Volume 81, Number 21 | October 27 - November 2, 2011
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Police Blotter

Person of interest
Ninth Precinct police are seeking Hakeem Smith, 24, who was released last year after a three-year prison term on a weapons conviction, as a person of interest in the Oct. 16 shooting death of Keith Salgado near Avenue C and E. 12th St. Smith, who also has previous arrests for menacing and robbery, has been missing from the neighborhood since the shooting.

Sexual abuse
A New York University security guard stopped a man accused of sexually molesting a woman who was walking on Washington Square South near Sullivan St. around 6 p.m. Wed., Oct. 19, and held him for police. Steven Werner, 44, was charged with sexual abuse for grabbing the victim’s breast, police said.

Soho armed holdup
A man walked into the Braccialini clothing boutique, at 436 West Broadway near Prince St., around 3:10 p.m. Thurs, Oct. 20, pointed a silver handgun at a woman employee and demanded money, police said. The robber took $35 that was in a white envelope and fled on foot north on West Broadway.

Robber gets 65 years
Anthony Lindsey, 32, received a 65-year prison sentence on Wed., Oct. 19, in connection with a series of brutal robberies in Greenwich Village in November and December 2008. On the night of Dec. 4, 2008, Lindsey and Adam Temple, 21, his half brother, attacked a woman, 25, on W. 11th St. between Waverly Place and W. Fourth St. and pulled one earring from her ear before she fought them off. On Dec. 1, they robbed a 19-year-old woman on Eighth Ave. at W. Fourth St. On Nov. 16 they robbed a man and a woman as they were getting out of a cab at the corner of Waverly Place and Bank St. Charges against Temple are still pending.

Apartment scam
Police arrested Emma Hunt, 25, on Wed., Oct. 19, in connection with stealing $3,250 from a woman who answered her Craigslist posting online offering an E. Sixth St. apartment for rent. Hunt met the victim in August, showed her apartment 3B at 429 E. Sixth St. and told her a man named Jonathan Barber would give her the keys when she paid him $3,250. The victim gave the money to Barber in an apartment at Broadway and 86th St. on Aug. 17 and received the keys. But when she went to the E. Sixth St. apartment, the keys would not fit and she discovered the apartment was occupied, according to the complaint filed with the Manhattan district attorney. Jonathan Barber has not been apprehended.

The plot thickens
Andrew Hanson, 27, charged with stealing books from the Battery Park City Library and the Tompkins Square Library and trying to sell them to East Village Books at 99 St. Mark’s Place on Dept. 26, pleaded not guilty on Wed., Oct. 19. Hanson, who has been banned from New York Public Library branches since October 2009, is charged with a series of library book thefts from July to September of this year.

Ladies locked in limo
Three women who got into a limo at the corner of Greenwich and Perry Sts. at 12:15 a.m. Sat., Oct. 22, found themselves prisoners for about 15 minutes when the driver refused to drive them to their destination, stopped and locked all the doors after he got out and left them, police said. The driver, Ibrahim Kante, 29, returned at 12:40 a.m. and was arrested on a change of unlawful imprisonment.

She robbed garage
The attendant at Perry Garage, 738 Greenwich St., was surprised by a woman who walked in at 7:27 a.m. Sun., Oct. 16, grabbed his gold neck chain and then snatched $18 from a desk and fled. Police arrested Rasheeda Amatulah, 44, a short time later and charged her with larceny.

Paint it black
Police arrested Mark Benederet, 22, Christopher Ricardelli, 23, Kemal Urur, 23, and Jonathan Nunez, 23, at 1:45 a.m. Wed., Oct. 19, for spray-painting their tags on walls at 627 and 623 Greenwich St. and at 78 Morton St.

Bounced, so breaks
Police arrested a man in front of the Village Tavern, 46 Bedford St., around 11 p.m. Fri., Oct. 22, and charged him with malicious mischief for punching and breaking the front window after he was asked to leave the place, police said.

Les handcuffs
Police arrested Sebastian Papaleo, 30, and charged him with robbery for grabbing a wallet valued at $565 from the Louis Vuitton boutique at 116 Greene St. near Prince St. around 3 p.m. Thurs., Oct. 20.

High-tech heist
The management of Vision On, a video processing and editing service at 333 Hudson St. between Vandam and Charlton Sts., told police that three laptops, three cameras and three lenses with a total value of $27,997 were stolen sometime between 3:30 p.m. Wed., Oct. 19, when they were last seen, and 4:30 p.m. when they were discovered missing. Police said there were no signs of forced entry. Employees told police they didn’t see anyone entering or leaving the only door to the business during that hour.

Leather lifter
A man who walked into the Mango clothing boutique at 561 Broadway at Prince St. shortly after 11 a.m. Sun., Oct. 23, managed to walk out undetected without paying for five leather jackets with a total value of $1,500, police said.

Albert Amateau

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