Man committed lewd act on train in Union Square: Cops

May3 Lewdness

Public lewdness suspect

Police are looking for a man who was masturbating on a northbound E train as it got to Union Square and 14th Street.

The victim, a 27-year-old woman, said the man committed the lewd act after reaching under his coat on the evening of March 9 at around 9 p.m.

The suspect, who the victim got a photo of, is black, about 30 to 40 years of age and has a medium build. He was last seen wearing dark-colored clothing and glasses.

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 nypdcrimestoppers.com or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577.

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Man charged with lewdness in ST building

By Maria Rocha-Buschel

Police arrested a man who allegedly exposed himself to a woman in a Stuy Town elevator after he followed her into the building early on Saturday morning.

The victim told police that she was entering 610 East 20th Street at 2:16 a.m. when 27-year-old Anthony Ashley allegedly came into the building behind her. She said that when she got in the elevator, Ashley entered the elevator behind her. When they were inside, he allegedly unzipped his pants and exposed himself.

Police said that Ashley is not a resident of the building. He was charged with public lewdness and trespassing.

Police Watch: Man arrested for stalking, ‘Lewdness’ suspect stabbed

MAN ARRESTED FOR STALKING, HARASSMENT
Police arrested a 37-year-old man after the victim, his ex-girlfriend, told police that he called, texted and emailed her from December 12, 2017 through January 22 and allegedly said that he would ruin her life if she did not help him with his financial troubles.
She said that she asked the suspect, Christos Kalatoudis, to stop contacting her but he allegedly continued, and she said that she knew the calls and texts were from him because she recognized his phone number and email and recognized his voice in messages.
The victim also told police that around December 12, Kalatoudis allegedly sent an email in which he had attached private photos that showed her fully undressed on a bed and she said that when she didn’t respond to the email, he forwarded the content to her employer. She told police that she had not consented to having the photos posted online or emailed and she said that Kalatoudis allegedly sent the photos because she didn’t respond and because she wouldn’t help him with his financial troubles.
Kalatoudis was arrested for alleged aggravated harassment inside the 13th Precinct on Tuesday, February 13 and was also charged with stalking, attempted assault and attempted coercion. His lawyer could not be reached for a comment.

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Police Watch: Suspect arrested for Kips Bay mugging, Teen busted for lewdness

SUSPECT ARRESTED FOR VIOLENT MUGGING IN KIPS BAY LAST YEAR
Police arrested 22-year-old Jonathan Rivera last Thursday for a robbery that allegedly took place at the corner of East 29th Street and First Avenue last November 22. Police said that Rivera, along with two other people who weren’t arrested, punched the victim several times and broke his eyeglasses before swiping his Beats headphones and fleeing.

TEEN ARRESTED FOR LEWDNESS AT WASHINGTON IRVING
Police arrested a teenager for public lewdness inside the Washington Irving Campus at 345 East 15th Street last Friday at 4:08 p.m. Police said that the teen pulled down his pants and exposed himself to a female student inside the school. The teen’s name is being withheld due to his young age.

WOMAN ARRESTED FOR THEFT ALSO CHARGED WITH ATTEMPTED BANK ROBBERY
Police charged a 35-year-old woman with a 2015 attempted bank robbery in the Lower East Side last Wednesday after she was arrested for an alleged grand larceny and possession of stolen property.
Police said that Sheena Bellinger was employed by the MADE Hotel at 44 West 29th Street and while she was working on November 2, 2017, she allegedly took someone’s wallet containing a debit card, MetroCard and ID that had been left on a bar stool. After she was in custody for the theft, police found through further investigation that she allegedly tried to rob an HSBC at 307 Grand Street on Wednesday, July 29, 2015 at 4:08 p.m. She allegedly passed the teller a demand note underneath a black plastic bag but the teller didn’t comply with the request and Bellinger allegedly fled the scene with the note.

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Witness to W train masturbator: ‘I thought that he was going to cut me’

Public lewdness suspect

By Sabina Mollot

On December 27, a man who boarded a W train headed to Union Square wound up getting an eyeful of a pervert who was sitting across from him, openly masturbating under his pants. The victim, 62, promptly snapped a photo and alerted police.

The incident was reported in Town & Village last week. However, since then, we spoke with the witness, a neighborhood resident, who said the suspect, who appeared to be homeless, gave him the creeps for an additional reason.

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Police on lookout for W train masturbator

Jan4 Public lewdness

Public lewdness suspect

Police are looking for a man allegedly seen masturbating under his pants while riding the downtown W train from Herald Square to Union Square.

The witness, a 62-year-old man, said this happened at around 10 a.m. on Wednesday, December 27. Police didn’t have information on whether there were others on the train who got a glimpse of this as well.

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 nypdcrimestoppers.com or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential.

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.

Man creeps out kids by snapping pics at Peter Cooper playground

By Maria Rocha-Buschel

A man employed as a caretaker by an elderly resident was caught taking pictures of kids as they played in a Peter Cooper Village playground this week.
A resident shared news of the incident on the Stuyvesant Town Peter Cooper Tenants Facebook page this past Saturday, saying it happened as her daughter and her daughter’s friends were at the playground.

The man was reportedly sitting on a bench in the playground and when the kids suspected he might be filming them, one snuck behind where he was sitting on the bench and found that he was, in fact, taking photographs. They asked him if he was taping them and he said he was, and when they asked why, he reportedly said it was because he wanted to.

The girl’s father then approached the man, asking if he had a child in the park. The man said that he didn’t but was the aide of an elderly man also sitting in the playground. After the girl’s father called security, the aide said that he wasn’t filming the kids but he handed officers his phone, which had photographs of the children on it. The resident who reported the incident noted that the man was not charged with a crime because NYPD said that citations are only issued in city parks for being in a playground without a child. Since ST/PCV is private property, such matters are left up to the Public Safety department, who reportedly deleted the media on the man’s phone before returning the device to him.

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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.