Man charged with shooting guard at Target

Kips Bay Court (Photo via Google Maps)

By Maria Rocha-Buschel

Police arrested 25-year-old Christian Vargas after he allegedly shot a security guard in Kips Bay and later returned to the scene of the crime.

Police said that shortly after 5:30 a.m. on Sunday, March 10, Vargas kicked and attempted to pry open the front door entrance of a Target store that is under construction in Kips Bay Court at 520 Second Avenue where the victim was stationed.

Vargas allegedly spat on the guard and began grappling with him and in the course of the struggle, the victim’s 9mm pistol fell to the ground. Vargas allegedly grabbed the gun and shot at the guard, hitting him three times.

According to the New York Post, Vargas was arrested at the scene later that morning because he had dropped his wallet and keys during the incident and returned to retrieve them around 7 a.m.

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Woman shot man on E. 27th St.: Cops

By Maria Rocha-Buschel

Police arrested a 36-year-old woman for allegedly attempting to kill a man in Kips Bay last weekend, injuring two people.

Shateka Whitfield allegedly fired a handgun at two people in front of 207 East 27th Street near Third Avenue on Friday, August 31 at 11:15 p.m. Police said that Whitfield shot a man in the chest, as well as a boy under the age of 17, who police said was not the intended target. One of the bullets reportedly grazed the boy’s knee, causing a minor injury.

Police said that the young victim whose knee was grazed by a bullet was taken to Bellevue Hospital but FDNY had no further information about the condition of either victim.

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Suspect arrested in Kips Bay shooting

Straus Houses (Photo via Google Maps)

By Maria Rocha-Buschel

Police arrested a man last week for a shooting that took place in front of the Straus Houses on East 28th Street at the end of September.

Andres Taveras, 22, allegedly shot a 17-year-old boy around 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, September 26 in the courtyard at 224 East 28th Street.

He was arrested when he turned himself in to an officer who was patrolling near the scene of the crime last Friday at 1:50 a.m.

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Police Watch: Murderer arrested in Union Square shooting, Man arrested for sex abuse in Union Square

Sixty-year-old Leslie Jiminez was arrested for assault last Sunday at 8:35 p.m. inside the 13th Precinct. According to the New York Daily News, the 55-year-old victim, who helps run a custodial company, had just arrived at an office building at 126 Fifth Avenue near West 18th Street around 12:30 a.m. on Saturday morning to pay her employees when Jiminez approached her in the hallway and allegedly demanded her purse. The victim struggled with Jiminez, who allegedly shot her in the leg before running off with the $2,000 in cash meant for her workers.
Jiminez was also charged with robbery, reckless endangerment, weapons possession and menacing. The victim was taken to Bellevue Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries
DNAinfo reported that Jiminez has a rap sheet going back decades, with a robbery conviction in 1977 and a conviction for first-degree manslaughter in 1983. He was released in 1997.

Police arrested 23-year-old Charles Cassis for sexual abuse and public lewdness inside the Union Square subway station last Wednesday at 7:05 p.m. Police said that Cassis rubbed his groin area on a woman’s buttocks repeatedly while they were on an uptown 5 train. Cassis also allegedly masturbated behind the victim. Police said that Cassis and the victim don’t know each other.

Police arrested 28-year-old David Richardson for allegedly assaulting an employee at L’Express restaurant at 249 Park Avenue South. The victim said last Sunday at 5 a.m. Richardson was being escorted out of the restaurant, which is when he punched the employee in the face.

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UPDATED: Man fatally shot at Irving Plaza


Irving Plaza (Photo via Wikipedia)

By Maria Rocha-Buschel

Four people were shot, one fatally, inside Irving Plaza on Wednesday night around 10:15 p.m. during a T.I. concert at the venue. EMS transported a 33-year-old man shot in the stomach to Beth Israel Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. A 26-year-old woman had a gunshot wound to the leg and a 34-year-old man was shot in the chest, and further investigation found that a 30-year-old man had been shot in the leg.

Police said that the man shot in the leg went to the NYU Medical Center on his own, and the 26-year-old woman and 33-year-old man were transported to Bellevue Hospital by EMS. The two victims transported to Bellevue were in stable condition. The 30-year-old man shot in the leg was reportedly Brooklyn rapper Troy Ave, according to the New York Post.

The incident occurred in the green room of the venue while rappers Maino and Uncle Murda were performing as the opening act at the show, the Post reported. The scuffle then spilled out into the area by the main stage, causing chaos and panic among the 1,000 concert attendees.

Police have not officially released the identity of the deceased victim but the Post has reported that his name was Ronald McPhatter. The Post also noted that the shooting erupted after an argument started in the limited-access section on the seventh floor of the venue before spreading to the second floor, where the green room is.

No arrests have been made and the investigation is ongoing.

UPDATE: Troy Ave, 33, whose real name is Roland Collins, has been arrested. The Union Street, Brooklyn resident has been charged with attempted murder and two counts of criminal possession of a weapon.

Police make arrest in Flatiron shooting

Instagram photo of victim Walikque Faussett with suspected shooter Dalone Jamison

Instagram photo of victim Walikque Faussett with suspected shooter Dalone Jamison

Police have arrested a man who allegedly shot three women outside a Flatiron club early Monday, including one fatally. The shooting suspect has been identified by police as Dalone Jamison, a 26-year-old Bronx man who has a lengthy rap sheet, and according to reports in the Post and Daily News, had recently befriended the deceased victim, Walikque Faussett.

The 24-year-old who was killed outside of Motivo at Broadway and 21st Street was a Bronx resident and a mom of a three-year-old son.

The Post noted Jamison even drove Faussett to the club for her birthday, where he reportedly got thrown out by a bouncer after getting into an argument with someone. He allegedly vowed to come back with a gun and then made good on his threat. He’d been aiming for the bouncers when he opened fire, a law enforcement source told the New York Times.

The Daily News reported Jamison posted on Instagram after the incident, saying he hoped his “lil sis” was okay. “I would loose it if not,” he wrote as a caption underneath a photo of himself with Faussett.

Police said that at 4 a.m., the victims were found in front of Motivo. Faussett, who’d been shot in the back, was later pronounced dead at Bellevue Hospital. A 30-year-old woman was shot in the shoulder and a 25-year-old woman had been shot on the hip and foot.

The Post article also noted that Jamison has been arrested 12 times, and has six convictions, with one case involving a woman he allegedly assaulted and then videotaped as other women continued beating her. The News reported that according to court papers, he choked the woman, pulled her to the ground and then slammed her head on the concrete.

Jamison, who is believed to be a member of the Dymes R Us gang, according to reports, was arrested in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn at around 11 a.m., Tuesday, the Post reported.

Police have since charged him with murder, two counts of assault and three counts of criminal possession of a weapon.

Three women shot, one fatally, outside Flatiron club

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Detectives outside Motivo on Monday morning (Photo by Sabina Mollot)

A 24-year-old woman was shot and killed outside of a nightclub in the Flatiron District early on Monday morning, and two other women were also shot and now in stable condition.

Police said that at 4 a.m., the victims were found in front of the club, Motivo at 915 Broadway and 21st Street. The 24-year-old woman who was later pronounced dead at Bellevue Hospital had been shot in the back. A 30-year-old woman was shot in the shoulder and a 25-year-old woman had been shot on the hip and foot.

Police officers keep the street in front of Motivo blocked off. (Photo by Sabina Mollot)

Police officers keep the street in front of Motivo blocked off. (Photo by Sabina Mollot)

There are no arrests and the investigation is ongoing. Police are withholding the name of the woman who was killed pending family notification.

The Post reported the victims were not likely the intended targets and that the suspect is believed to be in his 20s and was last seen wearing a red and black hoodie, according to cops.

UPDATE: The Daily News reported that the shooter had been kicked out of the club, and then vowed to get his gun before retrieving it from his vehicle. The woman who died was identified as Walikque Faussett, a Bronx resident and mother to a three-year-old son named Alex. The News also reported that the suspected shooter is also from the Bronx and believed to be a member of the “DYMES R US” gang, according to police.

Police arrest hammer attack suspect

Photo of hammer attack suspect

Photo of hammer attack suspect

The man shot by police yesterday who’s believed to be the hammer-wielding lunatic who attacked four people on Monday, has since been arrested.

Police announced on Thursday morning that the man, who’s been identified as David Baril, has been arrested and charged with seven counts of felony assault as well as criminal possession of a weapon.

Baril was approached by the cops on a midtown street Wednesday morning when, according to the NYPD, he began swinging at a female officer, Lauren O’Rourke, with a hammer. It was her partner, Geraldo Casaigne, who shot Baril, striking him twice, once in the right arm and once in the torso. He was taken to Bellevue Hospital for treatment. Police said he is in critical but stable condition.

Baril was stopped by the cops after they recognized him as the suspect behind a string of random attacks on three women and one man, who were each struck on the head with a hammer. The cops had been in the area for an unrelated assault, according to the Post, who added that Baril has a long rap sheet that includes assaulting a police officer and jumping a counter at a KFC and punching an employee.

On Monday, his crime spree reportedly began by attacking a man on West 35th Street, a woman sitting inside Union Square Park, a woman walking on West 17th Street west of Sixth Avenue and a woman near Madison Square Park.

O’Rourke sustained abrasions and lacerations to the back of her head and back and taken to Bellevue Hospital. Casaigne was also taken to Bellevue for tinnitus. Both officers have been treated and released.

Police Commissioner Bratton visited the two officers at the hospital on Wednesday.

Note: This article is updated from the print version about the shooting to include information about the arrest and additional details about the incident from the police.

Police Watch: Man killed on Avenue D, Woman wanted for burglary on E. 33rd

Shaquille Fuller

Shaquille Fuller

Police said that 33-year-old Shemrod Isaac was shot and killed in front of the Lillian Wald Houses at 20 Avenue D on Monday around 4:33 p.m. Officers were responding to an assault in front of the location and upon arrival, they determined that Isaac was shot four times by an unknown suspect. EMS responded and transported Isaac to Beth Israel Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Police said that Isaac was a resident at the Lillian Wald Houses.
Police are looking for 21-year-old Shaquille Fuller, also a resident in the Lillian Wald Houses, in connection with this incident. Anyone with information about Fuller’s whereabouts 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 or texting TIP577 and their tips to 274637(CRIMES).

The New York City Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance identifying a suspect wanted for a burglary within the confines of the 17th Precinct. On Thursday, January 29 at 6:30 p.m., the suspect walked into the apartment building located at 330 East 33rd Street, entered an unlocked apartment and took a Macbook Air, assorted jewelry and an undetermined amount of money. Detectives are hoping to speak to the woman seen on surveillance cameras inside the building at the time of the burglary. She is a black woman with long black hair.
Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 800-577-TIPS.

Police are hoping to speak with this woman.

Police are hoping to speak with this woman.

Police arrested 34-year-old Gregory McNeil for criminal nuisance inside the Union Square subway station last Saturday at 9:35 p.m. A witness told police that McNeil was on an uptown R train and when it was pulling into the station, he allegedly threatened to shoot numerous passengers on the train. When an officer arrived, the train was being held inn the station and a witness identified McNeil.
When police approached him to tell him to exit the train, he allegedly had both hands in his pockets and was immediately uncooperative and verbally abusive. There were about 30 people on the train and police said that McNeil had alarmed all of them. He was also charged with an unclassified violation of New York State laws and disorderly conduct. No weapon was recovered at the scene.

Police arrested 21-year-old Esther Rodriguez for prostitution inside Cheryl Beauty and Nail Salon at 133 Lexington Avenue last Saturday at 2:15 p.m. Rodriguez performed a massage on an undercover officer and allegedly agreed manually stimulate his penis in exchange for $100.

Police arrested 22-year-olds Leslie Walker and Darryl Davis for a fight at the corner of Fourth Avenue and East 14th Street last Friday at 4:44 a.m. Walker allegedly engaged in a fight with Davis using obscene language, causing a crowd to form. Police said that the fight moved into the Union Square subway station and Walker allegedly became more irate, flailing his arms while yelling and pushing the officers. Police said that he appeared to be under the influence of alcohol.
Davis allegedly engaged with Walker both verbally and physically, throwing a glass bottle in Walker’s direction. Police said that Walker had a cut above his left eye and was removed to the hospital for stitches. Davis allegedly said that he threw the bottle at Walker to defend himself.
Walker was charged with resisting arrested, an unclassified public administration misdemeanor and disorderly conduct and Davis was charged with assault.

Police arrested 36-year-old Michael Kim for assault inside 25 Waterside Plaza last Saturday at 1:54 a.m. The victim told police that while waiting for the bus, he and Kim got into an argument, which resulted in Kim allegedly spraying the victims in the face with mace, causing injury to his face and eyes. Kim allegedly pepper-sprayed two other people at the bus stop. Police said that none of the victims knew each other or Kim before the incident.

James Renshaw, 25, was arrested last Tuesday at 12:40 p.m. for perjury at East 14th Street and Union Square East. Renshaw allegedly told police that when he was leaving the subway station at 125th Street and Lexington Avenue, a man asked for a MetroCard swipe and when he took out his wallet, the man snatched it. Upon further investigation, police said that he recanted his story and said that he had lost his wallet and the incident hadn’t occurred. He told police that he realized he no longer had his wallet when he was leaving the train at 125th Street and Lexington Avenue. Renshaw was also charged with filing a false report.

Police arrested 24-year-old Kevin McDonald for grand larceny last Tuesday at 10:33 p.m. in front of Raymi at 43 West 24th Street. The victim told police that she was looking through her backpack and realized that her wallet was missing. She said that she had put her bag inside the employee locker room on top of a grease trap at 6 p.m. and realized that it was gone at 10:10 p.m. McDonald was allegedly on surveillance video taking the victim’s wallet at 9:45 p.m. Police said that he walked back into the restaurant at 10:15 p.m. and admitted that he took the wallet. McDonald was also charged with possession of stolen property.

Police arrested 51-year-old Francis Camilleri for burglar’s tools at the corner of East 27th Street and Lexington Avenue last Wednesday at 11:09 p.m. Camilleri was allegedly attempting to break the lock on a bicycle at the location. Police said that he removed the front tire from a chained bicycle and left with the stolen tire.

Eighteen-year-old Sean Kelly was arrested for assault in front of Bellevue Hospital last Monday at 11:15 a.m. Police said that punched another man in the face, causing redness and swelling.

Police arrested 25-year-olds Vincent Kalman and Christopher Judd in connection with an assault in front of 395 Third Avenue, which is home to a 7-Eleven and an AT&T store. They were arrested last Saturday at 7:46 p.m. after Kalman and Judd allegedly hit the victim on the top of the head, causing a cut. The three people involved in the fight didn’t know each other, police said.

Twenty-year-old Matthew Perez was arrested inside the Union Square subway station last Saturday at 11:46 a.m. for possession of a weapon. Police said that Perez was carrying a gravity knife on the right side of his cargo pants pocket.

Police arrested 24-year-old Espartaco Albornoz for theft of services inside the Union Square subway station last Sunday at 4:30 a.m. Police said that Albornoz tripled up with two other people to avoid paying the fare. He allegedly stayed in the station without the authority to be there and was also charged with criminal trespassing. The two other people Albornoz entered the station with were not arrested.