Volume 78 - Number 31 / December 31, 2008 - January 6, 2009
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Police Blotter

Credit card spree
Police arrested Alisha Rankin, 37, of Brooklyn, on Mon., Dec. 15, outside of Marciano, a boutique at 514 Broadway, and charged her with using a stolen credit card at Bloomingdale’s Soho, 504 Broadway. Police said Rankin stole the card from a woman at Party City, 3 W. 14th St., less than an hour before she was arrested.

The owner of the credit card told police her wallet with several credit cards had been lifted from her open handbag while she was in the 14th St. store. The suspect was charged with using the victim’s Bloomingdale’s card at the Soho store to buy two coats and using another stolen card at Marciano to try to buy a dress, a pair of jeans and a necklace, but she was arrested on leaving the store.

Rankin was being held pending a Jan. 22 court appearance on charges of identity theft, forgery and grand larceny.

Burglary series
Police arrested Henry McCoy, 56, of the Bronx, and Alfred Dechalus, 59, of Broome County, N.Y., on Thurs., Dec. 18, and charged them with a string of four East Village burglaries that began on Nov. 10. The suspects were charged with breaking into two apartments at 60 First Ave. on Nov. 10 and making off with jewelry and cash from one of the apartments and more jewelry from an apartment four floors below. On Nov. 26, they entered an apartment at 430 E. Sixth St., in Village View, and made off with various items, including several firearms, according to the charges. On Dec. 1, they entered an apartment at 55 E. Fourth St. and took undisclosed items, police said.

Union Square assault
Jason Torres, 33, of Queens, was charged with possession of a weapon and menacing in connection with a Monday morning Dec. 22 attack on an acquaintance with whom he was arguing on E. 15th St. near Park Ave. South. Police said Torres pulled a switchblade knife and threatened to cut the victim, 23.

Missing teen returns
A 16-year-old girl who was at Tribe, the bar at 132 First Ave. near St. Mark’s Place, with her sister, 30, on Saturday evening Dec. 20, went missing after she and her sister met a man with whom they went to Webster Hall on E. 11th St., police said. The elder sister reported the teenager missing at 1 p.m. the next day and told Ninth Precinct police that she had intervened when the man began making advances on her sister. The teenager then left her jacket with her sister, went to the women’s restroom and disappeared. Three hours later, the sister phoned police to say the girl had turned up unharmed. There were no arrests.

Touchy neighbor
Police arrested Cynthia Hayes, 47, on Mon., Dec. 22, and charged her with groping and fondling a female neighbor, 46, on Tuesday afternoon Dec. 16 in the elevator of 222 E. Third St., where the suspect and the victim are neighbors. Hayes was charged with two misdemeanor offenses, third-degree sexual abuse and forcible touching.

Beating in deli
Police arrested a Brooklyn man, 41, on Christmas Day at a deli at 91 Avenue D at E. Seventh St. Albert Felicia walked into the deli, and demanded the clerk give him any loose change, police said. When told that there was none, he pulled a knife, held it between his teeth and jumped over the counter and started punching the clerk, who managed to phone 911. Police charged Felicia with second-degree menacing, third-degree weapon possession and first-degree attempted robbery. Bail was set at $15,000 pending a Dec. 31 court appearance.

Catch Mama mugger
The bartender and two male patrons at Mama’s Bar chased and grabbed a man charged with trying to grab a bag and cell phone from a woman in front of the bar at Avenue B and E. Second St. at 8:15 p.m. on Tues., Dec. 16, police said. Kester Robinson, 23, of the Bronx, was apprehended a few blocks from the scene and held for police. He was charged with attempted robbery.

Subway fracas
Police arrested Gary Blackett, 25, around 5:30 a.m. Sat., Dec. 20, in the subway station at Eighth Ave. and 14th St. and charged him with third-degree assault for punching and pushing a Brooklyn man, 20, to the platform floor.

Bologna burglar
A burglar who tried to break into Swich, the sandwich shop at 104 Eighth Ave. at W. 16th St., on Friday night Dec. 19, fled just before police arrived at 11 p.m. in response to a call about a break-in in the alley behind the store, police said. The suspect left his screwdriver next to crates stacked up by a window of the shop, police said.

Punched in club
A visitor from Boston, 27, was arguing with another patron at Tenjune, the club at 26 Little W. 12th St., around 2:30 a.m. Wed., Dec. 17, when his adversary punched him in the face. Jonathan Chevalier, 21, was charged with misdemeanor assault.

Lost in bars
A visitor from Lake George was at Off the Wagon, at 109 MacDougal St., around 10 p.m. Sat., Dec. 20, when he discovered his black wool coat with his wallet, credit cards and personal ID, was stolen.

An Upper West Side woman, 28, discovered her bag, which she had placed on her table at Buddha Bar, 17 W. Little W. 12th St., around midnight Thurs., Dec. 11, was gone when she looked for it around 2 a.m.

An Upper East Side woman, 44, put her bag at her feet while she was looking at shoes at Shoe Mania, 30 E. 14th St., at 3:25 p.m. Thurs., Dec. 18, and discovered it was gone 10 minutes later.

High in Honda
Police stopped a white 2008 Honda at the checkpoint on the northwest corner of Washington and W. Houston Sts. at 1 a.m. Sun., Dec. 28, and charged Darren Mishan with driving under the influence of marijuana. The driver handed a plastic bag of marijuana to the arresting officer.

At the same checkpoint, police stopped a 2008 Toyota at 1:15 a.m. Sat., Dec. 27, and charged the driver, John Vaccaro, 38, with driving while intoxicated. He registered .124 at the Manhattan South alcohol testing station on Pitt St. The legal threshold is .08.

Albert Amateau

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