Volume 79, Number 14 | September 9 - 15, 2009
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Police Blotter

Fight turns fatal

Daniel Abbastante, 35, was charged on Wed., Sept 2, with manslaughter after a fight with a fellow resident of the Bowery Residents’ Committee shelter, 317 Bowery at Bleecker St. The suspect was fighting in the shelter with Paul Green, 39, around 10 p.m. on Tuesday, knocked him to the floor and kicked him several times, according to witnesses. Green declined to press charges and was taken to St. Vincent’s Hospital, where he died at 12:14 a.m. on Wednesday. Police then returned to the shelter and arrested Abbastante.

Knife to the throat

A resident of 247 W. 11th St. told police a man who followed her into her building when she got out of a cab at 12:40 a.m. Thurs., Sept. 3, pulled a knife, threatened to slit her throat if she screamed, and took her bag with a BlackBerry phone, bank cards and ID and fled. The suspect was described as a black man with braided hair, about 5 feet 11 inches tall and 170 pounds.
Burglar’s key find

A burglar opened the door of a fifth-floor apartment at 720 Greenwich St. with the spare key the resident left under the front-door mat around 12:46 p.m. Sun., Aug. 30, police said. The thief made off with a laptop MacBook computer valued at $3,500 and $120 in cash, police said.

Bagel beating

Three men were charged with beating a man who spent too long in the men’s room of a bagel shop at 120 University Place on Friday night Sept. 4, police said. Osman Jalloh, 19; Amadou Diallo, 21; and Mohammed Sow, 21, were charged with second- and third-degree assault and were paroled pending a Dec. 2 court appearance, according to the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office.

Argued, then attacked

A man, 22, told police that a stranger who started an argument with him at 2:45 a.m. Mon., Aug. 31, near the corner of W. 14th St. and Eighth Ave. punched him, knocked him down and kicked him in the head. The assailant fled into the subway station on the northeast corner, police said.

Bad party girls

A man coming out of a Meatpacking District club told police three women approached him at 5 a.m. Sun., Sept. 6, asked him if he wanted to party with them and then took him in their car to a bank A.T.M. at 423 W. 14th St. to draw some money for the party.

Two of the girls accompanied him to the A.T.M. and massaged him to get him in the mood for the party, according to police. They returned to the car and drove for a while until the driver stopped the car and told him the party was over. They made him get out and drove off, leaving him in the street minus his wallet, the cash and the A.T.M. card. He phoned police, who later arrested Tiffany Raspberry, 21; Subhanna Beyah, 21; and Barbara Labady, 27, and charged them with robbery. The victim discovered later that three unauthorized withdrawals were made just after the incident.

‘I will shoot you’

A man walked into the HSBC branch at 769 Broadway near Ninth St. at 12:38 p.m. Sat., Aug. 22, told a teller, “Yeah, I want change,” then passed her a note that said, “Don’t panic, I have a gun. I will shoot you and security on the way out. Don’t hand me the dye pack.” After the teller turned over $2,058 in loose bills, the robber asked, “You got any more 50’s?” and then left, turning north on Broadway, police said. The robber was a black man, about age 35, 5 feet 9 and 200 pounds.

9th St. bag grab

A resident of 60 E. Ninth St. at the corner of Broadway told police that two or three men followed her as she entered her building at 2:30 a.m. Mon., Aug. 31, when one of them grabbed her bag and they all fled. The robbers escaped into the subway station on Broadway at Eighth St. A token booth clerk at the Astor Place station recovered the bag, police said. The bag’s contents — a cell phone, driver’s license and bank card — were not recovered.

‘I got your phone’

Two men assailed a woman as she was entering her residence at 252 W. 14th St. at 4:10 a.m. Sat., Aug. 22, police said. One suspect got inside the building, but the victim and witnesses held the door to keep the other suspect out. The suspect outside the door said, “I got your phone, bitch.” Police came by and arrested the two suspects, Randy Moreno, 25, and Eric Moreno, 23, and charged them with robbery.

Boutique boosters

Four men walked into the Massimo Bizzocchi boutique at 433 W. 14th St. at 4:45 p.m. Fri., Sept. 4, and two of them engaged the employee in conversation while the other two went to look around. The employee told police that the store security camera caught one of them stuffing two pairs of women’s denim shorts into a paper bag and leaving without paying the $270 total price.

Stagehand victim

A woman stagehand who was taking equipment out of a theatrical prop store at 14th St. near 10th Ave. and loading it into a van around 10 p.m. Tues., Sept 1, discovered that a thief had entered the van and made off with her wallet with credit cards, an iPod, a digital camera and $60 in cash, police said.

Mugging trio

Two men and a woman engaged a woman victim in conversation at 4:20 a.m. Fri., Aug. 28, at Washington Square West and Washington Place, when one of the men put a chokehold on the victim while the second man pulled a knife and grabbed her bag, police said. The man tugged at the bag and said, “Let it go, let it go,” according to police. The three assailants fled with the bag, containing a camera, a BlackBerry, a driver’s license and $9 in cash, police said.

Woman is attacked

Police arrested Alexander Corchado, 61, on Sun., Aug. 30, after he attacked a woman in front of her apartment on Henry St. near Chatham Square. A retired police officer saw the assault and called police, who arrested the suspect on Mott St. Corchado is believed to be involved in two similar incidents, and was charged with attempted robbery, burglary and attempted sexual abuse.

Cheese-’n’-chorizo con

A food delivery driver told police he made a stop at the Norwood Club, 241 W. 14th St., around noon, Wed., Aug. 26, loaded a food order onto a hand truck and went to the rear of the club. He shouted down a stairway that he had a delivery and a man come up and signed for it. The deliveryman then asked to use the bathroom, but when he returned he found the hand truck and the food were gone. He later learned that the Norwood Club reported that no delivery was made of 15 pounds of sheep’s milk cheese, 10 pounds of chorizo (sausages), a pound of anchovies, olives, tuna and other food items valued at a total of $447. The hand truck was also gone.

Hudson Square mugger

A woman, 35, was walking on Hudson St. near Broome St. at 6:45 a.m. Fri., Aug. 28, when a man wielding a knife stopped her, police said. The robber made off with the victim’s cell phone, driver’s license and bank card.

Albert Amateau

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