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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Driver injured after losing control of cab in Stuyvesant Town

The damaged taxi was moved onto the 14th Street Loop Road. (Photo by Maria Rocha-Buschel)

By Sabina Mollot

A cab driver was injured after losing control of her vehicle in Stuyvesant Town on Tuesday.

The cab ended up on the lawn outside 521 East 14th Street after it took down about two car lengths of the chicken wire fence along the grass outside the building.

The driver was taken to Bellevue Hospital in serious condition after the accident was reported at 11:30 a.m., according to the FDNY. The department didn’t have details on the nature of the victim’s injuries.

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Teens assault and rob cab driver in Kips Bay

By Maria Rocha-Buschel

Police arrested three teenagers for robbing a taxi driver in Kips Bay near First Avenue and East 28th Street early last Tuesday morning.

The victim told police that he picked up one of the suspects in his cab at Lorimer Street and Metropolitan Avenue in Brooklyn just before 1 a.m. on August 14 and the passenger asked to be dropped off at East 24th Street and First Avenue in Manhattan.

When the driver arrived at the intersection the suspect had requested, the teen reportedly asked him to go to East 28th Street. When they got to the second location, the suspect reportedly tried using three different credit cards to pay for the ride but the payments wouldn’t go through.

When the teen wasn’t able to pay for the ride, he reportedly yelled out to other individuals who surrounded the cab and tried to open the doors. Another one of the teens that was arrested reportedly hit the driver in the head with a water bottle multiple times and another suspect allegedly opened the passenger side door and stole cash from the center console of the car.

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City puts cap on apps listing for-hire vehicles

Mayor Bill de Blasio, with 32BJ SEIU union members at Union Square, cheers the new legislation. (Photo by Maria Rocha-Buschel)

By Maria Rocha-Buschel

Mayor Bill de Blasio joined union advocates, taxi drivers and other local elected officials in Union Square last Thursday to celebrate the passage of legislation that puts a cap on the number of cars allowed through for-hire vehicle apps.

The cap is meant to address congestion and driver wages, as well as the weakening of the taxi industry, and won’t have any impact on the number of for-hire vehicles already on the road. The legislation additionally includes a new minimum compensation rule for drivers, and the one-year cap does not apply to wheelchair-accessible vehicles.

“The city is sending a clear message: we’re putting hard-working New Yorkers ahead of corporations,” de Blasio said. “The City Council has spoken boldly, and now we can act. We are taking immediate action for the benefit of more than 100,000 hard-working New Yorkers who deserve a fair wage, and halting the flood of new cars grinding our streets to a halt.”

The legislation, sponsored by Brooklyn Councilmember Stephen Levin and which the mayor signed on Tuesday, will also initiate a study to comprehensively manage the industry in order to reduce congestion and protect workers by ensuring fair pay.

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Police Watch: Assault on West 15th, Man found dead in W. 27th St. hotel

Assault suspect

Assault suspect

Police are looking for a man who assaulted a woman last Sunday at 10:05 p.m. in front of 125 West 15th Street. A 52-year-old woman was walking her dog nearby when an unidentified man became aggravated, yelled at her, threw an unknown object at her and punched her in the face, fracturing her nose. He then fled west on West 15th Street. The suspect is described as an adult white male who was last seen wearing a baseball cap, a jacket, pants and sneakers.

Police responded to a call of an unconscious person inside the Senton Hotel, located at 39 West 27th Street on Sunday, May 29 around 12:35 p.m. When they arrived, officers found an unconscious 43-year-old male inside room 208. EMS responded and pronounced the victim dead on the scene. No arrests have been made and the investigation is ongoing. The Medical Examiner will determine the cause of death. The name of the deceased is being withheld pending family notification.

Police arrested 61-year-old Robert Gayle for sexual abuse and weapons possession inside the Park Avenue South/28th Street 6 train station last Friday at 10:14 a.m. Police said that Gayle was seen rubbing his penis against the victim’s buttocks repeatedly while on an uptown 6 train from Union Square to 28th Street. When he was searched, police said that he was also in possession of an alleged gravity knife that was clipped to the right side of his belt.

Police arrested 32-year-old Jennifer Martin for theft of services inside the First Avenue L station last Friday at 9:08 p.m. Police said that Martin was seen manipulating the turnstile to enter the station without paying. When she was searched, police found that she was in possession of four envelopes of alleged heroin, and a hypodermic needle containing alleged residue was also recovered from her pants pocket.

Police arrested 58-year-old Dennis Dunne for robbery inside the Home Depot at 40 West 23rd Street last Monday at 3:39 p.m. Police said that Dunne took two DeWalt drills from the store without paying for them. An asset protection manager stopped Dunne outside the store after he left using the store’s entrance and when he was stopped, he allegedly punched the manager in the face, causing a cut under his eye. He was also charged with petit larceny, assault and possession of stolen property, and after he was brought to the precinct, police found that he had allegedly stolen items from the Home Depot location on April 22 as well.

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Man arrested after crashing taxi, injuring other driver on 1st Ave.

Ilir Kuka was arrested after allegedly driving off in the cab he’d been riding in, going the wrong direction and hitting a minivan. (Pictured) Emergency responders at the scene (Photo by Steve Kaufman)

Ilir Kuka was arrested after allegedly driving off in the cab he’d been riding in, going the wrong direction and hitting a minivan. (Pictured) Emergency responders at the scene (Photo by Steve Kaufman)

By Maria Rocha-Buschel

Police arrested 25-year-old Ilir Kuka for crashing a taxi into a minivan in front of Stuyvesant Town, injuring the mini-van’s driver. Kuka was not a cabbie, but allegedly drove off in the cab he’d been riding in after getting into an argument with the driver, only to go in the wrong direction, causing the accident.

The driver said he’d picked Kuka up in his taxi last Tuesday on Third Avenue between East 10th and 11th Streets around 10:30 p.m. Not long after the driver picked him up, they began to argue, and both men got out of the car. When the driver got out, he left the keys in the ignition and Kuka then allegedly got into the cab and drove away.

The driver said that Kuka drove north on Third Avenue towards East 14th Street, allegedly hitting a woman’s car on the passenger’s side just south of East 14th, causing a large dent. The woman said that he continued driving and she saw him turn right from Third Avenue onto East 15th Street, traveling in the wrong direction on the road.

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