Volume 78 / Number 3 - June 18 - 24, 2008
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Police Blotter

Beal out on bail
Yippie leader Dana Beal, arrested in Coles County, Ill., two weeks ago on charges of money laundering, was freed on reduced bail last week pending an Aug. 4 court appearance in Charleston, Ill. Beal, who lives at 9 Bleecker St., told The Villager that he was carrying about $150,000 raised to establish an ibogaine clinic in the Midwest when he was arrested for money laundering. Police seized the money in connection with the arrest, and Beal said he intends to contest the charges, which he expects will be reduced. Advocates for ibogaine, derived from an African tree, claim it is effective in curing heroin and cocaine addiction.

Bottle bash
Police arrested Arquiuides Reyes-Villa, 24, on Friday night June 6 and charged him with assaulting two men on University Place at E. 11th St. with a bottle. Reyes-Villa got into an argument with one victim around 10:10 p.m. and hit him with a bottle, according to the complaint. When another man tried to intervene, the defendant also hit him with the bottle. Both victims were left bloodied and required several stitches to close facial and scalp wounds. Reyes-Villa, of 246 E. 125th St., was charged with second- and fourth-degree assault, a spokesperson for District Attorney Robert Morgenthau said.

Fights off intruder
A woman, 41, who was staying at a friend’s apartment on W. 11th St. between Sixth and Fifth Aves., was awakened at about 6 a.m. Wed., June 11, and saw a blond man in a ponytail hovering over her with a knife in one hand and a piece of cloth in the other, police said. The woman pushed the intruder and kicked him in the groin and screamed, police said. He fell over some furniture and fled. The woman suffered minor cuts on her face. Witnesses said they heard the victim scream and saw a man 5 feet 10 inches tall and about 170 pounds in a tan T-shirt running west on 11th St.

Police stopped a cab at the corner of W. Fourth St. and Sixth Ave. at 7:40 p.m. Tues., June 3, because the driver illegally stopped in the crosswalk to pick up a passenger. The driver presented a license that was not his and he did not look like the photo nor was he able to repeat any of the information on the license, police said. The suspect, Mohammed Osman, 39, of Brooklyn, also presented an expired U.S. Department of Homeland Security card in his own name. Osman, who had three outstanding warrants for similar offenses, was charged with impersonation but pleaded guilty to a lesser charge on June 4 and was sentenced to three days of community service.

Seek mugger
Police are looking for a man who attacked a victim, 59, from behind on Orchard St. near Stanton St. during the early hours of Fri., June 6, put him in a chokehold and made off with an undisclosed amount of the victim’s cash. The suspect is described as in his 30s, balding, 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighing 250 pounds.

Dealer pulls dagger
Police arrested Derrick Gary, 49, on Charles St. at W. Fourth St. on the afternoon of June 12 and charged him with robbing a teenage victim who tried to buy marijuana from him on Sixth Ave. The suspect took $10 that the victim offered, turned to flee without giving him the marijuana and then pulled a knife when the victim demanded his money back. The victim called police, who arrested the suspect several blocks away. Gary was charged with robbery, weapon possession and possession of marijuana, according to a spokesperson for the district attorney.

Special deliveries
A woman whose bag was stolen about 7:45 p.m. Thurs., June 12, while she was in Dublin, the bar at 575 Hudson St., told police she discovered the theft when a man came in with her wallet, which he had found on the sidewalk a few doors down. At about 10 p.m. a transvestite named Carla returned the victim’s cell phone to her at Christopher St. and Seventh Ave. South, police said. The following day, Fri., June 13, a man brought the bag to the Sixth Precinct and said he found it in the sidewalk on the corner of Charles and Washington Sts. Unauthorized charges of about $300 were made on her credit cards for MetroCards, Popeye’s chicken and at a Hudson News location. There was one unauthorized call made on her cell phone.

Pleads to assault
Gerrod Moss, 19, was arrested Tues., June 10, and charged with being a member of a gang of youths who beat two men at the corner of Christopher and Bleecker Sts. and stole their cell phones. He pleaded guilty to assault on June 13 and was sentenced to time served.

‘I have a bomb’
A woman who walked into the Bank of America branch at E. 14th St. and University Place at 2:30 p.m. Mon., June 9, showed a teller what she said was a bomb, demanded money and walked out with an unspecified amount of cash, police said. The robber was described as Hispanic, in her 20s, 5 feet 2 inches tall, slender build and wearing dark glasses.

Bank rob indictment
A federal grand jury on Mon., June 16, indicted Christian Torres, 22, a former rookie New York Police Department officer, and Christina Dasrath, 20, a teller at the Sovereign Bank branch at 57 Avenue A, for robbing the bank twice last year, once in April and again in November, and taking a total of $118,000. Dasrath and Torres met while they were students at John Jay College. She is charged with providing information to Torres in connection with the robberies. Torres, who was arrested earlier this year in Muhlenburg, Pa., for robbing a bank there, pleaded guilty to that charge on Mon., June 16.

Sidewalk sleeper
A visitor from Hong Kong who had too much to drink fell asleep on the sidewalk against a building on W. 16th St. and Ninth Ave. during the early hours of Mon., June 9. A security guard in front of a nearby lounge woke him up at 4 a.m. and told him that a thief had gone through his pockets and fled. The victim lost $250 in cash, bank cards and a cell phone, police said.

Wrong man
A motorist who parked his car at a garage at 224 W. 14th St. between Seventh and Eighth Aves. at 3 p.m. Tues., June 3, returned an hour later to learn that the attendants had given his car to someone else who had not shown the parking check, police said. An attendant told police that he did not ask for the parking check because the man to whom he had given the car looked very similar to the man who had left the vehicle.

A woman visitor from Italy told police she had been sitting with her family at a table at Starbucks at 665 Broadway opposite Bond St. on Monday afternoon June 2 and left her bag hanging on the back of her chair while she went to the bathroom. She returned about five minutes later to find the bag had been stolen without the three members of her family noticing. The woman had to return to Italy the following day before police could check the surveillance videotapes.

Ketchup caper
“There’s something on your jacket,” a stranger told a tourist just before he returned with his wife to their car parked in front of 15 W. 12th St. at 10:45 a.m. Sun., June 8. A smear of ketchup was indeed on the back of his jacket; another stranger said he knew who put it there, and a third stranger said, “If I can help, let me know.” The three strangers disappeared before the couple discovered that their left front tire had been slashed and a camera and accessories had been stolen, police said.

Albert Amateau

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