Volume 80, Number 15 | September 9 - 15, 2010
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Police Blotter

L.E.S. shooting death
Gunfire in the Alfred Smith houses at 2:53 a.m. Wed., Sept. 1, brought police to the scene in front of 46 Madison St., where Anthony Evans, 28, was found with a gunshot wound to the head, another to the torso and a third to the right arm. An Emergency Medical Services team took Evans to New York Downtown Hospital where he was declared dead on arrival.

Police are asking the public for information on Pierre Hecker, 29, a resident of 1295 Fifth Ave. in Schomburg Plaza on 110th St., in connection with the shooting. Hecker is described as a black man, 6 feet tall and 180 pounds. After pumping three bullets into the victim, the gunman reportedly fled on foot toward 388 Pearl St. on the other side of the Smith Houses, police said.

Anyone with information is asked to phone 800-577-TIPS (8477) or log on to www.nypdcrimestoppers.com .

Crash injures five
Five people were injured when a yellow cab collided with a Jeep Grand Cherokee at E. Third St. and First Ave., then jumped a pedestrian island at the bicycle lane and slammed into a coffee shop on the corner at 1:25 a.m. Sun., Sept. 5.

Seriously injured was Preston Krupin, 71. He was sitting in The Bean, the coffee shop at 49½ First Ave., when the out-of-control cab hurtled into the shop and hit him. Krupin, who lives near The Bean, was taken to Bellevue Hospital with head, neck and hip injuries in critical but stable condition.

Two bicycle riders were knocked down by the cab and were taken to the hospital in stable condition with neck and back injuries. A woman, 30, a passenger in the cab, had two teeth knocked out; and the cabdriver, Syed Nazir, 49, had neck and back injuries.

Nazir was driving uptown on First Ave. when the Cherokee, driven by Robert Batista, 19, was turning onto the avenue at E. Third St., police said. Batista stopped a short distance after the impact, dazed but not injured. A witness’s statement that Batista had run a red light was not confirmed. Alcohol tests on both drivers were negative and no summonses were issued, police said.

Shooting victim dies
Devin Thompson, 37, who was shot on Second Ave. at the corner of E. Fifth St. during the early hours of Sun., Aug. 22, died of his wounds in Bellevue Hospital on Mon., Aug. 30, police said.

The victim, a resident of 320 E. 26th St., and two suspects who have not been apprehended were seen inside Sin Sin/Leopard Lounge, 248 E. Fifth St., shortly before the shooting, police said. Four shell casings were found on Second Ave. where Thompson was hit once in the chest and once in the arm. Sin Sin, about which E. Fifth St. neighbors have long complained about noise, trash and violence, has had three police visits regarding drug and prostitution complaints during the past year.

Following the Aug. 22 shooting, Stuart Zamsky, an E. Fifth St. resident and member of the block association, wrote to the State Liquor Authority on Aug. 24 about conditions attributed to the club, noting that an E. Fifth St. resident was assaulted while locking her bicycle to a public rack near the bar.

Bag-grab arrest
Police arrested Kevin Brougdon, 19, shortly after 5 a.m. Sun., Sept. 4, in connection with the attempted robbery of a woman’s bag on Sixth Ave. near Waverly Place. The suspect came up behind the 20-year-old victim and tried to take the bag from her shoulder, but she held it and screamed, police said. The suspect threw the victim to the ground and fled but was arrested a short time later.

DNA ID’ed him
A DNA sample left at a construction site on E. 16th St. near Union Square two years ago led to the arrest on Thurs., Sept. 2, of a burglary suspect, Cesar Betagon, 26. The suspect had broken into the construction office on Dec. 26, 2008, and made off with a bottle of wine along with a laptop computer and several cell phones, police said.

Armed intruders
A resident of an apartment at 240 W. 16th St. woke up at 4:30 a.m. Sat., Sept. 4, to check on noise coming from the fire escape. Finding nothing, he went back to bed but got up again soon to check on noise outside his door. Four men, one of them wielding a handgun, pushed their way in, ordered the victim to open his safe, took its contents and punched him in the face before fleeing, police said. The intruders dropped a pair of sunglasses and a cell phone during the incident, police said.

Brotherly brouhaha
An argument between two brothers who had too much to drink on Monday evening Sept. 6 brought police and a hostage negotiation team to 1 University Place, according to reports. Identified by witnesses only as Ricardo and Roberto, the pair provoked a ruckus and generated reports of a hostage situation and a suicide attempt at their apartment beginning at 6:30 p.m. when police cordoned off the street. Police did not identify the pair taken from the building a few hours later.

Fake bomb
Police responded to a call about a suspicious item in a planter and cordoned off areas between Ninth and 10th Sts. from University Place to Broadway on Monday night Sept. 6. Bomb Squad officers discovered a harmless length of PVC pipe filled with sand resembling a pipe bomb.

‘Gangster’ got caught
Police arrested Victor Gasper, 31, on Tues., Aug. 31, in connection with the noontime robbery of a victim on Thompson St. at Washington Square South. Police said Gasper demanded the victim’s money, threatening to “get real gangster” on him — as in stab him — and took $12 from him.

$2,150 bank heist
A man walked into the Wachovia Bank branch, 463 Broadway at Grand St., at 11:50 a.m. Thurs., Sept. 3, passed a note to a teller demanding money and fled with $2,150 and a dye pack that exploded after he crossed Broadway, police said. The robber dropped the dye pack but escaped with the money, police said. The suspect was described as a white Hispanic male, about age 29, 5 feet 9 inches tall and 155 pounds, wearing blue shorts and possibly a blue baseball cap.

Traffic target
A Queens man was waiting in his car at the northwest corner of Seventh Ave. and 14th St. for a traffic problem to clear up around 5 a.m. Sun., Sept. 5, when a stranger came up and punched him in the face. Police at the scene soon arrested the suspect, James Forte, 37, and charged him with assault.

Scholastic dip
A woman who was shopping at the Scholastic bookstore at 130 Mercer St. on Friday afternoon Sept. 3 lost her wallet to a thief who dipped into her bag. The victim discovered her bag was open and the wallet gone at 3:45 p.m., police said.

Now you see it…
A man was about to pick up his $100 from a transaction with a teller at the Chase Bank branch at 111 Eighth Ave. at 15th St. at 9:32 a.m. Fri., Sept. 3, but lost the money when a stranger appeared beside him, scooped up the money and fled, police said.

Bonkers for beer
Police arrested Leandro Hernandez, 24, around 5:30 a.m. Sat., Sept. 4, and charged him with spitting on the owner of a market at 272 Bleecker St. at Morton St. and then punching him for refusing to sell him beer.

Albert Amateau


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