Volume 81, Number 19 | October 13 -19, 2011
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Police Blotter

University Pl. stabbing
Police arrested three men and a woman in connection with the stabbing of two victims during a fight in front of a pizza place at 122 University Place at 13th St. around 3:33 a.m. Sat., Oct. 8.

The suspects roughed up a group of men and then stabbed one victim, 23, in the chest and slashed another, 36, across the face, according to the complaint filed with the Manhattan district attorney.

Vilson Brulaj, 23; Florian Brulaj, 20; Gentian Gjana, 19; and the woman, Mobeta Ceka, 18, were all charged with second-degree assault and criminal possession of a weapon.

Police said a witness saw Florian Brulaj stabbing and slashing the victims. Police recovered a bloody knife from Ceka’s handbag, according to the complaint. The suspects fled in a car parked nearby, but police stopped them a block away.

Saturday stabbing II
Police arrested Nico Hospedales, 22, at 12:15 a.m. Sat., Oct. 8, at the northeast corner of Grove St. and Seventh Ave. South and charged him with stabbing a female victim, 20, in the left shoulder. She was taken in stable condition to Bellevue Hospital.

Jane St. burglary
Police arrested Dominic Williams, 21, hiding in an unoccupied sixth-floor apartment at 1 Jane St. around 9:30 p.m. Sat., Oct. 8, and charged him with burglary and larceny involving two apartments in the building. One victim returning home discovered his front door unlocked, the bedroom window broken and several bloodstained items, like a towel and sheets, on the floor. Sixth Precinct police searched the building and found Williams with items stolen from that apartment and another. He was charged with burglary, possession of burglary tools and stolen property.

Jewelry store hit
Police are looking for suspects in the armed robberies of two jewelry stores, one in Greenwich Village on Wed., Aug. 24, and the other on Aug. 25 in Midtown. In the Aug. 24 holdup, three men walked into Crown Jewelers International, 60 W. Eighth St., where one of them pistol-whipped the owner and another smashed several display cases with a hammer. The three robbers took assorted jewelry and drove off west on Eighth St. in a black Chevrolet Suburban. Two of the robbers were wearing bright-colored safety vests, police said.

Subway robberies
Police are looking for five young suspects, one of them a woman, in connection with a series of robberies at Fifth Precinct subway stations. On Sat., Oct. 1, all five of the gang approached three men at 7 p.m. on the southbound platform of the Broadway/Lafayette St. station, simulated possession of a knife, threatened to cut the victims, robbed them and fled.

On Sat., Sept. 24, four of the suspects approached three men entering the Broadway/Lafayette St. station at 7:10 p.m., displayed a gun and robbed the victims.

On Mon., Aug. 15, four of the suspects approached four men walking on a staircase in the Broadway/Lafayette St. station, displayed box cutters, and robbed them.

The suspects include a black woman between ages 18 and 20, 5 feet 4 inches tall, weighing 120 pounds, with the word “Hated,” a picture of a rose and the word “Loved” tattooed on her arm.

A Hispanic man, age 17 to 20, standing between 5 feet 10 inches and 6 feet 1 inch, weighing 190 pounds, with a piercing in his right eyebrow was present in one of the incidents.

Another suspect is a Hispanic man, 17 to 20, 5 feet 10 inches to 6 feet tall, with braided hair, an Eye of Horus tattoo on his neck and a spider web tattoo on his left arm.

Another suspect, a black man, age 17 to 20, 5 feet 9 inches tall, 180 pounds, has earrings in both ears.

Another suspect is described as a black man, 17 to 20 years old, 5 feet 7 inches to 5 feet 10 inches tall, 190 pounds, with an unknown tattoo on his right arm.

Anyone with information should report it by phone to Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS (8477) or online at www.crimestoppers.com or by text-messaging 274637 (crimes) and entering TIPS577.

Fake ID?
Two Upper West Side women, both 19, told police they went down to Soho to buy fake ID’s and approached a likely looking man on Thompson St. between Houston and Prince Sts. and asked if he could accommodate them. They gave him $110 and he took it, along with their handbags with watches and jewelry and fled, police said.

Subway death
Isaac Solomon, 23, a student at Cardozo Law School on Fifth Ave. at 12th St., was struck and killed by an A train in a tunnel near the W. Fourth St. station around 5:30 a.m. Sat., Oct. 1. A Cardozo statement to students and faculty on Oct. 3 described the death as accidental. Police said no criminality was suspected. Solomon, a native of Tampa, Fla., graduated from New York University.

Missed target, hit window
Police arrested Tyrone Herring, 40, in front of a tattoo parlor at 311 Sixth Ave. around 1:50 a.m. Sun., Oct. 9. The suspect threw a brick at an adversary with whom he was fighting and missed him, but the brick smashed the tattoo parlor window. Police said. Herring was charged with criminal mischief.

Credit-card fraud
Police arrested Terell Kennedy, 19, on Wednesday morning Oct. 5 at the CVS store at 75 Christopher St. and charged him with larceny for using a credit card that was not his to make purchases.

Restaurant window
The owner and an employee of the Golden Wok, 159 Christopher St., were in the place at 10:50 p.m. Fri., Sept. 23, when a man punched and smashed the front window and fled west on foot. The employee canvassed the area with Sixth Precinct police and identified Jackie Williams, 22, who was arrested on Pier 45 (the Christopher St. Pier) as the suspect. He was charged with criminal mischief.

Counterassault
Police arrested Jacqueline Carire, 26, and Michelle del Rosario, 25, around 3:14 a.m. Mon., Oct. 10, on the southeast corner of University Place and E. 13th St. They were punching each other and filed assault charges against each other.

Likes fine spirits
A man who was arrested in 2008 and again last year for stealing Champagne from Chelsea and Meatpacking District nightspots was arrested yet again on Sept. 1, this time for stealing tequila and vodka and a bottle of cognac valued at $1,800 from a steakhouse on W. 51st St. The suspect, Kenneth Person, 34, had been arrested in 2008 for trying to swipe six bottles of Dom Perignon Champagne from the Hotel Gansevoort bar and in 2010 for stealing Champagne from the Highline Ballroom in Chelsea, according to a New York Post item.

Checkpoint arrests
Police at a traffic checkpoint in front of 75 Christopher St. between Bleecker and W. Fourth Sts. stopped a car at 11:30 p.m. Fri., Sept. 23, and arrested Amir Mohammed, 43; Cassandra Womack, 42; and Orlando Velasquez, 20. The suspects were in a car that was reported stolen and police found an undisclosed amount of marijuana on one of the suspects.

Kawasakis gone
A man, 60, who chained his motorcycle to a bike rack outside his residence at 135 Wooster St. on Wed., Oct. 5, looked out at 7:30 a.m. the next day and found the bike, a Kawasaki valued at $4,000, was gone.

A man who parked his 2009 Kawasaki valued at $6,000 across the street at 132 Wooster St. on Wednesday evening Oct. 5, discovered it was gone the next morning along with his helmet and helmet carrier, police said.

Bicycle theft
A woman, 53, told police that she discovered at noon on Fri., Oct. 7, that two bicycles, valued at $500 each, that she had locked to a pole on the northwest corner of Prince St. and Broadway had been stolen.

Painting stolen
An employee of an art gallery at 64 Grand St. near West Broadway told police on Mon., Sept. 26, that a painting by Anabel Lind valued at $8,000 had been stolen from a wall in the gallery sometime during the previous two weeks. The report was made “for insurance purposes,” police said.

Soho phone swipe
A Queens woman, 17, was looking at a map on her cell phone while walking on the northeast corner of Watts St. and Sixth Ave. on Friday night, Oct. 10, when a stranger grabbed the phone and fled on foot south on Sixth Ave., police said.

Only takes a minute
A woman shopping at Steve Madden Shoes, 529 Broadway at Spring St., around 5:30 p.m. Sun., Sept. 9, put her bag on the floor while she went to a mirror and returned a moment later to find that the bag with $60 in cash, a cell phone and credit cards had been stolen.

Albert Amateau

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