Volume 78 - Number 50 / May 20 - 26 , 2009
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Police Blotter

Villager photo by J.B. Nicholas

Kiefer Sutherland, the star of “24”, exited the First Precinct in Tribeca on May 7 after being booked on assault charges, stemming from his alleged head butt of designer Jack McCullough. Sutherland is smiling above because he is trying to get out but being boxed in by a beefy police officer. His lawyer is to the right of him.

A.T.M.’s are all wet

Police scuba divers located four A.T.M.’s in Flushing Meadow Lake in Queens at 9:30 a.m. Fri., May 15, and identified them as having been stolen over the past five months from locations on the Lower East Side and Uptown by a suspect who drove them off in a white van.

The suspect, Valentin Garcia, of Queens, was arrested on April 21 after he was pulled from the East River and charged with trying to steal an A.T.M. from in front of 23 Rutgers St. The white van was found at the scene and was identified as having been stolen in Queens.

Valentine is charged with stealing the first A.T.M. from in front of 107 Clinton St. on Dec. 26, an A.T.M. at 1 Bennett Ave. in Inwood on March 28, and one on W. 52nd St. on April 12. He is also charged with auto theft, possession of stolen property and criminal mischief.


Kiefer gets court date

Kiefer Sutherland, who plays the hard-hitting anti-terrorist cop Jack Bauer on television, was issued a summons at the First Precinct on May 7, charging misdemeanor assault for head-butting a fashion designer, Jack McCullough, on the nose during a May 5 charity event in Submercer, the club at The Mercer hotel on Prince and Mercer Sts. Sutherland was freed on his own recognizance pending a June 21 court date. He is currently on probation in Los Angeles for a 2007 drunk-driving conviction.


Probe bias attack

A group of suspects waylaid a victim at the corner of Seventh Ave. South and Christopher St. around 2 a.m. Thurs., May 14, and punched him and knocked him to the pavement, where he hit his head, police said. The victim, identified in a Daily News article as Alan Williams, 50, had a Gay Men’s Health Crisis card in his possession when he was taken to St. Vincent’s Hospital in critical condition.

Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said the assault was being investigated as a possible bias attack. Friends said Williams moved to the city from Buffalo last fall and was looking for a job. Witnesses told police that a group of men in the neighborhood had been harassing gay men and transvestites. Williams’s attackers prevented the victim from getting into two cabs before they knocked him down, witnesses said.


Pepper-spray arrest

Police arrested a suspect whom they said pepper-sprayed two men on the morning of Sat., May 16, after an argument in a diner on W. Fourth St. near Sixth Ave. The suspect left the diner and waited for the victims to come out, then sprayed them in their faces. Lucas Dawson, 25, a Chelsea resident, was arrested a short time later on Grove St. at Seventh Ave. South and charged with assault in connection with the incident, police said.


Grove St. slashing

Police arrested Shaun Handy, 40, for slashing a victim across his head during an argument around 4 a.m. Sat., May 9, outside 80 Grove St. Handy, of Brooklyn, was freed on bail pending an Aug. 17 court appearance.


Seek slashing suspect

Police are still seeking a suspect in the March 14 slashing of an 18-year-old victim in the back of the head during an argument on W. 14th St. at Eighth Ave. The suspect, described as a Hispanic man, between age 25 and 29, about 5 feet 6 inches tall and 160 pounds, formerly worked in a deli at 350 W. 14th St., police said. Information about the suspect may be telephoned to 800-577-TIPS (8477) or entered at the Web site www.nypdcrimestoppers.com.


Stabbed on W. Fourth St.

An argument between two men at W. Fourth and Grove Sts at about 5:45 a.m. Sun., May 17, ended with the victim being stabbed in the back and the arm, police said. The victim, identified in a New York Post article as Derek Brown, 41, a frequent subject of arrest, was taken to St. Vincent’s Hospital in stable condition. He refused to cooperate with the investigation, according to reports. The suspect fled and has not been apprehended.


Juvenile arrest

Police arrested a 14-year-old boy on Tues., May 12, in connection with the April 22 beating and robbery of a victim at Delancey and Essex Sts. The victim sustained a broken jaw and had his cell phone taken by the suspect and two accomplices, police said. The suspect, whose name was withheld because of his age, was arrested after witnesses identified him in a photo lineup, police said.


Wrong-way driver dies

A southbound driver who entered the northbound lanes of the F.D.R. Drive shortly before 4 a.m. Wed., May 13, crashed into a Jeep going north near Exit 7 between 14th and 20th Sts., police said. The southbound driver, identified only as a black man, 23, was declared dead at the scene, and the other driver was taken to Bellevue hospital in serious but stable condition.


L.E.S. D.O.A.

Police responding to a call at 2:10 p.m. Sat., May 16, at 52 Canal St. at Orchard St. found a woman, identified only as 28 years old and white, unconscious. She was taken to New York Downtown Hospital, where she was pronounced dead on arrival. The medical examiner is investigating the cause of death.


Pedestrian hit

A man driving an S.U.V. hit a pedestrian on W. 14th St. between Seventh and Eighth Aves. and then ploughed into three parked cars and turned over, police said. The victim, identified only as a white male, 55, was taken to St. Vincent’s Hospital in critical condition, police said. The pedestrian was crossing from the north side of the street to the south side midblock when the eastbound Land Rover struck him, according to police. The driver swerved but couldn’t avoid the man, and then hit the parked cars. The Land Rover then turned over on its side, according to witnesses. The driver, identified as Alan Naman, of Chelsea, was not charged but the investigation was continuing, police said.

Albert Amateau

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