Police Watch: Box cutter attack outside Stuy Town, Men wanted for bank burglary

TEENS ARRESTED FOR ATTACK ON MAN WITH BOX CUTTER OUTSIDE STUY TOWN
Police arrested four people for assault at the northeast corner of East 14th Street and First Avenue last Friday between 6:45 and 8 p.m. Police said that 19-year-old Yale Garner-Lowery, 20-year-old Jasmine Reyes, a 16-year-old girl and a 17-year-old girl attacked another man, causing cuts and bruising. Garner-Lowery allegedly slashed the victim with a box cutter, which was recovered from the scene. The names of the younger suspects are being withheld due to their young age.
An attorney for Garner-Lowery told Town & Village he couldn’t comment on the case because his client was in the process of getting a new attorney. It wasn’t clear if he had a new attorney by T&V’s press time.

MEN WANTED FOR BANK BURGLARY
The New York City Police Department is asking the public’s assistance identifying suspects in regards to a burglary from the Bethpage Federal Bank at 109 West 26th Street. Police said that the suspects entered the bank last Sunday, May 21 at 12:15 a.m. by breaking a basement window. Once inside, they disarmed the security system and attempted to open the bank’s vault. They were reportedly unsuccessful so they fled empty handed. The men are described as white, last seen wearing a green hat, black sneakers, a blue jacket and black jeans.
Anyone with information is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 800-577-TIPS or 1-888-57-PISTA (74782) for Spanish. 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.

MAN BUSTED FOR ASSAULT OF EMT AT BETH ISRAEL
Thirty-year-old Robert McClelland was arrested for allegedly assaulting an EMT inside Mount Sinai Beth Israel at 281 First Avenue. Police said that last Friday at 9 p.m. McClelland slapped a uniformed EMT in the face, causing substantial pain and bruising.

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Police Watch: Man arrested for swinging crowbar at McDonald’s, Man wanted for cell phone store thefts

MAN NABBED FOR SWINGING CROWBAR AND MAKING THREATS MCDONALD’S
Police arrested 38-year-old George Boone for menacing inside the McDonald’s at 26 East 23rd Street last Thursday at 8:58 a.m. The victim told police that he was waiting in line at the restaurant when Boone allegedly came up behind him and began swinging a metal crowbar at him. The victim said that Boone said, “Who wants to die today?”

Cell phone theft suspect

Cell phone theft suspect

MAN WANTED FOR MULTIPLE CELL PHONE STORE THEFTS
The NYPD is looking for a man believed to be behind a string of thefts from cell phone stores in Gramercy, Midtown and the Upper West Side.
The suspect reportedly swiped two cell phones from a Verizon Store at 395 Third Avenue on Sunday, January 22 at 5:15 p.m. by cutting the security devices. Police said that he fled in an unknown direction.
Earlier in the month on Saturday, January 7 at 3:25 p.m., the suspect took two cell phones from an AT&T Store located at 2066 Broadway near West 72nd Street and fled without paying. Twenty minutes later, he reportedly cut the security devices on two cell phones inside a Metro PC store located at 664 Ninth Avenue at West 46th Street and fled without paying.
On January 18 at 6:35 p.m., the suspect reportedly entered a T-Mobile store at 610 Ninth Avenue near West 43rd Street and removed two cell phones by cutting the security devices, then fled north on Ninth Avenue.
The suspect is described as 5’10”, 165-175 lbs. and was last seen wearing a black hooded sweatshirt with a quarter-length over coat. 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) 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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Police Watch: Man arrested for assaulting mother, Man busted for meth and burglaries

MAN ARRESTED FOR ASSAULTING HIS MOTHER IN STUY TOWN APARTMENT
Police arrested a 48-year-old man for assault inside his Stuyvesant Town building last Sunday at 4 a.m. The victim told police that she got into an argument with the suspect, who is her son, when he allegedly hit her on the hand with an unknown object, causing swelling to her wrist.
Police said that the suspect, whose name is being withheld by Town & Village to protect the victim’s privacy, then punched his mother repeatedly, causing swelling to her forehead, and he allegedly bit her nose. Police said that he also turned off her breathing machine. The victim told police that her son turns off the oxygen on her breathing machine on a daily basis and she is in fear for her life. The son was also charged with endangering the vulnerable elderly.
Marynia Kruk, a spokesperson for Stuyvesant Town management, said, “StuyTown Property Services is aware of the incident. Our Public Safety team responded and notified NYPD, and as always will cooperate with their investigation as needed.”

MAN ARRESTED FOR METH, BURGLARIES
Police arrested 32-year-old Matthew Cherette for trespassing and criminal possession of a controlled substance inside 111 West 16th Street last Monday at 5:53 p.m. Police said that he was trespassing inside the building and when he was searched, was in possession of two clear plastic bags of crystal meth.
When he was arrested, police found that he was wanted in connected with three other incidents, including petit larceny and two burglaries. Police said that Cherette also took a credit card that had been mailed to a resident from the lobby area of an apartment building on January 24 and allegedly used the card to purchase gift cards at CVS. Police said that he also removed an envelope containing cash from a hotel room. He allegedly admitted to police that he had taken the envelopes and said he had a gambling problem. Police said that he also identified himself on surveillance video from CVS.

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Police Watch: Woman wanted for hot coffee assault, men behind ‘speakeasy’ busted

Assault suspect

Assault suspect

WOMAN WANTED FOR ASSAULT BY COFFEE
Police are looking for a woman who threw hot coffee at the face of a 45-year-old MTA bus driver at the intersection of Broadway and West 23rd Street on Tuesday. The scalding attack took place on St. Patrick’s Day, March 17 at 11 a.m.
The suspect is described as a female, white, mid 20’s with long hair.
Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 800-577-TIPS. 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.

PENNSYLVANIA FUGITIVE ARRESTED AT VA HOSPITAL
Last Tuesday, police arrested a man who allegedly hit a 16-year-old in the head, tied her to a motel bed and sexually assaulted her last June in Lehigh, Pennsylvania.
Michael Burdo, 58, was collared at the VA Hospital 423 East 23rd Street at 1:30 p.m. Police said that Burdo was to be extradited for Pennsylvania because a warrant was issued for his arrest on March 4 in Lehigh, charging him with aggravated assault, false imprisonment, aggravated indecent assault without consent, indecent assault, forcible compulsion, aggravated indecent assault-forcible compulsion and three counts of assault. Burdo was also charged with being a fugitive from another state.
A local Lehigh newspaper reported at the beginning of March that authorities were looking for Burdo after he missed a court hearing. The paper found that he had gone to New York to visit his sister instead of going to the hearing and overdosed on pills. He was brought to the VA Hospital and couldn’t be immediately removed because the hospital is on federal property.

MEN BUSTED FOR RUNNING ‘SPEAKEASY’ ON EAST 15TH STREET
Police arrested two people involved in an alleged illegal after-hours operation last Sunday at 1:35 a.m. inside 117 East 15th Street.
Guy Jacobson, 53, was allegedly running the illegal bar/nightclub at the location and selling alcohol without a license. Police said he’d been working the door at the entrance to the club, and was previously the owner of a bar called Belmont Lounge. The allegedly illegal club was in the basement of the former Belmont Lounge, according to the District Attorney’s office, who also said Jacobson owns the building but couldn’t produce an active State Liquor Authority license.
James Hill, 31, was also arrested for possession of a controlled substance, which police said was found after an inspection at the location.
Police said that there were 444 cans of beer, 66 bottles of beer and 158 bottles of liquor that were being sold to patrons, who were being charged $5 per beer and $8 for mixed drinks. Police recovered $2,331 at the premises.

CAB RIDER SCAMMED NEAR UNION SQUARE
A user on the website Reddit posted photos online of his encounter with a man who was scamming people with a fake taxi. Gothamist reported that the victim got a ride in the cab to Union Square last Thursday and the credit card machine in the backseat was broken.
When he handed his card to the driver, he noticed that there were two machines, one of which he said looked like a credit card skimmer. After seeing the second swiper, he also noticed that there was no information about the driver in the backseat and when he got out of the car, he saw that the medallion had been removed.
The Taxi and Limousine Commission told CBS that the car was likely a retired cab that was bought at an auction and had been seized twice, in 2006 and 2007.

MTA WORKER HALTS STABBING
Police arrested 27-year-old Donald Cheatham for assault and possession of a weapon inside the Park Avenue South/28th Street station last Sunday at 8:22 a.m. Police said that Cheatham slashed the victim with a folding knife on the back of the neck and right side of the head, causing cuts.
Gothamist reported on Sunday that an MTA worker had intervened in the fight between Cheatham and the 30-year-old victim, who were arguing about a phone in front of the MetroCard booth. Richard Singleton, who has worked for the MTA for 18 years, grabbed Cheatham’s arm, causing him to drop the knife, and Singleton said he got on top of Cheatham to hold him there until police arrived.

‘DRUG DEALERS’ BUSTED ON EAST 15TH
Police arrested two men involved in a drug deal in front of 105 East 15th Street last Tuesday at 2:20 p.m. Tony Ray, 29, was charged with the sale of marijuana and 25-year-old Lewis Emmerson was charged with the sale of marijuana and possession of marijuana. Police said that Ray and Emmerson sold marijuana to an undercover officer and Emmerson was allegedly in possession of more marijuana.

MAN ASSAULTED BY TEENS
Police arrested a teenager for assault at the corner of Second Avenue and East 28th Street last Sunday at 7:27 p.m. The victim told police that he was crossing the street when he was pushed to the ground and punched in the back of the head by four boys, causing substantial pain and swelling to his neck and head. Three of the boys were not arrested and the name of the teen who was arrested is being withheld due to his age.

‘BAIL-JUMPING’ ROLLERBLADER NABBED IN SUBWAY
Police arrested 21-year-old Ricky Cabrera for bail jumping inside the Union Square subway station at Union Square East and East 14th Street last Wednesday at 1:10 p.m. Police said that Cabrera was skating at a high speed on rollerblades inside a crowded subway station, creating a hazardous condition, swerving in and out of other people. When he was stopped, police found that he had an open warrant. Cabrera was also charged with an unclassified violation of New York State laws and disorderly conduct.

SENIOR ARRESTED FOR ‘PUNCHING’ EMS
Police arrested 65-year-old William Miller for assault at the corner of First Avenue and East 16th Street last Saturday at 10:57 p.m. Police said that Miller punched an EMS worker in the face, causing swelling. He was also charged with assault of a peace officer.

MEN ARRESTED FOR ‘XANAX’
Three men were arrested for drugs last Thursday at 6:36 p.m. on the corner of Union Square East and East 15th Street.
Jonathan Sehring, 29, and Keith Ronquillo, also 29, were charged with possession of a controlled substance and 43-year-old Unice Jinks was charged with sale of a controlled substance. Police said that Jinks sold Xanax pills to an undercover officer and Sehring and Ronquillo were allegedly in possession of a controlled substance.

MEN BUSTED FOR ‘LIGHTING UP’ ON SUBWAY
Police arrested several people for smoking inside the subway system last week, who were charged with unclassified violations of New York State laws.
Yan Rakhamimov, 25, was allegedly smoking a cigarette on the platform at the Union Square subway station last Thursday at 8:38 p.m.
Thirty-six-year-old Yomar Portalatin and 33-year-old Sainlouis Moore were arrested at the Union Square station last Saturday at 1:20 a.m. Portalatin and Moore were allegedly smoking on an uptown 6 train.

WOMAN NABBED FOR NYCHA ‘TRESPASSING’
Twenty-year-old Brianne Amaker was arrested for criminal trespass inside 344 East 28th Street last Friday at 12:52 a.m. Amaker was allegedly inside the public housing development without permission and police said that she was also on the 13th floor, arguing and acting aggressive towards one of the tenants.

TEENS ARRESTED FOR POT OUTSIDE STUY TOWN
Police arrested two teenagers for possession of marijuana at the corner of Avenue C and East 16th Street last Friday at 1:20 p.m. The teens were smoking marijuana inside the park in public view. The names of the teens are being withheld due to their age.

TEENS BUSTED FOR ‘BOOSTING’ BIKE SEAT
Nineteen-year-olds Matthew MacConnoran and Jean Pineda were arrested for petit larceny at the corner of Asser Levy Place and East 25th Street last Saturday at 11:49 p.m. Police said that MacConnoran and Pineda were trying to remove a bicycle seat from a bicycle that didn’t belong to them. MacConnoran was also charged with burglar’s tools.

FIGHT ON WEST 16TH ST.
Police arrested two people involved in a fight in front of 37 West 16th Street last Sunday at 11:42 a.m. Tristan Wilson, 32, and Pasqual Vargas, 62, were charged with assault. Police said that the two men got into a fight and both sustained injuries.

‘PANHANDLER’ ARRESTED ON 2 TRAIN
Sixty-year-old Cesar Bracamonte was arrested for an unclassified violation of New York State laws at the 14th Street and Seventh Avenue subway station last Wednesday at 12:15 p.m. Bracamonte was allegedly panhandling and asking for money after playing music on a downtown 2 train.

TEEN ARRESTED FOR BATHROOM FIGHT
Police arrested a teenager for assault last Monday at 11:19 a.m. inside the High School for Health Professions and Human Services at 345 East 15th Street. There was a fight and the boy who was arrested punched and kicked the victim, causing contusions and bruising. The fight took place inside the school’s bathroom and the teen attends the Institute for Collaborative Education High School. The teen’s name is being withheld due to his age.

Police Watch: Waterside Plaza heroin bust, senior missing from East 6th

HEROIN BUST AT WATERSIDE

Police arrested 45-year-old Joseph Hirsch for intent to sell a controlled substance at 25 Waterside Plaza last Thursday at 5:30 p.m. Police had a warrant to search the address and Hirsch was allegedly in possession of a quantity of heroin and pills. He was also in possession of two scales, police said.

HEROIN ARRESTS ON WEST 25TH

Police arrested 28-year-old Abel Estevez and 28-year-old Yamile Irizarry for sale of a controlled substance at the corner of West 25th Street and Sixth Avenue last Wednesday at 4:58 p.m. Estevez and Irizarry allegedly sold a quantity of heroin to an undercover police officer.

CITIBIKE ‘THIEF’ NABBED

Forty-one-year-old Christian Damgaard was arrested for possession of stolen property in front of 35 West 27th Street last Saturday at 9:43 p.m. Damgaard was seen at the location unlocking a Citibike, which he had allegedly painted purple to conceal the Citibike name and serial number. He was unlocking the bike with his own personal lock and chain, police said. A check with Citibike found that the bike had last been docked at East 40th Street and Fifth Avenue on September 2 at 11:21 a.m. and hadn’t been returned since.

SENIOR MISSING FROM EAST 6TH ST. HOME
The NYPD is seeking the public’s assistance in locating a missing person within the confines of the Ninth Precinct. Stephen Kritsky, 86, was last seen on Thursday, September 11 at approximately 12 p.m. inside his home at 230 East 6th Street. He is described as 5’9” and 125 lbs.   Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call Crime stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477).

MAN ARRESTED FOR TWO GUNS

Police arrested 29-year-old Raymond Williams for possession of a weapon last Wednesday at 4:35 p.m. Williams was found operating a rental car without being on a rental agreement. Pursuant to a search warrant, Williams was allegedly found to be in possession of two loaded .40 caliber semi automatic firearms. Both contained magazines capable of carrying 15 rounds, police said. Williams also allegedly admitted that he was in possession of two fraudulent credit cards.

MAN ARRESTED FOR ‘FOUR LOKO’
Police arrested 39-year-old William Morton for violating New York State laws at the corner of Union Square East and East 15th Street last Tuesday at 10:34 a.m. Morton was allegedly holding an open container of Four Loko in Union Square Park in plain view.

MAN BUSTED FOR ‘XANAX’

Forty-seven-year-old John Powers for possession of a controlled substance at the corner of Union Square East and East 15th Street last Tuesday at 4:01 p.m. Powers allegedly had an open container of Four Loko inside Union Square Park in public view. He was also in possession of Xanax pills and a pipe with alleged marijuana residue, police said.

MAN ARRESTED AFTER CAR ACCIDENT

Police arrested 48-year-old Emmanuel Bamfo for an unclassified traffic misdemeanor at Avenue C and East 23rd Street last Tuesday at 5:58 p.m. Bamfo was involved in an accident at the location and a license check found that Bamfo was allegedly operating the car with a suspended license. There were no injuries in the accident.

ARRESTED FOR ‘SUPREME’

Police arrested 46-year-old Thomas Scott for sale of a controlled substance in front of 107 East 14th Street last Tuesday at 4:20 p.m. He was allegedly selling a narcotic drug labeled Supreme.

MAN ARRESTED FOR ASSAULT

Police arrested 21-year-old Gage Quinones for assault at the corner of Union Square East and East 15th Street last Sunday at 3:19 p.m. Quinones allegedly punched the victim in the face while they were having an argument inside Union Square Park.

DUANE READE ‘ROBBER’ BUSTED

Ron Cusick, 32, was arrested for grand larceny in front of the Duane Reade at 71 West 23rd Street last Saturday at 2:20 p.m. Cusick was attempting to flee from the store and when he was stopped by a loss prevention officer. Police found that he was allegedly in possession of a brown bag that concealed merchandise he was trying to take without paying. When the loss prevention officer was escorting Cusick to the office, he allegedly attempted to flee a second time. While he was cuffed and detained in the office, he pushed up his legs and caused damage to a printer, police said. He was also in possession of an alleged crack pipe.

MEN ARRESTED FOR SNORTING ‘COKE’

Police arrested 23-year-old Alejandro Vilasuso and 26-year-old Hojoong Kim for possession of a controlled substance in front of Molly’s bar at 287 Third Avenue last Sunday at 12:30 a.m. Vilasuso and Kim were allegedly snorting cocaine from their hands. Kim also allegedly dropped the bag of cocaine to the ground in an attempt to conceal it.

TEEN ARRESTED AT KIPS BAY GRISTEDES

Police arrested a teen for petit larceny in front of the Gristedes supermarket at 512 Second Avenue last Saturday at 1:22 p.m. Store security saw the teen take food from the store display and conceal it in a shoulder bag. The total amount of the items taken was $40.68. The teen is attending the Secondary School for Law in Brooklyn and is currently in the care of the ACS facility at 492 First Avenue.

UNLICENSED SUNGLASSES ‘VENDOR’ BUSTED

Police arrested 35-year-old Joseph Stuart for violating New York State laws in front of 33 Union Square West last Thursday at 5:31 p.m. Stuart was allegedly selling sunglasses on the street without a proper general vendor’s license.

SLEEPING IN CARDBOARD HOUSES
Joseph McMillan, 25, and Ramon Valdes, 63, were arrested in front of 13 West 27th Street last Wednesday at 6:22 a.m. for violating New York State laws. McMillan and Valdes were allegedly sleeping on a public sidewalk with cardboard boxes covering their bodies. Neither man had valid ID.