Volume 80, Number 26 | November 25 - December 1, 2010
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Police Blotter

Guilty of murder
A Manhattan jury on Thurs., Nov. 18, found Jeromie Cancel, 24, guilty of the August 2008 strangling murder of Kevin Pravia, 19, a Pace University student, in Pravia’s Chelsea apartment. The jury deliberated a day and a half after the end of the trial, which began Nov. 5, before they rendered the guilty verdict. Cancel encountered Pravia near Union Square Park and went him to Pravia’s apartment at 239 W. 15th St., where he garroted him with an electric cord while the victim was asleep, according to the charges. Pravia, an honors student in the Lubin School of Business at Pace’s campus near City Hall, had last been seen by friends getting into a cab at Gold and Fulton Sts. after a party. Cancel was arrested three days later after burglarizing his father’s home in Queens. He told police at the time how he killed Pravia while watching a horror film. Cancel’s lawyer, Michael Alperstein, failed to have the confession excluded as evidence. State Supreme Court Justice Daniel Fitzgerald is to sentence Cancel on Fri., Dec. 10.

L.E.S. serial burglar
Police are looking for a suspect they identified as Irving Walker, 40, for 13 burglaries on the Lower East Side from Oct. 12 to Nov.15. The suspect entered the front door of apartments on Madison St. between Rutgers and Catherine Sts.; East Broadway between Pike and Rutgers Sts.; and Eldridge and Forsyth Sts between Hester and Grand Sts., mostly during the early morning hours, police said.

The suspect often woke sleeping residents during the burglaries, police said. Police described Walker as a 6-foot-tall, 210-pound, black man whose last known address was 2636 University Ave., Bronx.

He is suspected in the following burglaries: 133 East Broadway on Oct. 12; 33 Catherine St. on Oct. 14; 120 Madison St. on Oct. 18; 7 Monroe St. on Oct. 22; 105 Henry St. on Oct. 25; and 114 Madison St. on Oct. 26.

On Nov. 3 he entered an apartment at 122 Madison St. at 2:10 a.m., and entered a residence at 69 Eldridge St. the same day at 5:10 a.m. He is also a suspect in burglaries at 201 Madison St. on Nov. 7, 113 Madison St. on Nov. 11, 75 Madison St. on Nov. 13, 215 Madison St. on Nov. 14, and 74 Forsyth St. on Nov. 15.

Bad samaritan
A visitor from Florida exited the subway station at Canal and Varick Sts. around 5 p.m. Sun., Nov. 14, to discover that her parents, who had been on the train with her, were nowhere to be seen. A stranger stopped her and said, “You look lost. Let’s look around on our tiptoes,” and then took her by the wrist. The stranger then grabbed the woman’s wallet from a strap on her wrist and fled. The victim, 38, lost $68 in cash, credit cards and her Florida diver’s license, police said.

A washout
A man entered Savon, the specialty soap boutique at 78 Seventh Ave. near 14th St., around 5 p.m. Fri., Nov. 19, and told the saleswoman, “This is a robbery. Give me your money,” police said. The woman thought it was a joke and burst out laughing, but the intruder put his hand in his pocket simulating a gun and said, “Give me the money or I’m going to kill you.” But the woman pushed the burglary button behind the counter and the robber fled, police said.

‘This is a stickup’
Police are looking for a man involved in the robbery of two Greenwich Village bank branches last month. The suspect, described as a heavyset white man, 5 feet 10 inches tall, between 55 and 60 years old, with wavy gray hair, walked into the Capital One bank, at 21 University Place, around 11:10 a.m. Tues., Oct. 5, told the teller, “Let me get my wallet out,” and then tossed a black plastic bag on the counter. “This is a stickup. No dye, right?” he added. The teller began filling the bag with bait money, whose serial numbers are recorded, while the robber said, “You know what to do. Good job.” The thief put the bag of money in his coat pocket and fled south on University Place, police said.

On Fri., Oct. 22, a man with the same description walked into the HSBC branch, at 576 Hudson St. at W. 11th St., at 11:34 a.m. He filled out a bank slip at the side counter and then walked up to a teller, put a black bag under the window and said, “This is a stickup. Give me the money.” The teller pushed the bag back out empty and the robber walked out and fled, police said.

Perry St. burglar
A witness who saw a man climb through a window at 80 Perry St. at 6:05 p.m. Sun., Nov. 14, and climb out again a few minutes later, called police, who arrested Aniyah Simone, 16. The suspect had credit cards and debit cards, a driver’s license and $5 in cash in his possession that belonged to the apartment’s residents, police said.

Immaculate arrest
Police arrested Michelle Harris, 44, on Tues., Nov. 16, and charged her with the Aug. 16 theft of a handbag belonging to a woman who was praying at Immaculate Conception Church, 414 E. 14th St. near First Ave. Harris was recorded on a surveillance tape at the time taking the bag from a pew next to the victim, according to the charges filed with the Manhattan district attorney.

Auto theft
A Brooklyn woman who parked her car near the southwest corner of Vandam St. and Sixth Ave. at 12:05 a.m. Fri., Nov. 19, returned at 5 p.m. to find her 2000 Dodge Charger was gone. Police determined the car had not been towed and there were no signs of broken glass indicating a forced entry.

Motorcycle gone
A Brooklyn man who brought his motorcycle to the Ducati Triumph agency at 155 Sixth Ave. at Spring St. at 11:20 a.m. Fri., Oct. 19, for servicing returned on Saturday afternoon Nov. 20 to find the bike, valued at $25,000, was gone. The agency owner said the bike had been parked at the curb in front of the location after it was serviced.

Auto-theft reduction
Car owners may join auto-theft prevention sticker programs that all precincts are offering neighborhood residents. The CAT (Combat Auto Theft) program is for cars not usually used between 1 a.m. and 5 a.m. Decals on registered cars’ rear side windows tell officers they may stop the vehicles operated between those hours.

The HEAT (Help End Auto Theft) program is for car owners over age 40 who sign waivers saying that people under age 25 do not drive the vehicle. Decals allow police to stop those cars if the drivers look younger than 25. For those and other car-theft prevention programs in the Sixth Precinct, which covers Greenwich Village, see or contact Officer Robert Jackson, 212-741-4811, at 233 W. 10th St. In the Ninth Precinct, which covers the East Village east of Broadway, contact Jaime Hernandez, 212-477-7805, at 321 E. Fifth St.

Albert Amateau

 

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