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

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

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

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

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

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

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Police Watch: Assault in Stuy Town apt., man arrested for cell phone thefts

FOURTH PERSON WANTED IN CREMA ROBBERY
Town & Village reported last week of a robbery that took place at Crema Restaurant inside of 111 West 17th Street on September 12. Three Hispanic men in masks reportedly stole a cash register from the restaurant and threatened employees with a machete. The NYPD noted last Saturday that additional surveillance video has revealed that shows the suspects walking to and leaving the location, and also showed a fourth suspect who was acting as a lookout for the other three and never entered the restaurant.

BUFFALO EXCHANGE ‘ROBBER’ ARMED WITH SCISSORS
Police arrested 35-year-old Terrance Avery for robbery outside Buffalo Exchange at 114 West 26th Street last Monday at 6:53 p.m. Store security saw Avery allegedly removing property from the store and placing it into a large black luggage bag. When security approached him and began to recover the merchandise, police said that Avery pulled out a pair of scissors and pointed them in the faces of three employees in a threatening manner. He allegedly told them, “You’re gonna stop! You’re making me angry!” He then fled the store with his loot, police said, but was stopped by officers in front of the store who also took away his scissors.

MAN NABBED FOR ‘BAIL JUMPING’
Herbert Washington, 61, was arrested for bail jumping last Tuesday at 4:23 p.m. at the corner of Park Avenue South and East 18th Street. He was also charged with possession of burglar’s tools, petit larceny, theft, resisting arrest and impersonation of a public servant. Washington and another man who wasn’t arrested were allegedly casing a number of businesses. An officer first approached the man who wasn’t arrested, who said, “It’s the other guy.”
When the officer approached Washington, he allegedly put stolen property into a large bag that was on the street median. Washington began to yell, “It’s not me, I didn’t take anything.” He allegedly ran in a circle and tried to knock the officer over while he was trying to arrest Washington. The officer asked passersby to call 911 for assistance and Washington allegedly gave false information about his identity when the officer asked. He was also in possession of a long metal spike commonly used to remove theft deterrent devices, police said.

WOMAN ARRESTED FOR ‘ASSAULT’ IN STUY TOWN APT.
Police arrested 59-year-old Stephanie Mercado, a Stuyvesant Town resident, for assault last Wednesday at 4:23 p.m. inside 1 Stuyvesant Oval. The victim, a home attendant, was caring for Mercado’s mother when the two got into an argument. The argument escalated and Mercado allegedly punched the attendant in the chest.

MAN NABBED FOR ASSAULT AT L TRAIN STATION
Police arrested 35-year-old Pedro Martinez for assault at the First Avenue L station last Sunday at 1:30 a.m. Martinez was on a Brooklyn-bound L train and allegedly punched another man in the face and back of the head. The blows caused substantial pain, bruising and swelling, as well as a small cut on the victim’s left cheek.

TRESPASSERS BUSTED ON EAST 15TH
Thirty-year-old Andrew Bell and 25-year-old Evan Brauer were arrested for criminal trespassing at 101 East 15th Street last Thursday at 7:11 a.m. Bell and Brauer were allegedly inside an area where there are signs clearly posted that say “Area is closed, no trespassing.” Brauer was also charged with possession of a controlled substance and allegedly had a ziplock bag with marijuana and a pillbox with tablets of controlled substances in his pants pocket.

DRUG ARRESTS ON EAST 23RD
Two people involved in a drug deal were arrested in front of 10 East 23rd Street last Thursday at 9:59 a.m. Unice Jinks, 42, was arrested for sale of a controlled substance and allegedly exchanged money with Thomas Cargill, 53, for a controlled substance. Cargill was arrested for possession of a controlled substance.

ASSAULT AT PRINCE GEORGE
Police arrested Christopher Wallace for assault in front of The Prince George at 14 East 28th Street last Thursday at 9:12 p.m. Wallace allegedly punched the victim in the nose after the two spoke for a few minutes, causing minor bleeding and soreness.

FRAUDULENT CHECK AT CITIBANK
Police arrested Khiratullah Abdul-Haqq for grand larceny inside the Citibank at 115 East 23rd Street last Friday at 12:04 p.m. Abdul-Haqq allegedly walked into the location and attempted to deposit a fraudulent check of $4,120.24. The victim told police that he doesn’t know Abdul-Haqq and he did not issue the check.

PHONE THEFT AT UNION SQUARE BALLROOM
Police arrested 27-year-old Elmer Quituizaca for petit larceny in the Union Square Ballroom at 27 Union Square West last Friday at 7:20 p.m. Quituizaca allegedly removed a cell phone from the bar top without permission and was seen in possession of the phone by the store manager and on video surveillance, police said.

MAN ARRESTED FOR MULTIPLE CELL PHONE THEFTS
Police arrested 49-year-old Dominic Quintero inside the 13th Precinct at 230 East 21st Street for petit larceny last Friday at 9:33 p.m. Quintero had allegedly stolen a cell phone from the bar area of Heartland Brewery at 35 Union Square West on a previous date. Quintero was arrested for petit larceny again  on Saturday at 1:15 p.m.  for allegedly stealing cell phones from Obica Mozzarella Bar at 928 Broadway and Punch Restaurant at 913 Broadway.

MAN ARRESTED FOR STAPLES SHOPLIFTING
Police arrested Melshawn Davis, 35, for petit larceny last Friday at 8:53 p.m. inside the Staples at 5 Union Square West. Davis allegedly walked into the store, took a backpack from the shelf and started putting phone cases into the bag. The manager said that the phone cases were recovered but then realized that the backpack was still on his back. Davis allegedly became “irate” but was arrested soon after.

MAN ARRESTED FOR ‘GOING POSTAL’
Thirty-three-year-old Michael Ratcliff was arrested for assault in front of a Holiday Inn at 125 West 26th Street last Sunday at 4:12 a.m. Ratcliff got into an argument with someone else and allegedly threw a postal container at him, hitting the victim in the face and causing a cut. The victim was taken to Bellevue Hospital.

MAN ARRESTED IN FIGHT ON MADISON
Police arrested Christophe Villacis, 24, for assault last Sunday at 7:05 a.m. at the corner of Madison Avenue and East 26th Street. Villacis and the victim got into an argument and Villacis allegedly punched the victim on the left side of his head, causing swelling and a cut.

MEN ARRESTED FOR SLEEPING UNDER CARDBOARD BOXES
Police arrested three people for violating unclassified New York State laws last Tuesday. The men were allegedly sleeping on public sidewalks inside cardboard boxes that were covering their bodies.
Ernesto Zayas, 34, was arrested in front of 101 East 15th Street at  6:57 a.m.
Eighteen-year-old Christian Tuyishime and Christopher Becerra, 25, were arrested in front of 220 Fifth Avenue at  7:28 a.m.  and both were also allegedly in possession of marijuana.