Serial subway robbery
An East Village man wanted for a series of bag snatchings in Manhattan subway stations in which he escaped by jumping onto the tracks and fleeing to the next station was arrested on Wed., May 21, police said. Mark McIntosh, 25, of 743 E. Ninth St., was charged with victimizing five women between May 11 and May 20.
On May 11, a woman was robbed at 8:30 a.m. on the subway platform at First Ave. at 14th St. At 7:20 a.m. on May 13 a woman on the platform of the Christopher St. and Seventh Ave. station was robbed. On May 14, a woman was robbed at 9:06 a.m. in the station at Third Ave. and 14th St. At 7:37 a.m. May 15, a woman was robbed on the platform of the station at Lafayette and Bleecker Sts. The latest robbery was on May 20 at 7:30 a.m. of a woman on the R train platform at Rector St. and Trinity Pl.
McIntosh was being held pending a July 7 court date on robbery and grand larceny charges, according to spokesperson for Robert Morgenthau, the Manhattan district attorney.
Arrest in Soho snatch
Police arrested Darren Medici, 18, of the Bronx at 7:30 p.m. Thurs., May 15, and charged him with snatching a cell phone and a BlackBerry from a woman, 27, as she was text messaging at the corner of Prince and Mercer Sts. Police said that while Medici was being arrested, a box cutter fell to the ground. He was charged with grand larceny, criminal possession of a weapon and resisting arrest for pushing an arresting officer to the ground, according to a district attorney spokesperson.
Judge lets him out
A Brooklyn man, 27, was arrested Sunday morning May 25 and charged with assaulting and critically injuring an 85-year-old woman in the P.S. 134 playground, at 293 E. Broadway at Pitt St. The victim, identified as Liu Mei Liang, was taken to Bellevue Hospital with a fractured skull and serious brain injuries.
The suspect, Gary Brown, of 1009 Hancock St., Brooklyn, was arrested a short time later. Police did not elaborate on the circumstances of the incident but said the suspect threw the victim violently to the ground and that nothing was stolen.
At Brown’s arraignment on Monday, the assistant district attorney prosecuting the case called for the suspect to be held pending a bail hearing, but Acting State Supreme Court Justice Kibbie F. Payne released Brown on his own recognizance pending a June 5 court appearance.
Police arrested Juan Torres, of Queens, on Friday night May 23 and charged him with criminal mischief, menacing, reckless endangerment and criminal possession of marijuana after an argument with a hostess at Senor Swanky’s at Bleecker St. at LaGuardia Pl.
The suspect threatened the victim with a glass, flung it to the floor where it smashed, then walked out the door and threw two metal pipes through the front window, according to a district attorney spokesperson. The plate-glass window was valued at more than $1,000. Torres was being held pending a May 29 court appearance.
Burglars break wall
Burglars broke a hole in a wall between two apartments on the fifth floor of 225 W. 14th St. around 11:30 p.m. Thurs., May 15, but the residents of the two apartments, who were home at the time, told police they didn’t hear anything. The victim in apartment 5D called police when she noticed the damage and discovered that two laptop computers, a flat-screen TV, a DVD player and an iPod, with a total value of $4,500, were gone. The resident of apartment 5E reported nothing missing. Police said it was uncertain how the thieves got into the building, but they noted the door to the fire escape on the roof was unlocked and the roof was on the same level as neighboring buildings and connected to them.
Jail for killer driver
Tenzing Bhutia, 29, pleaded guilty in State Supreme Court on May 20 in connection with the hit-and-run death of Julia Thomson, 24, who was struck and killed as she crossed Bowery at E. Fourth St. during the early hours of Sept. 30, 2007.
Bhutia was driving his father’s car when he struck the victim, a Scottish woman, and did not stop but drove on to his family’s home in Queens. He was arrested four hours later when police traced him to his Queens residence. He registered .087 on an alcohol breath test — the legal limit is .08 — after his arrest.
Justice Rena Uvilier said she would impose a two-year-sentence on Bhutia at his formal sentencing in June. Meanwhile, Bhutia is free and will be able to attend his Baruch College graduation on May 28.