Police Watch: June 22

LONG ISLAND MAN CHARGED WITH RAPES IN GRAMERCY, MURRAY HILL
Earlier this month, the Manhattan district attorney’s office announced the indictment of 31-year-old Long Island resident Cameron McDermott for allegedly raping and sexually assaulting two unconscious women at apartments in Manhattan, including one in Gramercy. McDermott was arrested for allegedly exposing himself in public in Garden City and during the investigation, police found alleged videos and photographs on McDermott’s computer and hard drives which depicted the suspect sexually assaulting an unconscious woman on eight occasions in 2010. The DA’s office said that he also recorded and photographed himself raping and sexually assaulting a second unconscious woman in an apartment on the Upper East Side on five different occasions in 2013. McDermott was charged with predatory sexual assault, rape, sexual abuse, aggravated sexual abuse and unlawful surveillance.

PAIR ARRESTED FOR ASSAULT OUTSIDE STUY TOWN
Police arrested 31-year-old Yulianna Urbas and 26-year-old Carlos Valdez for assault near Stuyvesant Town. Urbas was apprehended at Avenue C and East 18th Street and Valdez was arrested on the same block but on First Avenue. The victim said that Urbas allegedly struck him multiple times, punching him in the face and causing pain to his head and scratches to his neck. The victim said that Valdez punched him on the left side of his face.

TEEN ARRESTED FOR STOLEN PROPERTY IN STUY TOWN
Police arrested a 15-year-old boy for possession of stolen property and possession of marijuana in front of 274 First Avenue Loop last Wednesday at 10:40 p.m. Police said that the teen was in possession of the victim’s property without permission and when he was searched, he was also in possession of a glass pipe with marijuana residue. Because the suspect is a minor, no further information about the incident was available.

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Police Watch: Bank robbery near Herald Square, Man killed at East 3rd St. shelter

Robbery suspect

Robbery suspect

MAN WANTED FOR BANK ROBBERY NEAR HERALD SQUARE
Police are on the lookout for a man who robbed a bank near Herald Square, passing a note to the teller, stating “I have a gun.” The suspect breezed into the Chase bank located at 1260 Broadway near East 32nd Street on Thursday, April 28 at 3:37 p.m. He then passed a demand note and the bank teller proceed to give the suspect $760 before he fled in an unknown direction. There were no reported injuries as a result of this incident.
The suspect is described as a black man, 180 lbs. and approximately 5’7” tall. He was last seen wearing a red baseball cap, a black hooded jacket, black jeans and sunglasses. Anyone with information in regards to this robbery is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto nypdcrimestoppers.com. All calls are strictly confidential.

MAN KILLED AT EAST 3RD STREET SHELTER
Police arrested 55-year-old Edwin Hernandez for felony assault inside the Project Renewal Men’s Shelter at 8 East Third Street in connection with the death of another man at the shelter at the beginning of last month. Police said that they responded to a 911 call of a man assaulted at the shelter on Friday, April 1 around 2:10 p.m. Michael Antonicelli, a 69-year-old shelter resident, was discovered with head trauma and was transported to Beth Israel Hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries the next day. Hernandez was arrested at the scene and was charged with felony assault.

MAN BUSTED FOR LAPTOP ‘THEFT’ AT BETH ISRAEL FIVE YEARS LATER
Police arrested 47-year-old Ronald Ferguson for grand larceny last Friday at 4 p.m. for a laptop theft that took place in 2011. The victim told police that she was at Beth Israel Hospital for a medical course at the time and left her bag in a classroom while she went to the restroom. When she returned to the room, she saw Ferguson allegedly coming out of the same classroom and passed her in the hallway. The victim said that she looked at him because he seemed suspicious and the classroom had been empty prior to her going into the bathroom. When she went back to the room and looked in her bag, she saw that her laptop was missing. She said that she ran after Ferguson but he got away, running out of the hospital. No further information about the original incident or how Ferguson was caught five years later was available.

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Police Watch: Man arrested for Campos Plaza ‘murder,’ Stabbing outside W Hotel

MAN CHARGED WITH MURDER OVER CAMPOS PLAZA SHOOTING
Police arrested 23-year-old Campos Plaza resident Theodore Holloway for murder on Wednesday. Police said that Holloway shot Elliot Caldwell, 23, last Thursday around 10:44 p.m. in front of 635 East 12th Street near Avenue C. When police arrived, they found Caldwell, unconscious and unresponsive, with a gunshot wound in his back. A EMS team took him to Bellevue, but he couldn’t be saved. Local blog EV Grieve reported that Caldwell grew up in Campos Plaza and would frequently come back to visit.

STABBING OUTSIDE UNION SQUARE W HOTEL
Thirty-year-old Francisco De La Rosa was arrested for assault and weapons possession in front of 201 Park Avenue South last Wednesday at 6:05 a.m. De La Rosa allegedly stabbed the victim in the hand and stomach with a gravity knife because of an argument they were having. Police said that the victim had a cut on his right middle finger and the right side of his stomach. When police searched him, they found that De La Rosa was in possession of a gravity knife. The victim was transported to Bellevue and police said that surveillance video is available from the hotel.

HOUSE CLEANER BUSTED FOR ‘THEFT’ FROM GRAMERCY PARK APARTMENT
Police arrested 56-year-old Diane Connif for grand larceny last Monday at 5:35 p.m. inside the 13th Precinct. Police said that Connif, who was hired by the victims to clean and take care of their apartment, swiped jewelry and other items from their home at 32 Gramercy Park South. According to the District Attorney’s office, Connif entered the apartment on March 20 to clean and the victims said that when they got home later that day, they noticed that a Social Security check and other mail was missing. The victims said that jewelry was also missing from the bedroom. Police said that Conniff admitted that on a date between February 29 and March 20, she took a checkbook, a Social Security check and valuable jewelry, but claimed she took the items to keep safe for them. The DA’s office said that the jewelry was valued over $50,000. Police said that both victims are senior citizens over the age of 85.

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