified her that a former employee of Chase had given out her information to a third party for no reason that they know of. Chase is performing an investigation and told the victim to file a report in order to put an alert on her social security number. The bank did not know which branch gave out her information. Chase would not give out any other information until the investigation is complete and no funds were missing.

VEST STOLEN IN FRONT OF LAMARCA
A 24-year-old woman reported that her vest was stolen from the northeast corner of Third Avenue and East 22nd Street last Friday at 9 p.m. She told police that she left the vest on a hanger next to the door at Lamarca Restaurant and when she returned, she saw that the vest was missing. Video surveillance showed a woman taking the vest but no arrests have been made.

TEEN BUSTED IN MAD. SQ. PARK ‘MUGGING’
Police arrested 17-year-old Olufemi Ogundipe inside Madison Square Park at 10 Madison Avenue last Saturday at 9:50 p.m. Ogundipe with three other people allegedly tried to take property that didn’t belong to them from three other people. The other three alleged accomplices stole an ID card from one victim, credit cards, a Galaxy phone, a phone charger and an iPhone from the other two victims. Ogundipe was found to be in possession of the first victim’s iPhone, police said. No other arrests have been made.

‘TRESPASSER’ NABBED ON EAST 22ND
Police arrested 39-year-old Andrae Cezair for criminal trespassing inside 321 East 22nd Street last Saturday at 5:16 a.m. Cezair was allegedly on the fourth floor of the building and told police that he was looking for his friend who lived in one of the apartments, but a resident of that apartment said that she didn’t know him.

CAMERA ‘PERV’ BUSTED AT UNION SQUARE
Police arrested 35-year-old Juan Ruiz for unlawful surveillance by the northeast corner of East 14th Street and Union Square East in Union Square Park last Saturday at 4:45 p.m. Ruiz allegedly put a sweater with an electronic device underneath the skirt of a woman who was standing in a crowd watching dancers. The woman told police that she saw a man standing behind her and felt a man touching her buttocks under her skirt. Ruiz was putting the sweater under her skirt for the purposes of recording her, police said.

HARASSMENT AT GRAMERCY PARK NORTH
A resident of 39 Gramercy Park North reported last Monday at 3:45 p.m. that she was harassed in her building. She told police that a woman she knows but doesn’t live there entered the building without permission. The victim told police that she asked the woman to leave but she became verbally abusive, then swung her shopping bag and hit the victim in the chest. The woman also sprayed an unknown substance at the victim but it didn’t make contact with her.

TEEN MISSING FROM ACS FACILITY

Moshe Moshiyakov

Moshe Moshiyakov

Police are asking for the public’s assistance in locating Moshe Moshiyakov, a 15-year-old last seen on Saturday, April 12 at 492 First Avenue, home to ACS. The missing teen is white, 5’4”, 140 lbs. with brown eyes and brown hair. He was wearing a grey sweatshirt, grey sweatpants, and white sneakers. Moshiyakov is in good physical condition. Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS (8477). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto Crime Stoppers’ website at nypdcrimestoppers.com or by texting TIP577 and their tips to CRIMES (274637).

LAPTOP SNATCHED IN PRET A MANGER
A woman reported that her laptop was stolen while she was inside the Pret a Manger at 24 West 23rd Street last Thursday at 4 p.m. She told police that she was in the restaurant when she realized that the computer was missing and she thinks that someone took it when the bag was down near her chair.

‘POT’-SMOKING DRIVER BUSTED
Police arrested 20-year-old James Chen for impaired driving last Tuesday at 12:15 a.m. at the northeast corner of Union Square West and East 14th Street. Police saw Chen committing a traffic infraction and upon stopping him, there was a cloud of smoke and a strong smell of marijuana emanating from the vehicle. Chen allegedly said that he was smoking marijuana with the female passenger, who was also arrested. Police recovered a joint in the passenger’s hand. Chen allegedly admitted that he was smoking pot while driving.

CAR BROKEN INTO ON EAST 26TH
A 51-year-old woman reported that her car was broken into while it was parked in front of 25 East 26th Street last Monday at 10 p.m. She told police that she went back to the car the following day at 8 a.m. and she noticed that the driver’s side back window had been smashed with an unknown object and both her EZ Pass and car manual were missing.

HIT AND RUN AT FIFTH AND 17TH ST.
A man reported that his car was damaged in a hit-and-run last Wednesday at 12:10 a.m. at the southwest corner of Fifth Avenue and West 15th Street. He told police that he was involved in an accident at the location and the other vehicle involved fled east on East 14th Street without staying to exchange information.

PHONE ‘THIEF’ BUSTED
Police arrested 26-year-old Gabriel Perez for petit larceny last Thursday at 11 p.m. at the northeast corner of Third Avenue and East 27th Street. A 30-year-old man told police that his phone was removed from his car which was parked at the above location and Perez allegedly broke in and took it.

SUBWAY PERFORMERS BUSTED
Police arrested 18-year-old Rayqua Perez and 22-year-old Daniel Siciliano for reckless endangerment in the Union Square subway station last Thursday at 12:45 p.m. Perez and Siciliano were allegedly dancing and performing acrobatic and gymnastic moves on a moving downtown 4 train, creating a hazard and a risk of serious physical injury to passengers.

Police Watch, Jan. 2

CARS DAMAGED

Two people reported that their cars were damaged in separate incidents last week.

A 23-year-old woman told police that her car was damaged after she parked it in front of 127 East 17th Street at 7 p.m. on Wednesday. When she returned to the car at 8:15 p.m. the same day, she found that her car had been hit by another vehicle, which fled the scene and did not leave any contact information.

A 29-year-old man parked his car in front of 530 East 20th Street last Friday at 9:30 p.m. and reported that he found it damaged when he returned to check on the vehicle the next morning. There was damage on the left side and the unknown vehicle left the scene.

MAN ARRESTED FOR DAMAGING COP CAR

Police arrested 26-year-old Roy Assan for criminal mischief last Thursday at 11:10 a.m. in front of the 13th Precinct stationhouse at 203 East 21st Street. Assan allegedly damaged the passenger’s side mirror of an unmarked NYPD vehicle by ripping the mirror off with his hands. He also kicked the rear bumper, police said.

CAR ACCIDENTS NEAR EAST 23RD

Two people reported in separate incidents that they were involved in car accidents near East 23rd Street in the last week.

A 50-year-old woman told police that she entered the FDR Drive at 42nd Street driving south last Friday at 10:45 p.m. and when she reached East 23rd Street on the FDR, a yellow taxi drove into her lane and collided with her car. The collision caused damage to the front fender of her vehicle but there were no injuries. The taxi continued south on the FDR without stopping.

A man reported that he was driving near the southwest corner of East 23rd Street and Avenue C last Tuesday at 3:45 p.m. when another vehicle hit his car. He told police that he made an attempt to stop the other driver, who slowed down but then sped off. The second driver has Florida license plates and no arrests were made.

MULTIPLE BURGLARIES FROM CARS

Four people reported in separate incidents that their parked cars were broken into.

A 58-year-old man told police that an iPad Air was stolen from his work vehicle after he parked it in the garage at 320 East 23rd Street on December 20 at 9 a.m. He realized that the property, which belongs to his company, was missing when he checked on the car last Thursday at 3:15 p.m.

A 35-year-old man reported that he parked his car at the southeast corner of First Avenue and East 23rd Street at 2:15 a.m. last Thursday and when he returned at 6:30 p.m. the same day, he noticed that the passenger’s front window was smashed in and his GPS device had been stolen.

A man reported at 11 p.m. last Monday that his car was broken into earlier that day after he parked it in front of 130 East 18th Street. He left the car in that spot at 8 p.m. and when he returned at 10:50 p.m., he saw that the rear passenger window was broken and his GPS, camera and inverter had been removed.

A 77-year-old man told police that his car was broken into after he parked it in front of 302 East 19th Street last Wednesday at 5 p.m. When he returned to the car at 7:30 p.m. the same day, he found that the rear driver’s side window was broken and his cell phone, radio and parking permit were missing.

DRUNK DRIVER’ IN PARKED CAR ARRESTED

Police arrested 33-year-old Hamlet Perez for intoxicated driving  at 4:20 a.m. last Sunday. A homeless man told police that he saw Perez passed out and unresponsive at the wheel of his car, which was parked in front of 270 Park Avenue South. The fire department and EMS knocked on his car window for 20 minutes, trying to wake him up. Police said that Perez was passed out in the car with the engine still running with his foot on the brake. He was removed from the vehicle and allegedly had slurred speech, a heavy odor of alcohol on his breath and poor coordination. He refused a Breathalyzer test at the scene.

MAN ARRESTED FOR BROKEN NOSE AT GANSEVOORT HOTEL

Police arrested 22-year-old Samuel Hodgkinson for assault at the Gansevoort Hotel Bar inside 420 Park Avenue South last Wednesday at 12:20 a.m. A 26-year-old man said that Hodgkinson allegedly head-butted him in the face, causing his nose to break.

‘DRUNK DRIVER’ ARRESTED ON FIFTH AVE.

Twenty-three-year-old Shahbaaz Virk was arrested in front of 225 Fifth Avenue for intoxicated driving last Wednesday at 6:33 a.m. An officer saw Virk allegedly cut across lanes of traffic on Fifth Avenue from west to east, took a U-turn on Fifth Avenue going north in the southbound lane and then attempted to parallel park. When the officer stopped the car, Virk allegedly had a slight smell of alcohol on him and blew a .124 percent on a Breathalyzer test.

CAR STOLEN ON AVENUE C

A 56-year-old resident of Peter Cooper Village reported that his car was stolen after he parked it in front of 256 Avenue C on December 23 at 5 p.m. He told police that he parked the car in a legal spot and when he went to check on it at 10:30 a.m. the next day, it was missing. He checked the tow pound and the city marshal’s office and was unable to locate the vehicle.

PHONE THEFT AT EAST 15TH ST. HIGH SCHOOL

A 17-year-old student of the High School for Health Professions and Human Services at 345 East 15th Street reported that her phone was stolen on December 18 at 11:30 a.m. She told police that she went to the restroom and when he returned, found that her backpack was open and her Blackberry Curve was missing.

PHONE STOLEN AT KAMBI RAMEN HOUSE

A 27-year-old woman reported that her phone was stolen while she was eating in Kambi Ramen House at 351 East 14th Street last Saturday at 5:37 p.m. She told police that she put her iPhone 5 on the counter in front of her and a few minutes later after she had been looking at the menu, noticed that her phone was gone. She didn’t see anyone take it and there was no video surveillance available.

WOMAN ROBBED ON BROADWAY

A 23-year-old woman reported last Wednesday that her wallet and cell phone were stolen on December 20 at 5 p.m. while she was on Broadway between West 28th and 29th Streets. She told police that while she was walking to the subway, the wallet and iPhone 5S were removed from off of the stroller in which she was pushing her son. She didn’t feel like she was bumped or jostled and she attempted to use the “Find My iPhone” app but the phone was turned off. Her wallet contained $550 in cash, her Social Security card, MetroCards and a money order.