Locks in robber
A man who walked into a stationery store at 200 Varick St. at King St. at 3:10 p.m. Sat., Sept. 11, pushed the woman who owns the shop and announced, “I have a gun,” police said. The suspect then tried to open the cash register by picking it up and smashing it down on the counter several times, but the owner ran out, locked the suspect in the store and called police. Eric Mays, 44, was arrested and charged with attempted robbery. Neither the owner nor a customer who was in the store during the incident was injured.
Struggle over bag
A Staten Island woman, 27, was waiting with her sister, 29, for a friend on the southeast corner of Grand and Wooster Sts. at 2:20 a.m. Fri., Sept. 10, when three men came up and grabbed her bag, police said. In the struggle, the bag opened and her cell phone and wallet fell out. The thieves picked them up and fled on foot. The victim’s sister gave chase but lost sight of them at Canal St. and Broadway, police said.
Catch phone thief
Vaughn Brown, 18, was arrested on Wednesday night Sept. 8 for snatching a cell phone from a person at the corner of Clarkson and Varick Sts. The victim, 25, and witnesses chased the suspect and caught up with him on W. Third St. between Sullivan and MacDougal Sts., where the suspect punched one of the pursuers, according to reports. He was charged with third-degree robbery, assault and larceny.
‘Puppy killer’ at large
John Lendino, 53, charged with stomping a puppy to death in Tompkins Square Park on June 18, remains free on $5,000 bail. On Wed., Sept. 8, prosecutors said they were waiting for Lendino’s psychiatric records before submitting the case for indictment. A New York Post article said the defendant, identified as a deaf mute, appeared in court last Wednesday. He stuck his tongue out at a reporter in the courtroom and shook his fist and growled an obscenity at a photographer in the street, according to the Post. The 4-week-old puppy was walking with his new owner, a homeless Tompkins Square denizen known at Omz, on one of the park’s paths near Avenue A and E. Seventh St. when witnesses said Lendino, who frequents the park, stomped on the puppy’s head and crushed it. He has been charged with felony cruelty to animals and reportedly faces up to four years in jail.
A man, 29, was walking past a crowded corner at Mercer and Spring Sts. at 8:15 p.m. Fri., Sept. 10, when someone bumped him from behind, police said. The mark turned but the person who bumped him was gone, and his Louis Vuitton wallet with $30 cash, credit cards and personal ID was gone, too.
A Fashion Institute of Technology student, 18, put her bag on a bench while she was at Greenhouse, 150 Varick St., around 2:30 a.m. Fri., Sept. 10, and discovered it was gone when she was about to leave, police said.
A woman visiting from Mexico had her bag stolen while she was at the Starbucks at the corner of Varick and Spring Sts. on Sunday morning Sept. 12.
Police arrested Tara Figueroa, 34, and charged her with shoplifting clothes from a store at 81 Chrystie St., between Grand and Hester Sts., at 1 p.m. Sat., Sept. 4. Figueroa was walking out without paying for five blouses and struck an employee with a hanger when he stopped her, police said.