A man who illegally entered a Lower Manhattan jail and sexually assaulted an inmate has been sentenced to 10 years in state prison, Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance announced on Aug. 22.
Matthew Matagrano, 37, pleaded guilty on July 25 to one count of second-degree burglary and another of second-degree burglary as a sexually motivated felony.
On the night of Feb. 27, Matagrano entered the Manhattan Detention Complex, near the corner of White and Lafayette Sts., by displaying a fake badge and claiming to be an investigator from the Department of Corrections, according to court documents. After gaining access to a housing section of the complex, Matagrano groped an inmate, while threatening him with physical harm, ordered him into a cell, and subjected him to a strip search, the D.A. said.
In addition to the prison sentence, Matagrano was hit with seven years of post-release supervision.
Police arrested a pair of cousins visiting from Pennsylvania after officers spotted them fighting in the middle of a West Village street early on Aug. 24.
Marcello Wright, 31, and Anthony Padgett, 28, were in the middle of an all-out tussle around 4:30 a.m. on Morton St. between Washington and West Sts., cops said. Neither of the cousins was seriously injured, besides some possible bruises to their pride.
Both Wright and Padgett were charged with assault, harassment and disorderly conduct.
At 5:30 a.m. on Aug. 19, a 30-year-old man flagged down a police cruiser to tell the officers that he had just been punched in the face by Yoseo Perdomo, 31, following a dispute near the corner of Waverly Place and Sixth Ave. After they saw the contusions on the other man’s face, the officers slapped the cuffs on Perdomo and hauled him over to the Sixth Precinct to charge him with assault.
Inside the precinct, however, Perdomo spat in the eye of one of the officers, according to police. That bad move landed him a charge of aggravated harassment.
Caught on camera
Police arrested Juan Ibanez Porras, 24, after his employer caught him stealing a load of cash right out of his office.
The manager at Off The Wagon bar, at 109 MacDougal St., called police on Aug. 20 to tell them that he had just seen security video footage from Aug. 17 of Porras sneaking into the office and walking out with $1,500. Officers arrived at the bar shortly after the call was made, to pick up Porras, who was working his shift at the time. Porras was charged with grand larceny.
This guy really wanted a cigarette.
An employee at the live-music venue Le Poisson Rouge, at 158 Bleecker St., told police he was leaving work around 4:30 a.m. on Aug. 24 when an unknown man — later identified as David Coleman, 35 — approached him and asked if he could bum a smoke. The employee refused him, and tried to keep walking, but Coleman reportedly stepped in front of him, blocking his path.
The employee told cops that Coleman then punched him in the face. After Coleman fled the club, the victim walked to the Sixth Precinct and reported the incident, and officers took him out in a patrol car to canvass of the area. Along with the officer driving him, the victim was able to ID Coleman near the corner of Waverly Place and Sixth Ave., and the alleged thug was stopped and handcuffed cuffed on the sidewalk.
Coleman was charged with assault.
– Sam Spokony