Police Blotter, Week of Jan. 16, 2014

E.V. rape arrest
Police made an arrest on Tuesday of a suspect in the brutal rape of a woman in the East Village.

According to the New York Post, Fermin Flores, 32, was picked up on Jan. 14 and taken to the Special Victims squad in Harlem for questioning.

The 22-year-old victim reportedly told police she was walking into her E. Seventh St. apartment around 3:30 a.m. on Mon. Jan. 13, when the suspect pushed her inside and forcibly raped her. After the attack, the perpetrator fled.

The victim was taken to Beth Israel Hospital.

The Post reported that one neighbor in the building said she had heard a single scream.

The suspect was described as 5 feet, 6 inches tall, weighing about 170 pounds, in his mid-30s, and was last seen wearing a white hat, blue sweatshirt and blue jeans.

Police began canvassing the area immediately after the attack. Neighbors were interviewed and video surveillance tapes scoured. Police released surveillance video of the suspect recorded while he was inside the victim’s building.

Flores, a resident of W. 163rd St., was charged with rape, burglary, criminal sex act and strangulation.

Essex killer sentenced
A man who admitted to killing his wife in 2008, inside a car parked on the Lower East Side, has been sentenced to 19 years to life in prison, Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance announced on Jan. 9.

William Davila, 48, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder last month.

On May 13, 2008, while they were sitting in the S.U.V. on Essex St., Davila stabbed his estranged wife, 44-year-old Leonida Nunez Davila, multiple times in the throat and chest, and then fled the scene, according to court records. Davila was able to evade police for two days, but was eventually arrested in the Bronx.

Before the fatal attack, the woman had previously been granted an order of protection against her husband stemming from his past conduct in 2007, the D.A. said.

Pushed onto glass table
Police arrested Scott Tessler, 51, on Jan. 11 after he allegedly attacked his wife in their West Village home.

The woman, 46, told officers she her and husband were having an argument in their apartment at 2 Grove St., around 9:45 a.m., when he shoved her, causing her to fall backwards onto a glass table that instantly shattered. The shards of broken glass left the woman with a five-inch cut on her backside, and she was later taken to Beth Israel Hospital, where she received stitches, police said.

Tessler was arrested at the scene minutes later, after his wife called to report the incident. He was charged with assault and harassment.

Post-party brawl
Russell Giardina, 22, and Francois Kambale, 23, were arrested on Jan. 11 after they got into an indoor brawl that damaged property, police said.

The two men were leaving a friend’s house party at 65 Bank St. shortly after midnight, when they exchanged words and eventually traded blows in the building’s lobby, according to cops. Amid the mayhem, they broke a picture frame and cracked the glass front door — a total of $400 worth of damage, police said.

Giardina and Kambale were both charged with criminal mischief and disorderly conduct.

Pot and knife
Police arrested Brian Oliva, 23, on Jan. 10 after he was caught carrying an illegal knife on a Village sidewalk.

Oliva was stopped and searched after he and a friend, Alexis Pastor, 23, were spotted passing a joint on LaGuardia Place between Bleecker and W. Houston Sts., cops said.

Both were charged with unlawful possession of marijuana, and Oliva was charged with criminal possession of a weapon.

‘Tag’ team
Jason Byoun, 20, and Gabriel Barbosa, 20, were arrested on Jan. 9 after they allegedly vandalized a residential building, police said.

Officers said they saw Byoun making graffiti on the front of 19 Minetta Lane, around 1:30 a.m., with a can of black spray paint. Barbosa was reportedly acting as a lookout — albeit a decidedly poor one — and was also carrying two cans of spray paint, police said.

Both were charged with criminal mischief and making graffiti.

–  Sam Spokony and Lincoln Anderson

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