Police: Woman accused of stealing phone, Teen arrested for phone thefts

Police arrested 28-year-old Antonia Coston for an alleged robbery inside 69 Fifth Avenue on Tuesday, May 21 at 2:40 p.m. Police said that Coston was cleaning an apartment in the building and at the time of the incident, appeared to be inebriated. A security guard in the building told police that Coston snatched his phone from the security desk without permission and when he tried to grab the phone back from her, she allegedly punched him in the face.

Coston allegedly fled the location but the victim said that she returned shortly after to grab her suitcase and police said that she punched him again before leaving for the second time. The victim said that he asked for his phone back multiple times and she didn’t comply but she was caught after police searched the area and police said that the phone was recovered.

Coston was also charged with possession of stolen property.

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Police Watch: Senior arrested for ‘extortion,’ Man busted for Ainsworth burglary

Police arrested 71-year-old El Shaday Yova for alleged grand larceny by extortion at the corner of Avenue C and East 20th Street on Tuesday, August 14 at 5:53 p.m. The victim told police that he left his phone in a taxi and when he called his number, Yova allegedly answered and said that he wanted a reward for finding the phone. Police said that Yova agreed to meet the victim in front of 321 Avenue C to claim a reward, and prior to getting arrested, the victim said that Yova refused to give him his cell phone back until he had the money. Yova was also charged with possession of stolen property.

Police arrested a second suspect in connection with an alleged burglary at the Ainsworth at 111 East 18th Street that took place in July. Police arrested 26-year-old Hnsel Devron for the burglary on Monday, August 13 at 3:30 p.m. inside the 13th Precinct.

Police said that Devron and one other person who wasn’t arrested pried open a side door at the bar and entered the building without permission on July 12 around 9 p.m. They reportedly walked out of the bar with two bags containing property. Police did not have further information about what property was taken. The bar was reportedly closed to the public but still contained several liquor bottles. Police also said that technicians were able to lift fingerprints from the door and matched them to Devron.

Town & Village previously reported that 34-year-old Hector Rosario was arrested for the burglary at the time of the incident. Rosario was allegedly acting as the lookout while Devron and a third suspect reportedly broke into the bar. Police caught Rosario three blocks away at the corner of Union Square East and East 15th Street and charged him with possession of stolen property.

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Police Watch: Man arrested for assaulting women, Break-in at Limelight gym

Police arrested a 23-year-old homeless man for allegedly attacking multiple women in the East Village and Gramercy last weekend, The New York Post reported on Sunday.
Carlos Munoz reportedly cut off a 20-year-old woman while riding his bike on East 11th Street near Second Avenue around 11:15 p.m. on Saturday, July 7 and allegedly shoved her to the ground.
Police said that he later hit an 18-year-old woman in the face with a bike lock, knocking one of her teeth out, around midnight at Third Avenue and East 15th Street.
Shortly after, he allegedly hit a 20-year-old woman in the back of the head with the bike lock near East 14th Street and Second Avenue. Police said that the third victim’s friends followed the man who attacked her and Munoz was arrested around midnight, although it was unclear where exactly the arrest took place. Munoz was charged with assault and criminal possession of a weapon.

Police arrested 22-year-old Efrain Ramos for an alleged burglary inside 656 Sixth Avenue on Monday, July 2 at 5:18 a.m.
A woman told police that she was opening Limelight Fitness at the location when she noticed that the chain and padlock to the front door were unlocked and not attached to the handle. She said that she called her boss, who called police to the scene, and when they entered the building, they allegedly found that Ramos was allegedly inside. Police said that Ramos had items belonging to the gym in his pocket, including packages of protein cookies that he had allegedly taken from the gym. Ramos was also charged with possession of stolen property.

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Police Watch: Teen arrested for shoplifting at ST Associated after getting hit by car

Stuyvesant Town’s Associated Supermarket (Photo by Sabina Mollot)

A teenager was hit by a car after he was caught stealing beer from the Stuyvesant Town Associated on Friday.
A store employee said she saw him attempting to conceal the beer and leave the store and when she confronted him, he began cursing at her and punched the glass door, smashing it. When a customer attempted to intervene, the teen ran into the street and police said that he was hit by a car, suffering minor injuries. The district attorney’s office said that the 18-year-old was issued a desk appearance ticket for petit larceny and criminal mischief. A store employee declined to comment on the incident.

Police arrested 45-year-old Lavina Nolley for alleged assault and criminal trespass inside Mount Sinai Beth Israel 281 First Avenue last Monday at 12:05 a.m. Police said that Nolley was discharged from the hospital after getting treatment but allegedly refused to leave. When an officer attempted to escort her out of the building, she allegedly kicked the officer in the knee, causing pain and swelling. Additional officers arrived and attempted to escort her out of the building but she allegedly struck the same officer in the face with her bag.

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Police Watch: Man wanted for Q train groping, Convicted killer arrested in Union Square for ‘groping’

Groping suspect

Groping suspect

Police are looking for a man who groped a 54-year-old woman on a downtown Q train near Union Square last Sunday at 7:22 a.m. According to Gothamist, the victim was sitting on the train when the man sitting next to her reached over and rubbed his hand on her leg. She said that the suspect then fell asleep and she took a photograph of him before she got off at Union Square. The suspect is described as 25 to 30 years old with an afro. He was last seen wearing a black jacket with grey sleeves, grey jeans and black sneakers.
Anyone with information in regards to either of 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). Tips can also be submitted by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website or by texting TIP577 and tips to 274637 (CRIMES). Commuters can also report incidents of improper sexual misconduct online.

Transit police arrested 48-year-old Phillip Smalls for forcible touching and sexual abuse in the Union Square station around 8 a.m. last Thursday, The New York Post reported. Police said that Smalls rubbed against a 22-year-old woman on a downtown 4 train.
The Post noted that Smalls had recently served 25 years in prison for second-degree murder after fatally shooting a man in Astoria in 1986 and has been serving lifetime parole since being let out in 2013.
Jennifer Rosario, a member of the Transit Manhattan Task Force Anti-Crime Unit who was one of the officers who caught Smalls, was given a special MVP award by Police Commissioner Bratton earlier last week.

Thirty-two-year-old Sandra Zelazny was arrested for allegedly shoving a 70-year-old homeless man into the tracks at the Union Square subway station last Wednesday, The New York Daily News reported. The man was shoved following an argument, although it was not clear what they were arguing about. Police said that Zelazny pushed the man onto the 6 train’s tracks and then boarded the train, where she was later arrested after the man identified her as his attacker. Zelazny was charged with felony assault on a victim 65 years or older and reckless endangerment, and she had a court appearance this past Monday.

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Police Watch: Sex abuse at W. 28th St. hotel, Sephora ‘shoplifters’ busted

Police arrested 41-year-old Francois Garand for sexual abuse inside Hotel Indigo at 127 West 28th Street last Saturday at 2:01 a.m. The victim told police that he met Garand through the app Grindr, and he went to the hotel room willingly after Garand invited him there for sex.
When the victim got to his room, he said that Garand began to drink and offered him drugs and alcohol. Garand then began to behave erratically and physically prevented the victim from leaving the room, police said. Garand then allegedly grabbed the victim, restrained him and took off his clothes. Police said that Garand also sexually abused him. When he tried to get away, Garand allegedly grabbed him by the throat, choking him and obstructing his breathing and then attempted to bind the victim’s wrists with bungee cords. The victim said that he told Garand he would have another drink. Once the victim could get near the door, he was able to run naked to the lobby, telling the staff to call the police. A small amount of alleged marijuana was recovered from Garand’s room.
In addition to sexual abuse, Garand was charged with obstruction of breath and circulation, unlawful imprisonment and possession of a controlled substance.

Police arrested two women for prostitution in front of 160 East 25th Street last Thursday at 6:15 p.m. Teresa Mosallem, 26, and Jessica Springman, 31, allegedly agreed to have sex with undercover officers in exchange for $400.

Police arrested 58-year-old James Cummings after he was recklessly riding a bicycle at the corner of Lexington Avenue and East 27th Street last Friday at 2:40 a.m. Cummings was allegedly riding a bicycle north against southbound-only traffic on Lexington Avenue and police said he then rode the bike onto the sidewalk in an attempt to flee the police. At that point, he allegedly threw the bicycle on the ground and ran south on Lexington Avenue, refusing to comply with orders from police to stop. Police said that when they caught up with him, he flailed his arms and tried to turn around to prevent being handcuffed. He was also allegedly in possession of a glass crack pipe with residue. Cummings was charged with resisting arrest, possession of stolen property, possession of a controlled substance, an unclassified administrative code violation and going the wrong way on a one-way street.

Police arrested two people for a robbery inside the Sephora at 45 East 17th Street last Monday at 8:32 p.m. An employee at the store was working with an officer for another investigation and they saw Rubin Ortega, 41, entering the store via video surveillance. Ortega was allegedly working with 29-year-old Megan Murtagh and the pair started putting items from the store into their bag, police said. When an officer approached them, they tried to flee and both allegedly struggled to prevent being handcuffed. Police said that while trying to handcuff Ortega, he pulled out a knife while he fought with them, and he allegedly told them that he had to do what he had to do to feed his family.
In addition to robbery, Ortega was charged with resisting arrest and weapons possession, and Murtagh was charged with resisting arrest and possession of stolen property. Police said that Ortega and Murtagh were in a relationship.

Andres Suarez, 33, was arrested inside 122 Fifth Avenue last Tuesday at 12:27 p.m. for petit larceny and possession of stolen property. Suarez allegedly took a pair of sneakers from the store, attempted to conceal them in his jacket and left the store without paying.

Twenty-year-old Asheley Craig was arrested for criminal mischief inside Good Shepherd Services, a residence for girls, at 337 East 17th Street last Tuesday at 6:01 p.m. Craig allegedly broke her room door by kicking it after getting upset over a room change, causing damages of $1,000. Police said she started getting violent, throwing food from the refrigerator to the floor, as well as throwing chairs and other items in the kitchen. EMS arrived at the scene and couldn’t control Craig, who then grabbed a spoon. Police approached her and told her she was under arrest, telling her to drop the spoon, but she allegedly started shouting that she wasn’t going to drop it and police said she put her hands in front of her face like she was ready to fight. As the officers managed to cuff her, she allegedly yanked out a chunk of one of the officer’s hair. Craig was also charged with resisting arrest.

Police arrested two people for shoplifting from Sephora at 33 East 17th Street last Wednesday at 1:55 p.m. A teenager and 22-year-old Norris Mingo were allegedly working with another person who wasn’t arrested to remove property from the store without paying for it. Police said that they followed the three around the store after confirming that they were wanted for previous crimes, but at the sight of the marked police vehicle they allegedly fled in different directions. The teen was busted at Third Avenue and East 14th Street after discarding some of the stolen items on the street while he fled and police said that Mingo ran towards Union Square Park, hiding in a janitor’s closet to avoid being arrested.
After searching the pair, police found that they were also in possession of property that was allegedly stolen from the Ralph Lauren store at 109 Prince Street.
The teen and Mingo were charged with petit larceny and two counts of possession of stolen property, and Mingo was also charged with criminal trespass. The teen’s name is being withheld due to his age.

Michael Pierre-Paul, 42, was arrested for grand larceny at the corner of Union Square East and East 14th street at 5 a.m. Police said that Pierre-Paul took the victim’s hat, which had fallen off his head, and removed a cell phone cable from the victim’s pants pocket. Pierre-Paul also allegedly removed an iPhone from the victim’s pocket and police said that he was in possession of a knife. Pierre-Paul was also charged with weapons possession and possession of stolen property.

Police arrested two people involved in a fight in front of 129 Lexington Avenue last Sunday at 4:05 a.m. Christian Vargas, 22, and Andrew Cardenales, 23, were charged with assault. Police said that Vargas punched Cardenales, who was taken to Bellevue for treatment. Cardenales allegedly struck the Vargas in the neck with a metal object and police said that he was holding his keys, which were stained with blood.

Police arrested 31-year-old Oleg Osinovsky and 23-year-old Charles Perich for possession of a controlled substance in front of 10 Union Square East last Friday at 3:38 p.m. Police said that Osinovsky and Perich were in possession of crack/cocaine and heroin, and Perich was in possession of alleged Xanax. Perich was additionally charged with intent to sell a controlled substance.

Police arrested 22-year-old Brandon Bunch-Whyte for burglary last Saturday at 9:30 p.m. inside the 13th Precinct. Police said that Bunch-Whyte admitted to entering an apartment and removing property without permission. The alleged incident occurred in March 2011 at a residential building. Bunch-Whyte was charged in the 2011 burglary after he was arrested in Brooklyn last Saturday in an unrelated incident.