Volume 79, Number 4 | July 1 - 7, 2009
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Police Blotter

Bad cab ride
A woman, 24, who got into a cab at 3:30 a.m. Sat., June 20, in the Meatpacking District after a night of drinking, was ordered out when the cab arrived at W. Houston and Thompson Sts., police said. Before she knew what happened, a man opened the door, pulled her out of the cab, grabbed her bag and got into the cab himself before it drove off, police said. The victim told police she could not identify the cab driver or the thief and did not remember the cab number.

‘I should have killed him’
A visitor from Pierre, South Dakota, walking with a friend on Christopher St. between Seventh Ave. South and Bleecker St. was attacked shortly after 3 a.m. Sun., June 27. The suspect, Miguel Miranda, 44, punched the victim, 32, in the face several times until he fell to the pavement, police said. Miranda was charged with third-degree assault and second-degree harassment. He told police at the Sixth Precinct after his arrest, “I confessed I did knock that [expletive deleted] out. I should have killed him.” Police did not say what motivated the attack.

14th St. robbery
Police arrested one of four men suspected in the 1:30 a.m. robbery on Tues., June 23, of the Union Square News Shop at 100 W. 14th St. at Sixth Ave. The four robbers beat the owner of the shop and stole a box of cigars valued at $150, and fled. But the owner flagged down police in a passing patrol car, got into the patrol car and spotted one of the suspects. An officer got out and chased Andrew Lindell, 19, and arrested him on W. 12th St. Lindell, charged with second-degree robbery, pleaded guilty on Fri., June 26, according to the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office.

Punched by PATH
A Village resident, 62, told police he confronted and admonished a stranger who was urinating in the street across from the PATH station on Christopher St. between Hudson and Greenwich Sts. at 11:50 p.m. Thurs., June 25. The victim said the suspect, whom he could not describe, punched him in the face and fled, according to police.

Bag thief is a bust
Police arrested Andrew Alexander, 24, of Staten Island, at 4:15 a.m. Sun., June 21, and charged him with trying to steal a bag from a man walking on Christopher St. near Greenwich St. Alexander, 41, threatened the victim with physical force but failed to take the bag and fled. Police apprehended the suspect, who was released on bail pending a Sept. 29 court appearance, according to the Manhattan D.A.

Booze burglary
Police arrested Tony Davis, 47, on Mon., June 22, as he was walking out of the recently completed Standard Grill at 848 Washington St. near W. 13th St. with several bottles of liquor. Police said the suspect, a W. 33rd St. resident, had taken bottles of liquor from the same location the previous Monday. He was charged with two counts of burglary and possession of stolen property.

Raising cane
A woman wielding a cane attacked another woman around midnight Tues., June 23, on E. Third St. at Avenue D, police said. The suspect punched the victim, 19, in the face, hit her on the forearm with her cane and fled, police said.

Black-car grope
A New Jersey woman told police she was waiting for a cab at Hudson and Morton Sts. at 5 p.m. Thurs., June 25, when the driver of a passing Lincoln Town Car offered her a ride to Penn Station for $12. She said the driver, an Asian man in his 40s, groped her and she got out of the car at 30th St. and Eighth Ave.

She suspects rape
A woman living in the Financial District told police that she was apparently drugged and raped after a couple of drinks with friends around 10:30 p.m. Mon., June 22, at a bar on First Ave. below 14th St. where she used to work. She said she blacked out but was able to make it home and found bruises on her legs and felt internal pain. She made the report on Wed., June 24, police said.

Grocery goon
The owner of a grocery store at 172 Prince St. near Thompson St. told police that a man he described as white and 5 feet 7 inches tall hit him in the mouth with a bottle at 7:15 p.m. Tues., June 23, and fled. The victim was treated at Bellevue Hospital.

King St. burglary
A resident of 26 King St. left home at 10 a.m. Mon., June 22, and returned at 10:40 p.m. to find evidence of tampering on her door, the lights on in her bedroom and 10 pieces of jewelry valued at $7,200 missing, including antique diamond and onyx earrings, a Raymond Weil watch and a bottle of perfume.

Soho boutique theft
The manager of the Hugo Boss shop at 555 Broadway between Spring and Prince Sts. told police that someone had shoplifted a limited-edition watch valued at $2,700 sometime between noon and 5 p.m. Tues., June 23.

Mugged mid-text
A man, 57, told police he was texting on his iPhone while walking on Fifth Ave. near E. 12th St. at 7:30 p.m. Fri., June 19, when a stranger passed, grabbed the phone and threatened to cut him unless he gave up the phone. The suspect made off with the iPhone.

Albert Amateau

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