Police Watch: Transgender woman killed, Man busted for bank robbery

TRANSGENDER WOMAN KILLED ON SEVENTH AVENUE
Police said that 59-year-old transgender woman Brenda Bostick was found unconscious in front of 343 Seventh Avenue on April 25 at 10:30 p.m. Police reported that Bostick was transported to Bellevue Hospital and died from her injuries last Thursday. Bostick was a resident of the BRC Shelter on West 25th Street between Sixth and Seventh Avenues and had suffered head trauma.
Her death has been ruled a homicide and the investigation is ongoing.

MAN ARRESTED FOR CHASE BANK ROBBERY
Police arrested 52-year-old Charles Queen for robbery last Friday at 10:19 a.m. inside the Chase Bank at 501 Second Avenue at East 28th Street. According to the district attorney’s office, Queen passed a teller in the bank that read, “Don’t make a sound at all. This is a bank robbery. Need money now!!! Nobody will get hurt. Don’t make a sound.” The teller secretly alerted police and Queen was arrested.

WOMAN ARRESTED AFTER CAR FLIPPED ONTO SIDE
Police arrested 24-year-old Corey Kaminski for allegedly drunk driving after her car flipped on its side at the corner of East 24th Street and Lexington Avenue last Saturday at 4:32 a.m. Police said they were responding to a call about an accident when they found a car on its side with the driver still in the vehicle. Police said that Kaminski, who had been driving the car, had watery eyes, a flushed face and an odor of alcohol on her breath, but she told police that she only had a beer. Kaminski was taken to Bellevue Hospital to be treated for her injuries.

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Police Watch: Men wanted for medication thefts, cell phone thefts

Surveillance photo of suspect

MAN WANTED FOR STRING OF MEDICATION THEFTS
Police are looking for a man believed to be behind a pattern of over-the-counter medication thefts that occurred in Gramercy, Midtown, the Upper East Side and the Upper West Side.
It was reported to the police that on Tuesday, February 21 at 10:05 p.m., an unidentified man entered the Duane Reade located at 125 Third Avenue near East 14th Street and stole various medicationsfrom the shelves then fled in an unknown direction. The same man is suspected in eight other incidents from January 9 through February 23, with the suspect hitting Duane Reades on First and Second Avenue and Lexington Avenue on the Upper East Side, as well as other locations of the chain on Columbus Avenue.
The individual is described as a black man, 30 to 40 years old, 5’ 10”, and was last seen wearing a gray jacket above a gray sweatshirt and a hat.
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 at nypdcrimestoppers.com or texting their tips to 274637(CRIMES) then enter TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential.

Cell phone theft suspect

MAN WANTED FOR THEFTS FROM CELL PHONE STORES
Police are still looking for a man wanted in connection with a number of cell phone thefts in Gramercy, Midtown North and South, and the Upper West Side.
The man is suspected of cutting the security devices on two cell phones inside a Verizon store at 395 Third Avenue on Sunday, January 22 around 5:15 p.m. and he is suspected of committing similar crimes at AT&T, Metro PCS and T-Mobile stores throughout the city in January. Last Friday, police also connected the man to an additional theft inside an AT&T store at 2066 Broadway on the Upper West Side, when he removed two cell phones before fleeing in an unknown direction.
The suspect is described as a man who is 5’10”, 165lb-175lbs and was last seen wearing a black hooded sweatshirt with a quarter-length overcoat. He has a distinctive scar on the left side of his head right above the ear.
Anyone with information in regards to these incidents is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477).

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Police Watch: Man arrested for groping teen, Woman arrested for 40/40 Club slashing

MAN BUSTED FOR GROPING TEEN ON 6 TRAIN
Police arrested 35-year-old Eduardo Flores for sexual abuse at the corner of Park Avenue South and East 28th Street last Tuesday at 8:58 a.m. Police said that Flores was touching his penis over his pants and then allegedly followed a teenage girl, walking so close behind her that no one else could walk in between them. He then allegedly pressed his erect penis against her buttocks and touched her buttocks with his right hand. Police said that Flores wasn’t wearing any underwear.
The New York Daily News reported that the victim was 15 and on her way to high school and the incident happened on an uptown 6 train. The paper noted that Flores was free on bail after he had allegedly exposed himself to a 16-year-old girl in Williamsburg last September.
Flores was also charged with endangering the welfare of a child.

WOMAN ARRESTED FOR SLASHING AT 40/40 CLUB
Police arrested 27-year-old Lia Blount for assault inside Jay-Z’s 40/40 Club at 6 West 25th Street last Saturday at 12:48 a.m. The Daily News reported that Blount got into an argument with 21-year-old Alejandro Corona after he bumped into her accidentally. Police said that Blount smashed a wine bottle on a railing and slit him in the face with one of the shards.

PODCAST HOST ARRESTED FOR WEAPON POSSESSION IN IRVING PLAZA SHOOTING
Police arrested 31-year-old Daryl Campbell for criminal possession of a weapon on Monday in connection with the shooting at Irving Plaza last May. Roland Collins, a rapper also known as Troy Ave., was charged with attempted murder not long after the shooting, in which Collins’s body guard, 33-year-old Ronald McPhatter, was killed during the T.I. concert at the venue. The New York Times reported that Campbell is a podcast host and had been feuding with Collins for a number of years. Campbell’s DNA was reportedly found on the trigger of a gun used in the shooting.

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Police Watch: Woman arrested for mugging senior, Man wanted for Herald Square groping

WOMAN ARRESTED FOR MUGGING ELDERLY WOMAN
Police arrested 49-year-old Lillian Maduro on Monday for an attempted robbery that took place on Tuesday, September 27 at noon near Fifth Avenue and West 12th Street. Police said that Maduro approached a 90-year-old woman and tried to snatch her duffle bag from the front of her utility cart. When the victim tried to prevent Maduro from taking the bag, the suspect allegedly knocked her to the ground and continued to pull at the bag. Police said that the victim managed to fight Maduro off and retained possession of her bag while Maduro allegedly fled east on East 12th Street. The victim was treated at Mount Sinai Beth Israel for cuts to her right arm and middle finger.

Groping suspect

Groping suspect

MAN WANTED FOR GROPING IN HERALD SQUARE
Police are looking for a man in connection with a groping incident near Herald Square in October. A 31-year-old woman reported that an unidentified man grabbed her buttocks while on the downtown BDFM platform on Tuesday, October 4 around 11 a.m. The man fled the station to the street. The victim described him as 25-35 years old, 5’10”, 180 lbs. with a slim build and black hair. He was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt.
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.

Bank robbery suspect

Bank robbery suspect

WOMAN WANTED FOR PARK AVE. BANK ROBBERY
Police are looking for a woman who committed a bank robbery in the Midtown South Precinct earlier this month. The suspect strolled into the Chase Bank at 2 Park Avenue between 32nd and 33rd Streets last Saturday around 3 p.m., approached a bank teller and passed a note demanding money. The teller complied and the suspect fled the bank with an undetermined amount of cash. The suspect has a light complexion, in her late 30s, 5’4” and 150 lbs. and was last seen wearing a black pea coat, black pants, white sneakers, black sunglasses and a black and white Yankee baseball cap. 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 at nypdcrimestoppers.com or texting their tips to 274637(CRIMES) then enter TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential.

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Police Watch: Woman arrested for slashing, Arson at Bellevue

WOMAN BUSTED FOR SLASHING VICTIM IN THE FACE IN UNION SQUARE
Police arrested a 37-year-old woman after she allegedly cut another woman in the face multiple times at Union Square Park with a double-edged blade, and also cutting her on the neck.
Police said that Makeba Elizabeth Grimes allegedly yelled at the victim, “I’m going to kill you,” multiple times while reportedly attacking her. Police recovered a blade underneath a bench in the park. No further information was available about what caused the dispute.
She was arrested for assault and weapons possession at the corner of Union Square East and East 15th Street last Monday at 2:42 p.m.

MAN ARRESTED FOR ARSON AT BELLEVUE
Police arrested 35-year-old Lacharles Bell for arson inside Bellevue Hospital at 462 First Avenue last Thursday at 9 p.m. Police said that Bell intentionally started a fire inside the hospital in an attempt to cause damage to the building. According to a criminal complaint, Bell could be seen on video surveillance lighting matches and throwing them into a garbage can.

WOMAN ARRESTED FOR LOADED GUN AT LATHAM HOTEL
Police arrested 26-year-old Laisha Carter for weapons possession inside the 13th Precinct last Wednesday at 9 p.m. Police said that Carter was arrested in regards to a gun found inside the Latham Hotel at 4 East 28th Street inside a room on the ninth floor. Carter allegedly admitted that she was keeping the firearm in a bag with ammunition in the magazine. Police said that the weapon didn’t have a serial number.

MAN’S JAW FRACTURED IN ASSAULT ON EAST 23RD STREET
Police arrested 57-year-old Vincent Pelzer for allegedly fracturing another man’s jaw by hitting him in the face with a blunt object in front of 230 East 23rd Street. The incident happened last Wednesday at 11 a.m. and police said that the victim needed surgery to repair his jaw. No further information was available about why Pelzer allegedly attacked the victim.

COUPLE BUSTED FOR ASSAULT ON PARK AVENUE SOUTH
Police arrested 43-year-old Karl Williams and 26-year-old Ashley Mekeel for assault in front of 420 Park Avenue South last Sunday at 2:49 a.m. The victim told police that she got into an argument with Williams and Mekeel, and Mekeel allegedly punched her in the head and arm, causing pain and swelling, as well as a bruise. Police said that Williams also kicked her in the head.

ARREST FOR HARASSMENT ON EAST 21ST
Police arrested 21-year-old Clarence Bradley for criminal trespass and aggravated harassment inside a building on East 21st Street between Broadway and Park Avenue South last Monday at 7:35 a.m. Police said that Bradley repeatedly followed the victim for multiple blocks and into her building, causing her to be in fear for her safety. Police said that Bradley has been previously convicted of harassment.

MAN ARRESTED FOR THEFT FROM BARN JOO SAFE
Police arrested 21-year-old William Winfield for grand larceny inside Barn Joo at 893 Broadway last Tuesday at 5:21 p.m. Surveillance video allegedly showed Winfield, who works at the restaurant, going inside an open safe and removing cash. Police said that Winfield left with the stolen cash and it wasn’t recovered when he was arrested.

MAN NABBED FOR DAMAGING CAR, CELL PHONE ON EAST 21ST STREET
Police arrested a 36-year-old “John Doe” for criminal mischief in front of 15 East 21st Street last Saturday at 12:49 a.m. The man allegedly approached the victim after fighting in the street and punched the man’s passenger side mirror. The victim then stopped his vehicle to check what the damage was and asked the suspect if he was going to pay for it. In response, the man grabbed the victim’s cell phone and threw it into the street. The phone landed in traffic and was completely destroyed. The suspect fled on foot and was arrested on East 21st Street.

WOMAN ARRESTED FOR DAMAGING UBER
Police arrested 26-year-old Alice Zu for criminal mischief in front of 54 West 21st Street last Saturday at 3:02 a.m. Police said that Zu got mad at her Uber driver and punched the car’s passenger side mirror several times, causing it to break and fall to the ground.

WOMAN BUSTED FOR ‘DINE-AND-DITCH’ AT ORION DINER
Police arrested 46-year-old Adela Alonso for theft of services inside the Orion Diner at 395 East 23rd Street last Saturday at 3:37 a.m. Police said that Alonso ate at the diner but then refused to pay the bill.

WOMAN ARRESTED FOR TRESPASSING IN EAST 20TH STREET BUILDING
Police arrested 23-year-old Elizabeth Lalin for criminal trespass and unnecessary noise inside 4 East 20th Street last Saturday at 12:15 p.m. Police said that Lalin entered the building and remained there without permission, and allegedly refused to leave. When she was told to leave, she allegedly refused, flailing her arms and screaming obscenities, causing annoyance and alarm.

MAN ARRESTED FOR SLEEPING INSIDE DUNKIN DONUTS
Police arrested 54-year-old Aldo Guerrini for criminal trespass inside the Dunkin Donuts at 355 Third Avenue last Friday at 6:15 a.m. Police said that Guerrini was sleeping inside the store. An employee asked him to leave multiple times but he allegedly refused.

Police Watch: Teen arrested after fight, Man busted for heroin sale at shelter

TEEN NABBED ON IRVING PLACE FOR BREAKING VICTIM’S JAW
Police arrested a teenager for assault in front of the Washington Irving High School building, 40 Irving Place, last Friday at noon. Police said that the teen got into a fight with the victim after an ongoing argument and the victim fell to the ground after the teen punched him in the face. The teen continued to punch the victim while he was on the ground, causing him to fracture his jaw. The victim was taken to Mt. Sinai St. Luke’s Hospital.

MAN ARRESTED FOR ‘HEROIN’ SALE AT 30TH ST. MEN’S SHELTER
Police arrested 64-year-old Leval Chambers for sale and possession of a controlled substance in front of the men’s shelter at 400 East 30th Street last Friday at 5:08 p.m. Police said that Chambers sold a small envelope of alleged heroin to an undercover officer and the envelope had a red stamp that said “Good Times.”

WOMAN BUSTED FOR HARASSMENT AT BELLEVUE HOSPITAL
Police arrested 31-year-old Jessica Turner for harassment inside Bellevue Hospital at 462 First Avenue last Saturday at 8:35 p.m. Turner allegedly spit in the victim’s face, eyes and into the open wound on her nose.

MAN BUSTED IN UNION SQUARE WITH HAMMER, BRASS KNUCKLES
Police arrested 48-year-old Martin Kaplan for menacing and weapons possession at the corner of Union Square East and East 15th Street last Saturday at 1:32 p.m. Police said that Kaplan was seen walking towards the victim with brass knuckles on his left hand while also holding a hammer as he approached the victim. He also allegedly appeared ready to use the brass knuckles with his fingers in the holes, police said, acting as though he was going to punch the victim.

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Police Watch: Robbery at Old Navy, Stuy Town trespassers arrested

Old Navy robbery suspect

Old Navy robbery suspect

ROBBERY AT SIXTH AVE. OLD NAVY
Police are looking for a man who slashed another man on the torso and robbed him at the Old Navy store at 610 Sixth Avenue.
Police said the 44-year-old victim had strolled into the store last Friday at 5:20 p.m. when the suspect used an unknown object to cut him before snatching $80 from his pants pocket. The robber then fled in an unknown direction and the victim was taken to Bellevue for his injuries.
Police said that the suspect is a man in his late 20s to early 30s with a light complexion and a beard, and was last seen wearing a two-tones grey sweatshirt, black pants and black sneakers.
Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477). All calls are strictly confidential.

MEN ARRESTED FOR SLEEPING IN STUY TOWN BUILDING
Police arrested two men for trespassing inside a Stuyvesant Town building and sleeping there last week.
Alberto Benavidez, 63, was arrested for criminal trespass inside 321 Avenue C last Tuesday at 9:25 a.m. Police arrested 36-year-old Michael Crayton for criminal trespass inside the same building last Friday at 7:07 a.m. Police said that both men were sleeping inside the building but there was no further information about how they got inside or which area specifically they were sleeping in.

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Police Watch: Man busted for strangling pregnant girlfriend, Man arrested for multiple burglaries

MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO STRANGLING PREGNANT GIRLFRIEND IN MATERNITY WARD
Police arrested 25-year-old Malcolm Rawlinson for strangulation inside Bellevue Hospital last Thursday at 7:45 a.m. Police said that the victim was in the maternity ward with her boyfriend, who is the father of her unborn child, when Rawlinson allegedly struck her in the face and strangled her. She suffered pain and bruising to her face and a sore throat. Rawlinson also allegedly stole the woman’s wallet and phone.
According to the district attorney, Rawlinson pleaded guilty to criminal obstruction of breathing. He was released on his own recognizance, although a temporary order of protection has been issued. He has not been sentenced yet.

MAN BUSTED FOR BURGLARIES THROUGHOUT MANHATTAN
Abraham Cruz, 44, was charged in connection with a burglary in July that took place inside Lahori Kabab at 122 Lexington Avenue after he was arrested for a burglary on the Upper West Side earlier this month. The owner of the kabab place told police that he closed up his business at 4 a.m. on July 2 and all the surveillance cameras were in working order, but when he returned later in the morning, he found that the cameras had been tampered with and both the recording system for the surveillance equipment and the cash register were both missing from the restaurant. Police said that the cash register turned up in a dumpster nearby and a fingerprint lifted from one of the surveillance cameras allegedly matched Cruz.
Cruz was arrested for the July incident at the 13th Precinct last Saturday, and police said that Cruz was connected to a number of other burglaries through his fingerprints, including two incidents on the Upper East and West Sides during the summer. The most recent incident was a burglary on West 91st Street on October 2 where he was caught on surveillance video allegedly stealing bicycles from the basement of the building.

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Sex offender busted at 30th St. shelter, man stopped from stealing ice cream bites into officer

SEX OFFENDER BUSTED AT SHELTER

FOR NOT REGISTERING ADDRESS CHANGE

Police arrested 25-year-old Dashawn Johnson inside the 30th Street Men’s Shelter at 400 East 30th Street last Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. for an unclassified felony after he failed to register a change of address with the sex offender monitoring unit. Police said that Johnson is a level 2 sex offender after being convicted of sexual abuse in the first degree on March 6, 2007. After he was notified of his duties in 2010 and 2015, he allegedly failed to notify authorities of a change of address within 10 days as required by law. Police said that Johnson has a previous conviction for failure to register on April 25, 2016 in Kings County.

MAN WAVES KNIFE AT STRAPHANGERS

ON Q TRAIN NEAR UNION SQUARE

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Q train suspect

Police are looking for a man who allegedly pulled a knife on fellow straphangers on the Q train and waved it around in a threatening manner last Thursday. A 49-year-old woman told police that while she was riding a downtown Q from Union Square at 9:05 a.m. when she saw the man waving a knife and making threats to passengers. The man left the train at Canal Street and fled in an unknown direction. The suspect is described as a 30-year-old black man, 6’0″ tall, 180 lbs. with a bald head and dark complexion. He was last seen wearing a red shirt, gray jogging pants and black sneakers.

 

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

MAN STOPPED FROM STEALING ICE CREAM BITES INTO OFFICER INSTEAD

Thirty-year-old Thomas McKnight was arrested for robbery last Friday after trying to make off with some ice cream from the Duane Reade at 777 Sixth Avenue. Police said that McKnight took ice cream out of the freezer and put it into his shorts without paying for it. When he passed the register and attempted to leave the store, a loss prevention officer attempted to stop him, at which point McKnight allegedly punched the officer in the face, causing swelling and a scratch to his cheek. Police said that McKnight also bit the officer on the arm, causing a red mark, and allegedly stomped on the officer’s cell phone, causing it to break. McKnight was also charged with petit larceny, criminal mischief and possession of stolen property.

MAN ARRESTED AFTER FIREWORKS

HIT PEDESTRIAN ON FIRST AVENUE

Police arrested 32-year-old Joshua Hernandez for reckless endangerment and possession of fireworks on Independence Day last Monday at 10:05 p.m. inside 275 First Avenue. Police were conducting a floor-by-floor search at the building across from Stuyvesant Town because lit fireworks had been thrown onto the street and in one instance hit a passerby. Hernandez was allegedly on the building’s rooftop with a belt of fireworks and a green torch lighter. Police said he was also allegedly in possession of additional fireworks that were in his pants pocket and a transparent bag containing additional fireworks was found behind him.

PAIR ARRESTED FOR CAR BREAK-INS

Police arrested 22-year-old Shaquille King and a teenager for petit larceny in front of the Senton Hotel at 39 West 27th Street on Independence Day last Monday at 6:26 a.m. King and the teen allegedly entered the front passenger’s side and on the back driver’s side of a car. Police said that the car was unlocked but the doors were closed. The victim said he wasn’t sure if property was taken from the car, but King and the teen allegedly went into another car on the driver’s side and passenger’s side. Police said that a witness has video of the incident and saw the car break-in happen. King and the teen allegedly fled east on 27th Street before they were arrested. The teen’s name is being withheld due to his age.

CABBIE ARRESTED FOR HIT-AND-RUN

Police arrested 26-year-old Jonathan Kwok inside the 13th Precinct last Tuesday at 10:45 a.m. for leaving the scene of an accident causing personal injury. Police said that Kwok hit the victim with his cab at West 21st and Sixth Avenue on May 21, causing pain to the victim’s hip and leg. Kwok allegedly drove off before police arrived at the scene.

DUANE READE EMPLOYEE BUSTED FOR THEFT

Police arrested 41-year-old Valencia Parrish for petit larceny inside the Duane Reade at 401 Park Avenue South last Wednesday at 11:07 a.m. The store manager told police that he noticed Parrish’s cash register was short on June 15 at the end of her shift and subsequently realized that her register had been short on other shifts of hers as well. He started watching her on video surveillance last Tuesday. Around 8:44 a.m. that day, he saw Parrish receive payment for store items and she allegedly kept the cash in her right hand while giving the customer change. After the customer left the store, Parrish allegedly put the money inside her shirt near her neck. The manager said that Parrish could be seen on video surveillance taking cash on a number of different occasions.

TRESPASSER ARRESTED IN

VACANT APARTMENT IN GRAMERCY

Police arrested 32-year-old Brian Miller for criminal mischief and criminal trespass in front of 15 East 21st Street last Wednesday at 2:28 p.m. The building manager of 15 East 21st Street told police that he went to check on an apartment in the building that is currently vacant and Miller was allegedly inside the apartment without permission. Police said that Miller fled out of an apartment window down the fire escape and was stopped down the block. The building manager said that there was also damage to a ladder that was inside the apartment.

L&W OYSTER CO. EMPLOYEE

ARRESTED AFTER THEFTS

Police arrested 35-year-old Dustin Robinson inside L&W Oyster Co. at 254 Fifth Avenue last Tuesday at 5:07 p.m. for petit larceny and possession of stolen property. Robinson allegedly took money from the victim’s bag that was inside the location. The victim said that he put a camera in the office because money had gone missing after Robinson was hired the previous Saturday.

WOMAN ARRESTED FOR ASSAULT

IN UNION SQUARE

Police arrested 23-year-old Ayanna Hull for assault and harassment at the corner of Union Square East and East 14th Street last Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. Hull allegedly punched and scratched the victim, causing bruising and cuts to her neck and chest. Police said that the argument was the result of a dispute over a backpack.

MAN BUSTED FOR THEFT AT WEWORK

Police arrested 37-year-old Nathan Pickett for allegedly swiping multiple paintings from the WeWork office at 115 West 18th Street. Police said that Pickett entered the location last Thursday at 10:03 a.m. using his passcard on his day off.

Man busted for burglaries in Flatiron, Kips Bay

By Maria Rocha-Buschel 
Police have arrested a man they believe to be responsible for eight burglaries between last November and this April in a number of different buildings.
Alphonso Williamson, 54, was arrested last Wednesday at 4:19 p.m. after a police officer saw him allegedly trespassing in a building on West 21st Street. A custodian in the building told police that Williamson did not have permission to be on the fourth floor where the officer spotted him.
A number of the burglaries were in residential buildings but specific information about the locations was not available for all of the incidents, although all except one, which occurred in Midtown South, happened within the 13th Precinct.

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Man arrested for multiple burglaries

By Maria Rocha-Buschel

Police busted a man for multiple burglaries after catching him trespassing in a residential building on West 26th Street last Saturday morning. Police said that they found Alan Panzano, 30, inside the stairwell near the 30th floor inside 55 West 26th Street at 6:07 a.m. last Saturday, reportedly with a backpack full of various keys and other tools commonly used for lock-picking.

Panzano allegedly told the officer who busted him that he was in the building to visit a friend named “Shawn White” who lives in “apartment 22C” but the superintendent told police there is no person named Shawn White who lives in the building and the building doesn’t have an apartment 22C. When he was arrested, Panzano was allegedly in possession of a stolen wallet with a gift card still inside. Police reportedly recovered 45 different keys, lock cylinders, latex gloves, assorted screwdrivers, wires with hooks at the ends, drills bits and WD40, all of which police said are commonly used to break into apartments.

According to the District Attorney’s office, a resident of 55 West 26th Street discovered that his wallet was missing from his apartment around 12:30 p.m. on May 21, and also noticed that his computer had been unplugged. He told police that his wallet contained a credit card, a debit card, a $60 Visa gift card and $60 in cash. Police said that surveillance video showed Panzano entering and leaving the West 26th Street building on that day.

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Police Watch: Closet-hiding ‘burglar’ arrested, Subway grinder busted in Union Square

Office burglary suspect Phoenix Goines

Office burglary suspect Phoenix Goines

CLOSET-HIDING ‘BURGLAR’ BUSTED BY FINGERPRINTS
Police have arrested the man reportedly responsible for tricking a building security guard into letting him charge his phone when he was really biding his time until employees went home to steal a number of laptops from a Chelsea office at the end of April. The incident took place on April 22 around 6:09 p.m. when Phoenix Goines, 33, entered the offices of Gravity Advertising at 114 West 26th Street and allegedly swiped a bunch of laptops.
Deputy Inspector Brendan Timoney of the 13th Precinct originally reported the incident at a community council meeting in April and at the time, expressed shock that the guard in the building didn’t call the police when the unfamiliar man entered the building.
Before the theft took place, the guard found Goines allegedly hiding inside a closet where the suspect allegedly said he was looking for somewhere to charge his phone. Instead of escorting him out of the building or alerting the authorities, the guard showed him where he could plug the device in and allowed Goines to go back to the office, where he waited until the employees left and then allegedly snatched the laptops.
Police said that Goines left prints at the location and there was a positive print hit on his name, leading to his arrest.

SUBWAY GRINDER NABBED IN UNION SQUARE
Police arrested 32-year-old Jermaine Hampton for sexual abuse inside the Union Square subway station at Union Square East and East 14th Street last Tuesday at 7:04 p.m. Hampton was allegedly rubbing his groin on a woman’s buttocks. While police were interviewing the victim, a second woman said that Hampton had also groped her. Neither of the women knew Hampton.

MAN ARRESTED FOR ID THEFT SCHEME
Police arrested 27-year-old Jamaal Green for grand larceny inside 321 East 25th Street last Tuesday at 6:30 a.m. Police said that Green was arrested under an indictment from 2014 to 2015 because he allegedly schemed to defraud victims and worked with others who were arrested, using the personal information of victims to make fraudulent purchases.

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Police Watch: Man arrested for ‘assaulting’ cop, ‘Robbery’ at Sprint store

MAN WITH SCREWDRIVER ARRESTED FOR ‘ASSAULTING’ COPS IN UNION SQUARE
Sixty-year-old Leon Cureton was arrested for assault of a peace officer at the corner of Union Square East and East 15th Street last Monday. Cureton walked up to police officers while they were attending a community partnership meeting in the park at 5 p.m. and was asking them questions. Police said that Cureton seemed very agitated and when police responded to him, he allegedly threw a cigarette in the officer’s face. When another officer attempted to handcuff him due to him being emotionally disturbed, he allegedly resisted and punched the officer in the head, causing bruising and swelling. Police said that during the struggle, Cureton had a screwdriver in his left hand and he swung his arms around, striking an officer and causing an abrasion.

MAN BUSTED FOR ‘ROBBERY’ AT FLATIRON SPRINT STORE
Police arrested 25-year-old Mamadou Coulibaly for robbery, possession of stolen property and assault inside the Sprint store at 175 Fifth Avenue last Saturday at 3:30 p.m. An employee at the Sprint store said that he was showing a phone to Coulibaly when the suspect allegedly grabbed two phones from the display area and attempted to run out of the store with them. The two phones were both Samsung. Another employee at the store said that he chased Coulibaly and held him at the store until police arrived. Coulibaly allegedly attempted to punch the employee and also wrestled with him, causing pain to the employee’s hand.

MAN ARRESTED FOR ATTEMPTING TO ‘SNATCH’ PHONE TWICE FROM SAME VICTIM
Police arrested 24-year-old Sidney Rand for robbery last Saturday at 6:40 p.m. at the corner of Fifth Avenue and West 25th Street. The victim told police that he was sitting on a bench talking on his phone when Rand allegedly tried to force it out of his hand. Police said that Rand fled emptyhanded south on Fifth Avenue. The victim called 911 to report the incident but while he was trying to make that call, Rand allegedly came back and tried again to take the victim’s phone, but was again unsuccessful. The victim said that Rand then ran away north on Fifth Avenue and when police arrived, they began searching the area on East 26th Street near the north side of Madison Square Park. Officers spotted a man matching the victim’s description and they began speaking with him. Rand was arrested when the victim positively identified him as the person who tried to take his phone.

MAN NABBED FOR ‘ASSAULT’ IN UNION SQUARE
Police arrested 38-year-old Kyle Sutphin for assault last Tuesday at 1:53 p.m. at the corner of Union Square East and East 15th Street. Police said that the victim was sitting on a park bench when Sutphin approached him, started an argument with him and called him a snitch. Sutphin allegedly threatened to jump him. The victim said that when Sutphin got closer to him, he said he would use his walking cane to defend himself, at which point Sutphin allegedly began to hit the victim, causing redness on his forehead.

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Police Watch: CVS shoplifter arrested near Stuy Town, Off-duty officer assaulted

STUY TOWN PUBLIC SAFETY OFFICER HELPS NAB SHOPLIFTER WHO FLED IN CAB
Police arrested 25-year-old Jonathan Immitti for petit larceny and possession of stolen property last Tuesday at 5:59 p.m. An employee of the CVS at 275 Third Avenue said that she saw Immitti taking 35 packages of over-the-counter medication from the shelf and placing them in his pants so she immediately informed the store manager.
The manager tried to stop Immitti from leaving but the suspect allegedly fled the store without paying and hailed a cab. The store manager saw the cab’s medallion number, which was put out on the radio and Stuyvesant Town’s Public Safety department heard the transmission. Not long after, a Public Safety officer saw the cab at East 16th and Avenue C, where he stopped the cab but Immitti allegedly fled on foot. The officer canvassed the area and Immitti was arrested shortly after.
The District Attorney’s office said that Immitti pleaded guilty at the arraignment to petit larceny and was sentenced to 15 days jail.

TWO ARRESTED IN ASSAULT OF OFF-DUTY OFFICER
Police arrested two people in front of the Gansevoort Park Avenue Hotel at 420 Park Avenue South last Sunday at 7 a.m. Reginald Legaspi, 21, and Pena Kumsiri, 27, allegedly punched an off-duty police officer in the face, causing serious pain and facial bruising. Police said that during the assault, Legaspi and Kumsiri took the officer’s gun from its holster. Kumsiri also allegedly punched another unknown person in the face. Legaspi and Kumsiri were both charged with gang assault and Kumsiri was charged with an additional count of assault. The officer’s gun was later recovered.

WOMAN ARRESTED FOR ‘STEALING’ $20,000 WORTH OF HANDBAGS
Nineteen-year-old Michelle Mendoza was arrested for grand larceny and possession of stolen property inside the 13th Precinct on Wednesday at 11:30 a.m. Police said that Mendoza stole the victim’s designer handbags valued at over $20,000. It wasn’t clear where they’d been allegedly taken from.

MAN BUSTED FOR PHONE ‘THEFT’ AT FLATIRON CLUB
Police arrested 25-year-old Anthony Williams for petit larceny and possession of stolen property inside the 40/40 club at 6 West 25th Street last Sunday at 2:13 a.m. Williams was seen on video allegedly taking a cell phone from the counter in the unisex bathroom while the victim had her back turned. Police said that Williams never attempted to give the phone to any authority figure. After the victim reported that her phone had been taken, the general manager of the club watched the surveillance video and approached Williams, demanding that the phone be returned. Williams allegedly said that there wasn’t anything that he needed to give back and the manager responded that he would be calling the police. At that point, Williams allegedly went to the table where he was sitting and retrieved the phone from another woman.

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Police Watch: Subway ‘muggers’ busted, Stuy Town ‘trespassers’ arrested

SUBWAY ‘MUGGERS’ ARRESTED
Police arrested two men and a woman for allegedly attacking a straphanger during a robbery at the corner of Broadway and West 28th Street last Saturday. Eighteen-year-old Samantha Ruiz, 25-year-old Abdoulaye Sow and 25-year-old Abdoulaye Diallo were charged with robbery and assault. Police said that around noon, Ruiz followed the victim downstairs into the subway where she and the two men she was with allegedly forcibly snatched the victim’s wallet, and punched and kicked him. The blows caused injuries to his head, face, shoulders and back. Police said it was Ruiz who took the victim’s wallet and when she was searched, the wallet was allegedly found in her jacket, in addition to alleged marijuana and alleged cocaine. She was also charged with possession of marijuana and possession of a controlled substance. Police said that marijuana was also recovered from Sow’s pocket and he was charged with possession of marijuana.

MAN ARRESTED FOR ‘UNLAWFUL IMPRISONMENT’ ON EAST 23RD
Police arrested 56-year-old Bernard Butts for unlawful imprisonment and menacing inside 145 East 23rd Street last Friday at 5:40 p.m. Police said that Butts forced the victim into an apartment inside the building and threatened to shoot him if he didn’t comply. The victim said that Butts kept his hand in his pocket so it was unclear if the suspect actually had a weapon. The victim said that he was in fear for his life and didn’t feel that he was free to go at any point.

‘TRESPASSERS’ ARRESTED IN STUY TOWN LOBBY, ONE WITH COUNTERFEIT CASH
Twenty-year-olds Rafael Galarza and Jermaine Rivera were arrested inside the lobby of 250 First Avenue last Wednesday at 12:49 a.m. Stuy Town security officers told police that Galarza and Rivera were seen inside the lobby without permission and didn’t know anyone in the building. Police said Galarza opened and took items out of a brown box that didn’t belong to him. He was also in possession of 13 allegedly counterfeit 100 dollar bills and was charged with forgery, petit larceny and criminal trespass.
Police also recovered a small amount of alleged marijuana from Riviera, who was charged with criminal trespass and possession of marijuana.

MAN ARRESTED FOR ‘SLASHING’ WOMAN ON WEST 23RD
Forty-year-old Kari Bazemore was arrested for assault last Wednesday at 11:10 p.m. inside the 13th precinct for assault and weapons possession. Police said that Bazemore slashed an unknown woman in the face while she was walking west on West 23rd Street last Wednesday at 5:50 a.m. The 24-year-old victim sustained a cut on her top and bottom lip and on the left side of her face. She was treated at Bellevue Hospital and received seven stitches for her injuries.
Bazemore was arrested after a man walking near St. Patrick’s Cathedral on Wednesday at 6 p.m. recognized Bazemore from surveillance video he had seen on television. The man called 911 and began to follow him. While he was following Bazemore, he came upon two mounted police officers and told them what was going on. The officers called for assistance and police from the Midtown North precinct took Bazemore into custody.

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