Volume 81, Number 18 | October 6 - 12, 2011
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Police Blotter

Homicide suspect
Sixth Precinct Commanding Officer Brandon del Pozo told Community Board 2 on Sept. 22 that the suspect in the April 29 attack on Joseph Sibilla, 83, who died of his injuries on May 10, was in jail on Rikers Island on an unrelated burglary charge. The victim, who used a walker, was in his first-floor apartment on W. 13th St. between Fifth and Sixth Aves. when the suspect pushed in and beat and robbed him. The death was classified as the first homicide of the year in the Sixth Precinct.

Meatpacking picker
A man who took the wallet of a female 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.

Booked on book theft
The man arrested on Sept. 26 for trying to sell books he reportedly stole from public library branches to a bookshop in the East Village, was also charged in an earlier theft of 11 books from the Battery Park City Public Library on North End Ave.

Andrew Hansen, 27, with a long record of library book thefts, was arrested on Sept. 21 in connection with the Battery Park City thefts, according to court papers. He is also a suspect in two other library thefts for which he has not yet been charged, according to reports.

On Mon., Sept. 26, he tried to sell stolen library books to East Village Books, at 99 St. Mark’s Place, but Donald Lewis, the store owner, had been duped by Hansen previously and held him for police. Hansen, who was arrested in July for trying to steal books from the Tompkins Square library branch, is barred from the library system and from Strand bookstore on Broadway and E. 12th St. In September 2009 he was arrested in Union Square for ripping labels out of stolen library books and in November 2009 he was arrested for shoplifting in the Barnes & Noble bookstore on Union Square.

Sexual abuse
Police arrested Sherhan Cruz, 34, in front of a club at 409 W. 13th St. on Saturday evening Oct. 1 after a woman patron, 30, told a bouncer that Cruz grabbed her buttocks. After the bouncer ejected Cruz from the place the suspect got into a fight and injured a man, 36, who had been in the place, police said.

Brawl on MacDougal
Police from the Sixth Precinct Cabaret Unit responded to a call to an apartment at 122 MacDougal St. around 4:43 a.m. Sat., Oct. 1, when they heard screaming and calls for help. Police found Brian McGuiness, 30, of East Broadway semiconscious on the floor with cuts about his head, and Ashely Dennis, 22, of W. 132nd St. standing over him. McGuiness said Dennis hit him over the head with a bottle and slammed the door on his legs, and Dennis said McGuiness was chocking her befoe she hit him. Dennis, identified in press reports as former Governor David Paterson’s stepdaughter, was charged with second-degree assault. She was released without bail on condition that she stay away from McGuiness, whom she had been dating for about a year. McGuiness, who was taken to Beth Israel hosptal for stitches to his scalp, was charged with choking Dennis.

W. Third St. assault
Police arrested Adam Walker, 22, shortly after 3 a.m. Sun., Oct. 2, and charged him with assault during an argument with a security guard outside a bar at 134 W. Third St. Police said the suspect put his hands on an arresting officer’s neck and threw punches to avoid being handcuffed.

Parking garage robber
Police are looking for an armed robber who fired a shot into the floor of the Edison Parking garage on 10th Ave. at W. 20th St. around 8:30 p.m. Thurs., Sept. 22, and fled with an unknown sum of cash. The same robber is suspected in the Sept. 15 armed robbery at 8:30 p.m. of a Salem Parking garage on West and Jane Sts., and in the Sept. 9 robbery at 1:45 a.m. of a parking garage on Lafayette St. near E. Seventh St.

The suspect is described as between 40 and 50 years old, with a mustache, weighing between 200 and 250 pounds, walking with a limp and wearing a dark hat.

Burglary spree
Police arrested Kavie Collins, 16, for breaking into six Village apartments on Sept. 19, 20 and 21 and stealing iPods, laptop computers and cameras. During the early hours of Mon., Sept. 19, he got into an apartment on Sullivan St. and made off with an iPod, police said. Later the same day he broke into two apartments, one on Sheridan Square and the other on W. 13th St., and stole laptops, cameras and iPods.

The following day he is believed to have entered a Bank St. apartment and made off with a laptop and a camera. On Sept. 21, he entered two apartments, one on W. 13th St. and the other on Christopher St., before he was arrested.

Meatmarket bag grab
Police arrested Andre Jackson, 46, in Cielo, the club at 18 Little W. 12th St., on Wed., Sept. 28, around 11 p.m. and charged him with stealing a bag with $115 and a cell phone belonging to a woman patron of the club. Jackson was identified in press reports as having been arrested 42 times since 1982.

Village bag grab
A guest in an apartment on Grove St. near Waverly Place made off with a handbag at 5:40 a.m. Sat., Oct. 1. Police soon arrested Zachary Clemmons, 32, who was identified by the victim and charged with larceny.

‘Comfortable seat’
A woman patron of Greenhouse, 150 Varick St., told police she left the club very drunk around 4:10 a.m. Tues., Sept. 27, when a stranger told her there was a comfortable place to sit around the corner on Vandam St. Once off Varick St., the man took her cell phone and fled. She discovered later that day that 10 unauthorized calls were made on the phone.

Scattered contents
A New Jersey woman, 28, told police she was with friends at Toad Hall, the bar at 57 Grand St., shortly after midnight on Sat., Oct. 1, and left her bag on a hook under the bar while she went out for a smoke. When she returned, she found that someone had scattered the contents of her bag on the bar. She gathered everything, put it all back in her bag, but didn’t notice until after she got home that her wallet with ID and credit cards was missing. Several unauthorized charges were made on the cards.

Albert Amateau

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