Police Blotter, Week of Feb. 21, 2013

Letting it all hang out
He couldn’t hold it in, so they hauled him in.

Cops said they saw Walter Bryant, 23, urinating inside the 14th St. F train subway station around 1 p.m. on Feb. 13, in full view of passersby. After apprehending him, the officers also said they found an illegal gravity knife tucked into Bryant’s right boot, as well as six bags of alleged marijuana in his jacket pocket.

Along with public urination, Bryant was charged with criminal possession of weapon and unlawful possession of marijuana.

Donna Karan carjacking
A couple of opportunistic car thieves almost made off with a shiny new Cadillac on Valentine’s Day. But, in a hunt that led police from the West Village to the northern edge of the Bronx, cops foiled the crooks with a crafty tracking tool of their own — an app on the cell phone left behind by the vehicle’s rightful driver.

The driver of the 2013 Escalade — which is owned by the Donna Karan fashion company — told police he’d left the keys in the car’s ignition after parking outside Karan’s Stephan Weiss Studio, at 711 Greenwich St., near Charles St., around 6 p.m. to step inside and use the bathroom. Upon returning to the spot, he found that the car had been stolen by unknown individuals — who were later identified as James Vincelette, 28 and Erin Chamberlain, 34 — and immediately reported the crime.

Although the thieves had by that point already sped far away from the scene, police considered their options, and soon found that the driver’s iPhone was actually still sitting in the Escalade’s front seat. Using a GPS device installed on the phone through an app, they were able to pinpoint the stolen car’s location as it traveled north through Manhattan and eventually onto the Major Deegan Expressway.

After broadcasting the location and description of the Escalade to all available patrol cars, a chase ensued that took police farther up the highway, all the way to its intersection with W. 230th St. in Marble Hill. It was there that cruisers from both the New York Police Department’s Highway Patrol and the Sixth Precinct teamed up to finally pull the thieves over.

Vincelette and Chamberlain were both charged with grand theft auto.

Bar thief busted
A wallet thief came up empty after being called out in a Sheridan Square gay bar early on Feb. 12.

The alleged victim, 23, told cops that he was sitting inside Monster bar at 80 Grove St. around 4 a.m. when he realized his keys were on the floor and his jacket — which contained his wallet — had been snatched from behind him. A witness then pointed him in the direction of the man who took the jacket, later identified as Jeremy Roldan, 26.

Soon after that, according to the victim, he confronted Roldan in the bar’s bathroom doorway. The alleged criminal was surprisingly obliging, allowing the man to check his backpack and pockets, and he soon recovered his jacket and wallet — which contained all his credit and debit cards, but was apparently missing $19 in cash.

Responding to a call, police then arrived on the scene and arrested Roldan for grand larceny. After apprehending him, they also found an illegal gravity knife and alleged marijuana joint in his jacket pocket — so, he was also charged with criminal possession of a weapon and unlawful possession of marijuana.

Brawling couples
Police arrested Gary Linares, 41, and Gina Fernandez, 39, early on Feb. 16, after their West Village bar brawl with another couple turned ugly.

Witnesses said that, following a heated dispute around 1 a.m., Linares and Fernandez attacked the other man and woman while they were all inside Desire Bar and Grill, on W. Eighth St. near Sixth Ave. The alleged aggressors reportedly hit the other couple with glass cups taken from the bar, leaving them with minor facial injuries.

Linares and Fernandez were both charged with assault.

Meatpacking rock rap
A fight along a Meatpacking District street early on Feb. 15 that escalated from fists to a rock left a man hospitalized and requiring stitches.

The victim, 28, told police that he’d been in an altercation with Amar Patel, also 28, near the corner of W. 13th and Washington Sts. around 2:30 a.m. After things got intense, the victim said, while he was turned away, Patel then picked up a rock and hit him hard on the back of the head.

The injured man was treated at the scene by paramedics, who then took him to Beth Israel Hospital for stitches, police said. Patel was charged with assault.

Without license, with knife
This guy’s bad driving led cops to find his stashed illegal knife — and the fact that he wasn’t even supposed to be behind the wheel.

Terence Morgan, 47, was pulled over near the corner of Charles and Greenwich Sts. around midnight Feb. 15, after police reported that they saw him driving erratically. After they made the stop, a check of Morgan’s identification quickly revealed that his license was in fact suspended at the time. And after they pulled him out of the car to book him, the officers said they then found that he was also carrying a large knife.

On top of driving without a license, Morgan was charged with criminal possession of a weapon.

Sam Spokony

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