Police Watch: Arrests for public lewdness, backpack thefts

MAN BUSTED FOR MASTURBATING, TRESPASSING IN FIRE STATION
Police arrested 49-year-old Kevin Townsend for public lewdness and criminal trespass inside 234 East 29th Street last Wednesday at 11:42 a.m. A witness told police that Townsend was masturbating in public view. Police said that Townsend also followed firefighters while yelling at them and allegedly followed them into a firehouse. Police said that he was told multiple times to leave but he reportedly refused. Firefighters told police that he became irate and they held him down until police responded.
Townsend was previously convicted for public lewdness this past April in Grand Central.

MAN ARRESTED FOR BACKPACK THEFTS AT RESTAURANTS IN FLATIRON, GRAMERCY
Police arrested 54-year-old John Solomon last Tuesday morning for allegedly swiping bags at a coffee bar and restaurants in Flatiron and Gramercy.
Police said on September 18, Solomon took a victim’s backpack from inside Gregory’s Coffee at 327 Park Avenue South at 3 p.m. while it was on the floor next to him. Surveillance video shows Solomon allegedly removing the bag while the victim was distracted and then leaving the location.
Solomon was also charged with theft for allegedly stealing a laptop and another backpack. Police said that he stole a laptop from the counter inside New York Kimchi at 160 East 23rd Street at 8:50 a.m. without permission and video surveillance shows him allegedly going behind the counter and taking the laptop. Around 9 a.m. the same day, Solomon allegedly stole a victim’s backpack from the floor inside the Outback Steakhouse at 60 West 23rd Street. Police said that the victim was distracted and Solomon picked it up before walking out of the location.
Police said that Solomon was also spotted stealing a bag outside 2 Broadway and a restaurant at 225 Liberty Street in the Financial District earlier this month.

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Serial subway flasher apparently still at it

Suspect Kenneth Hoyt

By Sabina Mollot

Cops are looking for a man with a lengthy history of arrests for flashing women on the subway (as well as other crimes) who they say was up to his old tricks recently.

One of the incidents was at the 28th Street R subway station, where the man, who police suspect is serial subway flasher Kenneth Hoyt, exposed himself before moving on to another train later. There were also two other incidents downtown.

Cops said the man was wearing a long shirt and sneakers, but no pants, when he sat down near a 32-year-old woman on the R train on the morning of August 16 and exposed his crotch. The victim got out at 28th Street but he stayed on the train. A few hours later, at 4 p.m., police believe Hoyt did the same thing as he sat across from a 29-year-old woman on the R train. She got off the train near Murray Street but he stayed on. The most recent known incident was on September 5, when Hoyt allegedly lifted his shirt to expose himself to a 40-year-old woman on the R train near Murray Street.

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Police Watch: ‘Flasher’ arrested on E. 21st, Man ‘spits’ blood at officer

‘FLASHER’ CAUGHT ON EAST 21ST
Police arrested 32-year-old Anton Wilkins for alleged public lewdness inside the 13th Precinct last Thursday at 7:44 p.m. The victim told police that she was walking on East 21st Street between Third Avenue and Park Avenue South last Thursday at 7:40 p.m. when Wilkins walked past her and as she continued to walk, Wilkins allegedly walked up to her, pulled his penis out and began to masturbate, and allegedly told her to look at him.

MAN ALLEGEDLY SPITS BLOOD AT OFFICER AT BELLEVUE
Police arrested 22-year-old Johanni Martinez for assault of a peace officer inside Bellevue Hospital at 462 First Avenue last Sunday at 2:55 a.m. Police said that Martinez spat in an officer’s face with blood.
Police said that prior to the incident, Martinez had gotten into a fight in front of 150 West 4th Street around 1:25 a.m., hitting a man and a woman on the head with an umbrella. He was brought to Bellevue following the fight, which is when he allegedly spat in an officer’s face.

TEEN BUSTED FOR MUGGING ON WEST 15TH
Police arrested a teenager for snatching cash from someone at the corner of Seventh Avenue and West 15th Street. The victim told police that he and a friend were in the middle of the street on West 15th between Sixth and Seventh Avenues last Wednesday evening counting cash when the teen snatched the money and started running west towards Seventh Avenue. Police said that the victim then ran back towards Sixth Avenue to the Dunkin Donuts to get another friend for help and went back in the direction the teen fled, where a police officer saw them running.
A bystander then mentioned to the officers that it looked like someone needed help at the corner of West 15th Street and Seventh Avenue and when police arrived at the intersection, they found the victim and his friend attempting to restrain the teen, who was arrested shortly after.

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Police Watch: Officer assaulted in Kips Bay, Bike ‘thief’ busted for stolen credit cards

MAN CHARGED WITH ASSAULTING OFFICER IN KIPS BAY
Police arrested 39-year-old Kevin Legenza after he allegedly punched a cop in front of 124 East 28th Street last Friday at 3:13 a.m.
Police said that Legenza was sitting down on the hood of an operating vehicle in front of the location and refused to move. Police officers at the scene asked him to move several times and he allegedly refused. Police said that they told him he was blocking traffic and would be issued a summons if he didn’t move. Legenza then allegedly tried to stop the officer from doing this by pushing him and attempting to walk away. Police said that they attempted to arrest the suspect but he allegedly flailed his arms and actively resisted being restrained, so officers brought him to the ground. This is when Legenza allegedly fell on top of one of the officers and also punched the officer in the face multiple times.
An attorney for Legenza did not respond to a request for comment.

BIKE ‘THIEF’ BUSTED FOR STOLEN CREDIT CARDS
Police arrested 26-year-old Benjamin Marcial for petit larceny and possession of stolen property last Friday at 2:11 p.m. at the corner of East 20th Street and the FDR Drive. Police said that Marcial took a bicycle from the sidewalk without permission and allegedly attempted to put the stolen bike in a taxi to flee the scene.
While Marcial was in custody after being arrested for stealing the bike, police said that he was found to be in possession of stolen credit cards. Police said that the credit cards had been swiped from a Blink Fitness location in the 9th precinct.

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Homeless man arrested for attempted rape in Union Square

Union Square Park (Photo by Maria Rocha-Buschel)

Union Square Park (Photo by Maria Rocha-Buschel)

By Maria Rocha-Buschel

A homeless man was arrested for the attempted rape of a 23-year-old woman on a sidewalk just north of Union Square Park early Sunday morning.

The victim, who told police that she had been drinking earlier in the evening with a friend, said that she sat down at the northwest corner of Park Avenue South and East 17th Street and fell asleep on the sidewalk. When she woke up around 1:30 a.m., 39-year-old Nelis Calix was allegedly standing over her with his pants down.

There was a blanket covering her and she didn’t know where it came from, but her pants were also partially pulled down, she reported to police. A witness said that he heard her yelling, “no” and “help” multiple times while Calix reportedly lifted the blanket that was covering her. According to the District Attorney’s office, Calix went between the victim’s legs and attempted to rape her before bystanders intervened.

Other nearby witnesses called 911 to report the crime and Calix attempted to flee but he was arrested shortly after 1:45 a.m.

The victim was transported to Bellevue Hospital, where she was treated and released.

Police sources said that Calix has 18 prior arrests, including public lewdness, and he was arrested for sexual abuse in 2002 in the Bronx. Police said that Calix also frequently goes by different names. He is being held on Rikers Island for $50,000 bail and has a court appearance this Friday.

Calix’s lawyer did not respond to a request for comment.

Police Watch: Man arrested for East 6th Street murder, NC man killed in car accident

MAN ARRESTED FOR MURDER ON EAST 6TH STREET
Police arrested 24-year-old Terrance Pugh on Monday, a suspect in the murder of 21-year-old Michael Ayala-Rodriguez. On Friday, June 3 at around 2 a.m., police had responded to a 911 call about a man who was shot in the courtyard area of the Lillian Wald Houses at 890 East 6th Street.
When police arrived at the scene, they found Ayala-Rodriguez with gunshot wounds to his torso. He was transported to Beth Israel, where he was pronounced dead.
Pugh was also charged with two counts of criminal possession of a weapon.

MAN KILLED IN HIT-AND-RUN AT EAST 23RD AND MADISON
Twenty-one-year-old North Carolina resident Elliot Copeland was killed after being hit by a car at the intersection of Madison Avenue and East 23rd Street on Thursday, June 16 at 10:19 p.m. Police responded to the scene after getting a call about a motor vehicle accident and found Copeland lying in the roadway, unconscious and unresponsive, with severe body trauma. EMS transported Copeland to Bellevue Hospital, where he was pronounced dead the following Sunday. The investigation squad for the NYPD determined that a vehicle was driving along East 23rd Street at the Madison Avenue intersection when Copeland stepped into the road outside the marked crosswalk and was hit by the car. The investigation remains ongoing and no arrests have been made.

June23 public lewdness

Public lewdness suspect

MAN WANTED FOR PUBLIC LEWDNESS ON 4 TRAIN
The NYPD is looking for a man who allegedly exposed himself on the 4 train near Union Square last week. Police said that the 55 to 65-year-old white man was on a downtown 4 train approaching the Union Square subway station on Sunday, June 12 around 7 p.m. with his private parts exposed.
Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477). The public can also submit their tips at nypdcrimestoppers.com or by texting their tips and TIP577 to 274637 (CRIMES). All calls are strictly confidential.

Suspect behind string of shades thefts

Suspect behind string of shades thefts

POLICE LOOKING FOR SUNGLASSES THIEF
Police are looking for a man responsible for 10 thefts throughout Manhattan from December 8 to May 19. The suspect reportedly targeted sunglasses stores and stole 57 pairs of sunglasses in total, primarily from stores in the Financial District, West Village and Midtown South.
Police suspect that in one of the incidents that took place in Flatiron, the man stole four pairs of sunglasses from the Solstice Sunglasses location at 168 Fifth Avenue between West 21st and 22nd Streets on Friday, March 25 around 8 p.m.
The suspect has a shaved head and is black, 45 to 55 years old, 5’7” and 180 lbs. Anyone with information in regards to these incidents is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS.

TEENS BUSTED FOR RESTAURANT BURGLARY
Eighteen-year-old Isaiah Douglas and another teenager were arrested for burglary inside Mexico Lindo at 459 Second Avenue and East 26th Street last Monday at 4:47 a.m. Police said that the second teenager, whose name is being withheld due to his young age, broke a window to get into the restaurant and broke into the cash register, taking a handful of cash. After police searched the area, they found that the teen was working with Douglas and the younger boy was found in possession of burglar’s tools and credit cards that didn’t have his name on them. The younger teen was also charged with grand larceny, burglar’s tools and possession of stolen property.

MAN BUSTED FOR FORGERY AT TONIC
Police arrested 28-year-old Ryann Lyde for forgery and theft of services inside Tonic at 411 Third Avenue last Thursday at 11:16 p.m. Police said that Lyde ordered drinks from the bar and allegedly attempted to use a forged credit card to pay for them. Lyde allegedly attempted to flee the location but he was arrested and when he was searched, he was allegedly in possession of two additional fraudulent credit cards.

MAN ARRESTED FOR BURGLAR’S TOOLS
Police arrested 43-year-old Santos Vazquez for burglar’s tools in front of the Human Resources Administration building at 109 East 16th Street last Saturday at 2:09 p.m.
Police said that Vazquez was seen casing the location with a screwdriver sticking out of his pants pocket. Vazquez then entered a garage and allegedly removed copper piping that police said he had hidden there earlier. Vazquez was also charged with theft of services, possession of stolen property and criminal trespass.

TEEN ARRESTED FOR ASSAULT AT ACS FACILITY
Eighteen-year-old Martinique Bumbray was arrested for assault and harassment inside the Administration for Children’s Services Facility at 492 First Avenue last Sunday at 4:38 a.m. Police said that Bumbray threw a yellow and white padlock, hitting the victim in the right cheek and causing severe pain. Police said that the victim was treated at the Bellevue emergency room.

Cops looking for man who exposed himself on 4 train

June23 public lewdness

public lewdness suspect

Police are on the lookout for a man who allegedly let it all hang out on a 4 train.

According to a witness, on Sunday, June 12 at around 7 p.m., as the southbound train approached 14th Street and Union Square, the man had his privates exposed.

The suspect is described as white and 55 to 65 years-old.

Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782).  The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime stoppers website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577.

All calls are strictly confidential.

Police Watch: Man stabbed in Bellevue hospital garden, Teens arrested for ‘assault’

KNIFE ATTACK AT BELLEVUE HOSPITAL GARDEN
Police arrested 28-year-old Francis Salud for allegedly stabbing a man in the garden behind Bellevue Hospital.
Police said that the incident took place on October 18 at 11 a.m. with Salud allegedly hitting the victim, who they said was working onsite, with a knife, causing multiple deep gashes to his arm and left torso. According to the District Attorney’s office, Salud and the victim knew each other and the victim needed 73 stitches for the injury. Salud was charged with assault and weapons possession at the 13th Precinct last Monday at 10:15 a.m.
When asked for comment, a spokesperson for Bellevue denied the victim was an employee, but wouldn’t provide further information.

COUPLE ARRESTED FOR SEX ON SIDEWALK
Police arrested a couple on Irving Place and East 14th Street last Wednesday for allegedly having sex in public. Trevor Cline, 25, and Kelly Collins, 38, were allegedly having sexual intercourse on a public sidewalk. Collins was charged with public lewdness and performance of obscenity. Police said that Cline resisted arrest by flailing his arms and going limp, and he was charged with resisting arrest, as well as disorderly conduct, public lewdness and obscene material.

THREE TEENS ARRESTED FOR ‘ASSAULT’ ON FIRST AVENUE
Eighteen-year-old Dominique Etheridge and two other teenagers were arrested for assault in front of the CVS pharmacy at 253 First Avenue between 14th and 15th Streets last Tuesday at 12:48 a.m. Police said that the fight started after an argument and two of the teens punched the victim and kicked him. Etheridge allegedly wrapped his arms around the victim and punched him in the ribs and stomach multiple times. The names of the two teens are being withheld because of their age.

‘MUGGERS’ ARRESTED ON THIRD AVENUE
Police arrested 22-year-olds Dontay Johnson and Joseph Adams for robbery in front of a Duane Reade store at 125 Third Avenue last Saturday at 5:15 a.m. Johnson, Adams and two other people who weren’t arrested allegedly surrounded the victim at the location between 14th and 15th Streets and demanded money. Police said that one of the suspects snatched the victim’s debit card from his hand. The suspects allegedly attempted to flee but Adams and Johnson were arrested. Johnson was also charged with possession of a controlled substance because he was allegedly in possession of four bags of cocaine.

‘TRESPASSER’ PREVIOUSLY NABBED FOR ALLEGED PUBLIC LEWDNESS RETURNS
Police arrested 37-year-old Anton Liverpool for criminal trespass inside 1158 Broadway at 27th Street last Tuesday at 9:37 a.m. Liverpool allegedly remained in the location without permission to be there. After he was brought to the 13th Precinct, he was also charged with two counts of public lewdness for earlier incidents that took place on October 13. Police said that he had been masturbating outside the same building. He was later additionally charged with two counts of burglary, possession of stolen property and petit larceny. He allegedly broke into 1158 Broadway on October 12 and stole watches and perfume when the store there was closed.

MAN ARRESTED FOR ‘STOLEN’ RETURN FROM HOME DEPOT
Police arrested 53-year-old James Poindexter for petit larceny and possession of stolen property in front of the Home Depot at 40 West 23rd Street last Wednesday at 1:59 p.m. Poindexter allegedly approached a group of undercover officers and asked them to return property to the store for him. Police said that he told them someone had stolen the item from the store and gave it to him to return in exchange for store credit. Poindexter was allegedly attempting to defraud Home Depot for the value of the stolen merchandise.

ARREST MADE IN GRAMERCY FOR ‘MDMA’ ROCK AND ‘COCAINE’
Police arrested two people for drugs in front of 285 Third Avenue between East 22nd and 23rd Streets last Friday at 5:15 a.m. Jacob Fashakin, 27, was charged with intent to sell a controlled substance, possession of stolen property and possession of marijuana and 22-year-old Timothy Orlando was charged with possession of a controlled substance and possession of marijuana. Fashakin was found to be in possession of a large rock form of alleged MDMA, a medium-sized ziplock bag of alleged vegetative marijuana and a credit card that police said was stolen. Police said that he was also in possession of various drug packaging and a scale. Orlando was in possession of three small ziplock bags of alleged cocaine and a small alleged marijuana cigarette.

MAN ARRESTED FOR ‘SUSPENDED’ LICENSE AFTER HITTING PEDESTRIAN
Fifty-year-old Helio Bodini was arrested for an unclassified traffic misdemeanor and was charged as an unlicensed operator in front of 114 West 27th Street last Friday at 2:28 p.m. Police were responding to a car accident at the location, where Bodini was driving and accidentally hit a pedestrian. Upon further investigation, police found that Bodini’s license had been previously suspended and revoked. It had been suspended and revoked on two different occasions because he was allegedly driving under the influence of alcohol, in one instance allegedly driving with at least .08 BAC in 2008, and was also suspended because he allegedly failed to pay a driver responsibility assessment.

‘POT’ SMOKER ARRESTED FOR PREVIOUS ALLEGED ROBBERY
Police arrested 35-year-old Tonisha Jordan for possession of marijuana inside 344 East 28th Street last Saturday at 12:14 a.m. and was also charged with an alleged previous robbery. Police said that at the time of her arrest, she was smoking marijuana in a stairwell at the building and upon further investigation, found that she and three men allegedly punched and dragged a 69-year-old man to the ground, causing bruising and swelling to his face. Police said that Jordan stole a gold chain with the letter P from the victim.

PAIR ARRESTED FOR ‘ASSAULT’ AT BROADWAY AND WEST 27TH
Police arrested 23-year-old Kenneth Arias and 36-year-old Leonardo Arias for assault at the corner of Broadway and West 27th Street last Saturday at 10:10 p.m. Police said that the two men punched the victim in the head, causing pain, swelling and a small cut. Police said that the two men arrested got into an argument with a third person, but there was no additional information about what started the dispute.

Police Watch: Men arrested for phone ‘snatching,’ man arrested with dildo

‘MASTURBATOR’ ARRESTED NEAR UNION SQUARE
Police arrested 44-year-old Reggie Frank for public lewdness at the corner of Fourth Avenue and Union Square East last Tuesday at noon. Frank allegedly exposed his erect penis through a hole in his shorts and started masturbating in front of the victim.

MAN CAUGHT WITH PANTS DOWN AND DILDO
John Pheffer, 69, was arrested for public lewdness in front of 3 East 27th Street last Wednesday at 2:49 p.m. Police said that he was in front of the building with his pants down, showing his private parts on a public sidewalk while holding a dildo in his left hand.

TWO MEN ARRESTED FOR PHONE ‘SNATCHING’
Police arrested 21-year-old Daniel Rodriguez and 26-year-old Cornell Williams for petit larceny at the corner of Madison Avenue and East 23rd Street last Saturday at 3:40 a.m. Police said that the two men were working together to steal property from the victim. Williams allegedly swiped a black Samsung cell phone from next to the victim’s hand and police said that Rodriguez was standing as a lookout. Rodriguez was also charged with possession of marijuana and Williams, who police said was in possession of the phone that the men allegedly swiped, was also charged with possession of stolen property.

MEN ARRESTED FOR ‘GAMBLING’ DURING DICE GAME
Police arrested six people for promoting gambling in front of 344 East 28th Street last Saturday at 12:10 a.m. Forty-year-old Quammie Logan, 21-year-old Michael McCants, 46-year-old Zadie Morris, 38-year-old Ian Shillingford, 25-year-old James Paige and 48-year-old Sean Shillingford were allegedly in front of the building playing Cee-lo, a dice game, for cash. Police said that Logan was in possession of the dice and $80 in cash when he was stopped by the officer.
Morris and Ian Shillingford were also charged with possession of a gambling device and possession of marijuana. Morris was allegedly in possession of a grinder with marijuana residue and police said that Shillingford was in possession of 36 glassine envelopes of alleged marijuana.
McCants, Paige and Sean Shillingford were also charged with possession of a gambling device.

MAN BUSTED FOR ATTEMPTED BIKE ‘THEFTS’ ON E. 14TH ST.
Police arrested 32-year-old Angel Rivera for bribery and possession of stolen property in front of the Stuyvesant Town Associated Supermarket, 409 East 14th Street last Tuesday. At 10:19 a.m., Rivera was allegedly carrying a screwdriver and police said they observed him removing a bicycle and bike parts without permission. He allegedly threw the screwdriver on top of a van in an attempt to conceal the evidence. Police said that he was found in possession of stolen property.

GYM ‘THIEF’ BUSTED
Police arrested 24-year-old Christopher Lafontant for petit larceny inside the New York Sports Club at 10 Irving Place last Tuesday at 12:55 a.m. Police said that Lafontant removed property worth over $1,000 from lockers at the gym without permission.

MEN ARRESTED FOR ‘DRUGS’ IN NYCHA STAIRWELL
Police arrested two men for the sale of a controlled substance inside 344 East 28th Street last Tuesday at 10:10 p.m. Police said that 36-year-old William Glen and 54-year-old Gerald Beatty sold a quantity of a controlled substance to an undercover detective in the staircase of a housing development. Police said that when they were stopped, Glen refused to be handcuffed by placing his hands inside his pockets and stiffening his arms. Police said he was in possession of a controlled substance that was in his left front pants pocket and he had a ziplock bag of alleged PCP in his right front pants pocket. He was also charged with resisting arrest, intent to sell a controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance.

‘POT’ SMOKER TO COP: LEAVE ME ALONE
Adrian Cevallos, 24, was arrested at the corner of Madison Avenue and East 26th Street last Thursday at 3:32 p.m. Police said that Cevallos was smoking marijuana on a sidewalk and when an officer approached him, he allegedly tried to punch the cop, telling the officer to leave him alone. After a short chase, Cevallos allegedly resisted arrest by flailing his arms, going limp and forcefully pulling his arms away in an attempt to avoid being handcuffed. Cevallos was charged with resisting arrest, possession of marijuana and disorderly conduct.

BIKE ‘THIEF’ BROKE LOCKS WITH TEETH
Police arrested 53-year-old Nathaniel Gaines for burglar’s tools in front of 130 East 25th Street last Wednesday at 11:08 a.m. Gaines was allegedly casing several bicycles near Sixth Avenue and West 26th Street. Police said he then proceeded to 130 East 25th Street where he was seen physically breaking bicycle locks with his teeth. He was also charged with petit larceny, criminal mischief and possession of stolen property.

CVS EMPLOYEE ASSAULTED
Police arrested 46-year-old Keith Morris for assault in front of the CVS Pharmacy at 750 Sixth Avenue last Thursday at 10:10 p.m. The victim told police that while he was cleaning at work, Morris came up to the door of the store and started pulling on the handle. When the employee told him that they were closed, Morris allegedly grabbed him by the shirt, causing scratches on his chest. Two people walked out of the store, after which Morris allegedly punched the victim in the face multiple times, causing bruising and redness. The fight was broken up by a witness who was in the store.

‘PANHANDLER’ ARRESTED FOR BLOCKING TRAFFIC
Police arrested 46-year-old Rafael Cepeda for a New York State law unclassified misdemeanor and disorderly conduct at the corner of Lexington Avenue and East 29th Street last Friday at 6:03 p.m. Police said that Cepeda was begging in a public street, walking over to moving vehicles and causing traffic to be impeded.

MAN ARRESTED FOR ‘CASING’ CARS
Sixty-year-old Louis Rosario was arrested for petit larceny at the corner of Union Square East and East 15th Street last Saturday at 5:46 p.m. Rosario was allegedly casing over 20 vehicles in a car break-in prone location and police said that they observed him for 45 minutes, walking around Gramercy Park and looking into vehicles while allegedly trying to gain access by pulling on the car door. Police said that when they searched him, he was in possession of merchandise that he could not explain how he acquired. Police said that the vehicle where he stole property from was parked at East 17th Street and Second Avenue.

Police Watch: Pair indicted in rental scam, teen arrested for masturbating in Union Square

MEN WANTED FOR RESTAURANT ROBBERY
Cops are hunting three men who they believed robbed Crema, a restaurant at 111 West 17th Street.
On September 12 at 10:30 p.m., police arrived at Crema after being called by a restaurant employee who said three men walked in and snatched a cash register from behind the bar. The victims also said that one of the robber pulled out a machete and demanded money in Spanish. The men then fled west bound on West 17th Street towards Seventh Avenue. The investigation is ongoing and the suspects are described as three Hispanic men in their 20’s wearing masks.

PAIR INDICTED IN RENTAL SCAM
On Tuesday, Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance, Jr., announced the indictment of Matthew Wada, 36, and Jennifer York, 27, for engaging in an apartment rental scam that defrauded more than 20 victims, many of whom were moving to New York City for the first time, out of approximately $60,000 dollars. Following an investigation by the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office and the NYPD’s sixth and ninth precincts, the indictments charge the defendants with scheme to defraud in the first degree and multiple counts of grand larceny in the fourth degree. Wada is also charged with grand larceny in the third degree.
According to documents filed in court and statements made on the record in court, from late October 2013 to early March 2014, Wada and York gained temporary access to various apartments by renting the apartment through websites including Craigslist and NYHabitat.com for vacation or a short-term stay. The apartments were located throughout Manhattan, including in Midtown, Chelsea, Greenwich Village, and the East Village. Once the defendants gained access to an apartment, they would then advertise it for rent on different websites, including Craigslist and Bazarynka.com, the latter a website serving the Polish community in New York.
Victims who responded to the defendants’ rental advertisements were shown an apartment Wada or York had access to for only a short period of time. The victims, who were falsely told that Wada was the apartment’s landlord, signed long-term lease agreements with future start dates and gave the defendants varying amounts of rent and security deposits up front.
Victims lost anywhere from $150 to $4,500, with average losses around $2,200. In many  cases, multiple victims signed leases for the same apartment.

CRAIGSLIST ‘SCAMMER’ BUSTED IN STUY TOWN
Police arrested 23-year-old Sarkis Avoyants in front of 447 East 14th Street in Stuyvesant Town last Wednesday at 2 p.m. Avoyants, along with another man, allegedly stole $500 from someone who had contacted him on Craigslist to conduct a move. The two men took the money from the victim and then fled without providing the service that was promised, police said.  Police caught Avoyants but the other man got away.

‘GROPER’ NABBED THANKS TO GOOD SAMARITAN
Fifty-year-old Stuart Bennett was arrested for sexual abuse last Thursday at 5:05 p.m. on the corner of Sixth Avenue and West 27th Street. Bennett allegedly approached a woman from behind, put his hands on her hips and forcibly pushed himself into her with his groin and began gyrating into her buttocks. A witness, who flagged down a nearby Port Authority police officer, told police that he saw Bennett forcibly gyrating against the woman.

TEEN MASTURBATES ON L PLATFORM
Police arrested a teenager in the Union Square subway station for public lewdness last Friday at 9:30 a.m. The teen was on the L platform masturbating under the stairs leading to the N/Q/R platform with his right hand inside his right front pants pocket. The teen attends Park West High School at 525 West 50th Street and is in 11th grade. His name is being withheld due to his tender age.

MEN ARRESTED FOR COUNTERFEIT BILLS
Police arrested three men for forgery last Tuesday at 11:35 p.m. on the corner of Second Avenue and East 24th Street. Troy Brooks, 23, and Darryl Riddick, 21, allegedly used counterfeit money to buy beer at a nearby bar. Twenty-year-old Shamar Dunigan was allegedly working with Brooks and Riddick and also attempted to make purchases at the bar with counterfeit money. He was also in possession of additional counterfeit currency, police said.

MAN ARRESTED FOR ‘BOMB THREAT’
Police arrested 32-year-old Justin Davidson inside the 13th precinct for false alarm of a fire last Wednesday at 7:15 p.m. Davidson allegedly dialed 911 operators and made threats to blow up the NYC Transit System by means of telephone. The report did not specify where Davidson made the call from or if he made threats about a specific station.

TWO MEN BUSTED FOR ASSAULT
Police arrested two men involved in a fight last Wednesday. Kenny Smith, 51, was arrested at 3:06 p.m. in front of the BRC at 127 West 25th Street and thirty-eight-year-old David Cameron was arrested in front of 124 West 25th Street at 3:16 p.m. Smith allegedly picked up a 2×4 piece of wood and struck the victim in the back of the head and Cameron allegedly punched the same man in the head, causing physical injury. The incident occurred at the BRC where Smith was apprehended immediately and Cameron was arrested down the block after attempting to flee.

WOMAN ARRESTED IN UMBRELLA ASSAULT
Police arrested 25-year-old Desiree Rodriguez for assault last Saturday at 1:29 a.m. in front of 12 East 22nd Street. The victim told police that he and Rodriguez, his neighbor, had an argument about the volume of the television and the argument escalated into a physical fight. Rodriguez allegedly grabbed an umbrella and repeatedly struck him, causing cuts on both his right and left forearms.

MAN BUSTED FOR SKIPPING CLUB COSTS
Police arrested 22-year-old Saverio Galasso for theft of services in front of The Hurricane Club at 360 Park Avenue South last Saturday at 3:13 a.m. Galasso paid $450 of his bill in cash and attempted to pay the rest on a credit card. When the card was declined, he allegedly attempted to leave without paying the remaining balance, which was $988.

WOMAN NABBED FOR ‘DRUNK’ DRIVING
Police arrested 23-year-old Brittany Herbott for intoxicated driving at Park Avenue South and East 26th Street last Saturday at 4:33 a.m. An officer stopped Herbott because her headlights were out and she was found to be under the influence of alcohol, police said. She allegedly had a BAC of .085 percent when tested at the scene.

ARRESTED FOR SLEEPING IN CARDBOARD BOX
Police arrested 27-year-old Keshaun Williams in front of 4 East 15th Street last Wednesday at 6:19 a.m. for violation on undisclosed New York State laws. Williams was allegedly sleeping on a public sidewalk inside cardboard boxes about four feet tall and eight feet long.

BUSTED FOR BURGLAR’S TOOLS
Police arrested 36-year-old Fidel Valasquez for possession of burglar’s tools last Saturday at 12:10 p.m. on the corner of East 23rd Street and Madison Avenue. Valasquez was seen casing multiple commercial pharmacies while holding what appeared to be cash. He then entered a pharmacy in the area and allegedly attempted to use a counterfeit $20 bill to make purchases. When police searched him, they found that the money was fake and he was also allegedly in possession of burglar’s tools.  No information was available on the specific pharmacy that Valasquez entered.

MAN ARRESTED FOR SKIPPING CAB FARE
Police arrested 23-year-old Marcus Sirmans for theft of services at the 13th precinct last Sunday at 3:22 a.m. Sirmans got into a yellow taxi at West 116th and Broadway and gave the driver his home address, 340 East 29th Street. The driver brought him to the location and Sirmans then allegedly told the driver that he had no money because he left his wallet at the party. The driver brought Sirmans back to his original location but nobody answered the door because there wasn’t anyone left at the party. The driver then brought Sirmans to the precinct closest to where he lives and told officers what happened, leading to his arrest for failing to pay his taxi fare of $83.50.

ARREST FOR SELLING CIGS
Police arrested Jorge Rendall, 55, for violating tax law at the corner of First Avenue and East 27th Street last Wednesday at 9:50 a.m. Rendall allegedly sold an untaxed pack of Newport Light cigarettes to someone for $8.

MAN ARRESTED FOR SALE OF ‘HEROIN’
Police arrested 42-year-old Alfredo Fabian for the intent to sell a controlled substance in front of 132 West 15th Street last Tuesday at 1:43 p.m. A plain-clothes officer saw Fabian casing the corner at West 15th Street and Sixth Avenue. Fabian then allegedly approached two other people and sold a quantity of heroin. He was in possession of a large quantity of alleged heroin, police said.

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: ‘Purse snatcher’ nabbed in Stuy Town, Men busted for ‘gambling’ on E. 22nd St.

‘PURSE SNATCHER’ NABBED IN STUY TOWN
Police arrested 44-year-old Mark Gallop for grand larceny at the 13th Precinct last Monday at 10:45 a.m. Gallop was allegedly on surveillance video of 1 Stuyvesant Oval and was seen in the lobby of the building taking a woman’s purse.

WOMAN ARRESTED FOR ASSAULT OF OFFICER
Police arrested 27-year-old Rushelle Exeter for assault of a peace officer last Thursday at 3:07 a.m. While in front of the Bellevue Hospital building at 462 First Avenue, Exeter allegedly bit a police officer on the left forearm, breaking the skin and causing pain. Exeter then spit in the face of another officer, causing irritation and pain, police said.

MEN BUSTED FOR ‘GAMBLING’ ON E. 22ND
Police arrested three men for promoting gambling inside 12 East 22nd Street last Friday at 6:15 p.m. Thirty-eight-year-old Shawn Chaconas, 30-year-old Jason Lee and 26-year-year-old Andrew Chaconas were arrested for promoting an illegal poker game at the location.

TWO CAMERA ‘PERVS’ BUSTED IN UNION SQUARE
Police arrested two men for sexual abuse in the Union Square subway station in unrelated incidents.
Forty-two-year-old Adrian Macareno was arrested last Wednesday at 11:08 a.m. Macareno was allegedly using his cell phone in video mode to record under a girl’s shorts. The girl told police that she didn’t know Macareno and didn’t give him permission to film her.
Fifty-four-year-old Karl Coelho was arrested last Wednesday at 3:47 p.m. Coelho was allegedly walking behind a woman with his cell phone lens facing up and in video mode, filming her private parts while she was walking up the stairs to the street. Coelho failed to appear for his court date on a previous summons and also is on the sexual monitoring list.

‘PERV’ NABBED ON ‘L’ PLATFORM
Police arrested 36-year-old Manuel Zambrano for public lewdness at the Union Square subway station last Saturday at 2:15 p.m. Zambrano was allegedly masturbating with both of his hands inside his jogging pants pocket while on the L platform. He was standing by the staircase on the platform and looking up women’s skirts, police said.

‘PURSE SNATCHER’ NABBED ON E. 15TH
Police arrested 53-year-old Darryl Andrews in front of 118 East 15th Street for grand larceny last Friday at 12:04 a.m. The victim told police that Andrews allegedly grabbed her handbag containing her credit card, money and her cell phone without permission.

WOMAN ARRESTED FOR PURSE ‘THEFT’ IN HOSPITAL BATHROOM
Police arrested 46-year-old Mildred Peralta for possession of stolen property last Monday at 12:27 a.m. inside the Hospital for Joint Diseases at 301 East 17th Street. Peralta allegedly told police that she stole someone’s property from a bathroom stall but was going to return it. When the phone was retrieved, it was powered off and the MetroCard that was with it had been removed. Peralta had removed the phone and MetroCard from the victim’s pocketbook, police said.

WOMEN ‘ASSAULT’ CABBIE ON AVE. C
Police arrested 21-year-old Rashyra Autry and 22-year-old Dawnice Cheatham for assault at the corner of Avenue C and East 23rd Street last Sunday at 5:22 a.m. A taxi driver told police that he got into an argument with the two women over a cab ride to New Rochelle and Autry allegedly punched the driver in the face. She also kicked the cab, causing a previous repair of the car’s quarter panel to crack off.

‘TRESPASSING’ NEAR FDR DRIVE
Police arrested 61-year-old Michael Diaz for criminal trespassing in a fenced in area at the FDR and Avenue C last Tuesday at 8:07 a.m. Diaz was allegedly at the location without permission.

MAN BUSTED FOR GIFT CARD ‘THEFT’
Police arrested 46-year-old Anthony Donelson in front of 25 West 14th Street for grand larceny last Wednesday. The address is home to a few retailers, including Guitar Center. Donelson allegedly confessed to a loss prevention officer at the business that over the course of several months, he was making fraudulent gift cards in the amount of $5,039, which were given to unknown people and used at the above location.

‘MENACE’ ARRESTED AT HAO WEI
Police arrested 29-year-old Xian Lin for menacing at the 13th Precinct last Sunday at 4:45 p.m. Lin allegedly entered the Hao Wei restaurant at 493 Second Avenue and punched the victim several times in the face. He also pulled out a knife and threatened the victim, police said.

TWO BUSTED IN DRUG ‘DEAL’ ON EAST 24TH
Police arrested 52-year-old Charles McAtee for possession of a controlled substance in front of 168 East 24th Street last Friday at 9:25 a.m. McAtee allegedly bought eight Xanax tablets from 49-year-old Jose Rivera, who was also arrested for sale of a controlled substance.

MAN BUSTED FOR FAKE PLASTIC
Police arrested 28-year-old George Pauls for forgery inside the Gap at 122 Fifth Avenue last Monday at 2:48 p.m. Pauls allegedly tried to use a forged credit card at the store and was told by the cashier that the card wasn’t valid. Pauls then fled the location, running north on Fifth Avenue, police said. A loss prevention officer followed him and called the police. Pauls was then arrested in front of the store and when he was brought to the precinct, he confessed to using a fraudulent credit card, police said.

UNLICENSED ROCK SALESMAN BUSTED
Police arrested 31-year-old Anwar Knight for violating New York State law in front of 1 Union Square East last Sunday at 2 p.m. Knight was displaying rocks for sale to the public on a folding table without a Department of Consumer Affairs license.

FOOD VENDOR REFUSES TO LEAVE
Police arrested 28-year-old Ahmad Shaker for disorderly conduct at the corner of Fifth Avenue and East 23rd Street last Tuesday at 3:17 p.m. Shaker allegedly refused to move his food cart from the corner, which he was asked to do because it presented a hazard at that location. Police said that Shaker was asked to move the cart numerous times and he refused, then engaged in violent and threatening behavior, saying, “F— that, I’m not moving, I don’t care what you gotta say.”

TEENS BUSTED FOR ‘FAKE’ $100’S
Police arrested two teens for forgery in front of 863 Broadway last Tuesday at 6:06 p.m. Eighteen-year-olds Joshua Faust-Gadsden and Quentya Hawkins allegedly tried to purchase items by passing a counterfeit $100 bill to the cashier. The cashier called the police and the teens were stopped nearby. When police searched them, they were allegedly in possession of fake $100 bills.

MAN ARRESTED FOR SELLING SMOKES
Police arrested 53-year-old Richard Zanetti for violating tax law in front of 490 Second Avenue last Tuesday at 10:10 a.m. Zanetti was allegedly on the sidewalk at the location selling a cigarette carton to another unapprehended person. The tax stamp on the carton was from Virginia, police said.

ASSAULT ON PARK AVENUE SOUTH
Police arrested 25-year-old Bryant McNulty for assault at the corner of Park Avenue South and East 28th Street last Sunday at 4:20 a.m. McNulty allegedly punched two people in the face, causing physical injury.