Volume 81, Number 17 | September 29 - October 5, 2011
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Police Blotter

West Village robbery
Police arrested one of two suspects in the robbery of a victim on the southwest corner of Eighth Ave. and W. Fourth St. around 3:30 a.m. Fri., Sept. 23. Ramel Davis, 23, and an accomplice not apprehended, threatened the 19-year-old victim and forced him to surrender an iPhone and a Humboldt watch valued at $27,000, police said.

Transit officer punched
A Transit police officer wrote out a summons to Ryan Conlon for jumping the turnstile at the W. Fourth St. subway station at 2:09 a.m. Sat., Sept. 24, but the suspect tore it up and flung it to the floor, police said. When the officer started to arrest him, Conlon punched him in the face and flailed his arms to avoid being handcuffed, police said. Conlon was charged with assaulting a peace officer, resisting arrest and theft of services.

N.Y.U. security punched
A New York University security guard asked a man who was lying on the sidewalk in front of the N.Y.U. building at 31 Washington Place and blocking pedestrian traffic on Friday afternoon Sept. 13 to move along. The suspect, Tucker Mowatt, 22, flew into a rage and punched the guard, police said. The suspect is charged with assaulting a peace officer.

Another officer punched
A police officer told a woman who was standing in the middle of the intersection of University Place and E. 12th St. at 2 p.m. Sat., Sept. 24, to get on the sidewalk. The suspect, Sean Vincent, 28, refused, punched the officer on the side of the head and flailed her arms to avoid being handcuffed, police said. Vincent was charged with assaulting a peace officer.

Mother killer attacks again
Neal Essex, indicted for the Sept. 17 daylight strangulation and rape of a woman in her 60s on E. Sixth St., was living in a nearby group home sponsored by the state Department of Mental Hygiene after his release from locked institutions. Essex nearly killed the woman in the East Village incident. Twenty-seven years ago, he beat his mother to death in their Brooklyn home during an argument, according to a New York Post article. His release to the group home was the unanimous recommendation of the state Attorney General’s Office and the Brooklyn district attorney, subject to continued monitoring by mental hygiene officials.

Graffiti bust
Police arrested Anthony Thompson, 26, on the southeast corner of Hudson and Clarkson Sts. at City-as-School at 2:10 a.m. Wed., Sept. 21. The suspect was spray-painting a wall, police said. Thompson had another spray-paint can, several paint pens and a small amount of marijuana when he was arrested, police said.

Meatpacking picker
A man who took the wallet of a woman patron of a bar at 409 W. 13th St. during the early hours of Sat., Sept. 24, was arrested when a witness spotted him throwing credit cards on the ground. The witness held the suspect for police, who charged Samuel LeBlanc, 18, with larceny. The victim identified the suspect as the man who took her wallet. Police said LeBlanc was also in possession of a fake Pennsylvania driver’s license and a stolen credit card.

Auto stripping
Police arrested David Session, 52, around 11:50 p.m. Sat., Sept. 24, for breaking into a car parked at the southwest corner of W. Fourth and 13th Sts. and taking the global positioning system and a cell phone. Session had been spotted going from car to car in the area and peering into them with a flashlight. He was charged with car stripping and possession of burglary tools.

Chelsea fatal stabbing
Police responded to a call at 5:07 a.m. Mon., Sept. 26, about a stabbing on W. 21st St. between 11th Ave. and the West Side Highway. The victim, identified as Christopher Adames, 23, of 3 W. 108th St. in Manhattan Valley, was stabbed multiple times about the torso, police said. An Emergency Medical Service team took the victim to Bellevue Hospital, where he was pronounced dead on arrival. No arrests were made, and police are investigating the stabbing.

Charged in baby death
The death of 6-month-old Alex Jose Fernandez, who was found unconscious on May 24 around 3 p.m. in his uncle’s 17th -floor apartment at 444 Second Ave. at E. 25th St. in Kips Bay, was reclassified on Fri., Sept. 23. The child’s uncle, Luis Melendez, 34, was charged with murder, reckless endangerment and acting in a manner to injure a child. Melendez had acknowledged to police at the time that he had shaken the infant.

Dead woman ID’d
The woman who was found dead at 8:51 a.m. Sat., Sept. 10, in front of St. Brigid’s Church on Ave. B was identified on Sept. 20 as Elizabeth Hooper, 50. A familiar figure around Tompkins Square, she had battled heroin and alcohol addiction. According to the Local East Village, she grew up in Mamaroneck and was the mother of five children.

Vehicle thefts
A Jersey City man parked his 2011 black Audi sedan opposite 15 Wooster St. around 7 p.m. Thurs., Sept. 22, and returned at 5 a.m. the next day to find it had been stolen.

A man who parked his 2007 JTN stunt motorcycle at the southeast corner of Greenwich and Spring Sts. near his home at 5:30 p.m. Thurs., Sept. 22, discovered two days later that the bike, valued at $5,000, had been stolen.

Soho shoplifters
An employee of the Cole Haan boutique at 128 Prince St. in Soho noticed that three handbags were missing on Thurs., Sept. 22, and went to the store surveillance tape to find an image of a man entering the shop at around 10:52 a.m., grabbing the three bags worth $1,044 and walking out without paying for them, police said.

A man walked into the Georg Jensen shop at 125 Wooster St. around 3:15 p.m. Wed., Sept. 21, asked to see a gold bracelet, then snatched the $6,700 item and fled with it, police said.

An unknown suspect walked into the Coach boutique at 143 Prince St. around 11:15 a.m. Sun., Sept. 25, and made off with two handbags with a total value of $1,416, police said.

Water-break thief
A visitor from Spain, 32, was getting a water bottle out of his book bag around 6:30 p.m. Wed., Sept. 24, at the northwest corner of Spring and Wooster Sts. when a passing stranger grabbed the bag, which contained an iPad and a camera, and fled on foot west on Spring St., police said.

Albert Amateau

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