Police Watch: Bust for burglary on E. 23rd St., senior charged with selling pot at Union Square

‘BURGLAR’ NABBED ON EAST 23RD
Fifty-year-old Robert Jones was arrested for burglary inside 145 East 23rd Street last Friday at 7:29 a.m. Jones allegedly entered the victim’s apartment on East 23rd Street without permission and took a watch and wallet, which contained $190 and credit cards.

THEFT AT WEST 26TH ST. OFFICE
Cesar Bernacet, 44, was arrested at the 13th Precinct last Tuesday at 12:56 p.m. for burglary. Police said that Bernacet had entered the offices of Trigger Media at 135 West 26th Street last Sunday and swiped seven laptops and tablets, and also caused damage to the fire door.

MAN BUSTED FOR ASSAULT
Police arrested Nathaniel Roberts, 31, for assault at Lexington Avenue and East 25th Street last Tuesday at 4:25 p.m. The victim said that he got into a fight with Roberts, who allegedly punched the victim in the face and bit him on the shoulder, causing visible bite marks. Police said that Roberts resisted arrest by pushing the officer and flailing his arms, refusing to be handcuffed. Roberts also allegedly kicked the window of the police van, causing $250 worth of damage and was in possession of two ziploc bags of marijuana, police said.

MAN ARRESTED FOR FALSE THEFT REPORT
Police arrested 52-year-old Jeffery Vascimini for perjury at the Union Square subway station last Tuesday at 3:45 p.m. Vascimini had previously told police that he was on a downtown 6 train at the 23rd Street station when a man snatched his bag. He reported that one man had asked him what time it was and then as the train doors closed, a second man grabbed his bag, which contained nine bottles of medication. Upon further investigation, police found that he had also falsely reported the same crime in a different precinct.

FIGHT ON SECOND AVENUE
Police arrested 21-year-old Destiny Baez for assault last Wednesday at 4:53 p.m. in front of 250 Second Avenue. Baez got into an argument with the victim and the fight escalated, after which Baez allegedly scratched the victim on the forearm, leaving a visible cut.

MAN BUSTED FOR ASSAULT
Stanley Mui, 29, was arrested for assault at the northeast corner of Fifth Avenue and East 14th Street last Wednesday at 9:54 p.m. Mui allegedly punched a man in the face, causing pain and redness to the left side of his jaw.

‘PERV’ ARRESTED AT UNION SQUARE
Police arrested 38-year-old Adel Ismail for sexual abuse in the Union Square subway station last Thursday at 9:05 a.m. Ismail was allegedly rubbing his groin area against a woman’s buttocks while on a downtown 4 train. The victim told police she tried to get away from him but he wouldn’t leave her alone. “When I first entered the train, this guy seemed a little too close,” she said. “He rubbed up against my butt so I automatically moved away. He kept bumping into me so I kept trying to move away. He made me feel very uncomfortable. He tried to move any way so that he would be touching me.”

SKATEBOARDER ARRESTED IN UNION SQUARE 
Thirty-year-old Naoki Aimoto was arrested for violating New York State laws in the Union Square subway station on Tuesday at 4:05 a.m. Aimoto was allegedly riding a skateboard erratically in the mezzanine area of the subway, which police said caused a dangerous and hazardous condition for the public and was in violation of transit rules.

ASSAULT AT GOOD SHEPHERD SERVICES
A 17-year-old girl was arrested for assault inside the Good Shepherd Services facility and home for girls at 337 East 17th Street last Friday at 7:26 a.m. She got into a fight with another girl, police said, pulling her hair and scratching the right side of her neck, causing pain and visible injury.

SENIOR ARRESTED FOR SELLING POT 
Police arrested 70-year-old Frederick Spruill at Union Square West and East 14th Street for the sale of marijuana last Friday at 6:15 p.m. Spruill was allegedly working together with another man, 36-year-old Darrell Henderson, and they sold a small quantity to an undercover officer, police said. Henderson was also arrested.

TWO BUSTED IN METHADONE SALE ON LEX
Police arrested two people in connection with a drug deal in front of 23 Lexington Avenue last Saturday at 7:55 a.m. Johnie Lonardo, 57, was arrested for allegedly selling methadone to 47-year-old Orlando Martinez, who was then arrested for possession of a controlled substance.

DWI ARREST NEAR UNION SQUARE
Police arrested 31-year-old Bassam Richard for intoxicated driving at Union Square West and East 16th Street last Sunday at 4:01 a.m. Richard was involved in a car accident at the location which resulted in property damage and on the scene, he allegedly had a strong odor of alcohol on him, as well as watery eyes, a flushed face and was unsteady on his feet.

NINE ARRESTED IN PROTEST ON THIRD AVENUE
Police arrested 23-year-old Julia Salazar for criminal last Monday at 11:20 a.m. Police said that Salazar was protesting with eight other demonstrators, who entered a government building on Third Avenue and sat down in front of the desk at the lobby. They were ordered to leave by the building’s head of security and they were warned that they would be arrested if they did not leave the building, and Salazar and the other protestors allegedly refused.
The exact location of the protest is unclear, as the report notes that Salazar originally entered 633 Third Avenue, home to an office of the governor, but was arrested at 333 Third Avenue.

WEAPON BUST AT UNION SQUARE
Police arrested 23-year-old Zaid Aftisse for possession of a weapon at the Union Square subway station last Thursday at 10:45 a.m. Aftisse allegedly left an Eighth Avenue-bound L train with a black metal clip attached to the front right side of his pants pocket. Upon further investigation, police found that it was a gravity knife.

PLAYGROUND SLEEPER ARRESTED
Police arrested 33-year-old Michael Crayton for violating New York State laws in Murphy’s Brothers playground at East 17th Street and Avenue C last Monday at 9 a.m. Crayton was allegedly lying down on a bench and sleeping inside the playground without the accompaniment of a child, in violation of park rules and regulations. A sign at the entrance of the park states that says adults must be accompanied by a child inside the park.

MAN ARRESTED FOR KICKING CAB
Twenty-four-year-old Abdoulaye Sow was arrested for criminal mischief in front of 230 Fifth Avenue last Saturday at 5:04 a.m. Sow got into an argument with passengers in a nearby cab and he allegedly kicked the cab forcefully a number of times, causing damage to the side of the car.

BUSTED ON BROADWAY FOR FAKE VERSACE
Police arrested 34-year-old Sanjay Nakarmi for forgery in front of 1201 Broadway last Tuesday at 7:29 a.m. Nakarmi was allegedly selling costume jewelry that had counterfeit trademarks for Versace.

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Police Watch: Burglar hits Immaculate Conception Church, Former Beth Israel doctor sentenced

Compiled by Maria Rocha-Buschel

BURGLAR HITS IMMACULATE CONCEPTION CHURCH
Police are looking for a burglar who stole $11,000 in cash from the rectory at Immaculate Conception Church. The man entered the church at 414 East 14th Street on Sunday at 1:15 p.m. and then went into a bedroom located on the third floor rectory where he took the money from a nightstand, cops said. He is described as a light skinned man who was wearing a black baseball hat, brown shorts, white sneakers and a red t-shirt. Anyone with information about the burglary is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at (800) 577-TIPS. The public can also submit tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers Website at nypdcrimestoppers.com or texting TIP577 and their tips to 274637(CRIMES).

FORMER BETH ISRAEL DOCTOR CONVICTED
Lawrence Levitan, 58, was sentenced to six months of jail time and 1,000 hours of community service this past Tuesday. The former Beth Israel Medical Center ob-gyn pleaded guilty to grand larceny in the third degree this past February. At trial, he admitted to stealing $268,000 from the hospital by diverting insurance checks and cheating on his taxes.

CRAIGSLIST-SCAMMED IN COFFEE SHOP
Police arrested 24-year-old Dequaan Brown for a robbery inside the restaurant Coffee Shop at 29 Union Square West last Saturday at 2 p.m. A 26-year-old man told police that he was meeting Brown to buy a Galaxy 5 phone from him. He originally spoke to someone named Carlos that he found through Craigslist. They had agreed to meet in Union Square for the transaction but Carlos then called the victim at 1:45 p.m. and told him that he wouldn’t be able to make it but that his partner Dequaan would meet him instead. The victim told Carlos that he would wait for Dequaan in the Coffee Shop near the park. A few minutes later, the victim got a text from Brown asking for the location of the restaurant. When he arrived, he asked the victim if he had the money for the phone and after the victim gave him $400 in cash, Brown allegedly said, “I have a gun in my duffel bag. Don’t chase me.” He then walked out of the restaurant calmly and the victim followed him to the train station. They both ended up on a downtown Q train and the victim then asked the conductor to stop the train. The conductor stopped the train at Canal Street and the train doors opened, giving Brown the opportunity to run again. He allegedly attempted to flee but ran into two officers from the First Precinct. The victim told the police, “That’s the guy,” and Brown was arrested and brought back to the 13th Precinct.

NEIGHBOR HARASSMENT IN 19 STUY OVAL
A resident of 19 Stuyvesant Oval reported last Monday at 3:38 p.m. that she has been continually harassed by a neighbor in her building. She told police that she received two text messages from him and she was alarmed by the messages because they made no sense and were sexually explicit. She said that she ran into him on the street at East 18th Street and First Avenue. He started talking to her and made no sense, saying that she was yelling when she wasn’t and he told her, “You’re just another Jew.” The victim was alarmed by the incident and said anything else happens, she said that she wants to file an order of protection.

KNIFE PULLED AT WATERSIDE PLAZA
Police arrested 60-year-old Angel Fuentes for menacing inside 40 Waterside Plaza last Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. Police responded to the scene and a 55-year-old man told them that Fuentes allegedly came out of his apartment, displaying a kitchen knife and menaced him with it. At that point, the victim called the police and then met them in the lobby. Fuentes wasn’t in his apartment by the time police came but after conducting a canvass, they found him in the front of the building. He was also allegedly in possession of a small bag of marijuana.

‘PERVS’ NABBED IN UNION SQUARE
Police arrested two men for unlawful surveillance at the Union Square subway station last week. Thirty-seven-year-old Marquis Traynham was arrested last Thursday at 8:55 a.m. Traynham allegedly put an electronic recording device under the skirt of multiple women on a downtown 6 train and the subway stairs while the women were leaving the station. Police arrested 35-year-old Jose Quezada Veloz last Friday at 6:39 p.m. Veloz was seen standing directly under the right side of the stairs leading to the downtown 4/5/6 platform and he was allegedly looking up the skirts of women going up and down the stairs and also had his cell phone in video mode pointed directly under a woman’s skirt with the lens facing up.

HIT-AND-RUN ON EAST 23RD
A 48-year-old man reported that he was involved in a car accident opposite 400 East 23rd Street last Thursday at 10:05 a.m. He told police that he was driving west on East 23rd Street when a woman in a white sedan struck his car, causing him to hit a parked car. She then fled the scene west and onto First Avenue. There were no injuries and no arrests were made.

MOTORCYCLE STOLEN ON EAST 14TH
A 24-year-old man reported that his motorcycle was stolen after he parked it in front of 655 East 14th Street at midnight last Wednesday. He told police that he parked the bike there and when he went to retrieve it later on Wednesday, the bike was gone. The tow pound had no record of the bike being towed and Stuy Town security said that their cameras don’t face the area where the bike was removed from.

BAG STOLEN IN STUYVESANT SQUARE PARK
A 13-year-old boy reported that his bag while he was in Stuyvesant Square Park at the northeast corner of Perlman Place and East 15th Street last Friday at 2:45 p.m. He told police that he put his bag on a bench and walked around the park. When he went back to the bench, his bag, which contained his iPhone, Nintendo 3DS, a Pokemon game and school supplies, was gone.

FOUR NABBED IN BRAWL OUTSIDE STUY TOWN
Police arrested 42-year-old Christopher Todd, 39-year-old Anika Reynolds, 33-year-old Eric Gersbeck and another individual for assault in front of 647 East 14th Street last Thursday at 8:34 a.m. The four allegedly got into a fight in front of Stuyvesant Town. All of them sustained minor scratches and refused medical attention at the scene.

CYCLIST KICKED ON SECOND AVENUE
A 22-year-old cyclist reported that he was assaulted while he was riding his bike at the northeast corner of Second Avenue and East 15th Street last Thursday at 7 p.m. He told police that he was riding his bike and an unknown person kicked him, causing him to fall off the bike and cause minor bleeding due to a cut on his knee. The person then fled in an unknown direction and no arrests have been made.

IPHONE STOLEN FROM FARMER’S MARKET
A 22-year-old woman reported that her iPhone was stolen while she was in Union Square Park at East 17th Street last Saturday at 5 p.m. She told police that she was working at the farmer’s market and left her cell phone on a table unattended while she went to the bathroom and when she returned, her phone was missing. She said that she tracked the phone and it was located at First Avenue and St. Mark’s Place.

CYCLIST HIT-AND-RUN BY CABBIE
A 44-year-old man reported that he was involved in an accident while he was on his bike in front of 160 West 25th Street last Thursday at 7:30 p.m. He told police that he was riding his bike at the location when a taxi hit his bike from the rear. The victim then fell off his bike and got a bruise on his head and hand, and he also complained of back pain. The taxi fled the scene and a canvass was conducted of the area with negative results. The victim could only remember that it was a taxi that hit him and had no other information.

IPHONE STOLEN AT STUY TOWN PARTY
An 18-year-old woman reported that her phone was stolen while she was inside 330 First Avenue on Saturday, May 17 at 11:59 p.m. She told police that she had left the phone inside the apartment while there for a friend’s party and when she went back to retrieve the phone, it was missing. The phone was tracked through “Find my iPhone” to a location in Brooklyn.

MAN BUSTED FOR KNIFE AT FIRST AVE L
Police arrested 28-year-old Nicholas Kleoudis for criminal possession of a weapon last Saturday at 11:28 p.m. at the First Avenue L station. Kleoudis allegedly had a black metal clip attached to his front right pants pocket and upon further investigation, it was determined to be a gravity knife, police said.

ARREST MADE FOR ‘POT’ POSSESSION
Police arrested 29-year-old Anthony Womack for unlawful possession of marijuana last Saturday at 4:20 p.m. in the Union Square station. Womack was sitting on the steps in the station, blocking passenger movement. When asked, he had no form of identification to give the police and a bag of alleged marijuana was recovered from his left front pants pocket.

NO ARRESTS IN EAST 15TH ST. TAUNTING
A 41-year-old woman reported that she was harassed at the northeast corner of East 15th Street and the FDR on Sunday, May 18 at 4:30 p.m. She told police that someone approached her, pulled her hair and then ran away. When she confronted him, he told her, “We were playing a game.”