Police Watch: Teen arrested for Blue Smoke robbery, Driver charged with alleged vehicular assault

The five robbery suspects seen at Blue Smoke restaurant in Flatiron

FIFTH TEENAGER ARRESTED FOR BLUE SMOKE ROBBERY
Police arrested a fifth teenager for the robbery at Blue Smoke restaurant at 116 East 27th Street on March 18. Police said that the teens approached a host in the restaurant around 7 p.m. and claimed they were raising money for a basketball team before grabbing cash from the victim and fleeing. When the victim chased after them, one of them hit him in the back of the head. The fifth teen was charged with robbery for the incident inside the 13th precinct on April 11 at 10:37 a.m. His name is being withheld due to his young age.

DRIVER CHARGED WITH HITTING PEDESTRIAN ON SECOND AVENUE AND 23RD STREET
Police arrested 23-year-old Kenneth Rowe for alleged vehicular assault at the corner of First Avenue and East 23rd Street on April 13. The victim told police that he was crossing East 23rd Street near Second Avenue at around 3:30 p.m. and was in the crosswalk when Rowe allegedly started turning. The victim told police that Rowe saw him and spoke with him, then allegedly revved his engine and struck him, causing an injury, but was arrested a block away from the incident.

MAN ACCUSED OF ASSAULTING OFFICER AT BELLEVUE
Police arrested 39-year-old Jamar Moore for alleged assault of a peace officer inside Bellevue Hospital at 462 First Avenue on April 10 at 1 a.m. Officers were restraining Moore inside the hospital when he allegedly head-butted the officer intentionally, causing minor bruising and swelling to the area above his eye. Police said that Moore has previously been arrested for assaulting an officer, as well as for petit larceny and transit crimes.

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Police Watch: Knife-point robbery in Union Square, Man busted for ransoming found cell phone

MAN BUSTED FOR KNIFE-POINT ROBBERY IN UNION SQUARE
Police arrested 31-year-old Kevin Ullah for robbery in front of 28 Union Square East last Wednesday at 10:31 a.m. The victim said that she was sitting on a bench in Union Square Park when Ullah sat down on the same one. Ullah then allegedly stood up, pulled out a knife and demanded her phone and wallet. After she handed them over, she said that Ullah walked away and she followed him. A witness who saw the incident followed Ullah with the victim while on the phone with the police. Police said that Ullah was walking in the direction of Barnes and Noble and was arrested at the northwest corner of East 17th Street and Union Square West. Ullah was also charged with menacing and weapons possession.

MAN ARRESTED FOR RANSOMING CELL PHONE
Thirty-year-old Christopher Horn was arrested for grand larceny by extortion at the corner of Fifth Avenue and West 23rd Street last Monday at 8:27 p.m. The victim told police that her father received a text message that said, “Found your daughter’s cell phone if you want it back.” They agreed to meet at the Bank of America at West 23rd Street and Fifth to make the exchange. Police said that Horn met the victim’s father there but when officers who accompanied him moved in to speak with Horn, he allegedly decided to run. Police said that Horn struggled with the officers and pepper spray was used to subdue him. Horn allegedly flailed his arms and did not allow officers to handcuff him. He was also charged with resisting arrest.

MAN NABBED FOR PHONE THEFT AT MOUNT SINAI BETH ISRAEL
Police arrested 44-year-old Luis Alviero for petit larceny last Monday at 8 a.m. inside the 13th precinct. Police said that Alviero went into a patient’s room at Mount Sinai Beth Israel Hospital at 281 First Avenue and took his cell phone.

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