STUY TOWN MAN ARRESTED FOR FILMING FRIEND IN SHOWER
Police arrested 30-year-old Phi Trinh for obscene material inside 651 East 14th Street on Sunday, September 29 at 5:56 p.m. The victim told police that she discovered a portable charging device capable of recording video and taking pictures plugged into the bathroom wall outlet and pointing towards the shower and bathtub. The victim said that she confronted Trinh and found that he was in possession of pictures and videos of her in the bathroom on his personal cell phone and laptop. Police said that Trinh and the victim are friends and had no further information about the nature of their relationship.
MAN BUSTED FOR THEFTS, BURGLARY
Police arrested 54-year-old Alan Nimmons inside the 13th precinct on Monday, September 23 at 4:33 p.m. for an alleged theft that took place in an office previously.
Traffic Safety Officer Javier Alvarez and NCO officers Peter Rodriguez and Manuel Rodriguez address Stuyvesant Town residents’ bike-related concerns. (Photo by Maria Rocha-Buschel)
By Maria Rocha-Buschel
Electric bikes as well as the old-fashioned variety of two-wheelers wound up being the hot topic at the first meeting of the 13th Precinct’s Neighborhood Coordinating Officer program for residents of Stuyvesant Town.
Officers from the 13th Precinct were at the Stuyvesant Town Community Center last Thursday evening for the new NCO program and addressed the bike operations being conducted in the area.
In particular, the NYPD has been cracking down on delivery people who use e-bikes and 13th Precinct Traffic Safety Officer Javier Alvarez said that the precinct conducted over 20 separate operations last year. During that time, 135 e-bikes were confiscated and summonses were given. All the while, officers, perhaps as a warning, would post photos of the confiscated bikes on the precinct’s Twitter feed.
Alvarez said that there is some confusion among residents about what’s legal and what’s not regarding e-bikes, which are a frequent topic of discussion at the regular precinct community council meetings.
A Stuyvesant Town resident who got a Christmas visit from a scammer posing as a Con Ed employee alerted Town & Village to the incident, in the hope of warning neighbors to be careful.
As the resident, who lives at 453 East 14th Street, told us via email:
“Around noon a very large, white male, with a slight speech impediment was ringing doorbells on my floor and asked for my neighbor to show her Con Ed bill. I felt suspicious as he had rung my bell as well. So in a move of safety and solidarity, I opened my door and told him to leave the building, that he is not allowed to be here. I notified security. Not sure if they found him. Obviously not the brightest scammer since we don’t get Con Ed bills!”
State Senator Brad Hoylman (Photo by Maria Rocha-Buschel)
By Sabina Mollot
Just call him Robo-call Cop.
Like any other New Yorker, State Senator Brad Hoylman has come to view his phone with a sense of dread each time it rings thanks to near-daily scam calls.
Popular ones to hit local communities lately include the Apple iCloud shutoff scam and another claiming money is owed to Con Ed.
In Hoylman’s case, the Greenwich Village resident said it’s recently been a steady mix of callers instructing him to call back about his credit card account, announcements that he’s won a free cruise (complete with a louder than necessary cruise ship horn blast) and messages in Chinese. The Chinese language calls come from numbers that appear to be local with 212, 917 and 646 area codes.
But, said Hoylman, “Those are spoofed calls made overseas.”
To combat the scam scourge, the senator has proposed legislation that would require phone companies to offer consumers tools, free of charge, on landlines as well as cell phones, to block or divert robocalls.
The latest phone scam to irritate New Yorkers struck this past week, with numerous residents of Stuyvesant Town reporting they were called by someone claiming to be from Apple.
Susan Steinberg, president of the Stuyvesant Town-Peter Cooper Village Tenants Association, said she received at least six of those calls on Sunday, and while she wasn’t fooled, “It’s enough to make you want to pull the phone out of the wall,” she said.
A bunch of neighbors also reported receiving the same on the association’s Facebook page over the weekend.
In this case, callers are informed that their iCloud account has been hacked and their data is in jeopardy. Steinberg first got called in the morning, getting a barrage of followup calls throughout the day.
Deputy Inspector Brendan Timoney (Photo by Maria Rocha-Buschel)
By Maria Rocha-Buschel
The 13th Precinct is warning residents about a new influx of phone scams after a local woman was conned out of $30,000 when she got a call from who she thought was the police.
Deputy Inspector Brendan Timoney, commanding officer of the 13th Precinct, told people attending a meeting held by the precinct’s Community Council last Tuesday that the woman got a call from what she thought was the 81st precinct. The person calling her told her there was a warrant for her arrest and demanded payment in iTunes cards.
Police arrested 33-year-old Carlos Angulo Delgado for petit larceny last Monday at 7 p.m. inside the 13th Precinct. Police said that Delgado told the victim that she would be placed at the top of an apartment waiting list in exchange for cash.
Police said that a victim flagged an officer down in the street because Delgado allegedly claimed to be a New York City employee who promised the victim that he would help her obtain Section 8 housing. The victim told police that she paid Delgado $1,000 for his services on May 28 at 570 West 207th Street and refused to pay any more because Delgado did not have employee identification on him. Police said that they recovered a binder from Delgado containing Section 8 paperwork. According to the DA’s office, the binder had records for at least 10 other individuals relating to Section 8 housing, in which victims allegedly gave Delgado cash in exchange for priority treatment for Section 8 housing. The DA’s office said that incidents dated back to September 2016.
No further information was available about where the Section 8 housing Delgado allegedly offered was.
Police are looking for a man who duped an elderly Peter Cooper Village resident out of $2,000, claiming it was bail she’d need to pay to free a friend who was arrested.
The man called the victim, a 93-year-old woman, at home on Friday, May 26 to say that a friend of hers was arrested and at Rikers Island. He then informed her the bail would cost her $6,500. When the victim said she only had $2,000, the scammer then arrived at her home to collect the cash. Afterwards, the victim got suspicious and called her friend, who, it turned out, had not been arrested.
MAN ARRESTED FOR PUNCHING SENIOR AND ANOTHER VICTIM IN KIPS BAY
Police arrested 38-year-old Earl Davis for assault at the corner of Lexington Avenue and East 29th Street last Tuesday at 9:47 a.m. after he allegedly punched two strangers in the face unprovoked, one of whom was a senior. Davis allegedly approached a 30-year-old victim and punched him in the nose, causing his nose to bleed and causing severe swelling and redness. The victim was taken to NYU Langone Medical Center.
Davis was charged with the second assault this past Monday after a 70-year-old man reported that he was the victim of an unprovoked attack in front of 369 Third Avenue at 27th Street earlier on that same Tuesday. Davis is being evaluated in the psychiatric unit at Bellevue Hospital, police said, and the Manhattan District Attorney’s office said that Davis has not been arraigned yet.
‘DRUNK’ DRIVER ARRESTED AFTER FLEEING ACCIDENT
Police arrested 24-year-old Dominic Logue for unauthorized use of vehicle and intoxicated driving at the corner of Irving Place and East 16th Street last Monday at 11:43 a.m. Police said that Logue was sitting in the passenger’s seat of the car south of East 14th Street in the Ninth Precinct and an officer told him that the car wasn’t allowed to be parked there, so he got into the driver’s seat to move it. In the process, he allegedly crashed into four other vehicles. Police said that Logue smelled of alcohol and had slurred speech, and after causing the damage, he allegedly attempted to flee the scene. Logue was also charged as an unlicensed operator, leaving the scene of an accident and an unclassified traffic infraction. No injuries were reported as a result of the collision.
On September 13, the Board of Health met and passed the following with respect to Health Code 161.03 which bears on dog waste on sidewalks and other public places:
“§161.03 Control of dogs and other animals to prevent nuisance.
(a) A person who owns, possesses or controls a dog, cat or other animal shall not permit the animal to commit a nuisance on a sidewalk of any public place, on a floor, wall, stairway, sidewalk, lawn, garden or roof of any public or private premises used in common by the public, or on a fence, wall [or], stairway or entranceway of a building abutting on a public place.”
I’m told this statement of the regulation will go into effect around October 21.
The new statement makes clear that 161.03 applies to both public and private property. This means that dog owners in STPCV would have to abide by the same rules by which other dog owners in the city are charged to abide. That is, dogs must be curbed, the waste picked up and discarded.
The following is an open letter to Stuyvesant Town management with regards to noise in the complex and following it is a response from Rick Hayduk, general manager. Both letters have been edited for length.
The violations of (city law on noise control) are as follows:
Beeping, powerful, motorized gas engine maintenance vehicles that are constantly travelling through the development.
The loud, echoing playground basketball courts (Playground #11) right beside the Avenue C Loop and several other buildings, and directly below apartment windows, that remains open daily from 9 a.m. until dusk, circus tented from November to April, which are absurd hours of usage and which is utilized by very few compared to the total number of 30,000 residents. Because there are basketball courts in Playground #9, the Playground #11 should be relegated to only volleyball courts, more of which can be added, and the current ping pong tables. PCV/ST is not a day camp, a boys/girls club, a country club, etc. It is meant to be a noiseless, unique community.
Loud, roaring leaf blowers, which create noises comparable to being in a construction zone.
Barking dogs, banging/flipping skateboarders, shouting residents in the late evenings or early mornings, and loud, noisy maintenance workers who have no regard for tenants’ quality of life.
Maintenance workers removing the garbage from in between the Avenue C Loop, in the morning hours, using loud, wheeled carts to transport the garbage to the waiting truck in the street, shouting while they do it, then loudly throwing the bottle filled bags onto the trucks. There needs to be different wheels on the carts and the workers advised to be quiet.
All the sounds, even conversations, travel up into the surrounding apartments. There should be an instituted policy, with rules, signs in the street and on the sidewalks, and written guidelines, including enforcement by security/NYPD, to eliminate undue noise nuisances. I have a home office and patrons visit my apartment on occasion. They expect a quiet environment and so do I.
Thank you for your prompt attention to these matters.
Scam callers purporting to be from the Internal Revenue Service or the U.S. Department of the Treasury have been duping people around the country in increasing numbers by threatening them with lawsuits, liens and even arrest, as Town & Village has previously reported this year. Our coverage was after waves of calls targeted the Stuyvesant Town and Peter Cooper Village neighborhoods, the caller consistently leaving a cryptic message in a robotic voice, demanding call backs — or else.
But now, there appears to be a slight variation in tactics.
Stuyvesant Town-Peter Cooper Village Tenants Association President Susan Steinberg, who was one of the targets threatened with arrest in a Department of the Treasury Scam a few months back (she didn’t call back), told T&V on Friday, June 24, she got a similar call. Like the earlier one, the caller claimed an enforcement action before the United States Treasury. But this time, there was a real person’s voice on the other end, supposedly belonging to someone named Kevin Mason. His number was 914-373-7079 and his last sentence before ending the call was “Call us back and help us help you.” (Again, Steinberg didn’t call this number.)
T&V’s editor, the author of this article, did call back the number, however, and was promptly threatened with five years in the big house by “Jordan Smith.”
This is to compliment Stuyvesant Town Public Safety Department and specifically Officer Brooks and the Public Safety Officers who were sent to my aid upon request. Also, this is an alert to your readership.
With illegal calls from the “supposed IRS” and recent alerts about phony Con Edison representatives making rounds, both scams having had been brought to my attention by Town & Village, there is another concern that I would like to share with our neighbors.
Last week, a would-be inspector from the Department of Buildings rang me from the intercom downstairs and wanted me to let him in to inspect my apartment. I advised him I had not requested his visit, I did not know who he was, if he had authority to inspect my apartment I should not have to buzz him in, and I would not do so.
Within minutes, he was ringing my bell and again I told him I would not let him in without a management escort. I immediately called Public Safety and spoke with Officer Brooks, who stayed on the phone with me while sending two Public Safety officers to come and escort the man into my apartment. Though this man had ID, it could have been fake.
Though he supposedly had had a complaint, it was not applicable to my apartment. He spent less than a minute in my apartment.
I want to thank Officer Brooks who was very thoughtful, staying on the line with me, the Public Safety Officers who responded so quickly and efficiently, and especially management for providing us with a safe environment.
Also, I wanted to alert all tenants to not ever open their door to someone uninvited and to call Public Safety at (212) 598-5233 for an escort for “the visitor” if there is ever any doubt that someone has authority to enter their apartment.
Following an incident in which a man robbed an elderly woman at knifepoint in Coney Island by pretending to be an employee of Con Edison, the utility has issued a warning to New Yorkers to be wary of anyone claiming to be from the company and needing access to their apartments.
The Brooklyn robbery also followed other similar crimes, Allan Drury, a spokesperson for Con Ed said, noting that scammers have used the company’s name those times too.
Last Monday, a pair of thugs claiming to be from Con Ed got into a woman’s home before sexually assaulting her while her daughter was in the house, Pix11 reported. The 26-year-old victim was tied to a table and sexually assaulted.
Re: Story, “Garodnick’s $1.M campaign war chest,” T&V, Jan. 21
Your page one article notes a Daily News anonymous source:
Hon. Dan Garodnick, our City Council Member, “may be looking towards the comptroller or attorney general seat if they open up.”
Page 50 of this week’s New York Observer, however, quotes comptroller Tom DiNapoli:
“The secret is that being comptroller is the best job in state government.
“I don’t want people to know that so they don’t come after my job.
“There’s still more work to do here,” he continues.
Accordingly, that job doesn’t seem to be opening up.
This begs two questions:
(i) Who, including the days of Tammany Hall, was ever elected directly to statewide office from the New York City council?
(ii) If Hon. Dan Garodnick wants to make a statewide name for himself, he should challenge Governor Cuomo. If I was his strategist, I’d say strive for the gold.
Dan was preempted from the city comptroller’s primary and, subsequently, had to concede from the speaker’s race. He’s not winning statewide office.
And remember, he balked when considering running a primary against Brad Hoylman because he wanted to be close to home. Therefore, his considering statewide options seems quite a shift from the geographic priorities he set for himself fewer than four years later. After all, he’d have to spend more time in Albany in statewide office than members of the legislature do.
So if I were part of his brain trust, I’d have him make a statewide name for himself by running a gubernatorial primary against Andrew Cuomo.
And if his strategists don’t realize that runners up in Gubernatorial primaries are memorable while runners up in AG and comptroller primaries are not, then they’re not worth their commissions.