Volume 76, Number 39 | February 21 - 27, 2007

Police Blotter

Charge captain
A police captain who had been arrested Dec. 3 for assaulting a woman in the Bronx was arrested again on Fri., Feb. 16, in connection with a previous unreported Sept. 1, 2006, assault on the same victim on Broadway near Bleecker St., according to law enforcement officials.

Captain Alberto Sanchez, 41, assigned since January to the Police Academy, at 235 E. 20th St., was freed on $1,500 bail pending a Feb. 21 court appearance on third-degree assault and second-degree unlawful imprisonment, according to the office of District Attorney Robert Morgenthau.

In the Sept. 1, 2006, incident, Sanchez was charged with slapping the victim in the face at about 9:15 p.m. in front of 625 Broadway. Court papers say Sanchez then dragged her by the hair to her car, pushed her into the front seat, kicked her, prevented her from fleeing and then got into the driver’s seat and drove off. A few blocks away, Sanchez again punched and kicked the victim, identified in the New York Post as Sanchez’s former girlfriend, when she tried to escape from the car, according to court papers.

In the Dec. 3 incident, Sanchez was charged with punching the woman in the face in a Baychester, Bronx, parking lot. He was charged with third-degree assault and freed on his own recognizance pending a Feb. 22 appearance in Bronx Criminal Court. Sanchez was suspended from duty without pay for 30 days.


Robbed vendor
Four men approached a food-vending stand in front of Lotus, the club at 409 W. 14th St., early Monday morning Feb. 12, demanded free food, and then beat up the attendant, police said. The robbers made off with the vendor’s license and $400 in cash. Police at first charged three witnesses whom the vendor, who speaks little English, misidentified as the suspects. There was no arrest.


Car stolen
A motorist who parked his 2002 Mercury on W. 15th St. just west of Ninth Ave. at about 4 p.m. Sun., Feb. 11, found it had been stolen when he went to retrieve it at 8:20 p.m. the following day, police said.


Water-main leak
A leak where a new water main was being installed on Greenwich St. between W. Houston and Clarkson Sts. early Friday morning Feb. 9 forced the closing of Greenwich and Washington Sts. for a few hours. But water service in the area was not interrupted, according to the Department of Environmental Protection.


Bottle fling
Police charged Dariana Mota with assault for throwing a bottle at a woman she was arguing with during the early hours of Sun., Feb. 11, in front of J’s Pizza on Seventh Ave. at W. 16th St. The bottle hit the victim in the face and she sustained a cut lip, police said.


West and Watts fire
Fire broke out in a vacant building at West and Watts Sts. at about 3 p.m. Fri., Feb. 16, bringing four fire companies to the location. There were no injuries.


Home attack
A Chelsea woman told police that her estranged husband came to her apartment at 416 W. 23rd St. at about 6 a.m. Tues., Feb 13, got into an argument with her and fled with her bag, containing credit cards and a cell phone, after choking and hitting her. The victim said her husband, who drove off in a red van, lives in Queens but she did not know his address.


Coke bust
Police stopped a motorist, Quangun Jin, 36, who was driving the wrong way on the one-way W. 20th St. at Seventh Ave. at 12:30 a.m. Mon., Feb. 12, and charged him with the traffic offense and possession of drugs when a plastic bag of cocaine fell to the ground when he got out of the car. The 10th Precinct police station is in the middle of the block.


Van stolen
The U-Haul garage at 562 W. 23rd St. received a phone call on Jan. 28 that one of their vans was parked illegally at Franklin and Lafayette Sts., but an employee who went to the location saw someone driving the van away, police said. U-Haul told police on Feb. 13 that they discovered that the van had been missing from the 23rd St. garage since Jan. 28.


Drug sale
Police arrested Tony Kay, 53, at about 2 a.m. Sun., Feb. 11, at the corner of W. 22nd St. and Eighth Ave. and charged him with offering to sell two bags of cocaine to an undercover policewoman.

Albert Amateau


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