Volume 79, Number 33 | January 20 - 26, 2010
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Police Blotter

Took jewelry, laptops
Police arrested Miquel Santos, 49, of 100 Pitt St., on Mon., Jan. 11, and charged him with burglary for the Dec. 31 break-in of an apartment at 267 E. 10th St., between First Ave. and Avenue A. Santos broke into the place around 10 a.m. while the residents were out, and made off with jewelry and two laptop computers, according to the charges. Fingerprints collected from the apartment’s door matched Santos’s prints on file, police said. He was being held pending a March 15 court date.

Phony C-notes
A man buying a drink at Greenhouse, the club at 150 Varick St., near Spring St. around 3:30 a.m. Fri., Jan. 8, handed a $100 bill to a waiter, police said. It took only a quick glance to arouse suspicion; police were called and arrested Shakil Chaudhry, 31, of Boonton, N.J., and charged him with criminal possession of a forged instrument — the counterfeit $100 bill. Police said they found 10 more phony C-notes on Chaudhry. He was paroled pending an April 7 court appearance.

Pyramid stabbings
Two men were stabbed inside the Pyramid Club, 101 Avenue A between E. Sixth and E. Seventh Sts., around 1:30 a.m. Thurs., Jan. 14, police said. The victims were taken to the hospital, where they were said to be in stable condition. Witnesses said they heard gunfire outside the club at the time, according to Bob Arihood’s blog, Neither More Nor Less, but police did not comment on the report.

Jacket snatch
One of two suspects was arrested shortly after 6 a.m. Fri., Jan. 15, and charged with mugging a man on W. Fourth St. at Sixth Ave., police said. Mark Fowler, 45, of W. 109th St., snatched a jacket in a bag that the victim was carrying, but was arrested nearby and charged with robbery, according to a criminal complaint filed by the Manhattan district attorney. The accomplice snatched a watch from the victim’s wrist and escaped. Fowler told police that the victim, 21, owed him and the accomplice money.

N.Y.U. suicide
A New York University professor at the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences jumped to his death from the balcony of his 16th-floor apartment at 1 Washington Square Village on Tuesday night Jan. 12, police said.

Sam Roweis, 37, was arguing with his wife about care for their twins, who were born prematurely 15 months ago, according to newspaper reports. He ran to the balcony in the middle of the argument and jumped over the railing, according to the reports.

“It’s a matter of great sorrow to us to lose one of our faculty members so suddenly. Our hearts go out to his family,” said John Beckman, N.Y.U. spokesperson, who did not reveal the victim’s name.

Roweis taught at University of Toronto from 2001 to the beginning of this year and was a visiting professor at Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2005. He won several research awards and held a chair in statistical machine learning at Canada Research, a scholarly institution.

Hits Eskimix, Plez Chest
Police have identified a man who pulled at least three armed holdups of Village stores between Jan. 9 and Jan. 15.

Timothy Honey, 46, is suspected of walking into Eskimix, a frozen yogurt shop on Bleecker St. near Christopher St., at 6:45 p.m. Jan. 9, police said. The suspect asked, “What’s good?” and ordered a drink. He then walked to the cash register, pulled a handgun, demanded cash and fled with $300, police said.

On Jan. 10, the same suspect is believed to have walked into The Pleasure Chest, an adult shop at 156 Seventh Ave. South at Charles St., at 7:30 p.m., and said, “I’m looking for something for my wife.” He then pulled a handgun, said, “Put everything in my hand,” and fled with $600, according to police. The Pleasure Chest holdup was apparently made with an accomplice, described as being much shorter than the 6-foot-1-inch suspect, Sixth Precinct police reported.

On Fri., Jan. 15, the suspect is believed to have walked into the John Erdos boutique, at 316 Bleecker St. near Christopher St., at 8 p.m., pulled a handgun and demanded money. He fled with $400 and a cell phone that he took from a woman employee, police said.

Francophile intruder
An intruder who entered Maison Française, a New York University building on University Place and Washington Mews, sometime before 11 p.m. Wed., Jan. 6, damaged several doors attempting to enter offices, police said. Nighttime cleaning employees noticed the damage and called police. It was not known if anything was stolen.

Albert Amateau

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