Police Watch: Man arrested in death of transgender woman, Sex offender arrested for assault

Joseph Griffin, 26, was indicted last Friday for fatally striking 59-year-old Brenda/Kenneth Bostick with a metal object in Chelsea in April. Griffin is charged in a New York Supreme Court indictment with manslaughter in the first degree. He is also facing a separate charge of criminal mischief for breaking the windshield of a taxi cab later in the evening of Bostick’s death.
According to court documents and statements made on the record in court, Griffin approached the victim, who identified as transgender and was alternately known as Brenda and Kenneth Bostick, or simply “Bostick,” on Seventh Avenue between West 27th and 28th Streets at approximately 10 p.m. on April 25 and struck her over the head with a long, metal object. The victim immediately fell to the ground and was rushed to Bellevue Hospital. She were declared braindead on May 4 and died on May 7. Meanwhile, Griffin had fled the scene. About an hour and a half after assaulting the victim, Griffin was seen running through traffic in the middle of the street. When a taxi driver stopped his car to avoid hitting Griffin, he allegedly climbed onto the front of the car, smashing the windshield.

Police arrested 37-year-old Jamele Manning for assault and harassment last Wednesday at 6:30 a.m. inside Bellevue Hospital at 462 First Avenue. Police said that Manning punched the victim in the face, causing a cut over the victim’s eye that required stitches, as well as swelling.
As of T&V’s press time, the district attorney’s office said that the suspect had not yet been arraigned, but Manning is listed in the New York State sex offender registry as a level 3 violent sex offender. According to the Division of Criminal Justice Services, Manning forcibly sodomized a teenage girl who he threatened at gunpoint, choked and physically overpowered on February 12, 1999. He was convicted on December 10 of that year. He was sentenced to one day to six years in state prison, although it was unclear how much time he actually served.

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Police Watch: Man killed on Park Avenue South, Arrest for Manhattan burglaries

Police arrested 35-year-old Devon Givens for manslaughter on Tuesday in connection with an incident that took place in front of 432 Park Avenue South around 12:12 p.m. Police said that Givens got into an argument with the victim, 58-year-old Roger Balan, and punched the man in the head numerous times. The victim collapsed into a parked car and police found him unconscious and unresponsive at the scene. EMS also responded and transported him to Bellevue Hospital, where he was pronounced deceased. Witnesses said that Givens fled the scene on a bike, and police said that he was apprehended without incident in front of 60 Wall Street at 2:30 p.m. after he delivered a package.

Police arrested 39-year-old Jesse Jones last Friday for multiple burglaries that have taken place throughout Manhattan since May. The incidents are part of a pattern in which two suspects entered commercial locations and removed laptops and other assorted electronics. Jones was charged with nine counts of burglary, as well as grand larceny and four counts of criminal possession of stolen property. Police said that Jones was arrested in connection with nine of the 13 incidents, including one on May 7 at 6 p.m. that took place at 270 Fifth Avenue, one on July 25 at 3 p.m. inside 10 East 33rd Street, one on July 27 at 6 p.m. inside 38 West 32nd Street and other incidents in the 19th, 20th, Midtown North and Midtown South precincts.
Tracey Mckeever, 27, was arrested for burglary last week in connection with an incident at West 46th Street, for which Jones was also arrested.
The investigation is still ongoing. Anyone with information in regards to these incidents is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 800-577-TIPS. The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers Website at nypdcrimestoppers.com or texting TIP577 and their tips to 274637(CRIMES).

Police are asking the public’s assistance identifying a man wanted for assaulting a police officer last Friday.
At 4 p.m., police responded to a 911 call of a shoplifter at DSW Shoes located at 40 East 14th Street. Upon arrival, responding officers were met by store officials who said that the suspect attempted to take several items from the store. Officers tried to arrest him when he began to fight with them. The suspect then punched one of the two officers in the face. All three continued to struggle, falling into one of the clothing racks. The suspect was able to get to his feet and flee the store. Both officers were taken to Lenox Hospital Healthplex, one officer with bruising to his face and the other with a complaint of pain from falling into the rack. The suspect is a black man with short braids wearing a yellow plaid shirt, brown hat and glasses.
Anyone with information in regards to these incidents is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 800-577-TIPS. The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers Website at nypdcrimestoppers.com or texting TIP577 and their tips to 274637(CRIMES).

Police arrested 48-year-old Hong Xin Chen for prostitution inside B.L. Spa at 156 West 20th Street last Thursday at 5:30 p.m. Police said that Chen performed a massage on an undercover officer and allegedly agreed to perform sexual intercourse in exchange for $120.

Police arrested 36-year-old Roman Blaea for grand larceny auto in front of Bellevue Hospital last Monday at 6:02 a.m. Police said that Blaea intentionally broke the driver’s side window of a car to gain entry to the vehicle. Once inside, he allegedly broke the plastic housing around the steering column and shifted the lever in an attempt to steal the vehicle. Police said that he also stole property from the car and the damage done would cost more than $250 to fix. He was also charged with criminal mischief and possession of stolen property.

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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.