Police Watch: Alleged subway ‘grinder’ arrested, Men charged with assault outside Food Emporium

ALLEGED SUBWAY ‘GRINDER’ ON 6 TRAIN ARRESTED
Police arrested 64-year-old Mohamed Abdel Rahim for alleged sexual abuse inside the Union Square station on Tuesday, November 20 at 5:30 p.m. Rahim allegedly thrust his erect penis onto the victim’s buttocks while they were on an uptown 6 train. Police said that Rahim and the victim did not know each other.

MEN CHARGED WITH ASSAULT OUTSIDE FOOD EMPORIUM
Police arrested 43-year-old Kitwane Parkinson and 39-year-old Alexander Rivera for an alleged assault on Monday, November 19 at 4:25 p.m. in front of 10 Union Square East. Parkinson and Rivera allegedly kicked and punched the victim inside the location due to an argument they had earlier in the day. Police said that the victim had bruised lips.

WOMAN ACCUSED OF STEALING WALLET FROM HOLIDAY MARKET VENDOR
Police arrested 32-year-old Dominique Elgin for an alleged theft that took place in Union Square earlier this month. A vendor at the Union Square Holiday Market told police that she left her purse on a chair in her booth on Sunday, November 18 and around 5:50 p.m., she noticed that her wallet was missing from the bag. Police said that Elgin had allegedly used the victim’s credit card. She was busted on Wednesday, November 21 at 7:20 p.m. inside the 13th Precinct.

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Police Watch: Men arrested for masturbating, filming under woman’s skirt

MAN CHARGED WITH MASTURBATING IN FRONT OF WOMAN AT AUGUSTUS ST. GAUDENS BATHROOM
Police arrested 23-year-old Trevon Stroman for allegedly trapping a woman inside the public restroom at the Augustus St. Gaudens playground while masturbating on Saturday, August 11 at 6:55 p.m.

The victim told police that she was in the public restroom in the playground at the corner of Second Avenue and East 20th Street and when she tried to leave, Stroman entered the bathroom and closed the door. The victim told police that Stroman was also shirtless and he allegedly had his pants down and was masturbating while holding the door shut. The victim said that she then yelled for help, at which point Stroman moved away from the door.

The victim as well as a witness told police that Stroman was still naked and masturbating when he left the bathroom. Stroman was charged with unlawful imprisonment and public lewdness.

MAN ALLEGEDLY FILMED UNDER WOMAN’S SKIRT AT UNION SQUARE SUBWAY
Police arrested 37-year-old Carlos Rivera for allegedly filming under a woman’s skirt inside the Union Square station at Union Square East and East 14th Street on Thursday, August 9 at 5:56 p.m. Rivera allegedly was walking up the stairs in the station behind a woman in her 20s while holding his cell phone facing him with the camera function in record mode.

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Police Watch: Suspect arrested for violent Kips Bay robbery, Teen arrested for stalking

SUSPECT ARRESTED IN CONNECTION WITH VIOLENT ROBBERY AT KIPS BAY HOTEL
Police arrested 39-year-old Jose Rivera on Monday, March 5 for allegedly violently robbing a woman at a Kips Bay hotel last November 23.
According to the district attorney’s office, Rivera and 30-year-old Eric Moyler, who was arrested last December, punched a woman at the Evelyn Hotel at 7 East 27th Street. Police said that they also took the victim’s Louis Vuitton bag containing her wallet and cell phone. Moyler allegedly hit another victim with a glass and snatched his wallet from his pocket.

TEEN ARRESTED FOR STALKING EX-GIRLFRIEND
Police arrested a teenager for aggravated harassment, assault and harassment inside the 13th precinct last Tuesday at 10:40 a.m. Police said that the suspect and the victim were in a relationship but broke up and the suspect repeatedly sent messages to the victim, so she blocked him. The victim also told police that multiple friends of the suspect told her that while he was playing with knives, he said he was going to get her and hurt her.
Police said that the suspect has also been seen multiple times waiting outside the victim’s school to the point where the school had to keep her inside the building and ask the suspect to leave the block. The teen also reportedly posted a photo online of her building to warn her that he’s watching her.
The teen’s name is being withheld due to his young age. Police had no further information about where specifically the incident took place.

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Police Watch: Man busted for assault at Associated, Police looking for men targeting cab drivers

MAN ARRESTED FOR ASSAULTING EMPLOYEE IN STUYVESANT TOWN ASSOCIATED
Police arrested 23-year-old Thomas Commender for assault in front of the Associated Supermarket at 409 East 14th Street last Monday at 11:12 p.m. An employee at the store told police that she got into an argument with Commender because he was refusing to leave the store. Commender then allegedly ripped the employee’s pants. Police said that he was also flailing his arms and scratched the victim’s neck and left arm. The incident caused her to fall to the ground and bruise her knee, but she refused medical assistance.

MEN WANTED FOR CAB DRIVER ROBBERIES
Police are looking for a group of men believed to be responsible for multiple robberies throughout Midtown and Union Square, specifically targeting cab drivers. The most recent known incident was on Friday, July 22 around 10:30 a.m., when two men approached a cab that was stopped in traffic in front of 853 Broadway just south of Union Square Park. One of the men approached the driver’s door and asked to go to Brooklyn and while he was distracted, the second man opened the passenger’s side door and snatched cash from the center cup holder. The driver attempted to stop him but the first man punched him in the face and both men fled on foot west on 14th Street.
On the same day not long after, around 11:20 a.m., the two men reportedly stole a cab driver’s backpack when they entered his cab in front of 894 Sixth Avenue at West 34th Street.
The first in the string of robberies took place on Sunday, July 10 at 4:40 p.m. when two men got into a cab at 400 Fifth Avenue near West 36th Street asked to be taken to the Bronx. They stole the driver’s iPhone 6S from the seat and cash from his shirt pocket and fled.
One of the suspects hit another cab driver on Fifth Avenue at West 35th Street on July 14 at 2:30 p.m. when the driver was dropping passengers off at the intersection. The man got into the front seat of the cab and grabbed the driver’s wallet, and fled north on Fifth Avenue towards West 36th Street.
The two suspects reportedly entered a cab at Sixth Avenue and West 38th Street on Saturday, July 16 just after 10 p.m. and grabbed cash that was on the armrest. They fled south on Sixth Avenue.
Two days later, three men reportedly robbed a driver who was dropping off passengers around 11 a.m. in front of 349 Fifth Avenue at 34th Street. Police said that one of the men entered the cab on the passenger’s side and took cash off the center console, fleeing west on 34th Street. The two other men fled south on Fifth Avenue.
The men are described as black, in their late teens to mid-20s, with slim builds and medium complexions. One of the men has a tattoo of the Batman logo on the inside of his left arm.
Anyone with information in regard to these incidents 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 the Crime stoppers website at nypdcrimestoppers.com or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577.

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Police Watch: Man arrested for ‘assaulting’ cop, ‘Robbery’ at Sprint store

MAN WITH SCREWDRIVER ARRESTED FOR ‘ASSAULTING’ COPS IN UNION SQUARE
Sixty-year-old Leon Cureton was arrested for assault of a peace officer at the corner of Union Square East and East 15th Street last Monday. Cureton walked up to police officers while they were attending a community partnership meeting in the park at 5 p.m. and was asking them questions. Police said that Cureton seemed very agitated and when police responded to him, he allegedly threw a cigarette in the officer’s face. When another officer attempted to handcuff him due to him being emotionally disturbed, he allegedly resisted and punched the officer in the head, causing bruising and swelling. Police said that during the struggle, Cureton had a screwdriver in his left hand and he swung his arms around, striking an officer and causing an abrasion.

MAN BUSTED FOR ‘ROBBERY’ AT FLATIRON SPRINT STORE
Police arrested 25-year-old Mamadou Coulibaly for robbery, possession of stolen property and assault inside the Sprint store at 175 Fifth Avenue last Saturday at 3:30 p.m. An employee at the Sprint store said that he was showing a phone to Coulibaly when the suspect allegedly grabbed two phones from the display area and attempted to run out of the store with them. The two phones were both Samsung. Another employee at the store said that he chased Coulibaly and held him at the store until police arrived. Coulibaly allegedly attempted to punch the employee and also wrestled with him, causing pain to the employee’s hand.

MAN ARRESTED FOR ATTEMPTING TO ‘SNATCH’ PHONE TWICE FROM SAME VICTIM
Police arrested 24-year-old Sidney Rand for robbery last Saturday at 6:40 p.m. at the corner of Fifth Avenue and West 25th Street. The victim told police that he was sitting on a bench talking on his phone when Rand allegedly tried to force it out of his hand. Police said that Rand fled emptyhanded south on Fifth Avenue. The victim called 911 to report the incident but while he was trying to make that call, Rand allegedly came back and tried again to take the victim’s phone, but was again unsuccessful. The victim said that Rand then ran away north on Fifth Avenue and when police arrived, they began searching the area on East 26th Street near the north side of Madison Square Park. Officers spotted a man matching the victim’s description and they began speaking with him. Rand was arrested when the victim positively identified him as the person who tried to take his phone.

MAN NABBED FOR ‘ASSAULT’ IN UNION SQUARE
Police arrested 38-year-old Kyle Sutphin for assault last Tuesday at 1:53 p.m. at the corner of Union Square East and East 15th Street. Police said that the victim was sitting on a park bench when Sutphin approached him, started an argument with him and called him a snitch. Sutphin allegedly threatened to jump him. The victim said that when Sutphin got closer to him, he said he would use his walking cane to defend himself, at which point Sutphin allegedly began to hit the victim, causing redness on his forehead.

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$500 bike stolen from Stuy Town’s Ave. C Loop

By Sabina Mollot

On Monday, October 5, in Stuyvesant Town’s Avenue C Loop (Avenue C and 16th Street), a resident’s bike was stolen, despite being secured with a U-lock.

The resident, who didn’t want his name published, said it was a $500 Fuji Declaration. A couple of days after it disappeared, the man said he heard there was an arrest of two young men stealing other bikes in Stuyvesant Town and that there were other recent bike thefts.

A spokesperson for the NYPD did not return requests for comment on whether or not there has been a pattern of thefts. Nor did the 13th Precinct.

However, the October 22 issue of Town & Village reported on the arrest of a 23-year-old man, Jose Perez, in connection with another bike stolen from Stuyvesant Town the previous week.

Perez, who was arrested in front of 309 Avenue C, was allegedly using clippers to try to steal a $1400 motorized bike, with another man who was not arrested. He allegedly later told police, “This is what we do. We steal these bikes because we know they cost over $1,000 dollars and I can get like $600 for them automatically. I’m still gonna get my money though.”