Police Watch: Parks officers assaulted, Man arrested for ‘drugs’

OFFICERS ASSAULTED AT ASSER LEVY CENTER
Police arrested a 45-year-old man after he allegedly assaulted two Parks Department officers inside the Asser Levy Recreation Center on East 23rd Street last Monday at 7:35 a.m. Police said that the Parks officers were attempting to get Robert Robinson to leave the rec center when he reportedly hit one of them in the head with a 2×4, causing bruising. Robinson was charged for the assault at the 13th precinct last Tuesday at 1:10 p.m. but he was originally stopped for allegedly smoking K2 at the corner of Park Avenue South and East 29th Street on Tuesday at 11:12 a.m.

MAN ARRESTED FOR ‘DRUGS’, FAKE CREDIT CARDS AND SKIMMING DEVICE
Police arrested 33-year-old Justin Aiello for alleged possession of a controlled substance inside Bellevue Hospital at 462 First Avenue last Saturday afternoon. Police responded to a call from the London NYC hotel at 151 West 54th Street for a wellness check, possibly an emotionally disturbed person. When they arrived, police were unable to get into the room. Emergency Services responded and was able to get in, secure the suspect and take him to Bellevue Hospital.
While hotel staff were gathering Aiello’s belongings, they allegedly found a fraudulent ID, credit cards, drug paraphernalia, skimming devices, alleged methamphetamines, blank credit cards and cash. Hotel staff notified police about the items and Aiello was arrested at the hospital.

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UPDATED: Police looking for Union Square hit-and-run driver

This story has been updated. 

Police are looking for a driver who hit a pedestrian in Union Square, leaving the man in critical condition without stopping.

It was on Tuesday shortly before 1 a.m. when police said a dark colored 2016 Jeep Renegade, traveling east on East 14th Street, made a left to go north on Union Square East and struck a 34-year-old man. The man was knocked down into the street but the driver stopped only briefly before fleeing the scene.

The victim, who suffered trauma to his head and body, was taken to Bellevue Hospital, where he remains in critical condition.

According to the NYPD Highway District’s Collision Investigation Squad, the victim was walking eastbound on East 14th Street at the intersection, within the marked crosswalk, when hit.

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.

UPDATE: Police reported that the victim, 34-year-old Brooklyn resident Adrian Blanc, succumbed to his injuries at Bellevue Hospital. Blanc’s family has been notified and the investigation is ongoing.

Female bag thief preying on women at Union Square Starbucks

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Theft suspect at jewelry store

Cops are looking for a woman believed to have stolen wallets and bags from women at Starbucks as well as Gemma restaurant inside the Bowery Hotel. The thief apparently takes bags and wallets that their owners have hung on the backs of their chairs and uses their credit cards.

Two of the incidents took place at the Starbucks at 10 Union Square East.
On Saturday evening, October 14, a 24-year-old woman was having coffee when she realized her wallet was missing. She then discovered her credit card was used at a nearby Taco Bell at 18 East 14th Street.

On Monday morning, October 16, a 25-year-old woman at Starbucks realized the bag she’d placed on the floor next to her had disappeared. In this case, there were no unauthorized charges.

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Man with cane grabs woman’s crotch at Union Square subway station

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Forcible touching suspect

Police are on the lookout for a cane-carrying man who grabbed a woman’s crotch at the Union Square subway station.

Police said the victim, 43, was standing on the platform while waiting for a southbound 4 train when the man approached her. He then grabbed her before fleeing the station.

The incident occurred at 4:30 p.m. on October 11, though police only released the information on Friday.

The suspect is Asian, 50-65 years old with a medium complexion and is 5’8″ tall. He was last seen wearing a black hat, gray colored pants, dark colored shoes and had a cane.

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 or texting their tips to 274637(CRIMES) then enter TIP577.

Police Watch: Man strolls into woman’s apt. to pee, Teen stabs victim on train, slashes another

MAN BARGES INTO WOMAN’S APARTMENT

TO PEE, THEN ALLEGEDLY MAKES THREATS

Matthew Pryblyski, 25, was arrested after allegedly breezing into a woman’s apartment at 149 West 14th Street, where he then headed to her bathroom and began to pee. The woman, who doesn’t know Pryblyski, said she told him to get out, and he responded by picking up a lamp and allegedly waving it around in front of her in a threatening manner. He also told her, “Shut up, you Arabic bitch. I am going to sue you,” according to a criminal complaint. Police said it is unclear how he got into her apartment in the incident, which occurred last Saturday night. He was arraigned on November 5 and his next court appearance on charges of burglary, menacing and criminal possession of a weapon is on December 20. Town & Village reached out to Pryblyski’s attorney, but did not hear back.

HIGH SCHOOL GIRL ATTACKS TWO WITH

SCISSORS AT UNION SQUARE SUBWAY

Police arrested a teen who, on Halloween night, slashed one teen with a scissor at the Union Square subway station and stabbed another on the train. The victim who was slashed said he was trying to get away from the girl, whose name is being withheld due to her age, when she slashed his wrist, causing a very serious physical injury. On the train, she also stabbed another male victim in the neck, hand and back. The incident may have been part of a larger fight. The alleged assailant attends Susan Wagner High School in Staten Island.

POLICE IMPERSONATION IN KIPS BAY

Police arrested Gerardo Torres, 30, after he allegedly pretended to be a cop to gain entry to a building at 334 East 26th Street last Monday morning. Police said he told a security officer there that he was an officer conducting an investigation at the location and even went as far as providing what appeared to be an NYPD-issued business card. The security officer didn’t buy it, however, and Torres was charged with impersonating an officer and criminal trespass.

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Thief grabs phone from woman at Union Square subway

Cell phone theft suspect

Cops are looking for a thief who snatched a woman’s cell phone and took off at the Union Square subway station.

According to police, the suspect approached the 25-year-old victim while she was standing at the “Q” platform, on Saturday, September 30 at 7:15 p.m. When the woman tried to get her phone back, a second suspect blocked her path.

That individual, a 15-year-old from the Bronx, was caught at the scene by officers.

His partner is described as male, black and last seen wearing a gray hooded sweater, blue jeans 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) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782).  The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential.

Police Watch: Woman charged with stealing from senior, Man arrested for assault in Union Square

WOMAN CHARGED WITH STEALING THOUSANDS FROM SENIOR
Police arrested 39-year-old Dian Barrett last Tuesday for allegedly bilking an elderly woman she works for. Police said that Barrett, who is a home health aide, fraudulently conducted multiple ATM withdrawals from a 100-year-old victim. According to the district attorney’s office, Barrett made a series of withdrawals from an ATM at the bank totaling $56,900 from the period of May 31 to September 13. Police said that Barrett could be seen on video surveillance stills in the same time frame that withdrawals were made from the victim’s account and Barrett reportedly did not have permission or authority to make the withdrawals.
Police did not have information about where the senior is a resident although Barrett was arrested inside the Chase Bank at 333 East 23rd Street last Tuesday.

MAN WITH ‘FREE HUGS’ SIGN BUSTED FOR ASSAULT AT UNION SQUARE
Police arrested 26-year-old Jermaine Himmelstein for alleged assault at the corner of Union Square West and East 14th Street last Saturday at 4:20 p.m. The victim told police that she was in Union Square Park taking photos with her family and friends when Himmelstein approached them with a “free hugs” sign. He allegedly tried to hug the victim, who said that she didn’t want to be touched and tried to move away. Police said that Himmelstein attempted to reach out and hug her again, and she said she asked him nicely to leave her alone. Police said that Himmelstein then approached her from behind a short time later when she and her family were taking a photo in front of the George Washington statue. He allegedly smacked her in the face, causing her sunglasses to fall off and her cell phone to drop. Police said that the victim suffered from bruising on the right side of her face and swelling to her lip.

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Note to candidates: ST/PCV is off limits to door-knocking

Rick Hayduk (Photo by Sabina Mollot)

By Maria Rocha-Buschel

With the election coming in November, candidates for City Council as well as those canvassing for them should take note: Stuy Town is off limits.

Stuyvesant Town’s general manager Rick Hayduk said at a meeting this week held by the 13th Precinct Community Council that while door-knocking isn’t illegal in the city, it is against the “house rules” on the property.

His comment was in response to a complaint from a resident at the meeting who said door-knockers were roaming the complex before the primary election in September.

Hayduk agreed that “It was pretty rampant (during the primary).”

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Female pickpockets pummel victim for asking for her wallet back

Police are on the lookout for a trio of pickpockets who gang-assaulted their victim when she realized her wallet was gone.

On Saturday evening at 6:45 p.m., police said the victim, a 19-year-old woman, was at the L train platform at the Union Square subway station when she was approached by the three suspects, who managed to swipe the victim’s wallet when boarding the train. The victim then confronted them, and asked for her wallet back. But instead of handing it over, as the train came to stop at 8th Avenue and 14th Street, the suspects punched and hit the victim on her face and body, then fled.

The victim was taken to Healthplex Medical Center for her injuries, which police did not specify.

The suspects are described as being black and 17 to 19 years old.

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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.

Robbery suspects

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.

Click through for more photos of New Yorkers taking in the eclipse.

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