Police Blotter, Week of Jan. 23, 2014

An image, provided by police, of the suspect in a gunpoint robbery of a Starbucks.

An image, provided by police, of the suspect in a gunpoint robbery of a Starbucks.

Starbucks armed robbery
Police are searching for a man who robbed a Starbucks near Union Square at gunpoint on Thurs., Jan. 16.

The suspect, pictured above, reportedly walked into the coffeeshop, near the corner of E. 15th St. and Third Ave., around 9:30 p.m. and immediately displayed the firearm, police said. He then demanded money from two employees — a woman, 21, and a man, 22 — after which he forced them to lie down on the floor and tied up their hands with zip ties.

The unknown perpetrator then snatched around $3,000 in cash from the register and fled the scene, police said. The victimized employees were not injured.

Veggie victim
A tricky thief duped a young man into thinking he was a police officer before making off with his cash, police said.

The suspect reportedly walked into Maoz Vegetarian restaurant, at 59 E. Eighth St., around 8:15 p.m., and approached the victim, 19, who was eating with a friend. He told the unwitting man that he was a undercover cop, demanded to see his wallet and identification, and then got him to hand over the wad of cash from his wallet, police said.

The suspect reportedly returned some of the cash, but took the rest and fled on foot, before the victim could understand what was going on.

Hummer D.W.I.
Police arrested Fernando Ortiz, 50, early on Sun., Jan. 12, after he was caught driving drunk at a police checkpoint.

Ortiz rolled into the checkpoint, at the corner of Washington and W. Houston Sts., around 12:30 a.m. in his 2008 Hummer H3. It was clear that he’d been drinking because of the strong smell of alcohol on his breath and his glassy, bloodshot eyes, police said.

After giving him a breathalyzer test, cops found that Ortiz’s blood-alcohol level was .138 percent — well above the legal limit of .08 percent. He was charged with D.W.I.

Not-so-sneaky shoplifter
Kevin Bell, 49, was arrested on Jan. 19 after he allegedly tried to steal a pair of sneakers from a chain store not far from Union Square.

A store employee told cops that Bell walked into Urban Outfitters, near the corner of W. 13th St. and Sixth Ave., around 7 p.m., and then attempted to shoplift the $100 New Balance shoes. But he was quickly stopped by a store security guard, who detained him until police arrived.

Bell was charged with petty larceny.

Urine trouble now!
Police arrested Daniel Montes, 32, on Jan. 19 after he was caught carrying an illegal knife in the Meatpacking District.

Officers initially stopped Montes around 3 a.m. because they had spotted him urinating on a sidewalk near the corner of W. 14th St. and 10th Ave. Once they began searching him, Montes reportedly admitted to having the gravity knife stashed in his jacket pocket, and cops soon found that he was also carrying a small bag of alleged marijuana.

In addition to the violation for public urination, Montes was charged with criminal possession of a weapon and unlawful possession of marijuana.

– Sam Spokony

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