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Volume 73, Number 29 | November 19 - 25, 2003



Police blotter


Arrest molester
Police arrested Rio C. Morgan, 32, a homeless man, on Sat. Nov. 13 and charged him with entering the New York University dorm rooms of two woman students on Third Ave. at E. 11th St. after midnight Nov. 3 while they slept.

The intruder fled after he got into the bed of one student and licked her chest until she awoke and kicked him off the bed, according to reports.

N.Y.U. security worked with police and furnished information that led to the arrest, according to John Beckman, university spokesperson. “The arrest should bring a sense of relief, in particular to students living in the Third Ave. North residence hall,” Beckman said. “The security of our student residence halls is paramount to us, and our diligence has produced an admirable record of safety,” he said. “We will continue to be vigilant to prevent this kind of incident from recurring.”

Two security guards were suspended in connection with the incident, according to the Washington Sq. News, the student undergraduate newspaper.


Skylark fatal
A cadet from the New York State Maritime College was killed and a fellow student was critically injured after 4 a.m. on Fri. Nov. 14 while riding atop a No. 6 subway car on an elevated stretch of track in the Bronx after a night of drinking in the Village, police said.

The incident occurred less than a month after a similar incident when a 14-year-old Chelsea Vocational High School student was killed while riding on top of a C train as it approached the W. Fourth St. station.

Chris Loughrey, 22, a junior at SUNY Maritime in the Bronx, was killed instantly when struck in the head by a steel beam as the 10th car crossed the Whitlock Ave. Bridge. Brian Hochstetter, 21, was also hit. He fell to the walkway between the ninth and 10th cars and was pulled into the car by two friends who alerted the conductor.

The four Maritime college students spent the night drinking in Village bars and got on a train at Bleecker St., according to reports. While changing trains at Times Sq., Loughrey’s and Hochstetter’s two friends were given summonses by police for carrying open cans of beer. The four eventually got on a Bronx-bound No. 6 train and the two victims climbed to the roofs soon after the train emerged from the tunnel. Loughrey’s body was found on top of the 10th car. Hochstetter remained in critical condition at Jacobi Medical Center in the Bronx.

Friends described the victims as serious students and said it was unimaginable that the two would engage in such a stunt, according to reports.


Robberies arrest
Police arrested a suspect last week in connection with a series of 18 knifepoint robberies in July and August on Village, East Village, Chelsea and Downtown streets. Major Case Squad detectives arrested Daniel Genis, 25, of Edgecliff, N.J., on Sat. Nov. 15 on Stanton St. and Bowery and charged him with holding up his victims at knifepoint between July 22 and August 22, police said.

Most robberies were in the East Village, four were in the Village, three were in Chelsea and Gramercy and three were on the Lower East Side.

Among the holdups was one on July 22 at 1:40 p.m. on Perry St. near Washington St.; another victim was robbed on Aug. 1 at 5:45 p.m. on Greenwich St. near Charles St. On Aug. 13 at 11:30 p.m., a victim was robbed at W. 13th and W. Fourth Sts., and on Aug. 21, the robber struck at 8:40 p.m. on Morton St. between Hudson and Bedford Sts., police said.

Police charged the suspect with three more holdups on Aug. 21, one at 5:30 p.m. on E. Seventh St. between Avenues A and B; another at 6:35 p.m. on E. 19th St. between First and Second Aves., and the third at 10:41 p.m. on Kenmare St. between Elizabeth St. and Bowery.

On Aug. 13, police said, the suspect pulled his second and third heists of that day, on W. 19th St. near 10th Ave. in the Fulton Houses at 4:30 p.m. and the other across town on E. 35th St. between Second and Third Aves. at 4:40 p.m.

On Aug. 22 a victim was robbed at 1:46 p.m. on Stanton St. near Bowery, police said. On Aug. 20, a victim was robbed at 12:30 a.m. on E. Seventh St. between Avenues A and B. Two victims were hit on Aug. 19, police said, one at 3:30 p.m. on E. Fifth St. east of Cooper Sq. and the other at about 10:30 p.m. on E. Third St. between Avenues A and B.

On Aug. 18, a victim was robbed at 6:30 p.m. on E. Fourth St. near Avenue B. The previous day, another holdup occurred at 7:25 p.m. on E. Third St. near Avenue B, according to police. On Aug. 10, there were two holdups, one at 8 p.m. on E. 12th St. between Avenues B and A and the other a half hour later on E. Fourth St. between First and Second Aves. police said.


Subway death
A southbound No. 1 train ran over and killed an unidentified man who was apparently lying on the track just south of the Canal St. station platform at about 5:45 p.m. Fri. Nov. 14, police said. There was no suspicion of criminal action, police said.


Bread and grass
A search warrant for Parisi’s Bakery at 290 Elizabeth St. between E. Houston and Bleecker Sts. and an apartment in the building was executed during a raid at 11:45 a.m. Fri. Nov. 14 when police confiscated 74 pounds of marijuana, a shotgun and an unspecified quantity of “miscellaneous drugs,” police said. Frank Parisi, 48, of Staten Island, proprietor of the bakery, was arrested in connection with the raid, police said.


East Village DOA
Police found the body of a man, described only as black and 54 years old, at 4 p.m. Sun. Nov. 16 inside the fenced area of Abe Lebewohl Park at the intersection of Stuyvesant Pl. and E. 10th St. near Second Ave. The medical examiner’s office is investigating the cause of death


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