Woman’s credit cards used after she may have dropped wallet on 6 train road bed

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Larceny suspect

 

By Sabina Mollot

Cops are looking for a man who used a 22-year-old woman’s credit cards in the Bronx after she may have lost them in the tracks of a subway station at 23rd Street.

The victim told cops she believes she dropped her wallet on the northbound 6 train road bed on June 23 and that this is where the suspect found it. Purchases were later made at a MetroCard vending machine inside the 149th Street and 3rd Avenue subway station in the Bronx. The suspect is described as black and was wearing a black t-shirt with a gold Adidas symbol on the front.

Anyone with information in regards 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 Crime stoppers website at www.nypdcrimestoppers.com or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential.

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Man slashed on the back outside Union Square subway

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Slashing suspect

By Sabina Mollot

Police are looking for a man who slashed a stranger on his back near the Union Square subway station on Saturday.

According to police, at 11:40 a.m., the victim, a 29-year-old man left the station with his fiancée when the other man snuck up behind him and slashed him with an unknown object. The victim chased his attacker back into the subway but the suspect managed to get away by darting onto a northbound 6 train.

Prior to the incident, the suspect was seen at the Myrtle/Wyckoff subway station, cursing at random passengers, cops said.

The victim was taken to Beth Israel Hospital for treatment to his injury, which wasn’t serious.

The suspect is described as Hispanic with a light complexion, approximately 35-40 years of age, and was last seen wearing a camouflage shirt and dark sunglasses.

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 www.nypdcrimestoppers.com or texting their tips to 274637(CRIMES) then enter TIP577.

 

 

Subway ‘groper’ nabbed in Union Sq.

By Maria Rocha-Buschel

Police arrested a 24-year-old man for groping a woman inside the 14th Street/Sixth Avenue subway station after he was spotted in Union Square almost a week later.

Police said that on May 27, Valence Simpson slapped and grabbed the woman’s buttocks while inside the station at 1:36 p.m. When she turned around and said, “How dare you?” Simpson allegedly responded, “I just did.”

The victim told police that while Simpson was walking away from her, he allegedly turned around to face her, walking backwards while making faces at her, at which point she reportedly used her cell phone to take photos of him.

Police created a wanted poster from the photo and an officer spotted Simpson inside Union Square Park around 6:20 p.m. last Thursday. When police showed Simpson the poster, he allegedly identified himself as the person in the photograph.

He was charged with sexual abuse. His lawyer did not want to comment on the case.

Police arrest subway groping suspect

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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.

MTA explores options at meeting on L train repairs and shutdown

A public meeting on the planned L line repairs and accompanying shutdowns was held last Thursday at the Salvation Army Theatre.

A public meeting on the planned L line repairs and accompanying shutdowns was held last Thursday at the Salvation Army Theatre. (Photo by Maria Rocha-Buschel)

By Maria Rocha-Buschel

L train riders got the chance to voice their opinions on the impending closure of the line during a meeting hosted by the MTA last Thursday, with straphangers divided on what would be less disruptive, a full closure or a partial one that takes twice as long while the agency conducts repairs.

Donna Evans, chief of staff for the MTA, said at the beginning of the meeting at the Salvation Army Theatre that there were two important facts to consider about the repairs: the tracks must be closed whether one at a time or together, and regardless of which plan is chosen, the closure won’t take place until 2019.

A two-track closure would be the shorter option at 18 months, but there would be no service between Bedford Avenue and Eighth Avenue with this plan. The MTA said that train service would be fairly regular in Brooklyn with trains running between Bedford Avenue and Rockaway Parkway every eight minutes.

During a three-year closure, the MTA said that service through the tunnel wouldn’t be frequent or reliable but in Brooklyn, service would be near normal with trains running every eight minutes. The MTA would be running extra trains on the G, J and M to supplement service in Brooklyn and the B39 over the bridge would provide an alternative for service into Manhattan. The L train would operate a shuttle between Eighth Avenue and Bedford Avenue at a 12 to 15-minute frequency and would not stop at Third Avenue. There would also be no service between Bedford Avenue and Lorimer Street, but service would operate between Lorimer Street and Rockaway Parkway.

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Night service disruptions on 4/5/6 lines this week

By Maria Rocha-Buschel

The MTA announced last week that nighttime service on 4/5/6 lines will be limited at some local stations through the end of next week, due to the Fastrack maintenance work program.

Since this Tuesday, trains have not been running between Grand Central-42nd Street and Atlantic Avenue-Barclay’s Center at night, which will continue through early Friday morning and start up again for four weeknights from Monday, February 22 to Friday, February 26. Service on the 5 train will be ending early each night and 6 train service will only operate between Grand Central and the Bronx. The MTA recommends that straphangers use the R before 11:30 p.m. and the N after 11:30 p.m. as an alternative for stations south of Grand Central, including Union Square and the 23rd Street/Park Avenue South.

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UPDATED: Cops looking for man who sexually abused woman on subway at 23rd St.

Sex abuse suspect (Photo via NYPD)

Sex abuse suspect (Photo via NYPD)

Police are asking the public’s assistance identifying a man wanted for sexual abuse on the subway at 23rd Street.

On Saturday, August 8, at 6:45 p.m., the victim, a 23-year-old woman, was standing on the north bound platform of the N/R train at the 23rd Street station when the suspect walked up to her, put one arm around her and then took his other hand, put it up her skirt and sexually abused her. The suspect then fled the station.

The suspect is a white or Hispanic man, 35 to 40-years-old, 5 ft. 10 ins. tall and bald.

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 www.nypdcrimestoppers.com or texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577.

UPDATE:

Police have collared a Flatiron man in connection with the incident.

Daniel Galantter, 47, of 118 West 22nd Street, was arrested on Thursday and charged with stalking and sex abuse.

Man found dead in Union Square subway roadbed

East 14th Street and Third Avenue subway (Photo by Sabina Mollot)

East 14th Street and Third Avenue subway (Photo by Sabina Mollot)

By Sabina Mollot

Police are investigating the death of a 24-year-old man who was found on a road bed in the subway at Third Avenue and 14th Street.

Emergency responders arrived at around 4:47 a.m. on Thursday after getting a call about a person unconscious. After seeing that he was unresponsive with signs of trauma to his body, he was pronounced dead at the scene. An investigation is ongoing and the Medical Examiner will determine the cause of death.

“We still don’t know if the individual was struck by a train,” said an NYPD spokesman. The identity of the man is being withheld pending family notification. As of noon on Thursday, police said they were still trying to track down one possible relative in the Netherlands.

“We’re not sure if he’s a tourist or if he lives here,” the spokesman added.

Man fatally struck by L train

Emergency personnel head into the First Avenue L station. (Photo by Sabina Mollot)

Emergency personnel head into the First Avenue L station. (Photo by Sabina Mollot)

By Sabina Mollot

A man was killed after being hit by an L train at the First Avenue station, police said.

He had laid down on the southbound roadbed at around 12:45 p.m. and has been declared dead, according to a spokesperson for the department.

The victim was born in 1948 but police didn’t provide any further information about him. He has been identified.

It was around 1 p.m. when fire trucks and ambulances swarmed the 14th Street and First Avenue intersection and shut down train service. A man walking at that corner said he’d been kicked out of the L train he’d been on at Union Square. Meanwhile, an MTA employee stood at the entrance of the subway directing those looking to get in that they’d have to take the M14 to Union Square.

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Police looking for L train groper

Photos of the alleged groper

Photos of the alleged groper

Police are on the lookout for a dark-haired creep who grabbed a woman’s butt several times while she was riding the L train. Once the train got to Union Square, the 25-year-old victim managed to take a couple of photos of the man before he fled.

The incident occurred on Thursday, December 11, but police only released the information on Wednesday evening.

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 WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM or texting their tips to 274637(CRIMES) then enter TIP577.

Water main break on 23rd Street and Fifth Avenue (updated)

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Flooding from the water main on the northeast corner of 23rd Street and Fifth Avenue
Photos by Sabina Mollot

By Sabina Mollot

A water main break on Friday morning before 11 a.m. sent rivers of water gushing throughout the street on Fifth Avenue and 23rd Street and inside the Q/N/R subway station, where trains stopped working.

Outside of Madison Square Park, on the east side, cars driving south found themselves having to get past a seven-foot-wide whirlpool. Naturally, tourists continued to stand around anyway to take pictures of the Flatiron Building, as firefighters responded to the scene.

The 36-inch water main was from 1915, according to William Podstupka, one of the MTA workers at the scene. An official agency spokesman couldn’t confirm the main’s age, though, explaining, “the MTA doesn’t own the water main.” Podstupka, however, said the main had caused 36,000 gallons of water to spurt out and that workers were just hoping to have the situation under control by Friday evening.

The break caused N and Q trains to stop running between 57th Street and Dekalb Avenue and R trains to stop running between Queens Plaza and Whitehall Street.

Update: As of 1:55 a.m. on Saturday, normal N, Q and R train service has resumed in Manhattan. According to an official NYC alert, straphangers should expect residual delays and traffic near East 23rd Street and Broadway.

Additionally, the Department of Environmental Protection was on the scene to address problems with water pressure in the area as a result of the break. If anyone still has low water pressure, Council Speaker Christine Quinn, who sent out an email alert via the Flatiron BID, said the DEP is tracking complaints via the 3-1-1 system.

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Passersby slosh through the water on the northwest corner of 23rd Street and Fifth Avenue.

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Flooding at around 11 a.m.

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Three hours later, workers remain at the scene.

Increased L Train service begins Sunday

Straphangers frustrated by crowded and infrequent trains on the L line will soon get some relief, thanks to an increase in service that will begin this Sunday.

The new service increase will add seven additional round trip trains on Sundays, 16 additional peak and off-peak round trip trains on weekdays, and 11 additional round trip trains on Saturdays, State Sen. Daniel Squadron announced.

Squadron said he pushed for the increase in service because of a huge spike in ridership over the past 14 years. An article in am New York today reported that although ridership on the L has nearly doubled since 1998, train service has only increased by 50 percent.