Woman choked, beaten at Good Stuff diner

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Second suspect, who police say choked the victim

By Sabina Mollot

Police are looking for two people who choked and beat a woman after a third suspect, who’s since been arrested, allegedly stole her phone and took part in the assault, at the Good Stuff diner.

Police said that around 4:40 a.m. on Sunday, August 5, the victim, a 23-year-old woman, got into an argument with the three suspects, two male and one female, at the diner, which is west of Sixth Avenue at 109 West 14th Street. The woman had been recording the suspects and upon seeing this, one of them tried to snatch the phone from her hand to delete the video.

One of the male suspects, later identified as 31-year-old Senior Caswell of Brooklyn, then forcibly grabbed the phone, while the second male suspect started choking the victim, placing her head between his arms until she was unconscious, and then threw her to the floor. Continue reading

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Police Watch: Drug deals at Straus Houses, Pair busted for ‘drugs’ at Edition Hotel

MEN BUSTED FOR DRUG DEALS AT STRAUS HOUSES
Twenty-year-old Carlos Garcia was arrested for intent to sell a controlled substance inside 344 East 28th Street last Wednesday at 6:05 a.m. Police said that officers had a warrant to search Garcia’s apartment and when they arrived, they allegedly found marijuana and crack cocaine. Garcia allegedly attempted to throw the narcotics out the window of his 21st floor apartment when police arrived.
Police also arrested 38-year-olds Carl Atkinson and Peter Guigress for an alleged drug deal in front of 224 East 28th Street last Thursday 11:58 p.m. Police said that Atkinson was in front of the building attempting to exchange two small ziplock bags of alleged crack cocaine for cash. When police approached them, Atkinson allegedly threw both bags to the ground and police said that Guigress shoved the cash into his pocket. Police recovered both the bags with alleged drugs and the cash. Guigress was allegedly in possession of a crack pipe that was in his left coat pocket. Atkinson was charged with intent to sell a controlled substance and Guigress was charged with possession of a controlled substance.

The Edition Hotel (Photo by Maria Rocha-Buschel)

PAIR CHARGED WITH DRUG POSSESSION, STOLEN CREDIT CARDS AT EDITION HOTEL
Police arrested a man and a woman for a variety of alleged controlled substances after the pair reportedly refused to pay for hotel room services inside the Edition Hotel at 5 Madison Avenue inside the Met Life building last Thursday at 10:21 p.m.
When 36-year-old Sarah Reitz and 38-year-old Andrej Marecek refused to pay for the services, police said, officers searched their room and found alleged heroin and crystal meth. Macerek and Reitz were also allegedly in possession of numerous credit account numbers with expiration dates and security codes as well as credit cards belonging to other individuals.

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Kips Bay shelter resident charged with murdering girlfriend

By Maria Rocha-Buschel 

Police arrested 33-year-old Charles Pratt, a resident of the 30th Street Men’s Shelter, for allegedly murdering his girlfriend, 38-year-old Latisha Fowler, inside 344 East 28th Street last Sunday.

The New York Daily News reported that two NYCHA handymen found Fowler’s body around 9:30 a.m. that day after the victim’s six-year-old son let them inside. The workers had been dispatched to her apartment to fix a clogged pipe and when the child opened the door, he reportedly told them that his mom was hurt and needed help.

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Man charged with robbing and choking Stuy Town woman

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Stuyvesant Town (Photo by Sabina Mollot)

By Maria Rocha-Buschel

A Stuyvesant Town woman was attacked inside her apartment by a man she met on the street earlier that night at the end of last month.

Police said that the 52-year-old victim met three men in the neighborhood on the night of January 22 and invited them back to her apartment at 5 Stuyvesant Oval around 12:45 a.m. Two of the men left the apartment shortly after to buy cigarettes and once they were gone, 23-year-old Shadi Torres allegedly grabbed the victim and threw her to the ground.

According to the District Attorney’s office, Torres also attempted to pull down her pants and allegedly attempted to strangle her, putting a hand around her neck and forcefully squeezing her throat, causing substantial pain and swelling. A criminal complaint said that the victim attempted to call 911 but Torres grabbed the phone and threw it against the wall. When the victim tried to call 911 on her cell phone, Torres allegedly grabbed the device and ran out of the apartment. It was unclear if the victim’s phone was recovered.

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Police Watch: Man busted for strangling pregnant girlfriend, Man arrested for multiple burglaries

MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO STRANGLING PREGNANT GIRLFRIEND IN MATERNITY WARD
Police arrested 25-year-old Malcolm Rawlinson for strangulation inside Bellevue Hospital last Thursday at 7:45 a.m. Police said that the victim was in the maternity ward with her boyfriend, who is the father of her unborn child, when Rawlinson allegedly struck her in the face and strangled her. She suffered pain and bruising to her face and a sore throat. Rawlinson also allegedly stole the woman’s wallet and phone.
According to the district attorney, Rawlinson pleaded guilty to criminal obstruction of breathing. He was released on his own recognizance, although a temporary order of protection has been issued. He has not been sentenced yet.

MAN BUSTED FOR BURGLARIES THROUGHOUT MANHATTAN
Abraham Cruz, 44, was charged in connection with a burglary in July that took place inside Lahori Kabab at 122 Lexington Avenue after he was arrested for a burglary on the Upper West Side earlier this month. The owner of the kabab place told police that he closed up his business at 4 a.m. on July 2 and all the surveillance cameras were in working order, but when he returned later in the morning, he found that the cameras had been tampered with and both the recording system for the surveillance equipment and the cash register were both missing from the restaurant. Police said that the cash register turned up in a dumpster nearby and a fingerprint lifted from one of the surveillance cameras allegedly matched Cruz.
Cruz was arrested for the July incident at the 13th Precinct last Saturday, and police said that Cruz was connected to a number of other burglaries through his fingerprints, including two incidents on the Upper East and West Sides during the summer. The most recent incident was a burglary on West 91st Street on October 2 where he was caught on surveillance video allegedly stealing bicycles from the basement of the building.

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Police Watch: Man arrested for gun, ‘pickpocket’ busted in Starbucks

MAN SNEAKS IN, THEN POURS HIMSELF DRINK AT CLOSED BIG DADDY’S
Police arrested 41-year-old Mariusz Stypulkowski for theft of services inside Big Daddy’s Diner at 239 Park Avenue South last Sunday at 9:35 p.m. Stypulkowski allegedly entered the building through an unlocked door while the business was closed and allegedly poured himself a drink at the bar.
Police issued him a summons and escorted him from the location, telling him not to return. About 30 minutes later, police were called back because Stypulkowski had allegedly re-entered the building, sat at the bar and gotten himself another drink.
When officers told him to leave, he allegedly refused. Before arresting him, police searched him and he was found to be in possession of a small quantity of alleged marijuana concealed in a vitamin bottle. Stypulkowski was also charged with criminal trespassing and possession of marijuana.

MAN ARRESTED FOR GUN ON EAST 28TH
Police arrested 33-year-old Peter Fuentes for possession of a weapon in front of 247 East 28th Street last Monday at 9:26 p.m. Police were responding to a radio run of a man shot in Midtown South on East 29th Street at Lexington Avenue. After doing a canvass of the area, a witness told police that Fuentes was down the street.
Police said that Fuentes matched the description by radio dispatch and he was frisked after police told him to put his hands up. Fuentes then allegedly said that the gun was in his pocket. Police recovered a loaded .38 semi automatic Remington firearm from his front right pants pocket. One spent casing was recovered from in front of 425 Park Avenue South. Fuentes was also charged with reckless endangerment. It was not immediately clear if anyone was actually shot.

MAN ARRESTED FOR ‘STRANGULATION’
Police arrested 58-year-old Roderick Broomfield for obstruction of breath and circulation in front of the Kenmore at 145 East 23rd Street last Sunday at 5:57 a.m. The victim told police that she was involved in an argument with Broomfield when he allegedly put his hands on her neck and choked her.

B&N EMPLOYEE BUSTED FOR $3,600 ‘THEFT’
Police arrested 46-year-old Glenn Hawley for grand larceny inside the Barnes and Noble at 33 East 17th Street last Monday at 11:23 a.m. Hawley is an employee at the store and police said that he committed unauthorized transactions totaling $3,600.

MAN BUSTED FOR ASSAULT AFTER RECORDING DRUNK BARFLY
Police arrested 22-year-old Presley Charles for assault in front of 115 Lexington Avenue last Sunday at 4:59 a.m. The victim told police that he was standing over his friend who was passed out drunk in front of the bar when Charles started to record them. Charles didn’t like that the other man was trying to block him from filming and they started to argue. The argument then led to Charles allegedly punching the victim in the nose, causing bleeding and swelling. The victim was taken to Bellevue Hospital and Charles sustained a cut to his right pinky but refused medical assistance.

ASSAULT AT ACS FACILITY
Nineteen-year-old Tyshawn Brown was arrested for assault in front of the ACS facility at 492 First Avenue last Tuesday at 10:25 p.m. Brown allegedly punched another person in the face, causing swelling and bruising to the victim’s right eye.

TIP SNATCHER NABBED IN UNION SQUARE
Police arrested 34-year-old Alex Strollo last Monday in front of 25 Union Square West for allegedly swiping a tip from a restaurant. Strollo allegedly grabbed $25 off the table at around 10:30 p.m. and ran out of the restaurant. The victim ran after him and approached him on the corner of East 18th Street and Broadway, where Strollo allegedly hit him in the face and body. Strollo was also charged with assault.

WOMAN NABBED FOR ‘PICKPOCKETING’
Forty-year-old Heather Nichols was arrested for petit larceny in front of the Starbucks at 41 Union Square West last Saturday. Nichols allegedly took a five dollar bill from another customer’s pocketbook and then left the building. Nichols was also charged with possession of stolen property.

‘PERV’ BUSTED FOR TRESPASSING
Police arrested 33-year-old Pavel Zaychenko in front of 641 Sixth Avenue for criminal trespassing last Tuesday at 11:10 a.m. Zaychenko was allegedly taking pictures of women’s butts without their permission. There was no information available about where Zaychenko was allegedly trespassing.

VENDORS ARRESTED FOR LACK OF LICENSES
Police arrested two vendors last Monday in separate incidents.
Fifty-three-year-old Mohamed Rasid was arrested in front of 132 West 28th Street at  2 p.m. He allegedly was selling more than ten bouquets of flowers without a DCA license and could not produce one when asked.
Police said that Shawn Ettinger, 27, was displaying five bars of soap for sale without a DCA license in front of 261 Seventh Avenue at  2:50 p.m.

MAN ARRESTED FOR SUSPENDED LICENSE
Police arrested 43-year-old Alexander Perez for an unclassified traffic misdemeanor at the corner of East 15th Street and Union Square East last Saturday at 1:10 p.m. Perez was involved in a car accident and when police checked his license, it was allegedly suspended.

MAN BUSTED FOR FOUR LOKO
Police arrested 36-year-old Daniel Calcaterra for violating New York State laws at the corner of Avenue C and East 23rd Street. Calcaterra was allegedly holding an open container of Four Loko on a public sidewalk.

MAN ARRESTED FOR PHONE ‘SNATCHING’
Police arrested 22-year-old Juan Quezada for petit larceny inside the 13th precinct last Saturday at 4 p.m. Quezada allegedly took a woman’s cell phone without permission in a previous incident. The woman told police that she doesn’t know Quezada.

‘DRUG DEALER’ NABBED ON EAST 27TH
Police arrested 34-year-old Nicole Butler for intent to sell a controlled substance in front of 243 East 27th Street last Sunday at 7:40 p.m. Butler allegedly sold a quantity of marijuana to an undercover officer. She had a controlled substance on her person, police said. Butler was also charged with sale of marijuana and possession of marijuana.

MAN BUSTED FOR ‘FORGERY’
Police arrested 31-year-old Sean Butler inside the 13th precinct at 230 East 21st Street for forgery last Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. Butler allegedly endorsed a check for $473 and another for $478 and signed the documents as the victims, without the authority to do so.