Volume 79, Number 15 | September 16 - 22, 2009
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Police Blotter

Baruch Houses murder

A Borough of Manhattan Community College student who was stabbed on Saturday evening Sept. 12 while washing his grandmother’s windows in the Bernard Baruch Houses project on the Lower East Side died of his wounds on Monday, police said. His suspected attacker was arrested soon after the stabbing.

Glenn Wright, 21, of 70 E. 108th St., was stabbed in the neck inside the building at 549 F.D.R. Drive at about 6:30 p.m. Saturday after he was mistakenly identified as the intended target of a revenge attack, according to reports. The suspect and four or five companions fled, but police later arrested Joel Herrera, 20, a resident of 7 W. 92nd St. in the Park West Village complex, and charged him with second-degree murder.

Wright, who helped care for a disabled younger brother at home and tutored students at the East Harlem Tutorial Program, was apparently misidentified as someone who had previously beaten a friend of the suspect and his cohorts. The attack started inside 549 F.D.R. Drive and ended just outside the building, where Wright fell with a stab would to the back of the neck. He was taken to Bellevue Hospital where he died two days later.

Herrera, believed to be a gang member, has prior arrests and was convicted of arson in 2006, according to reports. He is being held without bail pending a Sept. 18 court appearance.

Not peanuts

A man who said he had a gun under his shirt walked into the World of Nuts shop at 9 E. Eighth St. at 7:40 p.m. Sat., Sept. 5, threatened to shoot the employee and then grabbed more than $3,000 from the register and fled, police said.

Gansevoort glasses

Police arrested Jorge Morales, 22, who gave a Tuscon, Ariz., address, during the early hours of Fri., Sept. 11, inside Griffin lounge, at 50 Gansevoort St., and charged him with reckless endangerment for throwing drinking glasses from a balcony on the upper level of the club at 12:06 a.m. and hitting two patrons on the dance floor below.

Kiss & Fly punch & kick

A 23-year-old man told police that four strangers stopped him at 2:46 a.m. Mon., Sept. 7, outside Kiss & Fly, at 409 W. 13th St. near Ninth Ave., and demanded money. He said he had passed out after he had begun fighting with his assailants, who punched him, knocked him to the ground and kicked him. He revived a couple of hours later and found his wallet and neck chain had been stolen.

Shot through door

John Abraham, 54, was arrested at 1:10 a.m. Sun., Sept. 13, after his E. 11th St. neighbors called police about hearing a gunshot. Abraham was charged with illegal possession of a 9-millimeter Smith & Wesson handgun and firing a bullet through the front door of his own apartment at 67 E. 11th St. at Broadway.

Smash for crash pad

Sixth Precinct police received a phone call on Sunday night Sept. 13 about a white S.U.V. parked in front of 66 Jane St. just west of Greenwich St. with the rear window broken and a man sleeping in the back. Police found the S.U.V. with the broken window and stopped a man walking down the street with cuts to his right arm. Police arrested Sanjay Chaudhary, 27, of Queens, who told them, “I needed a place to crash,” and charged him with third-degree criminal mischief.

Albert Amateau

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