Letters to the editor, Jan. 11

Cartoon by Jim Meadows

Bafflement and expectation

In his Subway Bomb Suspect’s Mysterious Act of Mercy, New York Times, December 19, 2017, Mr. Jeffrey Gettleman recorded, though he did not quote, Akayed Ullah’s reason for his pipe-bomb action on December 11, 2017, at New York’s Port Authority.

Quoting Mr. Ullah’s mother-in-law, Mr. Gettleman recorded that when Mr. Ullah returned from Bangladesh “he was so upset… those people were living in hell each and every minute.”  Additionally, according to Mr. Gettleman, from his bed in Bellevue, Mr. Ullah said that he built and detonated his device “inspired online by the Islamic State to strike against the United States for its policies in the Muslim world.”

Yet in his article, Mr. Gettleman apparently wanted to firm-up his own view that the truth of what Ullah said about himself had to survive the views of others. So he introduces the conflicting opinions of those who are tangentially acquainted with Mr. Ullah, sets aside Ullah’s own words, and gives the reader the inevitable self-produced baffle: why did he really do it!?!

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Police Watch: Seniors arrested for fight, Man arrested for gym ‘thefts’

SENIORS ARRESTED FOR FIGHT ON IRVING PLACE
Police arrested two people involved in a fight in front of 76 Irving Place last Monday at 10:43 p.m. Seventy-year-old Helene Boss and 63-year-old Meryl Modica were both charged with assault and Modica was also charged with criminal mischief. Boss allegedly punched Boss in the head and face and police said that Modica punched Boss in the face, breaking her glasses and causing pain to her left eye.

MAN ARRESTED FOR DRUG CONSPIRACY
Police arrested 48-year-old Pedro Vazquez at the 30th Street Men’s Shelter at 400 East 30th Street last Monday, charging with conspiracy to distribute narcotics. He was transported to the courthouse at 500 Pearl Street and will be prosecuted by the Southern District of New York.

MAN ARRESTED FOR ‘DRUG DEAL’ NEAR SCHOOL
Fifty-year-old Dwayne Dixon was arrested for sale on school grounds in front of 336 East 15th Street last Friday at 5:06 p.m. Police said that Dixon sold a quantity of a controlled substance to an undercover officer in exchange for cash. He was also allegedly in possession of brass knuckles and police said that the sale took place within a thousand feet of PS 226. Dixon was also charged with sale of a controlled substance and possession of a weapon.

TEEN CAUSES $800 IN DAMAGE
Police arrested a teenager for criminal mischief last Monday at 10:21 p.m. in front of 333 East 14th Street. The super of the building told police that the boy was seen punching and kicking the glass on the main door of the building, between First and Second Avenues, causing about $800 in damage. The super also has video of the incident.
The teen attends MS 421 at 150 West 105th Street and his name is being withheld due to his age.

MAN BUSTED FOR GYM LOCKER ‘THEFTS’
Police arrested 24-year-old Kelvin Lewis at the 13th precinct for thefts from lockers inside fitness studios last week. On two separate occasions, Lewis allegedly went into a victim’s locker, once in a gym and a second time in a yoga studio, and took property, including a cell phone, a wallet and $60 in cash. Lewis was arrested at the 13th precinct last Wednesday at 2:37 p.m. and charged with petit larceny, possession of stolen property and burglary in connection with the incidents.

X-MEN ‘VENDOR’ NABBED FOR LACK OF LICENSE
Fifty-year-old Deverger Vance was arrested in front of 727 Sixth Avenue last Wednesday at 3 p.m. for an unclassified misdemeanor of New York State Laws. Vance was allegedly trying to sell more than three X-Men action figures without an appropriate license.

SALESMAN PEDDLED ‘COUNTERFEIT’ SAMSUNG GALAXY PHONES
Police arrested 55-year-old Kelvin Dunbar for fraudulent accosting and unlawful peddling in front of 51 West 23rd Street last Wednesday at 3:04 p.m. Dunbar was allegedly trying to sell new Samsung Galaxy phones to pedestrians for $200 each. Police said that the phones are counterfeit and that Dunbar intended to defraud passersby of their money. He allegedly did not have a vendor’s license.

VENDOR ARRESTED FOR ‘FAKE’ BALENCIAGA
Police arrested 66-year-old Daisik Park for forgery in front of 122 West 27th Street last Thursday at 12:45 p.m. Police said that Park was offering for sale 10 handbags that bore a counterfeit trademark for Balenciaga.

MAN BUSTED FOR ‘FRAUDULENT’ CHECKS
Twenty-one-year-old Terrence Buggs was arrested for grand larceny inside the 13th Precinct last Thursday at 5:30 p.m. Buggs allegedly cashed two fraudulent checks totaling $1,406.44 at a Santander Bank. After he was read his Miranda rights, police said that he admitted that he cashed the checks and he can allegedly be seen cashing the checks on surveillance video.

WOULD-BE BIKE ‘THIEF’ BUSTED
Police arrested 54-year-old Dane Clark for burglar’s tools in front of 61 West 23rd Street last Friday at 11:32 p.m. Clark was allegedly casing several bicycles in an attempt to steal them and police said that he put the tools alongside a bicycle in an attempt to break the lock. He was allegedly in possession of additional burglar’s tools and alleged heroin. Clark was also charged with petit larceny and possession of a controlled substance.

‘VIOLENT’ MAN ARRESTED AT STRAUS HOUSES
Police arrested 25-year-old Andrew White inside the Straus Houses at 344 East 28th Street last Saturday at 3:41 a.m. White was charged with resisting arrest, criminal mischief and harassment. Police said that he became irate in the lobby of the building and proceeded to swing his arms violently. He allegedly threw the victim’s property to the ground.
A NYCHA employee told police that he then dialed 911 on his work phone to report the incident when White allegedly grabbed the phone out of his hands and threw it against the wall, causing it to break. Police said that White flailed his arms and grabbed a fence, refusing to comply with a lawful order and place his hands behind his back so that the officer could arrest him.

CLINTON ‘TRESPASSER’ LEAVES BLOODY TRAIL
Forty-year-old Evan Whitney was arrested inside Bellevue Hospital at 462 First Avenue last Saturday at 9:52 p.m. for criminal mischief and criminal trespass at another location. The building superintendent of the Clinton Housing Development at 403 West 40th Street told police that he saw a bag of clothing fall from the roof, after which Whitney allegedly climbed down the fire escape into the backyard. After he went into the backyard, the super saw that the back basement window had been broken in addition to the front door window, and there was a large metal object with fresh blood, which was also outside the door and down the sidewalk. Whitney allegedly left some of his personal belongings on the roof, including a bus ticket with his name on it. Police said that Whitney was seen at Port Authority, bleeding from the arm, and an ambulance brought him to Bellevue, where he was arrested.

BUSTED FOR SLEEPING IN BOXES
Police arrested 54-year-old Jeffrey Matthews for an unclassified violation of state laws at the corner of Park Avenue South and East 18th Street last Saturday at 5:09 a.m. Matthews was allegedly sleeping inside five cardboard boxes on the sidewalk, in violation of New York State laws. He was offered homeless services but police said that he refused.

MAN BUSTED FOR ‘COUNTERFEIT’ CASH
Police arrested 25-year-old Thanakar Kolimas for forgery last Monday at 8:14 p.m. inside the Burlington Coat Factory at 707 Sixth Avenue. Police said that Kolimas attempted to purchase items from the store using counterfeit money. He was allegedly in possession of a counterfeit $100 bill.

MAN BUSTED FOR ‘SHOPLIFTING’
Police arrested 35-year-old Derek Waisome for grand larceny and petit larceny inside the 13th Precinct last Friday at 12:25 a.m. Police said that Waisome took property from a store and tried to leave without paying. The property, which wasn’t specified nor was the business, was allegedly valued at $9,949.