Volume 79, Number 9 | August 5 - 11, 2009
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Police Blotter

Sprays sales senior

A man walked into Paracelso, a clothing boutique at 414 West Broadway, at 3:30 p.m. Tues., July 21, grabbed the 70-year-old saleswoman, shook her violently, pepper-sprayed her and fled with $100 that he took from a cash box and three blouses from the hangers, police said. The suspect was described as white, about 30, 6 feet 4 inches tall and 220 pounds with long black hair.

Cell-phone snatch

A woman talking on her cell phone on Wooster St. between Spring and Prince Sts. around 8:45 p.m. Thurs., July 30, had it snatched from her hand by a man who fled west on Spring St., police said.

Friend attacks her

An Upper West Sider, 20, told police she went to a bar with an acquaintance during the early hours of Sat., July 25, when they began to argue on Hudson St. between Charles and W. 10th Sts. She said the suspect, Michael Toles, 28, grabbed her left arm and slapped and punched her repeatedly. He was charged with assault.

Let’s make a deal

A man who discovered that his cell phone was missing while in a pizza place on Houston St. near Ludlow St. around 11:30 p.m. Sat., July 25, dialed his cell number and heard a man demanding $125 for its return. The victim agreed and arranged to meet the suspect on Avenue D at Eighth St., but called police, who also showed up and arrested Damon Bradley, 35, of 108 Avenue D, charging him with larceny.

Face the music

Police arrested Jacob Figueroa, 32, during the early hours of Sun., July 26, and charged him with beating a street musician who was playing a harmonica at the corner of Bleecker and MacDougal Sts. Figueroa, of the Bronx, grabbed the harmonica and threw it on the pavement and then punched the victim and hit him over the head with a bottle, according to the charges. He was being held in lieu of $7,500 bail pending an Oct. 21 court appearance on charges of assault and criminal possession of a weapon — the bottle.
Wolf pack corralled

Police arrested Michael Massey, 21; Dennis Chach, 34; Eric Sattler, 21; and Steven Stanislawczyk, 21, at 4:40 a.m. Sun., July 26, and charged them with beating and robbing a man, 24, on Eighth Ave. at W. 14th St. Massey was being held in lieu of $1,000 bail and the other defendants were free on parole pending an Aug. 12 court appearance.

Celeb drug bust

The federal Drug Enforcement Admin-istration arrested Cameron Douglas, 30, son of actor Michael Douglas, on Tues., July 28, in the Hotel Gansevoort in the Meat Market in connection with a crystal methamphetamine deal, according to an article in the New York Post. A spokesperson for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Manhattan declined “to confirm or deny reports of cases under investigation.” In 1999 when Cameron Douglas was a deejay at The Tunnel nightclub in Chelsea he was arrested with an accomplice for trying to buy cocaine, according to reports. The Aug. 4 Post article said Cameron Douglas had been staying in a room rented by his father at the Hotel Gansevoort, 18 Ninth Ave. at 13th St.

Gansevoort nose job

A woman patron of the Hotel Gansevoort bar at 18 Ninth Ave. told police that another woman at the bar punched her in the face at 3:45 a.m. Mon., July 27, and broke her nose. The victim, 29, was taken to St. Vincent’s Hospital for treatment. Stacy Ramos, 25, was charged with third-degree assault.

‘I’ll shoot you’

After two muggers approached a man walking on Second Ave. near E. Sixth St. at 5 a.m. Thurs., July 30, one reached into his shirt and said, “Give me everything you’ve got or I’ll shoot you,” according to reports. The accomplice grabbed a wallet with $320 and a cell phone from the victim, 35, and both suspects fled.

Now he’ll pay

A man who ran up a $155.50 tab for food and drinks at Garage, a restaurant at 99 Seventh Ave. South, at 10:11 p.m. Thurs., July 30, walked out without paying. Police charged Gary Harris, 48, with theft of services.

Albert Amateau

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