Police Blotter, July 5 – 11, 2012
Stuy High cheating
A cheating scandal broke at the elite Stuyvesant High School on June 18 when the principal, Stanley Teitel, found a student apparently getting answers on his cell phone while taking a test, according to the Daily News and the Post. A Department of Education spokesperson said the matter is under investigation. Another student at the Lower Manhattan school who was found with photos of tests on his cell phone, and is suspected of supplying test answers to about 50 students, has been dismissed, according to reports.
Henry St. double homicide
Two women, one about 30 and the other about 70 years old, were found shot to death when firefighters responded to a first-floor apartment fire at 83 Henry St. near the Manhattan Bridge overpass shortly after 11 a.m. Fri., July 29.
The victims were found lying near each other on the bedroom floor. The younger, shot in the temple, had been set on fire. The older woman was shot in the eye. Another fire had been set in the kitchen.
There have been no arrests and police were still investigating at press time Tues., July 3.
Neighbors said they long suspected there was illegal activity in the apartment and a man was seen fleeing before the fire, according to a Daily News item. The News also quoted detectives who speculated that a scam operation targeting Asian women may be connected to the killings.
In addition to the apartment, a funeral home is located on the first floor and there are apartments in the rest of the building. The building super told the New York Post that he never met any tenant of the apartment and that he didn’t know how many people lived in it.
Police arrested Md Meah, 47, a body piercer working out of 3 St. Mark’s Place, with abusing a 15-year-old girl whose navel he was piercing at 9 p.m. Fri., June 22. While the needle was penetrating the victim’s skin, Meah inserted his fingers into her vagina despite her repeated pleas to stop, according to the charges filed with the Manhattan district attorney.
Robbery and ID theft
Police who arrested two suspects shortly after 7 a.m. Wed., June 28, for robbing a livery driver of his cell phone found 91 fake credit cards and an A.T.M. skimming device on the suspects.
Giscard Friedman, 20, and Charles Morais, 23, were arrested in the subway station at Essex and Canal Sts., shortly after the livery driver was robbed. They were charged with multiple counts of robbery, identity theft and possession of forged instruments.
Survives bridge jump
A New York Water Taxi, with 89 passengers aboard, came to the rescue of a man who jumped about 120 feet from the Brooklyn Bridge into the East River around 1:25 p.m. Fri., June 29, according to items in the Post and Daily News. The water taxi skipper, Adonis Arias, and his crew picked up the jumper and delivered him, apparently with minimal injuries, to the Fulton Landing in Brooklyn. The victim, 22, was then taken to Bellevue Hospital.
Baruch slay sentence
Joel Herrera, 22, identified by prosecutors as a Latin Kings member, was sentenced Tues., June 26, to 20 years in prison for the September 2009 stabbing death of Glenn Wright, 21, while the victim was washing his grandmother’s windows in the Baruch Houses on the Lower East Side. Herrera, who has a previous conviction for arson, jumped Wright and stabbed him in the neck because he mistakenly believed the victim had beaten a friend of his. Herrera was convicted in May of first-degree manslaughter and first-degree gang assault after an earlier mistrial.
Police arrested Mady Diakite, 34, shortly after 9:40 p.m. Fri., June 15, for installing a skimming device in a Chase branch A.T.M. on Broadway at Spring St. to steal customers’ PINs (personal identification numbers). He is charged with retrieving the skimmer after about 20 bank customers used the A.T.M. for their bank transactions.
Police arrested a suspect for two muggings in the Village within an hour of each other on Sat., June 30. At about 4:10 a.m. Ramel Blount, 23, and an accomplice, Derrick McVay, attacked a victim, 47, in front of 107 Christopher St., held him down on the pavement and made off with his gold chain and his watch, police said. The victim sustained injuries and was taken to Beth Israel Hospital. An hour later, Blount demanded money from a man in front of 55 Grove St. and punched the victim when he refused. Blount, described as a robbery recidivist, was arrested later and so was McKay.
Water robbers not Smart
Two men walked into the Stop and Go store at 388 Sixth Ave. near Waverly Place around 1:12 a.m. Wed., June 27, grabbed a 32-ounce bottle of Smart Water and threw a piece of broken pipe at the clerk when he tried to retrieve the bottle, police said. The suspects, Reynolds Goode, 37, and Xavier Dacruz, 17, fled but were arrested a short time later and charged with robbery.
Eric Acosta, 27, was charged with criminal mischief for pulling down down the awning above Morandi’s sidewalk cafe, at 211 Waverly Place, around 2:05 a.m. Fri., June 29. The suspect had a glassine package of marijuana when he was arrested, police said.
Bleecker St. shoplifting
The manager and a clerk at the Michael Kors shop at 384 Bleecker St. spotted a man who grabbed three bags with a total value of $3,238 around 6 p.m. Sat., June 30, and fled without paying. They chased the thief as he ran north on Bleecker St. Two Sixth Precinct police officers cornered the suspect on Bleecker near Eighth Ave., where he dropped the bags just before he was arrested. Christopher McCloud, 37, was charged with larceny.
One of two suspects grabbed the iPhone of a patron at Karavas restaurant, at 72 Christopher St., at 2:45 a.m. Sat., June 30, passed it off to his accomplice and both fled. Police arrested Christopher Moore and the accomplice, Carlos Rivera, both 20, and charged them with larceny.
At 1:35 a.m. Mon., July 2, a man who was talking with friends outside 72 Christopher St. felt a stranger’s hand dip into his pocket and make off with his cash, $40. Police soon arrested the suspect, Dominique Sanzeers, 23, and charged him with larceny after they recovered the victim’s money.
The management of BLT Burger, 470 Sixth Ave., charged Keyana McCray, 22, with using other people’s credit cards to make fraudulent purchases between Dec. 15 of last year and Thurs., June 28, when she was arrested. The suspect had more that 20 different credit cards and an A.T.M. skimming device in her possession, police said.
Transit police arrested a suspect in the Eighth Ave. subway station at 14th St. around 5:50 a.m. Sat., June 30, for dipping into a passenger’s pocket, taking the victim’s wallet and putting it into his own pocket. Anthony Thomas, 25, was charged with larceny.
Building worker’s death
A maintenance man, 63, who worked at 25 Fifth Ave. for more than 30 years, jumped to his death from the roof of the 15-story building on Fri., June 22, and landed on the seven-story roof of an adjoining building. The victim had health problems, according to a New York Post item.