WOMAN ARRESTED FOR STUY TOWN PACKAGE THEFT Police arrested a 39-year-old woman on Wednesday, February 19 at 10 a.m. for a theft that occurred in 2019. Police said that the woman was seen on video removing packages from 620 East 20th Street on December 2. The woman was charged with grand larceny inside the 13th precinct.
MAN NABBED FOR THEFT IN WATERSIDE PLAZA GRISTEDES Police arrested a 19-year-old man for a theft from the Gristedes at 25 Waterside Plaza on Monday, February 17 at 9:43 p.m. A witness told police that the suspect, who was an employee at the store, removed items without permission and left without paying. The suspect was charged with petit larceny and possession of stolen property.
MEN BUSTED FOR SEPHORA THEFTS, ROBBERY Police arrested an 18-year-old man and a 20-year-old man for thefts from the Sephora at 119 Fifth Avenue on Friday, February 21 at 2:56 p.m. Officers said that they were investigating a grand larceny pattern in Sephora stores throughout the city when a group of 10 individuals were spotted casing the Sephora at 45 East 17th Street, then left and headed north on Broadway and west on East 19th Street, where they cased the location on Fifth Avenue. Police said that three of the individuals then entered the location and took merchandise without paying. Plainclothes officers then followed them, and after a brief chase, two of the suspects were arrested and the property was recovered.
The 18-year-old was charged with possession of stolen property and the 20-year-old was charged with grand larceny, possession of stolen property and possession of marijuana.
Police arrested a 64-year-old man for an assault that took place inside 344 East 28th Street on October 8, 2019, 4:25 a.m. Police said that a woman got into a dispute with a man that she didn’t know and suffered a stab wound on her lower right leg.
A witness told police that he saw the victim and the man go into an elevator in the building while involved in a fight and after the victim got out of the elevator, she said that the man had stabbed her. The suspect was charged with assault inside the 13th precinct on Wednesday, January 22 at 8:45 a.m.
MAN BUSTED FOR STOLEN CAR
Police arrested a 34-year-old man at the corner of Park Avenue South and East 19th Street on Wednesday, January 22 at 6:58 p.m. for stealing a car from First Avenue. The victim told police that he parked his vehicle in front of 325 First Avenue near East 19th Street when it was stolen. The vehicle was still running but did not have a key, and the victim was nearby and said that he saw the suspect get inside his car and take off, heading west on East 19th Street without permission.
Police arrested 23-year-old Isaiah Thompson on Friday, August 2 at 8:50 p.m. after he allegedly rode on the outside of an uptown 5 train in Union Square the previous Wednesday, July 31 at 6:35 p.m. Gothamist reported on Monday that witnesses alerted police at the station, prompting Thompson to allegedly flee into the tunnel. Thompson was charged with criminal trespassing and reckless endangerment.
T&V previously reported in May that Thompson was arrested for allegedly pulling the emergency brake on the 2 train and police were still investigating whether or not Thompson was connected to a number of other incidents in which someone pulled the brake.
Police said that in the incident this May, Thompson gained access to the rear of the 2 train while it was in the West 14th Street/Seventh Avenue station. He allegedly opened the rear door and rode for several stops on the outside of the train car, then reportedly activated the train’s emergency brake.
MEN ARRESTED FOR THEFTS FROM TRADER JOE’S
Police arrested 62-year-old Albert Citro and 23-year-old Kyle Charles for allegedly stealing from customers inside Trader Joe’s on Wednesday, June 19 at 1:55 p.m.
Police said that Citro was seen removing a clutch wallet from a purse that was on top of a shopping cart inside the store at 620 Sixth Avenue while Charles allegedly acted as a lookout. Citro allegedly concealed the wallet inside a bag and met Charles outside the store. Police said that Citro and Charles were also seen on video from a previous incident when they allegedly used a stolen credit card in the store.
Citro and Charles were arrested at the corner of West 20th Street and Sixth Avenue and were charged with petit larceny and possession of stolen property.
Police said that Citro also stole a wallet from a shopping cart inside the store on June 16 at 4:30 p.m., on June 9 at 12:05 p.m. and on June 5 at 3:45 p.m. Another woman told police that her wallet was missing from the bag that she was carrying on June 15 around noon.
BUST FOR BB GUNS AT GRAMERCY PARK HOTEL
A number of people posing on Facebook live with fake guns inside the Gramercy Park Hotel were arrested on Tuesday, The Daily News reported. Hotel staff received a complaint about a room in the hotel and when checking on the noise, someone inside reportedly threatened the worker. Hotel staff called the police and Emergency Service Unit officers broke down the door to the room. Four people were arrested and police recovered at least four BB guns.
MEN ARRESTED FOR FIGHT ACROSS FROM STUY TOWN
Police arrested 56-year-old Russell Worthy and 66-year-old Robert Stewart for fighting at the corner of First Avenue and East 14th Street last Saturday at 11:46 a.m. Police said that Stewart’s wife got into an argument with a woman who she didn’t know on the sidewalk on the west side of First Avenue and Worthy reportedly stepped in to defend the woman. Worthy then got into an argument with Stewart, who allegedly picked up a handsaw belonging to a street vendor and hit the victim in the back of the head with it, causing a cut. Police said that Worthy also punched Stewart in the head, causing redness and pain. Worthy and Stewart were both charged with assault. The DA’s office said that the handsaw was recovered from the branches of a nearby tree.
MAN ARRESTED AFTER FAKE CREDIT CARDS FOUND IN STOLEN CAR IN FLATIRON
Police arrested 23-year-old Tyriek Branch for forgery at the corner of Broadway and East 18th Street last Friday at 3:06 p.m. Police noticed that a car was parked illegally at the corner and when they scanned the vehicle for summonses, it revealed the car had a stolen vehicle alert. Branch was allegedly sitting inside the car in the passenger’s side and when police searched the vehicle, they found alleged fake credit cards that were possibly used in other thefts in connection with a grand larceny pattern. Police said that Branch was also in possession of five glassine envelopes of alleged pot and he was additionally charged with possession of marijuana.
Loaded . 22 caliber Derringer allegedly found in Mark Nickay’s pocket
MAN ARRESTED FOR LOADED ‘GUN’ AND STASH OF COCAINE AND PILLS ON EAST 38TH
Police arrested 51-year-old Florida resident Mark Nickay for allegedly carrying a gun while also carrying a huge stash of drugs that included cocaine, crack cocaine and pills in his minivan.
Police were patrolling in the vicinity of Second Avenue and East 38th Street on Saturday at 12:53 a.m. when they saw Nickay standing in the street near a minivan with 32-year-old Leonard Ndue. Nickay, they said, was holding an open bottle of Corona. The officers exited their patrol vehicle and began to approach the men when they said that they saw Nickay throw a bag underneath the rear of the vehicle as he began to walk towards Second Avenue.
One of the officers stopped Nickay while another confronted Ndue. Police said that when the officer started to speak to Nickay, he saw Nickay trying to reach his hand into his pants pocket.
The officer prevented him from reaching into his pocket and discovered an alleged .22 caliber Derringer that was loaded from the suspect’s pocket. The officer who arrested Nickay retrieved the bag that had been thrown under the van and found 21 small bags of alleged cocaine, 10 bags of alleged crack cocaine and dozens of alleged pharmaceutical pills.
While Nickay was being arrested, Ndue allegedly attempted to intervene and was also arrested, and was charged with obstruction of governmental administration and resisting arrest. Nickay was arrested for criminal possession of a loaded firearm, criminal possession of a controlled substance and open alcoholic beverage.
MAN ARRESTED FOR KNIFEPOINT ‘ROBBERY’ IN FRONT OF BELLEVUE HOSPITAL
Police arrested 23-year-old Daniel Leli for robbery in front of Bellevue Hospital at 462 First Avenue last Monday at 11:02 a.m.
A taxi driver told police that he was robbed at knifepoint by a customer in his cab. When stopped at a red light at East 28th Street and First Avenue, Leli hailed the cab and asked to go to East 23rd Street and Third Avenue. The victim said that while stopped at a red light at East 29th Street and Second Avenue, Leli allegedly reached through the partition, held a knife to the driver’s neck and said, “Give me money or I’ll stab you in the neck.”
The victim pulled cash out of his pocket and Leli allegedly said, “Give me $40.” The driver handed over $40 and police said that Leli then fled on foot, north on Second Avenue.
While looking through footage around Bellevue Hospital, police saw Leli, who matched the victim’s description of the suspect, standing in front of the hospital. The victim positively identified Leli as the man who had robbed him and he was arrested. Leli was also charged with weapons possession and menacing.
ANOTHER COUPLE ARRESTED FOR SEX IN PUBLIC
One week after a couple was arrested for allegedly getting frisky on the sidewalk on Irving Place, police arrested another couple for public lewdness inside a stairwell at 344 East 28th Street last Wednesday at 9:46 p.m. Latisha Foster, 41, and Mamadu Diallo, 29, were also charged with criminal trespass and an unclassified violation. Police said that Foster had her pants at her ankles and was bent over, exposing her genitals to Diallo, who also allegedly had his pants around his ankles and was masturbating. Upon further investigation, police found that neither Foster nor Diallo lived in the building.
Diallo was also charged with resisting arrest and police said that he pulled his arms away from his body in an attempt to avoid being handcuffed and once he was handcuffed, he fell to the floor and allegedly began kicking in a violent manner.
MAN ARRESTED FOR ‘ASSAULT’ OF BELLEVUE OFFICER
Police arrested 26-year-old Brian Forkos for assault of a peace officer and harassment inside Bellevue Hospital at 462 First Avenue last Friday at 3:30 a.m. Forkos allegedly spat in the face of the officer who was assigned to guard him. Police said that the victim was exposed to an unspecified communicable disease and Forkos allegedly told the officer that he is HIV positive.
IRATE IHOP CUSTOMER BUSTED FOR ‘ASSAULT’
Police arrested 35-year-old Lennox Pierre for assault of a peace officer last Friday at 6 a.m. in front of 255 First Avenue. Pierre was attempting to pay his bill at IHOP inside 235 East 14th Street around 5:15 a.m. when his debit and credit cards were declined. Police were called and officers who responded to the scene agreed to escort him to an ATM so he could get cash. When Pierre’s card failed to work at the ATM, police said that he got combative and when they tried to place him under arrest, he allegedly punched one of the officers in the face. Police said that he also resisted arrest by flailing his arms and legs, prohibiting them from putting him in handcuffs. Pierre also allegedly reached for an officer’s firearm, attempting to remove it from its holster.
DANCE STUDIO OWNER BUSTED AT HIS OWN PARTY
Police arrested 56-year-old Zackary Engel for a violation of alcoholic beverage control law and an unclassified violation at his dance studio, Zack’s Dance Loft, at 37 East 28th Street last Saturday at 2:09 a.m. Engel was allegedly acting as the manager of a party inside the studio location and was charging a fee for entrance. Engel called police when he lost control over a large group that was entering the establishment. Police said that Engel was allowing drinking and smoking inside the building, and had also allegedly failed to provide proper security, allowing weapons inside the premises.
MAN ARRESTED FOR TOY GUN ‘ASSAULT’ ON HALLOWEEN
Police arrested 45-year-old Eric Diaz for assault and criminal mischief at the corner of Third Avenue and East 29th Street on Halloween at 7:52 p.m. Diaz entered a nearby store and after being refused service, he allegedly knocked over a stand of peanuts. When an employee attempted to get Diaz to leave the store, the suspect allegedly hit the employee with a costume gun holster, causing a bruise to his left thumb. Police said that Diaz also intentionally broke five bottles of ginseng worth approximately $15 and four bottles of five hour energy worth about $14.
WOMAN NABBED FOR ‘COCAINE’
Police arrested 22-year-old Leslie Dempsey for possession of a controlled substance in front of 16 East 23rd Street last Sunday at 1:10 a.m. Dempsey was snorting alleged cocaine on a public street and when she was stopped, police said that she was in possession of additional alleged cocaine.
MAN NABBED FOR ‘ASSAULT’ AT SIXTH AND WEST 19TH
Police arrested 27-year-old Joshua Williams for assault and disorderly conduct at the corner of Sixth Avenue and West 19th Street last Saturday at 9:58 p.m. Williams was allegedly acting in a disorderly manner and was told to move because he was blocking pedestrian traffic. He then allegedly pushed the victim in the chest with two hands into a metal barrier. The victim fell through the barrier, causing a serious injury.
MAN NABBED FOR ‘STOLEN’ RENTAL CAR
Police arrested 21-year-old Sharron Kermon for unauthorized use of vehicle in front of 245 East 25th Street last Thursday at 12:35 p.m. Police were responding at the location to a report of a stolen vehicle and found that a car parked nearby had been reported as stolen by Enterprise Car Rental Company. Police requested that the vehicle be towed and while waiting for the tow company, police said that Kermon was seen entering the vehicle without permission. Upon further investigation, the Enterprise Rental agreement showed that he was allegedly using the vehicle unlawfully and was not on the rental agreement.