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

MAN NABBED FOR FAILED MUGGING
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.

‘GRINDER’ ARRESTED IN UNION SQUARE
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.

MAN BUSTED FOR ‘COCAINE’ IN GRAMERCY
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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Teen who allegedly tried to rape Stuy Town woman hit with attempted murder charge

Stuyvesant Town (photo by Sabina Mollot)

Stuyvesant Town (photo by Sabina Mollot)

By Sabina Mollot

A 17-year-old arrested for the attempted rape of a woman in her building in Stuyvesant Town has also been charged with attempted murder.

The alleged attacker, Aaron Kish, was arraigned on Monday night, after police said he admitted he wanted to snap the 22-year-old victim’s neck as she struggled to get away.

According to the criminal complaint, Kish followed the woman as she entered her building vestibule early Sunday morning and grabbed her from behind. She was then pushed against a wall and forced to the floor, police said, before Kish got her in a chokehold and pulled her dress and underwear off.

The victim tried repeatedly to scream for help, while Kish allegedly groped her and told her, “Let me finish I’ll let you go” and also warned her if she fought him, “it will only get worse.” The victim fought back anyway, and managed to elbow and punch Kish, he later told police, according to the complaint. At that point, a neighbor came up to the vestibule and saw the woman naked and Kish with his pants down and said he was calling police. Kish then ran off with some scratches while the victim was left with a bloody lip, pain in her neck and abrasions on her back.

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Teen arrested in connection with attempted sexual assault of woman in Stuy Town

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Stuyvesant Town (photo by Sabina Mollot)

UPDATE: Police have filed charges of attempted rape, assault, strangulation, sex abuse, burglary against the suspect, identified as Aaron Kish of Piscataway, New Jersey. Police didn’t have information on if the victim was injured, although she had been taken to the hospital for treatment and observation and police said there was a “physical confrontation.” Police also said Kish has been arrested before though it wasn’t clear how many times or what the charges were. In the alleged assault, he suffered some facial injuries when the victim fought back.

By Sabina Mollot

Police have arrested a 17-year-old who’s suspected of trying to sexually assault a woman inside the vestibule of her building in Stuyvesant Town.

Police said that at around 4:45 a.m. the victim, a 22-year-old woman, was walking into her building when the suspect entered the vestibule behind her. He then started talking to her before pulling off her clothes and trying to sexually assault her. At that point, a resident of the building came into the vestibule, and the attacker fled.

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Creep masturbates in front of teen on L train

Alleged masturbator

Alleged masturbator

Police are hunting a man who masturbated in front of a 14-year-old girl on the L train going from Union Square to Sixth Avenue.

The victim told police it happened last Monday shortly after she boarded the train at Union Square at 1 p.m. But when she got to the next stop, the man followed her as she left the train and went into the mezzanine area of the station. At that point, the victim left the station while the man got onto another train.

The suspect is described as black, about 35 years old, 5’5″-5’6″ tall, 140-150 lbs., and has a medium build. He was last seen with a goatee, wearing a black coat with fur on the collar.

Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 800-577-TIPS or for Spanish 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers Website at www.nypdcrimestoppers.com or texting their tips to 274637(CRIMES) then enter TIP577.

 

Police Watch: Man arrested for groping teen, Woman arrested for 40/40 Club slashing

MAN BUSTED FOR GROPING TEEN ON 6 TRAIN
Police arrested 35-year-old Eduardo Flores for sexual abuse at the corner of Park Avenue South and East 28th Street last Tuesday at 8:58 a.m. Police said that Flores was touching his penis over his pants and then allegedly followed a teenage girl, walking so close behind her that no one else could walk in between them. He then allegedly pressed his erect penis against her buttocks and touched her buttocks with his right hand. Police said that Flores wasn’t wearing any underwear.
The New York Daily News reported that the victim was 15 and on her way to high school and the incident happened on an uptown 6 train. The paper noted that Flores was free on bail after he had allegedly exposed himself to a 16-year-old girl in Williamsburg last September.
Flores was also charged with endangering the welfare of a child.

WOMAN ARRESTED FOR SLASHING AT 40/40 CLUB
Police arrested 27-year-old Lia Blount for assault inside Jay-Z’s 40/40 Club at 6 West 25th Street last Saturday at 12:48 a.m. The Daily News reported that Blount got into an argument with 21-year-old Alejandro Corona after he bumped into her accidentally. Police said that Blount smashed a wine bottle on a railing and slit him in the face with one of the shards.

PODCAST HOST ARRESTED FOR WEAPON POSSESSION IN IRVING PLAZA SHOOTING
Police arrested 31-year-old Daryl Campbell for criminal possession of a weapon on Monday in connection with the shooting at Irving Plaza last May. Roland Collins, a rapper also known as Troy Ave., was charged with attempted murder not long after the shooting, in which Collins’s body guard, 33-year-old Ronald McPhatter, was killed during the T.I. concert at the venue. The New York Times reported that Campbell is a podcast host and had been feuding with Collins for a number of years. Campbell’s DNA was reportedly found on the trigger of a gun used in the shooting.

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Police Watch: Robbery at Old Navy, Stuy Town trespassers arrested

Old Navy robbery suspect

Old Navy robbery suspect

ROBBERY AT SIXTH AVE. OLD NAVY
Police are looking for a man who slashed another man on the torso and robbed him at the Old Navy store at 610 Sixth Avenue.
Police said the 44-year-old victim had strolled into the store last Friday at 5:20 p.m. when the suspect used an unknown object to cut him before snatching $80 from his pants pocket. The robber then fled in an unknown direction and the victim was taken to Bellevue for his injuries.
Police said that the suspect is a man in his late 20s to early 30s with a light complexion and a beard, and was last seen wearing a two-tones grey sweatshirt, black pants and black sneakers.
Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477). All calls are strictly confidential.

MEN ARRESTED FOR SLEEPING IN STUY TOWN BUILDING
Police arrested two men for trespassing inside a Stuyvesant Town building and sleeping there last week.
Alberto Benavidez, 63, was arrested for criminal trespass inside 321 Avenue C last Tuesday at 9:25 a.m. Police arrested 36-year-old Michael Crayton for criminal trespass inside the same building last Friday at 7:07 a.m. Police said that both men were sleeping inside the building but there was no further information about how they got inside or which area specifically they were sleeping in.

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Police Watch: ‘Groper‘ arrested in Union Square, Senior mugged on West 28th

‘GROPER’ NABBED IN UNION SQUARE SUBWAY
Police arrested 27-year-old Leon Miller for sexual abuse inside the Union Square subway station last Thursday at 6:07 p.m. Miller allegedly grabbed a woman’s buttocks on the subway and police said that Miller and the victim don’t know each other.

MAN ARRESTED FOR MENACING AT PARK AVE. SOUTH AND EAST 22ND
Police arrested 48-year-old Jody Herman for menacing and weapons possession at the corner of Park Avenue South and East 22nd Street last Tuesday at 6:52 p.m. Police said that Herman pulled a knife out of his front pocket and waved it towards the victim, causing him to become alarmed and in fear for his personal safety.

Still from surveillance video of suspect

Still from surveillance video of suspect

COPS ON LOOKOUT FOR THUG WHO GRABBED PURSE FROM 72-YEAR-OLD WOMAN
Police are hunting a man who snuck behind a 72-year-old woman and snatched her purse, causing the woman to fall to the ground. The victim suffered injuries to her face and knees, but refused medical attention.
The victim’s purse contained her cell phone and $100.
The incident happened last Thursday, at around 5 a.m. in front 8 West 28th Street with the perp then fleeing east on East 28th Street.
The suspect is described as black, 20 to 30 years old, 5 ft.7 ins, and weighing 140 to 160 lbs. He was last seen wearing a baseball cap, backpack and long sleeved shirt with a skull logo on front.
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 by visiting http://www.nypdcrimestoppers.com. All calls will be kept confidential.

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Police Watch: Man busted for up-skirt photo near Stuy Town, Pair wanted for assault on senior

MAN BUSTED FOR UP-SKIRTING PHOTO NEAR STUYVESANT TOWN
Police arrested 33-year-old Lamberty Sabriel for obscene material and sexual abuse near Stuyvesant Town last Thursday at 8:50 p.m. The victim told police that she was walking on East 18th Street towards First Avenue when she noticed Sabriel walking closely behind her. She then felt someone touch her under her skirt on her buttocks. When she turned to see who was touching her, Sabriel allegedly had his phone under her skirt and took a picture.

Assault suspects

Assault suspects

PAIR WANTED FOR ASSAULTING 75-YEAR-OLD MAN ON WEST 14TH
Police are looking for two people believed to be behind an attack on a 75-year-old man on West 14th Street last Wednesday.
According to police, a man punched the victim in the back of the head and knocked him to the ground at 2:12 p.m. in front of 120 West 14 Street, home to a Salvation Army. The suspect then kicked the victim in the face, knocking him unconscious. The second suspect, a woman, stood by as a lookout and the suspects then fled eastbound on West 14th Street. The victim had a cut on his head and was brought to Lenox Hill Hospital in stable condition.
The first suspect is a black man who has black hair with a red streak in it. He was last seen wearing a white t-shirt, beige pants and a black and gray backpack. The second suspect is a black woman who was last seen wearing a green dress with a hood over her head and black sneakers.
Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477). All calls are strictly confidential.

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Police Watch: Man arrested for cat ‘abuse,’ ‘Perv’ nabbed at L station

KIPS BAY MAN ARRESTED FOR CAT ‘ABUSE’
Police arrested 58-year-old Steven Loftin at 14 East 28th Street last Wednesday at 11:47 a.m. Loftin allegedly kicked his cat several times, causing the animal to slide down the hallway. Police said that upon further investigation, it was determined that the living conditions were unsanitary for a cat, with feces and urine all over the apartment. Loftin also allegedly leaves the cat in the hallway for hours at a time and refuses to let the animal inside. He was charged with an unclassified violation of an agriculture and markets law.

‘SUBWAY GRINDER’ NABBED AT FIRST AVE. L STATION
Police arrested 23-year-old Mario Andrades for sexual abuse inside the First Avenue L station last Friday at 6:58 p.m.
Police said that Andrades was standing alone on the L platform at Union Square, pacing from end to end of the platform, allegedly checking out women who were also waiting for the train. He then allegedly positioned himself behind a woman and followed her onto a Brooklyn-bound train. Police said that Andrades pushed his groin against a woman and repeatedly rubbed against her, and noted that there was enough room behind the woman such that he didn’t need to be so close to her. He also allegedly placed his hand on the woman’s buttocks.
Andrades was also on the L train at the Union Square station last Wednesday and followed a woman onto a Brooklyn-bound train, allegedly rubbing his groin on her buttocks and touching her buttocks with his hand.

MAN ‘PUNCHES’ OWNER OF ADULT VIDEO STORE
Thirty-year-old Pedro Vazquez was arrested for robbery at the corner of Sixth Avenue and West 24th Street last Saturday at 6:16 a.m. for an incident in an adult video store on the west side of Sixth Avenue. The owner said that Vazquez entered his store and without permission, placed a pair of Hauty lace underwear into his waistband and allegedly attempted to leave without paying. When the store owner tried to stop the suspect, he allegedly punched the owner in the face, causing bleeding and swelling. The owner flagged down someone to help him and they detained the suspect until police arrived. When Vazquez was searched, police found that he was allegedly in possession of metal knuckles. Vazquez was also charged with petit larceny, resisting arrest, assault and weapons possession.

MAN BUSTED IN FLATIRON FOR ATTEMPTING TO ‘FORCE’ KISS ON COWORKER
Police arrested 23-year-old Hector Lema for assault in front of Flatiron’s Equinox gym at 897 Broadway last Friday. The victim told police that Lema was trying to force her into giving him a kiss and while she was trying to get away, he allegedly scratched her neck. The victim said that she and Lema are coworkers.

DRUNK MAN ARRESTED FOR ‘ASSAULT’ OF CABBIE
Police arrested 37-year-old Carlo Trotto for assault at the corner of Fifth Avenue and 27th Street last Thursday at 11:02 p.m. Police said that a cab driver flagged down police and said that he had picked up Trotto and another man in the Midtown South Precinct and agreed to drive them home.
The driver told police that while Trotto was in the backseat of the cab, he was intoxicated and allegedly began punching the back of the driver’s seat. The driver then pulled over at the southeast corner of Fifth and 27th and Trotto allegedly proceeded to punch the driver in the back of the head and his face, causing pain and swelling.
Police said that Trotto and the man he was with fled the scene but a witness told police that he saw Trotto screaming at a food vendor, using racial slurs, at which point the witness intervened. Trotto then allegedly charged at the witness, attempting to attack him, but he was soon arrested at the location without incident.

MAN BUSTED FOR ‘STOLEN’ BAG IN KIPS BAY
Police arrested 51-year-old Brian Best for possession of stolen property last Friday at 11:02 a.m. at the corner of Third Avenue and East 28th Street. Police said that Best was seen throwing out the contents of a purse into a garbage can in a suspicious manner. Police approached him and asked if the bag belonged to him, and he allegedly said that he found the bag and that it isn’t a crime to go scavenger hunting. The owner of the bag said that it went missing from in front of 248 East 28th Street.

WOMAN ARRESTED FOR ‘PROSTITUTION’ AT THIRD AVE. SPA
Police arrested 22-year-old Sieun Hwang for prostitution inside a spa at 350 Third Avenue last Friday at 7:10 p.m. Police said that Hwang agreed to have sex with an officer in exchange for cash. Police said that Hwang was questioned in regards to human trafficking but she did not provide them with further information.

SUNGLASSES SALESMEN BUSTED FOR ‘FAKE’ MERCH
Police arrested 42-year-old Alpha Fadika for forgery in front of 1167 Broadway between 27th and 28th Streets last Thursday at 5:47 p.m. Police said that Fadika was displaying trademark counterfeit sunglasses and had a case containing additional sunglasses that were also allegedly counterfeit.

MAN ARRESTED FOR ‘DRUG’ SALE AT EAST 29TH AND FIRST AVENUE
Police arrested 61-year-old Jerry Mills for sale of a controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance last Wednesday at 7:10 p.m. on the corner of East 29th Street and First Avenue. Police said that Mills exchanged a quantity of a controlled substance for cash with an undercover officer. He was also in possession of an alleged controlled substance.

‘TRESPASSING’ FORMER EMPLOYEE ARRESTED AT BARRY’S BOOTCAMP
Police arrested 21-year-old Italo Medelius-Marano for criminal trespass inside Barry’s Bootcamp at 135 West 20th Street last Monday at 11:57 a.m. Medelius-Marano allegedly entered the location, where he used to work, and remained there unlawfully. A current employee at the location told police that the suspect used a computer to scan personal documents to his personal email.

MAN BUSTED FOR ‘K2’ ON THIRD AVENUE
Police arrested 46-year-old Willie McCray for a public health law misdemeanor in front of 397 Third Avenue last Tuesday at 12:19 a.m. Police said that McCray was on the sidewalk smoking an alleged synthetic marijuana cigarette. When police approached him, he allegedly admitted that it was K2. Police found that he was also in possession of a bag of K2.

Police Watch: ‘Drunk’ drivers arrested, ‘Groper’ busted in Union Square

‘DRUNK’ DRIVER ARRESTED AFTER HANGING OUTSIDE OF CAR
Police arrested 28-year-old Saman Ebrahimzadeh in front of 114 West 16th Street for intoxicated driving last Sunday at 4:40 a.m. Police said that Ebrahimzadeh was driving east on West 16th Street when he and his passenger allegedly began to hang outside of the car while it was moving. When they were stopped, Ebrahimzadeh allegedly had slurred speech and bloodshot watery eyes.

SUBWAY ‘GRINDER’ BUSTED AT UNION SQUARE
Police arrested 53-year-old Glenn Gordon for sexual abuse inside the Union Square subway station last Thursday at 7:48 p.m. Gordon allegedly rubbed his groin area on the victim’s buttocks multiple times while they were on a downtown 4 train. Police said that he and the victim did not know each other.

TEEN PHONE ‘THIEF’ CAUGHT BY GOOD SAMARITAN
An alleged attempt by an 18-year-old to run off with a woman’s phone was foiled by a Good Samaritan last Friday.
The victim told police that she was standing in front of 200 Park Avenue South at 8:43 p.m. when Nickoles Rodriguez, 18, allegedly snatched her phone out of her hand and fled. However, police said that Rodriguez was stopped at the northeast corner of East 18th Street and Broadway by a civilian. The teen was later charged with grand larceny and possession of stolen property.

MAN ACCUSED OF SPITTING AT AND BITING EMT
Police arrested Thomas Thompson for assault last Friday at 9:45 a.m. at First Avenue and East 30th Street. An EMT told police that he was treating a patient on East 30th Street when Thompson allegedly approached him and became belligerent. Police said that Thompson then tried to get into the ambulance and leave with the patient who was inside. The EMT said that he ended up not getting in the ambulance but that he did approach the vehicle while it was attempting to drive away and allegedly continued to shout before spitting in the EMT’s face, police said. The EMT opened the door of the ambulance, at which point Thompson allegedly tried to spit at him again. He put up his hand to block Thompson from spitting at him but the suspect then allegedly bit the EMT’s hand.

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Resident arrested for Stuy Town laundry room ‘groping’

By Maria Rocha-Buschel

A Stuyvesant Town resident was arrested for forcible touching and sexual abuse in a Stuy Town laundry room in the early hours of last Friday morning.

Jason Wilner, 27, was arrested at 449 East 14th Street on January 15 at 1:41 a.m. after allegedly groping another resident while she was doing laundry.

The victim told police that she was folding her clothes in the building’s laundry room when Wilner approached her, put his right arm around her and allegedly grabbed her buttocks. She said that she told Wilner to stop but he allegedly continued to touch her and grabbed her buttocks at least two more times.

“The safety and security of our residents is a priority for management,” Senior Vice President of Global Public Affairs Paula Chirhart said regarding the incident. “Management and public safety are fully cooperating with the NYPD on this incident. We will not allow for any behavior that puts resident safety at risk.”

Wilner’s lawyer did not return a request for comment.

Police Watch: Officer assaulted at Bellevue, L train ‘Perv’ arrested

MAN ARRESTED FOR ‘ASSAULTING’ FEMALE OFFICER AT BELLEVUE
Police arrested 46-year-old Brian Smith for assault inside the Bellevue Hospital at 462 First Avenue last Tuesday at 11 a.m. While Smith was waiting for an evaluation from the Comprehensive Psychiatric Emergency Program (CPEP), he allegedly spit on and kicked an officer in the groin, knocking him to the ground. Police said that after he kicked the first officer and another was restraining him, he grabbed the second officer’s hands, twisted her fingers and refused to let go. He allegedly kicked her in the chest, knocking her to the ground as well. Another officer restrained Smith until he could be sedated. The officer who was kicked in the groin was treated at the emergency room for an injury and the other officer received a sprained left wrist as a result of Smith allegedly grabbing her.

‘PERV’ ARRESTED AT FIRST AVENUE L STATION
Police arrested 27-year-old David Oakley for sexual abuse at the First Avenue L station last Saturday at 8:30 p.m. Police said that Oakley rubbed his groin area on the victim’s buttocks while on a Brooklyn-bound L train. The victim told police that she and Oakley didn’t know each other. Oakley allegedly attempted to flee and ran outside the station but he was apprehended at the main booth. He was also charged with resisting arrest.

WOMAN ARRESTED FOR ‘CHILD ABUSE’
Police arrested 35-year-old Ileasia Barrpaul for endangering the welfare of a child inside 344 East 28th Street last Wednesday at 4:37 a.m. Barrpaul, who police said was intoxicated and off her medication, allegedly locked her 10-year-old child outside the apartment and would not allow him back inside. Police said that the child was seen in the hallway missing socks and was unable to care for himself.

TWO ARRESTED FOR CAR ‘THEFT’
Police arrested 26-year-old Percius McKnight and 35-year-old Janaqual Ashaqua for grand larceny auto in front of 15 West 28th Street last Monday at 2:14 a.m. The victim and a witness called police and reported that McKnight and Ashaqua allegedly attempted to remove a 1998 Volvo from in front of the location. When police arrived, McKnight and Ashaqua were still on the scene and were taken into custody.

DEBIT CARD ‘THIEF’ BUSTED AT PHONE BOOTH WITH ‘K2’
Police arrested 21-year-old Divene Sanabria for possession of stolen property and an unclassified public health law misdemeanor at the corner of Sixth Avenue and West 15th Street last Monday at 3:05 p.m. Police said that Sanabria was at a phone booth in possession of a debit card that didn’t belong to him and after he was searched, he was allegedly found to be in possession of synthetic marijuana. Police said that he also had a bag of K2 in his jacket pocket and a pipe with K2 residue in his duffel bag.

TEEN ARRESTED FOR PHONE SNATCHING
Police arrested a teenager for grand larceny and possession of stolen property in front of 1165 Broadway on Sunday at 11:05 p.m. The victim told police that the teen snatched the cell phone out of her hands while she was walking on the sidewalk. Police searched the area at 10:45 p.m. around West 28th and Broadway and the teen was positively identified by the victim.

MAN NABBED FOR NOT PAYING BILL AT NIGHTCLUB
Police arrested 39-year-old Kenji Tokunaga for theft of services inside Studio Twenty One at 59 West 21st Street last Wednesday at 12:47 a.m. Police said that Tokunaga refused to pay a bill totaling $316.80 for services rendered.

CAB DRIVER ASSAULTED ON NEW YEAR’S EVE
Police arrested 23-year-old Moises Haiat for assault at the corner of East 17th Street and Park Avenue South on New Year’s Eve at 8:47 a.m. Haiat was a passenger in a cab and got into an argument with the driver after he was driven to the location he requested. Police said that Haiat punched the driver in the face, causing injury to his left eye. The driver refused medical attention at the scene but there was swelling around his eye.

MAN ARRESTED FOR CAB DRIVER ‘ASSAULT’
Thirty-year-old Michael Davis was arrested for criminal mischief at the corner of Sixth Avenue and West 21st Street last Wednesday at 2:50 a.m. Police said that Davis was in a cab and got into an argument with the driver about the destination. Davis allegedly began to grab at the driver through the open partition, then kicked out the rear passenger window. The driver told police that the window cost more than $250 to fix.

FIGHT AT 40/40 CLUB ON NEW YEAR’S
Police arrested 25-year-old Katherine Ramirez for assault inside the 40/40 Club at 6 West 25th Street on New Year’s Day at 3:54 a.m. Police said that Ramirez got into an argument with someone else inside the club and allegedly threw a glass at a witness. Police said that the glass missed the witness but struck someone else in the face, causing an injury.

‘AGGRESSIVE’ MAN ARRESTED AT TAJ LOUNGE
Police arrested 34-year-old Daunte Berry for disorderly conduct in front of Taj Lounge at 48 West 21st Street on New Year’s Day at 7 a.m. Police said that Berry was acting disorderly by screaming and yelling, and acting in an aggressive manner. When police attempted to put him in custody, he allegedly refused to comply and flailed his arms, refusing to place them behind his back. Berry was also charged with resisting arrest.

ASSAULT ON WEST 26TH
Police arrested 36-year-old Claude Harris for assault in front of 135 West 26th Street last Wednesday at 2:06 p.m. Police said that Harris punched the victim in the face, causing a lump on his forehead.

MAN BUSTED FOR ‘COKE’ ON WEST 26TH
Police arrested 23-year-old Michael Laford for possession of a controlled substance in front of 130 West 26th Street at 12:48 a.m. on New Year’s Day. Laford was snorting alleged cocaine from a key on a public sidewalk.

MAN BUSTED FOR ‘POT’ ON EAST 30TH
Police arrested 29-year-old Jamel Johnson for possession of marijuana in front of 230 East 30th Street last Saturday at 11:31 p.m. Police said that Johnson was in possession of a lit marijuana cigar on a public sidewalk.

Police Watch: Home Depot employee ‘threatens’ shooting, Man arrested for ‘arson’

HOME DEPOT EMPLOYEE ACCUSED OF THREATENING COPYCAT SHOOTING
Police arrested 31-year-old Home Depot employee Rafael Borbon the day after he allegedly threatened a copycat attack of a shooting earlier this year at the store at 40 West 23rd Street. Borbon, who was charged with stalking and harassment inside the 13th precinct on Saturday, allegedly told one of his coworkers that he wanted to leave his job “how Calvin did,” in reference to Calvin Esdaile, another Home Depot employee who had fatally shot a manager at the store in January before killing himself.
According to the criminal complaint, Borbon first mentioned his idea last Wednesday and allegedly told a co-worker that he would do it “bigger and better” and would use an AK-47 instead of a handgun to shoot the store managers.
His co-worker said that they discussed Borbon’s alleged plan again last Friday.
“I thought about what we talked about before,” he reportedly said. “I’d like to do it. Except when I do it, they’ll need more ambulances and more priests.”
The co-worker told police that Borbon’s statements put her in fear for her personal safety and for the safety of her co-workers.
Borbon was arraigned on Sunday and released on his own recognizance. His next court date is on January 21 and a temporary order of protection was issued, prohibiting him from entering the store.

MAN ARRESTED AT SHELTER FOR ‘THREATS’
Police arrested 33-year-old Jamel Cobb for aggravated harassment last Wednesday at 1:15 p.m. inside the 30th Street Men’s Shelter at 400 East 30th Street. The victim told police that Cobb called her on November 16, and he allegedly threatened to come to her house and shoot her.

MAN ARRESTED FOR ‘ARSON’ IN FIRST AVENUE APARTMENT
Police arrested 57-year-old Christophe Gay for arson, reckless endangerment and criminal mischief last Friday at 9:54 p.m. at the corner of First Avenue and East 22nd Street. Police said that after arguing with his boyfriend, Gay destroyed property in their home that belonged to both of them, then set fire to property in their kitchen. He allegedly took a photograph of the remains and sent it via text message to his boyfriend with the message, “How do you like this?” The fire was deemed incendiary by the fire marshal.

MAN BREAKS WINDOW AT NO. 1 CHINESE RESTAURANT
Twenty-nine-year-old Jamel McMillian was arrested for criminal mischief in front of No. 1 Chinese Restaurant at 265 First Avenue last Friday at 12:12 p.m. An employee at the restaurant between 15th and 16th Streets told police that he asked McMillian to leave and when McMillian exited, he allegedly kicked the glass plate front window, causing it to break. The employee said that the window was valued at approximately $1,000.

TEEN ARRESTED FOR STOLEN IPHONE
Police arrested a teenager for petit larceny and possession of stolen property in front of the CVS store at 253 First Avenue last Saturday at 1:10 p.m. After stopping the teen and searching him, police found that he was in possession of an iPhone that wasn’t his. Police said that the teen is currently a student at the New Design High School at Essex and Grand Street and his name is being withheld due to his age.

MAN ARRESTED FOR ‘GROPING’ WOMAN
Police arrested 36-year-old Solomon Miller for sexual abuse inside Trevi Coffee Shop at 48 Union Square East last Wednesday at 9:17 a.m. The victim told police that while entering the deli, Miller allegedly grabbed her butt.

MAN BUSTED FOR STROLLER ‘THEFT’
Police arrested 41-year-old Michael Ballard for burglary and possession of stolen property last Wednesday at 3:44 p.m. inside 214 East 25th Street. Police were responding to a call in the area about a suspicious man on the block related to a recent burglary. Police saw Ballard walking away from where the incident occurred. The victim told police that Ballard had followed her into her building and claimed that he lived there. After he followed her inside, he allegedly walked out with her baby stroller. Police found Ballard after searching the area.

MAN ARRESTED FOR CD ‘FORGERIES’
Forty-year-old Vashon Watts was arrested for the manufacture of unauthorized recordings at the corner of Third Avenue and East 29th Street last Monday at 10:54 a.m. Watts was initially stopped for an alleged traffic infraction. Police said that he denied having identification and knowingly misrepresented his name and date of birth even when advised that doing so was a crime. Once he relented and produced his valid ID card, police found that his license was allegedly suspended. He was also in possession of 345 allegedly counterfeit CDs. Watts was also charged with forgery, impersonation of a public servant, an unclassified traffic misdemeanor and unlicensed operator.

MEN ARRESTED FOR SELLING ‘LOOSIES’
Police arrested two people last week for selling loose cigarettes, charging them with a violation of tax law and unlawful peddling.
Eric Johnson, 46, in front of 109 East 16th Street last Tuesday at 1:19 p.m. Police said that Johnson was selling untaxed cigarettes for cash on a public sidewalk and did not have a vendor license.
Police arrested 31-year-old Johnny Grima last Friday at 8:06 a.m. at the corner of East 14th Street and Union Square East. Grima was allegedly selling one pack of cigarettes on the sidewalk for cash without a vendor’s license.

TWO ARRESTED IN BROADWAY ‘DRUG DEAL’
Police arrested two people involved in a drug deal in front of 1165 Broadway last Thursday at 8:02 p.m. Alexis McGregor, 33, and Curtis Jones, 27, were both charged with possession of marijuana. McGregor was additionally charged with forgery and Jones was also charged with resisting arrest and sale of marijuana. Police said that McGregor was sitting in his car when Jones approached him and handed him a bag of alleged marijuana in exchange for cash. His temporary vehicle plate was also discovered to be altered and therefore invalid, police said.
When McGregor and Jones were stopped, Jones allegedly began spitting at officers and kicked at police to prevent the officer from placing him in handcuffs.

MAN ARRESTED FOR ‘DRUGS’ ON EAST 25TH
Nineteen-year-old Justin Rowe was arrested for possession of a controlled substance in front of 240 East 25th Street last Saturday at 11:19 p.m. Police said that Rowe was in possession of a quantity of alleged cocaine.

TURNSTILE ‘JUMPER’ BUSTED FOR ‘DRUGS’
Police arrested 31-year-old Miguel Fernandez for theft of services inside the Union Square subway station at Union Square East and East 14th Street last Wednesday at 9:10 a.m. Police said that Fernandez walked through the emergency exit gate in the station to avoid paying the fare and also remained in the station unlawfully. When he was searched, he was also found to be in possession of an alleged hypodermic needle and a small clear bottle of pills with no label or name on it, police said. He was also charged with possession of a hypodermic instrument, possession of a controlled substance and criminal trespass.

Police Watch: Copper wire thief on the loose, Arrest for package thefts in PCV

Copper wire thief

Copper wire thief

POLICE LOOKING FOR COPPER WIRE THIEF
Police are asking the public’s assistance in identifying a man wanted for stealing $900 worth of copper wire.
On Wednesday, September 30, at approximately 10:30 a.m., a man broke through a deadbolt lock and gained access to the roof of 110 West 14th Street. Once on the roof, the suspect removed twenty pounds of copper wire and two copper grounding plates from a Verizon cellular tower at the location. The suspect, who was last seen wearing a white hard hat, a dark Nike t-shirt with a bright-color swoosh, tan pants and white footwear, fled the scene.
Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 800-577-TIPS. The public can also submit their tips by logging onto nypdcrimestoppers.com or texting their tips and TIP577 to 274637 (CRIMES). All calls are kept strictly confidential.

MAN ARRESTED FOR PACKAGE ‘THEFT’ AT PCV
Town & Village reported last week that a man was apprehended by security for allegedly swiping packages in Peter Cooper, thanks to an eagle-eyed resident.
Police have since identified the suspect as 47-year-old Jose Gonzalez who has been arrested for petit larceny, possession of stolen property and criminal trespass last Tuesday at 7:10 p.m. inside 420 East 23rd Street.
A Stuy Town security officer said that multiple tenants had told him that an unknown man had been going through delivery packages on multiple floors in the building, removing items from the packages and putting them into a red bag that he was carrying. Security arrived at the building and stopped Gonzalez in the corridor of 420 East 23rd.
Gonzalez allegedly told security that he entered the building behind someone after the door had been opened, and he said that he was there to “hook up” with a man named Angel who was in apartment 8A. Upon further investigation, police found that there wasn’t anybody by that name in that apartment and no one was in that apartment at all at that time.
Police said that there were items in Gonzalez’s red bag that were still in packaging and were addressed to people who lived inside the building. Two of the items had the address of that building and the owners were present to validate that they had ordered and not received the items. Police said that there were three items in Gonzalez’s bag from J. Crew that he said did not belong to him. Open boxes were recovered by security on the 13th and seventh floors. Gonzalez was also charged with burglary.

TEENS ARRESTED FOR ‘PICK-POCKETING’ IN STUYVESANT TOWN
Eighteen-year-olds Louis Morrison and Angel Nunez were arrested for grand larceny at 274 First Avenue last Wednesday at 4:35 a.m. Stuy Town security saw Morrison and Nunez on surveillance tape walking on the street and allegedly removed small items from the victim’s pants pockets. Security officers confronted the teens and called 911, and police said that a wallet with credit cards and a cell phone were found on the suspects.

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Police Watch: Camera ‘perv’ arrested at Cardelino, burglary in Second Ave. building

CAMERA ‘PERV’ BUSTED AT BROADWAY TAILOR SHOP
Police arrested 39-year-old Juan Cardenas for unlawful surveillance inside 948 Broadway, which is home to Cardelino Tailor Shop, last Thursday. The victim told police that she was changing in the changing room at the shop when she noticed a hole in the most eastern wall of the room and then saw a camera in the hole. She said that she then pushed her finger through the hole and Cardenas was allegedly holding a cell phone through it. She left the changing room and confronted Cardenas, who was the tailor at the shop. He allegedly told the victim, “I’m sorry, I have a family, please, I’m sorry.” The victim gathered her belongings, left the store and called the police. Cardenas then closed up and left the store. Police arrived and convinced one of his coworkers to call Cardenas back to the store. He arrived not long after and was positively identified by the victim, who said that he had also changed shirts.

MAN BUSTED FOR SECOND AVE. ‘BURGLARY’
Police arrested 38-year-old Angel Hernandez for burglary at 318 Second Avenue last Friday at 1:48 p.m. Police said that Hernandez removed an Amazon package from a locked vestibule area of a residential building. He allegedly ripped a small hole into the package to look at the contents. Police said that he gained access to the building by claiming to be a messenger. He was also charged with burglar’s tools, petit larceny and criminal trespass.

SENIOR ARRESTED IN STUY TOWN ROOMMATE DISPUTE
Police arrested 81-year-old Joseph Calabrese for assault in front of 315 Avenue C last Saturday at 5:25 p.m. Calabrese got into a fight with the victim, who lives in the apartment with him, over a billing issue. During the argument, Calabrese allegedly punched the victim in the head and punctured the victim’s left arm with a pair of scissors.

TWO ARRESTS FOR FIGHT ON PUBLIC BUS
Police arrested 55-year-old David Rodriguez and 24-year-old Triana Acosta for assault at the corner of First Avenue and East 14th Street last Monday at 3:16 a.m. Rodriguez and Acosta were allegedly involved in an argument on a public bus that escalated with the two hitting each other in the face and causing minor cuts to their faces and hands.

WOMAN ARRESTED FOR COP ‘ASSAULT’
Forty-year-old Wanda Brown was arrested for assault of a peace officer last Tuesday at 5:05 p.m. in front of 224 East 28th Street. Police said that while trying to restrain Brown, who they said was emotionally disturbed, she tried to punch the officer and missed, but she allegedly managed to push her into the wall, causing substantial pain to the officer’s shoulder. When the officer attempted to bring Brown to an ambulance, she allegedly kicked the officer, causing pain to her leg and stomach.

‘GROPER’ ARRESTED ON BROADWAY
Cody Braxton, 29, was arrested in front of Vin Sur Vingt at 1140 Broadway for sexual abuse last Monday at 10:01 p.m. Braxton allegedly lifted a woman’s dress from behind and grabbed her buttocks with both hands. Police said that he fled the location and he was also charged with resisting arrest.

MAN ARRESTED IN FIGHT ON PARK AVENUE SOUTH
Police arrested 45-year-old Jose Rea and 26-year-old Daniel Quinones for assault last Monday around 2 p.m. in front of 315 Park Avenue South. Police said that Rea punches Quinones in the mouth, causing physical injury and bleeding, and Quinones allegedly punched Rea in the mouth as well, causing some of his teeth to fall out.

MAN ARRESTED FOR CANE ‘ASSAULT’ OUTSIDE MCDONALD’S
Police arrested 46-year-old Ramon Nunez-Phillips for assault at the corner of Park Avenue South and East 28th Street last Wednesday at 2:06 a.m. Police said that Nunez-Phillips hit the victim over the head with his cane, causing a cut and bleeding. The McDonald’s manager at the scene told police that he saw the argument between Nunez-Phillips and the victim and identified Nunez-Phillips as “that guy down the block with the baby blue shirt and the cane.” When he was questioned, Nunez-Phillips said that the victim had started pushing him and kept screaming, “Why did you take my money?” He allegedly stated, “I hit him out of self-defense.” Another witness confirmed that Nunez-Phillips did hit the victim with his cane.

TEEN ARRESTED FOR WEED OUTSIDE STUY TOWN
Police arrested a teenager at the corner of Avenue C and East 20th Street last Wednesday at 2:33 a.m. for possession of marijuana. The suspect was seen holding a lit joint in his left hand in public view and police recovered marijuana from the scene. The teen’s name is being withheld due to his age.

OFFICER ASSAULTED AT BELLEVUE
Police arrested Kane Balser, 24, for assault of a peace officer inside Bellevue Hospital at 462 First Avenue last Wednesday at 11:50 a.m. While in police custody for a previous incident that took place in another precinct, Balser allegedly punched an officer in the face, causing redness, pain and swelling to the officer’s lip. Balser was also charged with harassment.

WOMAN ARRESTED FOR PHONE ‘THEFT’ FROM BETH ISRAEL
Ruby Reyes, 38, was arrested inside the 13th Precinct last Thursday at 12:45 p.m. for possession of stolen property. Reyes was allegedly in possession of a cell phone that was reported stolen by a victim who was staying overnight in Mount Sinai Beth Israel Hospital.

MAN ARRESTED FOR ‘NEEDLES’ AND ‘COCAINE’
Police arrested 46-year-old Louis Colon for possession of a hypodermic instrument and possession of a controlled substance last Friday at 1:38 a.m. on the corner of Irving Place and East 15th Street. Police said that Colon was operating his bicycle on the sidewalk and after he was searched, he was found to be in possession of three alleged hypodermic needles and a glassine bag of alleged cocaine. Upon further investigation, police found that Colon also has an arrest warrant from Jersey City for theft by “unlawful taking.”

MAN ARRESTED FOR CVS ‘ROBBERY’
Thirty-year-old Kevin Spencer was arrested for robbery inside the CVS Pharmacy at 750 Sixth Avenue last Friday at 5:11 p.m. A store employee told police that Spencer took items from the store and attempted to leave without paying for the items. When the employee attempted to stop Spencer, the suspect allegedly got aggressive, grabbed a glass wine bottle from the shelf and hit the employee on the arm and the leg.