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Volume 77, Number 4 | June 27 - July 3, 2007

Police Blotter

Manslaughter charge
Police arrested Tarz Youngblood, 23, on June 20 in connection with a June 16 assault on an East Village man, 78, in Washington Heights.
The victim, Hazen Moorer, of 527 E. Sixth St., was found unconscious and severely injured after a fight with Youngblood on W. 158th St. at St. Nicholas Ave. Moorer died of severe head injuries in Harlem Hospital Sun., June 24, police said.
Youngblood was charged with assault when he was arrested and manslaughter after Moorer died. He is being held pending further court appearances next week.


Bites nose
An argument between two vendors on the northwest corner of Canal St. and Broadway at about 7:15 p.m. Sat., June 15, ended when one man bit off the tip of his adversary’s nose, police said. Noumou Sam, 38, was arrested and charged with aggravated assault. The victim, Aly Ba, 41, of Brooklyn, was taken to Bellevue Hospital where he underwent plastic surgery.


Bleeding on E. Fourth
Police responded to a 9:14 p.m. report on Fri., June 22, of a man bleeding from the neck inside 99 E. Fourth St. The victim, who was not identified, was taken to the hospital in serious condition with slashes in his neck. There was no arrest and police are investigating the incident.


Slay attempt
Hiram Rivera, 29, of 74 E. Sixth St., was charged with second-degree assault and attempted murder on Tuesday night, June 19, in connection with a slashing during an argument with his wife, 28, according to a spokesperson for Robert Morgenthau, Manhattan district attorney. The defendant put an open pocketknife to his wife’s stomach and threatened to kill her. When she pushed the knife aside, he slashed her hand, according to the charge. He is free on $5,000 bail pending an Oct. 10 court appearance.


Club slashing
Police arrested Frank Borowiec, 27, on June 18 in connection with an assault with a broken bottle on a fellow patron of Dirty Disco, a club at 248 W. 14th St., during the early morning hours of Sat., June 16. The defendant is charged with slashing the victim, 23, in the face with the broken bottle while the victim was talking to a woman inside the club, according to the office of D.A. Morgenthau. Borowiec is free on bail pending an Oct. 9 court appearance.


East Village bust
Alan Eskenazi, 48, an off-duty sergeant in the 19th Precinct on the Upper East Side, was arrested in the East Village at 11 p.m. Wed., July 20, for offering an undercover police woman $20 for sex, according to D.A. Morgenthau’s Office. Eskenazi was arraigned on June 21 and released on his own recognizance pending a July 27 court appearance.


Assault on Varick St.
A man told police that an assailant took his cell phone and hit him in the eye with it in the lobby of 205 Varick St. at Houston St. at noon on Fri., June 15. The victim said he had previously seen his attacker, described as a 6-foot-3-inch black man in his early 20s, carrying a gun in the neighborhood.


Bicycle robber
A man on a bicycle stopped a woman, 36, who was walking north on Sullivan St. between Prince and Spring Sts. at 4 a.m. Sun., June 17, said he had a gun and demanded her bag, police said. The thief took the bag and the victim’s cell phone and rode away, police said. The woman wasn’t able to phone police until she got to her apartment at Broadway and Lafayette St.

Mugged in Hudson Sq.
Four muggers attacked a man walking on Vandam St. at about 3 p.m. Sat., June 9, choked and kicked him, then attempted to take the bag from his shoulder after they knocked him down, police said. The gang took the victim’s wallet from the bag, fled east on Vandam and north on Sixth Ave. The victim pursued them and phoned 911 on his cell phone. Police from the First and Sixth Precincts met the victim at Sixth Ave. at W. Third St. but the thieves, described only as four black males, had disappeared. The victim’s wallet had $25 in cash, credit cards and keys.


Guilty of murder
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, was found guilty on Thurs., June 21, by a Nantucket jury.

Judge Richard Connon sentenced Toolan to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Lochtefeld, 44, broke up with Toolan and fled to her Nantucket home, but Toolan managed to follow her and stabbed her 23 times, according to testimony at the trial. The jury rejected Toolan’s defense that he was not responsible because his judgment was severely impaired by alcohol at the time.

Albert Amateau


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