Volume 79, Number 20 | October 21 - 27, 2009
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Police Blotter

Sex-attack arrest
Police arrested Jose Marrero, 32, of Brooklyn on Wed., Oct. 14, in connection with the sexual assault on a woman as she entered her building on Varick St. near Broome St. The suspect followed the victim, 23, for three blocks and made suggestive remarks as she was walking home, according to reports. He attacked after she stepped into the lobby, threw her to the floor, and groped her, but fled when two witnesses turned up, according to the charges of first-degree sexual assault and second-degree burglary filed by the Manhattan district attorney. Marrero, who was identified in a New York Post item as having done time for drugs, was arrested after the victim picked him out of a photo array.

DNA busts burglar
Robin Mitchell, 47, was arrested on Oct. 13 for the July 27 burglary of an apartment on E. Eighth St. at Avenue B. Mitchell, a resident of 605 F.D.R. Drive at Houston St. in the Baruch Houses, got into the bedroom of the apartment at 2:45 a.m. when the woman resident awoke to find him standing over her, police said. The suspect fled without the backpack with a water bottle and a screwdriver that he was carrying, police said. Police said the suspect was identified after the backpack and its contents were tested for DNA, which matched the defendant, according to a New York Post item. He was being held in lieu of bail pending a Jan. 14, 2010, court appearance on a second-degree burglary charge filed by the Manhattan district attorney.

Mugger caught
A man, 29, was on Christopher St. near Weehawken St. around 1:47 a.m. Sat., Oct. 17, when he was surprised by a suspect who pressed what he thought was a gun to his neck and took his wallet from his back pocket, police said. The suspect threw the victim to the ground and punched him, but police arrested Darquon Battle, 23, of Yonkers, for the mugging before he was able to flee. Battle was being held in lieu of bail pending an Oct. 22 court appearance on a second-degree robbery charge, according to a spokesperson for the Manhattan D.A.

Nebraska vs. Beal
Dana Beal, the East Village Yippie and advocate for legalizing marijuana, was arrested with two other defendants in Ashland, Nebraska, on Sept. 30 when 150 pounds of pot was found in duffle bags in their van. They were held in jail in Saunders County, just west of Omaha, on felony charges of possession of marijuana with intent to deliver. Beal’s bail was originally set at $500,000 while the two other defendants, Christopher Ryan and James Statzer, had bails set at $100,000. In Saunders Co. Court on Tues., Oct. 20, Beal’s bail was reduced to $150,000 bond and the case was transferred to District Court, a higher court, for a Nov. 23 hearing. Beal did not make the required 50 percent of the bond by press time. Beal organizes the Global Marijuana March each May and was believed to be returning from a San Francisco conference of NORML, a marijuana law reform group, when he was arrested.

Glass slash
A patron of 49 Grove, a club at Grove and Bleecker Sts., was struck in the head with a glass on the dance floor at 1:50 a.m. Sat., Oct. 17, and was taken to St. Vincent’s Hospital for stitches to close scalp lacerations, police said. Ali Zibaidi, 27, of Brooklyn, was arrested in connection with the case and was charged with second-degree assault and criminal possession of a weapon, the glass. He was being held in lieu of bail pending a Dec. 22 court appearance, said a D.A. spokesperson.

Hudson ‘floater’
Police retrieved the body of an unidentified man floating in the Hudson River near Pier 40 at W. Houston St. at 7:40 a.m. Fri., Oct. 16. The Medical Examiner’s Office is investigating the cause of death.

More boy burglars
Police arrested a 13-year-old runaway from a Westchester County group home in Tompkins Square Park on Tues., Oct. 13, and charged him with participating in more than a dozen East Village and Lower East Side burglaries. Dominic Parrott, the suspect who was arraigned in Family Court, told police that he and other young teens were only acting as lookouts for a couple of burglars in their 20s and 30s, according to a New York Post article.

The previous week, police in Queens arrested Juan Gonzalez, 15, for several Queens burglaries. Gonzalez is also a suspect in up to 25 break-in thefts in the Village.

Green but not black?
Some black guests invited to an Aug. 6 private party for the writer Teri Woods at Greenhouse, the club at 150 Varick St. between Spring and Vandam Sts., announced that they filed a civil suit in Federal Court against Barry Mullineaux, an owner, charging the club refused them admission because they are black. The club’s lawyer, John L. Sampson, said this week that he had not received legal documents, but insisted the owners of Greenhouse “cater to an inclusive array of patrons of all races, religions, creeds and sexual orientation.”

Dog-napping try
A 15-year-old girl, who lost her heart to a pug dog, stole the creature from its owner outside a cafe at 147 Christopher St. at 4 p.m. Tues., Oct. 13, and fled with the animal, police said. The owner gave chase, and the suspect, Melody Franco, was arrested outside the place and charged with misdemeanor larceny.

Bubbly bop
Police arrested Jan Mintsa, 29, in front of The Monster bar, 80 Grove St., at 3:20 a.m. Thurs., Oct. 15, and charged him with bopping the bouncer, 48, over the head with a full bottle of champagne. The blow left the bouncer with a large bump on the left side of his forehead, police said.

Albert Amateau


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