Volume 79, Number 11 | August 19 - 25, 2009
West and East Village, Chelsea, Soho, Noho, Little Italy, Chinatown and Lower East Side, Since 1933
Avenue C shooting
A man who walked out of a deli on the corner of E. 12th St. and Avenue C just before 5 a.m. Sun., Aug. 16, was shot once in the chest and fell to the sidewalk, police said. The victim, described only as a Hispanic man, 25, was taken to Bellevue Hospital in critical condition. The gunman, and possibly an accomplice or two, hailed a cab and fled, according to reports. Police did not release the victim’s name but were investigating the case.
Dead on Soho roof
Responding to a call at 11:35 a.m. Tues., Aug. 11, police went to the roof of 35 Howard St. near Broadway, where they found the body of a white male. The man, about whom more information was not provided, was pronounced dead at the scene, and the Medical Examiner’s Office was investigating the cause of death. Police are still investigating the case.
Electric toothbrush trick
Kelly Scott, girlfriend of Cameron Douglas, the son of the actor Michael Douglas, was arrested Aug. 10 and charged with smuggling small plastic bags of heroin from the Hotel Gansevoort room where Cameron previously had been staying to the Manhattan home of his mother, where he was under a court-ordered security watch, according to a New York Post article last week.
Scott was charged with trying to get the tiny heroin bags crammed inside the battery compartment of an electric toothbrush to Douglas in his mother’s apartment. The agents assigned to Douglas had heard him phone a woman and ask her to bring him personal items, especially his electric toothbrush, from the Hotel Gansevoort room where both had been staying and where he was arrested last month on drug charges.
Scott turned up later at the apartment with a black bag of personal items, including the electric toothbrush with the heroin in the battery compartment. She told agents at the apartment that she didn’t know about the heroin in the gadget. The agents later brought Scott back to the Hotel Gansevoort, where they found a half-pound of crystal methamphetamine and small bags of what appeared to be heroin, marijuana and meth, according to the Post article. Scott was jailed and held without bail on drug-possession charges.
‘Give me $1,600’
A man walked up to a desk in the Capital One branch at 21 University Place near E. Eighth St. shortly after 10 a.m. Sat., Aug. 8, said, “I want to open an account,” and was led to a teller where he then passed a note saying, “Give me $1,600. I will hurt you if you try anything,” police said. The teller handed over $748 and the suspect fled. Police said the suspect, described as a black man about age 25, 5 feet 6 inches tall and 150 pounds, had been walking around in front of the bank before it opened.
The manager of the Snow Mountain Ice Cream shop at 474 Sixth Ave. near W. 12th St. closed the place at 12:20 a.m. Sat., Aug. 15, and reopened at noon to find that the lock on the security gate was gone and $700 was missing from the cash register, police said. The security system was unplugged and the computer tower valued at $800 was also missing, police said.
A Village resident told police on Saturday evening Aug. 8 that he had seen a man in front of a house at 275 W. 12th St. at 5:25 p.m. and then saw him leave 10 minutes later walking away east. Police found that the door to the house between Greenwich Ave. and W. Fourth St. had been kicked open, leaving a visible boot print. But a canvass of the area did not find a suspect. A U.S. passport belonging to the apartment’s resident, who was not at home at the time, had been stolen but nothing else was reported missing. The burglar was described as a black man about 29, 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighing 185 pounds, wearing black trousers, a white T-shirt and a baseball cap.
Took her Apple Book
A resident of an apartment at 183 Sullivan St. near Bleecker St. left home with her doors locked and windows closed around 12:45 p.m. Sat., Aug. 8. She returned home Sun., Aug. 9, around 10:24 p.m. and found her door unlocked, a bedroom window open and an Apple laptop computer valued at $2,000 stolen, police said. The resident’s roommate, who had been away on Saturday, returned at 3 p.m. Sunday, found the door unlocked, and left again 15 minutes later, locking the door behind him. The roommate had not noticed anything missing, police said.
Knocked to ground
A man, 26, was walking on W. Fourth St. near W. 11th St. shortly before 3 a.m. Tues., Aug. 11, when a mugger hit him over the head and knocked him to the ground, police said. The suspect took a wallet with credit cards and a driver’s license from the victim and fled.
Bottles for iPod
A group of men started an argument with a man, 41, on the Bowery at Prince St. at 10:50 p.m. Sat., Aug 8, when one of them grabbed an iPod from the man, who resisted, police said. The thieves then hit the victim over the head with beer bottles, left him bleeding on the sidewalk and fled, police said.
A burglar broke the lock of the front door of Aurora Restaurant, 510 Broome St. near West Broadway, between 5:30 a.m. and 6 a.m. Mon., Aug. 11, and took about $300 from the cash register, police said. A surveillance video was operating and recorded the theft, police said.
-- Albert Amateau