Volume 76, Number 18 | September 20 - 26, 2006

Police Blotter

Biker killed by truck
Reginald Chan, owner of Jade Mountain restaurant on Second Ave. near E. 12th St., was killed when a truck hit him while he was making a bicycle delivery on Friday night Sept. 15.

Chan, 60, who lived in Fort Lee, N.J., was delivering take-out orders himself because he had trouble finding reliable deliverymen for the restaurant that has been in his family for 75 years, according to family members. He left the restaurant at 7:30 p.m. to make a delivery and was hit by a truck while crossing Third Ave. at E. 17th St. about 20 minutes later, police said. The driver, who had the green light at the time, stopped and Chan was taken to Bellevue Hospital.

His wife, Suzanne, 58, was in the restaurant when police came at 8:30 p.m. to tell her that Chan was in the hospital. He died before his wife of 36 years arrived at Bellevue.

Chan started working at the restaurant as a waiter in the 1960s when his grandfather ran it. The establishment, which has a large neon “Chow Mein” sign, is a neighborhood institution.

A viewing for Chan will be held 3 p.m.-7 p.m. Sat. Sept. 23 at N.G. Fook Funeral Home, 36 Mulberry St.

Robbed on L.E.S.
Two men, one wielding a handgun, robbed a woman, 42, at about 4:20 p.m. Sun. Sept. 17 as she was entering her apartment on Catherine St., police said. The suspects followed the woman into her building, pushed their way into her apartment behind her and demanded money at gunpoint. She surrendered an unspecified amount of cash and the robbers fled after punching her in the face, police said.

Hit-run on West St.
An as-yet-unidentified man in his 30s was killed at 3:45 a.m. Mon. Sept. 18 when a hit-and-run driver struck him while he was crossing West St. at W. 12th St. at the Gansevoort Market district. The victim was dragged about 100 feet down the southbound lane, police said. The vehicle was identified as either a tow truck or a tractor-trailer by tire skid marks.

Scam and assault
Dennis Szyller, 21, who is charged with identity theft and grand larceny for skimming credit card information from 14 patrons at Les Halles Downtown, a restaurant at 15 John St. where he worked from May to July of this year, also faces gang assault charges for the July 23 beating of a patron inside Stereo, a club at 512 W. 29th St.

Szyller also faces charges of possession of drugs and drug paraphernalia found in his Washington Square apartment, according to District Attorney Robert Morgenthau’s office.

The identify theft indictment, handed up Sept 8., charges that the stolen credit card information was used to make more than $20,000 in unauthorized purchases.

The gang assault charge says that Szyller and Sengun Coskun, who is separately indicted, beat a victim and rendered him unconscious for nearly half an hour after choking him with a jiujitsu hold.

A search of Szyller’s apartment turned up 22 bags of cocaine, an eighth of an ounce of uncut cocaine, more than 1,000 clear plastic bags and several jiujitsu magazines and DVD’s, according to the District Attorney’s Office. Szyller has been a longtime student of Gracie Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Academy.

Labor extortion
Reginald Rabb, head of P & D Construction Workers Coalition, and his chief lieutenant, Steven Mason, were charged on Sept. 13 with extorting money from more than a dozen contractors under the guise of obtaining jobs for minorities, according to Manhattan District Attorney Robert Morgenthau’s office.

One instance involved threatening an Irish masonry contractor involved in a large West Village condo project and forcing him to pay the defendants $200 to $250 per week from September to December of last year.

Another instance in June of last year involved the defendants’ approaching the foreman of a company working on the city’s Water Tunnel # 3 project on Gansevoort and Hudson Sts. Members of the coalition are charged with shutting down the site by disconnecting the generator used for welding on the site of shaft # 27. The foreman, an African-American, told workers to leave the area to avoid confrontation with the defendants. The contractor had to hire extra security to protect workers before work resumed, according to the indictment.

Sixth Ave. fan belt
A burning fan belt in the cooling system of God’s Love We Deliver at 166 Sixth Ave. at Spring St. brought firefighters to the scene shortly before 11 a.m. Mon. Sept. 18. There was smoke but no damage except to the fan belt, according to a G.L.W.D. spokesperson.

Albert Amateau

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