Volume 81, Number 8 | July 21- 27, 2011
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Police Blotter

Hudson Square fatal
A Brooklyn woman, 60, was struck by a truck and killed around 1:26 p.m. Thurs., July 14, on Canal St. at Hudson St. Police said the victim, Suri Crawford, of Carroll St., was crossing from the north side of Canal to the south side when she stopped, turned, headed back to the north side and ran was hit by an eastbound truck. The truck driver stopped and police said no criminality was suspected.

Pool pandemonium
Sixth Precinct police arrested Felix Rivera, 43, in the swimming pool at the Dapolito Recreation Center on Saturday afternoon July 16 after lifeguards stopped him from tossing a screaming 7-year-old boy into the pool. Rivera falsely claimed to be the boy’s father and then told supervisors at the Clarkson St. recreation center, “I’m with N.Y.P.D.,” according to police reports.

While supervisors at the center were questioning Rivera around 2 p.m., he shouted at the boy, “You see what kind of trouble you’ve got me into?” apparently in an effort to appear to know the victim. Police took the boy home and charged Rivera with endangering the welfare of a child.

Bank robbery try
Police arrested George Palazzolo, 53, of Staten Island on Sat., July 16, in connection with the Mon., July 11, attempted robbery of a Bank of America branch at 72 Second Ave. at E. Fourth St. The suspect entered the bank at 10:33 a.m. and passed a note to a teller demanding money, but fled without taking anything, police said.

Arrest goes to pot
Arrested in front of 181 Bleecker St. at MacDougal St. at 12:15 a.m. Fri., July 15, for marijuana possession, Zachary Shuldner, 18, told the arresting officer that he could have all the money in his pocket — $95 — plus a gift card that Shuldner said was worth $20. Police charged him with bribery.

Violent suspect
Police, who were called about an assault at a West St. parking garage at Clarkson St. at 5 a.m. Sun., July 10, found a young woman clutching her torn dress to cover herself who told them that her boyfriend had assaulted her. Police soon arrested the suspect, Craig Newsom, who struggled against being arrested, kicked out the patrol car’s rear window and tried to crawl out. Newsom and cops sustained cuts and bruises in the fracas but the suspect did not allow the emergency medical team to treat him. He was charged with assault and criminal mischief.

Meatpacking mugging
Police arrested a man they saw beating a victim at the corner of 10th Ave. and W. 13th St. in the Meatpacking District around 3:35 a.m. Sat., July 16. The suspect, James Gardner, 35, was struggling to take $40 from the victim when police apprehended him and charged him with robbery.

Drink drama
The doorman at Caliente Cab Co., the restaurant at Seventh Ave. South and Bleecker St., tried to stop a patron from walking out with a drink in his hand around 6 p.m. Sat., July 9, police said. When the doorman reached to take the drink out of his hand, the suspect hit him in the head with the glass and fled south on Seventh Ave. South in a white stretch limo that was parked at the curb. Police tracked down the suspect, Allen Kaplun, 31, a week later and arrested him for assault on July 16.

Ran onto tarmac
Port Authority police tackled Xiang Xun Shao, 39, of 288 Broome St. around 6:30 p.m. Sat., July 16, as he sprinted onto the tarmac at Newark Airport. The victim, who had a folding knife in his pocket, was charged with criminal trespass and weapon possession. He was taken to a Newark hospital for observation.

Fatal leap
A terminally ill woman jumped to her death from the roof of her 20-story building at W. 13th St. and Seventh Ave. on Sat., July 16. An Emergency Medical Service team pronounced Karen Ruskin, 55, dead at the scene.

Bad checks
Police arrested Alexander Serling, 28, Fri., July 15, and charged him with cashing two stolen checks totaling nearly $4,000 at Pay-O-Matic, the check-cashing service at Eighth Ave. and 15th St. Serling cashed the checks, stolen from Imagewear, an apparel manufacturer, for $1,950 each, on May 3 and April 3, according to the complaint filed with the Manhattan district attorney. Three other suspects involved in the case were arrested previously.

Village armed robbery
Police arrested Timothy Jones, 26, and Johnathan Minor, 18, on July 5 and charged them with robbing a victim on June 13 at 11:38 p.m. at W. Third St. and Sixth Ave. Jones was armed with a knife and Minor wielded what looked like a handgun when they forced the victim to surrender his wallet, cell phone and iPod, according to the complaint filed with the Manhattan district attorney.

Credit-card fakes
Manhattan South Street Crimes police arrested Jimmy Davis, 30, and Jamik Mosley, 31, on Seventh Ave. South at Carmine St. shortly after midnight on July 7 and charged them with possession of nearly 70 fake credit cards in each other’s names. The fakes were not very good, according to the complaint filed with the Manhattan D.A. The images were fuzzy and there were misspellings in the text of the cards, according to the complaint. Davis and Mosely, who have a long record of previous arrests, were also charged with criminal possession of a gravity knife, which police found in the open glove compartment of their parked car, where the suspects were arrested.

Teen DOA on L.E.S.
Police responded to a 7:55 a.m. call on Sat., July 16, to the high-rise apartment tower at 131 Broome St. on the Lower East Side and found an unconscious girl, 18, on a bed in an apartment. An Emergency Medical Service team pronounced her dead on arrival. Police said no criminality was suspected and sources said the girl, who was visiting a friend in the building, had a pre-existing medical condition that might have contributed to her death. Her name was withheld pending family notification.

Auto thefts
A Tuckahoe, N.Y., man parked his car on King St. between Varick and Hudson Sts. at 1:30 a.m. Sun., July 17, and forgot to lock the door when he left. He returned at 4 a.m. and found that his global positioning system, cell phone and his wallet and credit cards had been stolen.

A man who parked his 1996 Lincoln Town Car at 111 Greene St. at 11a.m. Sun., July 17, went to retrieve it at 6 p.m. and discovered it had been stolen.

Bag gone
A woman shopping for shoes at Aldo, 579 Broadway, in Soho around 1:40 p.m. Sat., July 16, put her bag by her chair and discovered it had been stolen by the time she was ready leave at 2 p.m., police said.

Gang leader convicted
A Manhattan federal jury found Guang Ju Lin, 34, leader of a violent gang based in Manhattan’s Chinatown and in Los Angeles, guilty on July 13 of racketeering, murder, attempted murder, narcotics trafficking and running illegal gambling.

Lin participated in a November 2001 attempted murder in the shooting of a rival gang member in a Chinatown restaurant in which a 2-year-old was also injured. Lin fled to Los Angeles in December 2001 after being involved in a murder in Queens. In Los Angeles, Lin and his gang continued to traffic in drugs, and operate gambling parlors. In August 2006 Lin and his gang stabbed, beat and shot to death a victim involved in a dispute with a gang member.

Lin faces a maximum life prison term in his sentencing in October. Yudi Liu, an associate of Lin in the Chinatown and Queens incidents, pleaded guilty to murder in March of this year before Judge Sidney Stein in Manhattan. He is to be sentenced later. The F.B.I., N.Y.P.D., Los Angeles County Police and Monterey Park, Calif., Police, investigated the case.

Drives off F.D.R. Drive
A speeding Land Rover hurtled off the southbound lane of the F.D.R. Drive at 23rd St. at about 3 a.m. Sat., July 16, dropped 20 feet to the street below and landed on the roof of a cab at a stop sign. The Land Rover driver, who passed an alcohol breath test, and his six passengers had to be cut out of the vehicle. They were taken to Bellevue hospital, two of them in critical but stable condition, according The Post and the Daily News. The cab driver was treated at Bellevue and released.

Albert Amateau

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