Police Watch: Man strolls into woman’s apt. to pee, Teen stabs victim on train, slashes another

MAN BARGES INTO WOMAN’S APARTMENT

TO PEE, THEN ALLEGEDLY MAKES THREATS

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.

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Police Watch: Man arrested for bank robberies, Deli worker busted for untaxed cigarettes

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.”

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Police Watch: East Village woman stabbed, Man arrested for hitting cop with car

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 suspects

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.

Police Watch: Man arrested for jumping into L tracks, Stabbing on Sixth Ave.

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.

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Tailor in Kips Bay who was stabbed has been shot before

A recovering Apel Tamagoglu receives a $2,500 check from a crowd-funding campaign. (Photo by Evan Rofheart)

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.

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Robber fractures elderly victim’s skull, punctures lung in Kips Bay tailor shop

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Robbery suspect

By Sabina Mollot

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.

 

Police Watch: Man arrested for Lillian Wald Houses murder, Man busted for bank break-ins

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.

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Man arrested for shelter stabbing

By Maria Rocha-Buschel

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.

Police Watch: Burglary at Second Ave. apartment, Stabbing at Prince George Hotel

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.

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Cops issue summonses for underage drinking at First Avenue lounge

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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.

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Police Watch: Teen stabbed, traffic agent arrested for ‘scam’

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.

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Police arrest Con Ed employee for ax attacks, stabbing

A weapon allegedly used by Trevial Terry (Photo courtesy of NYPD)

A weapon allegedly used by Trevial Terry (Photo courtesy of NYPD)

By Sabina Mollot

Police have arrested a Con Ed employee who allegedly attacked three people on Monday afternoon, including the mother of his child, using an ax.

Trevial Terry, 40, who lives at 580 St. Nicholas Avenue in Harlem, is accused of stabbing the 35-year-old mother of his child at 135 East 64th Street. Officers, when arriving at the scene found the victim in the building’s vestibule bleeding from multiple stab wounds in her stomach and back. She told them that Terry had approached her, pushed her into the building’s vestibule and then stabbed her. She was taken to New York Presbyterian Hospital in serious but stable condition.

According to the Daily News, the victim was Alicia Sylvia, and the two were in the midst of a custody battle. She’d been attacked at the building where she works.

Then later, Terry walked into the Con Ed building at 4 Irving Plaza where he’s worked for the past 15 years. His title is commercial service representative for the Department of Energy Services. Once there he headed to the 10th floor office and allegedly pulled out an ax when he saw a 49-year-old colleague and struck him in the face with it. A witness, a 40-year-old man, tried to help the victim, but then was struck in the arm by Terry who police said was using a “pointed tip hammer.”

Terry then attempted to flee by running down the stairs and into the parking lot, where officers arrested him. According to the Daily News, the cops had help from employees who’d chased him out of the building. A Times story stated that when Terry entered the office, he’d asked for a supervisor but was told the supervisor was unavailable. The two victims were taken to Bellevue Hospital where they were both listed in stable condition. Terry was also taken to Bellevue Hospital in stable condition.

He’s been charged with three counts of attempted murder, six counts of assault and four counts of criminal possession of a weapon.

Allan Drury, a spokesperson for Con Ed, said he didn’t know what would make the longtime employee snap and that as far as he knew there had been no prior incidents involving Terry. He said the victims’ injuries were non-life threatening.

An NYPD spokesperson said Terry has no prior arrests, unless they’ve been sealed.

Police Watch: Woman wanted for hot coffee assault, men behind ‘speakeasy’ busted

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WOMAN WANTED FOR ASSAULT BY COFFEE
Police are looking for a woman who threw hot coffee at the face of a 45-year-old MTA bus driver at the intersection of Broadway and West 23rd Street on Tuesday. The scalding attack took place on St. Patrick’s Day, March 17 at 11 a.m.
The suspect is described as a female, white, mid 20’s with long hair.
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 the Crime Stoppers Website at nypdcrimestoppers.com or texting their tips to 274637(CRIMES) then enter TIP577.

PENNSYLVANIA FUGITIVE ARRESTED AT VA HOSPITAL
Last Tuesday, police arrested a man who allegedly hit a 16-year-old in the head, tied her to a motel bed and sexually assaulted her last June in Lehigh, Pennsylvania.
Michael Burdo, 58, was collared at the VA Hospital 423 East 23rd Street at 1:30 p.m. Police said that Burdo was to be extradited for Pennsylvania because a warrant was issued for his arrest on March 4 in Lehigh, charging him with aggravated assault, false imprisonment, aggravated indecent assault without consent, indecent assault, forcible compulsion, aggravated indecent assault-forcible compulsion and three counts of assault. Burdo was also charged with being a fugitive from another state.
A local Lehigh newspaper reported at the beginning of March that authorities were looking for Burdo after he missed a court hearing. The paper found that he had gone to New York to visit his sister instead of going to the hearing and overdosed on pills. He was brought to the VA Hospital and couldn’t be immediately removed because the hospital is on federal property.

MEN BUSTED FOR RUNNING ‘SPEAKEASY’ ON EAST 15TH STREET
Police arrested two people involved in an alleged illegal after-hours operation last Sunday at 1:35 a.m. inside 117 East 15th Street.
Guy Jacobson, 53, was allegedly running the illegal bar/nightclub at the location and selling alcohol without a license. Police said he’d been working the door at the entrance to the club, and was previously the owner of a bar called Belmont Lounge. The allegedly illegal club was in the basement of the former Belmont Lounge, according to the District Attorney’s office, who also said Jacobson owns the building but couldn’t produce an active State Liquor Authority license.
James Hill, 31, was also arrested for possession of a controlled substance, which police said was found after an inspection at the location.
Police said that there were 444 cans of beer, 66 bottles of beer and 158 bottles of liquor that were being sold to patrons, who were being charged $5 per beer and $8 for mixed drinks. Police recovered $2,331 at the premises.

CAB RIDER SCAMMED NEAR UNION SQUARE
A user on the website Reddit posted photos online of his encounter with a man who was scamming people with a fake taxi. Gothamist reported that the victim got a ride in the cab to Union Square last Thursday and the credit card machine in the backseat was broken.
When he handed his card to the driver, he noticed that there were two machines, one of which he said looked like a credit card skimmer. After seeing the second swiper, he also noticed that there was no information about the driver in the backseat and when he got out of the car, he saw that the medallion had been removed.
The Taxi and Limousine Commission told CBS that the car was likely a retired cab that was bought at an auction and had been seized twice, in 2006 and 2007.

MTA WORKER HALTS STABBING
Police arrested 27-year-old Donald Cheatham for assault and possession of a weapon inside the Park Avenue South/28th Street station last Sunday at 8:22 a.m. Police said that Cheatham slashed the victim with a folding knife on the back of the neck and right side of the head, causing cuts.
Gothamist reported on Sunday that an MTA worker had intervened in the fight between Cheatham and the 30-year-old victim, who were arguing about a phone in front of the MetroCard booth. Richard Singleton, who has worked for the MTA for 18 years, grabbed Cheatham’s arm, causing him to drop the knife, and Singleton said he got on top of Cheatham to hold him there until police arrived.

‘DRUG DEALERS’ BUSTED ON EAST 15TH
Police arrested two men involved in a drug deal in front of 105 East 15th Street last Tuesday at 2:20 p.m. Tony Ray, 29, was charged with the sale of marijuana and 25-year-old Lewis Emmerson was charged with the sale of marijuana and possession of marijuana. Police said that Ray and Emmerson sold marijuana to an undercover officer and Emmerson was allegedly in possession of more marijuana.

MAN ASSAULTED BY TEENS
Police arrested a teenager for assault at the corner of Second Avenue and East 28th Street last Sunday at 7:27 p.m. The victim told police that he was crossing the street when he was pushed to the ground and punched in the back of the head by four boys, causing substantial pain and swelling to his neck and head. Three of the boys were not arrested and the name of the teen who was arrested is being withheld due to his age.

‘BAIL-JUMPING’ ROLLERBLADER NABBED IN SUBWAY
Police arrested 21-year-old Ricky Cabrera for bail jumping inside the Union Square subway station at Union Square East and East 14th Street last Wednesday at 1:10 p.m. Police said that Cabrera was skating at a high speed on rollerblades inside a crowded subway station, creating a hazardous condition, swerving in and out of other people. When he was stopped, police found that he had an open warrant. Cabrera was also charged with an unclassified violation of New York State laws and disorderly conduct.

SENIOR ARRESTED FOR ‘PUNCHING’ EMS
Police arrested 65-year-old William Miller for assault at the corner of First Avenue and East 16th Street last Saturday at 10:57 p.m. Police said that Miller punched an EMS worker in the face, causing swelling. He was also charged with assault of a peace officer.

MEN ARRESTED FOR ‘XANAX’
Three men were arrested for drugs last Thursday at 6:36 p.m. on the corner of Union Square East and East 15th Street.
Jonathan Sehring, 29, and Keith Ronquillo, also 29, were charged with possession of a controlled substance and 43-year-old Unice Jinks was charged with sale of a controlled substance. Police said that Jinks sold Xanax pills to an undercover officer and Sehring and Ronquillo were allegedly in possession of a controlled substance.

MEN BUSTED FOR ‘LIGHTING UP’ ON SUBWAY
Police arrested several people for smoking inside the subway system last week, who were charged with unclassified violations of New York State laws.
Yan Rakhamimov, 25, was allegedly smoking a cigarette on the platform at the Union Square subway station last Thursday at 8:38 p.m.
Thirty-six-year-old Yomar Portalatin and 33-year-old Sainlouis Moore were arrested at the Union Square station last Saturday at 1:20 a.m. Portalatin and Moore were allegedly smoking on an uptown 6 train.

WOMAN NABBED FOR NYCHA ‘TRESPASSING’
Twenty-year-old Brianne Amaker was arrested for criminal trespass inside 344 East 28th Street last Friday at 12:52 a.m. Amaker was allegedly inside the public housing development without permission and police said that she was also on the 13th floor, arguing and acting aggressive towards one of the tenants.

TEENS ARRESTED FOR POT OUTSIDE STUY TOWN
Police arrested two teenagers for possession of marijuana at the corner of Avenue C and East 16th Street last Friday at 1:20 p.m. The teens were smoking marijuana inside the park in public view. The names of the teens are being withheld due to their age.

TEENS BUSTED FOR ‘BOOSTING’ BIKE SEAT
Nineteen-year-olds Matthew MacConnoran and Jean Pineda were arrested for petit larceny at the corner of Asser Levy Place and East 25th Street last Saturday at 11:49 p.m. Police said that MacConnoran and Pineda were trying to remove a bicycle seat from a bicycle that didn’t belong to them. MacConnoran was also charged with burglar’s tools.

FIGHT ON WEST 16TH ST.
Police arrested two people involved in a fight in front of 37 West 16th Street last Sunday at 11:42 a.m. Tristan Wilson, 32, and Pasqual Vargas, 62, were charged with assault. Police said that the two men got into a fight and both sustained injuries.

‘PANHANDLER’ ARRESTED ON 2 TRAIN
Sixty-year-old Cesar Bracamonte was arrested for an unclassified violation of New York State laws at the 14th Street and Seventh Avenue subway station last Wednesday at 12:15 p.m. Bracamonte was allegedly panhandling and asking for money after playing music on a downtown 2 train.

TEEN ARRESTED FOR BATHROOM FIGHT
Police arrested a teenager for assault last Monday at 11:19 a.m. inside the High School for Health Professions and Human Services at 345 East 15th Street. There was a fight and the boy who was arrested punched and kicked the victim, causing contusions and bruising. The fight took place inside the school’s bathroom and the teen attends the Institute for Collaborative Education High School. The teen’s name is being withheld due to his age.

Man stabbed in Stuy Town, left paralyzed, cops say

Suspect arrested, charged with attempted murder

Bellevue Hospital (Photo courtesy of hospital)

Bellevue Hospital (Photo courtesy of hospital)

By Maria Rocha-Buschel

Police arrested a man last Saturday who allegedly robbed and stabbed a man in Stuyvesant Town on East 20th Street on December 16 at 8:11 a.m. Arpad West, 21, was arrested at the 13th Precinct at 10:30 p.m. and police said that the victim involved in the stabbing has been paralyzed.

Police said that at the time of the incident, West stabbed the victim with three knives, once in the back of the neck and vertebrae area and another in the side of the neck near the carotid artery, causing permanent paralysis to his lower body.

While West was allegedly stabbing the victim, he yelled, “I am going to kill you! Give me your PIN number! I want you dead!” and took his credit card and cell phone.

West was seen on surveillance video leaving the building at 10:34 a.m. According to the criminal complaint, the victim couldn’t move his arms or legs directly after the incident and he was rushed to Bellevue Hospital, where he underwent surgery to his spinal cord and carotid artery.

Police said that West attempted to use the credit card five times at an ATM inside the Chase Bank location at 333 East 23rd Street at 10:48 a.m., and he was also allegedly in possession of another credit card that didn’t belong to him.

West allegedly admitted to police that he stabbed the victim in the neck and back of the head and that he wanted to kill him, that he had demanded the PINs from the victim, that he took his credit card and attempted to use it at an ATM multiple times, that he took the victim’s cell phone and that he took a credit card from a second victim.

West was officially charged with assault, attempted murder in the second degree, robbery, grand larceny and two counts of criminal possession of stolen property. Police said that West’s relationship to the victim was unclear but the two appeared to know each other, and noted that the stabbing was a surprise attack inside an apartment.

West’s next court date is this Thursday. His Legal Aid attorney did not respond to a request for comment by T&V’s deadline.