Volume 78 / Number 11, August 13 - 19, 2008
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Police Blotter

St. Mark’s sex assault

A woman in her early 20s was on her way home on St. Mark’s Place around 1 a.m. Sun., Aug. 3, when a stranger followed her into her building and sexually assaulted her, police said. The victim was unable to describe the suspect, who fled, police said.

Unconscionable act

Barnes Shamsiddeen, 28, was arrested on the Christopher St. Pier around 10:10 a.m. Sat., Aug. 2, after a witness called police, who found him having sex with an unconscious transgender prostitute. The suspect was charged with a criminal sexual act and public lewdness.

Attacked on Clinton

Police arrested Michael Whigham and Matthew Rivera, both residents of the Samuel Gompers Houses at 70 Pitt St., for beating and robbing two young men around 2 a.m. Thurs., Aug. 7, on Clinton St. between Stanton and Rivington Sts. According to the charges filed by the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office, the suspects shouted anti-gay epithets at the victims, punched and kicked them and ran off with a cell phone the victims had dropped during the attack.

Fire rescue

Firefighters who respond to a fire that broke out in an apartment at 123 Bank St. between Greenwich and Washington Sts. about 4 a.m. Fri., Aug. 1, found a woman resident, 58, suffering from smoke inhalation. The victim was taken to St. Vincent’s Hospital in serious condition. The fire was not suspicious.

Hit by Range Rover

A 2008 Range Rover struck a Brooklyn woman as she was riding her bicycle across the intersection of Delancey St. and Bowery at about 1:28 a.m., Tues., Aug. 5, police said. The victim, Rasha Shamoon, 31, was crossing against the light, and the diver of the Range Rover remained at the scene and was not charged, police said. The victim was taken to New York Downtown Hospital in critical condition.

Armed purse thief

A man described as being about 6 feet tall and weighing 235 pounds approached a woman from behind as she was entering her building at 217 E. 12th St. at about 1:45 a.m. Fri., July 11, displayed a gun and took the victim’s bag, police said.

Stabbed in subway

An argument between a Bronx couple in the 14th St. Union Square subway station at about 2 p.m. Sat., Aug. 9, turned violent when the woman stabbed the man in the shoulder, police said. Jason Fowler, 22, was taken to St. Vincent’s Hospital in stable condition and was charged with assaulting his girlfriend, Veronica Jaime, 21, who told police he had hit her. Charges against Jaime include second-degree assault and weapons possession. Fowler was awaiting arraignment on Aug.12, a spokesperson for the Manhattan district attorney said.

Cash snatch, continued

Shane Pettaway, 31, arrested Aug. 1 and charged with snatching money from the hand of a man on Sixth Ave. and W. Fourth St., was released on his own recognizance on April 7 and his case was put over until Nov. 19, according to a D.A. spokesperson.

‘It’s the police’

A woman resident of 310 W. 14th St. told police that a man rang her intercom at 11:45 a.m. Wed., Aug. 8, and said, “Open the door. It’s the police. You don’t have to worry, it doesn’t involve you.” The woman said the image of the intruder displayed on her intercom did not show a police shield so she didn’t buzz him in but called police. The Sixth Precinct detective squad is investigating.

Car break-ins

A man who parked his car on the northeast corner of Bleecker St. and Seventh Ave. South at 9:30 p.m. Sat., Aug. 9, returned three hours later to find that the trunk lock had been broken and that his luggage and laptop computer had been stolen.

A woman who parked her car in front of 15 W. 12th St. at 4:30 p.m. Fri., Aug. 1, returned Monday morning Aug. 4 to find the rear window on the driver’s side smashed and items that had been on the back seat gone.

Traumatic tab

A woman patron of Love, the downstairs club at 179 MacDougal St., off of Eighth St., told police she gave her credit card and her driver’s licenses as ID to the bartender at 12:30 a.m. Sat., Aug. 2, but when she was ready to settle up at 3 a.m., the bartender told her he couldn’t find the card or the license. She discovered that unauthorized charges had been made on her card and cancelled them a few days later, police said.

Dips and sneaks

A woman patron of Aki, a restaurant at 181 W. Fourth St., left her bag at her table at 11 p.m. Sun., Aug. 3, while she went to the ladies’ room, and discovered when she returned that a man had gone through her bag and removed her wallet, police said.

A man told police that a dark-complexioned man wearing sandals and a blue-and-white striped polo shirt had picked the wallet out of his pocket and fled as he was leaving the Chase branch A.T.M. on Grove St. at Seventh Ave. South at 8:45 p.m. Fri., Aug. 1.

The manager of a clothing boutique at 59 Horatio St. told police she discovered her bag was missing from a shelf in the store at 6:30 p.m. Sat., Aug. 9, while doing the end-of-the-day inventory. There was no surveillance camera in the shop and the manager did not know of any possible suspects, police said.

Albert Amateau

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