Police Watch: Teens busted for burglary, Motorcyclist accused of reckless endangerment

Police busted two teenagers for allegedly breaking into a construction site at 322 East 18th Street on Tuesday, June 11 at 8:17 a.m. The victim told police that he arrived at the job site and noticed that the secure door on the ground floor was broken and when he got to the main floor, he heard a commotion in the basement. He saw that his alarm system was unplugged and the key pad was broken and he said that he then saw the two teenagers leaving the site through the broken door. He took photos of the teens, which he showed to officers who arrived at the scene, and after searching the area, police caught the two suspects. The victim also said that while he was taking a photo of the two teens who were arrested, a third teen ran past them and fled to East 18th Street towards First Avenue. The teens were also charged with criminal mischief.

Police arrested 29-year-old Ricardo Bonano for alleged reckless endangerment at the corner of First Avenue and East 14th Street on Tuesday, June 11 at 3:11 p.m. Police said that Bonano was seen driving a motorcycle without license plates and he allegedly ran a red light while popping a wheelie in traffic. Bonano was also charged with being an unlicensed operator and an unclassified traffic infraction.

Police arrested a teenager for allegedly stealing from cab drivers throughout the neighborhood earlier this month.

The teenager reportedly reached into a taxi that was in front of 401 Park Avenue South on Sunday, June 9 around 11:15 a.m. and stole the driver’s cell phone.

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Woman groped on train in Union Square

Forcible touching suspect

Police are looking for a man who grabbed a woman’s crotch on a 5 train at Union Square.

On Thursday, April 11 at 8:20 a.m., in the vicinity of the Union Square, a 28-year-old woman was riding a southbound train when a man who was standing next to her grabbed her. The victim remained on the train and they both got out at the Fulton Street subway station where the man fled.

The person wanted for questioning is described as black, 20-30 years of age, 5’8″ and 200 lbs.; last seen wearing a camouflage jacket and dark pants.

Anyone with information in regard to the identity of this male 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 CrimeStoppers website at nypdcrimestoppers.com on Twitter @NYPDTips or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential.

Cops on lookout for subway groper at Union Square

Forcible touching suspect

Cops are looking for a man who grabbed a woman’s behind on a southbound 4 train on Friday, January 4. It was around 8:40 a.m. when, as the train was leaving Union Square, the man groped the 37-year-old victim. She managed to get a photo of the suspect on her phone before she got off the train at the Brooklyn Bridge station. The suspect remained on the train.

He is described as being black, 60 to 65 years old and 5’8″ to 5’9″ tall. He was last seen wearing a gray knit cap, a dark, colored hooded sweater and a green jacket.

Anyone with information in regard to this incident 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 CrimeStoppers website at nypdcrimestoppers.com, on Twitter @NYPDTips or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential.

Man rubs boy’s thigh on A train near 14th Street: Cops

Dec6 sex abuse suspect

Sex abuse suspect

Police are looking for a creep who rubbed a nine-year-old boy’s thigh repeatedly on an A train near 14th Street.

On Monday, December 3 at about 7 a.m., the man was on the train and leaned over to where the victim was, rubbing his thigh three times, the boy’s sister told police.

When the sister, a 20-year-old woman, realized what he was doing, she yelled at the man and then alerted the conductor once the train entered 14th Street. The suspect meanwhile fled the train further into the station.

He is described as Hispanic, 30 to 40 years old, with a salt and pepper goatee; and was last seen wearing a white, long-sleeved shirt and blue jeans.

Anyone with information in regard to this incident 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 Nypdcrimestoppers.com, on Twitter @NYPDTips or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential.

Man with cane grabs woman’s crotch at Union Square subway station

Nov16 Forcible Touching

Forcible touching suspect

Police are on the lookout for a cane-carrying man who grabbed a woman’s crotch at the Union Square subway station.

Police said the victim, 43, was standing on the platform while waiting for a southbound 4 train when the man approached her. He then grabbed her before fleeing the station.

The incident occurred at 4:30 p.m. on October 11, though police only released the information on Friday.

The suspect is Asian, 50-65 years old with a medium complexion and is 5’8″ tall. He was last seen wearing a black hat, gray colored pants, dark colored shoes and had a cane.

Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 800-577-TIPS or for Spanish 1-888-57-PISTA (74782)

The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers Website or texting their tips to 274637(CRIMES) then enter TIP577.

Police arrest subway groping suspect


Groping suspect, identified as David Cruz

By Sabina Mollot

A homeless man was arrested Wednesday night for allegedly groping two women on the subway in Flatiron.

The man, identified as 33-year-old David Cruz, wore a Santa hat and rose colored glasses during the incidents, which both took place around the same time.

Cops say Cruz has a lengthy rap sheet with 17 arrests, running from minor crimes like turnstile hopping and petty larceny to more serious ones like assault, burglary, sale of marijuana and tampering with evidence.

On the evening of February 8, police said Cruz grabbed a 32-year-old woman’s butt as she waited on the platform at the 23rd Street R/W station. Then he allegedly hung around before doing the same thing to a 34-year-old woman on his way up the stairs to the street. The victims reported the incidents separately at later times.

Cruz has been charged with two counts of forcible touching.

Police Watch: Body found near NYU Langone, ‘Mugger’ arrested on East 23rd

This Tuesday around 11:39 a.m., police found an unconscious man inside a storm drain near East 33rd Street and First Avenue. The man was unconscious and unresponsive, police said. EMS soon arrived and pronounced the man deceased at the scene. The Medical Examiner will determine the cause of death and the investigation is ongoing. Police are withholding the man’s name pending proper family notification.

Police arrested 33-year-old Bryan Fuge for robbery in front of 23 East 23rd Street last Saturday at 9:16 p.m. Police said that Fuge followed a woman along the sidewalk and when she entered a dimly lit area he allegedly charged at her and forcibly snatched her pocketbook, causing the strap to break. Police said that Fuge fled east, which wound up being towards four plainclothes officers.
An officer then identified himself by stating, “Police, don’t move,” and Fuge yelled and allegedly lowered his shoulder, ramming into the officers. Police said that he resisted arrest by shoving, striking and writhing around while maintaining possession of the bag. Police said that Fuge is a suspect in two other robberies in the 13th and 17th precincts and was currently on parole. He was charged with robbery, criminal possession of stolen property and resisting arrest.

Police arrested 31-year-old Jenea Osborne at the corner of Park Avenue South and East 22nd Street last Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. for grand larceny and possession of stolen property. The victim told police that she was eating a salad with her friend when someone came up to her and told her that he saw her bag get taken. She said that she had an iPad inside her bag. A witness told police that he saw Osborne walk into the store with a man who was behaving in a disorderly manner and he saw Osborne take the victim’s bag. The witness said that the man who was with Osborne left the store and came back briefly to make sure that no one was following her.
Officers later searched the area and put a description on the radio. Two officers were canvassing the uptown 6 train station and stopped Osborne since she fit the description. Police said that prior to the stop, they witnessed Osborne throw the black handbag into the train tracks. The witness made a positive ID of Osborne when she was arrested. The victim told police that she didn’t see her bag get taken but when the bag was recovered she said that it was hers.

Police arrested 41-year-old Francisco Garcia at the Union Square subway station for sexual abuse last Friday at 12:18 p.m. Police said that Garcia was on a downtown 4 train, allegedly rubbing and pressing his groin area against the victim’s buttocks and hip multiple times.

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Police Watch: Bust for burglary on E. 23rd St., senior charged with selling pot at Union Square

Fifty-year-old Robert Jones was arrested for burglary inside 145 East 23rd Street last Friday at 7:29 a.m. Jones allegedly entered the victim’s apartment on East 23rd Street without permission and took a watch and wallet, which contained $190 and credit cards.

Cesar Bernacet, 44, was arrested at the 13th Precinct last Tuesday at 12:56 p.m. for burglary. Police said that Bernacet had entered the offices of Trigger Media at 135 West 26th Street last Sunday and swiped seven laptops and tablets, and also caused damage to the fire door.

Police arrested Nathaniel Roberts, 31, for assault at Lexington Avenue and East 25th Street last Tuesday at 4:25 p.m. The victim said that he got into a fight with Roberts, who allegedly punched the victim in the face and bit him on the shoulder, causing visible bite marks. Police said that Roberts resisted arrest by pushing the officer and flailing his arms, refusing to be handcuffed. Roberts also allegedly kicked the window of the police van, causing $250 worth of damage and was in possession of two ziploc bags of marijuana, police said.

Police arrested 52-year-old Jeffery Vascimini for perjury at the Union Square subway station last Tuesday at 3:45 p.m. Vascimini had previously told police that he was on a downtown 6 train at the 23rd Street station when a man snatched his bag. He reported that one man had asked him what time it was and then as the train doors closed, a second man grabbed his bag, which contained nine bottles of medication. Upon further investigation, police found that he had also falsely reported the same crime in a different precinct.

Police arrested 21-year-old Destiny Baez for assault last Wednesday at 4:53 p.m. in front of 250 Second Avenue. Baez got into an argument with the victim and the fight escalated, after which Baez allegedly scratched the victim on the forearm, leaving a visible cut.

Stanley Mui, 29, was arrested for assault at the northeast corner of Fifth Avenue and East 14th Street last Wednesday at 9:54 p.m. Mui allegedly punched a man in the face, causing pain and redness to the left side of his jaw.

Police arrested 38-year-old Adel Ismail for sexual abuse in the Union Square subway station last Thursday at 9:05 a.m. Ismail was allegedly rubbing his groin area against a woman’s buttocks while on a downtown 4 train. The victim told police she tried to get away from him but he wouldn’t leave her alone. “When I first entered the train, this guy seemed a little too close,” she said. “He rubbed up against my butt so I automatically moved away. He kept bumping into me so I kept trying to move away. He made me feel very uncomfortable. He tried to move any way so that he would be touching me.”

Thirty-year-old Naoki Aimoto was arrested for violating New York State laws in the Union Square subway station on Tuesday at 4:05 a.m. Aimoto was allegedly riding a skateboard erratically in the mezzanine area of the subway, which police said caused a dangerous and hazardous condition for the public and was in violation of transit rules.

A 17-year-old girl was arrested for assault inside the Good Shepherd Services facility and home for girls at 337 East 17th Street last Friday at 7:26 a.m. She got into a fight with another girl, police said, pulling her hair and scratching the right side of her neck, causing pain and visible injury.

Police arrested 70-year-old Frederick Spruill at Union Square West and East 14th Street for the sale of marijuana last Friday at 6:15 p.m. Spruill was allegedly working together with another man, 36-year-old Darrell Henderson, and they sold a small quantity to an undercover officer, police said. Henderson was also arrested.

Police arrested two people in connection with a drug deal in front of 23 Lexington Avenue last Saturday at 7:55 a.m. Johnie Lonardo, 57, was arrested for allegedly selling methadone to 47-year-old Orlando Martinez, who was then arrested for possession of a controlled substance.

Police arrested 31-year-old Bassam Richard for intoxicated driving at Union Square West and East 16th Street last Sunday at 4:01 a.m. Richard was involved in a car accident at the location which resulted in property damage and on the scene, he allegedly had a strong odor of alcohol on him, as well as watery eyes, a flushed face and was unsteady on his feet.

Police arrested 23-year-old Julia Salazar for criminal last Monday at 11:20 a.m. Police said that Salazar was protesting with eight other demonstrators, who entered a government building on Third Avenue and sat down in front of the desk at the lobby. They were ordered to leave by the building’s head of security and they were warned that they would be arrested if they did not leave the building, and Salazar and the other protestors allegedly refused.
The exact location of the protest is unclear, as the report notes that Salazar originally entered 633 Third Avenue, home to an office of the governor, but was arrested at 333 Third Avenue.

Police arrested 23-year-old Zaid Aftisse for possession of a weapon at the Union Square subway station last Thursday at 10:45 a.m. Aftisse allegedly left an Eighth Avenue-bound L train with a black metal clip attached to the front right side of his pants pocket. Upon further investigation, police found that it was a gravity knife.

Police arrested 33-year-old Michael Crayton for violating New York State laws in Murphy’s Brothers playground at East 17th Street and Avenue C last Monday at 9 a.m. Crayton was allegedly lying down on a bench and sleeping inside the playground without the accompaniment of a child, in violation of park rules and regulations. A sign at the entrance of the park states that says adults must be accompanied by a child inside the park.

Twenty-four-year-old Abdoulaye Sow was arrested for criminal mischief in front of 230 Fifth Avenue last Saturday at 5:04 a.m. Sow got into an argument with passengers in a nearby cab and he allegedly kicked the cab forcefully a number of times, causing damage to the side of the car.

Police arrested 34-year-old Sanjay Nakarmi for forgery in front of 1201 Broadway last Tuesday at 7:29 a.m. Nakarmi was allegedly selling costume jewelry that had counterfeit trademarks for Versace.

Police Watch: Stuy Town woman comes home to find naked man in apartment, cam ‘pervs’ arrested in Union Square

By Maria Rocha-Buschel

A resident of 310 First Avenue reported that her apartment was broken into last Friday at 4:09 p.m. She told police that when she entered the apartment, she saw a man inside her bedroom without permission to be there. He was also naked in her bedroom and when she went in the room, she saw him putting on her skirt. She said that she was unsure if she had locked the door and there was no forced entry. No arrests have been made. In response to the incident, a rep for CWCapital said, “Public Safety is aware of the situation and is cooperating fully with the investigation.” 

Police arrested 20-year-old Alexander Dove for robbery at the northeast corner of East 14th Street and Union Square West last Tuesday at 12:10 a.m. Witnesses told police that Dove was patting people down and when the officer approached, Dove allegedly said, “Do you want to go to jail? I have my car over there.” When Dove saw the officers approaching, he allegedly ran and after chasing him, police apprehended him and the witnesses identified him. The first witness told police that Dove had tried to sell narcotics to him and a friend and when they refused, Dove allegedly said that he was an undercover officer and forcibly pinned them against a fence, removing his wallet and elbowing him on the head. Dove also allegedly pinned the second witness against the fence and took his cell phone from his pocket.

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