Police Watch: Camera pervs, groping and pick-pocketing arrests at Union Square subway

Compiled by Maria Rocha-Buschel

CAMERA ‘PERVS’ BUSTED AT UNION SQUARE
Police arrested two men for “obscene material” in unrelated incidents at Union Square station last week. Rubio Patricio-Palaguachi, 37, was arrested last Tuesday at 2 p.m. Patricio-Palaguachi was allegedly walking directly behind a woman with his Samsung Galaxy phone camera lens facing upward under her dress and while she was walking up the stairs out of the station, recording her underwear as she walked. She told police that she did not know him and did not give him permission to film her.
Oscar Torres, 31, was arrested last Sunday at 4:35 p.m. Torres allegedly placed a recording device under the skirt of a girl as she was walking up the stairs out of the station.

‘GROPER’ NABBED IN UNION SQUARE
Police arrested Carlos Hernandez Saavedra, 50, arrested for groping a woman at the Union Square subway station last Friday at 5:45 p.m. Hernandez Saavedra was allegedly touching and rubbing a woman’s butt while on the train without her permission.

MAN BUSTED FOR SNATCHING WALLET
Police arrested 50-year-old James Davis in Union Square for grand larceny last Monday at 10:40 a.m. Davis allegedly reached into a woman’s purse while on an Eighth Avenue-bound L train and removed her wallet. Police said that he used a dry cleaning bag with a pink shirt to cover his left arm while removing the wallet. He allegedly fled onto a downtown express train to avoid being arrested. Police arrested him on the 4/5/6 platform and he was allegedly in possession of a Samsung Galaxy phone and two MetroCards that belonged to someone else.

PHONE SNATCHER NABBED IN UNION SQUARE
Thirty-two-year-old Billy Decaneo was arrested for grand larceny at Union Square East and East 14th Street last Tuesday at 7:41 a.m. The victim said that he was sitting in Union Square Park on the steps by the fountain. He had his bag on his lap and was looking for his wallet when Decaneo allegedly reached into the bag and took his cell phone with charger attached. The victim alerted a nearby officer and the victim’s phone was in Decaneo’s hand when he was arrested, police said.

ARREST FOR PHONY MUGGING STORY
Police arrested 27-year-old Jennifer Fleischer arrested for perjury last Wednesday at 3:20 p.m. at the Union Square subway station. Fleischer allegedly told police that while she was getting off an uptown M train at the Broadway-Lafayette station, an unknown black man mugged her and stole her purse, containing her MetroCard and $20 in cash. Upon further investigation, she recanted her story, allegedly saying that she made it up as an excuse to not go to work and that her property was in the garbage.

MAN ADMITS HAVING GUN
Police arrested 27-year-old Bobby Robinson for weapons possession inside the 13th precinct at 230 East 21st Street last Sunday at 12:30 a.m. Police said that Robinson freely walked up to an officer, while not in custody, and spontaneously said, “that’s my car and I left a gun in the trunk.” A handgun was recovered from the car.


‘DRUNK DRIVER’ AT THIRD AND EAST 15TH
Police arrested 40-year-old William Mack arrested for intoxicated driving last Tuesday at 2:53 a.m. at Third Avenue and East 15th Street. Police saw him swerving in traffic and he allegedly had a smell of alcohol on his breath when police stopped him. He blew a .157 on a Breathalyzer, police said.

MAN GRABS AND ‘THREATENS’ WOMAN
Police arrested 29-year-old Kevin Newton arrested for criminal mischief in front of 717 Sixth Avenue last Tuesday at 1:50 a.m. The victim told police that she was walking on the sidewalk when she felt Newton grab her wrist. She pulled free and began to walk away from him but he allegedly followed her for about two blocks and began to verbally threaten her. She attempted to call 911 when he smacked the phone from her hand, causing the glass screen to shatter, police said. She also told police that he spit in her face.

BIKE ‘BURGLAR’ BUSTED ON WEST 25TH
Police arrested 54-year-old Lindsay Thomas arrested for possession of burglar’s tools last Wednesday at 1:45 p.m. in front of 40 West 25th Street. Thomas was walking east with two other unknown men when they were seen stopping at a Citibike rack. The first unknown man pointed at the rack while the second unknown man was seen attempting to remove the bike by pulling on the tire. The men then fled in unknown directions and when police stopped Thomas, he was allegedly in possession of burglar’s tools.

SUBWAY BUSKER BUSTED FOR FORGERY
Claudio Soto, 32, was arrested for forgery last Wednesday 6:25 p.m. inside the Union Square station. Soto was allegedly playing an electric guitar with an amplification device on the L platform in violation of transit rules. When asked to produce identification, he gave a forged US permanent resident card and forged Chilean driver’s license

MAN ARRESTED FOR KICKING DOOR
Police arrested 22-year-old Vincent Florido for criminal mischief last Thursday at 12:45 a.m. in front of Friend of a Farmer at 77 Irving Place. Florido allegedly damaged the front lobby door by kicking the glass intentionally.

ATTEMPTED BIKE ‘THIEF’ BUSTED
Police arrested 19-year-old Anthony Barahona for possession of burglar’s tools in front of 10 Union Square East last Thursday at 2:20 p.m. Barahona was allegedly using wirecutters to open a bicycle lock which didn’t belong to him. Police said that he was in possession of another pair of wirecutters, which were in his backpack.

MAN ARRESTED FOR POT
Ibrahima Jalloh, 23, was arrested for marijuana possession last Wednesday at 6:23 p.m. at Broadway and West 28th Street. Police said he had it in plain view on a public sidewalk.

TEEN RIDING BIKE ON SIDEWALK ARRESTED FOR BRASS KNUCKLES
Police arrested a 17-year-old for weapons possession at West 23rd Street and Seventh Avenue last Monday at 5:35 p.m. Miller was allegedly riding a black bicycle recklessly on the sidewalk of Seventh Avenue, causing about 15 people to move out of the way. He was also in possession of brass knuckles in his left shorts pocket, police said.

MAN HIT OVER THE HEAD WITH BOTTLE
James Quinn, 23, was arrested for assault last Saturday at 3:34 p.m. in front of 101 West 25th Street. Quinn got into an argument with the victim and allegedly hit him over the head with a bottle.

TEENS ACROBATS ARRESTED
Police arrested two teens for reckless endangerment last Saturday at 8:10 p.m. at the Union Square subway station. A 16-year-old and 18-year-old Kyle Solomon were allegedly working together, dancing and somersaulting on a crowded L train, causing a hazard to themselves and others, police said. The name of the 16-year-old is being withheld due to his age.

MAN ARRESTED FOR SELLING ‘LOOSIE’
Police arrested 38-year-old Udo Onua for violating tax law at East 14th Street and Union Square West last Thursday at 9:28 a.m. Onua was allegedly selling loose Newport cigarettes from a carton with an Ohio stamp in exchange for cash.

‘DRUNK DRIVER’ BUSTED ON SECOND AVENUE
Police arrested Victor Assante, 44, for intoxicated driving in front of 531 Second Avenue last Friday at 3:01 a.m. Assante was driving north on Third Avenue and then east on East 29th Street and while driving on Third Avenue, he was allegedly swerving back and forth between the far right lane and the middle of the road. He was stopped near East 29th Street because he allegedly didn’t signal when he turned and police said that he had a strong odor of alcohol on his breathe, watery, bloodshot eyes, slurred speech and was unsteady on his feet.

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Police Watch: ‘Flasher’ nabbed outside Peter Cooper Village, Female McDonald’s employee punched

Compiled by Maria Rocha-Buschel

‘FLASHER’ NABBED OUTSIDE PETER COOPER
Police arrested 54-year-old Paul Stuard on Sunday after he allegedly exposed himself to a woman at the northeast corner of East 20th Street and First Avenue. This was at around 5 p.m. as the woman was on her way to the subway. Police found Stuard at 5:10 p.m. in front of 530 East 23rd Street and arrested him for public lewdness.

‘DRUNK’ DRIVER NABBED ON EAST 14TH
Forty-year-old Raphael Brunn was arrested for intoxicated driving in front of 325 East 14th Street last Tuesday at 11:24 p.m. Brunn was behind the wheel of a car and was traveling west on East 14th Street with a defective brake light. Brunn had bloodshot watery eyes when police approached the vehicle and a strong odor of alcohol on his breath, police said. He allegedly told police that he had only had one beer and was coming from Cien Fuegos. He blew a .14 at the scene, police said.

7-ELEVEN ON SIXTH AVE. ROBBED
Police arrested 18-year-old Wamisho Dimore and 30-year-old Wanda Ceballo for robbery inside the 7-Eleven at Sixth Avenue and West 15th Street last Tuesday at 11:46 p.m. Ceballo and Dimore were allegedly working together to swipe cookies and Red Bull and according to police, got physically forceful with a store employee while doing it.

CABBIE AND CYCLIST ARRESTED ON FIRST AVE.
A cab driver and bicyclist were arrested for getting in a fight at East 16th Street and First Avenue last Wednesday at 10:51 a.m. Cab driver Ulugbek Radzhabov, 32, and Qasim Warraich, 19, were busted for criminal mischief after they got into an accident and started arguing. Radzhabov allegedly kicked Warraich’s bike, causing damage to the rear wheel, and Warraich kicked the cab’s side view mirror, causing damage, police said.

COP THREATENED ON SECOND AVE.
Fifty-seven-year-old Johnie Lonardo was arrested for menacing in front of 492 Second Avenue last Thursday at 9:01 a.m. Lonardo allegedly followed an undercover officer and made verbal threats, saying, “I am going to take your life,” while reaching into his waistband.

MAN ARRESTED FOR ‘ASSAULTING’ OFFICER
Twenty-two-year-old Gary Williams was arrested for assault of a peace officer at Union Square West and East 15th Street last Friday at 5:28 a.m. Williams was inside Union Square Park when the park was still closed. He was playing a drum when an officer approached him and when the officer tried to arrest him, Williams allegedly flailed his arms and kicked his leg in order to avoid being handcuffed. When the officer attempted to handcuff him again, Williams pushed the officer, causing both of them to fall to the ground and the officer to dislocate his finger, police said.

FEMALE MCDONALD’S EMPLOYEE PUNCHED
Police arrested 23-year-old Nicholas Melendez for assault inside the McDonald’s at 39 Union Square West last Friday at 7:54 a.m. A McDonald’s employee said that she asked Melendez to leave because he was sleeping in the restaurant and didn’t buy anything. But instead of leaving, Melendez began arguing with her and then punched her in the face and slapped her, the victim said.

ADMITTED ASSAULT ON IRVING PLACE
Thirty-one-year-old Skevos Alachouzos was arrested for assault at Irving Place and East 19th Street last Friday at 5 p.m. Alachouzos allegedly told police that he punched a man in the face after getting out of his car.

‘DRUNK’ DRIVER BUSTED
Police arrested David Barbera, 25, for intoxicated driving in front of the Think Coffee at 568 Sixth Avenue last Saturday at 4 a.m. Police saw Barbera driving East on West 14th Street and he allegedly made a sharp left turn around another vehicle, causing the wheels to shriek. When he was stopped, he had an odor of alcohol on his breath and a flushed red face, police said. He allegedly blew a .097 on a Breathalyzer at the scene.

WOMAN ARRESTED FOR KNIFE
Yunet Bosch, 24, was arrested for weapons possession last Sunday at 12:53 a.m. inside the First Avenue L station. Bosch was allegedly inside the station wearing a black metal clip and the top part of a knife showing on her front right pants’ pocket. She allegedly told police that she uses the knife for protection and she has multiple prior convictions.

‘FARE-SKIPPER’ BUSTED
Police arrested 25-year-old Michael Parsons for theft of services last Monday at 12:33 a.m. in front of 235 East 20th Street. Parsons entered a cab at West 42nd Street and Ninth Avenue and requested to go to East 38th Street and Lexington Avenue. When the driver requested payment, Parsons’ card was allegedly declined four times. The driver then brought him to the precinct, where he was given the opportunity to call a friend but he declined. He also was allowed to call Chase Preferred Members to ensure that his card was valid, which it was not, police said.

‘SHOPLIFTING’ TEEN BUSTED IN MERCEDES
Police arrested a 17-year-old girl for grand larceny last Thursday at 4:50 p.m. in front of the Nike store at 156 Fifth Avenue. One of the store employees approached the girl and asked her if she needed help. She said that she didn’t and then asked if the door she was standing near was an exit. The employee then noticed that she had something in her shopping bag so he asked if he could ring it up for her, but she allegedly continued to walk off and then fled west on West 20th Street. When police arrived, the employee told them that she was in a green Mercedes Benz up the block and after searching with the employee, the girl was arrested.

MAN ARRESTED FOR ‘THREATENING’ LETTER
Police arrested 53-year-old Kevin McGlynn for menacing last Thursday inside the 13th Precinct at 6 p.m. McGlynn allegedly hand-delivered threatening letters to the victim, who feared for his physical health and safety.

IDENTITY ‘THIEF’ BUSTED
Police arrested 31-year-old Manuel Rivera for grand larceny in front of 717 Sixth Avenue last Wednesday at 12:59 p.m. Rivera allegedly opened a Citibank account using someone else’s information without permission and deposited an IRS check valued at $5,789 under the account. He has also made multiple withdrawals, police said. He was allegedly in possession of a forged Pennsylvania driver’s license and Citibank debit card.

‘POT’-SMOKING DRIVER ARRESTED
Thirty-two-year-old Adamou Maikarfi was arrested for possession of marijuana last Monday at 1:05 p.m. in front of 750 Sixth Avenue. Maikarfi was driving north on Sixth Avenue and police said when he made an improper turn, an officer approached the vehicle, and smelled marijuana. Maikarfi allegedly said that he had smoked earlier in the day and that he had some in the console of his car, where police found it.

MAN ARRESTED FOR SMASHING LAPTOP
Police arrested 52-year-old Vincent Lynch for criminal mischief inside an apartment building at 55 West 14th Street last Tuesday at 4:17 a.m. Lynch walked into the building and asked the doorman for a room and when Lynch was told that there were no rooms available, he allegedly took the doorman’s computer, an Apple laptop, and threw it on the ground, causing damage to the case. The doorman said that the computer was worth about $2,900.

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Police Watch, July 17

Assault suspect

Assault suspect

COP IN COMA AFTER ASSAULT
The New York City Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance in identifying and locating a man who assaulted an off-duty NYPD detective in the confines of the 13th Precinct.
Last Saturday, a 29-year-old off-duty NYPD detective was standing on the southbound 6 train platform at the 23rd Street and Park Avenue station at 6:23 p.m. when the other man punched him. The blow knocked the detective down onto the platform, where he hit his head and sustained a severe head injury. He was taken to Bellevue Hospital in critical condition. The suspect, who was accompanied by two women, fled the subway station on foot.
According to the Daily News, the detective had gotten into an argument with the man before the suspect punched him in the face. Gothamist reported on Sunday that the cop is now in a medically-induced coma.
The suspect is described as a black man in his early 40s, approximately 5’9” and 200 lbs. He is described as wearing a white T-shirt and blue jeans.

‘RECKLESS’ CYCLIST NABBED ON THIRD AVE.
Police arrested 36-year-old Shi Chen for reckless endangerment at 344 Third Avenue last Tuesday at 12:25 p.m. Chen was riding his bicycle on Third Avenue approaching East 25th Street. He was allegedly speeding and went through a steady red light. When he was going through the intersection, he almost hit a woman who was crossing the street in the crosswalk with her baby, police said.

EXPOSED ON E. 23RD ST.
After responding to a complaint from a pedestrian about man exposing himself on the sidewalk, police arrested Jason Ecnatiowicz, 33, last Tuesday, in front of the Foundry building at 310 East 23rd Street. Police said upon searching him, they found that he was allegedly in possession of a pipe with unknown drug residue and an unlabeled bottle of pills. He was arrested for alleged possession of a controlled substance, but not public lewdness.

WOMAN ARRESTED FOR ASSAULT
Twenty-six-year-old Cikizwa Nkonzombi was arrested for assault at 112 East 23rd Street last Wednesday at 1:16 p.m. The victim told police that Nkonzombi was upset about the amount of money she was being charged in lawyer fees. She allegedly became enraged and began to throw paper around and strike the victim, who sustained small scratches to his hands.

‘JOYRIDER’ NABBED ON E. 20TH
Police arrested 20-year-old Shadi Torres for grand larceny last Wednesday at 12:24 a.m. in front of 601 East 20th Street. Torres allegedly entered a utility vehicle that had been left unattended and then went joyriding, hitting three vehicles and causing damage to those vehicles and the truck that he was driving.

MAN ARRESTED FOR ‘SEX ABUSE’
Police arrested 28-year-old Duraiarasan Arivudai for sexual abuse in front of 161 West 15th Street last Monday at 6:49 p.m. The victim told police that she was walking east on the sidewalk when Arivudai ran up to her and pushed her against a UPS truck, causing her to hit her head on the truck. Arivudai also allegedly grabbed her head and tried to kiss her.

UNLICENSED ‘MASSEUSE’ BUSTED
Thirty-six-year-old Ping Du was arrested for violating New York State law in front of 101 West 25th Street last Friday at 4 p.m. Du allegedly gave a massage to an undercover officer and could not produce a valid New York State massage license when asked.

PAIR BUSTED FOR ‘POT’
Police arrested 55-year-old Mark Gaffney and 17-year-old Tairyn Rosario for possession of marijuana at 3 East 15th Street last Monday at 8:23 p.m. Gaffney and Rosario were allegedly each holding a joint in plain view on a public sidewalk.

MAN ARRESTED FOR ‘K2’
Police arrested 57-year-old Marcos Cardenas at Sixth Avenue and West 26th Street after Cardenas was seen allegedly smoking synthetic marijuana.

BAG ‘THIEF’ BAGGED
A fourteen-year-old boy was arrested for grand larceny in front of 22 East 17th Street last Wednesday at 3:15 p.m. A man told police that he had left his Under Armour bookbag under the seat unattended at McDonald’s while walking his friend out to the front. After he returned to his seat, he saw that his bag was gone. A little while later, an NYPD lieutenant saw the teen at 22 East 17th Street. The teen was looking through the bag and seemed excited that there was a laptop in it. After the teen was arrested and brought to the precinct, the victim confirmed that the bag was his. The value of his stolen property was $1,655.

MAN FOUND SLEEPING INSIDE CHASE BANK
Police arrested 46-year-old Adolphus Ward for trespassing at the Chase bank at 501 Second Avenue last Wednesday at 6:57 a.m. Ward was allegedly inside the bank’s ATM area without permission.

BIKE ‘THIEF’ BUSTED
Police arrested 45-year-old Kenneth Finch at 60 West 23rd Street last Wednesday at 2:57 p.m. for possession of burglar’s tools. Finch was allegedly cutting a lock that secured a bicycle at the above location and the victim confirmed that it was his bike. Finch was also in possession of a knife that was bigger than four inches, police said.

MAN ARRESTED FOR ‘KNIFE’
Forty-nine-year-old Gabriel Blake was arrested for weapons possession last Tuesday at 12:45 p.m. in front of 177 West 25th Street. Blake was suspiciously looking into the plastic bag that another man was carrying and he was allegedly carrying a gravity knife in public view. He also had a small gravity knife in his wallet, police said.

‘DRUNK’ DRIVER NABBED AT SIXTH AVE.
Police arrested 27-year-old Rosemary Lee for intoxicated driving at Sixth Avenue and West 26th Street last Thursday at 1:19 a.m. Lee was allegedly operating the vehicle with an obstructed license plate and when she was stopped, police found that she appeared to be driving under the influence of alcohol. She was tested at the scene with a portable Breathalyzer and recorded a level of .134.

MAN ARRESTED FOR ‘DRUGS’
Police arrested 50-year-old Garry Boake for possession of a controlled substance at Broadway and West 28th Street last Thursday at 3:45 p.m. Boake was allegedly purchasing marijuana from another unapprehended person at the corner and when police searched him, they found that he was in possession of a controlled substance.

MAN ARRESTED IN STUY COVE PARK
Police have been regularly making arrests of people sleeping or lying on benches in public parks or being in the parks after hours. Last Tuesday morning, police arrested 38-year-old Jose Orta for lying on a bench at Stuyvesant Cove Park at East 23rd Street and the East River.

WOMAN NABBED FOR IPOD ‘THEFT’
Twenty-three-year-old Emmalyn Sharf was arrested for grand larceny at 412 Third Avenue last Sunday at 5:47 a.m. Sharf allegedly swiped an iPod from someone’s pocket