Volume 78 - Number 40 / March 11 -17, 2009
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Police Blotter

Clinton St. homicide
A New Jersey resident attending a baby shower at Clinton and Cherry Sts. in the LaGuardia Houses on Saturday night March 7 was stabbed in the torso on Clinton St. after he left the event at 10:42 p.m., police said. The victim, Steven Boysen, 21, of Willingboro, N.J., was taken to New York Downtown Hospital, where he was declared dead on arrival. There were no arrests and police are investigating the case.

Holdup woman
A woman apparently shopping at the clothing boutique, Untitled, 26 W. Eighth St., shortly before 2 p.m. Sun., Feb 22, put a note on the counter in front of an employee that said, “Give me all your cash I have a gun,” and then pulled a silver handgun with an orange dot on top, police said. The suspect then said, “Hurry up. I have someone waiting for me in a car.” She grabbed $196 in cash and her note and ran. The employee told police the suspect was very wet from the rain. The suspect was described as a white woman, about age 25, 5 feet 6 inches tall, and wearing sunglasses, a coat, gloves, a hat and a scarf around her face.

Meat Market break-ins
Police arrested José Ramos, 52, on Tues., March 3, in connection with two burglaries of Valbella restaurant, 421 W. 13th St. at Washington St., in December. On Dec. 8, a surveillance camera caught him on tape making off with liquor valued at $2,000, and on Dec. 22 he took a 50-inch television from the place, according to the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office. He is being held in lieu of $30,000 bail pending an April 1 court appearance.

Kilgore was here…ouch!
Police arrested Raymond Kilgore, 44, on Wed., March 4, and charged him with punching and kicking a man last Nov. 20 on Gansevoort St. between Hudson and Greenwich Sts. The victim sustained a broken wrist, according to charges filed by the Manhattan district attorney. Kilgore was arrested after being identified on a surveillance tape, police said.

Archive robberies
Police arrested two suspects, Jubril Faggins, 19, and Jhirad Powell, 18, both of Brooklyn, on Sat., Feb. 28, and charged them with robbing two women on separate occasions in the lobby of the Archive Building, 666 Greenwich St. at Christopher St. On Thurs., Jan. 29, the suspects followed a woman, 36, into the lobby of the building at about 3:30 a.m., wrestled her to the floor and made off with her bag, according to the Manhattan D.A.’s office. Over the following few days, they charged $3,600 to the victim’s credit cards for wigs, women’s clothes and jewelry in Brooklyn, according to reports. On Mon., Feb. 2, the two suspects entered the building again and mugged another woman, 27, according to the charges.

Burglary arrest
Police arrested Norberto Sepulveda, 25, on Feb. 26 and charged him with burglary and larceny for two break-ins. On Tues., Feb. 17, he entered a woman’s apartment on E. Third St. and was about to leave with credit cards, a ring and a necklace and $210 in cash, when the resident returned home and screamed, according to the charges. He gave the woman back the cash and fled, police said. The suspect was identified in a video surveillance tape and arrested a week later. Sepulveda is also charged with a Nov. 7 break-in of an Eldridge St. apartment when he made off with two rings, two necklaces, a laptop computer and $1,300 in cash, police said.

Auction items gone
A staff member at the Corlears School, 322 W. 15th St., told police on Mon., March 2, that more than 80 items being stored on the building’s second floor for the school’s annual benefit auction were missing. The items, including apparel, books, cosmetics, playthings and diamond jewelry, valued at more than $20,000, were last seen at 5:40 p.m. the previous Friday, police said.

Soho shoplift arrest
A security guard at the Apple Store, at 103 Prince St., stopped a woman trying to walk out of the place at 6:30 p.m. Sun., March 1, without paying for three computer application discs with a total value of $1,579 stuffed in her jacket, police said. Jennifer Thorson, 27, was charged with grand larceny.

Bopped by bouncer
A patron, 23, of Bijou, the lounge at 57 Gansevoort St., told police that a bouncer punched him in the face just outside the club at 4:20 a.m. Sat., March 7, The victim was treated at St. Vincent’s Hospital for a cut above his right eye. The bouncer, Vicheal Lacks, 36, was issued a desk-appearance summons for misdemeanor assault.

Rude club exit
Police charged Juan Martinez, 23 and Machi Jordi, 25, with criminal mischief for tearing a side exit door off its hinges as they were leaving Hiro lounge, 369 W. 16th St., at 5 a.m. Mon., March 2.
Subway station bump

A woman told First Precinct police that she discovered her wallet with credit cards and $150 in cash were gone when she went to pay for her meal at Woo Lae Oak restaurant, at 148 Mercer St., on Saturday evening Feb. 28. The victim recalled that someone bumped her as she was leaving the N/R subway station at Prince St. and Broadway.

ID theft
A resident of 240 W. 15th St. told police on Wed., March 4, that Citibank told her that someone had fraudulently withdrawn $4,546 from her account on Feb. 9. The victim then checked her Washington Mutual account and discovered two more unauthorized withdrawals, for $4,725 and $4,375, also were made on Feb. 9.

A resident of 201 W. 16th St. told police on March 4 that someone had used her name to open an account in the Teche Federal Bank, a south Louisiana bank chain, and tried but failed on Feb. 4 to cash two checks, one for $12.08 and the other for $56.40.

Charge Canal peddler
An officer who arrested Seydi Soumare, 28, in front of 317 Canal St. near Mercer St. for peddling counterfeit DVD’s at 5:30 p.m. Fri., Feb. 13, was injured slightly when the suspect resisted the arrest, police said. Soumare was charged with assaulting a police officer.

Wallet lifted
A woman patron of Dos Caminos restaurant, at 475 Broadway between Grand and Broome Sts., put her bag on the back of her chair at brunch on Saturday morning Feb. 28, and discovered when she went to pay the tab at 10 a.m., that her wallet with credit cards and $50 in cash had been stolen, police said.

Scrolls scrap
Raphael Haim Golb, 49, a Thompson St. resident, was charged on March 5 with identity theft and online impersonation of the chairperson of the New York University Hebrew and Judaic studies department, who is also a leading expert in the Dead Sea Scrolls.

Golb is charged with using N.Y.U. computers between July and December of last year to create Internet accounts in the name of Lawrence Schiffman, the head of the N.Y.U. department.

Golb, the son of Norman Golb, a Dead Sea Scrolls scholar at the University of Chicago, sent e-mails to N.Y.U. recipients charging Schiffman with plagiarism. Golb is also charged with creating e-mail accounts in the name of two other Dead Sea Scroll scholars, Stephen Goranson and Jonathan Seidel.

Through the Internet aliases, Golb promoted his father’s theories concerning the Dead Sea Scrolls and attacked the validity of the rival theories of Schiffman and others.

The Dead Sea Scrolls — about 900 documents dating from between 150 B.C. and 50 A.D., including texts of the Hebrew Bible — were discovered between 1947 and 1956 in caves around the ancient ruins of Qumran on the northwest shore of the Dead Sea in Israel. They are of great historical and religious significance and have given rise to international academic conflicts.

Subway suicide
A man who jumped to his death in front of a Brooklyn-bound C train in the Eighth Ave. subway station at 14th St. at 6:30 p.m. Thurs., March 5, was identified as Russell Velez, a patient at the Creedmoor Psychiatric Center in Queens, who left the center without leave the day before.

Welfare office fracas
Police arrested Jerry Moore, 42, in the Human Resources Administration office at 12 W. 14th St. at 3:20 p.m. Tues., March 3, and charged him with assault, resisting arrest and trespassing. Moore created a disturbance and was asked to leave the center but struggled with security and police, according to the district attorney’s office.

Firehouse fire
Firefighters in the 110-year-old firehouse on Great Jones St. extinguished a small electrical fire in the station at 5:40 a.m. Wed., March 4.

Albert Amateau

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