Volume 78 - Number 30 / December 24 - 30, 2008
West and East Village, Chelsea, Soho, Noho, Little Italy, Chinatown and Lower East Side, Since 1933
A man riding a red-and-black racing bicycle and wearing a black ski mask stopped a man, 75, on the northeast corner of Charlton and Greenwich Sts. at 6:20 a.m. Sun., Dec. 7, and demanded money, police said. The victim began to run, but the suspect caught him, punched and kicked him to the pavement, pulled a knife and repeated several times, “Give me your money.” The victim handed over $40, and the robber, described as 5 feet 11 inches tall and 170 pounds, fled on his bicycle, police said.
‘I have a gun’
A man who entered the Chase bank branch at 525 Broadway at Spring St. at 8:44 a.m. Tues., Dec. 16, went up to a teller and said, “I need 20s and 50s,” and passed her a note that said, “I have a gun,” police said. The teller left her window and went to the manager, who rang the robbery alarm. The suspect, described as a black man between age 39 and 45, with a dark complexion, 5 feet 10 inches tall and wearing a black overcoat and skullcap, fled empty-handed from a side door, ran east on Spring St. and escaped, police said.
Gang up on student
A Bronx boy, 16, told police on Mon., Dec. 15, that a group of teenagers attacked him three weeks earlier at the northeast corner of Spring and Sullivan Sts., hit him on the head, stole his coat, sweater and book bag and fled south on Sullivan St. The victim told police he delayed reporting the incident because he could not identify his assailants. He said he feared other attacks and was seeking a safety transfer to another school. Although the victim’s school was not identified, there are three high schools located in two buildings at Broome St. and Sixth Ave., three blocks from the scene of the mugging.
Hit Soho penthouse
Burglars made their way into a penthouse apartment at 92 Greene St. between Spring and Prince Sts. sometime between Friday night Dec. 12 and Sunday afternoon Dec. 14, police said. The intruders left the bedroom strewn with clothes and made off with two laptop computers, a camera, a clock radio and $700 in cash. A friend of the owners, who were out of town at the time, told police that she and her boyfriend were authorized to stay in the place, but had gone out to a party on Friday and returned Sunday to find the place in disarray.
‘Give me the cash’
A man entered the Anne Fontaine clothing boutique at 93 Greene St. on Wednesday afternoon Nov. 26, approached a saleswoman with his hand in his jacket simulating a gun and said, “Give me the cash.” Told there was no money, the suspect punched the woman and two other employees and took $190 from the cash box. He kicked open the front door and fled north, police said.
A Harlem resident, 16, told police that he got into an argument over a girl with a 17-year-old boy at Rossetti Pizza, 114 Sixth Ave. near Broome St., on Thursday morning Dec. 11. The victim said the older youth picked up a chair and hit him in the face with it. Carlos Paulino, 17, was charged with felony assault in the case.
Canal St. dip
A Connecticut woman was shopping at a stall on the northeast corner of West Broadway and Canal St. on Saturday afternoon Dec. 13 when a woman pulled her inside to look at some special bargains, according to police. The victim, 52, soon discovered that her wallet, with $500 in cash and various credit cards, was missing from her bag. Later, she learned that unauthorized charges had been made on her credit cards at Macy’s.
Short at Shorty’s
A visitor from Gulfport, Fla., had lunch at Shorty’s 32, the restaurant at 199 Prince St. at Sullivan St., on Fri., Dec. 12. She found when she went to pay her bill at 2:20 p.m. that her wallet — with $200 in cash, credit cards and her Florida driver’s license — was gone.
Not so sweet
A former cashier at Jacques Torres Chocolate, 350 Hudson St., Esther LaMothe, 22, was charged with grand larceny on Fri., Dec. 12, for skimming credit card numbers from customers and making unauthorized purchases totaling $4,988, police said.
‘I’ll take your life’
A motorist told police on Sunday night Dec. 14 that he passed another driver on Eighth Ave. at W. 12th St. around 5 p.m. who followed him to the stoplight at Eighth Ave. and W. 16th St. The other driver got out of his blue Toyota van with Connecticut plates, walked to the victim’s car and displayed a gun in his waistband. “I’m going to take your life,” the stranger said. When the light changed, the suspect got back in his van and followed the victim to W. 25th St., where he turned west, police said.