Suspect arrested in Kips Bay shooting

Straus Houses (Photo via Google Maps)

By Maria Rocha-Buschel

Police arrested a man last week for a shooting that took place in front of the Straus Houses on East 28th Street at the end of September.

Andres Taveras, 22, allegedly shot a 17-year-old boy around 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, September 26 in the courtyard at 224 East 28th Street.

He was arrested when he turned himself in to an officer who was patrolling near the scene of the crime last Friday at 1:50 a.m.

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Police Watch: Box cutter attack outside Stuy Town, Men wanted for bank burglary

TEENS ARRESTED FOR ATTACK ON MAN WITH BOX CUTTER OUTSIDE STUY TOWN
Police arrested four people for assault at the northeast corner of East 14th Street and First Avenue last Friday between 6:45 and 8 p.m. Police said that 19-year-old Yale Garner-Lowery, 20-year-old Jasmine Reyes, a 16-year-old girl and a 17-year-old girl attacked another man, causing cuts and bruising. Garner-Lowery allegedly slashed the victim with a box cutter, which was recovered from the scene. The names of the younger suspects are being withheld due to their young age.
An attorney for Garner-Lowery told Town & Village he couldn’t comment on the case because his client was in the process of getting a new attorney. It wasn’t clear if he had a new attorney by T&V’s press time.

MEN WANTED FOR BANK BURGLARY
The New York City Police Department is asking the public’s assistance identifying suspects in regards to a burglary from the Bethpage Federal Bank at 109 West 26th Street. Police said that the suspects entered the bank last Sunday, May 21 at 12:15 a.m. by breaking a basement window. Once inside, they disarmed the security system and attempted to open the bank’s vault. They were reportedly unsuccessful so they fled empty handed. The men are described as white, last seen wearing a green hat, black sneakers, a blue jacket and black jeans.
Anyone with information is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 800-577-TIPS or 1-888-57-PISTA (74782) for Spanish. The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers Website at nypdcrimestoppers.com or texting their tips to 274637(CRIMES) then enter TIP577.

MAN BUSTED FOR ASSAULT OF EMT AT BETH ISRAEL
Thirty-year-old Robert McClelland was arrested for allegedly assaulting an EMT inside Mount Sinai Beth Israel at 281 First Avenue. Police said that last Friday at 9 p.m. McClelland slapped a uniformed EMT in the face, causing substantial pain and bruising.

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Police Watch: Man arrested in death of transgender woman, Sex offender arrested for assault

MAN ARRESTED FOR MANSLAUGHTER IN DEATH OF TRANSGENDER WOMAN
Joseph Griffin, 26, was indicted last Friday for fatally striking 59-year-old Brenda/Kenneth Bostick with a metal object in Chelsea in April. Griffin is charged in a New York Supreme Court indictment with manslaughter in the first degree. He is also facing a separate charge of criminal mischief for breaking the windshield of a taxi cab later in the evening of Bostick’s death.
According to court documents and statements made on the record in court, Griffin approached the victim, who identified as transgender and was alternately known as Brenda and Kenneth Bostick, or simply “Bostick,” on Seventh Avenue between West 27th and 28th Streets at approximately 10 p.m. on April 25 and struck her over the head with a long, metal object. The victim immediately fell to the ground and was rushed to Bellevue Hospital. She were declared braindead on May 4 and died on May 7. Meanwhile, Griffin had fled the scene. About an hour and a half after assaulting the victim, Griffin was seen running through traffic in the middle of the street. When a taxi driver stopped his car to avoid hitting Griffin, he allegedly climbed onto the front of the car, smashing the windshield.

SEX OFFENDER NABBED FOR ASSAULT AT BELLEVUE
Police arrested 37-year-old Jamele Manning for assault and harassment last Wednesday at 6:30 a.m. inside Bellevue Hospital at 462 First Avenue. Police said that Manning punched the victim in the face, causing a cut over the victim’s eye that required stitches, as well as swelling.
As of T&V’s press time, the district attorney’s office said that the suspect had not yet been arraigned, but Manning is listed in the New York State sex offender registry as a level 3 violent sex offender. According to the Division of Criminal Justice Services, Manning forcibly sodomized a teenage girl who he threatened at gunpoint, choked and physically overpowered on February 12, 1999. He was convicted on December 10 of that year. He was sentenced to one day to six years in state prison, although it was unclear how much time he actually served.

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Man leaps to his death at Straus Houses

The incident worried some residents of 344 East 28th Street about roof accessibility. (Photo by Maria Rocha-Buschel)

The incident worried some residents of 344 East 28th Street about roof accessibility. (Photo by Maria Rocha-Buschel)

By Maria Rocha-Buschel

A 29-year-old resident of the Straus Houses at 344 East 28th Street was found dead outside the building in apparent suicide early last Thursday morning. The Daily News reported that the victim was found in the building’s courtyard around 3:08 a.m. A representative from the NYPD said that the man’s injuries were consistent with a fall and the incident is currently being investigated as a suicide.

Tenants Association President Aaron Humphrey said that he was still awake when the man fell, and he called 911 to report the incident. The Daily News had reported that the man jumped from his apartment on the ninth floor. Humphrey noted, though, that based on the location of the victim’s apartment windows and where he was found, it would be impossible for him to have jumped from that window, meaning that he may have jumped from the roof. However, the NYPD could not confirm to Town & Village before press time from where the victim had jumped.

The incident incited concerns about roof accessibility among some tenants, and one resident said that officers from the 13th Precinct informed tenants at a recent meeting that the motion sensor for the roof door had not been on.

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Police Watch: Man wanted for attempted rape, Dunkin Donuts employee arrested for sex abuse

suspect Dominique Frazier

Dominique Frazier

MAN WANTED FOR ATTEMPTED RAPE
The New York City Police Department is asking for the public’s assistance in identifying a suspect wanted for attempted rape within the confines of the 13th Precinct.
Police said that 31-year-old Dominique Frazier forced the victim, a 48-year-old woman, into the 17th floor stairwell where he forced her to perform a sexual act and then attempted to rape her on Thanksgiving at noon inside of Straus Houses at 344 East 28th Street.
The victim resisted and Frazier allegedly grabbed her handbag before fleeing down the stairwell. The victim chased him to the lobby and, with the assistance of a witness, was able to get her bag back from the suspect. Frazier allegedly fled into an elevator in the lobby. The victim was taken by EMS to Bellevue Hospital, where she was treated and released.
Frazier was previously arrested for robbery on November 9.
Anyone with information in regards to this incident 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 their tips and TIP577to 274637(CRIMES). All calls are kept strictly confidential.

MEN ARRESTED IN ‘SHOOTING’
Police arrested 33-year-old Gadell Gibbs and 32-year-old Ronald McPhatter last Wednesday for assault, weapons possession at 3:10 a.m. inside 13th Precinct. Police said that Gibbs and McPhatter engaged in a shootout, resulting in the victim receiving a gunshot wound to her inner right calf.

DUNKIN DONUTS EMPLOYEE NABBED FOR ‘SEX ABUSE’
Police arrested 41-year-old Ahmed Mechebek for allegedly sexually abusing a coworker and endangering the welfare of a child inside the Dunkin Donuts at 818 Sixth Avenue last Wednesday. The victim told police that it was her second day of training at the Dunkin Donuts and Mechebek followed her when she went into the back to check her phone. Mechebek allegedly attempted to hug her and kiss her on the mouth without her consent. The victim said that she told him to stop and attempted to push him away. Mechebek allegedly said, “Just one kiss,” and again tried to hug and kiss her. She said that she pushed him away again.
Police said that video surveillance showed Mechebek grabbing the victim around her waist and trying to kiss her while she attempted to move away.

MAN ARRESTED IN THANKSGIVING ‘ASSAULT’
Police arrested 29-year-old Brian Miller for assault on Thanksgiving at 3:16 a.m. in front of 257 Third Avenue. Police said that Miller got into an argument with the victim and he allegedly punched the victim in the face, causing minor pain and bleeding. EMS responded to the incident and the victim was taken to Bellevue Hospital. Police said that Miller, during the arrest, claimed that he punched the victim in the face.

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Police Watch: Seniors arrested for fight, Man arrested for gym ‘thefts’

SENIORS ARRESTED FOR FIGHT ON IRVING PLACE
Police arrested two people involved in a fight in front of 76 Irving Place last Monday at 10:43 p.m. Seventy-year-old Helene Boss and 63-year-old Meryl Modica were both charged with assault and Modica was also charged with criminal mischief. Boss allegedly punched Boss in the head and face and police said that Modica punched Boss in the face, breaking her glasses and causing pain to her left eye.

MAN ARRESTED FOR DRUG CONSPIRACY
Police arrested 48-year-old Pedro Vazquez at the 30th Street Men’s Shelter at 400 East 30th Street last Monday, charging with conspiracy to distribute narcotics. He was transported to the courthouse at 500 Pearl Street and will be prosecuted by the Southern District of New York.

MAN ARRESTED FOR ‘DRUG DEAL’ NEAR SCHOOL
Fifty-year-old Dwayne Dixon was arrested for sale on school grounds in front of 336 East 15th Street last Friday at 5:06 p.m. Police said that Dixon sold a quantity of a controlled substance to an undercover officer in exchange for cash. He was also allegedly in possession of brass knuckles and police said that the sale took place within a thousand feet of PS 226. Dixon was also charged with sale of a controlled substance and possession of a weapon.

TEEN CAUSES $800 IN DAMAGE
Police arrested a teenager for criminal mischief last Monday at 10:21 p.m. in front of 333 East 14th Street. The super of the building told police that the boy was seen punching and kicking the glass on the main door of the building, between First and Second Avenues, causing about $800 in damage. The super also has video of the incident.
The teen attends MS 421 at 150 West 105th Street and his name is being withheld due to his age.

MAN BUSTED FOR GYM LOCKER ‘THEFTS’
Police arrested 24-year-old Kelvin Lewis at the 13th precinct for thefts from lockers inside fitness studios last week. On two separate occasions, Lewis allegedly went into a victim’s locker, once in a gym and a second time in a yoga studio, and took property, including a cell phone, a wallet and $60 in cash. Lewis was arrested at the 13th precinct last Wednesday at 2:37 p.m. and charged with petit larceny, possession of stolen property and burglary in connection with the incidents.

X-MEN ‘VENDOR’ NABBED FOR LACK OF LICENSE
Fifty-year-old Deverger Vance was arrested in front of 727 Sixth Avenue last Wednesday at 3 p.m. for an unclassified misdemeanor of New York State Laws. Vance was allegedly trying to sell more than three X-Men action figures without an appropriate license.

SALESMAN PEDDLED ‘COUNTERFEIT’ SAMSUNG GALAXY PHONES
Police arrested 55-year-old Kelvin Dunbar for fraudulent accosting and unlawful peddling in front of 51 West 23rd Street last Wednesday at 3:04 p.m. Dunbar was allegedly trying to sell new Samsung Galaxy phones to pedestrians for $200 each. Police said that the phones are counterfeit and that Dunbar intended to defraud passersby of their money. He allegedly did not have a vendor’s license.

VENDOR ARRESTED FOR ‘FAKE’ BALENCIAGA
Police arrested 66-year-old Daisik Park for forgery in front of 122 West 27th Street last Thursday at 12:45 p.m. Police said that Park was offering for sale 10 handbags that bore a counterfeit trademark for Balenciaga.

MAN BUSTED FOR ‘FRAUDULENT’ CHECKS
Twenty-one-year-old Terrence Buggs was arrested for grand larceny inside the 13th Precinct last Thursday at 5:30 p.m. Buggs allegedly cashed two fraudulent checks totaling $1,406.44 at a Santander Bank. After he was read his Miranda rights, police said that he admitted that he cashed the checks and he can allegedly be seen cashing the checks on surveillance video.

TWO ARRESTED OVER NEW SCHOOL DISPUTE
Usevalad Auramenka, 26, was arrested for criminal trespass at Union Square West and East 16th Street last Friday at 4:48 p.m. Auramenka allegedly entered the nearby New School University building unlawfully after he had been instructed numerous times by the administration that he was expelled and was not to return to school grounds.
Police said that when he was apprehended after running from them, he began yelling loudly and chanting “Police brutality!” causing a crowd to form, while flailing his arms to prevent being handcuffed.
Auramenka’s friend, 21-year-old Maria Valenzuela, was also arrested for an unclassified public administration misdemeanor and disorderly conduct because she allegedly intervened during his arrest. Police said that she pushed against officers, refused to move out of the way and screamed threats.

WOULD-BE BIKE ‘THIEF’ BUSTED
Police arrested 54-year-old Dane Clark for burglar’s tools in front of 61 West 23rd Street last Friday at 11:32 p.m. Clark was allegedly casing several bicycles in an attempt to steal them and police said that he put the tools alongside a bicycle in an attempt to break the lock. He was allegedly in possession of additional burglar’s tools and alleged heroin. Clark was also charged with petit larceny and possession of a controlled substance.

‘VIOLENT’ MAN ARRESTED AT STRAUS HOUSES
Police arrested 25-year-old Andrew White inside the Straus Houses at 344 East 28th Street last Saturday at 3:41 a.m. White was charged with resisting arrest, criminal mischief and harassment. Police said that he became irate in the lobby of the building and proceeded to swing his arms violently. He allegedly threw the victim’s property to the ground.
A NYCHA employee told police that he then dialed 911 on his work phone to report the incident when White allegedly grabbed the phone out of his hands and threw it against the wall, causing it to break. Police said that White flailed his arms and grabbed a fence, refusing to comply with a lawful order and place his hands behind his back so that the officer could arrest him.

CLINTON ‘TRESPASSER’ LEAVES BLOODY TRAIL
Forty-year-old Evan Whitney was arrested inside Bellevue Hospital at 462 First Avenue last Saturday at 9:52 p.m. for criminal mischief and criminal trespass at another location. The building superintendent of the Clinton Housing Development at 403 West 40th Street told police that he saw a bag of clothing fall from the roof, after which Whitney allegedly climbed down the fire escape into the backyard. After he went into the backyard, the super saw that the back basement window had been broken in addition to the front door window, and there was a large metal object with fresh blood, which was also outside the door and down the sidewalk. Whitney allegedly left some of his personal belongings on the roof, including a bus ticket with his name on it. Police said that Whitney was seen at Port Authority, bleeding from the arm, and an ambulance brought him to Bellevue, where he was arrested.

BUSTED FOR SLEEPING IN BOXES
Police arrested 54-year-old Jeffrey Matthews for an unclassified violation of state laws at the corner of Park Avenue South and East 18th Street last Saturday at 5:09 a.m. Matthews was allegedly sleeping inside five cardboard boxes on the sidewalk, in violation of New York State laws. He was offered homeless services but police said that he refused.

MAN BUSTED FOR ‘COUNTERFEIT’ CASH
Police arrested 25-year-old Thanakar Kolimas for forgery last Monday at 8:14 p.m. inside the Burlington Coat Factory at 707 Sixth Avenue. Police said that Kolimas attempted to purchase items from the store using counterfeit money. He was allegedly in possession of a counterfeit $100 bill.

MAN BUSTED FOR ‘SHOPLIFTING’
Police arrested 35-year-old Derek Waisome for grand larceny and petit larceny inside the 13th Precinct last Friday at 12:25 a.m. Police said that Waisome took property from a store and tried to leave without paying. The property, which wasn’t specified nor was the business, was allegedly valued at $9,949.

Burglaries, robberies up in 13th Precinct

The Cop of the Month for April 2014 was awarded to P.O. Phil McGovern at the meeting of the 13th Precinct Community Council on April 15.  Pictured are Deputy Inspector David Ehrenberg, Council President Frank Scala, and P.O. McGovern. (Photo by Pat Sallin)

The Cop of the Month for April 2014 was awarded to P.O. Phil McGovern at the meeting of the 13th Precinct Community Council on April 15. Pictured are Deputy Inspector David Ehrenberg, Council President Frank Scala, and P.O. McGovern. (Photo by Pat Sallin)

By Maria Rocha-Buschel
While crime in the area covered by the 13th Precinct is down overall for the year so far, burglaries and robberies are up. Overall, crime is down 2.4 percent for the year and 8 percent for the month but burglaries are up 37 percent since this time last year and robberies are up 44.8 percent.
The stats were announced by the precinct’s commanding officer, Deputy Inspector David Ehrenberg, at the 13th Precinct’s April community council meeting on Tuesday, April 15.
He added that there has been a slight increase, 1.9 percent, on felony assaults as well, noting that these assaults often become a problem for the precinct because of incidents in the neighborhood hospitals, and attacks on doctors, nurses and peace officers automatically carry a heavier penalty.
Grand larcenies, meanwhile, are actually down 10.9 percent for the year.
“That was the area that was most up last year,” Ehrenberg noted. Grand larcenies have been featured prominently in T&V’s blotter regularly, with a number of victims reporting every month that their property was stolen while left unattended or snatched out of their hands while on the subway.
The increases that the precinct has seen in burglaries is more unusual than previous months, Ehrenberg said, because they are up in residential as opposed to commercial burglaries. The deputy inspector noted that one criminal was busted trying to climb into someone’s apartment through a fire escape in the 6th precinct and Ehrenberg said that he also matched the description of someone breaking in through fire escapes in the 13th, so he said he is hopeful that the arrest will alleviate the problem somewhat.
The meeting was also attended by a number of neighborhood residents with quality of life concerns due to noisy tenants in their building and aggressive homeless people in the vicinity of area shelters. Public housing residents of 224 East 28th Street in the Straus Houses were frustrated because of constant noise in the middle of the night in multiple apartments. One resident noted that police have come to the building to address the problem but that once the cops leave, the noise just starts up again.
“The noise usually comes from two different apartments and I’ve been told that they actually sell tickets for people to get in,” another resident who didn’t want to be named said. “There is underage drinking going on and pot-smoking that permeates through three floors. Strangers have knocked on my door wanting to buy pot. We’ve been dealing with this problem for the last two years.”
Ehrenberg said that while crime in public housing is down and there were more directed patrols in that specific building added recently, they most likely won’t be able to add more police to the building any time soon but he wanted to assure residents that NYCHA buildings are always on their radar.
“We’re responsible for those buildings so what happens there is definitely a concern for us,” he said. “We don’t want you to think that we’re neglecting these buildings. Noise in the middle of the night absolutely shouldn’t be happening.”
One resident of West 25th Street had complaints about recent activity outside the BRC shelter between Sixth and Seventh Avenues. She said what concerned her the most, aside from the drug deals she saw taking place, was a man who appeared to be dealing drugs while accompanied by a child in a stroller.
The deputy inspector noted that the precinct has been meeting regularly with the shelter’s task force and has pushed the BRC to increase their patrols. He added that they’re only able to put foot posts in the higher crime areas, which doesn’t include this particular shelter, but they will be re-evaluating the situation when they get the five new recruits that are supposed to be coming in.
The meeting also included the recognizing of April’s Cop of the Month, Police Officer Phil McGovern.