Police Blotter, Jan. 2, 2014

Teen mugging team
Police arrested Rasheen Johnson, 26, and two teenage boys on Dec. 25 after they allegedly attacked a woman near the W. Fourth St. subway station and tried to steal her purse.

The woman, 50, said she was walking on Waverly Place toward the station, around 9:40 p.m., when four people grabbed her, pulled her head down and punched and kicked her in the face. After attempting to rip her bag away, the perpetrators reportedly fled north on Sixth Ave., after which the woman reported the incident and received medical attention at the scene for swelling to her face and cuts to her knees.

Cops canvassed the area, and hours later were able to identify and apprehend Johnson and the two boys, ages 14 and 15 — but the fourth suspect remains at large. Johnson and the two teens were charged with attempted robbery.

Drunk driving and bribing
Nader Ibrahim, 27, was arrested early on Sun., Dec. 29, after driving drunk on W. Houston St., police said.

Cops pulled over Ibrahim, who was behind the wheel of a 2004 BMW, near the street’s intersection with Washington St., around 1:20 a.m., and said they quickly noticed the smell of alcohol on his breath, bloodshot eyes and slurred speech. Although he told the officers he had only had “a few beers” that night, Ibrahim was shown to have a .10 blood alcohol percentage after taking a breathalyzer test at the scene — and he later blew a .12 after being taken back to the precinct, police said.

Once he was in custody, Ibrahim dug himself another hole by attempting to pay off three officers with $1,000 each in exchange for his release, according to police. So, in addition to DWI, he was charged with bribing a public servant.

No dancing in transit!
Police arrested Shamik Watson, 20, and Andrew Washington, 18, on Fri., Dec. 27, after they began breakdancing on a crowded subway train.

A plainclothes officer was riding the northbound A train as it pulled into the W. Fourth St. station around 12:30 p.m., when Watson and Washington got on. The two men then started playing loud music through a boom box and proceeded to dance and somersault across the train, after which the cop shut down their performance due to safety concerns, according to the police report.

Watson and Washington were charged with reckless endangerment.

An ‘L’ of a beating
Anthony Doddo, 20, was arrested early on Dec. 28 after he allegedly attacked a man on a subway platform near the Meatpacking District.

The victim, 35, told cops he was waiting for an L train at the W. 14th St. and Eighth Ave. station, around 2:15 a.m. when, following a dispute with Doddo, he was suddenly pummeled. Doddo reportedly pulled the man to the ground and repeatedly punched and kicked him, until officers responded to reports of the incident and apprehended the aggressor.

The injured man was treated at the scene by medics for bruising and swelling to his head and legs, police said. Doddo was charged with assault and harassment.

Car prowler busted
Police arrested Martin Garcia, 36, on Dec. 28 after he allegedly tried to break into a car on West St.

Witnesses told police they first spotted Garcia around 3:30 p.m., as he was looking into various vehicles along the street, and said he eventually stopped at one parked between Perry and W. 11th Sts. Garcia then reportedly tried to gain entry to the car by forcing an unknown object into one of its windows, but fled the scene after the attempt was unsuccessful.

Responding to witnesses’ reports, cops quickly canvassed the area and caught Garcia minutes later. He was charged with attempted auto stripping.

–  Sam Spokony

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