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Volume 77, Number 26 | November 28 - December 04 2007

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Police Blotter

Villager photo by Nick Brooks

Emergency medical technicians stabilized a 76-year-old woman hit by an Atlantic City bus from Chinatown at Broome St. and Bowery on Sun., Nov. 25. The woman was reported to be in critical condition.

Gunpoint bank heist
A man wearing dark glasses and dressed in a suit, tie and cap held up the Sovereign Bank branch at 57 Avenue A at E. Fourth St. at 7:30 a.m. Fri., Nov. 16, police said. The robber ambushed three tellers in the vestibule and tied them up. He then forced the employees into the bank’s safe room and threatened to shoot them if they left, police said. He fled with more than $20,000.


Stoopid masturbator
Carl Fisher, 37, arrested in the Village after masturbating one morning last May on the top step of the stoop of the Bank St. townhouse where he was living, was sentenced on Nov. 16 to 39 months in jail by a Connecticut judge for violation of his previous parole for sexually abusing a girl, 11, who was sleeping in the Fisher family home in Redding, Conn., in 1966. He had served four years for the crime and was on probation when he was arrested naked on the steps of 56 Bank St., a house belonging to his mother, a prominent theatrical producer.


Boy hit by ambulette
An ambulette transporting a blind wheelchair-bound patient struck and critically injured Kyle Thompson, 12, at about 3 p.m. Tues., Nov. 20, as he was crossing E. 20th St. between First Ave. and Avenue C between Stuyvesant Town and Peter Cooper Village, police said. The boy was taken unconscious to Bellevue Hospital with several broken bones. He came out of the coma on Sat., Nov. 24, and is expected to recover. The driver, Juan Ortiz, 57, of the Bronx remained at the scene and was being held on $1,500 bail. His alcohol level at the scene was .056, below the D.W.I. standard, and his lawyer said he had been drinking the night before the accident.


Car overturned
The driver of a car involved in a two-car collision at the corner of Varick and Dominick Sts. on Sunday afternoon Nov. 25 was extricated from her car, which had overturned, and was taken to St. Vincent’s Hospital for observation.


Bus hits woman, 76
A tour bus taking passengers to Atlantic City from Chinatown struck a woman, 76, at 11:30 a.m. Sun., Nov. 25, at the intersection of Broome St. and Bowery, police said. The victim, who was not identified, was walking with her son when the bus, operated by Skyliner Travel & Tours, hit her as she was crossing the street, police said. She was taken to Bellevue Hospital in critical condition. The driver remained at the scene and was not charged.


Soho shoplifting
Police arrested Jorge Maldonado, 31, shortly after 4 p.m. Sun., Nov. 18, and charged him with shoplifting 22 pairs of gloves and five scarves from the Club Monaco store on Prince St. between West Broadway and Wooster St. The suspect was arrested outside the store, where plainclothes police stopped him. The bag in which the merchandise was found was lined with metallic tape to prevent store sensors from detecting electronic tags on the items, police said. Maldonado was charged with grand larceny, possession of burglar’s tools and stolen property.


E train iPhone rob
A man got on a northbound E train at the W. Fourth St. station at 2:25 p.m. Mon., Nov. 26, and while he was talking on his iPhone a group of youths who got on the train with him grabbed the phone, police said. The victim got off at W. 14th St. and told police, but the thieves, ranging in age from 14 to 17, stayed on the train, police said.


Arrest construction worker
Police arrested Steven Johnson, 39, last week and charged him with stealing jewelry valued at $8,500 from an apartment on St. Mark’s Pl. near Second Ave. around noon Fri., Oct. 26, when construction work was underway in the apartment. Johnson was charged with grand larceny for stealing at least two bracelets, one of which he had sold before being arrested, police said.


Fatal club knifing
An as-yet unknown assailant stabbed to death a childhood friend of the hip-hop artist Fabolous at Duvet, the violence-prone club at 45 W. 21st St. between Fifth and Sixth Aves., at about 3:30 p.m. Fri., Nov. 23, police and witnesses said.

The victim, Shamel McKinney, 25, of Crown Heights, Brooklyn, was taken to St. Vincent’s Hospital, where he was declared dead at 4:20 a.m.

Police said that Fabolous, whose real name is John Jackson, was at the club the night of the incident but were not sure if he was there when the stabbing happened. However, the victim’s brother, Darryl McKinney, and a lawyer for Fabolous said the performer was not at the club that night. Police found a blood-smeared folding knife in a dumpster near the scene.

The victim, the father of two children, pleaded guilty last year to possession of crack with intent to sell and was to be sentenced Dec. 6.

The club has been the recent focus of police attention. The State Liquor Authority has cited Duvet for being a disorderly establishment and for illegally putting cheap booze into premium-brand liquor bottles and selling them to patrons.


Lost in lounges
A woman patron of The Garage, 99 Seventh Ave. S., found that her bag, which she had zipped and placed under her chair at the bar at 11 p.m. Sat., Nov. 17, had been opened when she checked it an hour later and that her cell phone and credit cards had been stolen. Earlier in the week, another patron of The Garage had her cell phone stolen from where she had placed it on the bar in front of her at 11 p.m. Tues., Nov. 13. The phone company notified her later that someone had made unauthorized calls to the Ivory Coast and to the Yemen Arab Republic.

A woman patron of Café Wha, 115 MacDougal St., had her credit cards stolen from the pocket of her jacket, which she had draped over her chair around 2:30 a.m. Thurs., Nov. 15. A man who was at Automatic Slim’s, a lounge at Washington and Bank Sts., on Friday night Nov. 9, had his jacket and shoulder bag stolen, police said.


Locker-room removals
A dance student, 17, at the Joffrey Ballet School, 434 Sixth Ave. between Ninth and 10th Sts., had her wallet stolen from an unlocked changing room while she was in classes between noon and 2:30 p.m. on Thurs., Nov. 15, police said.

A patron of New York Sports Club, 34 W. 14th St. between Fifth and Sixth Aves., had his wallet stolen from his locked locker at 9 p.m. Tues., Nov. 13. Someone had apparently tampered with the lock, because the victim couldn’t open it when he returned from his workout and it had to be clipped.

A patron of the New York Sports Club at 225 Varick St. at W. Houston St. had his wallet stolen from a locked locker at 7 p.m. Mon., Nov. 12.


Burglary and vandalism
Police arrested Andre Radujko, 24, on Nov. 20 and charged him with burglary and criminal mischief for breaking into his girlfriend’s apartment on Grand St. at West Broadway on Nov. 9 while she was out from 9 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. The suspect broke a glass panel in the door to get in and then scribbled on the walls with a magic marker, police said.


Veal is cooked
Police charged Xavier Veal, 20, of Brooklyn on Nov. 13 with criminal mischief for marking three bus shelters, two in Chelsea and one in the East Village, with graffiti. The suspect was charged with marking his tag on shelters on the southeast corner of Eighth Ave. at W. 23rd St., the southeast corner of Seventh Ave. at W. 23rd St. and on the east side of Avenue C near E. Ninth St.

Albert Amateau


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