Police Blotter, Week of March 14, 2013
Perry rapist gets 20 years
The man who raped a 29-year-old woman last April, after tricking her into thinking he was a West Village “Neighborhood Watch” member, has been sentenced to 20 years in prison, Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance announced Tuesday.
In January, Ivan Ramos, 22, plead guilty to one charge of first-degree rape, two charges of first-degree criminal sexual assault and one charge of assault.
Ramos approached his victim in the West Village around 6 a.m. last April 15, after she had lost her cell phone, cash and other personal items in an unrelated incident, the D.A. said. Ramos then falsely told the woman that he was a member of the Neighborhood Watch, after which she asked him to take her to the nearest police station, according to court documents.
But instead of leading her to safety, Ramos walked her into the isolated exterior stairwell of a Perry St. apartment building, where he raped her for 15 minutes, using his hand to stifle her screams, according to the D.A. Ramos was apprehended later that day, after nearby residents who heard the commotion reported the situation to police and identified the suspect.
In addition to 20 years in prison, Ramos was sentenced to 20 years of post-release supervision.
Taco Bell muggers
Police were able to get their hands on a knife-wielding robber after he struck at a Union Square Taco Bell restaurant, but his accomplice fled with the cash.
A 21-year-old man told officers that, while he was in the taco joint at 18 E. 14thSt. around 4 a.m. on Sat., Mar. 9, the two thugs punched him and snatched $120 in cash out of his wallet while he was down. The victim also said that when he tried taking the money back, one of the robbers — later identified as Anthony Campbell, 22 — brandished a knife, causing him to back off.
Taco Bell employees reported the crime, and Campbell was apprehended shortly after the incident during a canvass of the area by officers. His buddy, who apparently wasn’t walking with Campbell after leaving the restaurant, is still at large with the cash, cops said.
First, she violated a restraining order, and then she head-butted a police officer in the face. And she’s not even old enough to have a drink yet.
Police said they arrested Essivi Collins, 20, after she was reported hanging around the parking lot of Washington Square Village, the superblock apartment complex between LaGaurdia Place and Mercer St. The report was by a nearby resident who currently holds a court order of protection against her. But once they slapped the cuffs on Collins, she reportedly used her head to smack one of the arresting officers right in the kisser — leaving him with a nasty bruise and sending him to Bellevue for treatment.
But now she’ll pay a double price — in addition to allegedly violating the restraining order, Collins was charged with assaulting a police officer.
Graffiti guys busted
Police bagged two graffiti artists last week — one in the West Village and one in the Meatpacking District — who weren’t slick enough to place their tags and slip away.
Giuseppe Passantino, 39, apparently thought no one would notice that he was blasting music through a boom box on the street at 4:45 a.m. That’s how officers found him, near the corner of Seventh Ave. South and Christopher St., on March 9. Police said Passantino was writing words like “Joe,” “Italian,” “Ice” and “Bambino” in graffiti style onto a Postal Service mailbox on the street.
And on March 8, around 1 a.m., police said they spotted Angel Diaz, Jr., 30, using a black-felt marker to tag the wall of a building at 842 Greenwich St., near Gansevoort St. The officers said Diaz, Jr. was in the middle of writing “Silk City,” which they later learned is apparently his street name.
Passantino and Diaz, Jr. were both charged with making graffiti.
Different strokes for different folks, right? Well…notthosekinds of strokes.
Police arrested Jerise Begley, 40, in the Meatpacking District after they saw him exposing his erect penis while walking down Ninth Ave., between Little W. 12thand W. 13thSts., around 4:30 a.m. on Sun., Mar. 10, during which time he also reportedly began masturbating publicly.
To cap it all off, the officers said that Begley also walked up to a group of young women while swinging his member, and said, “You know you want this!”
Begley was charged with public lewdness.