Police Watch: Man arrested for failed mugging, ‘Grinder’ busted in Union Square

Police arrested 51-year-old Kenneth Brwon for attempted robbery after, they said, he tried to snatch a woman’s purse and canvas shopping bags from her shoulder.
According to the district attorney, while at the corner of Park Avenue South and East 23rd Street last Sunday at 1 a.m., Brwon continued to pull on the victim’s bags even when multiple passersby intervened, and even when the victim struggled to get away by getting into a taxi.
When it was clear he wasn’t going to get the woman’s belongings, he allegedly attempted to flee but was arrested soon after.

Police arrested 24-year-old Kavon Morgan for sexual abuse at East 14th Street and Union Square East last Thursday at 7:30 a.m. Police said that Morgan used his sweatshirt to hide his erection and proceeded to thrust his hips and rub his groin area against the victim’s buttocks multiple times.

Thirty-year-old Josh Lewis was arrested for possession of a controlled substance in front of 38 Gramercy Park East last Friday at 7:09 p.m. Police said that Lewis snorted cocaine from his right hand while on the sidewalk, and alleged cocaine was recovered from his pockets when he was searched.

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Police Watch: Rape at Beauty Bar, Slashing at methadone clinic

Thirty-year-old Brenton Maughn-Tulloch was arrested for rape inside Beauty Bar at 231 East 14th Street last Saturday at 1:41 a.m. Police said that Maughn-Tulloch was inside a bathroom stall at the location doing lines of cocaine with a woman when he allegedly raped her. According to the DA’s office, Maughn-Tulloch pulled off the victim’s pants and pinned her against the wall of the bathroom before sexually assaulting her.
When he was searched, he was also in possession of alleged marijuana.
Maughn-Tulloch’s attorney did not return a request for comment before T&V’s press time.

Police arrested two men involved in a fight inside the Methadone Maintenance Treatment Program at Mount Sinai Beth Israel at 429 Second Avenue last Friday at 8:26 a.m. Police said that 44-year-old Nelson Segui and 44-year-old Luis Ramirez were both standing in line at the clinic when they got into an argument that escalated into a physical fight. Segui allegedly pulled out a knife and slashed Ramirez, causing an injury to his lip, and police said that his jacket was cut numerous times. Ramirez allegedly punched Segui in the face and picked up a garbage can, hitting Segui in the face and causing redness and swelling.

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Man drops pants and pees in view of kids across from PS 116

Parent Mitch Horowitz said this man urinated on the street and then lingered by a schoolbus, smiling at the kids inside.

Parent Mitch Horowitz said this man urinated on the street and then lingered by a schoolbus, smiling at the kids inside.

By Sabina Mollot

Residents of Kips Bay have long complained about homeless men in the area being out of control but on Friday morning, the antics of one bum managed even to shock locals when he dropped his pants and peed across the street from a school.

Around two dozen fourth graders were outside the school on East 33rd Street, PS 116, when it happened, as was one boy’s father, who was there to chaperone a class trip.

The parent, Mitch Horowitz, watched as the man exposed himself and urinated, not bothering to face away from the kids outside. “He was not even standing next to a wall,” said Horowitz. “He was in full view of passersby and kids who were lined up outside.”

Fortunately, Horowitz said, he didn’t think any of the kids happened to see this, since they were busy talking amongst themselves about Pokemon and other matters.

“Thank God for childhood,” said Horowitz. “They weren’t scrutinizing things going on across the street like I am.”

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Police Watch: Man busted for assault at Associated, Police looking for men targeting cab drivers

Police arrested 23-year-old Thomas Commender for assault in front of the Associated Supermarket at 409 East 14th Street last Monday at 11:12 p.m. An employee at the store told police that she got into an argument with Commender because he was refusing to leave the store. Commender then allegedly ripped the employee’s pants. Police said that he was also flailing his arms and scratched the victim’s neck and left arm. The incident caused her to fall to the ground and bruise her knee, but she refused medical assistance.

Police are looking for a group of men believed to be responsible for multiple robberies throughout Midtown and Union Square, specifically targeting cab drivers. The most recent known incident was on Friday, July 22 around 10:30 a.m., when two men approached a cab that was stopped in traffic in front of 853 Broadway just south of Union Square Park. One of the men approached the driver’s door and asked to go to Brooklyn and while he was distracted, the second man opened the passenger’s side door and snatched cash from the center cup holder. The driver attempted to stop him but the first man punched him in the face and both men fled on foot west on 14th Street.
On the same day not long after, around 11:20 a.m., the two men reportedly stole a cab driver’s backpack when they entered his cab in front of 894 Sixth Avenue at West 34th Street.
The first in the string of robberies took place on Sunday, July 10 at 4:40 p.m. when two men got into a cab at 400 Fifth Avenue near West 36th Street asked to be taken to the Bronx. They stole the driver’s iPhone 6S from the seat and cash from his shirt pocket and fled.
One of the suspects hit another cab driver on Fifth Avenue at West 35th Street on July 14 at 2:30 p.m. when the driver was dropping passengers off at the intersection. The man got into the front seat of the cab and grabbed the driver’s wallet, and fled north on Fifth Avenue towards West 36th Street.
The two suspects reportedly entered a cab at Sixth Avenue and West 38th Street on Saturday, July 16 just after 10 p.m. and grabbed cash that was on the armrest. They fled south on Sixth Avenue.
Two days later, three men reportedly robbed a driver who was dropping off passengers around 11 a.m. in front of 349 Fifth Avenue at 34th Street. Police said that one of the men entered the cab on the passenger’s side and took cash off the center console, fleeing west on 34th Street. The two other men fled south on Fifth Avenue.
The men are described as black, in their late teens to mid-20s, with slim builds and medium complexions. One of the men has a tattoo of the Batman logo on the inside of his left arm.
Anyone with information in regard to these incidents 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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Police Watch: Man ‘trespasses’ in micro-apartment, multiple ‘forgers’ busted

Elmostafa Bouragreg, 62, was arrested for criminal trespass at the corner of Mount Carmel Place and East 26th Street last Monday at 11:58 p.m. Police said that Bouragreg was inside an enclosed pre-fabricated apartment being used for the new micro-apartment building without permission. Bouragreg was also charged with possession of marijuana.

Police arrested 41-year-old Esteban Mendoza and 51-year-old Bernardo Sanchez for burglary in front of J East Restaurant at 175 Third Avenue last Tuesday at 3:17 p.m. Mendoza was allegedly acting as a lookout while Sanchez allegedly entered a commercial truck through the driver’s side door and removed a work bag from under the seat.

Police arrested 29-year-old Jerome Suglam for forgery at the corner of Union Square East and East 14th Street last Tuesday at 10:14 p.m. Upon a car stop, that Suglam was allegedly drinking alcohol inside his car and produced a fake Arizona driver’s license that police said was shown to have purchased over $1,000 worth of merchandise, by fraudulent means. After searching him, police found that he was in possession of an additional counterfeit Arizona driver’s license. Suglam was also charged with possession of stolen property.

Sadeq Al-Bahri, 27, was arrested in front of 353 East 14th Street for an unclassified violation of New York State laws last Wednesday at 11:45 a.m. Al-Bahri allegedly sold two loose Newport cigarettes to an undercover officer for $2. The cigarettes were not in New York packaging as required by law, police said.

Police arrested a 33-year-old man for disorderly conduct at Union Square West and East 17th Street last Wednesday at 12:18 p.m. Police said that the man, identified only as John Doe, was yelling, spitting and causing public alarm inside Union Square Park, where he also harassed an elderly man and littered.

Eighteen-year-old Imani Witherspoon and 24-year-old Mansell McLain were arrested for forgery inside the Chase Bank at 611 Sixth Avenue last Thursday at 6:05 p.m. The bank branch manager told police that Witherspoon and McLain entered the bank with a fraudulent check and allegedly attempted to cash it. Witherspoon was also charged with petit larceny.
The previous Tuesday at 6:04 p.m., another man, 20-year-old Ramon Santos, was arrested for forgery at the same bank. Police said that the bank branch manager told them Santos entered the location and presented a fraudulent check to one of the tellers in an attempt to cash it.

Two people were arrested for selling drugs near Washington Irving High School last week.
Rafael Vazquez, 44, was arrested in front of 145 East 15th Street for sale on school grounds last Thursday at 7:18 p.m. Police said that Vazquez sold a quantity of a controlled substance to an undercover detective and the deal allegedly took place within a thousand feet of the school. He was also in possession of alleged marijuana and an additional quantity of a controlled substance.
He was also charged with intent to sell a controlled substance, sale of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance and possession of marijuana.
Police arrested 22-year-old Romer Collado for sale of a controlled substance in front of 123 East 15th Street last Tuesday at 8:02 p.m. Police said that on seven separate occasions, Collado sold an amount of a controlled substance in the vicinity of the high school. He was also allegedly in possession of a quantity of a controlled substance and packaging used in the sale of narcotics. He was also charged with sale on school grounds, intent to sell a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Police arrested 26-year-old Bryan Dejesus at the corner of Union Square West and East 14th Street last Friday at 12:30 a.m. Police said that Dejesus harassed a woman while on the uptown 6 train and when police told him to stop harassing her, he said to the officer, “Suck my d—,” and “What you gonna do about it, n—–!” When police attempted to remove him from the train, he allegedly flailed his arms and pushed the officer. Dejesus was charged with resisting arrest, disorderly conduct and harassment.

Police arrested 46-year-old Thomas Sloan and 45-year-old Yeh Chan for assault at the corner of East 28th Street and Second Avenue last Friday at 4:31 a.m. Police said that Sloan and Chan got into an argument which turned violent. Both men punched each other in the face and Chan allegedly bit Sloan. Police did not have any information about why the fight started.

Andre Rodriguez, 39, was arrested at Fourth Avenue and East 14th Street last Friday at 6:39 a.m. Rodriguez was allegedly smoking a cigarette in the mezzanine of the Union Square station and ignored requests to put it out. Police said he resisted arrest by going limp and tensing up his arms, and when he was brought back to Transit District 4 inside the station, he allegedly refused to walk and had to be carried by officers. Police said that while he was being escorted, he caused screamed at the officers, causing public alarm. He was charged with resisting arrest and disorderly conduct.

Police arrested 24-year-old Roberts Parks for assault and menacing in front of 200 East 26th Street last Saturday at 11:08 p.m. Police said that Parks punched and kicked the victim in the face, causing swelling and pain. The victim also told police that Parks lifted up his shirt and showed what appeared to be a gun, but no gun was recovered from the scene.

Forty-year-old Arbu Jordan was arrested for a health code violation and possession of marijuana in front of 340 East 28th Street on Sunday at 1:50 a.m. Jordan was allegedly urinating on a tree in public and after he was searched, police said that he had a ziplock bag of marijuana inside his left sock.

Police arrested 44-year-old Melissa Justice for weapons possession and menacing in front of 28 West 23rd Street last Monday at 8:18 a.m. Justice was allegedly holding a box cutter out in front of the victim’s place of employment, scaring the victim. Police said that a box cutter was recovered from Justice’s left front jacket pocket.

Police Watch: Teens arrested for First Ave. robberies, Man busted for multiple ‘burglaries’

Police arrested three teens at the corner of First Avenue and East 23rd Street last Thursday at 2:50 a.m. for two different robberies.
One of the victims told police that he was walking south on First Avenue at the northeast corner of East 23rd Street when three unknown boys surrounded him and demanded his phone.
The victim said that one of the teens took a wooden stick and started to hit him on the face and body. While he was trying to run away, his phone fell out of his pocket and police later recovered the victim’s phone from the right pants pocket of one of the teens.
A second victim told police that she was waiting for the bus at the northeast corner of East 23rd Street and First Avenue when the three teens tried to snatch her phone from her hand. She said that she was texting when they walked up behind her, reached over her shoulder and tried to grab her phone. She told police that she started running away and as she was running, the teens threw large chunks of ice at her, which hurt her lower back.
The names of the teens are being withheld due to their age.

Police arrested 28-year-old Elijah Johnson for the sale of marijuana in front of 515 East 14th Street last Friday at 4:59 p.m. Police said that Johnson sold a quantity of marijuana to an undercover officer. Johnson was also charged with possession of marijuana.

Police arrested 36-year-old Ping Du and 26-year-old Yun Lu for prostitution inside Moon Boy Spa at 101 West 25th Street last Friday at 5:15 p.m. Police said that Du massaged an undercover officer and agreed to engage in sexual intercourse for $160. Lu massaged the same undercover officer and allegedly agreed to engage in anal sex in exchange for $160. Du and Lu could not produce valid massage licenses.

Police arrested 67-year-old Ira Goldberg for burglary, grand larceny and petit larceny inside the 13th precinct last Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. Police said that Goldberg entered the fifth floor of the Adorama camera store at 42 West 18th Street without permission and opened a locked door with a credit card. He also allegedly went to the sales floor of the location and removed camera equipment valued over $15,000. He was charged with two counts of burglary in the 13th Precinct this year, one count of grand larceny in Midtown South last year, one count of grand larceny and two counts of petit larceny in the 13th precinct last year and one count of grand larceny and petit larceny in the Midtown North precinct this year.

Police arrested 28-year-old Christopher Marcano inside Bellevue at 462 First Avenue last Thursday at 2:20 a.m. Marcano was charged with resisting arrest and disorderly conduct. Police said that Marcano was acting loud and aggressive inside an ER patient holding area, causing alarm and a hazardous environment to other patients. Marcano also allegedly pulled his arms away as officers attempted to put him in handcuffs, causing a struggle.

Police arrested 44-year-old Jamel Lee for an unclassified felony and fraud inside 444 Second Avenue last Friday at 12:20 p.m. Lee is a registered New York State level 2 sex offender after having been convicted of attempted rape in the first degree on September 3, 1991. Lee allegedly gave a written statement containing false information and intending to defraud the state as to his true residence or living status.
He allegedly failed to notify New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services of an address change within 10 calendar days by September 11, 2012 as required by New York State corrections law.
Police said that he also failed to return the signed annual verification forms to New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services after they were mailed to his last registered address in 2013 and 2014 as required by corrections law and he allegedly failed to appear at his local law enforcement agency to provide a photo within 20 days after his annual registration date, by July 18, 2014, as required every three years by NYC corrections law.

Police arrested 31-year-old Tiffany King and 38-year-old Antonne Frazier for criminal trespassing inside 224 East 28th Street last Wednesday at 10:50 p.m. King and Frazier allegedly entered and remained unlawfully on the roof landing at the building even though signs in the stairwell state that there is no access to the roof and roof landing except for authorized personnel.

Police arrested 57-year-old vendor Young Yang for forgery in front of 37 West 28th Street last Tuesday at 1:45 p.m. Police said that Yang was displaying 36 bracelets with a trademark counterfeit logo for I Love NY.
Police arrested 43-year-old Prakash Dasani for forgery in front of 1201 Broadway last Friday at 2:25 p.m. Dasani was allegedly displaying 107 pieces of costume jewelry which bore a trademark counterfeit logo for I Love NY.

Police arrested 27-year-old Iasia Purcell for endangering the welfare of a child inside 4 East 28th Street last Tuesday at 12:33 p.m. Purcell allegedly left her daughter and son alone and unsupervised for almost two hours.

Police arrested 22-year-old Abdoully Kane for possession of marijuana last Wednesday at 8 p.m. on the corner of Broadway and West 29th Street. Police said that Kane had a small plastic bag of marijuana in his right hand. He was brought back to the stationhouse and issued a summons.

Police arrested two men for the sale of marijuana and possession of marijuana on the corner of Broadway and West 28th Street last Tuesday at 5:50 p.m. Alexander Henson, 27, and Stephon Pierre, also 27, allegedly sold a quantity of marijuana to an undercover officer. Police said that Henson was also in possession of a controlled substance and that Pierre was in possession of additional marijuana.

Two men were arrested for criminal trespassing inside ATM vestibules this past week.
Cleon Vondothard, 46, was arrested inside 225 Fifth Avenue last Thursday at 8:30 p.m. Vondothard was allegedly inside the Chase ATM vestibule and was not conducting any bank business and did not have permission to be inside the location.
Police arrested 55-year-old Christopher Schafer for criminal trespassing inside the Bank of America at 399 Third Avenue last Friday at 6:31 a.m. Police said that Schafer did not have permission to be inside the location and a sign at the facility says that it may only be used to conduct banking business.

Police arrested 47-year-old Kevin McNicholas at the Union Square subway station last Friday at 3:30 a.m. for an unclassified violation of New York State laws. McNicholas was allegedly completely outstretched on a downtown 4 train, occupying multiple seats and with his feet up.

Police arrested 48-year-old Wendell Foston for an unclassified violation of New York State laws in front of 100 West 24th Street last Saturday at 1:33 a.m. Foston was allegedly urinating on a public sidewalk in public view.

Police Watch: Shots fired on 14th Street, Handyman arrested for ‘burglary’, Girl punches cop

Police arrested Patrick Perroud, 25, after he allegedly fired several shots from a gun in attempt to cause serious physical injuries on West 14th Street between Fifth and Sixth Avenues. He was charged with assault, reckless endangerment and weapons possession.

Anthony Digangi, 37, was arrested on June 30 for allegedly intentionally breaking 15 bottles of olive oil at the Garden of Eden food shop on West 23rd Street. Police said it wasn’t clear what prompted this and the value of the destroyed bottles was said to be $359.85. Digangi was charged with criminal mischief.

Jason Washington, 22, was arrested at the Union Square subway after an officer saw him allegedly grinding onto a woman’s buttocks on a southbound express train. He was charged on June 30 at 9:47 a.m. with sexual abuse.

Handyman Luis Colon, 32, was arrested for burglary on July 2 after a tenant in the building he works told police she caught him on camera at her apartment when she wasn’t home. The woman, who lives at 30 West 18th Street, has a camera in her bedroom and said when she checked it after work, saw Colon going through five different wallets and a jewelry box. She said that Colon had no reason or permission to be in her apartment at that time. Police arrested him while he was painting another apartment.

Police arrested Marco Natal, 38 for assault after he allegedly bashed someone over the head with a wooden chair at 4 Union Square South on July 2. The victim got cuts and bruises as a result and according to police, Natal made “spontaneous utterances” admitting to doing it.

Police arrested a 16-year-old at the Good Shepherd Services home at 331 East 17th Street on July 4 for punching another girl and then the cop who came to investigate.
The officer arrived after a girl in the building said she was cleaning her room when the other teen, whose name is being withheld due to her tender age, approached her and punched her in the face. The punch caused swelling to the face of the victim, who also said she’s tired of the assailant hitting on her and they’ve had confrontations in the past. When an officer came to try and diffuse the situation, he said the suspect refused to sit down, and when apprehended, punched him, causing substantial pain.

Anthony Brown, 47, was busted at 319 East 28th Street on July 3 after police said he was trying to sell an Apple laptop and an iPad for $500 each. However, each of the computer boxes were actually filled with cut up paper, police said. He was charged with accosting and fraud.

Parks Department employee Luis Freyes, 30, was arrested on July 5 at 1:22 a.m. at First Avenue and 14th Street after allegedly attacking his wife.
The wife had told police they’d been on a bus and he was sleeping. When she woke him, he became very “irate” and shoved her and knocked her down, causing her to cut her face, police said. He then fled into the subway at the southeast corner of the intersection, but was apprehended when he returned to the location.

Police regularly arrest people who sell Metrocard swipes on the subway and the following individuals were collared for allegedly selling while also blocking turnstiles, obstructing the flow of traffic.
Casique Roman, 35, was arrested at the Union Square subway on June 30.
Daniel Abbastante, 40, was arrested on July 3 at the Union Square subway.
Scott Morales, 25, was arrested at the Union Square subway on July 3.
Edward Laramore, 30, was arrested at the Union Square subway on July 5.
Angelina Phillip, 31, was arrested at the Union Square subway on July 6.

Leonardo Ramirez, 23, was arrested after police saw him allegedly sneak under a turnstile at the Union Square subway. Upon searching him, an officer found a small glassine envelope of alleged cocaine in his shorts pocket.

Michael Bailes, 26, was arrested on June 30 at 4:48 p.m. at First Avenue and 14th Street for allegedly selling a controlled substance. Police said Bailes also resisted arrest by lying on top of his hands to avoid being cuffed.

Angel Reyes, 44, was allegedly seen by a cop holding a 24 oz. malt liquor beverage in Bellevue South Park on June 30 at around 8 p.m. Police said Reyes declined homeless outreach services.
Nearby at Second Avenue and 28th Street, David Ramos, 46, was arrested on July 2 at 9:24 a.m. for allegedly holding a bottle of Corona on a public sidewalk.
Isabelo Rodriguez was allegedly seen with an open bottle of Georgi vodka on a sidewalk at 332 East 29th Street.
Danielo Areis, 47, was allegedly seen with a can of Sapporo beer on a sidewalk in front of 41 Union Square West.

Police made a couple of arrests on July 1 of straphangers who’d fallen asleep on the train. Though the incidents occurred in the wee hours of the morning, police told T&V that occupying more than one seat is a crime any time, even when there’s little competition for seats.
Walter Allen, 51, was arrested at the Union Square subway after he was seeing allegedly lying across the seats on a southbound 4 train.
Juan Acosta, 35, was arrested at the Union Square Subway after allegedly occupying more than one seat on the 6 train.

Dave Morris, 50, was arrested at East 14th Street and Union Square West after an officer spotted him allegedly selling two Newport looseys. Since Morris was not in possession of a tax stamp, he was charged on July 1 with violating tax law.

Jermaine Anderson, 30, was arrested on July 3 at East 26th Street and Park Avenue South after police said he crossed a crime scene. But after being told to move along, Anderson refused, cops said. After searching him, he was found to be in possession of alleged marijuana in his gym bag.
Omar Miller, 41, was arrested on July 1 at Fifth Avenue and 14th Street for allegedly selling pot to an undercover officer.
Nicholas Jean, 26, was arrested at Broadway and 23rd Street on July 2 after allegedly selling pot to an undercover officer. Police said Jean had seven active warrants.

On July 2, Amir Mushal, 42, was seen by a cop allegedly carrying a gravity knife in his front pants pocket in plain view on the subway.
On July 3, Dimitri Rohen, 22, was allegedly seen by a cop with a knife clipped to his front pants pocket at the Union Square subway.

Police arrested Emmanuel Urena, 24, for allegedly urinating on a public sidewalk at 134 East 29th Street on July 4.

Russell Nelson, 25, was stopped at Third Avenue and 24th Street after an officer saw him allegedly driving without using his headlights. Police said he was going east and when stopped, had slurred speech and bloodshot eyes and could only produce a non-driver’s ID. He was arrested on July 4 at 5:16 a.m.

Compiled by Sabina Mollot