Police Blotter, Week of Nov. 21, 2013

Gunpoint club robbery
Police are searching for three men who allegedly robbed a West Village bar at gunpoint on Nov. 13.

The suspects strode into the Westway bar, at 75 Clarkson St., around 4:20 a.m., and one of them pointed a gun at the place’s employees, police said. The perpetrators then demanded cash, and a bartender coughed up $400, after which the three men fled the scene before officers could arrive.

Grabbed for cops’ guns
Police arrested Michael Glick, 29, after they say he blocked traffic and then attacked two officers on Nov. 17.

Glick was spotted by cops at the intersection of Bleecker St. and Seventh Ave. South around 5:15 a.m., standing in the middle of the street and getting in the way of passing cars. When police approached him, Glick reportedly ran north on Bleecker St. up to Perry St., where he was eventually cornered.

But when cops tried to cuff him, Glick allegedly punched one of them, then grabbed the officer and pulled him to the ground. Glick then reportedly tried to snatch both of the officers’ guns, while also kicking and flailing his arms until he could be subdued.

He was charged with two counts of assaulting a police officer, two counts of attempted criminal possession of a weapon, resisting arrest, obstructing government administration and obstructing traffic.

Tenjune tag team
Hocine Ouldhmou, 26, and Mounir Jaaouani, 33, teamed up to steal two cell phones at a Meatpacking District nightclub on Sat., Nov. 16., according to police.

Security guards at Tenjune, at 26 Little W. 12th St., were alerted of the criminal activity around 1:30 a.m., when a woman, 22, told them Ouldhmou had snatched her phone out of her purse. Moments later, a 39-year-old man reported he realized his phone was missing after someone had jostled him on the dance floor.

The security guards stopped Ouldhmou and Jaaouani, who were together, and eventually found both stolen phones in Jaaouani’s pockets. Both men were held at the scene until police arrived. They were each charged with grand larceny and criminal possession of stolen property.

Knife ’n’ bite
Police arrested Preston Smith, 49, after he was caught carrying an illegal knife in a West Village subway station on Nov. 15.

Responding officers said Smith was acting aggressively toward pedestrians and blocking their path on the Uptown side of the Christopher St./Sheridan Square 1 train station, around 4:45 p.m. When the officers stopped him, they also found he was carrying a gravity knife. They arrested Smith and charged him with criminal possession of a weapon.

Later that night, after he was brought to the Sixth Precinct, Smith reportedly asked to be released from his holding cell to use the bathroom. When officers opened the cell, Smith allegedly bit one of them on the hand. For that, Smith was also charged with attempted assault.

Cashing in on hot card
Police are searching for a man who they say used a stolen debit card to withdraw cash from an A.T.M. just north of the East Village.

The man reportedly snatched a 22-year-old woman’s debit card on the Lower East Side early on Oct. 20, and then, around 4 a.m., walked uptown to a C.V.S. convenience store on First Ave., between E. 14th and 15th Sts. At the store, he reportedly used the card to withdraw around $1,500 from the woman’s checking account.

The suspect is described as an Asian man in his mid-30s, around 5 foot 9 inches tall and weighing 180 pounds.

‘Hamburglar’ busted
Police said Trevon Pinder, 23, stole a man’s wallet inside a West Village McDonald’s on Nov. 13.

The 56-year-old victim told officers he was waiting in line at the fast-food joint, at 136 W. Third St., around 2:30 a.m., when Pinder snatched the billfold out of his pocket and made to flee.

Fortunately, there were several cops down the block, and after he alerted them, the officers were able to catch the alleged thief before he could get away. Pinder was charged with grand larceny.

Fighting dirty
Police arrested Tavarius Graves, 28, after he allegedly smashed the front door of a West Village bar and then poked a bouncer in the eye.

Witnesses told cops that a disgruntled Graves walked out of The Hangar bar, at 115 Christopher St., around midnight on Nov. 13, and shattered the bar’s glass door. And after the bar’s security guard repeatedly told him to leave, Graves refused, and then reportedly stuck his finger in the bouncer’s eye.

Bar employees held Graves at the scene until police arrived to apprehend him. He was charged with assault, harassment and criminal mischief.

Smorgas thief
Police say that Mirko Dragas, 29, stole more than $4,000 from his boss, a West Village restaurant owner, over the course of more than a month.

A manager of Smorgas Chef, at 283 W. 12th St., reported at the Sixth Precinct on Nov. 9 that Dragas, who had recently been fired, made numerous unauthorized purchases with the restaurant’s money.

Between Sept. 26 and Nov. 4, Dragas reportedly charged $846 to the company credit card, took $2,770 from the petty cash fund and made a $730 wire transfer out of the restaurant’s bank account.

A day after the theft was reported, cops tracked down Dragas, charging him with grand larceny.

Sam Spokony

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