Police Blotter, Week of August 9, 2012

Fast car, hot head
A First Precinct officer was busy writing a ticket for a Ferrari parked outside the Mercer Hotel, at 147 Mercer St., on Sat., Aug. 4, at around 6 p.m., when the vehicle’s owner, Julien Chabbott, 28, walked up to the policeman and exchanged words with him. Although Chabbott was told to wait on the sidewalk until the writing of the summons — for parking in a no-standing zone and not having registration or an inspection sticker — was completed, Chabbott refused and kept asking, “Are you done?” while trying to grab the officer’s notebook.

The miffed motorist then proceeded to enter his vehicle, start it, and pull away from the curb — but not before running over the officer’s left foot. Chabbott was quickly stopped and arrested for assaulting a police officer.

Chabbott is reportedly the boyfriend of Stephanie Pratt, who stars on the MTV reality show “The Hills.”

Wanted the full outfit
Police arrested a man for robbery outside the Old Navy store at 503 Broadway shortly after 5 p.m. on Fri., Aug. 3. The unnamed perpetrator, 32, had taken a pair of shoes, khaki pants, crew socks, a shirt and two pairs of boxer briefs — $98 worth of merchandise — and stuffed them into a bag with which he attempted to stroll out. But after being confronted by an Old Navy employee, the man put up a fight, eventually injuring the thumb of a bystander. When police arrived on the scene shortly after that, the thief tried to flee on foot, but the officers caught him after a short chase down Broadway.

Scooter thief
A Sullivan St. resident reported his motor scooter stolen on Sun., July 22, after it disappeared from the corner of Sixth Ave. and Broome St. The owner was out of town at the time — on a vacation that began July 20 — and his summer relaxation was rudely interrupted when his house sitter called to say that his new 2012 Vespa was gone from its parking spot. No video cameras captured the grand larceny, and no suspects have been named.

Phone snatchers
Bruno Akmel, 23, was arrested for criminal possession of stolen property on Sat., Aug. 4, around 1:30 a.m., inside the Hotel Gansevoort at 18 Ninth Ave. A witness informed police that Akmel had been walking around the hotel’s lobby, snatching up cell phones. When officers confronted him as he was attempting to leave the building, Akmel was found to be carrying phones belonging to two women who were guests at the hotel.

Police also arrested Michael Incigeri, 50, for petty larceny on Sat., Aug. 4. His 27-year-old victim told officers that while he was walking down Washington St. on Thurs., Aug. 2, around 3:45 a.m., a man — later identified as Incigeri — asked if he could borrow his cell phone to make a call. When the victim handed him the phone, Incigeri turned on his heel and ran away. Police used video footage to identify Incigeri, and, after an initially unsuccessful canvass of the area, caught him two days later. But although the suspect was arrested, the stolen iPhone 4S, which the victim valued at $800, was not recovered.

Mugger used molars
Bredan Brooks, 19, was arrested for robbery on Sat., Aug. 4, around 4:30 a.m. after stealing a man’s wallet in the West Village. As a 37-year-old man was walking past the corner of W. 10th and Washington Sts. earlier that morning, Brooks plucked the man’s wallet out of his pocket, police said. When the victim tried to take it back, Brooks bit him on his left shoulder and forearm, then dashed away with the wallet in hand. But police nearby heard the action, and apprehended Brooks when they saw him running by.

Double-trouble teens
Police charged Andre Gadsden, 18, and Joshua Figueroa, 17, with robbery and resisting arrest on Fri., Aug. 3, around 4:30 a.m., after they stole a cell phone and then struggled with arresting officers.

The two teenagers stopped a 21-year-old man as he was walking down E. 11th St. at Third Ave. and took his cell phone by force, pushing the victim to the ground, leaving him with cuts and bruises.

The victim quickly reported the crime to the Ninth Precinct, and soon identified the two robbers while he and several officers were canvassing the area. When police tried to arrest Gadsden and Figueroa, the two youths fought back, breaking the right hand of one of the officers. But after being led on another short chase, police caught and subdued the two perps.

Assaults, East and West
Police charged Ruben Hernandez, 33, with assault, criminal possession of a weapon and resisting arrest on Sat., Aug. 4, around 5 a.m., as the result of an altercation in front of 85 First Ave. Hernandez reportedly struck a middle-aged man in the arm with a metal pipe, causing minor injuries. When officers responded, Hernandez didn’t go quietly, flailing his arms to resist being handcuffed.

On the other side of the island, police arrested Louis Navarro, 29, Joseph Urgitano, 45, and Michael Groark, 46, for assault on the same morning, around 2 a.m. According to the report, Navarro confronted a 35-year-old man on the corner of W. 14th St. and Ninth Ave., and hit him in the head with a baseball bat. Urgitano and Groark then proceeded to punch the victim repeatedly while he was on the ground. Hearing the commotion, a local resident called 911, and police arrested the three suspects when they arrived on the scene.

Bar pickers
Police arrested Terene Williams, 26, and Xavier Givens, 30, for grand larceny outside the One and One bar at First St. and First Ave., on Sat., Aug. 4, around 3:45 a.m. According to police, the two men had reached into a female patron’s handbag and pocketed her credit card earlier that morning, around 1 a.m., and then left the bar.

But, seeking either a drink or another credit card, the two thieves returned to the establishment two hours later. They were quickly recognized by bar employees who’d noticed the pair’s previous activities, and police were called immediately.

–  Sam Spokony

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