Police Watch: Man accused of punching woman during robbery, Woman allegedly assaulted theater employees

MAN ACCUSED OF PUNCHING WOMAN DURING CVS ROBBERY
Police arrested 27-year-old Sean Wagner and 22-year-old Nicholas Caballero for an alleged robbery inside the CVS at 245 First Avenue on Wednesday, March 27 around 11 p.m. Police said that Wagner and Caballero, along with another person who wasn’t arrested, went into the store and took merchandise off the shelves and tried to leave without paying. An employee said that she told them to stop and was going to take a photo of them when Wagner allegedly punched her in the face, causing redness and pain. The suspects fled the store, but Wagner was caught shortly after the incident in front of 7 East 14th Street on Thursday, March 28 at 12:16 a.m. Caballero was arrested inside the 13th Precinct on Monday, April 1 at 4 p.m. Wagner was charged with robbery and possession of stolen property. Caballero was charged with petit larceny.

WOMEN ALLEGEDLY ASSAULTED MOVIE THEATER EMPLOYEES
Police arrested 22-year-old Treasure Liggins, 24-year-old Brianna Jones and 23-year-old Tyhamrra Newman for an alleged fight that took place inside the AMC movie theater at 890 Broadway on Monday, March 25 around 12:40 a.m. Police said that Liggins hit the manager of the theater in the eye and Jones allegedly punched the victim, punching another employee at the theater and a security guard in the face, causing swelling and pain to the three victims. Newman reportedly sprayed the theater manager, an employee of the theater and a security guard at the theater with pepper spray, causing substantial pain. Jones and Newman were arrested inside the 13th precinct at 2 a.m. No further information was available about what started the dispute.

MAN ACCUSED OF ASSAULT AT POST OFFICE
Police arrested 58-year-old George Greenslade for an alleged assault that took place inside the Peter Stuyvesant Post Office at 335 East 14th Street on Thursday, March 28 at 4 p.m. The victim told police that he was standing in line when Greenslade allegedly shoved him after cutting him in line. The victim said that Greenslade completed his transaction and waited outside the Post Office for the victim.

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ACS teens nabbed for muggings

Administration for Children’s Services facility in Kips Bay (Photo via Google Maps)

By Maria Rocha-Buschel

Police have arrested three teenagers in the care of the Administration for Children’s Services Kips Bay Children’s Center in connection with two robberies in the neighborhood this week.

One robbery took place on East 24th Street between Second and Third Avenues on Friday, March 15 around 12:45 a.m. The victim told police that he was walking east on East 24th Street between Second and Third Avenues when three teens approached him from behind and mugged him.

The victim said that they came up from behind him and demanded his bag. He said that he gave the kids his bag and told them he didn’t want trouble before walking away. The victim said that as he was walking away, the three suspects grabbed him and went through his pockets and took his property. The teens were positively identified after officers searched the area.

Police said that one of the teens involved in the robbery was also responsible for a robbery that took place in Kips Bay a few hours earlier the same day.

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Man tries to rob Stuy Town Citibank

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Police officer in front of the bank at 262 First Avenue (Photo by Sean O’Ceallaigh)

By Sabina Mollot

Police are looking for a man who tried to rob the Citibank in Stuyvesant Town on Saturday.

Police say the man strolled into the bank at 262 First Avenue at 10 a.m. and, after approaching the teller, opened an encyclopedia he was holding to a page with a handwritten note demanding cash.

However, the teller did not comply and the man ran off.

The suspect is described as white, 30 to 40 years old, 6’1″ tall and 180 lbs. He was last seen wearing a black jacket, a grey hoodie, black hat, grey gloves, and black sweatpants with red stripes.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or log onto nypdcrimestoppers.com. All calls are strictly confidential.

Update: Rick Hayduk, general manager of Stuyvesant Town, said StuyTown Property Services has provided video to the NYPD and will continue to provide assistance to police. Additionally, the Public Safety department has beefed up patrols along First Avenue with officer patrols as well as cameras.

 

Man charged with robbery at Flatiron Coach

Robbery suspect

By Sabina Mollot and Maria Rocha-Buschel

Police arrested 34-year-old Justin Ponder for an alleged robbery at the Coach store at 79 Fifth Avenue as well as an alleged burglary inside 7 East 19th Street on Friday, March 8 at 1:05 p.m.

It was on Thursday, March 7 at 6:10 p.m., when a man later believed to be Ponder strolled into the store at East 16th Street and picked up a $295 bag and an $1,100 jacket. Police said when he tried to leave without paying, an employee confronted him. Ponder then allegedly shoved him out of his way and said, “Do you want to get punched or do you want to get stabbed?” He then fled out a rear door with the luxury label items.

Because of the alleged threat, the incident is being considered a robbery, rather than theft.

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Police Watch: Man charged with slashing coworker, Patient accused of sexual abuse at MSBI

MAN CHARGED WITH SLASHING COWORKER AT ELEVEN MADISON PARK
Police arrested 65-year-old Nigel McClean for an alleged assault inside Eleven Madison Park at 11 Madison Avenue on Tuesday, March 5 at 8:50 a.m. The victim told police that he and McClean, who are coworkers, got into an argument inside the restaurant. McClean allegedly picked up a chef’s knife and pointed it at the victim and the victim said that in an act of self-defense, he punched McClean in the face. Police said that during the fight, McClean slashed the victim in the back, cutting him. McClean was also charged with menacing.

PATIENT ACCUSED OF SEX ABUSE OF BETH ISRAEL EMPLOYEE
Police arrested 52-year-old Frankie Serrano for alleged sexual abuse inside Mount Sinai Beth Israel hospital at 281 First Avenue on Sunday, March 10 at 11:52 a.m. The victim told police that she was leaning over while tending to another patient when she felt something hard on her buttocks. When she turned around, she saw Serrano standing behind her and he allegedly had his penis exposed from his hospital gown.

MAN CHARGED WITH PHONE THEFT AT KIPS BAY SHELTER
Police arrested 58-year-old Tony Roman for an alleged theft inside the men’s shelter at 400 East 30th Street on Monday, March 4 at 7:45 p.m. The victim told police that while he was sleeping, Roman ripped open his pants and took his cell phone from his pocket.

After he was arrested, Roman was also charged in connection with a robbery that took place on Thursday, February 28 at 10:50 p.m. Police said that he pulled out a knife and mugged the victim inside the lobby of 148 East 30th Street. He was also charged with weapons possession. Roman was charged with grand larceny for the alleged theft at the shelter.

TWO BUSTED FOR ASSAULT OUTSIDE DELI
Police arrested two people for an alleged assault in front of the deli at 353 East 14th Street on Thursday, March 7 at 4:40 p.m. A teenager and 20-year-old Luis Rios allegedly punched the victim in the head and back while the victim was on the ground. Rios was caught in front of 309 East 14th Street and the teen was busted at the corner of Second Avenue and East 14th Street. Police said that the suspects and the victim did not know each other.

TEEN NABBED FOR WALLET THEFT AT UNION SQUARE MOVIE THEATER
Police arrested a teenager last Thursday for a theft that took place in a movie theater near Union Square earlier this year. The victim told police that he went to the theater at 890 Broadway on January 22 and while he was watching a movie between 6:30 and 8:30 p.m., his wallet went missing. As Town & Village previously reported, 18-year-old Noel Carr was also arrested in connection with this alleged theft. Carr was charged with grand larceny on February 12. The name of the teen arrested most recently is being withheld due to his young age.

MAN ARRESTED FOR SWITCHBLADE IN KIPS BAY
Police arrested 21-year-old Javier Hernandez for alleged weapons possession at the corner of East 26th Street and Second Avenue on Thursday, March 7 at 7:17 p.m.

Police saw Hernandez driving south on Second Avenue with excessively tinted windows and when he was stopped, he allegedly had a switchblade in plain view in the center cup holder of the car. When police searched his vehicle, they also found that he had a small bag of alleged marijuana and a partially smoked alleged marijuana cigarette from the driver’s side air conditioner vent.

MAN ARRESTED FOR DUANE READE THEFT, ROBBERY
Police arrested 46-year-old Martin Negron for alleged possession of a controlled substance at the corner of Second Avenue and East 27th Street on Wednesday, March 6 at 1 a.m. Police recognized Negron at the intersection because he fit the description from a previous alleged theft in which he reportedly stole items from the Duane Reade at 777 Sixth Avenue on Wednesday, February 27 at 10:17 p.m. When he was stopped, police found that he was in possession of an alleged controlled substance.

Upon further investigation, police found that he was a suspect in a previous robbery that took place inside the same Duane Reade on February 23 at 4:13 a.m. Police said that Negron and two other people who weren’t arrested removed beer from the store without paying and caused an injury to the store employee as a result of the alleged theft.

SUSPECT ARRESTED FOR RESTAURANT BURGLARY
Police arrested 26-year-old Ibrahim Jalloh for an alleged burglary that took place at PN Wood Fired Pizza inside 2 West 28th Street on December 23, 2018, at 9:30 p.m. Police said that the front door of the business was damaged and the glass had been cracked. Jalloh allegedly broke into the restaurant while the business was closed and took electronics. Jalloh was arrested on Tuesday, March 5 at 8:45 a.m. inside the 13th Precinct.

Shoplifter threatens employee at Flatiron Coach store

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Robbery suspect

By Sabina Mollot

Cops are looking for a man who shoved an employee at the Coach store at 79 Fifth Avenue after he was caught trying to shoplift.

It was on Thursday, March 7 at 6:10 p.m., when the man strolled into the store at East 16th Street and picked up a $295 bag and an $1,100 jacket. When he tried to leave without paying, an employee confronted him. The man then shoved him out of his way and said, “Do you want to get punched or do you want to get stabbed?” The thief then fled out a rear door with the luxury label items.

The suspect is described as black, 25, 5 ft. 11 ins. and 160 lbs. He was wearing a black coat and hat and white sneakers. Because of the alleged threat, he is being sought for robbery, rather than theft.

Anyone with information is asked to call 1-800-TIPS (8477). All calls are confidential.

Cops arrest suspect for assault, then connect him to a robbery in Madison Square Park

By Maria Rocha-Buschel

Police arrested a man for an assault in Kips Bay last week and later charged him in connection with an assault that took place in Madison Square Park last year.

James Beard, 31, allegedly assaulted a man at the corner of Second Avenue and East 25th Street on Monday, February 18 at 2:36 p.m.

The victim told police that he was walking north on Second Avenue between East 24th and 25th Streets on Monday when he got into an argument with Beard, at which point Beard allegedly punched him in the face, causing redness and pain.

Police said that Beard repeatedly said that his name was Jaquan Thomas despite multiple warnings, and was also charged with impersonation, as well as harassment.

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Bike-riding thugs knock man down and steal his phone in Flatiron

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Some of the robbery suspects

By Sabina Mollot

Cops are on the lookout for 10 or possibly more people who, while on bikes, snatched a man’s cell phone after one of the cyclists ran into him.

It was on January 27 when the victim, a 45-year-old man, was at the corner of East 24th Street and Park Avenue South. The cyclists, who were described as young and may have been teenagers, approached him and one of them spat at the man. Another cyclist then ran into him, knocking the man to the ground. The victim’s iPhone tumbled out of his hand when he fell and when he tried to reach it, realized it was gone. The iPhone was valued a $800. It isn’t clear if the victim was injured.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call 1-800-577-TIPS (8477). All calls are confidential.

Police Watch: Man arrested for robbery, Man charged with stealing hand truck

ACCUSED OF BREAKING WINDOW, MAN THEN ARRESTED FOR PREVIOUS ROBBERY
Police arrested 42-year-old Christopher Keppel for alleged criminal mischief in front of Papaya Dog at 239 First Avenue on Thursday, January 24 at 3:40 p.m. Police said that when Keppel was fighting with an unknown person, he punched the storefront of the business.

After searching the area, an employee of the business spotted Keppel and identified him as the person who had allegedly damaged the window. After Keppel was searched, police found that he was in possession of a bag with a white powder that was inside his boot. Keppel allegedly told police that the bag was his crack.

After he was arrested, Keppel was charged with a robbery that took place in front of 245 First Avenue on January 18 at 5:55 a.m. Police said that Keppel grabbed the victim’s cell phone from his hand and punched him in the face.

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New Year brings spike in crime

Deputy Inspector Steven Hellman at the 13th Precinct Community Council meeting on Tuesday, January 15 (Photo by Maria Rocha-Buschel)

By Maria Rocha-Buschel

The beginning of the year has brought a spike in crime to the 13th Precinct, with an almost 14 percent increase in the last week due to a string of burglaries and robberies.

“The good news is that I made them stop the shutdown for the L train in anticipation of the increase in crime that we’ve seen lately,” Deputy Inspector Steven Hellman joked at the precinct’s most recent community council meeting on Tuesday, January 15.

Hellman, the precinct’s commanding officer, told neighborhood residents in attendance at the council’s first monthly meeting of the year that the last week was the most high-volume for crime since he took over the precinct at the beginning of last year.

In addition to the arrest of Bryan Lincoln, who was collared for three alleged attempted robberies in Union Square on January 11, Hellman said that two suspects who haven’t been arrested were responsible for four burglaries within a three-block radius in the precinct that same day, breaking into businesses while they were closed and grabbing cash from the registers.

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Cabbie punched and robbed in Gramercy

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First robbery suspect

By Sabina Mollot

Police are looking for two men who stiffed a cabbie, stole his phone and punched him in the face on a street in Gramercy.

Cops said that on Wednesday, January 9 at 7:10 p.m., the 31-year-old driver was dropping off the men at Park Avenue South and East 22nd Street, after they’d hailed the cab at 96th Street and Broadway. However, the passengers didn’t pay the fare before getting out and when the driver asked for the money, one of them reached into his window and stole his cell phone. When the driver got out of his car to get it back, one of the two men punched him before they both fled.

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Second robbery suspect

The victim refused medical attention at the scene.

The two suspects are described as being black and about 18-20.

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). All calls are strictly confidential.

 

Police Watch: Robbery at Goodwill, Employee assaulted at Washington Irving

ACCUSED SHOPLIFTER AT GOODWILL ALLEGEDLY HIT EMPLOYEE WITH HELMET
Police arrested 38-year-old Nicholas Vandermillen for an alleged robbery inside the Goodwill at 220 East 23rd Street on Saturday, January 5 at 10 a.m. Police said that Vandermillen took a helmet from a display inside the store and attempted to leave without paying for it. An employee then confronted him, and this turned into an argument outside the store.

Police said that Vandermillen then spilled coffee in the victim’s face and both he and the victim fell to the ground. Vandermillen allegedly stood up while the victim was still on the ground and grabbed the helmet with his left hand, then swung it and hit the victim in the face with the intention of causing physical harm.

Vandermillen was also charged with petit larceny and possession of stolen property.

TEEN ASSAULTS EMPLOYEE AT WASHINGTON IRVING BUILDING
Police arrested a teenager for assaulting a Department of Education employee inside the Washington Irving campus at 40 Irving Place on Thursday, January 3 at 11:53 a.m. Police said that the teen punched a DOE parent coordinator in the head, causing pain to the left side of her face. The coordinator was removed to Beth Israel Hospital for treatment.

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Teen mugged on East 14th Street

Robbery suspects

By Sabina Mollot

Cops are on the lookout for two people who mugged a 19-year-old as he walked past the Peter Stuyvesant Post Office on December 21.

The victim was headed to get a slice of pizza at around 5:20 p.m. when the two suspects, male and female, approached him in front of 335 East 14th Street and asked him for the time.

When the victim pulled out his iPhone to check, they pointed an unknown object into his back and demanded his belongings. The victim complied, dropping his phone and bookbag, which the muggers snatched before fleeing west on East 14th Street.

The male suspect is black and was wearing a blue jacket, hoodie, blue jeans, black and white sneakers and a black skullcap. The female suspect is black and was wearing white sneakers, blue jeans, and a camouflage and black hooded jacket.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call 1-800-555-TIPS (8477). All calls will be kept confidential.

This article has been updated to include descriptions of the suspects.

UPDATED: Two attempted robberies on Oval

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Security booth at Stuyvesant Oval (pictured December 2017)

By Sabina Mollot

Stuy Town’s Public Safety department is on the lookout for two male suspects who attempted to rob an older man as well as a couple in the Oval early on New Year’s Eve morning.

A Town & Village reader alerted us that as he was walking around the Oval at around 12:30 a.m., an older man was mugged by two people. Fortunately, the victim was able to get help from a couple of other people who happened to be around. The reader noticed this happened near the security booth, which was unmanned at the time.

Asked about this, Stuy Town General Manager Rick Hayduk confirmed the incident, but said the victim wasn’t touched by the suspects.

According to Hayduk, they’d approached the man on the Oval and said, “Give us your money.” The resident refused and continued to walk away and they didn’t chase him. However, the pair then tried the same thing with a nearby couple, who also declined to turn over their money, and the would-be muggers fled empty-handed towards First Avenue.

“The first resident immediately reported it to Public Safety who canvassed the area (officers on foot and by video) to no avail,” Hayduk said, adding that the resident asked management not to call the NYPD.

Hayduk added, “The Oval booth is only occupied when the officer is seeking shelter, otherwise that officer is patrolling the Oval or the immediate vicinity.”

UPDATE: This story has been updated to reflect management’s statement that there was no physical contact between the suspects and the victim.

Police Watch: Bus driver arrested after hitting pedestrian, Suspect arrested for alleged CVS robbery

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BUS DRIVER ARRESTED AFTER HITTING PEDESTRIAN ON EAST 22ND STREET
Police arrested 54-year-old Damion Seeley for allegedly leaving the scene of an accident causing personal injury in an incident on August 17 around 10 p.m. near the intersection of East 22nd Street and Second Avenue. Seeley was driving a bus near the intersection allegedly hit a man in his 40s who was crossing the street. Police said that Seeley then left the scene without waiting for police to arrive, and the victim was transported to Bellevue Hospital with minor injuries. Seeley was arrested on Monday, December 10 at 6:40 p.m. inside the 13th Precinct. Police did not have further information about whether the bus was owned by the MTA or a private company.

SUSPECT ARRESTED FOR ALLEGED ROBBERY WITH HYPODERMIC NEEDLE AT CVS
Police arrested 41-year-old Alan Betances for an alleged robbery that took place inside the CVS at 253 First Avenue on Wednesday, November 14 around 8 p.m.

As Town & Village reported at the time, a man strolled into the store and began throwing items from the shelves into a garbage bag. When an employee confronted him in the aisle, the man allegedly pulled out a needle and told the worker to “step back.”

Betances was arrested on Wednesday, December 12 at 5:30 p.m. inside the 13th Precinct.

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