Volume 80, Number 44 | March 31 - April 6, 2011
West and East Village, Chelsea, Soho, Noho, Little Italy, Chinatown and Lower East Side, Since 1933
Subway push arrest
Police on March 18 arrested the man accused of pushing a female NYC Transit employee onto the tracks in the East Broadway IND subway station on Feb. 4. The suspect, Ismael Acevedo, 41, was being held on charges of assault and reckless endangerment. The victim, 39, was rescued unconscious from the tracks by a passerby. Acevedo was ranting and menacing the victim, grabbed her coat, hit her in the head and pushed her onto the tracks when the passerby, Derrick Oakes, intervened, according to the criminal complaint filed with the Manhattan district attorney. The suspect fled and Oakes pulled the victim to the platform. She sustained a concussion, head lacerations, a broken thumb and bruises to her legs. Oakes’s Facebook page says he is a 1986 graduate of Chelsea Vocational High School in Soho, that his nickname is “Ceon” and that he lives in Brooklyn.
East Village robberies
Police arrested a teenage resident of Avenue D on Sun., March 20, and charged him with robbing at least four people at gunpoint on the East Village’s streets in February and March. Zenquell Rodriguez, 16, was charged with robbing two victims around 8:15 p.m. Feb. 24 on E. Sixth St. between Avenues C and D while holding a gun to the back of one victim’s head. An accomplice in that robbery was not apprehended. Around 12:38 a.m. on Feb. 26, Rodriquez and unidentified accomplices held up three people at gunpoint on E. Sixth St. near Avenue D, punching them and robbing them, police said. Rodriguez told police that he robbed at least four people at gunpoint and punched them, taking their iPods and iPhones, according to the criminal complaint filed with the office of Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance Jr. Rodriquez was being held pending an April 19 court appearance.
Stomp ’n’ steal
A man, 40, got into an argument with two suspects on a Village street around 7:20 a.m. Sun., March 27, when one of the suspects grabbed the victim’s book bag and fled after stomping on the victim’s foot, police said. Police canvassed the area and arrested Roy Miller, 43, and Juan Rivera, 24, at a car parked on the southeast corner of Seventh Ave. South and Grove St. Both resisted being handcuffed, and Miller fled on foot but was soon apprehended again, police said. A search of the car where the arrest was made turned up a crack pipe, police said.
Arrest women suspects
A woman patron of Village Tavern, 46 Bedford St., told police that two women stole her bag containing credit cards, a cell phone, her driver’s license and about $240 around 2:25 a.m. Sun., March 27. Police arrested Yulia Melnikov, 23, and Gloria Hollingworth, 27, in the bar a short time later and found they had the woman’s bag. The suspects had also used the victim’s credit cards to buy cigarettes and to open a tab at the tavern, police said.
Visitors who rented three apartments at 316 W. 14th St. through an agency, Toshi Apartments, for a short stay, told police they left and locked the apartments around 11:30 a.m. Sat., March 26. They returned at 4:30 p.m. to find iPads, iPhones, headphones and other electronic items stolen. There was no evidence of forced entries, but police identified a suspect from a surveillance tape, Oliver Baudanza, 29, of Brooklyn, who worked at the location, and charged him with burglary and grand larceny.
Homicide suspect murdered
Julio Locarno, 28, who was arrested Feb. 18 in connection with the July 18 shooting death of Jason Green in a fight over a parking space near Greenhouse nightclub, 150 Varick St. at Vandam St., was himself shot to death around 10:40 p.m. Wed., March 23, on Parade Place in Brooklyn, police said. Locarno had been released on $125,000 bail the previous week, according to a New York Post article. Locarno’s death was not believed to be connected to the shooting of Green last July, in which Locarno had been charged with manslaughter and gang assault.
Fitter but poorer
A patron of New York Sports Club, 503 Broadway between Broome and Spring Sts., told police he put his wallet down beside him at the weight-training section at 2 p.m. Sun., March 27, and found it was gone when he looked for it a half-hour later, police said.