The above surveillance camera photos are of a suspect wanted in the robbery of five Wachovia Bank branches in Manhattan between April 2 and July 14, including one in the Village on Sixth Ave. near 11th St. on April 21. Phone any information on the suspect to Chief of Detectives at 646-610-5430 or the Major Case Squad at 646-610-6910 or Crimestoppers at 800-577-TIPS.
Police have beefed up patrols in West Chelsea in response to the July 25 murder of Jennifer Moore, a New Jersey teenager who was last seen drinking at Guest House, a club at 542 W. 27th St.
We have 18 new Police Academy graduates and most of them are on the club patrol, said Captain Stephen Hughes, 10th Precinct commander. In the four days of Aug. 3-6 there were 11 arrests in the area between 24th and 29th Sts. between 10th and 11th Aves. mostly for drug possession and disorderly conduct. There were 205 arrests in the area in July, mostly for disorderly conduct and drinking alcohol on the street, Hughes said. Club operators were put on notice about security problems, Hughes said.
The more than 20 clubs and lounges in the area have a combined capacity of 11,000 patrons.
Anthony Bologna, 52, who as captain became commanding officer of the First Precinct a little over a year ago, was promoted on Aug. 1 to the rank of deputy inspector. The First Precinct covers Lower Manhattan, Soho, Hudson Square and the South Village.
Its not likely to mean a change of assignment, he said. I expect to be here for two years or more. Its a step up, a little more clout, I guess, and it feels good, he added. A police officer for 24 years, he first served on the Lower East Side, went to Brooklyn as a sergeant and was promoted to lieutenant in 1996, serving as a detective in Washington Heights where he led a squad that solved more than 20 homicides in 1997 and 1998.
Promoted to captain in October 1998, Bologna went to the Manhattan South Borough Command where in 2001 he led the Manhattan South Task Force, which responds to demonstrations and other special situations. He is also a chief petty officer in the U.S. Coast Guard Reserve, when called to annual duty, serving as a sea marshal inspecting ships that enter New York Harbor.
Stuyvesant Sq. muggers
Police arrested four suspects in connection with a 1:30 a.m. robbery on Sat. Aug. 5 at E. 16th St. and Rutherford Pl. The 21-year-old victim was grabbed from behind in a chokehold, wrestled to the ground and his wallet was taken. Charged with second-degree robbery were Anthony McDuffie, Victor Madera, Jamie Cortes and Pavel Korepanovi, all 19 years old and from Manhattan.
A man on a bicycle shot and seriously injured a man and a woman who were sitting on a bench in the LaGuardia Houses complex at Clinton and Cherry Sts. at about 4 a.m. Sun. Aug. 6, police said. The victims, Monique Ratliff and Jose Guerrero, identified as residents of the neighborhood, were taken to Bellevue Hospital in serious condition. There were no arrests and the case is under investigation.