Volume 80, Number 10 | August 5 - 11, 2010
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Police Blotter

L.E.S. child molester
Police are seeking a man who molested an 8-year-old girl in the vicinity of Forsyth St. around 1:30 p.m. Thurs., July 29. The suspect, described as a white or Hispanic heavyset man in his 20s, about 5 feet 7 inches tall, with short dark hair and wearing a T-shirt with sleeves, blue jeans, white sneakers and a dark Yankees baseball cap, was carrying a blue backpack at the time of the incident. He followed the child into the lobby of a building, grabbed her from behind, fondled her through her clothes and fled, police said. Anyone with information should call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS (8477) or by logging on to www.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.com or texting to 2674637 and entering TIPS577. All calls are confidential.

Tree hugger is a climber
Demonstrators for the preservation of community gardens gathered in City Hall Park around 10 a.m. Mon., Aug. 2, to protest a new rule that would allow the city to sell gardens to developers. They included an enthusiastic woman, 41, who goes by the name of Sunflower Jill, who climbed a tree and was arrested and charged with reckless endangerment and obstruction of governmental administration.

Robbed while tying shoe
A Brooklyn man, 20, bent down to tie his shoe at the southwest corner of Vandam and Varick Sts. at 12:52 p.m. Mon., Aug 2, when someone bumped him and stole his wallet from his back pocket, police said. The suspect fled east on Vandam, police said. A surveillance camera in front of 155 Varick St. that was pointed in the direction of the incident is being examined for an image of the suspect. The victim’s credit cards, driver’s license, personal ID documents and $20 in cash were gone along with the wallet.

Self-inflicted arrest
Fernando Torres, 62, who accidentally shot himself in the leg in his apartment at 110 Columbia St. in the Baruch Houses at 5 a.m. Sun., July 25, went to Bellevue Hospital for treatment but told police he had been shot while standing on Avenue B and E. Eighth St. in Tompkins Square Park, according to a complaint filed by Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance Jr.

After the accident, Torres, who has a previous criminal conviction, smashed his .38-caliber pistol with a hammer, put the pieces in a plastic bag and threw the bag into a trash can on First Ave. at E. Third St. while on his way to Bellevue in a livery cab, police said. He is charged with criminal possession of a weapon, reckless endangerment and falsely reporting a crime. Torres was released on bail pending an Oct. 27 court appearance.

Murder conviction
Michael Chin Lenahan, accused of the October 2007 killing of his girlfriend, Lorna Santiago, in the Confucius Plaza apartment that he shared with his grandmother, was found guilty of second-degree murder in a non-jury trial on Tues., Aug. 3. Lenahan, who was 29 at the time, had an argument with the victim, threw her against the wall in the bedroom, choked her to death and hid her body under a pile of clothes on Oct. 7. Lenahan’s mother found the body two days later and called police. He was arrested the next day. Lenahan is scheduled for sentencing Oct. 22 and is expected to receive a sentence of 25 years to life in prison.

Blue-jeans bust
Police arrested three men around 6:50 p.m. Fri., July 30, for using fraudulent credit cards to buy shirts and jeans valued at $1,221 from the True Religion Brand Jeans boutique at 132 Prince St. Police apprehended Reginald Jones, 20; Jason Green, 24, and Travis Woodbury, 20, as they were about to flee the scene in a cab carrying the merchandise. Jones and Woodbury were charged with possession of stolen property. Green tried to ditch 24 envelopes of heroin in a rubber glove when he was arrested, police said.

More Greenhouse mayhem
An argument in the bar at Greenhouse, 150 Varick St., around 2:30 a.m. Wed., July 28, ended when bouncers arrested Shanell Bigley-Patrino, 23, for throwing a bottle and hitting a bystander on the head, police said. They held her until police arrived and charged her with third-degree assault.

A Brooklyn woman, 22, who was spending a few hours at Greenhouse during the early hours of Thurs., July 22, left her bag at her table while she went to the ladies room around 2:40 a.m. She returned to find the bag had been stolen, along with her bank cards, cell phone, driver’s license and house keys, police said. She learned that afternoon that $2,500 in unauthorized charges had been made on a bank card.

Swedish-themed swipe
A student of SUNY Maritime College from Sweden left her bag outside a fitting room while shopping with a friend at the H & M store at 515 Broadway between Broome and Spring Sts. at 3:45 p.m. Thurs., July 29. The victim, 18, discovered the bag with $50 in cash, credit cards, a cell phone, room key and Swedish driver’s license was missing, and canceled the credit cards.

‘Unpeaceful Buddha’
Police arrested Buddha Bhikku, 41, for selling counterfeit Rolex watches on the northeast corner of Canal and Greene Sts at 11:45 a.m. Sat., July 31, and also charged him with assaulting a police officer. The suspect swung his arms, kicked, knocked an officer to the ground and wrestled with him, police said. Bhikku was charged with first- and second-degree assault on a peace officer.

‘Squeeze play’
A Queens man, 29, was talking on his cell phone at 11:50 p.m. Tues., July 27, on Waverly Place at Christopher St. but shoved the phone in his pocket when he saw three men approaching him. The three strangers squeezed an unknown liquid in his face from a plastic bottle, put him in a headlock and threw him to the pavement and demanded everything he had, police said. They made off on foot with the cell phone and wallet with $80, credit cards and personal ID.

Thunder brawl
Police arrested Justin Remy, 29, who was fighting with employees of Thunder Jackson’s, 169 Bleecker St., on the sidewalk in front of the place around 2:35 a.m. Sun., Aug. 1. Remy was charged with second-degree assault for fighting with the bar workers and first-degree assault for punching an arresting police officer in the face.

To feed baby?
Employees of D’Agostino’s, 666 Greenwich St. at Bank St., stopped Zachary Davis-Kelly, 27, leaving the store around 3:30 p.m. Mon., July 26, without paying for eight packages of baby formula with a total value of $131.92. The suspect bit one of the employees on the right arm before police arrived and charged him with robbery.

Albert Amateau




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