Volume 76, Number 42 | March 14 - 20, 2007

Police Blotter

Villager photo by Ramin Talaie

Students for stopping the war

Police arrested and photographed students protesting the Iraq War at the Chambers St. recruiting center on Monday.

Stabbing arrest
Police charged a second teenage suspect on March 7 with attempted murder in connection with the attack, attributed to gang activity at Washington Irving High School, that broke out at Union Square on March 5 when four suspects beat a 16-year-old victim and stabbed him several times.

Leuis Tolentino, 17, of W. 130th St., a senior at Washington Irving, was arrested March 6 and charged the following day with attempted murder and weapons possession. Shortly after the March 5 incident, a 13-year-old student, a truant from Abraham Lincoln Junior High School in Brooklyn, was arrested and charged as a juvenile with gang assault. Police withheld his name, but a Daily News article identified him as Brian Hodgson.

Four youths pursued and beat the victim, Marcus Tyrell, 17, a junior at Chelsea Campus High School on Sixth Ave. at Broome St., as he came out of the 14th St. subway station on March 5. At least two of them stabbed Tyrell in the chest, shoulder and back with what could have been screwdrivers or ice picks, police said. Tyrell, who had transferred to Chelsea Campus in January to get away gang activity at Washington Irving, was taken to Bellevue Hospital in stable condition with four stab wounds.

Deputy Inspector Dennis De Quatro, Ninth Precinct commander, said the incident apparently developed from a dispute that began the previous week.

Phone gone
A woman, 39, told police that her cell phone valued at $200 was lifted from her bag while she was walking on Wooster St. between Spring and Prince Sts. at about 5:30 p.m. Wed., March 7. She discovered that unauthorized calls had been made to Staten Island before she was able to cancel the service, police said.

Leather jackets
Two men walked into the Rugby clothing boutique at 106 Wooster St. at about 4:10 p.m. Fri., March 9, one carrying a white plastic Macy’s bag. They both walked out without being seen with two leather jackets valued at a total of $1,800, police said. The jackets were discovered missing an hour later but the manager said no one had come into the shop since the suspects walked out.

Gold chain
A thief dipped into an unlocked glass display case at a jewelry shop on Mercer between Broome and Grand Sts. at about 4:30 p.m. Sun, March 11, and fled with a heavy gold chain valued at $3,600, police said. The surveillance camera was not functioning at the time but an employee described the thief as a black man, 5 feet 9 inches, weighing about 165 pounds.

Raising Cain
Bouncers at the club Cain, at 544 W. 27th St., detained a patron at about 2:40 a.m. Sun., March 4, after he grabbed a waitress by the buttocks, police said. The suspect, Jamel Nuseibeh, 29, fought with the bouncers and with arresting police officers and was charged with assault and resisting arrest.

Officer arrested
John Rankin, a New York Police Department detective assigned to the Manhattan North Warrant Squad, was arrested Mon., March 12, for leaving the scene of an auto accident in the Fifth Precinct, which covers part of the Lower East Side, Chinatown and Police Plaza. The accident involved property damage but no personal injuries. Police did not say where in the precinct the accident occurred.

Students protest war
Students for a Democratic Society from The New School in Greenwich Village and Pace University in Lower Manhattan staged a protest Mon., March 12, at the Army Navy Recruiting Center on Chambers St. Chanting antiwar slogans and waving posters, a group of 24 students entered the recruiting center to conduct a sit-in. Four obeyed police and left voluntarily and 20 sat until they were arrested and charged with criminal trespass.

Eighth Ave. arrests
Three men walked into a clothing boutique at 168 Eighth Ave. at 19th St. at about 7 p.m. Sun., March 4, and began grabbing clothing off the shelves, police said. Two of them fled, but a store employee held one of them and sustained a bloody nose in the struggle. Police charged Terrance Jones-McFarland, 21, with robbery and resisting arrest.

On Tues. afternoon March 6, an employee of a clothing store at 181 Eighth Ave. stopped a man walking out with a shirt valued at $40 tucked under his arm, police said. Willie Horton, 44, was charged with larceny.

Sword and pistols
Police arrested three men at the corner of 10th Ave. and W. 21st St. at 11 p.m. Mon., March 6; one of them was waiving an unsheathed samurai sword, another was carrying a loaded clip of 9-millimeter bullets, and the third man had a unspecified amount of marijuana. The man with the bullets was found to have an illegal 9-millimeter assault rifle in his apartment, police said. Konstantine Irchak, 23, Arthur Gorenshtein, 20, and Steven Kucherovsky, 22, were charged with weapons possession.

Earlier on March 6, a resident of 10th Ave. at W. 17th St. voluntarily surrendered two unlicensed handguns, a Colt .45 and a Comanche Three .357-caliber revolver, to 10th Precinct police.

Wallet gone
The manager of the Balenciaga America shop at 542 W. 22nd St. told police that she discovered a $475 leather wallet missing from the store at 5 p.m. Tues., March 6. An examination of the store surveillance tape showed a white female shoplifter taking the wallet earlier that day.

Funny money
The manager of an adult video shop at 207 Eighth Ave. at 21st St. told police that a patron came in at 3 a.m. Mon., March 5, and gave him a $10 bill for change to watch a video. On examination later, the bill proved to be counterfeit and the manager found the patron just outside the store and demanded real money. But the patron told the manager, “Go away,” and walked off. The suspect was gone by the time police arrived.

Albert Amateau

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