Police Blotter, Week of August 2, 2012

Meatpacking mayhem
Sixth Precinct police who responded to a call about a brawl in front of 1 Little W. 12th St. at 7:17 p.m. Sun., July 22, had to subdue a man and a woman who jumped on top of two officers and punched and kicked them. J. Doe, 27, and J.J. Doe, 29, were charged with assaulting the police officers.

MacDougal mugging
Police arrested Leah Mulzac, 23, around 2:50 a.m. Sun., July 22, for grabbing a woman in front of 114 MacDougal St. and taking her cell phone. An accomplice in the robbery was not apprehended.

Stop-and-frisk find
Observing a knife handle in the right front pants pocket of a suspect around 12:40 p.m. Wed., July 18, a Sixth Precinct officer made the stop-and-frisk and found a gravity knife. Evan Holder, 21, was charged with weapon possession.

Subway chases
A Transit Bureau detective spotted a suspect on an L Train at the 14th St. station at Eighth Ave. going through the pockets of sleeping passengers around 5:50 a.m. Sat., July 14, and apprehended him as he was lifting a wallet from one victim.

The suspect violently resisted, fled from the car and ran down the northbound tracks. The suspect, Frederick Carter, 51, known to police, was later arrested on Tues., July 17.

In another incident, Transit police followed a suspect who jumped the turnstile in the 14th St. subway station at Eighth Ave. around 10:56 p.m. Tues., July 17, and caught him, after chasing through four cars, on the last car of a train. The suspect, Irwin Samuels, 24, was charged with possession of forged instruments for having four MetroCards bent to provide toll-free swipes.

Simply smashing
Police arrested Anthony Hall, 23, and charged him with felony assault for pushing a man into the glass door of the lobby at 126 W. 11th St. and smashing it. The victim, 45, sustained a laceration to his head.

Tracked cell swiper
A suspect pointed a gun at a woman who was smoking and playing games on her iPhone in front of 20 Vandam St. around 8:50 p.m. Mon., July 23, police said.

“Gimme your phone and you won’t get hurt,” the gunman said. He grabbed the phone and fled on a bicycle, but was tracked by the Find my Phone app. Arrested a day later, Manuel Tull, 44, who was known to police, was charged with robbery.

Didn’t need an app
A victim of a cell-phone snatching at Charles and Washington Sts. around 1:50 a.m. Tues., July 31, chased the suspect, shouting, “He stole my cell phone!” Police apprehended Carlos Rivera, 20, and found the stolen phone on the suspect.

Vehicle break-in
A woman who parked her car in front of 50 Vandam St. around 4 a.m. Fri., July 27, returned two hours later to find the driver’s-side window smashed and her Gucci bag and Michael Kors wallet with $155 in cash had been stolen. She learned later that someone had tried but failed to use one of her credit cards in Brooklyn.

Girl gang attack
Police have charged eight young women accused of beating and stabbing a man, 63, on a southbound No. 6 train at the 23rd St. station around 6 a.m. Sun., July 29.

The attack came after the suspects overheard the victim comment to someone about their rowdy behavior. The victim was taken to Bellevue hospital where he needed seven stitches to close a stab wound in his left shoulder.

The suspects, between the ages of 17 and 20, were charged with gang assault, riot and weapons possession. A 15-year-old was charged as a juvenile.

W Hotel high life
Police arrested Shawn Henson, of Wisconsin, for using a stolen credit card to rack up charges of $8,800 on Tues., July 24, at the W Hotel at the northeast corner of Union Square at 17th St. When the suspect left the next day, the hotel discovered that he took electronics valued at $5,000 from the room, according to reports. After the W Hotel, he went straight  to the St. Regis on E. 55th St. where he booked a room with the same stolen credit card, sources said.

Bag grabber
Police charged a 30-year-old woman with attempted robbery for trying to steal a handbag from a victim in front of 725 Greenwich St. around 12:50 a.m. Wed., July 25. The suspect, Charlton Brown, inflicted injuries to the victim’s arms when she held on to her bag, police said.

Village assaults
Police arrested Edward Gonzalez, 46, and charged him with aggravated assault for hitting a victim several times in the neck with his umbrella around 2:40 a.m. Fri., July 27.

In another incident, an argument that started at 106 Seventh Ave. South around 7:20 p.m.  Mon., July 30, continued onto the sidewalk in front of 76 Christopher St. where the adversaries resorted to blows. Beto Sala, 26, and Reynaldo Rivas-Garcia, 21, were charged with assault and both were taken to the hospital with minor injuries, police said.

Separately, police arrested Darnell Jones, 23, around 8:15 p.m. Sun., July 29, and charged him with assault for punching a victim, 51, in the face at Washington and Christopher Sts.

Restaurant rip-off
The owners of the building at 33 W. Eighth St. told police on Fri., July 27, that they had leased the ground-floor restaurant  to a man on May 17 of this year and discovered that he had removed two walk-in refrigerators, hood fans, sinks and grills with a total estimated value of $250,000. The suspect, Richard Lusardi, 36, was charged with grand larceny.

–  Albert Amateau

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2 Responses to Police Blotter, Week of August 2, 2012

  1. in the case of the Restaurant "rip-off" when all the facts were presented to the court it was made clear that the defendant owned the property that he was accused of stealing. The landlord of 33 west 8th street failed to tell the authorities of the key money that was paid to the landlord. The sum of 150K back in 2010 not on may 17th like the landlord had said to the police. The defendant had every right to sell his property and that is why the case was dismissed. There is now a lawsuit being filed on behalf of the defendant for character defamation against all parties. Mr. Richard Lusardi is law abiding citizen.

    • You know this happens in Manhattan too much. The story is the same all over the greedy landlord works with the realtor to find individuals with just enough financials to pay the upfront money and invest in completely upgrading
      the space and wait for the restaurant to fold. The landlord then turns around working with the realtor to do it all over again. The landlord gets the security back, rent, upgrades, and the 150K. landlords need to be held accountable for this practice.
      SHAME ON YOU Ranger Management!!!!!

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