Volume 77 / Number 33 Jan. 16 - 22, 2008
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Police Blotter

Clubland death
An argument that police said started between two patrons inside Stereo, the club at 512 W. 29th St., spilled into the street at 3:45 a.m. Thurs., Jan. 10, when one of the patrons, Brione Schneider, 32, was shot in the back. Schneider was pronounced dead an hour later.

Police said the club had been closed for several days last year after two separate violations — narcotics activity and selling alcohol to minors.

The day after the fatal shooting, police inspected the premises before patrons arrived and ordered it closed because of various violations, including finding cocaine on the premises and hiring unlicensed security guards.

The Jan. 10 shooting occurred near 11th Ave. about 100 feet from the club entrance, and a spokesperson said the club was not aware of any argument that started inside the premises that night.

“The security and safety of our patrons is our most paramount concern and Stereo maintains a tightly controlled, safe club environment with highly experienced security and close monitoring of our clientele,” the spokesperson said.

A man who followed Schneider down the block got into the rear of a car parked at the curb and fired the shot that hit Schneider, according to witnesses. Schneider was a Brooklyn sporting-goods manager and father of a 6-year-old son. Taken to St. Vincent’s Hospital, he was pronounced dead at 4:40 a.m.

There were no arrests by press time Tues., Jan. 15.

Burglary arrest
Police arrested Morfi Jimenez, 23, on Tues., Jan. 8, for breaking into an apartment at 131 Broome St. at Ridge St. on the afternoon of Oct. 13 and destroying a surveillance camera valued at $1,600. Detectives at the Seventh Precinct identified the suspect by the recorded image of him throwing a folding chair at the camera. He was arraigned Mon., Jan 14, and was freed on $3,500 bail pending an April 22 court appearance.

Hit by bus, legs amputated
A 92-year-old woman walking on Canal St. was struck by a bus bound for Washington, D.C., at the corner of Forsyth St. on Sunday morning Jan. 13, mangling both her legs, which had to be amputated.

The bus, owned by New Century Travel, was making a turn onto Forsyth St. on a green light when the accident occurred, police said. The driver did not see the victim, who was dragged half a block before a passerby was able to flag down the driver, according to a New York Post article.

The victim, whose name police did not reveal, was taken unconscious to Bellevue Hospital, where her legs were amputated.

The driver passed a field alcohol test and was not charged. New Century Travel, based in Philadelphia, provides low-cost connections between Manhattan, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. The company was recently cited by the federal highway traffic safety agency for violations.

Robs bank
Police said on Jan. 11 that they were looking for a man with a goatee who passed a note demanding money from a teller at the Chase branch at First Ave. and E. 14th St. on Dec. 22. Described as 5 feet 6 inches tall, weighing between 150 and 160 pounds and wearing a green, hooded sweatshirt and black sunglasses with a black backpack, the thief fled with an undisclosed amount of cash.

Swatch shop swipe
A man who walked into the Swatch store at Bleecker St. and Broadway wearing latex gloves, sunglasses and a black hat on Thursday morning Jan. 10 indicated that he had a gun and demanded money, police said. The robber, described as about 40 years old, 6 feet 2 inches and weighing 240 pounds, made off with $200.

Albert Amateau

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