Volume 79, Number 01 | June 10 - 16, 2009
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Police Blotter

Girl snatches purse

Police are looking for a teenage girl in connection with a May 13 purse snatching on the Lower East Side that resulted in the victim’s falling to the sidewalk and suffering a head injury. The woman victim, 47, was walking in front of 62 Hester St. between Ludlow and Orchard Sts. at 1:35 p.m. when the suspect, described as a Latino girl between 15 and 17 years old with brown hair, ran up behind her and grabbed her bag, knocking her to the ground, police said.

The incident was classified a robbery because the victim was physically injured. Phone the N.Y.P.D.’s Crimestoppers line at 800-577-TIPS (8477) or submit information about the suspect online at www.crimestoppers.com.

Another A.T.M. gone

An automated teller machine with an undetermined sum of money was discovered missing on Friday morning June 6 from in front of 602 E. 14th St. near Avenue B, police said. Police said they were investigating the theft but were unable to say how the A.T.M. was spirited away. On April 21, Valentine Garcia, of Queens was arrested in connection with the theft of several A.T.M.’s on the Lower East Side and elsewhere by knocking them down with a white van and driving off with them. Garcia was being held pending a July 28 court appearance.

Wash. Sq. attack

Police arrested James Riddles, 40, shortly before 9 p.m. Thurs., June 4, and charged him with attempting to rob a man, 27, who was talking on his cell phone at LaGuardia Place and Washington Square South. Riddles, a Bronx resident, punched the victim in the face, pulled a knife and demanded the victim’s wallet, but fled without taking anything, police said. Riddles was being held in lieu of bail pending a June 10 court appearance.

Bashed bouncer

Police arrested Daniel Menendez, 22, at 2:50 a.m. Sat., June 6, and charged him with assault and possession of a controlled substance during a confrontation with a bouncer at Woody McHale’s bar, at 234 W. 14th St. Police found an unspecified quantity of marijuana on the suspect while he was being charged with punching the bouncer in the face after the victim refused to let him into the bar.

Called his bluff

A man walked into the Capital One Bank branch on Sixth Ave. at W. Fourth St. shortly after 9 a.m. Thurs., June 4, and passed a note to a teller asking for $800, and saying, “I don’t want to kill myself.” The robber, described as blond haired and middle aged, then put a razor to his wrist, but fled when the teller refused to respond to the threat.

Stolen property

Police responded to a report of a strong-arm robbery of a man at Avenue A and East Houston St., at 11:30 p.m. Sun., May 31, where the victim, 23, told officers that two teens beat him and stole his cell phone. Police later arrested Joshua Igartua, 18, and a younger teen whose name was not released because of his age. Igartua was charged with possession of stolen property after the cell phone was found on him. He was being held in lieu of bail pending a July 8 court appearance.

Hit peacemaker

Two men walked into a store on Henry St. near Catherine St. at 9:40 p.m. Fri., May 29, greeted the owner, then hit him over the head with a chair and fled, police said. The victim told police that he had broken up a fight the day before between the two suspects and a third man.

Mugged on Mott

Two suspects ambushed and robbed a man, 77, as he was walking up to his third-floor apartment on Mott St. near Grand St. around 7:45 p.m. Sun., May 31, police said. The suspects waylaid the victim on the stairs between the second and third floors. One suspect put a hand over the victim’s mouth while the other went through the man’s pockets and took $250 in cash.

Driver hits officer

A driver who was pulled over at Watts and Thompson Sts. for a traffic violation at 7 p.m. Mon., June 1, sped off while the traffic agent was writing a summons, according to police. The side-view mirror struck and injured the agent’s hand. The driver has not been apprehended.

Albert Amateau

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