Police Watch: Man busted for attempted stroller theft, Man arrested for assault of senior

MAN BUSTED FOR ATTEMPTED STROLLER THEFT
Police arrested 38-year-old Michael Monaghan for an alleged theft from Union Square Park on Saturday, August 17 at 6:08 p.m. The victim told police that a witness told her Monaghan removed her unattended strolled from the playground area in Union Square Park and proceeded to take it towards the Parks bathroom located on the northeast side of the park. The witness followed Monaghan and saw him allegedly remove property from the stroller, then alerted the owner that the stroller had been taken. When the victim arrived at the location near the playground, she positively identified the stroller as hers and the witness positively identified Monaghan as the person who had allegedly removed the stroller. Monaghan was arrested in front of 45 East 17th Street.

MAN ARRESTED FOR ASSAULT OF SENIOR
Police arrested 33-year-old Todd Lyons for allegedly assaulting an elderly man at the corner of Union Square East and East 15th Street on Friday, August 16 at 2:40 p.m. Police said that Lyons physically assaulted the man, who is in his 70s, by punching him in the face twice and also allegedly assaulted a woman while he was walking away. Lyons was stopped in front of 262 West 24th Street and was identified by a witness who was present during the assault. The victim refused medical attention at the scene and sustained injuries to the top of his right eye.

WOMAN ACCUSED OF STEALING CREDIT CARD
Police arrested 38-year-old Melissa Torres for an alleged theft that took place inside an apartment at 331 East 29th Street sometime in March or April. Police said that Torres, an acquaintance of the victim, removed her credit card from her apartment while the victim was in the hospital. Torres was charged with grand larceny inside the 13th precinct on Thursday, August 15 at 10:45 a.m.

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Alleged serial pharmacy shoplifter arrested

By Maria Rocha-Buschel

Police arrested an alleged serial shoplifter for multiple thefts from pharmacies on First Avenue since January who had previously been arrested that same month for more than a dozen other alleged thefts last year.

Town & Village previously reported that Sam Lee, 32, was arrested in January after he reportedly stole from the Walgreens in Stuyvesant Town more than a dozen times since last summer. Police said that Lee stole shampoo and toothpaste from the store at 298 First Avenue.

Not long after he was arrested for the first string of alleged thefts, Lee reportedly stole from the same Walgreens again later the same month. Police said that Lee entered the Walgreens on January 16 and took multiple bottles of shampoo.Shortly after that, Lee went into the CVS at 253 First Avenue and allegedly removed multiple Clif bars. On February 8, police said that Lee went into the First Avenue CVS and  stole multiple body hygiene products and multiple Dove products from the store on March 12. Police said that Lee went into the Walgreens at 298 First Avenue on March 20 and took multiple bottles of shampoo.

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Police Watch: Woman accused of ID theft, Man charged with obstructing EMT

WOMAN ACCUSED OF ID THEFT AT BANK
Police arrested 59-year-old Robin Hill for an alleged theft inside the TD Bank at 90 Fifth Avenue on Thursday, April 11 at 4:48 p.m. Police said that Hill entered the bank, claiming that she lost her debit card and was trying to get a replacement card. When she presented a New Jersey ID to the bank employee, the employee discovered that the card was allegedly a fake license with Hill’s photograph and someone else’s name. The employee notified the supervisor at the location and they were able to get in touch with the actual owner of the account, who said that she had not given any permission to Hill to access it. When Hill was searched, officers found a valid New York State driver’s license with her real personal information on it. Hill was charged with grand larceny, identity theft and forgery.

MAN CHARGED WITH OBSTRUCTING EMT IN FRONT OF BETH ISRAEL
Police arrested 34-year-old Ricardo Gonzalez for allegedly preventing emergency workers from doing their job in front of Mount Sinai Beth Israel at 10 Union Square East on Saturday, April 13 at 9:49 a.m. Police said that Gonzalez walked in front of an ambulance, obstructing the workers from responding to an emergency call. Gonzalez also allegedly made threatening gestures and used threatening language to EMT personnel. Police said that Gonzalez attempted to punch one of the workers and refused to disperse from the location, causing alarm and annoyance. Gonzalez was charged with an unclassified misdemeanor and disorderly conduct.

TEENS ARRESTED FOR ROBBERY
Police arrested two teenagers for a robbery in front of 495 Second Avenue on Sunday, April 14 at 10:47 a.m. Police said that the two teens punched the victim in the face before forcibly removing cash from him. One of the teens allegedly ran when officers attempted to handcuff them and he resisted arrest. The teens were charged with robbery and possession of stolen property. The names of the teens are being withheld due to their young age.

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Police Watch: Man accused of exposing himself, Man arrested for theft at bath house

CRIME DECREASE THROUGHOUT NEW YORK CITY IN FEBRUARY
This February, New York City experienced 10.8 percent less index crime than in February 2018, the NYPD announced this week. Despite the reduction in overall crime, the NYPD will implement a five-point plan targeted at the violent crime in several neighborhoods throughout the city. The plan includes additional uniformed personnel, strengthening gun prosecutions, expanding the CeaseFire Program by providing interventions to known gang members in Brooklyn and the Bronx and domestic violence gun investigations. The NYPD is also launching a new program, Re-EntryStat, which will closely monitor and analyze the resources provided to people who are re-entering their communities upon release from prison.

MAN ACCUSED OF EXPOSING HIMSELF AT PRINCE GEORGE
Police arrested 33-year-old Saad Sethy for alleged public lewdness that took place inside the Prince George at 14 East 28th Street on February 20 at 3:45 p.m. The building, formerly a hotel, now houses people who are formerly homeless. The victim told police that she is a social worker there and was working when Sethy entered the room, unzipped his pants and showed the victim his penis without her consent. Sethy also allegedly asked her to perform a sex act on him. She told police that she asked him to leave and he fled in an unknown direction. Sethy was arrested inside the 13th precinct on Wednesday, February 27 at 1 p.m.

MAN CHARGED WITH THEFT AT GAY BATH HOUSE
Police arrested 26-year-old Joseph Boodoo for an alleged theft inside the West Side Club, a bathouse for gay and bisexual men at 27 West 20th Street on Sunday, March 3 at 6:21 a.m. A witness told police that Boodoo climbed over a wall from one cubicle in the club to another that belonged to the witness’s friend. The witness then saw Boodoo leave the cubicle with items wrapped in a towel.

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Police suspect bodegas re-selling stolen goods

Deputy Inspector Steven Hellman (Photo by Maria Rocha-Buschel)

By Maria Rocha-Buschel

Police have been surveilling local bodegas where stolen goods are suspected to be sold.

Responding to a question about a spike in the number of thefts from neighborhood pharmacies, Deputy Inspector Steven Hellman said at the 13th Precinct Community Council’s January meeting that shoplifting in pharmacy chains like Duane Reade and CVS is problematic throughout Manhattan. So is the reselling of those items to other stores, and Hellman said undercover officers have been on it.

“It’s a slow process because they start to recognize our undercover guys but we’re still watching them,” he said of one local bodega suspected of selling stolen merchandise. “We think there are other bodegas where they’re fencing things so we’re trying to track those, too.”

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Police Watch: Man arrested for phone theft, ACS teen nabbed for beatdown

MAN CHARGED WITH PHONE THEFT AFTER BEING CHASED DOWN BY VICTIM
Police arrested 43-year-old Maitreya One for an alleged theft from the Fat Buddha bar at 212 Avenue A between 13th and 14th Streets on Saturday, February 9 at 11:44 p.m. The victim told police that she put her phone on a table in the bar and turned her back to it, and when she turned back around, the phone was missing. She said that she used the Find My iPhone app and it pinged at the McDonald’s at 404 East 14th Street. She said that she pinged her phone again while walking around nearby and heard it coming from an unknown man. She said that she confronted the man and asked for the phone back, which he refused. The victim said that she called 911 and followed the man to East 17th Street and Second Avenue, where he was arrested. When the suspect was taken into custody, the victim’s phone was recovered from his front right jacket pocket. One was arrested at the corner of Second Avenue and East 17th Street on Sunday, February 10 at 12:52 a.m. and was charged with petit larceny and possession of stolen property.

ACS TEEN NABBED FOR BEATDOWN OF ANOTHER TEEN
Police arrested a teenager for an alleged assault that took place in front of 130 East 29th Street on November 20, 2018, at 10:30 p.m. The victim told police that the suspect punched him numerous times in the face, causing swelling and bruising to both cheeks and his right eye. Police said that the suspect and the victim know each other because they both live in the Administration for Children’s Services facility at 492 First Avenue. The teen was arrested on Friday, February 8 at 2 a.m. inside the 13th precinct.

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Man allegedly stole from Walgreens since summer

By Maria Rocha-Buschel

Police arrested a man last week for allegedly swiping shampoo and toothpaste from the Walgreens in Stuyvesant Town on more than a dozen occasions since last July. Sam Lee, 32, was arrested on Wednesday, January 3 at 5:30 a.m. for 16 alleged thefts from the Walgreens at 298 First Avenue.

Lee’s alleged spree began on July 8, 2018 around 7 a.m. when he allegedly took shampoo bottles that he stuck in a backpack before leaving without paying. Police said that he returned to the store on July 16, 2018 at 11:15 a.m. when he took shampoo and conditioner that he concealed in a backpack before leaving without paying.

The next time he returned to the store on August 29, police said that he stole multiple Crest toothpaste products.

Police said that he went back to the store almost a month later on September 25 at 2:35 p.m. and took shampoo, allegedly hiding it in a green bag before leaving.

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Letters to the editor, Jan. 11

Cartoon by Jim Meadows

Bafflement and expectation

In his Subway Bomb Suspect’s Mysterious Act of Mercy, New York Times, December 19, 2017, Mr. Jeffrey Gettleman recorded, though he did not quote, Akayed Ullah’s reason for his pipe-bomb action on December 11, 2017, at New York’s Port Authority.

Quoting Mr. Ullah’s mother-in-law, Mr. Gettleman recorded that when Mr. Ullah returned from Bangladesh “he was so upset… those people were living in hell each and every minute.”  Additionally, according to Mr. Gettleman, from his bed in Bellevue, Mr. Ullah said that he built and detonated his device “inspired online by the Islamic State to strike against the United States for its policies in the Muslim world.”

Yet in his article, Mr. Gettleman apparently wanted to firm-up his own view that the truth of what Ullah said about himself had to survive the views of others. So he introduces the conflicting opinions of those who are tangentially acquainted with Mr. Ullah, sets aside Ullah’s own words, and gives the reader the inevitable self-produced baffle: why did he really do it!?!

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Robber hitting drugstores in Manhattan

Robbery suspect

Cops are on the lookout for a man who’s been robbing drugstores in Union Square and in Greenwich Village as well as a Dunkin Donuts in The Bronx. The suspect, in each incident, has made employees believe he had a gun before demanding cash.

Police say the string of holdups started on the morning of Monday, December 18 when the man strolled into a CVS at 65 Fifth Avenue between 13th and 14th Street. He then threatened employees while simulating a gun inside his coat. The suspect helped himself to $150 from the register before running out.

On the evening of Tuesday, December 26, the man walked into a Walgreens at 145 Fourth Avenue near East 14th Street. He simulated a gun under his coat while threatening employees, this time getting away with $500 in cash.

Later that same evening, he did the same thing at a Dunkin Donuts at 513 East 138th Street. He swiped $1,700 from the register before fleeing the store into a subway station.

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Police Watch: Traffic agent hit by car, ‘dine and ditch’ at 40/40 Club

DRIVER ARRESTED AFTER HITTING TRAFFIC AGENT
Police arrested 41-year-old Joshua Bright in front of 394 East 25th Street for a public administration felony and leaving the scene of an accident last Tuesday at 9:43 a.m. Bright was making a right turn from the FDR driving south onto East 23rd Street going west.
Bright allegedly made the turn from the far left lane where there is right turn only lane provided. The traffic agent directing pedestrian traffic had to shove a pedestrian out of the way to avoid being hit and the guard instructed Bright to stop and allow pedestrians to cross. Bright then allegedly drove into the traffic agent causing an injury to his right leg and knee and fled the scene. The traffic agent followed Bright to East 25th Street where he was arrested.

TOOTHBRUSH ‘THIEF’ BUSTED
Police arrested 57-year-old Richard Trott for petit larceny in front of the Walgreens at 298 First Avenue last Monday at 12:35 a.m. Trott allegedly swiped 15 Oral B toothbrushes after hiding them inside his shirt.

MAN WHO ‘PISTOL-WHIPPED’ VICTIM ARRESTED
Police arrested a 21-year-old man for robbery and weapons possession inside the 13th Precinct last Tuesday at 10 a.m. The suspect allegedly tried to mug someone in front of 234 East 25th Street on an earlier date when he also hit the victim over the head with an imitation pistol. UPDATE, June 2019: This case has since been sealed.

TEENS BUSTED FOR CREDIT CARD THEFT AT STARBUCKS
Police arrested four teenagers for allegedly swiping a credit card from a counter at Starbucks. It was last Monday at 10:06 p.m. at the Starbucks at 393 Third Avenue between 27th and 28th Streets when the teens spotted the credit card and grabbed it, police said. However, the card was recovered at the scene.
The teens are residents of the ACS facility and are students at the Urban Assembly High School of Music and Art and Fannie Lou Hamer High School. One of the teens was also charged with impersonation because she gave a false date of birth. Their names are being withheld by Town & Village due to their age.

CITI BIKE ‘THIEF’ NABBED ON WEST 18TH
Police arrested a teenager for grand larceny in front of 23 West 18th Street last Monday at 3:59 p.m. The teen was riding a Citi Bike that didn’t belong to him and told the officer at the scene, “I found it.” Citi Bike confirmed that the boy did not have a membership with the program and the value of the bike is $1,200. The teen is a student at the Business of Sports School. His name is being withheld due to his age.

WOMAN ARRESTED FOR 40/40 CLUB ‘DINE AND DITCH’
Twenty-one-year-old Monica Gooding was arrested for theft of services last Saturday at 4:13 a.m. in front of the 40/40 Club at 6 West 25th Street. Gooding ordered food and drinks from the club and when the server approached her with the bill, she allegedly had no means to pay it. Gooding allegedly owed $70.77.

PAIR BUSTED FOR THROWING CANDLE OUT OF WINDOW
Police arrested 21-year-old Richard Hsu and 20-year-old Cindy Pi for reckless endangerment in front of 346 East 15th Street last Sunday at 4:48 p.m. Hsu and Pi allegedly threw a glass candle out of a second floor apartment window at the victim. The glass shattered in a common area near the victim and Hsu and Pi allegedly admitted that they threw the candle out of the window.

MAN BUSTED FOR ‘STOLEN’ DELIVERY
Police arrested 35-year-old Muazzam Butt at the corner of Lexington Avenue and East 27th Street for petit larceny. Butt allegedly accepted a delivery to his business but then wouldn’t pay the delivery driver or give back the package.

KNIVES PULLED OUTSIDE OF BELLEVUE
Twenty-year-old Jonathan Alives was arrested for menacing in front of Bellevue Hospital last Saturday at 5:37 a.m. Police said that Alives got into an argument with another man and then threatened him with two knives. Alives was also charged with weapons possession and disorderly conduct.

WOMAN ‘RESISTED’ ARREST AT IRVING PLAZA
Thirty-year-old Tessa John-Connor was arrested in front of Irving Plaza at 17 Irving Place last Sunday at 1:51 a.m. An officer was at the location for crowd control after a concert and repeatedly told John-Connor that she had to move away from the front of the location. She allegedly refused and when the officer attempted to remove her from the area, she pushed him and grabbed onto other officers, police said. She allegedly resisted arrest by flailing her arms and pulling them to the front of her body to avoid being handcuffed. John-Connor was charged with resisting arrest, a public administration misdemeanor and disorderly conduct.

‘SHOPLIFTER’ ARRESTED ON IRVING PLACE
Michelle Mickelley, 34, was arrested for allegedly assaulting a peace officer in front of the Con Ed building at 4 Irving Place. It was last Thursday when Mickelley had allegedly been shoplifting at the store and tried to leave the store without paying. Store security followed her outside and police tried to restrain her when she allegedly smacked one of the officers, causing an abrasion on the officer’s hands.

TEEN BUSTED FOR STOLEN RENTAL CAR
Police arrested a teen inside the 13th Precinct last Thursday at 1 p.m. for grand larceny auto. Police said that the teen stole a car from Hertz Rent a Car. The company has a location in Gramercy at 245 East 19th Street. The teen’s name is being withheld due to his age.

Letters to the editor, Mar. 20

Cartoon by Jim Meadows

Cartoon by Jim Meadows

Could a building explosion happen here?

Dear T&V Editor,

Like everyone else in the city, my heart goes out to the victims and the families of the tragic gas related explosion that brought down two buildings in East Harlem. News reports indicate that there had been a number of gas leak reports prior to the date of the event. The reports of gas leaks were investigated and were deemed not to be of immediate concern.

This reminded me of my own personal situation. I have a stove that’s more than 50 years and periodically leaks gas.

Last year while I was away, there was gas odor in the corridor and it was traced to my apartment. Security entered my apartment and left a note on my table. The stove has been checked several times and declared to be not dangerous.

I wrote to the management office trying to arrange for a replacement stove and they did not respond, I am afraid whenever I have to strike a match to light the stove (the pilot lights don’t work most of the time). My biggest fear is to have an explosion similar to what happened in East Harlem can happen here.

William Alvarado, ST

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