Police Watch: Six arrested for helping brothels advertise online, launder money

This past Monday, police arrested six people in connection with a scheme to promote and finance brothels throughout the city, including one on 14th Street, the Daily News reported. The six suspects reportedly built websites for the brothels and are being charged with money laundering.

The websites went by the names “One Hour Girlfriend,” “Kiss Kiss Pop” and “Shake Shake Girls,” and showed photos of prostitutes from the brothels. Police said that Kwong Kyu (Kevin) Kim and Hyun Kyung (Jay Hee) Han, who are married, and Hong Nae (Diane) Yi reportedly issued high-interest loans to brothel owners in Manhattan and set up bank accounts to keep money going into and out of the brothels. Court documents said that Han owned the brothel on 14th Street, as well as one on 39th Street. Additional suspects Beirne (Michael) Lowey, Tien Chih Wang and Zhengyi (Allen) Lu allegedly helped to set up web pages and ads for the brothels.

Police said that Lowey, who allegedly photographed the prostitutes, was seen placing stickers advertising the websites on light posts, parking meters and other surfaces on Third Avenue between East 10th and 31st Streets.

Wang and Lu allegedly used bitcoin to purchase advertising credits on Backpage.com, which was seized by the federal government in April, and the suspects reportedly resold the credits on their own website.

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Man robs TD Bank in Gramercy

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Bank robbery suspect

Police are looking for a man who robbed a TD Bank at 131 East 23rd Street between Park Avenue South and Lexington. The man allegedly strolled in on Wednesday afternoon and passed a note to a teller demanding cash. The employee handed over an unknown amount of money and the robber fled west on Lexington.

The suspect has been described as light-skinned and 30 to 40 years old. He was last seen wearing a black winter cap, gray gloves, a gray hooded sweater, a black leather jacket and blue jeans.

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 nypdcrimestoppers.com or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential.


Police arrest suspect in Manhattan bank robbery spree



By Maria Rocha-Buschel

Police arrested 43-year-old homeless man Abdul Harley for robbery last Thursday after he allegedly attempted to rob five different banks earlier that day, in addition to five other robberies that police said that he has committed since November. The suspect had been seen on surveillance video wearing a blue painter’s jumpsuit while running away from the scene of robberies he allegedly committed in January.

Harley’s alleged spree last Thursday began at 9:24 a.m. inside a Bank of America at 800 Sixth Avenue. Police said that he walked into the bank and demanded money but when the teller refused, Harley fled empty handed. He was more successful after an alleged robbery from a Banco Popular at 345 Park Avenue South between East 25th and 26th Streets at 10:47 a.m.

Police said that after Harley demanded money, the teller complied and he fled with an undetermined amount of money.

Later that afternoon at 1:09 p.m., Harley allegedly attempted to rob a Chase Bank at 1221 Madison Avenue on the corner of East 88th Street but police said that when he demanded money from the teller, the teller walked away from the window and Harley fled empty handed. He then went to the HSBC Bank at 1340 Third Avenue, between East 76th and 77th Streets, and approached an empty teller window. Police said that he motioned to an employee to come over but the employee, who recognized Harley from surveillance photos that had been handed out by police, ignored him and Harley then fled the bank.

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Man busted for ‘fraudulent’ checks, pot arrest in Stuy Town

Police arrested 23-year-old David Hazel for the sale of marijuana in front of 17 Stuyvesant Oval last Tuesday at 5:45 p.m. Hazel allegedly sold a quantity of marijuana to an undercover officer.

Thirty-year-old Vasiliy Ranchinskiy was arrested for grand larceny and fraud last Wednesday at 3 p.m. inside the TD Bank at 90 Fifth Avenue. Ranchinskiy allegedly deposited two counterfeit checks in the amount of $16,483.14 and $18,193.82 into someone else’s account and gained access to the cash without permission. Police said that he also deposited checks in the amount of $3,900, $11,700 and $3,900 inside another TD Bank location at 260 Park Avenue South, as well as additional checks for $9,900 and $9,980 and inside the 90 Fifth Avenue location. He also allegedly negotiated four counterfeit checks against the victim’s business checking account to the sum of $4,468.

Police arrested 41-year-old Pedro Quintana for burglary and possession of stolen property last Tuesday at 5:20 p.m. inside the Mt. Sinai Beth Israel Medical Center at 10 Union Square East. Police said that he was in possession of a stolen MetroCard, which had been used at the 125th Street and St. Nicholas subway station and had been taken from an office at Beth Israel a few days before. Quintana wasn’t a patient of the hospital when he was seen inside the room and he was picked out of a line-up by a witness.

Police arrested 29-year-old Michael Slater for possession of marijuana and an unclassified traffic violation at the corner of Avenue C and East 16th Street last Monday at 3:40 p.m. Slater was driving a white Mercedes north from East 13th Street on Avenue C. He entered a crosswalk at East 15th Street and Avenue A, stuck in traffic at a green light. The light started to change and when traffic in front of Slater cleared, he continued through the intersection through a steady red light, police said. He was stopped on Avenue C and East 16th Street and was also in possession of alleged marijuana.

Police arrested two people involved in a motor vehicle accident with three unoccupied cars last Tuesday at 3:35 p.m. Jorge Montealegre, 25, was arrested for disorderly conduct in front of 16 West 20th Street and Ronald Guillen, 32, was arrested for an unclassified traffic infraction and intoxicated driving in front of 20 West 20th Street. Montealgre was at the scene of the accident and got into an argument with the other people involved. Police told him to leave multiple times but he allegedly refused to comply. Guillen, who police said was driving, was allegedly unsteady on his feet with slurred speech and refused a Breathalyzer test.

Nineteen-year-old Billy Wynn was arrested for forgery at the corner of Sixth Avenue and West 14th Street last Tuesday at 4:37 p.m. Wynn allegedly attempted to sell two fraudulent concert tickets to a plainclothes officer. He was in possession of additional fraudulent tickets, police said. Wynn was also charged with petit larceny and fraudulent accosting.

Police arrested 25-year-old Kianna Brown for grand larceny, forgery of a motor vehicle registration and possession of stolen property inside the Tekserve store at 119 West 23rd Street last Wednesday at 3:51 p.m. An employee at the store told police that Brown attempted to buy an Apple iPad mini, MacBook Pro and USB hard drive with a stolen credit card and fraudulent license. Police said that she was also in possession of two other fraudulent credit cards in her left jacket pocket.
Brown had attempted to purchase the iPad on December 4, 2014 and the computer last Wednesday. The employee only realized that there was a problem with the card after Brown left on December 4 so when Brown returned to purchase the computer, the employee reported the previous incident as well.

A teenager was arrested inside the Straus Houses at 243 East 27th Street last Friday at 9:13 p.m. for assault and menacing. The teen got into an argument with her mother and cut her mother’s right inner thigh with a broken piece of a ceramic bowl, causing a cut. The victim was taken to Bellevue Hospital. The name of the teen is being withheld due to her age.

Police made three drug-related arrests near Third Avenue and East 28th Street last Sunday.
Sharry Daniels, 19, was arrested in front of 244 East 28th Street at 8:40 p.m. for sale of a controlled substance, sale of marijuana and possession of marijuana. Daniels allegedly exchanged a quantity of marijuana and MDMA for cash with an undercover detective. Police said that she was in possession of marijuana and packaging materials. Daniels was also charged with criminal trespassing.
Sean Christianson, 35, was arrested at the corner of Third Avenue and East 27th Street at 9:35 p.m. for intent to sell a controlled substance and sale of a controlled substance. Christianson was allegedly exchanging a quantity of a controlled substance for cash with David Popplewell, 36, who was charged with possession of a controlled substance at Third Avenue and East 28th Street. Christianson was also in possession of a quantity of a controlled substance that he intended to sell, police said.

Police arrested 27-year-old Eric Almonte for assault inside Bellevue Hospital at 462 First Avenue last Thursday at 12:25 a.m. Almonte allegedly bit the hand of an officer who was escorting him, causing bruises and substantial pain. Police said that Almonte also spat in the officer’s face.

Police arrested 25-year-old Thomas Lalonde for theft of services on Madison Avenue near East 25th Street last Saturday at 4:12 a.m. Lalonde hailed a taxi at the corner of Hudson and 10th Street and told the driver to take him to West 39th Street and Sixth Avenue. During the ride, he changed his destination to Madison Avenue and East 25th Street and when the taxi reached the location, Lalonde allegedly couldn’t pay the $9.30 fare. Police said that his credit card was swiped but came up “denied.”

Police arrested 31-year-old Emmanuel Pearto for an unclassified violation of New York State laws at the corner of Sixth Avenue and West 25th Street. Pearto was allegedly in possession of K2 synthetic marijuana in public view.

TD Bank on First Avenue robbed

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TD Bank on First Avenue (Photo by Sabina Mollot)


By Sabina Mollot

The TD Bank located across the street from Stuyvesant Town on First Avenue and East 19th Street was robbed on Monday afternoon, police said.

The robber, who’s described as Hispanic, was dressed in blue pants, a blue jacket and had a blue scarf covering his face when he entered the bank at around 1:45 p.m. He then passed a note to a teller demanding cash, and got away with $206 and a dye pack. The robber fled west on East 19th Street and managed to get about halfway down the block when the dye pack exploded.

Police are still looking for the man, but didn’t have a physical description for him.

The bank closed for the day after the incident.