Volume 75, Number 40 | February 22 -28 2006

Police Blotter

Pickle protector
A partner in Pickle Guys, 49 Essex St., fought two robbers, one of them wielding a handgun, and with the help of an employee and a passerby, held one of them for police on Monday morning Feb. 20, police said.

Alan Kaufman was sweeping the store at 8:30 a.m. when two men entered and demanded money, police said. Kaufman fended them off with the broom handle and charged when one of the pulled a gun. Kaufman managed to kick the gunman in the groin and with the help of an employee, William Aleman, pursued the suspect onto the sidewalk where a passerby joined then and helped hold the suspect for police, according to Daily News and New York Post reports.

Police charged Quentin George, 18, of 432 Hancock St., Brooklyn, with robbery. The second man fled.

Village bank robbed
A man walked into the North Fork bank branch at 347 Sixth Ave. at 12:42 p.m. Mon. Feb 13, demanded money from a teller and showed a gun tucked into the front of his waistband, police said. The robber, described as an Asian man in his 30s, between 5 feet 6 inches and 5 feet 8 inches and weighing between 150 and 160 pounds, fled with an undetermined amount of cash.

Police horse bolts
A mounted policeman from the Mounted Unit on Pier 63 at W. 23rd St. was injured along with his mount when the horse bolted at about 5 p.m. Mon. Feb. 20 and ran into oncoming traffic on Ninth Ave. at 24th St., police said.

The horse and rider were going east on 24th St., when the horse, a 14-year-old gelding named Ferguson, got spooked and broke into a full gallop. The horse struck an S.U.V., then hit a cab and fell, injuring the rider, police said.

Police, an Emergency Medical Service ambulance and a police veterinarian responded. The officer was taken to Bellevue hospital with a sprained ankle and a broken toe, and the horse sustained a nasal fracture. Both are expected to recover.

Robbed on Madison St.
A woman who was entering her building at 160 Madison St. in the Rutgers Houses at about 8 p.m. Tues. Feb. 7 became the victim of a robber who followed her into the building, hit her on the head and fled with her bag, police said. The suspect was described as a light-complexioned black man between 25 and 30 years old, about 6 feet tall and weighing about 190 pounds, wearing a black North Face jacket, black jeans and a black knit cap.

Arrest three in assault
Police arrested three residents of 340 Cherry St. in the LaGuardia Houses on Thurs. Feb. 16 in connection with a Feb. 7 assault on a man who was entering the F train station at E. Broadway at Rutgers St.

Charged with assault were Jefferson Valerio, 22, Rodney Hoskins, 16, and Shawn Morales, 20. Police charged them with punching the victim, knocking him down the subway station stairs and kicking him.

Rivington break-in
Burglars broke into the glass front door of the Leroi Fine Body Jewelry boutique at 80 Rivington St. around 6 a.m. Thurs. Feb. 16, and made off with gold jewelry with a retail value of $6,000, according to the store manager. Detectives from the Seventh Precinct are investigating the case.

Chelsea beating
Two men who were picking up their car at a Chelsea parking lot on W. 28th St. and 11th Ave. after a night of clubbing during the early hours of Sun. Feb. 17, were beaten by three unidentified men, police said.

Jefferson Fulvimari, 43, who was identified in a Daily News story as the illustrator of Madonna’s children’s book “The English Rose,” was taken to St. Vincent’s hospital where he was treated for a skull fracture and also had to have reconstructive eye surgery done. His friend, Ricardo Paredes, suffered a dislocated shoulder. Paredes told the Daily News that the three men who assaulted them might have become enraged because thought they were cutting in front of them while standing in line to retrieve their cars.

Investigate death
The medical examiner’s office is investigating the cause of death of Harold Hunter, 31, whose body was found in his E. 13th St. apartment at about 4 p.m. Fri. Feb. 17. Hunter was identified in a New York Post article as the skateboarder who appeared in the 1995 movie “Kids” about an H.I.V.-positive skateboarder. Police said that cocaine was found on his body.

Boy chokes on pill
A 4-year-old boy, Cooper Burkey, died at New York Downtown Hospital about 1 p.m. Thurs. Feb. 16 after he choked on a diet supplement pill in front of his mother in the family apartment at 59 Franklin St., police said. The boy’s mother, Marcy Lynn, phoned 911 but an Emergency Medical Service team was unable to revive him and he was taken to the hospital. The herbal pill was identified in a New York Post article as greenish brown, nearly 7/8 of an inch long and made by Garden of Life, a Florida company.

Albert Amateau

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