Police Blotter, Week of April 17, 2014
Police are hunting for an unknown man who allegedly snuck into an East Village woman’s bedroom and tried to rape her early on Sun., April 13.
The victim, 32, whose address was not disclosed, told officers she woke up around 3 a.m. to find the suspect, pictured in the sketch above, standing on her bed. She said that the man then sexually assaulted her, but fled after she continued to struggle.
The suspect is described as Hispanic, in his 20s, about 5 feet 4 inches tall and weighing 160 pounds.
Police are also looking for an unknown man who they say robbed an Eighth Ave. convenience store and stabbed an employee early on April 7.
The suspect walked into the Mobil Gas Station Mart, at Eighth Ave. and W. 13th St., around 1:50 a.m., cops said. He then reportedly snatched a cigarette pack and ran out, after which a male employee, 18, chased him outside.
The suspect, pictured above, pulled out a knife, turned around and slashed the employee’s left hand before fleeing the scene, police said. The wounded employee was later treated at Bellevue Hospital, receiving stitches to his hand, police said.
Based on surveillance footage, the suspect is described as white, about age 35 and around 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighing 200 pounds.
Consulting firm swindled
A consulting firm that says it specializes in “crisis intervention” recently had a crisis of its own, when an employee spent more than $20,000 in company cash for her personal use, police said.
Candice Lee, 32, once an employee of J.F.C. Professional Services, at 60 W. 13th St., was arrested April 8 after her boss told police that Lee was found to have made dozens of unauthorized transactions since last November. That included 56 purchases on a company credit card, totaling around $3,600, and the writing and cashing of 37 company checks, totaling around $18,000, police said. The J.F.C. boss, a psychologist, stressed in her report to cops that Lee was never given permission to use any of those funds for personal use.
Lee, who has since been fired from J.F.C., was charged with grand larceny and forgery.
Police arrested Heayoung Park, 37, on April 10 after she allegedly stole groceries from the Whole Foods Market in Union Square.
Employees at the 40 E. 14th St. supermarket told cops that Park walked out with $46 worth of stolen goods — a box of waffles, pomegranate seeds and an assortment of fruits and vegetables — around 5:15 p.m., but she was spotted and quickly detained by store security after exiting. Police arrested her at the scene, charging her with petty larceny.
Where there’s smoke…
Police arrested a teen on a South Village sidewalk early on April 12, after he was allegedly smoking marijuana and also carrying an illegal knife.
Patrolling officers said they spotted the boy, 17, smoking a joint on Minetta St. between Bleecker St. and Minetta Lane around 4:30 a.m., stopped him and searched him. The officers then reportedly found a gravity knife in his pocket. The teen was charged with criminal possession of a weapon and criminal possession of marijuana.
A sneaky phone thief struck in the bar of the Meatpacking District’s Standard Hotel early on April 13, police said.
The female victim, 25, told cops she was hanging out with her friend at the bar around 4:30 a.m., when she asked her pal to watch her purse for several minutes. When she returned, the woman found that her Samsung Galaxy S4 phone had been lifted from inside the bag, although her friend later told officers that she never saw anyone reach in and grab it.
There were no witnesses and no description of a suspect, police said.
— Sam Spokony