Police Watch: Man arrested for East 6th Street murder, NC man killed in car accident

MAN ARRESTED FOR MURDER ON EAST 6TH STREET
Police arrested 24-year-old Terrance Pugh on Monday, a suspect in the murder of 21-year-old Michael Ayala-Rodriguez. On Friday, June 3 at around 2 a.m., police had responded to a 911 call about a man who was shot in the courtyard area of the Lillian Wald Houses at 890 East 6th Street.
When police arrived at the scene, they found Ayala-Rodriguez with gunshot wounds to his torso. He was transported to Beth Israel, where he was pronounced dead.
Pugh was also charged with two counts of criminal possession of a weapon.

MAN KILLED IN HIT-AND-RUN AT EAST 23RD AND MADISON
Twenty-one-year-old North Carolina resident Elliot Copeland was killed after being hit by a car at the intersection of Madison Avenue and East 23rd Street on Thursday, June 16 at 10:19 p.m. Police responded to the scene after getting a call about a motor vehicle accident and found Copeland lying in the roadway, unconscious and unresponsive, with severe body trauma. EMS transported Copeland to Bellevue Hospital, where he was pronounced dead the following Sunday. The investigation squad for the NYPD determined that a vehicle was driving along East 23rd Street at the Madison Avenue intersection when Copeland stepped into the road outside the marked crosswalk and was hit by the car. The investigation remains ongoing and no arrests have been made.

June23 public lewdness

Public lewdness suspect

MAN WANTED FOR PUBLIC LEWDNESS ON 4 TRAIN
The NYPD is looking for a man who allegedly exposed himself on the 4 train near Union Square last week. Police said that the 55 to 65-year-old white man was on a downtown 4 train approaching the Union Square subway station on Sunday, June 12 around 7 p.m. with his private parts exposed.
Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477). The public can also submit their tips at nypdcrimestoppers.com or by texting their tips and TIP577 to 274637 (CRIMES). All calls are strictly confidential.

Suspect behind string of shades thefts

Suspect behind string of shades thefts

POLICE LOOKING FOR SUNGLASSES THIEF
Police are looking for a man responsible for 10 thefts throughout Manhattan from December 8 to May 19. The suspect reportedly targeted sunglasses stores and stole 57 pairs of sunglasses in total, primarily from stores in the Financial District, West Village and Midtown South.
Police suspect that in one of the incidents that took place in Flatiron, the man stole four pairs of sunglasses from the Solstice Sunglasses location at 168 Fifth Avenue between West 21st and 22nd Streets on Friday, March 25 around 8 p.m.
The suspect has a shaved head and is black, 45 to 55 years old, 5’7” and 180 lbs. Anyone with information in regards to these incidents is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS.

TEENS BUSTED FOR RESTAURANT BURGLARY
Eighteen-year-old Isaiah Douglas and another teenager were arrested for burglary inside Mexico Lindo at 459 Second Avenue and East 26th Street last Monday at 4:47 a.m. Police said that the second teenager, whose name is being withheld due to his young age, broke a window to get into the restaurant and broke into the cash register, taking a handful of cash. After police searched the area, they found that the teen was working with Douglas and the younger boy was found in possession of burglar’s tools and credit cards that didn’t have his name on them. The younger teen was also charged with grand larceny, burglar’s tools and possession of stolen property.

MAN BUSTED FOR FORGERY AT TONIC
Police arrested 28-year-old Ryann Lyde for forgery and theft of services inside Tonic at 411 Third Avenue last Thursday at 11:16 p.m. Police said that Lyde ordered drinks from the bar and allegedly attempted to use a forged credit card to pay for them. Lyde allegedly attempted to flee the location but he was arrested and when he was searched, he was allegedly in possession of two additional fraudulent credit cards.

MAN ARRESTED FOR BURGLAR’S TOOLS
Police arrested 43-year-old Santos Vazquez for burglar’s tools in front of the Human Resources Administration building at 109 East 16th Street last Saturday at 2:09 p.m.
Police said that Vazquez was seen casing the location with a screwdriver sticking out of his pants pocket. Vazquez then entered a garage and allegedly removed copper piping that police said he had hidden there earlier. Vazquez was also charged with theft of services, possession of stolen property and criminal trespass.

TEEN ARRESTED FOR ASSAULT AT ACS FACILITY
Eighteen-year-old Martinique Bumbray was arrested for assault and harassment inside the Administration for Children’s Services Facility at 492 First Avenue last Sunday at 4:38 a.m. Police said that Bumbray threw a yellow and white padlock, hitting the victim in the right cheek and causing severe pain. Police said that the victim was treated at the Bellevue emergency room.

Police Watch: Umbrella ‘assault,’ ‘Muggers’ arrested in multiple incidents

COUPLE ARRESTED AT KAMBI RAMEN FOR ‘ASSAULTING’ EMPLOYEE WITH UMBRELLA
Police arrested a man and a woman for assault and criminal mischief inside Kambi Ramen House at 351 East 14th Street last Thursday at 11:40 p.m. Christine Sanchez and Kiven Torres, both 24, entered the establishment while visibly intoxicated. Sanchez asked for a bathroom and got upset when an employee said that there was no bathroom available. Sanchez and Torres allegedly began to punch and kick the employee, and police said they hit the employee over the head with an umbrella multiple times. The pair also allegedly started to destroy property at the location. Someone else in the retsuarant attempted to stop them and they allegedly pushed him away. Sanchez was additionally charged with harassment and Torres was also charged with disorderly conduct.

‘ROBBER’ WHO ‘CHOKED’ VICTIM ON FIRST AVENUE ARRESTED
Police arrested 43-year-old Miguel Bonilla for robbery at the corner of First Avenue and East 29th Street last Sunday at 2:22 p.m. The victim told police that he was walking to get Chinese food when Bonilla allegedly came up to him and choked him. Police said that Bonilla took the victim’s wallet out of his back pocket and removed $18 in cash, then threw the wallet on the ground and began to run west on East 28th Street until officers caught up with him and he was arrested.

MAN ARRESTED AFTER ‘STEALING’ ENSURE, THREATENING DUANE READE EMPLOYEES
Thirty-six-year-old Michael Stropoli was arrested inside the 13th precinct at 230 East 21st Street last Thursday at 1:55 p.m. for a robbery that took place inside the Duane Reade at 133 Third Avenue on August 23 at 2:50 p.m. Stropoli allegedly removed several Ensure products from the store without permission and when he was approached by store employees, he allegedly said, “I have a wrench and I will use it” and fled the location.
The District Attorney’s office said that he returned to the store on August 29 around the same time and allegedly attempted to conceal several pints of ice cream inside his bag. Police said that at the time, he stated, “If you come near me, I’m going to stab you with a needle,” and he fled the store without paying.
According to the criminal complaint from the District Attorney’s office, Stropoli is a custodian at the building and did not have permission or authority to take the items.

‘MUGGER’ ARRESTED ON BROADWAY
Police arrested 32-year-old Jason Calderon for grand larceny in front of 1141 Broadway last Tuesday at 11:12 a.m. Calderon allegedly walked up behind the victim and took her wallet, then ran away. Police said that the wallet contained the victim’s debit card and one dollar in cash.

MAN PULLS KNIFE AT XES LOUNGE
Police arrested 42-year-old Brian Slater for weapons possession and menacing inside Xes Lounge at 157 West 24th Street last Monday at 1:22 a.m. Police said that Slater was asked to leave the bar but he allegedly pulled out a knife and threatened to use it against the employee who had asked him to leave. When police arrived, they stopped Slater because he matched the description from the employee, who then pointed him out. Police said that he had a knife in his back pocket.

PAYPHONE ‘VANDAL’ ARRESTED
Police arrested 34-year-old Melania Marable inside the Union Square subway station last Tuesday at 1:55 p.m. Police said that Marable was intentionally damaging a payphone inside the subway station by breaking the receiver against the body of the payphone. Marable also allegedly stiffened her arms and pulled away from the officer to prevent being handcuffed and police said that they used minimum force to place her under arrest. She was charged with resisting arrest and criminal mischief.

MAN NABBED FOR LIQUOR ‘THEFT’ AT TONIC
Sixty-year-old Victor Quinones was arrested for petit larceny and possession of stolen property inside Tonic East at 411 Third Avenue and East 29th Street last Friday at 2:23 p.m. Police said that Quinones was seen inside the rooftop restaurant coming out from behind the bar while concealing three bottles of liquor in his arms. Quinones then allegedly attempted to leave Tonic without paying for the booze.

MEN ARRESTED FOR ‘STOLEN’ PHONES
Mahamadou Ango, 38, and Steven Barker, 53, were arrested for possession of stolen property outside 125 West 14th Street last Friday at 4:07 p.m. Police said that Ango told them he had bought a cell phone in the Bronx a week or two ago but upon further investigation, it was determined that the phone didn’t belong to him and he didn’t have permission to be in possession of it. Police said that Barker was also in possession of a nother cell phone that didn’t belong to him.

MAN ARRESTED AFTER REFUSING BAG SEARCH AND REFUSING TO LEAVE SUBWAY STATION
Police arrested 27-year-old Samuel Rothenburg for an unclassified violation and criminal trespass inside the Union Square subway station last Wednesday at 10:35 p.m. Rothenburg was selected at a random bag inspection inside the station and allegedly refused to have his bag inspected. Police said that he was asked to leave the station and refused. He allegedly told officers, “I am not going to leave. You will have to arrest me.”

MAN ARRESTED FOR ‘DRUG SALE’
Jason Egnatowicz, 35, was arrested for sale of a controlled substance at the corner of East 15th Street and Union Square East last Tuesday at 3:25 p.m. Police said that Egnatowicz exchanged an amount of a controlled substance for cash with an undercover detective.

THREE BUSTED FOR ‘MARIJUANA’ SALE
Police arrested three people for the sale of marijuana in front of 11 East 26th Street last Tuesday at 5:15 p.m. Fifty-five-year-old Allan Rodgers, 48-year-old David Wilson and 49-year-old Demetrius Hargrove allegedly exchanged an amount of marijuana for cash with an undercover detective.

MAN ARRESTED FOR ‘THEFT’ FROM EX
Police arrested 22-year-old George Feliciano for grand larceny at the corner of Union Square West and East 14th Street last Tuesday at 10:30 p.m. Police said that Feliciano took the victim’s purse with credit cards, iPad and cell phone. Feliciano allegedly refused to return her cell phone and put it in his pocket. Police said that he forcibly prevented the victim from leaving the location by using physical force, and allegedly telling her, “Don’t make it worse, you know what will happen.” Feliciano was also charged with possession of stolen property, unlawful imprisonment, aggravated harassment and criminal mischief. Police said that Feliciano and the victim were formerly in a relationship.

Police Watch: Former Tonic employee arrested, man busted in Starbucks ‘theft’

WOMAN BUSTED FOR POT, PCP AND ‘STOLEN’ VITAMINS
Police arrested 27-year-old Asuka Murota for possession of a controlled substance inside the Duane Reade at 254 Park Avenue South last Friday at 6:42 a.m. An employee at the store told police that Murota started peeling a banana and drinking from the water cooler. Murota allegedly told the employee, “I’m not paying for sh–.” When officers arrived, Murota said, “I was dehydrated,” and allegedly said that she didn’t have money to pay.
After searching her, she was found in possession of stolen multivitamin gummies and calcium supplements totaling $28.57, two glassine bags of marijuana and a glassine bag of PCP, police said. She was also charged with petit larceny, possession of stolen property and possession of marijuana.

FORMER TONIC EMPLOYEE ARRESTED
Police arrested 22-year-old Oluwaseyi Fasoye for petit larceny inside Tonic at 411 Third Avenue last Sunday at 4:10 p.m. On a previous day, Fasoye allegedly stole two CO2 tanks from the restaurant and attempted to remove a cash register by pulling it and ripping the wires from the wall while stating, “I’m taking the f—ing computer.”
Fasoye allegedly returned to the restaurant on Sunday, demanding to be compensated for the three days that he had worked there. Police said that he had refused to provide the manager of the restaurant with his personal information in order to process the paycheck. He allegedly verbally threatened the victim, screaming, “I’m gonna f—ing kill you,” while inside the restaurant, causing alarm to the victim and patrons in the restaurant. When police attempted to arrest him, Fasoye allegedly flailed his arms, pushed officers and refused to be handcuffed. He was also charged with resisting arrest, criminal mischief and harassment.

MAN ARRESTED FOR ‘THEFT’ FROM CAR
Police arrested 43-year-old Jorge Acosta for possession of burglar’s tools at the corner of Fifth Avenue and West 21st Street last Thursday at 11:53 p.m. Police said that they saw Acosta sitting in the back seat of a car that was parked at the corner with the alarm going off and when they approached, he allegedly walked away from the car holding property that he had taken from the vehicle. Upon further investigation, police found that the window on the rear passenger door was shattered. Acosta was also charged with petit larceny, unauthorized use of vehicle, criminal mischief and possession of stolen property.

MAN ARRESTED FOR STARBUCKS COFFEE ‘THEFT’
Thirty-year-old Damian Santiago was arrested for petit larceny inside the Starbucks at 1140 Broadway last Thursday at 7:20 p.m. Santiago allegedly admitted to taking approximately 10 bags of coffee from his place of employment to sell or exchange for the repair of his son’s tablet. Santiago told police that he sold the bags to a man who used to have a cell phone shop at 1177 Broadway.

ASSAULT WITH FORK
Thirty-year-old Romaine Reynolds was arrested for assault last Monday after he allegedly cut another man’s neck with a fork. He further menaced the victim with a knife, causing him to fear for his safety, police said. Reynolds was also charged with menacing and possession of a weapon.

PATIENT ‘BITES’ BETH ISRAEL EMPLOYEE
Police arrested 39-year-old Zipora Moskowitz for assault in front of Mt. Sinai Beth Israel Hospital at 281 First Avenue last Monday at 8:14 p.m. An employee at the hospital said that she was attempting to calm down Moskowitz, who was a patient and acting disorderly, when Moskowitz allegedly bit the employee on the wrist.

MEAT THEFT AT GRISTEDES
Police arrested 35-year-old Samuel McBee for petit larceny in front of the Gristedes at 512 Second Avenue last Tuesday at 11:16 a.m. McBee allegedly concealed nine packages of meat in his suitcase. He attempted to leave the store through the entrance, passing the cash registers and without paying, police said.

‘MISCHIEF’ AT TACO RESTAURANT
Police arrested 51-year-old Luis Feliciano for criminal mischief last Tuesday at 1:13 p.m. inside New Taco Express at 130 East 28th Street. An officer was responding to the scene of a crime in progress when the victim, who works at the restaurant, told him that Feliciano was refusing to leave the location. Feliciano and the victim then got into a fight and five minutes later, Feliciano walked back to the location and allegedly kicked the front door, breaking the glass. The victim claimed that the glass was worth about $400. Police said that Feliciano and the victim did not know each other but the incident occurred as a result of a fight they got into at the restaurant.

MAN ARRESTED IN JEWELRY ‘THEFT’
Thirty-one-year-old Gary D’Emilio was arrested for grand larceny last Thursday after he allegedly swiped jewelry from a victim’s apartment. Police said that the property’s value exceeded $1,000. Upon further investigation, police found that he was also responsible for three additional cases of grand larceny last year, but no other information about the incidents was available.

ARRESTS MADE FOR SYNTHETIC POT
Three men were arrested in separate incidents last week for possession of K2, which is a synthetic cannabinoid.
Leon Durham, 29, was arrested for an unclassified violation of New York State laws last Tuesday at 9:51 a.m. at the corner of Sixth Avenue and West 25th Street. Police said that Durham was in possession of K2.
Thirty-nine-year-old Shafeer Rahmin was also charged with an unclassified violation of New York State laws last Wednesday at 9:53 a.m. in front of 45 West 25th Street after police found that he was allegedly in possession of K2 synthetic marijuana in public view.
Police arrested 21-year-old Andrew Desmond for criminal trespassing and an unclassified violation of New York State laws inside the Chase Bank ATM at 69 Fifth Avenue last Wednesday at 6:35 p.m. Desmond was allegedly sleeping inside a bank without permission to be there and had no bank card on him. After searching him, police found that he was also in possession of three bags of alleged K2.

MAN BUSTED FOR SMOKING ‘POT’
Police arrested 44-year-old Patrick Bradley for possession of marijuana last Tuesday at 11:03 a.m. in front of 16 East 23rd Street. Bradley was allegedly smoking marijuana on a public sidewalk. Upon searching him, Bradley was also in possession of a bag of marijuana, police said.

ARREST MADE FOR PUBLIC DRINKING
Police arrested 56-year-old John Haigler for an unclassified violation of New York State laws at the corner of East 24th Street and Second Avenue last Friday at 10:05 a.m. Haigler was allegedly drinking a can of Colt 45 in plain view on the sidewalk.

MAN ARRESTED FOR ‘GRAVITY KNIFE’
Police arrested 36-year-old Steven Mykietyn for possession of a weapon at the corner of Union Square East and East 14th Street last Wednesday at 6:10 p.m. Mykietyn was allegedly in possession of a gravity knife that he had clipped to his pants in public view.

MEN BUSTED IN ‘DRUG SALE’
Police arrested two men for an alleged drug sale last Wednesday around 7:45 p.m.
Thirty-seven-year-old Kevin Williams was arrested in front of 149 East 23rd Street for intent to sell a controlled substance, sale of a controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance.
Oscar Turnage, 62, was arrested down the block in front of 145 East 23rd Street for sale of a controlled substance. Williams and Turnage allegedly sold a controlled substance to an undercover officer. Williams was also charged with resisting arrest and police said that he flailed his arms and attempted to run from the officers. He was also allegedly in possession of more of the controlled substance.

ASSAULT ON EAST 27TH
Thirty-year-old Maximillian Gonzalez was arrested for assault in front of 235 East 27th Street last Saturday at 2:05 a.m. Gonzalez allegedly struck the victim from behind, causing pain and swelling on his left eyebrow and temple. He was also charged with disorderly conduct.