Police Watch: Arrests for public lewdness, backpack thefts

MAN BUSTED FOR MASTURBATING, TRESPASSING IN FIRE STATION
Police arrested 49-year-old Kevin Townsend for public lewdness and criminal trespass inside 234 East 29th Street last Wednesday at 11:42 a.m. A witness told police that Townsend was masturbating in public view. Police said that Townsend also followed firefighters while yelling at them and allegedly followed them into a firehouse. Police said that he was told multiple times to leave but he reportedly refused. Firefighters told police that he became irate and they held him down until police responded.
Townsend was previously convicted for public lewdness this past April in Grand Central.

MAN ARRESTED FOR BACKPACK THEFTS AT RESTAURANTS IN FLATIRON, GRAMERCY
Police arrested 54-year-old John Solomon last Tuesday morning for allegedly swiping bags at a coffee bar and restaurants in Flatiron and Gramercy.
Police said on September 18, Solomon took a victim’s backpack from inside Gregory’s Coffee at 327 Park Avenue South at 3 p.m. while it was on the floor next to him. Surveillance video shows Solomon allegedly removing the bag while the victim was distracted and then leaving the location.
Solomon was also charged with theft for allegedly stealing a laptop and another backpack. Police said that he stole a laptop from the counter inside New York Kimchi at 160 East 23rd Street at 8:50 a.m. without permission and video surveillance shows him allegedly going behind the counter and taking the laptop. Around 9 a.m. the same day, Solomon allegedly stole a victim’s backpack from the floor inside the Outback Steakhouse at 60 West 23rd Street. Police said that the victim was distracted and Solomon picked it up before walking out of the location.
Police said that Solomon was also spotted stealing a bag outside 2 Broadway and a restaurant at 225 Liberty Street in the Financial District earlier this month.

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Police Watch: Slashing on E. 17th Street, ‘Murder’ suspect attempts suicide

MAN ARRESTED FOR E. 17TH ST. SLASHING
Police arrested 61-year-old Jose Delgado for allegedly attacking a man who was going through a garbage bin in front of 1 East 17th Street last Wednesday afternoon.
Police said that the 56-year-old victim was going through the bin when Delgado, who lives at 25 West 24th Street, allegedly came up from behind him and slashed him on the right side of his neck with a knife. The victim was treated at the scene by EMS workers and brought to Mount Sinai Beth Israel but police said that the injury was minor.
Sources said that Delgado was caught in Union Square but no further information was available about what led to his arrest. The district attorney’s office said that Delgado admitted the alleged assault was meant as revenge for a previous incident. He was officially charged at the 13th Precinct last Thursday.

DELAWARE MURDER SUSPECT ARRESTED AFTER SUICIDE ATTEMPT
Police from the 13th Precinct arrested a 31-year-old murder suspect, Rondell Veal, on Sunday evening for being a fugitive from another state. Police said that Veal was to be extradited to the county of New Castle in Delaware, where a warrant was issued for felony murder on September 23.
The New York Post reported on Sunday that Veal was caught because he reportedly attempted to commit suicide at Grand Central Terminal around 5:30 p.m., attempting to slash his wrists and neck while standing on the tracks of the 6 train. The Post said that he underwent surgery at Bellevue on Sunday night to repair his trachea. Upon further investigation, police found that Veal was wanted for the fatal stabbing of his wife, Sherrie L. Campbell, who was found dead in their Newark, DE home last Friday. Police said that he may have used the suspected murder weapon to take his own life.

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Hurricane-impacted cats, dogs find owners at Adoptapalooza

Dena Spinelli, a volunteer with rescue organization Husky House with Jake, a now-healthy husky that was rescued from a puppy mill (Photos by Sabina Mollot)

By Sabina Mollot

On Sunday afternoon, over 400 cats and dogs in need of homes were brought to Union Square Park for Adoptapalooza, an event held by the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals and the Petco Foundation. A constant stream of animal lovers, many considering adopting or fostering new pets, filled the park’s north end, which was lined with booths manned by shelter volunteers as well as a few booths for games, pet photos and caricatures as well as a grass field.

Jane Hoffman, president of the Mayor’s Alliance, said at Adoptapalooza events, it’s typical for around 200 animals to get adopted.

“The value of it is it creates awareness,” said Hoffman, who also said it’s become a popular destination for families. This year, the event took on some extra urgency though thanks to a flurry of homeless pets from Florida and Texas following the hurricanes Irma and Harvey.

“When we had Superstorm Sandy, we had groups fly out of parts of the country and help us,” Hoffman said. “With Harvey and Irma, our groups stepped up to help them.”

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Man who fatally punched victim in Union Square for being white gets 25 years

Union Square (Photo by Sabina Mollot)

By Sabina Mollot

On Tuesday, a black man who attacked three people in Union Square for being white, including one person who died as a result of his injuries, was sentenced to 25 years in a state prison.

The lengthy sentence for LaShawn Marten, 44, was in part due to the fact that the assaults were considered hate crimes.

He was found guilty on July 5, nearly four years after the incidents on September 4, 2013.

That afternoon, Marten, a regular chess player at Union Square Park, had stated he would “knock out” the next white person who passed him. Not long after this, a 62-year-old man, Jeffrey Babbitt, who was white, walked by, and Marten punched him in the face. Babbitt, who got knocked down to the ground from the blow, hit his head hard on the pavement.

Moments later, when a 19-year-old bystander (also white) tried to help Babbit, Marten punched him in the face as well. When a third Good Samaritan, a 47-year-old man tried to help, Marten hit him in the head so hard that he was knocked unconscious.

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Police Watch: Man wanted for robbery, Woman arrested for assault

MEN WANTED FOR KICKING, ROBBING 62-YEAR-OLD WOMAN IN ALPHABET CITY
Police are looking for two men who robbed and kicked a 62-year-old woman on East 5th Street between Avenues C and D on Saturday, August 19 around 8 p.m. Police said that the two suspects followed the woman down the street and kicked her, causing her to fall to the ground, and fled with her purse. Police said that the victim sustained bruising and swelling.
The first suspect is described as a Hispanic man in his twenties and was last seen wearing a blue jersey with the number “12” on the front, blue jeans and wore his hat backwards. The second suspect is described as a black man in his twenties who was shirtless and wearing his hat backwards.
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.

UPDATE: Police have arrested 16-year-old Ian Williams and a 14-year-old boy in connection with this robbery on Thursday around 12:36 a.m.

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WOMAN CHARGED WITH ASSAULT OF SENIOR IN GRAMERCY
Police arrested 56-year-old Deborah Sanders for an alleged assault in the lobby of 141 East 23rd Street, a residential building for seniors, last Monday at 11:20 a.m. Police said that Sanders got into an argument with a 69-year-old woman over the victim taking photos of her. Sanders then allegedly smacked and punched the victim in the face, causing cuts to her forehead and mouth. Police said that the suspect and victim did not know each other.

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When things were looking up

CHAMPIONS OF BREAKFAST–In Stuyvesant Town, residents headed out to the Oval on Monday to witness the eclipse, many of them with homemade tools fashioned from cereal boxes to safely view the solar display. (Photo by Susan Turchin)

On Monday afternoon, crowds of people in the path of what was dubbed the Great American Eclipse spilled out onto wide streets, into parks and onto building roofs to experience the partial blotting out of the sun. Armed with either special eclipse glasses or homemade viewing devices made by cutting pinholes into cereal boxes or even using spaghetti strainers, those watching turned the activity into a community event, sharing viewing tools and mutual awe.

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Man wanted for bank robbery and two unsuccessful attempts

Robbery suspect

Police are on the lookout for a man who robbed one bank and tried to rob two others, including a bank in Union Square.

The robber, who would slip demand notes through the teller windows each time, first hit the HSBC Bank at 15 Union Square West on Wednesday, August 16 at 12:25 p.m. After passing a note to the teller, a 54-year-old woman, she walked away from the window and the suspect fled empty-handed.

Then, at 1:40 p.m., he tried his luck at a Chase Bank at 1260 Broadway between 33rd and 34th Streets. This time, the man got away with cash and fled.

Police believe the same man tried to rob another Chase Bank at 2099 Broadway at 73rd Street on Friday, August 18 at 4:20 p.m. The teller did not comply, though, and the robber fled southbound on Broadway.  Continue reading

Man threatens to shoot victim in Union Square

Aug24 robbery Union Square

Robbery suspect

Police are hunting a robber they say threatened to shoot a man who was stuck in traffic in Union Square.

According to police, the victim, a 35-year-old man, was in his car on East 13th Street between Broadway and Fourth Avenue, when the other man opened the rear door and got in. He then demanded money, threatening to shoot the victim if he didn’t comply. The victim turned over his cash and the mugger fled the car. It isn’t clear if he actually had a gun.

The incident occurred on July 21, but police only released an advisory on Thursday night.

The suspect is described as black with a dark complexion and 30-35 years old. He was last seen wearing a white short sleeved shirt, black and blue baseball cap 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 the Crime Stoppers Website at nypdcrimestoppers.com or texting their tips to 274637(CRIMES) then enter TIP577.

 

Police Watch: Different suspects wanted for robbery at bubble tea spot, menacing at nightclub

One of the two suspects

TWO WANTED FOR ATTEMPTED ROBBERY AT BUBBLE TEA SPOT
The NYPD is on the lookout for two men who tried to rob a bubble tea shop in Flatiron.
On Friday, August 11 at 7 p.m., two men entered a Coco bubble tea spot, located at 38 Lexington Avenue and East 24th Street. One of the men approached the counter, simulated a gun with his hand under his sweatshirt and demanded cash from the register. However, they ended up fleeing the location without getting any money.
The first suspect is described as black, 20-30 years old and was last seen wearing a blue head scarf, white hooded sweat jacket, green knapsack, blue jeans and black shoes.
The second suspect is described as white or Hispanic, approximately 20-30 years old and was last seen wearing a black baseball cap, gray hooded sweat jacket, white T-shirt, blue jeans, sneakers and was walking with a cane.
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.

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Cops arrest man believed to be behind string of cab robberies

Police said Bryant White robbed seven cab drivers this summer.

By Sabina Mollot

On Thursday, police arrested a homeless man, Bryant White, 50, and charged him with robbing multiple cab drivers in Flatiron, Greenwich Village and midtown.

Police found him at East 15th Street and Union Square East where an officer stopped him for a bike infraction. The cop then saw that Grant fit the description of the robber who’s been terrorizing cab drivers by riding his bike up to their doors and stealing cash through the window right out of their shirt pockets. In one incident, the robber also punched a victim.

In all seven known robberies, which took place from June 28 to July 31, a total of $710 was stolen.

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Woman steals phone, then punches victim for taking it back

July20 robbery

Robbery suspect

Police are looking for a woman who attacked her victim at the Union Square subway station when the other woman confronted her for swiping her phone.

It was on Tuesday afternoon, when the victim, a 27-year-old woman, was going down the stairs to a 4 train platform when she noticed that her cell phone had just been swiped from her bag. The woman then confronted the pick-pocket and managed to get her phone back. The suspect put up a fight though, grabbing the victim by the hair and punching her multiple times in the head. She then fled the subway station.

The victim refused medical attention.

The suspect, who is wanted for robbery, is described as Hispanic, approximately 30 years old, 5’3″ tall, 100 lbs., with straight long brown hair, brown eyes and was last seen wearing a multi-colored dress.

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.

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Police on lookout for woman who shoved and robbed senior on 6 train

July 13 Purse snatch

Robbery suspect

Police are looking for a woman who knocked down an elderly woman to snatch her bag on the 6 train.

 

On Thursday, July 6 at about 8:30 p.m., as the train was in Union Square, the suspect grabbed the 75-year-old victim’s bag from the floor of the train. When the victim tried to stop her, the younger woman pushed her down to the ground and dashed off the southbound train.

The victim lost her cell phone, bank cards and approximately $100 in cash.

The suspect is described as black and last seen wearing a black hooded sweater, blue jeans and white 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) 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.

 

Man slashed on the back outside Union Square subway

June22 slashing

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 Watch: Slashing outside Stuy Town, Two arrested for assaulting cab driver

MAN BUSTED FOR SLASHING VICTIM OUTSIDE STUYVESANT TOWN
Nineteen-year-old Shukija Winns was arrested for assault after he allegedly slashed another person in the face with a razor blade at the northeast corner of First Avenue and East 14th Street.
The incident took place on April 2 at 5 p.m. but Williams wasn’t arrested until last Wednesday at 9:05 a.m. inside the 13th Precinct.

TWO ARRESTED FOR ASSAULTING CAB DRIVER
Police arrested 34-year-old Ndeh Tawah and 25-year-old Sean Glynn for theft of services and assault in front of 307 East 14th Street last Sunday at 4:41 a.m. Police said that Glynn and Tawah were in the victim’s cab and both refused to pay the fare. The driver attempted to stop them from leaving but Tawah and Glynn allegedly both punched the driver in the face, causing a cut and swelling, and ripping the driver’s shirt. The victim was treated at Mount Sinai Beth Israel Hospital.

MAN BUSTED FOR BREAKING INTO CAR ON EAST 14TH
Police arrested 51-year-old Patrice Steed for petit larceny and possession of stolen property in front of 7 East 14th Street last Tuesday at 11:04 a.m. Police said that the victim saw Steed inside his car without permission to be there. Steed allegedly tried to take the victim’s cell phone and loose change, which were inside the vehicle. The victim confronted Steed when he saw him inside his car and he held the suspect there until police responded.

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