Arrest fake inspectors
Ninth Precinct police arrested a man and a woman on Mon., May 9, and charged them with impersonating New York City Fire Department inspectors in order to steal from small neighborhood shops, according to Detective Jamie Hernandez, community affairs officer of the precinct.
Angela Faulk and James Hansen were charged with grand larceny and criminally impersonating fire inspectors in connection with scams against Downtown Bakery Restaurant at 69 First Ave. and shops at 315 First Ave. at E. 18th St. and 279 First Ave. at E. 16th St.
While Hansen distracted a storeowner, Faulk would steal money from the till while conducting a bogus inspection, police charged. In two cases, the two false inspectors were able to extract than $200 from the owners for what they said were certificates that would allow the shops to pass fire inspections, according to the charges.
Stagecoach horses bolt
A pair of white draft horses pulling a stagecoach from the Gansevoort Market to a perfume promotion event at Union Sq. Friday morning May 13 bolted when a van hit and overturned the coach at 14th St. and Eighth Ave.
The horses, Penelope, 18, and Hero, 7, kicked over the traces and galloped on to Sixth Ave. where Hero was captured by an Emergency Service Unit police officer on a terrorism drill. Penelope ran on to Fifth Ave., turned right and right again and headed west on 13th St. until cars at a red light slowed her enough for her to be caught by a construction worker and a motorist, according to a New York Times report.
The van that hit the red-and-white wooden coach at about 9 a.m. did not stop and was still being sought by police. One man driving the coach went to St. Vincents Hospital complaining of shoulder pain. His assistant was not hurt.
The coach and horses, hired to promote Shania Twain Perfume at a Union Sq. event, were returned to Chateau Stables on W. 48th St. where the manager, Dave Sansoucie was offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the van driver, according to a Daily News report.
1990 Palladium murder
Joseph Pillot, who identified himself as an enforcer for a Bronx drug gang, said in State Supreme Court on Thurs., May 12, that he and a friend, Thomas Morales, killed the bouncer of the Palladium on 14th St. in 1990, not David Lemus and Olmedo Hidalgo, who were convicted and are doing time for the murder.
Pillot, who testified last week under immunity for prosecution in the 1990 murder of the bouncer, Marcus Peterson, gave a similar account in 1996, but a judge ruled then that Pillots testimony was not credible. Lemus and Hidalgo remained in jail.
The office of Manhattan District Attorney Robert M. Morgenthau on April 15 charged Morales with second-degree murder in connection with the Peterson shooting death but the district attorney did not absolve Lemus and Hidalgo of the crime.
The two were convicted and imprisoned in 1992. The convictions were upheld on appeal but defense lawyers are seeking to free them.
N.Y.U. senior in bank scam
Hakan Yalincak, 21, a senior at New York University, arrested March 5 in Connecticut on a charge that he perpetrated a $43 million international bank fraud, was denied bail last week in Federal Court in New Haven.
Moreover, the Yalincak familys donation to N.Y.U. of $1.2 million of a $21 million pledge may have to be returned, according to John Beckman, university spokesperson, who said last week that the gift was being investigated.
Although Hakan Yalincak, a Turkish citizen, tearfully pleaded after his arrest to be freed on bail for the May 12 N.Y.U. graduation, the U.S. Magistrate Joan Margolis chided him for not telling the truth that he was not yet eligible for graduation.
Yalincak was charged with depositing fake certified checks totaling $43 million in Connecticut and Swiss bank accounts and then trying to withdraw $1.7 million from the Connecticut account. He pleaded not guilty last week. If convicted, his faces 30 years in prison and a $1 million fine.
His parents, Omer Bulen Yalincak and Ayferafet Yalincak, of Pound Ridge, N.Y., are charged in unrelated civil suits with defrauding two investors of $2.9 million.
Chelsea club rape charge
Moulaye Diakite, 26, an attendant at the Coral Room, a club at 512 W. 29th St. in Chelsea, was arrested at the club at 1 a.m. Sun., May 15, and charged with raping a woman patron, 18, in one of the clubs unisex bathrooms, police said. Police were called by the girls boyfriend, who according to a Daily News story had an argument with the suspect earlier on Saturday night. A club manager told reporters that Diakite, a music student and a resident of the Bronx, was a reliable employee who had no prior arrest record. Diakite was being held in lieu of bail on Monday.
Cold Case rape
A DNA match secured by Cold Case detectives resulted in the Fri., May 13, arrest of Leroy Johnson, 38, of Carpenter Ave., the Bronx, in connection with the Nov. 18, 1996, rape at knifepoint of two Village women, police said.
The defendant is charged with putting a knife to the throat of the first victim, 22, as she was walking home on Waverly Pl. after work, entering her apartment, raping and sodomizing her and her roommate and taking unspecified property when he fled.
Police arrested Anthony Caponigro, 33, of Hampton Bays, L.I., at about 4:05 a.m. Sat., May 14, and charged him with attempted murder, felony assault and criminal possession of a weapon in connection with a shooting on W. 20th St. between Fifth and Sixth Aves. The victim, Ajdar Xuhdoo, 23, was taken to St. Vincents Hospital in stable condition. Police did not say what provoked the incident.