Volume 78 / Number 20 - October 15 - 21, 2008
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Police Blotter

Stalks preteen girls

A heavyset man, about 5 feet 9 inches tall, with a goatee and brown hair worn pulled back, approached two girls in Chinatown in the past three weeks, police said. The suspect, driving a green Jeep, offered money to a 9-year-old girl walking on Pike St. Sunday evening Oct. 12. A man answering the same description stopped a 10-year-old girl in front of her Henry St. building and offered her money. The two victims screamed and fled, according to reports.


Rob livery driver

Police arrested one of two suspects involved in the beating of a livery car driver in the Village during the early hours of Mon., Oct. 6. Jason Velasquez, 23, of Brooklyn, and an accomplice not apprehended hailed the driver at Greenwich and Christopher Sts. at 2:30 a.m. and started an argument when the driver refused to take them to Brooklyn. Velasquez grabbed the driver’s glasses and punched him when he jumped out of the car. Velasquez was released on bail pending a Jan. 6 court appearance, a spokesperson for the Manhattan district attorney said.
Credit-card theft

Police arrested Lamar Williams, 29, on Tuesday afternoon, Oct. 7, in the Radio Shack at 360 Sixth Ave., near Washington Place, and charged him with larceny for trying to pay for a DVD player with a stolen credit card. Police said the suspect was carrying another stolen credit card. Williams, who gave a Rochester, N.Y., address, was being held for a court appearance later this week, according to the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office.


1 of 10 most wanted

A man on the city’s 10 most-wanted list for the June 18 shooting of a victim during an East Village robbery was arrested last week in Vermont, according to law enforcement sources. The suspect, Luis Rivera, 22, was arrested with a Vermont accomplice for pistol-whipping a man in his home in a Burlington, Vt., suburb, according to authorities.

Rivera and his co-defendant in Vermont, Gerald Ryan, were charged with aggravated assault, first-degree burglary and possession of cocaine in connection with the Oct. 9 burglary.
The June 18 shooting occurred outside a laundromat on Avenue C.


Pants-pulling perp

A Bronx teenager was arrested shortly before 4 a.m. Wed., Oct. 1, and charged with the robbery of a victim at Bedford and Downing Sts., police said. David Scott, 17, of the Bronx, punched the victim, 24, knocked him to the ground, pulled off his pants and took about $87 from his pocket, according to the Manhattan D.A.’s office. He was being held pending a Nov. 25 court appearance.

Bouncer on trial

The Queens trial of Darryl Littlejohn, 43, for the kidnaping of a York College student four months before the Feb. 25, 2006, kidnap, rape and murder of Imette St. Guillen, a John Jay College student whose body was found off the Belt Parkway in Brooklyn, began Tues., Oct. 14.

St. Guillen was kidnaped at The Falls, a bar at 224 Lafayette St., on the edge of Soho, where Littlejohn, was a bouncer. Littlejohn will face trial later for murdering St. Guillen.

The York College woman, 19, was kidnaped and punched by Littlejohn on her way home from class in October 2005, according to the charges. She managed to break out of a van that Littlejohn was driving.

The defendant’s record dates from when he was 12 and snatched a bag from a 70-year-old woman. He has spent 20 years in prison on 10 separate convictions, according to the Queens district attorney.


Snatcher is slashed

A man who grabbed the bag of a woman on Sixth Ave. at W. Ninth St. near the PATH station fled with the victim in pursuit at 1 a.m. Tues., Sept. 30, police said. The suspect, Curtis Martin, 38, dropped the bag, but an unidentified man took up the chase, slashed the victim’s face and fled. Martin was arrested, charged with robbery and was being held in lieu of $10,000 bail pending an Oct. 29 court date.


Nails come out

An argument between two employees at a nail salon at 66 Seventh Ave. near 14th St. at 8:40 p.m. Sun., Oct. 5, ended when one woman hit the other on the head with an unidentified object. The suspect, a Henry St. resident, fled. The victim was treated at St. Vincent’s Hospital.

Albert Amateau

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