Volume 73, Number 33 | December 17 - 23, 2003

CITY/CRIME



Police Blotter

Villager photo by Clayton Patterson

Police on Saturday morning collected evidence and marked the location of bullet casings on the street after reports of gunfire on Ludlow St. near Stanton St. last Friday night/early Saturday morning. Seven shots were reportedly fired.

Rape arrest
Police arrested two 18-year-old suspects in connection with the Dec. 8 rape of a woman on E. Sixth St.

Joshua Roy-Hill and Christopher Ramos, both of 1 E. Third St., were charged with rape, sodomy, robbery and burglary in connection with the crime, which took place at 4:25 a.m. They were arrested later that day.

One of the suspects is charged with pulling a knife on the victim, 25, an Asian woman who spoke no English, police said. The charges allege that the suspects dragged the victim into a stairwell where they raped, sodomized and robbed her before fleeing. The victim was taken to Beth Israel Hospital for evaluation.


M.E. rules accident
The Medical Examiner’s office on Dec. 9 determined that New York University freshman Stephen Bohler, 18, jumped to his death on Oct. 10 from the 10th-floor balcony of N.Y.U.’s Bobst Library on Washington Sq. S. under the influence of hallucinogenic mushrooms and marijuana and that his death was therefore deemed accidental.

Bohler, a member of the university’s diving team from Irvine, Cal., was the second student this autumn to die in a plunge from an upper balcony into the atrium of the library.

John Beckman, the university’s spokesperson, said Bohler’s death was “a terrible tragedy. However the Medical Examiner ruled, it would not have altered this sad truth.”

The first death, of Jack Skolnick, 20, who jumped to his death on Sept. 12, has been deemed a suicide. The Medical Examiner’s office is still investigating the circumstances that led to the fatal plunge of Michelle Gluckman, 19, another N.Y.U. student, on Oct. 18 from the window of a friend’s apartment at 1 University Pl.


East River DOA
Harbor Police retrieved the unidentified body of a man in his 50s from the East River at 20th St. at 7:30 a.m. Fri., Dec. 12. The Medical Examiner’s office is investigating the cause of death.

Trouble at Washington Irving

A Washington Irving High School security officer arrested three girl students outside the school at 12:30 p.m., Wed., Dec. 10, in connection with a disturbance, police said. Sharday Griffin, 17, of Manhattan Ave. at W. 117th St., and two girls whose names were not revealed because of their ages, were charged with harassment and obstructing government administration. The security officer was slightly injured in the incident, police said.

On Dec. 12, Washington Irving students, parents and teachers marched outside the school on Irving Pl., according to the Daily News, to protest what they said were “dangerous and unruly conditions inside the crowded school.”


Car break-in
A thief or thieves broke the rear window of a car parked on Charlton St. between Sixth Ave. and Varick St. sometime before 7:30 a.m. on Wed., Dec. 10, and stole several bags containing clothes and camera equipment, police said.


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