Police Blotter, Week of Dec. 25, 2014 | East Villager & Lower East Sider

Police Blotter, Week of Dec. 25, 2014



Break away, break window
About midway through Saturday’s mostly peaceful Millions March NYC, members of a breakaway contingent of about 100 protesters wearing masks attacked a police car parked on Madison Ave. between E. 28th and 29th Sts. that reportedly had two traffic agents inside. A rear side window was smashed and trash was left heaped on the back of the car. There were no injuries and no arrests.

A grab from a surveillance video of alleged Avenue D shooting suspect.

A grab from a surveillance video of alleged Avenue D shooting suspect.

Shooting suspect
Police are seeking the public’s help in identifying and locating a suspect wanted in connection with a late-night shooting on Fri., Dec. 12, in front of 60 Avenue D.

According to police, around 11:20 p.m. that evening, a 19-year-old male was involved in a verbal dispute with the suspect in front of the location, when the suspect brandished a firearm and shot twice, striking the victim in the chest and neck.

E.M.S. transported the injured man to Bellevue Hospital in stable condition.

The suspect is described as a Hispanic male, last seen wearing a dark, hooded sweatshirt and dark jeans.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call the Crime Stoppers hotline, at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477), or to submit tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers Web site, www.nypdcrimestoppers.com, or by texting their them to 274637 (CRIMES) and then entering TIP577. All tips are strictly confidential.

Aleim Perkins.

Aleim Perkins.

Tire swing tragedy
On Mon., Dec. 15, around 3:50 p.m., police responded to a 911 call of a man unconscious in the Tompkins Square Park playground.

According to police, the man, Aleim Perkins, 39, of Harlem, had taken his niece to play in the playground, where for some reason he “began swinging the tire swing very violently, very strongly.”

The tire hit Perkins and he was knocked unconscious — it wasn’t clear if he struck his head on the ground.

Emergency medics gave Perkins C.P.R. at the scene but he was unresponsive. He was taken to Beth Israel hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival.

In the “interests” section of Perkins’s Facebook page only two things are listed: “My niece Leela” and “Being a great uncle.”

After reports of Perkins’s death, locals wondered if the playground’s two tire swings would now be removed.

Fatal fire
Evelyn Dahab, 33, a writer and former bar owner, was found dead in her bed by firefighters responding to a blaze in her E. First St. apartment at 3 a.m. on Wed., Dec. 10.

According to the Daily News, Dahab attended Barnard College, wrote a novel called “Incapacitated” and at one point co-owned Lucey’s Lounge, a bar on Third Ave. in Gowanus, Brooklyn.

An overloaded power strip sparked the fire — which was confined to her unit in the five-story walk-up — according to Fire Department officials.

Soho plunge
On the evening of Fri., Dec. 12, an unidentified woman apparently leapt to her death from the 11th floor of 110 Greene St. in Soho. According to a source who requested anonymity, the woman was in town visiting a relative.

Furs for the “fur stall” at Broadway and Spring St. The furs are displayed on the S.U.V. as well as a table on the sidewalk.   Photo courtesy of AntiVivisection Coalition

Furs for the “fur stall” at Broadway and Spring St. The furs are displayed on the S.U.V. as well as a table on the sidewalk. Photo courtesy of AntiVivisection Coalition

Fur vendors gone wild
Three fur vendors were arrested in Soho on Saturday after they threw bleach on anti-fur activists.

The attack — during which at least four individuals were hit with the liquid, including a small child — came during one of the ongoing protests against the “fur stall” — a sidewalk location where furs are sold — at Broadway and Spring Sts.

According to the AntiVivisection Coalition, two of the men involved in the attack had gone up to the rooftop of the six-story building above the protest and then poured gallons of bleach onto the crowds below, “hitting two babies, a police officer and even covering their own fur coats with the noxious substance.”

Fifteen anti-animal-cruelty activists had gathered at the spot to continue their weekly demonstration at the fur stall, which holds up to 100 fur pieces, the majority of which are new fur from minks, rabbits, foxes, seals, raccoons and chinchillas, the activists say.

The activists railed through a megaphone about the animals’ suffering, held large images of animals exploited in the fur industry, and on a laptop showed video footage of the fur industry’s cruelty. 

Police reportedly had been at the scene for a few minutes before the attack and were part of the crowd hit by the bleach. The officers commenced a search of the building and arrested the two fur vendors, who were reportedly caught red-handed with their bleach bottles and buckets still in hand. A third fur vendor was also arrested for his part in the attack.

The remaining fur vendors were ordered to shut down their stall and leave the area. 

A police spokesperson confirmed that three men were arrested for “acting in concert” to throw a mixture of bleach and ammonia: David Haber, 53, of Cortland, N.Y.; and Luis Justino, 40, and Lawrence Andrews, 35, both of the Bronx. They were all charged with second-degree reckless endangerment and criminal mischief.

A video of the incident is posted at  http://bit.ly/13SWb6o , at the end of which one of the activists shouts through the bullhorn, “I’d like to make a shout-out to those who tried to silence the animals. You lose! The animals have spoken today!”

Soho gunpoint robbery
According to police, on Wed., Dec. 17, at about 8:10 p.m., two men armed with guns robbed an unidentified man inside 166 Mercer St. in Soho, which is reportedly a doorman building.

A police spokesperson said the two suspects, who were dressed as utility workers, took the victim to the basement, where he was punched in the head and tied up.

The pair falsely believed there was a safe with cash in the basement. They displayed black firearms and threatened to kill him.

In the end, they took his wallet containing $800 and, initially, his phone — but then left the phone, before fleeing.

The victim was uninjured. It was not immediately clear whether he was a building resident or employee. There have been no arrests and an investigation is ongoing.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Police Department’s Crime Stoppers Hotline, 800-577-TIPS. Tips can also be submitted by logging onto the Crime Stoppers Web site, www.nypdcrimestoppers.com, or texting to 274637 (CRIMES), then entering TIP577.

Health club clash
Police say they arrested a 41-year-old man on Dec. 9, more than a month after he allegedly assaulted a co-worker.

According to police, the perpetrator argued with a 20-year-old man at the New York Health and Racquet Club, at 24 E. 13th St., on Wed., Nov. 5. The heated dispute then turned violent when the former swung a pair of scissors at the victim. Having failed in his slashing attempt, the perpetrator grabbed a trash can and struck the victim on his left arm, which resulted in the victim to get stitches.

Eric Hunter, 41, was charged with felony assault.

—  Zach Williams and Lincoln Anderson