Police arrested a 64-year-old man for an assault that took place inside 344 East 28th Street on October 8, 2019, 4:25 a.m. Police said that a woman got into a dispute with a man that she didn’t know and suffered a stab wound on her lower right leg.
A witness told police that he saw the victim and the man go into an elevator in the building while involved in a fight and after the victim got out of the elevator, she said that the man had stabbed her. The suspect was charged with assault inside the 13th precinct on Wednesday, January 22 at 8:45 a.m.
MAN BUSTED FOR STOLEN CAR
Police arrested a 34-year-old man at the corner of Park Avenue South and East 19th Street on Wednesday, January 22 at 6:58 p.m. for stealing a car from First Avenue. The victim told police that he parked his vehicle in front of 325 First Avenue near East 19th Street when it was stolen. The vehicle was still running but did not have a key, and the victim was nearby and said that he saw the suspect get inside his car and take off, heading west on East 19th Street without permission.
A man was stabbed to death at the Riis Houses complex near East 12th Street, on Monday night.
At about 8:45 p.m., police responded to a call about an assault in front of 1115 FDR Drive and found a 27-year-old man who’d been stabbed in the stomach. Police said the victim had been arguing with someone in front of 466 East 10th Street and the fight turned physical. The man, who was in and out of consciousness when police arrived, was taken to Bellevue but couldn’t be saved. Police took a “person of interest” whose name hasn’t been released into custody but as of Tuesday there have been no arrests.
The investigation remains ongoing and police are withholding the identity of the victim pending proper family notification.
Update: Police have arrested Christopher Dixon, 26, a resident of 710 East 9th Street, in connection with this incident. The victim has been identified as Phibeon Smalls, who lived in the same building.
MAN CHARGED WITH ROBBERY IN STUY TOWN
Police arrested 18-year-old Davin Quirindongo for allegedly stealing from a woman on Avenue C in March. According to the district attorney’s office, Quirindongo bumped up against her and grabbed her wallet while she was walking in front of 319 Avenue C on March 22 at 10:10 p.m. Town & Village reported on this incident last week when police were still looking for the suspect and Stuy Town management clarified at the time that the incident actually occurred on the Avenue C Loop Road.
Police said that officers tracked down Quirindongo because he used one of the victim’s credit cards. Quirindongo was arrested for grand larceny from a person and possession of stolen property on April 5 at 5:30 p.m. and the DA’s office charged him with robbery and grand larceny. An attorney for Quirindongo declined to comment.
ARREST FOR TRESPASSING IN STUY TOWN
Police arrested 55-year-old James Curry for burglars tools and criminal trespass inside 310 First Avenue last Wednesday at 8:04 p.m. Police said that Curry entered the building by walking behind a resident to gain access and proceeding to the basement into the laundry room. Curry was allegedly carrying bolt cutters when he was approached by security.
Curry pled guilty at a pre-arraignment deposition on April 5 and was given a conditional discharge, meaning he would not be sentenced for the offense unless a further offense is committed within a year.
Community Grocery & Candy store on East 14th Street (Photo by Sabina Mollot)
By Sabina Mollot
Police are looking for a man who slashed another man on the cheek during a fight on East 14th Street west of First Avenue.
The two men had gotten into an argument inside a store that turned physical, police said, spilling out onto the street. At one point, one of the men took out a sharp object and slashed the 54-year-old victim. Police said both individuals are “known to the neighborhood,” though they don’t know the name of the suspect and haven’t arrested him.
The victim was taken to the hospital, where he was treated and released.
The suspect is described as Hispanic and about 6 ft. 2 inches tall and was wearing a long, leather coat.
Patch, which first reported on the incident, said the suspect ran off after the assault. EVGrieve posted a photo of the police investigation outside the Community Grocery & Candy store, where an employee told a T&V reporter he didn’t have information about the incident.
Matthew Pryblyski, 25, was arrested after allegedly breezing into a woman’s apartment at 149 West 14th Street, where he then headed to her bathroom and began to pee. The woman, who doesn’t know Pryblyski, said she told him to get out, and he responded by picking up a lamp and allegedly waving it around in front of her in a threatening manner. He also told her, “Shut up, you Arabic bitch. I am going to sue you,” according to a criminal complaint. Police said it is unclear how he got into her apartment in the incident, which occurred last Saturday night. He was arraigned on November 5 and his next court appearance on charges of burglary, menacing and criminal possession of a weapon is on December 20. Town & Village reached out to Pryblyski’s attorney, but did not hear back.
HIGH SCHOOL GIRL ATTACKS TWO WITH
SCISSORS AT UNION SQUARE SUBWAY
Police arrested a teen who, on Halloween night, slashed one teen with a scissor at the Union Square subway station and stabbed another on the train. The victim who was slashed said he was trying to get away from the girl, whose name is being withheld due to her age, when she slashed his wrist, causing a very serious physical injury. On the train, she also stabbed another male victim in the neck, hand and back. The incident may have been part of a larger fight. The alleged assailant attends Susan Wagner High School in Staten Island.
POLICE IMPERSONATION IN KIPS BAY
Police arrested Gerardo Torres, 30, after he allegedly pretended to be a cop to gain entry to a building at 334 East 26th Street last Monday morning. Police said he told a security officer there that he was an officer conducting an investigation at the location and even went as far as providing what appeared to be an NYPD-issued business card. The security officer didn’t buy it, however, and Torres was charged with impersonating an officer and criminal trespass.
MAN CHARGED WITH ROBBING BANKS AT GUNPOINT IN UNION SQUARE, LES
Police arrested a man suspected in three bank robberies in Union Square and Lower Manhattan last Wednesday. Police stopped 21-year-old Richard Callison in front of 125 Third Avenue at 12:58 p.m. that afternoon while he was stopped in front of a Duane Reade near East 14th Street because he matched the description of a suspect from previous bank robberies.
Police said that video surveillance captured Callison committing the robberies. Callison also allegedly admitted to committing the robberies and police said that he identified himself in the stills from the video.
According to the district attorney’s office, two of the robberies took place on the Lower East Side and one occurred on Broadway near Union Square, all happening on two days last week.
The most recent robbery occurred in the Citibank at 749 Broadway near Eighth Street on July 19 at 11:40 a.m. Police said Callison gave the teller a note that said, “Put the money in the bag. No tracers and no one has to get hurt.” The DA’s office said that Callison pointed what appeared to be a gun through a plastic bag at the teller.
A teller working at the Chase Bank at 109 Delancey Street said that Callison came in at 10:40 a.m. on July 19 and handed over a note that said, “Give me the money. No dye packs. Big bills or your life will end!!!” Callison allegedly pointed a gun at the teller in this incident as well.
A bank teller working in the Bank of America at 92 Delancey Street told police that Callison gave him a note on July 18 around 4:30 p.m. that read, “Give me all the big bills (no traces). Make the wrong move and you will get shot. Rapido rapido.”
EAST VILLAGE WOMAN STABBED IN HOME INVASION
A man broke into a 31-year-old woman’s East Village apartment on Sunday night and stabbed her, The New York Post reported.
The victim, Cassidy Helmken, told police that she heard a knock around 8:30 p.m. and the man pushed his way into her apartment when she opened the door. Along with stabbing her, the attacker stole $500 in cash from the victim. Helmken is being treated at Bellevue Hospital for a collapsed lung and several gashes. Gothamist noted that Helmken’s apartment is on Avenue B near East 13th Street.
MAN ARRESTED FOR HITTING COP WITH CAR
Police arrested 40-year-old Raheem Starr after he hit a police officer with his car while leaving a parking lot at East 23rd Street and the FDR last Sunday around 3 a.m. Police were responding to a disorderly group of people who had just left a party boat and while police were attempting to disperse the crowd, Starr allegedly rammed through a barricade and clipped the officer, causing minor injuries to his knee and hands. The officer fired one round from his gun after the car hit him while trying to flee, but no one was hit by the shot. A 29-year-old man was also arrested but police said that the case is sealed and had no further information on that suspect. Starr was charged with reckless endangerment.
ROBBERY AT WEST 23RD ST. F/M STATION
The NYPD is asking the public’s assistance identifying two men who robbed a woman on the subway after showing her a gun.
At West 23rd and Sixth Avenue on Thursday, June 15 at 9:30 p.m., police said that the two men approached the 22-year-old woman on the downtown platform and asked if she could cash a check for one of them. The victim declined, at which time one of the men lifted his shirt and displayed what appeared to be a silver gun. The suspect then demanded that the victim go to the nearby Chase Bank, where she deposited a check and withdrew $600 cash, which was given to the other suspect, who was wearing a white hat. Once this transaction was completed, the suspects fled the location. There were no reported injuries as a result of this incident.
The suspects are described as black men, approximately in their mid 20s. One individual is 6’4” tall, weighing 200 lbs. and the second individual is 5’10” tall, weighing 170 lbs. The surveillance photos were taken from the subway station.
Anyone with information in regards to this robbery is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto nypdcrimestoppers.com or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential.
MAN ARRESTED FOR GRAMERCY BURGLARIES
Police arrested 48-year-old Earl Brown for burglary in front of 15 East 18th Street last Monday at 1:18 a.m. A witness working at 873 Broadway told police that he was working late when he heard a loud banging from the business next door. He said that he saw a man wearing a white shirt and a Yankees hat repeatedly ramming his shoulder into the door in an attempt to gain entry. Police said that Brown also rang the doorbell of the witness’s office, allowing the witness to see him through the peephole. The witness then called 911 and a suspect fitting the witness’s description was stopped at the side exit of 15 East 18th Street. Brown matched the description provided by the witness and he was allegedly in possession of a stolen Apple MacBook, a stolen Dell laptop and a stolen Canon digital camera.
Brown was later charged with an additional burglary from 115 East 23rd Street where he allegedly damaged the magnetic doors and swiped property at an earlier date.
MAN ARRESTED FOR SWIPING TIPS AT SECOND AVENUE PIZZA PLACE
Police arrested 35-year-old Raul Galvez for petit larceny inside Mike’s Pizza at 415 Second Avenue last Sunday at 8:09 p.m. Police said that Galvez entered the restaurant and stuck his hand inside the tip jar on the counter. He allegedly removed cash and fled from the location but he was apprehended outside the restaurant by the business owner.
MAN NABBED FOR POT AT ASSER LEVY PLAYGROUND
Police arrested 31-year-old Ryan Betances for possession of marijuana at the Asser Levy Playground last Wednesday at 5:01 p.m. Police said that Betances was smoking alleged marijuana while inside a public park while there were children present on the playground. Betances also allegedly had a jar containing loose marijuana inside his bag and a small bag of alleged marijuana inside his wallet.
MAN ARRESTED FOR DRUG DEAL IN UNION SQUARE PARK
Police arrested 37-year-old Douglas Zimbler and 31-year-old Sean Keenan for a drug deal in Union Square Park last Wednesday at 6 p.m. Police said that Zimbler sold a quantity of alleged crystal meth to Keenan. Both men were charged with possession of a controlled substance and Zimbler was additional charged with the sale of a controlled substance. Police said that Keenan was also in possession of a pipe with alleged crystal meth residue.
MEN BUSTED FOR SELLING ‘LOOSIES’
Police arrested a 34-year-old man in front of the men’s shelter at 400 East 30th Street last Wednesdayfor selling loose Newport cigarettes without a vendor’s license. Police also arrested a 50-year-old man for selling loose Newport cigarettes outside the shelter. The suspects were charged with violating tax law and unlawful peddling.
MAN ARRESTED FOR JUMPING INTO TRACKS WHILE RUNNING FROM COPS
Police arrested 32-year-old Jose Vijay for reckless endangerment and criminal trespass inside the First Avenue L station last Tuesday at 6:46 p.m. Police were responding to a call about Vijay about a previous sex abuse case while he was at the Third Avenue station on the L train. Police said that he matched the description of a man who was wanted for sex abuse and escorted him off the train. Officers then identified him as a suspect for the earlier incident, but while he was being held at the station, Vijay allegedly jumped onto the tracks and fled down the tunnel. Police said that he was seen passing between the tracks as a train was pulling into the station. No further information was available about the sex abuse case for which he was originally pursued.
MAN NABBED FOR STABBING ON SIXTH AVENUE
Police arrested 28-year-old Cedric Toon for assault and weapons possession last Sunday at 3:30 a.m. in front of 686 Sixth Avenue. Police said that Toon stabbed the victim in the back near his right shoulder with a knife, causing a puncture wound. Police searched the area and found Toon nearby, and two witnesses positively identified him.
MAN NABBED FOR ASSAULTING COP ON BROADWAY
Police arrested 25-year-old Mohamed Thiam for assault of a peace officer last Friday at 4:34 p.m. in front of 1165 Broadway at 27th Street. Police said that they approached Thiam because he was drinking beer out of a cup on the sidewalk and he allegedly refused to show the officer his ID. When they attempted to place him in handcuffs, he allegedly started flailing his arms to prevent being handcuffed. Police said that in the struggle, he punched the arresting office in the face.
A recovering Apel Tamagoglu receives a $2,500 check from a crowd-funding campaign. (Photo by Evan Rofheart)
By Sabina Mollot
Apel Tamagoglu, the 78-year-old tailor who was stabbed repeatedly during a robbery at his Kips Bay shop, has been in tough spots before. In fact, he was once shot in the hand during another holdup, he said this week.
Tamagoglu, a Turkish citizen as well as a citizen of the United States, said the other robbery happened 15-20 years ago; he can’t quite remember exactly when. But he did recall how the gunman had come in and asked if he could fix a velvet suit. The robber later went to prison, Tamagoglu said, adding that the man had also robbed many other people.
Asked if he’d thought about calling it quits after that incident, Tamagoglu, a native of Istanbul, said no. In his heavily accented English, he explained, “I have to work. I have to help the kids.”
Apel (pronounced Ah-pell) has two grown daughters as well as three grandchildren ages 10, 15 and 22.
He also downplayed the previous armed robbery, saying, “The hand is no problem.”
Tamagoglu said since the recent stabbing, during which he had his skull fractured, his lung punctured and suffered other injuries, he’s been receiving care at Bellevue Hospital, though he’s now at home. He also said he’s trying to do some work at the shop, albeit slowly, since he lives upstairs. “I feel good, thank God,” he said.
Police are looking for a thug who stabbed an elderly tailor in his Kips Bay shop on Monday afternoon.
According to cops, the 78-year-old victim put up a fight when the unknown man walked into his shop, Apel Tailor at 203 East 27th Street, demanded cash, and began stabbing him. The men struggled and the attacker stabbed the victim a total of three times, once in the head, two in the torso. Eventually, the business owner gave the robber $80 and he fled in an unknown direction.
The victim was taken to a nearby hospital, where police later reported his condition as stable. The man suffered numerous stab wounds to his chest, cuts to his face, a fractured skull and a punctured left lung.
It’s unclear if the suspect was injured, although video footage obtained by ABC7 shows that the victim at one point actually managed to chase him outside the business between Third and Broadway with a chair.
Apel’s Yelp page has almost entirely positive reviews for its service and the owner’s can-do attitude.
The suspect is described as being Hispanic with a beard, between 40 and 50 years old and 160-190 lbs. He was last seen wearing a blue hooded coat, blue jeans 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) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). The public can also submit their tips online at http://www.nypdcrimestoppers.com or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential.
MAN ARRESTED FOR GREAT-GRANDMOTHER’S MURDER
Police arrested 23-year-old Gary Biaz for the murder of 82-year-old Ella-Mae Biaz inside 711 FDR Drive at the Lillian Wald Houses last Friday. Police responded to a 911 call about two women assaulted around 5:35 p.m. and found the senior, who the New York Post reported was Biaz’s great-grandmother, with her wrists and ankles bound with tape.
A 39-year-old woman had also been tied up in the apartment and had managed to free herself and alert the police. The 82-year-old was pronounced dead at the scene and the second victim was brought to Bellevue Hospital for her injuries.
Biaz reportedly stole cash from his great-grandmother and drove off in a car belonging to the younger victim, the Post said. He was arrested later that night after being caught near Bedford Avenue and South Second Street in Williamsburg.
Biaz was charged with murder and attempted murder.
MAN ARRESTED FOR FLATIRON BANK BREAK-INS
Police arrested 39-year-old Daniel Bertini for Flatiron bank burglaries that took place early Monday morning. The New York Daily News reported that Bertini was caught with $915 in stolen coins at 5:35 a.m. inside the Chase Bank at Sixth Avenue and West 18th Street. Police said that Bertini got cuts on his head when he resisted arrest and an officer hit him with a collapsible baton. He later told officers that he has a cocaine habit and had taken money from his mother. He allegedly burglarized that Chase branch, in addition to two other banks, to pay back his mother before she noticed that the money was missing. The Daily News reported that Bertini worked with a crowbar and a change of clothes and tried unsuccessfully to break into a Key Bank on East 22nd at 4:25 a.m. He allegedly managed to break into a Bank of America on Park Avenue South around 4:51 a.m. but didn’t take any money. Police said that Bertini, who lives with his mother in Chelsea, is also a suspect in eight bank jobs in Brooklyn, in addition to four thefts from a Manhattan bar and from a bodega.
Police arrested 53-year-old William Smith in connection with a fatal stabbing at the 30th Street Men’s Shelter on Monday morning. The New York Post reported that William Smith, who was also wanted in the attempted robbery and slashing of a livery driver in Queens, was caught by police after getting off the train at Ditmars Boulevard and 31st Street in Astoria.
Marcus Guerreio, the 56-year-old man who was killed, was found inside the shelter at 400 East 30th Street last Friday at 8:26 a.m. Police were responding to a 911 call from the shelter about an unconscious man and when they arrived, they found that Guerreio was unresponsive and had a gash on his neck. An EMS team pronounced him dead at the scene.
In related news, Michael Durham, 49, was arrested the next day at 11 p.m. for a burglary at the 850-resident shelter following the stabbing.
Police said that Durham entered the deceased person’s room and stole some of his property.
MAN ARRESTED FOR SECOND AVENUE ‘BURGLARY’
Twenty-year-old Khaleel Lofton was arrested for burglary in front of 501 Second Avenue last Tuesday at 11:44 a.m. A witness told police that Lofton entered the victim’s Kips Bay apartment building between 28th and 29th Streets through a shut rear window. The victim said that she didn’t know Lofton and definitely didn’t invite him into the apartment. Police said that Lofton fled the scene but he was stopped shortly after by officers nearby.
STABBING AT PRINCE GEORGE HOTEL
Police arrested 54-year-old Felicia Sweat for assault last Sunday at 5:50 p.m. in the Prince George Hotel at 14 East 28th Street. Police said that Sweat stabbed the victim in the foot and leg, and he sustained cuts to his leg as a result.
CABBIE BUSTED FOR ‘IMPRISONING’ PASSENGER OVER FARE
Police arrested 43-year-old Harpal Singh for unlawful imprisonment last Friday at 9:56 p.m. inside the 13th Precinct. Singh allegedly locked the victim in the back of his cab, confining her there against her will for over an hour due to a dispute over the cab fare. Singh allegedly told police that he did in fact lock her in because he wanted to get his money.
Visana, a pizzeria in front and cocktail lounge in back, on First Avenue (Photo by Sabina Mollot)
By Maria Rocha-Buschel
Visana, the First Avenue speakeasy style cocktail lounge that’s previously drawn the ire of neighbors due to nighttime noise, had the 13th Precinct’s commanding officer seeing red recently after officers issued seven summonses for underage drinking.
Deputy Inspector Brendan Timoney said the 13th Precinct will be taking a more active role with regards to disruptive patrons at Visana after those incidents, which occurred at the end of February.
“We’ve been on top of them lately but that was the straw that broke the camel’s back,” Timoney said. “(Visana owner David Jaffee) was crying out in the street saying they didn’t want this to happen but they advertised a party that night. They knew this would happen when they packed the place.”
Jaffee and his partner Ross Rachlin have been at a number of meetings of the 13th Precinct Community Council in the last few months but were not present this Tuesday as Timoney addressed community members.
Area residents, who were at the meeting to find out if progress had been made in keeping the bar under control, praised the police officers who have responded to the scene in dealing with the drunken crowds.
Visana recently failed to get the support of a Community Board 6 committee in its hopes for renewal of its liquor license. The business has an upcoming hearing with the State Liquor Authority regarding charges on noise and license issues.
TEEN ARRESTED FOR STABBING GOOD SAMARITAN
Police arrested a teenager for assault at the corner of Rutherford Place and East 16th Street last Monday at 11:49 a.m. Police said that the suspect stabbed the victim in his back. The victim told police that he was breaking up a fight when the teen stabbed him. The name of the suspect is being withheld due to his tender age.
NYPD TRAFFIC AGENT BUSTED FOR $38,000 ‘SCAM’
Police arrested 45-year-old traffic agent Johnny Phuong for grand larceny at the corner of Lexington Avenue and East 26th Street last Thursday at 8:30 p.m. Police said that Phuong made false promises to the victim about getting her a job and opening a business with her. The victim told police that she gave Phuong $38,000 at separate times. When Phuong allegedly told her that she needed to pay an additional $5,000, she became suspicious and contacted the police. Upon further investigation, police said that Phuong never released the money to the broker for the business and the broker had no knowledge of Phuong.
TEEN WITH BRASS KNUCKLES BUSTED FOR ASSAULT ON E. 17TH ST.
Police arrested a teenager for assault at the corner of Broadway and East 17th Street last Tuesday at 4:50 p.m. The boy was seen swinging at the victim and fleeing into the subway. The victim told police that the teen was in possession of brass knuckles. When he was stopped, he refused to be handcuffed and had to be taken to the ground, where he refused to put his hands behind his back. He then tried to throw the brass knuckles into the subway mezzanine, where police recovered them. He was also charged with resisting arrest, weapons possession and disorderly conduct.
WOULD-BE BIKE ‘THIEF’ NABBED AFTER FLEEING SCENE OF SEPARATE BIKE THEFT
Police arrested 48-year-old Jose Rivera for burglar’s tools at the corner of Union Square and East 16th Street last Wednesday at 1:46 p.m. Police said that Rivera was casing a number of bicycles on Broadway between 17th and 18th Streets repeatedly for about an hour, doubling back and forth to the same location. Rivera then left the location and secured his own bike at 14th Street and Union Square East and was seen walking back to the other location. He noticed that another person had been arrested nearby for attempting to cut a bike lock and allegedly attempted to flee the scene on foot. When he was stopped, police said that he was in possession of wire cutters commonly used to steal bikes.