Female bag thief preying on women at Union Square Starbucks

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Theft suspect at jewelry store

Cops are looking for a woman believed to have stolen wallets and bags from women at Starbucks as well as Gemma restaurant inside the Bowery Hotel. The thief apparently takes bags and wallets that their owners have hung on the backs of their chairs and uses their credit cards.

Two of the incidents took place at the Starbucks at 10 Union Square East.
On Saturday evening, October 14, a 24-year-old woman was having coffee when she realized her wallet was missing. She then discovered her credit card was used at a nearby Taco Bell at 18 East 14th Street.

On Monday morning, October 16, a 25-year-old woman at Starbucks realized the bag she’d placed on the floor next to her had disappeared. In this case, there were no unauthorized charges.

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Police Watch: Slashing outside Stuy Town, Two arrested for assaulting cab driver

MAN BUSTED FOR SLASHING VICTIM OUTSIDE STUYVESANT TOWN
Nineteen-year-old Shukija Winns was arrested for assault after he allegedly slashed another person in the face with a razor blade at the northeast corner of First Avenue and East 14th Street.
The incident took place on April 2 at 5 p.m. but Williams wasn’t arrested until last Wednesday at 9:05 a.m. inside the 13th Precinct.

TWO ARRESTED FOR ASSAULTING CAB DRIVER
Police arrested 34-year-old Ndeh Tawah and 25-year-old Sean Glynn for theft of services and assault in front of 307 East 14th Street last Sunday at 4:41 a.m. Police said that Glynn and Tawah were in the victim’s cab and both refused to pay the fare. The driver attempted to stop them from leaving but Tawah and Glynn allegedly both punched the driver in the face, causing a cut and swelling, and ripping the driver’s shirt. The victim was treated at Mount Sinai Beth Israel Hospital.

MAN BUSTED FOR BREAKING INTO CAR ON EAST 14TH
Police arrested 51-year-old Patrice Steed for petit larceny and possession of stolen property in front of 7 East 14th Street last Tuesday at 11:04 a.m. Police said that the victim saw Steed inside his car without permission to be there. Steed allegedly tried to take the victim’s cell phone and loose change, which were inside the vehicle. The victim confronted Steed when he saw him inside his car and he held the suspect there until police responded.

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IT worker allegedly sold NYPD members’, applicants’ information

235 East 20th Street (Photo by Maria Rocha-Buschel)

235 East 20th Street (Photo by Maria Rocha-Buschel)

By Maria Rocha-Buschel

Police arrested 37-year-old Idahosa Ighodaro, an NYPD certified IT administrator, for grand larceny in the department’s offices at 235 East 20th Street last Tuesday at 7:10 p.m. Ighodaro allegedly sold personnel information on almost 5,000 current members and applicants of the NYPD.

Police said that as a certified IT administrator, Ighodaro has access to personnel files that include information such as names, addresses, phone numbers, dates of birth, social security numbers, tax identification numbers and other personal identifying information.

According to a complaint from the District Attorney’s office, Ighodaro gave an informant an external hard drive belonging to the NYPD at the end of last November near East 20th Street and Third Avenue. An officer for the Internal Affairs Bureau at the NYPD said that Ighodaro didn’t have permission to take the hard drive from his office or give it to anyone else and a sergeant for the computer crimes section at Internal Affairs determined that the hard drive contained personal identifying information, including social security numbers, for approximately 4,760 members and applicants of the NYPD.

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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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Police Watch: Stuy Town ‘burglar’ arrested, teens busted for ‘fake’ cash

STUY TOWN ‘BURGLAR’ BUSTED
Police arrested 35-year-old Megan Burke for burglary and assault inside 287 Avenue C last Monday at 7:02 p.m. Police said that one of the victims found Burke inside the other victim’s apartment after realizing that Burke had taken her keys from her purse. Burke was allegedly in possession of the victim’s jewelry and when the women confronted her, police said that Burke punched one of the victims in the stomach and slapped her in the face.

VENDOR NABBED FOR FAKE CHANEL CELL PHONE CASES
Police arrested 26-year-old Lile Ou for forgery in front of 822 Sixth Avenue last Wednesday at 1:50 p.m. Police said that Ou was trying to sell eight cell phone cases that bore a trademark counterfeit logo for Chanel.

TEEN ARRESTED FOR ‘STOLEN’ PHONE
A 16-year-old was arrested in front of 10 Union Square West last Wednesday at 3:10 p.m. for possession of stolen property. The teen, whose name is being withheld by Town & Village, was allegedly in possession of a stolen phone and police said that he was attempting to sell it on the street for $500.

TEENS BUSTED FOR ‘FAKE’ CASH
Police arrested two 19-year-olds for forgery in front of a Starbucks at 10 Union Square East last Wednesday at 3:10 p.m. Jermaine Rivera and Marcell Sullivan were allegedly counting counterfeit money inside Starbucks before leaving to buy property from a third person with the counterfeit cash. When they were searched, they were allegedly in possession of stolen property.

MAN ARRESTED FOR ‘DINE-N-DITCH’ AT IHOP
Police arrested Luis Perez, 26, inside the IHOP at 235 East 14th Street for theft last Wednesday at 11:53 p.m. Perez allegedly ate a meal inside the restaurant then refused to pay. Police said that the cost of the meal was $17.18.

MAN BUSTED FOR LAPTOP ‘THEFT’
Police arrested 29-year-old Jose Tenen for possession of stolen property inside the 13th Precinct last Thursday at 10:50 a.m. Police said that Tenen was in possession of an Apple laptop that was stolen on Wednesday, October 1, 2014 from inside 12 West 17th Street.

MEN NABBED FOR CELL PHONE ‘THEFTS’
Police arrested 28-year-old Andres Ocampo for grand larceny in front of 592 Sixth Avenue last Thursday at 11 a.m. Police said that Ocampo stole three cell phones, including a Samsung Note 3, from the location and was working with Willis Vazquez, who was also arrested. The two men allegedly left the location together. The Samsung phone was valued at $750 and the other two were valued at $1,240 together.

MAN ARRESTED FOR ‘SNATCHING’ BAG
Police arrested 53-year-old Christopher Wallace for petit larceny inside 14 East 28th Street last Thursday at 6:03 p.m. Police said that Wallace removed a bag belonging to another tenant from the back of a chair in the common room. Wallace allegedly didn’t return the bag to security when asked and when he was being place under arrest, police said that he flailed his arms, pushed officers and attempted to keep his arms tucked into his body to prevent being handcuffed. Wallace was also charged with resisting arrest.

MAN ARRESTED FOR STARBUCKS BAG ‘THEFT’
Police arrested 24-year-old Leo Edelman for allegedly swiping a customer’s bag at the Starbucks at 41 Union Square West on February 17. Edelman was arrested for burglar’s tools and petit larceny last Friday at 1:15 a.m. inside the 13th Precinct.

‘PERV’ NABBED AT UNION SQUARE
Police arrested 56-year-old George Fantaquisakis for sexual abuse inside the Union Square subway station last Friday at 9:20 a.m. Fantaquisakis allegedly grabbed a woman’s buttocks while standing behind her on a downtown 5 train.

MAN BUSTED FOR ELECTRICAL EQUIPMENT ‘THEFT’
Thirty-year-old Jahad Mitchell was arrested last Friday at 12:39 p.m. for thefts that occurred inside Midtown Electric Supply at 157 West 18th Street. Mitchell allegedly entered the store and told employees that he worked for Team Electric at 20 West 36th Street and needed electrical supplies. Police said that Team Electric later told the store that those purchases were not authorized and Mitchell was not authorized to make purchases on their behalf.
The next day, Mitchell allegedly entered the store again and billed Team Electric. An employee at the store then realized that Mitchell was the same person who had acquired property the previous day under false pretenses. Police said that Mitchell attempted to acquire electrical equipment from the store under the same pretense on another day but when he was confronted by staff, he fled in a van registered to 1 Arlington Electric at 307 West 38th Street. The officer then went to the address listed on the van where Mitchell was found and arrested.

ARREST FOR FILING FALSE REPORT
Fifty-year-old Lawrence Dear was arrested for perjury and filing a false report inside the Union Square subway station last Saturday at 5:28 p.m. Dear allegedly told police that two men bumped into him from behind and stole his luggage valued at $10,340. Upon further investigation, police said that he wrote in a written statement that he lost the luggage on the street. He allegedly told police, “I didn’t walk into the subway station, I didn’t get bumped. I checked the ‘stolen’ box because I thought it looked stupid.”

BATHROOM FIGHT AT GRILL 21
Police arrested two people involved in a fight over the bathroom at 346 East 21st Street, home to Grill 21 restaurant, last Sunday at 2:46 p.m. A teenager and 37-year-old Elizabeth Brandon allegedly got into an argument over who was going to be using the bathroom. Brandon allegedly threw a lock at the teen, which hit his leg. Police said that the teen put Brandon into a headlock, causing a bruise to her forehead and redness to her neck.

Police Watch: Police looking for Sixth Ave. attempted bank robber, teen arrested for thefts at fast food joints

Bank robbery suspect

Bank robbery suspect

MAN WANTED FOR ATTEMPTED BANK ROBBERY
Police are seeking the public’s assistance in locating and identifying a person wanted in connection to a robbery of an HSBC bank located at 800 Sixth Avenue.
On Thursday, February 5 at 8:45 a.m. a man walked into the bank and passed a demand note, but ended up fleeing without money.
The suspect is described as a black man who is approximately 35 years old, 5’7”, with a dark brown complexion and thin mustache. He was last seen wearing a dark colored winter hat with ear flaps, gray scarf, dark colored winter jacket, dark pants and tan boots.
Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call Crime stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477).  The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime stoppers website at nypdcrimestoppers.com or by texting TIP577 and their tips to 274637 (CRIMES). All calls are strictly confidential.

MAN NABBED FOR IPHONE ‘THEFT’ FROM CAR
Samuelle Blakely, 46, was arrested for petit larceny at the corner of Broadway and West 28th Street last Thursday at 4:04 p.m. Blakely was also charged with resisting arrest and possession of stolen property.
The victim told police that she was in a car with her boyfriend and had asked Blakeley if he knew where a nearby bathroom was, then left the vehicle. Her boyfriend was still in the driver’s seat and Blakely allegedly got into the car. When the victim returned to find Blakeley still sitting in the passenger’s seat, she asked him to leave and when she got back in the car, immediately noticed that her cell phone was missing from the seat.
A lieutenant stopped Blakely not long after on suspicion of stealing a cell phone and Blakely allegedly pushed the officer away, causing injury. Police said that he ran north on Broadway towards West 28th Street. He was then stopped at the intersection and arrested. After searching him, police said that he was in possession of a stolen iPhone 4 belonging to the victim that was recovered after it fell out of his pant leg.

TEEN BUSTED FOR ‘FAKE’ NBA ALL STAR TICKETS
Nineteen-year-old Derrick Johnson was arrested in front of 100 East 23rd Street for forgery and fraudulent accosting last Thursday at 5:15 p.m. Johnson allegedly agree to meet an undercover officer to sell tickets to the NBA All Star Game via Craigslist and when the officer met up with him, the tickets appeared to be fraudulent.

PIPE ASSAULT ON FIRST AVE. AND EAST 25TH
Police arrested 53-year-old Jerome Maxwell for assault at the corner of First Avenue and East 25th Street last Saturday at 2:41 a.m. Maxwell allegedly hit the victim with a metal pipe in the left shoulder, causing pain and swelling.

MAN ARRESTED FOR ‘SELLING DRUGS’ AT ASSER LEVY PLACE
Police arrested 26-year-old Eduardo Garcia for intent to sell a controlled substance and sale of a controlled substance at the corner of Asser Levy Place and East 23rd Street last Thursday at 10:10 p.m. Garcia was allegedly selling a quantity of a controlled substance to another person and after searching him, police said that he was in possession of an additional quantity of a controlled substance.

CREDIT CARD THIEF NABBED
Police arrested a teenager for grand larceny inside School of the Future at 127 East 22nd Street last Thursday at 2:14 p.m. The teen used a stolen credit card inside the Chipotle at 125 East 23rd Street for food totaling $18.25. The teen said that he got the card from his friend, who had stolen it from a teacher.

WANTED GAP SWEATER ‘THIEVES’ CAUGHT
Police arrested two men who were connected to previous crimes within the 13th precinct last week. James Whiting, 45, and Frankie Blake, also 45, were charged with possession of stolen property and burglar’s tools. Police said that Whiting and Blake, who officers recognized from a “wanted” posted, were seen in front of 69 Fifth Avenue last Thursday at 2:10 p.m. casing the location.
When an officer approached, he saw that they were allegedly in possession of burglar’s tools (a box lined with foil inside a large plastic bag), which contained stolen merchandise with security tags. The two had allegedly previously swiped sweaters from the nearby Gap store.
Police said that Whiting was in possession of suboxone, a drug used to treat dependence on opiates, and was charged with possession of a controlled substance.

TEEN BUSTED FOR THEFTS AT FAST FOOD JOINTS
Nineteen-year-old Roland Thomas was arrested inside the 13th Precinct last Friday at 6 p.m. Thomas was charged with three counts of grand larceny and one count of possession of stolen property. Thomas allegedly entered the Starbucks at 10 Union Square East at an earlier date and stole a bag containing credit cards. On a different occasion, Thomas allegedly swiped a Lenovo laptop from the Chickpea at 210 East 14th Street. Police said that when he was arrested, Thomas was in possession of the Lenovo laptop and a tablet belonging to an unknown victim. Police said that Thomas was responsible for two additional grand larcenies, one of which happened at the end of last year, but no further information was available about where the alleged thefts took place.

MAN ARRESTED FOR COUNTERFEIT SNEAKS
Police arrested 49-year-old Christopher Bailey in front of 18 West 29th Street for forgery last Tuesday at 10:10 a.m. Bailey was allegedly in possession of trademark counterfeit sneakers in public view.

‘POT’ DEALER ARRESTED
Police arrested 35-year-old Mamamdou Barry at the corner of Broadway and West 28th Street last Tuesday at 11:07 a.m. Barry was charged with resisting arrest, an unclassified misdemeanor, sale of marijuana and possession of marijuana. Police said that he was selling pot at the corner and when they tried to stop him, he fled. When he was searched, he was allegedly in possession of additional marijuana.

MAN NABBED FOR SELLING ‘LOOSIES’
Fifty-one-year-old Kenny Smith was arrested for an unclassified violation in front of 52 West 28th Street last Tuesday at 5:25 p.m. Smith was allegedly approaching pedestrians and selling loose cigarettes without a license.

ARREST FOR ‘SNATCHING’ WALLET AT KOA
Eighteen-year-old Dayanara Torres was arrested for grand larceny and possession of stolen property last Wednesday in front of KOA at 12 West 21st Street at 12:20 p.m. Torres allegedly took a wallet from a handbag containing multiple credit cards and cash from the location.

MAN ARRESTED FOR STOLEN PROPERTY
Police arrested 41-year-old Pedro Rivera for possession of stolen property in front of 139 Fifth Avenue last Tuesday at 1:45 p.m. Police said that Rivera was hiding inside a public phone booth while he was removing items from their security casing and putting them into a black backpack, then left the location. He was allegedly in possession of stolen property when he was searched.

WOULD-BE BIKE ‘THIEF’ BUSTED
Police arrested 29-year-old Jeremy Rodriguez for burglar’s tools and petit larceny in front of 60 West 23rd Street last Wednesday at 5:24 p.m. Rodriguez was allegedly yanking on a bicycle lock in an attempt to remove the bicycle from the rack. Police said that Rodriguez was also in possession of a metal rod commonly used in bike thefts.

VENDOR BUSTED FOR ‘FAKE’ ROLEX
Michael Groux, 31, was arrested in front of 41 Union Square West last Wednesday at 5 p.m. for forgery and an unclassified misdemeanor. Groux was allegedly displaying for sale six watches with a counterfeit trademark for Rolex, and police said that when they asked Groux to show them a DCA license, he couldn’t.

MAN BUSTED FOR CAMERA STORE ‘THEFT’
Police arrested 27-year-old Xavier Veal for grand larceny inside Adorama at 42 West 18th Street last Thursday at 8:35 p.m. Veal allegedly removed $2,400 worth of merchandise from the store, put it into his jacket and attempted to leave.

Police Watch: Former Tonic employee arrested, man busted in Starbucks ‘theft’

WOMAN BUSTED FOR POT, PCP AND ‘STOLEN’ VITAMINS
Police arrested 27-year-old Asuka Murota for possession of a controlled substance inside the Duane Reade at 254 Park Avenue South last Friday at 6:42 a.m. An employee at the store told police that Murota started peeling a banana and drinking from the water cooler. Murota allegedly told the employee, “I’m not paying for sh–.” When officers arrived, Murota said, “I was dehydrated,” and allegedly said that she didn’t have money to pay.
After searching her, she was found in possession of stolen multivitamin gummies and calcium supplements totaling $28.57, two glassine bags of marijuana and a glassine bag of PCP, police said. She was also charged with petit larceny, possession of stolen property and possession of marijuana.

FORMER TONIC EMPLOYEE ARRESTED
Police arrested 22-year-old Oluwaseyi Fasoye for petit larceny inside Tonic at 411 Third Avenue last Sunday at 4:10 p.m. On a previous day, Fasoye allegedly stole two CO2 tanks from the restaurant and attempted to remove a cash register by pulling it and ripping the wires from the wall while stating, “I’m taking the f—ing computer.”
Fasoye allegedly returned to the restaurant on Sunday, demanding to be compensated for the three days that he had worked there. Police said that he had refused to provide the manager of the restaurant with his personal information in order to process the paycheck. He allegedly verbally threatened the victim, screaming, “I’m gonna f—ing kill you,” while inside the restaurant, causing alarm to the victim and patrons in the restaurant. When police attempted to arrest him, Fasoye allegedly flailed his arms, pushed officers and refused to be handcuffed. He was also charged with resisting arrest, criminal mischief and harassment.

MAN ARRESTED FOR ‘THEFT’ FROM CAR
Police arrested 43-year-old Jorge Acosta for possession of burglar’s tools at the corner of Fifth Avenue and West 21st Street last Thursday at 11:53 p.m. Police said that they saw Acosta sitting in the back seat of a car that was parked at the corner with the alarm going off and when they approached, he allegedly walked away from the car holding property that he had taken from the vehicle. Upon further investigation, police found that the window on the rear passenger door was shattered. Acosta was also charged with petit larceny, unauthorized use of vehicle, criminal mischief and possession of stolen property.

MAN ARRESTED FOR STARBUCKS COFFEE ‘THEFT’
Thirty-year-old Damian Santiago was arrested for petit larceny inside the Starbucks at 1140 Broadway last Thursday at 7:20 p.m. Santiago allegedly admitted to taking approximately 10 bags of coffee from his place of employment to sell or exchange for the repair of his son’s tablet. Santiago told police that he sold the bags to a man who used to have a cell phone shop at 1177 Broadway.

ASSAULT WITH FORK
Thirty-year-old Romaine Reynolds was arrested for assault last Monday after he allegedly cut another man’s neck with a fork. He further menaced the victim with a knife, causing him to fear for his safety, police said. Reynolds was also charged with menacing and possession of a weapon.

PATIENT ‘BITES’ BETH ISRAEL EMPLOYEE
Police arrested 39-year-old Zipora Moskowitz for assault in front of Mt. Sinai Beth Israel Hospital at 281 First Avenue last Monday at 8:14 p.m. An employee at the hospital said that she was attempting to calm down Moskowitz, who was a patient and acting disorderly, when Moskowitz allegedly bit the employee on the wrist.

MEAT THEFT AT GRISTEDES
Police arrested 35-year-old Samuel McBee for petit larceny in front of the Gristedes at 512 Second Avenue last Tuesday at 11:16 a.m. McBee allegedly concealed nine packages of meat in his suitcase. He attempted to leave the store through the entrance, passing the cash registers and without paying, police said.

‘MISCHIEF’ AT TACO RESTAURANT
Police arrested 51-year-old Luis Feliciano for criminal mischief last Tuesday at 1:13 p.m. inside New Taco Express at 130 East 28th Street. An officer was responding to the scene of a crime in progress when the victim, who works at the restaurant, told him that Feliciano was refusing to leave the location. Feliciano and the victim then got into a fight and five minutes later, Feliciano walked back to the location and allegedly kicked the front door, breaking the glass. The victim claimed that the glass was worth about $400. Police said that Feliciano and the victim did not know each other but the incident occurred as a result of a fight they got into at the restaurant.

MAN ARRESTED IN JEWELRY ‘THEFT’
Thirty-one-year-old Gary D’Emilio was arrested for grand larceny last Thursday after he allegedly swiped jewelry from a victim’s apartment. Police said that the property’s value exceeded $1,000. Upon further investigation, police found that he was also responsible for three additional cases of grand larceny last year, but no other information about the incidents was available.

ARRESTS MADE FOR SYNTHETIC POT
Three men were arrested in separate incidents last week for possession of K2, which is a synthetic cannabinoid.
Leon Durham, 29, was arrested for an unclassified violation of New York State laws last Tuesday at 9:51 a.m. at the corner of Sixth Avenue and West 25th Street. Police said that Durham was in possession of K2.
Thirty-nine-year-old Shafeer Rahmin was also charged with an unclassified violation of New York State laws last Wednesday at 9:53 a.m. in front of 45 West 25th Street after police found that he was allegedly in possession of K2 synthetic marijuana in public view.
Police arrested 21-year-old Andrew Desmond for criminal trespassing and an unclassified violation of New York State laws inside the Chase Bank ATM at 69 Fifth Avenue last Wednesday at 6:35 p.m. Desmond was allegedly sleeping inside a bank without permission to be there and had no bank card on him. After searching him, police found that he was also in possession of three bags of alleged K2.

MAN BUSTED FOR SMOKING ‘POT’
Police arrested 44-year-old Patrick Bradley for possession of marijuana last Tuesday at 11:03 a.m. in front of 16 East 23rd Street. Bradley was allegedly smoking marijuana on a public sidewalk. Upon searching him, Bradley was also in possession of a bag of marijuana, police said.

ARREST MADE FOR PUBLIC DRINKING
Police arrested 56-year-old John Haigler for an unclassified violation of New York State laws at the corner of East 24th Street and Second Avenue last Friday at 10:05 a.m. Haigler was allegedly drinking a can of Colt 45 in plain view on the sidewalk.

MAN ARRESTED FOR ‘GRAVITY KNIFE’
Police arrested 36-year-old Steven Mykietyn for possession of a weapon at the corner of Union Square East and East 14th Street last Wednesday at 6:10 p.m. Mykietyn was allegedly in possession of a gravity knife that he had clipped to his pants in public view.

MEN BUSTED IN ‘DRUG SALE’
Police arrested two men for an alleged drug sale last Wednesday around 7:45 p.m.
Thirty-seven-year-old Kevin Williams was arrested in front of 149 East 23rd Street for intent to sell a controlled substance, sale of a controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance.
Oscar Turnage, 62, was arrested down the block in front of 145 East 23rd Street for sale of a controlled substance. Williams and Turnage allegedly sold a controlled substance to an undercover officer. Williams was also charged with resisting arrest and police said that he flailed his arms and attempted to run from the officers. He was also allegedly in possession of more of the controlled substance.

ASSAULT ON EAST 27TH
Thirty-year-old Maximillian Gonzalez was arrested for assault in front of 235 East 27th Street last Saturday at 2:05 a.m. Gonzalez allegedly struck the victim from behind, causing pain and swelling on his left eyebrow and temple. He was also charged with disorderly conduct.

Police Watch: Traffic agent hit by car, ‘dine and ditch’ at 40/40 Club

DRIVER ARRESTED AFTER HITTING TRAFFIC AGENT
Police arrested 41-year-old Joshua Bright in front of 394 East 25th Street for a public administration felony and leaving the scene of an accident last Tuesday at 9:43 a.m. Bright was making a right turn from the FDR driving south onto East 23rd Street going west.
Bright allegedly made the turn from the far left lane where there is right turn only lane provided. The traffic agent directing pedestrian traffic had to shove a pedestrian out of the way to avoid being hit and the guard instructed Bright to stop and allow pedestrians to cross. Bright then allegedly drove into the traffic agent causing an injury to his right leg and knee and fled the scene. The traffic agent followed Bright to East 25th Street where he was arrested.

TOOTHBRUSH ‘THIEF’ BUSTED
Police arrested 57-year-old Richard Trott for petit larceny in front of the Walgreens at 298 First Avenue last Monday at 12:35 a.m. Trott allegedly swiped 15 Oral B toothbrushes after hiding them inside his shirt.

MAN WHO ‘PISTOL-WHIPPED’ VICTIM ARRESTED
Police arrested 21-year-old Christopher Falco for robbery and weapons possession inside the 13th Precinct last Tuesday at 10 a.m. Falco allegedly tried to mug someone in front of 234 East 25th Street on an earlier date when he also hit the victim over the head with an imitation pistol.

TEENS BUSTED FOR CREDIT CARD THEFT AT STARBUCKS
Police arrested four teenagers for allegedly swiping a credit card from a counter at Starbucks. It was last Monday at 10:06 p.m. at the Starbucks at 393 Third Avenue between 27th and 28th Streets when the teens spotted the credit card and grabbed it, police said. However, the card was recovered at the scene.
The teens are residents of the ACS facility and are students at the Urban Assembly High School of Music and Art and Fannie Lou Hamer High School. One of the teens was also charged with impersonation because she gave a false date of birth. Their names are being withheld by Town & Village due to their age.

CITI BIKE ‘THIEF’ NABBED ON WEST 18TH
Police arrested a teenager for grand larceny in front of 23 West 18th Street last Monday at 3:59 p.m. The teen was riding a Citi Bike that didn’t belong to him and told the officer at the scene, “I found it.” Citi Bike confirmed that the boy did not have a membership with the program and the value of the bike is $1,200. The teen is a student at the Business of Sports School. His name is being withheld due to his age.

WOMAN ARRESTED FOR 40/40 CLUB ‘DINE AND DITCH’
Twenty-one-year-old Monica Gooding was arrested for theft of services last Saturday at 4:13 a.m. in front of the 40/40 Club at 6 West 25th Street. Gooding ordered food and drinks from the club and when the server approached her with the bill, she allegedly had no means to pay it. Gooding allegedly owed $70.77.

PAIR BUSTED FOR THROWING CANDLE OUT OF WINDOW
Police arrested 21-year-old Richard Hsu and 20-year-old Cindy Pi for reckless endangerment in front of 346 East 15th Street last Sunday at 4:48 p.m. Hsu and Pi allegedly threw a glass candle out of a second floor apartment window at the victim. The glass shattered in a common area near the victim and Hsu and Pi allegedly admitted that they threw the candle out of the window.

MAN BUSTED FOR ‘STOLEN’ DELIVERY
Police arrested 35-year-old Muazzam Butt at the corner of Lexington Avenue and East 27th Street for petit larceny. Butt allegedly accepted a delivery to his business but then wouldn’t pay the delivery driver or give back the package.

KNIVES PULLED OUTSIDE OF BELLEVUE
Twenty-year-old Jonathan Alives was arrested for menacing in front of Bellevue Hospital last Saturday at 5:37 a.m. Police said that Alives got into an argument with another man and then threatened him with two knives. Alives was also charged with weapons possession and disorderly conduct.

WOMAN ‘RESISTED’ ARREST AT IRVING PLAZA
Thirty-year-old Tessa John-Connor was arrested in front of Irving Plaza at 17 Irving Place last Sunday at 1:51 a.m. An officer was at the location for crowd control after a concert and repeatedly told John-Connor that she had to move away from the front of the location. She allegedly refused and when the officer attempted to remove her from the area, she pushed him and grabbed onto other officers, police said. She allegedly resisted arrest by flailing her arms and pulling them to the front of her body to avoid being handcuffed. John-Connor was charged with resisting arrest, a public administration misdemeanor and disorderly conduct.

‘SHOPLIFTER’ ARRESTED ON IRVING PLACE
Michelle Mickelley, 34, was arrested for allegedly assaulting a peace officer in front of the Con Ed building at 4 Irving Place. It was last Thursday when Mickelley had allegedly been shoplifting at the store and tried to leave the store without paying. Store security followed her outside and police tried to restrain her when she allegedly smacked one of the officers, causing an abrasion on the officer’s hands.

TEEN BUSTED FOR STOLEN RENTAL CAR
Police arrested a teen inside the 13th Precinct last Thursday at 1 p.m. for grand larceny auto. Police said that the teen stole a car from Hertz Rent a Car. The company has a location in Gramercy at 245 East 19th Street. The teen’s name is being withheld due to his age.

Gunman ties up Third Avenue Starbucks workers during robbery

Photos of robbery suspect

Photos of robbery suspect

Police are on the lookout for a robber who held up two workers at gunpoint at a Third Avenue Starbucks.

The robber, police said, entered the coffee joint at 145 Third Avenue and 15th Street on Thursday, January 16 at around 9:30 p.m. He then allegedly pulled a gun and demanded cash from the two baristas who were working. The two employees, a 21-year-old woman, the other a 22-year-old man, were ordered to lie down on the floor, where he tied their hands with zip ties. He then swiped about $3,000 in cash from the register and fled.

The victims were not hurt, police said.

The gunman is described as Hispanic, 35-40 years old, 5 ft. 7 ins.-5 ft. 9 ins. and 200 lbs., with a light colored complexion and facial hair. He was last seen wearing square framed eyeglasses, a dark colored sweatshirt with an “ecko” logo on the front, a black nylon jacket over the sweatshirt and black gloves.

Anyone with information in regards to this suspect is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477).  The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website at www.crimestoppers.com or texting  tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then entering TIP577. All call are strictly confidential.