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Girls gone wild
Police arrested three young women who allegedly teamed up to commit two violent thefts in the Village early on Sun., Sept. 1.
The gaggle of girls first struck around 3:45 a.m. outside Henrietta Hudson, at 438 Hudson St., cops said. The victim, a 24-year-old woman, claimed that the gang of girls — later identified as Crystalin Vega, 24; Samanthal Pena, 21; and Cristal Mojica, 23 — cornered her just outside the lesbian bar’s entrance and snatched away her cell phone. The victim said when she confronted them to try to take her phone back, Vega, Pena and Mojica punched her in the face several times before fleeing on foot.
Minutes later, around 4 a.m., the troublemaking trio allegedly headed up to the Christopher St. PATH Station, and went inside. Once on the train platform, they reportedly started a verbal altercation with a man, 45, and his girlfriend, 39. The couple later told police that Vega, Pena and Mojica started to beat them both up, and ran off with the woman’s cell phone and the man’s $550 watch.
But unfortunately for this unholy trinity, the first victim walked over to the Sixth Precinct around 6 a.m. to report the theft of her phone. Police took her in a patrol car to canvass the area, and soon the victim had spotted and identified all three of her alleged attackers on a Village sidewalk.
Vega, Pena and Mojica were each charged with two counts of robbery and attempted robbery, plus second-degree gang assault.
Dollars and drugs
Police said Kelvin Ellis, 41, allegedly snuck up behind a man while he was withdrawing $120 from a West Village A.T.M. around 4:30 a.m. on Aug. 30, then snatched the bills right as they popped out of the machine, and took off running. The startled victim flagged down a couple of officers, who chased Ellis several blocks until they could stop him at the corner of W. 13th and Washington Sts.
As Ellis was reportedly resisting arrest, flailing his arms, according to police, he dropped a small ziplock bag of alleged marijuana, along with a small mint box. The suspect reportedly hastily threw the mint box over a nearby gated fence. But police recovered the box, which they said contained cocaine.
In all, Ellis was charged with petty larceny and resisting arrest, as well as unlawful possession of marijuana, criminal possession of a controlled substance and tampering with physical evidence.
Caliente card crook
Police arrested Vadim Davivov, 40, early on Aug. 31 after he allegedly tried paying for a meal with a stolen credit card.
Around 3:30 a.m., Davivov enjoyed some food and drink inside Caliente Cab Co., at 61 Seventh Ave. South, cops said. But when he tried paying for the fare, a Caliente employee told him his credit card had been declined. The employee apparently also realized the name on the card was actually a woman’s, and police were called to the scene.
Suspecting the card was stolen, and then verifying that it didn’t belong to Davivov, police arrested him at the restaurant. He was charged with grand larceny and criminal possession of stolen property.
Assaults N.Y.U. guard
Police arrested Johnathon Weber, 38, after he allegedly attacked a New York University security guard early on Aug. 27.
The guard, 60, told officers that he spotted Weber “camping out” on university property on Washington Place between Greene and Mercer Sts. around 1 a.m., and asked him to leave the area. Weber allegedly responded by putting his hand inside a bag, pretending he had a gun, and shouting, “Motherf—–, you want some of this?” The guard said that Weber then started hitting him with a plastic shopping crate.
Weber was charged with assault.
‘That’s my weed!’
Police couldn’t bust this guy for the coke they claimed he was selling, but he happily admitted to carrying pot instead.
Officers said they saw Joshua Scuvry, 18, offering alleged cocaine to passersby near the corner of Minetta Lane and MacDougal Sts. around 3:45 a.m. on Aug. 31. When they tried to apprehend him, Scuvry reportedly fled on foot, briefly leading the cops on a chase until they took him down several blocks away.
But they didn’t find any cocaine in Scuvry’s possession, and a source at the Sixth Precinct later said that the officers believed that he had ditched the powder at some point during the chase. Instead, when police found a small bag of alleged marijuana in a bush near the scene of the arrest, Scuvry reportedly said, “That’s my weed. I smoke weed!”
Scuvry was charged with unlawful possession of marijuana and tampering with physical evidence.