Police Blotter, January 5, 2012

E. 7th rape attempt
Police arrested Anthony Griggs, 42, on New Year’s Day and charged him with attempted rape, burglary, strangulation, robbery and sexual abuse. The victim was returning from a party shortly after 4 a.m. when the suspect followed her into her E. Seventh St. building, grabbed her around the neck, and forced her upstairs and into a hallway where he struggled with her and bit her during the attack. Passersby heard her scream, “Please don’t rape me,” and flagged down police. Griggs was said to be drunk. An item in the New York Post said the suspect was arrested in 2005 after Emergency Medical Service agents rescued a woman who was being sexually assaulted in her Bedford-Stuyvesant home.

Essex St. attack
Police are still seeking a suspect who hit a male victim, 26, around 1:20 a.m. Tues., Dec. 6, at Delancey and Essex Sts. The victim fell, struck his head against the pavement and was taken in critical condition to Downtown Hospital on Beekman St. The suspect was described as a Hispanic man between 18 and 25 years old, 6 feet tall and weighing 240 pounds.

Knife and gun
Two suspects armed with a knife and a gun robbed two teenage victims on their way home from a Christmas party around 3 a.m. Mon., Dec. 26, on a J train at Bowery and Delancey St., police said. One suspect pulled a knife, held it to the neck of one victim and demanded money. The victim balked, and the other suspect pulled a gun and threatened to shoot. The second victim gave up his watch and cell phone and the suspects fled from the train at Canal St.

Bowery jewelry heist
Robbers who staked out Royal Jewelry Center at 84 Bowery between Bleecker and Canal Sts. on Wednesday morning Dec. 28, entered with a gun around 10:30 a.m. and drove off with an undetermined quantity of jewelry. Witnesses said the robbers were sitting in a car with Florida license plates parked at the curb near the store for some time before the holdup.

Phony officer
Police arrested Mohamed Ahmed, 29, for using a replica N.Y.P.D. detective’s badge to get into Kiss ’N Fly, the club at 409 W. 13th St in the Meatpacking District, at 1:30 a.m. Fri., Dec. 30. Ahmed told the arresting officer that he worked in the 67th Precinct in Brooklyn. He was charged with criminal impersonation of a police officer.

Fake credit card
Four men were arrested around 4:50 p.m. Wed., Dec. 28, for using a fake credit card to make purchases at the Foot Locker at 58 W. 14th St. Oshane Thompson, 21, Yamaan Wallace, 22, and Corey Elliott, 21, were charged with using a fraudulent instrument.

 Located G.P.S. thief
A man who returned to his parked car in front of 28 E. 10th St. near University Place around 1:40 a.m. Sun., Jan. 1, discovered the right front window smashed and the car’s global positioning system valued at $200 was gone. Police arrested Benito Claudio, 34, a short time later and found the G.P.S. in his possession.

Village punches
Jamal Morrison, 18, was arrested shortly after 8:10 p.m. Tues., Dec. 27, in front of the Taco Bell at 18 E. 14th St. and charged with assault for punching a man with whom he was arguing.

Matthew Burrows, 47, was arrested around 3:10 a.m. Thurs., Dec. 29, for punching a man on the corner of Sixth Ave. and Washington Place.

Rob pattern expands
Two suspects wanted in three armed robberies in the Village and Soho in October are also suspects in four other robberies in November, police said.

On Tues., Nov. 8, they entered the M.Z. Wallace boutique at 105 Christopher St. at 5:10 p.m. and fled with an undetermined amount of cash and a laptop computer, police said.

On Thurs., Nov. 10, they entered the Westside Rare and Used shop at 2246 Broadway near 80th St., brandished a gun and fled with an undetermined sum of cash. The next day, they entered a dog grooming salon at 102 W. 72nd St., waved a handgun and fled with money.

On Sun., Nov. 13, they came down to the Village again and held up Creperie, 112 MacDougal St., at gunpoint and fled with an unspecified sum of cash.

The earliest robbery was at Pleasure Chest, 156 Seventh Ave. South, at 2:45 p.m. Oct. 13. The others, both on Oct. 20, were at Braccialini, 436 West Broadway in Soho, at 3:10 p.m. and at E Z Pawn, 200 W. 14th St., at 3:35 p.m.

Both suspects were described as black men between age 25 and 35. One of them, between 5 feet 5 inches and 5 feet 7 inches tall, brandished a silver gun. The other was described as being 6 feet tall.

Vintage vandals
Five men walked into Lex and Jades, 193 Prince St., around 1 p.m. Thurs., Dec. 22,  and stuffed 12 pairs of jeans into a booster bag (lined with foil to avoid surveillance). When the checkout clerk refused to buzz them out, one of the suspects said, “Bitch, I have a gun. Open the door.” She complied and the suspects fled.

Subway crime
A suspect who walked into the Subway sandwich shop at 510 Broome St. around noon, Wed., Dec. 28, jumped over the counter, knocked a woman employee to the floor, grabbed $636 from the cash register and fled, police said. An accomplice stood watch outside, police said.

Bad bag business
A woman who got on a train at Sixth Ave. and West Broadway around 8:30 p.m. Thurs., Dec. 22, returned to the station by the next train because she had left her bag at the bench where she had been waiting. The bag was gone along with the $400 in her wallet.

A woman who exited an R train at Broadway and Prince St. at 2:30 p.m. Sat., Dec. 24, was about to enter a shop at 597 Broadway when she discovered her bag unzipped and her wallet with $200 was gone.

A passerby told a woman walking at the corner of Broadway and Spring St. around 3:30 p.m. Tues., Dec. 27, that he had just seen a thief dip into her handbag and flee with her wallet. The victim lost $800 in cash and several credit cards.

On Spring St. between West Broadway and Wooster St. on Tues., Dec. 20, a woman discovered at 2 p.m. that her bag was open and her cell phone, credit cards and $20 had been stolen.

Driver didn’t stop
A traffic agent at the northwest corner of Spring and Varick Sts. on Thursday morning Dec. 22 ordered a car to stop to allow a pedestrian cross but the driver continued until the car hit the agent in the leg, police said. The driver, Amiral Islam, 30, was charged with assault.

Albert Amateau

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