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Volume 77, Number 2 | June 13 - 19, 2007

NPolice Blotter

Sex offender arrested
Carl Timothy Fisher, 37, was arrested May 30 when police found him standing on the stoop of his home at 56 Bank St. stark naked and masturbating at 11 a.m. Law enforcement officials soon discovered that Fisher is a convicted pedophile on parole from a 1999 prison term in Connecticut for sexually molesting a girl, 11, while she was sleeping in his family home after a wedding.

Charged with public lewdness after his May 30 arrest, Fisher was freed on his own recognizance without bail by Judge Tanya Kennedy. Kennedy rejected the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office’s request for $3,000 bail after citing Fisher’s history of sex offenses. Fisher has been on a 10-year probation term since his release in 2004 from prison.

At his trial in Connecticut, prosecutors noted that Fisher had been expelled from Syracuse University after four incidents at a women’s dorm led to his arrest for burglary, according to an article in the New York Post.

Fisher moved into the Bank St. house, which his mother had bought, less than a year ago, according to the Post.

He is due to appear in court on the public lewdness charge on Aug. 8.

Murder confession
Three years after the body of a homeless woman was found in a steamer trunk in a vacant lot on E. 13th St. at Third Ave., Michael Mohr, 54, walked into the Ninth Precinct police station on E. Fifth St. and confessed to the crime, according to the office of Robert Morgenthau, Manhattan district attorney.

Mohr, who lives at 245 E. 13th St. next to the lot where the body of Myrna Gonzalez was found, had a religious conversion and told police on June 6, 2007, that he had strangled the victim in a fit of rage. The body of Gonzalez, who was 45 when she was killed, was found in the trunk on June 6, 2004.

The defendant had e-mailed family and friends that Jesus “wanted him to do the right thing,” a D.A. spokesperson said. Mohr is being held pending a June 25 appearance on the second-degree murder charge.

Tossed crockery
A report of a man throwing some kind of crockery out of a second-story window on the west side of Second Ave. between Ninth and 10th Sts. on Sunday night, June 10, brought Ninth Precinct police to the scene shortly after 9 p.m. “We don’t know whether it was a dish, a vase or a lamp. We just found shards of porcelain on the sidewalk,” said Deputy Inspector Dennis De Quatro, the precinct’s commanding officer. By the time police got into the apartment, the suspect, William Taison, 40, had climbed down the shaftway between the buildings and fled. There were no charges. “We’re treating it as a case of a disturbed person,” De Quatro said.

Pepper-spray robber
A man who walked into the Rite Aid store at Seventh Ave. S. near Commerce St. shortly after 6 p.m. Fri., June 8, tried to walk out without paying for a tube of Olay hand cream stuck in his waistband. A clerk and a security guard held the suspect for police even after he squirted them with pepper spray, according to the office of the D.A.

Edwin Jorge, 36, who has had previous convictions and faces an active robbery charge, was charged with second-degree robbery in the June 8 incident and held after failing to post $20,000 bail. He was last arrested Jan. 18 this year for robbery in an East Harlem incident in which he is accused of threatening his victim with a hypodermic needle.

Chain-snatch catch
Raheem Edwards, 26, of Brooklyn, was arrested for third-degree robbery on Friday evening, June 1, for snatching a chain from the neck of a man walking on Christopher St. near the PATH station, according to D.A. Morgenthau’s Office. The victim, 22, grabbed the defendant and held him until police arrived shortly after 7 p.m. to make the arrest, according to reports. Edwards is scheduled to be arraigned July 12.

Murder trial
The trial of Thomas Toolan III, a former Wall St. executive accused of the October 2004 murder of his former girlfriend, Beth Lochtefeld, a retired Village real estate consultant, in Lochtefeld’s Nantucket, Mass., home, began Thurs., June 7, in Nantucket.

The Massachusetts medical examiner, Dr. Richard Evans, told the jury on Mon., June 11, how Lochtefeld died with stab wounds in her chest and back that pierced her lungs and with defensive wounds on her hands.

Toolan’s lawyer, Kevin Reddington, failed earlier to win a change of venue for the trial. Toolan has admitted the murder and is basing his defense on the claim that he was not responsible for his actions because his judgment was severely impaired by alcohol at the time.

Shoplift collar
An employee at the Duane Reade store on E. 14th St. near Third Ave. tried to stop a man walking out of the place with several cosmetics items he did not pay for on Wednesday morning, May 30, but the suspect menaced him with a sharp instrument and fled, police said. The following day, police arrested Jamison Abramson, 27, in connection with the incident and charged him with robbery and criminal possession of a weapon.

Lizard leather jacket
An employee of a clothing boutique at 433 W. 14th St. in the Gansevoort Market district told police that a man who came into the shop on Sun., May 27, walked out without paying for a galloti leather jacket valued at $1,485 that he had taken from a hanger. Galloti is a species of lizard common in the western Canary Islands.

Albert Amateau

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