Police Blotter, week of January 26, 2012

Canal St. accident
A heavy-duty truck going eastbound on Canal St. struck and injured a 71-year-old man at 2:14 p.m. Fri., Jan.  20, as he was crossing from north to south midblock on Canal St. near Mulberry St., police said. The victim, who was unconscious when police arrived at the scene, was taken to Bellevue Hospital in stable condition. The truck driver, 47, remained at the scene and was not arrested. Police said this week that there was no criminality suspected but the incident was still under investigation.

Clinton St. burglary
Seventh Precinct police are looking for a burglary suspect who entered an apartment at 43 Clinton St. between Rivington and Stanton Sts. through a fire escape window while the residents were out between 9:35 p.m. Fri., Jan. 13, and 3:40 the next morning. Police did not say what was stolen.

L train fatals
A Garden City, L.I., man, 22, was wandering in the L train tunnel near 14th St. and Third Ave. around 8:30 a.m., Sat., Jan. 21, when an eastbound train struck him, police said. The victim, Brian J. O’Mara, was dead at the scene. Police are investigating but there appears to be no criminality.

Around 10:10 p.m. the same day, an unidentified man was killed when his head was pinned between an L train and the platform as the train was entering the Sixth Ave. station. The victim was apparently standing on the track when he was hit.

Jewelry store snatch
Police arrested Tevin Brisseau, 17, on Fri., Jan. 13, and charged him with stealing a gold neck chain from a jewelry store at 255 Canal St. near Lafayette St. 10 days earlier. Brisseau fled from the Popular Jewelry Corp. with an accomplice. But on Jan. 11 he turned up at a jewelry shop at 243 Canal St. with two accomplices and tried to grab a chain from an employee’s hand, according to the compliant filed with the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office. The employee, however, held on to the chain and Brisseau was arrested the following day.

‘Umm…just going home’
Willie Morgan, 22, told a Sixth Precinct police officer who found him in the driver’s seat of a car that wasn’t his in front of 73 Bedford St. around 3 a.m. Sat., Jan. 21, that he was stealing the car because he had no other way home and had no money for a cab. Morgan assured the officer that no one else would have access to the stolen Audi. The suspect was charged with attempted auto theft, as well as possession of burglar tools after a paving block and two screwdrivers were found in the back seat of the car.

Soho shoplifters
A man walked into Kirna Zabete, a clothing boutique at 96 Greene St. near Spring St., around 3 p.m. Fri., Jan. 20, took a mink jacket valued at $4,295 from a rack and fled without paying for it, police said.

A man carrying a red bag walked into the True Religion clothing boutique, at 132 Prince St. near Wooster St., around 12:35 p.m. Wed., Jan. 18, took 10 pairs of jeans with a total value of $3,190 from a shelf, stuffed them into the bag and walked out without paying, police said. A surveillance camera taped the theft but the suspect was not apprehended.

Meatpacking drug bust
Police making a drug sale arrest around 4:05 a.m. Sat., Jan. 21, on Ninth Ave. at Gansevoort St. charged Eric Desbordes, 31, with swallowing the cocaine that he had just purchased from a dealer under surveillance. Police charged him with tampering with evidence and bribery after he offered the arresting officer an unspecified sum to void the arrest.

Struggles to keep baG
Gerardo Hernandez, 25, was charged with stealing a bag from a woman at Gansevoort and Greenwich Sts. at 6:52 a.m. Wed., Jan. 18. The victim struggled with the suspect, who threw her to the ground and fled. Arrested a short time later, he was identified as the perpetrator and the bag was recovered, police said.

Kiss & Fly bag grag
Two female patrons of Kiss & Fly club, 409 W. 13th St., told police that two women bumped into them around 1 a.m. Sat., Jan. 21, and grabbed one of their bags. The victim hung on and the two suspects, Brianne LeBlanc, 22, and Chelsea Driscoll, 23, were arrested and charged with larceny. The victim eventually retrieved her bag, but $70 was missing from it, police said.

Female glass attacks
A woman, 24, told police she was with a friend in the second-floor lounge of Greenhouse, the club at 150 Varick St. at Vandam St., around 3 a.m. Wed., Jan. 18, when she got into an argument with a woman who bumped her and hit her in the face with a glass. The victim said she thought her assailant was a waitress at the club, but police said no suspect turned up in a canvass of the place.

A woman patron, 29, at the Brass Monkey, 55 Little W. 12th St., told police that another woman patron hit her in the head with a drinking glass around 12:40 a.m. Police charged the suspect, Evelyn Vanegas, 26, with assault.

Bags gone, gone…gone
A woman who was trying on shoes at Nine West, 577 Broadway near Prince St., around 1 p.m. Tues., Jan. 17, put her bag down and discovered a half hour later that someone had stolen it. The bag contained her wallet, credit cards, cell phone and driver’s licenses, as well as a pair of Tiffany earrings valued at $200.

A Brooklyn woman, 22, who hung her bag on the back of her chair at Anchor Bar, 310 Spring St., around 8 a.m. Fri., Jan. 20, discovered it had been stolen when she went to pay her tab.

A woman patron of Manhattan Bistro, 129 Spring St. near Greene St., was with friends in the bar around 9:30 p.m. Thurs., Jan. 19, and discovered two hours later that her bag, which she had hung on the back of her chair, had been stolen.

Albert Amateau

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