Volume 81, Number 15 | September 8 - 14, 2011
West and East Village, Chelsea, Soho, Noho, Little Italy, Chinatown and Lower East Side, Since 1933

Police Blotter

Pee perp is flushed out
Police finally caught up last weekend with a suspect who fought while being arrested on July 24 on Christopher St. for urinating on a car. William Green, 30, was arrested Sat., Sept. 3, for the offense at 4:44 a.m. more than a month earlier in front of 114 Christopher St. Green fought with the two officers who tried to apprehend him and elbowed one cop in the face and kicked him in the stomach before making his escape. Police did not say how or where they arrested the suspect.

Pulled out gun
Two suspects approached a man walking on Wooster St. near Canal St. around 4:10 a.m. Sat., Sept. 3, when one of the suspects tried to grab the victim’s neck chain, police said. The victim held onto the chain and struggled with the suspect who pulled a silver handgun and ejected a spent shell casing, but fled with his accomplice without firing a shot, police said.

Friends fight
A man, 27, told police that a friend punched him to the ground after an argument around 12:50 a.m. Tues., Aug. 30, on the southwest corner of Grove St. and Seventh Ave. South. An immediate canvass of the area did not turn up a suspect. But four hours later police arrested Evander Carter, 19, identified as the suspect, and charged him with third-degree assault.

Meatpacking bash
A 27-year-old woman patron of Tenjune, the club at 26 Little W. 12th St., told police that another woman patron hit her over the head with a bottle around 3:20 a.m. Sun., Sept. 4. Jennifer Laurie, 25, was arrested in the incident and charged with assault.

Gone at Off the Wagon
A patron of Off the Wagon, the bar at 109 MacDougal St., put his laptop computer next to him on Mon., Aug. 29, around 5:50 p.m. and discovered a short time later that it had been stolen. A surveillance camera in the bar recorded two patrons, later identified as David Henao, 28 and Jorge Perez, 29, passing the item back and forth between them. They were charged with larceny.

Watch while you rest
After an evening of shopping in Soho, a Brooklyn man, 26, sat on the steps in front of 99 Prince St. around 7:30 p.m. Wed., Aug. 17, for a rest while listening to music on his headphones. A short time later, he discovered that his bag, which he had put down beside him with his wallet and iPhone, was gone. Other people were sitting on the steps at the same time, but no one saw anyone take the bag, police said.

Bloomies theft
Police arrested Ivette Santiago, 38, after she was caught on a surveillance tape in the Bloomingdales Soho, 504 Broadway, on Wed., Aug. 31, removing five watches and a pair of earrings from a display case and stashing them in a white plastic bag. Santiago was stopped as she tried to exit the store without paying for the items, valued at $1,210, police said.

Car break-in
A resident of 78 Grand St., between Greene and Wooster Sts., parked his car in front of his residence at 11 a.m. Mon., Aug. 29, and returned to it the following evening at 7 p.m. to find the rear window broken and the G.P.S., along with a camera, two cell phone chargers, an iPod and two iPod connectors, were gone.

‘Hey! Where’s my S.U.V.?’
A man who parked his 1997 Subaru S.U.V. on Vandam St. between Hudson and Greenwich Sts. at 8 p.m. Tues., Aug. 30, returned an hour later to find the vehicle had been stolen. He admitted to police that he had a spare set of keys on top of the driver’s side sun visor.

E. Fifth St. burglary
Police arrested three suspects as they came out of a building at 715 E. Fifth St. between Avenues C and D shortly after 2 a.m. Sun., Aug. 27, and charged them with breaking into an apartment in the building and stealing various items.

Kevin Santos, 18, Michael Ortiz, 19, and Joshua Bartolomey, 29, were charged with the break-in. Police found the stolen goods — an iPod and an iTouch, a brown leather bag, a baseball and a digital camera — that were taken from the apartment.

Drug bust
Five men, one of them a resident of the Chelsea Houses, were indicted and arrested last week for selling drugs — including heroin, cocaine, crack and Oxycodone — and guns in Chelsea over the past four months.

Epifanio Santiago, 45, known as Frenchie, the main suspect, lives in the Chelsea Houses at 425 W. 25th St. He made the largest sale of the four-month period on June 23, when he brought his infant daughter along and had the drugs stashed inside her stroller and a diaper bag, according to the complaint. Santiago was arrested Wed., Aug. 31, as he was about to make a sale of illegal drugs at the corner of W. 23rd St. and Ninth Ave., according to Bridget Brennan, the special narcotics prosecutor.

Santiago was in possession of crack, heroin and $382 when he was arrested. A warrant search of his apartment uncovered crack pipes and a small quantity of marijuana, the complaint says. Other defendants, David Rodriguez, 18, of W. 148th St., known as Red and D-Blood, and Deion Alonzo, 23, of E. 93rd St., known as Peso and Saint, were arrested earlier in front of 446 W. 25th St.

Later, Deshawn Sanders and Carmelo Ortiz were also arrested in the case.

Manhattan South Narcotics Division officers began the investigation in April in response to community complaints about drug activity and violence in the Chelsea Houses. Most of the sales, including two involving guns, took place near a playground in the public housing complex and two blocks away from P.S. 33, according to the special narcotics prosecutor.

Alonzo aided Santiago in the June 23 sale when they used Santiago’s baby daughter to conceal the drugs. Both are also charged with endangering the welfare of a child.

Santiago also sold a shotgun and a .32-caliber handgun during the four months when a total of $11,400, changed hands, the complaint says.

All the defendants pleaded not guilty. Santiago was being held without bail. Ortiz was being held in lieu of $50,000 bail. Saunders and Alonzo were each being held in lieu of $200,000 bond or $150,000 cash bail. Rodriquez was released on his own recognizance but must observe a 9 p.m. curfew, stay out of Chelsea and must not associate with any known drug dealers.

Albert Amateau

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