Showing posts with label crime. Show all posts
Showing posts with label crime. Show all posts

Saturday, August 29, 2020

NYPD searching for suspects in 2 elevator muggings along 1st Avenue

The NYPD has released information about a suspect wanted in connection to a robbery on an elevator last Saturday afternoon.

According to the NYPD, the man followed a 44-year-old woman into an elevator on First Avenue and Third Street (presumably Village View). As the doors closed, the man pulled out what looks like a screwdriver and demanded her wallet.

He reportedly took $100 from the wallet and handed it back to the woman.

In separate incident on Wednesday, a man tore off a gold necklace — valued at $2,000 — from the neck off an 86-year-old woman while she waited for an elevator at Peter Cooper Village on First Avenue. The Daily News has more details here.

Thursday, January 30, 2020

Police looking for trio in vicious Jan. 1 attack on 9th Street and Avenue A

The NYPD is asking for the public's assistance in locating three suspects who are wanted in connection to an early morning assault on Jan. 1.

According to police, a 25-year-old man was assaulted by the three men near Ninth Street and Avenue A at 4 a.m. The victim was taken to Bellevue Hospital with a fractured skull and broken nose. According to the NYPD, the beating left the man with a traumatic brain injury.

Police sources said that the attack could have been the result of a prior dispute.

Anyone with information that could help in the investigation is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477). You may also submit tips online. All calls are strictly confidential.

Sunday, July 14, 2019

Report: Fatal shooting outside the Lillian Wald Houses on Avenue D

A man was shot and killed early Saturday morning behind the Lillian Wald Houses on Avenue D near Third Street, according to published reports.

The victim, 35, whose identity has not been released, was shot in the face around 2:45 a.m. He died at the scene, per the Daily News.

The Villager reports that the NYPD are checking surveillance cameras they may have captured the shooting and a possible suspect.

Friday, August 17, 2018

Report: Victim assaulted with machete in attack near Union Square, police say

Here are a few details about the attack.

From the Post:

The assault occurred steps away from the greenspace around 11:10 a.m. near 4th Avenue and Union Square East, leaving the victim with a laceration to his head, cops said.

Emergency responders rushed the man to Bellevue Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, officials said.

The suspect, whom police described as about 5 feet 10 and who wore a black shirt and multicolored shorts, fled eastbound on East 13th Street.

Other media outlets are reporting the same basics at the moment. There isn't a better description of the suspect for the time being... and the motive for the attack is unclear.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018


And where was the @NYPDTWEETTOWER during all this?????

Monday, November 13, 2017

Report: East Village resident arrested in hockey-stick assault

[Screengrab from CBS 2]

An East Village resident is under arrest after a road-rage dispute turned deadly late Saturday night in Chelsea.

According to the Post, Kohji Kosugi, who was walking, allegedly attacked Uber driver Randolph Tolk, 68, at West 20th Street and 11th Avenue with a hockey stick.

The details, as reported by the Post:

Tolk was driving his Toyota Camry southbound and stopped at the crosswalk when Kosugi, who was on foot, began tapping on its hood with his stick, a witness told police.

They continued arguing until Kosugi used the hockey stick to knock the older man to the ground, then stomped on his chest, cops said.

Tolk, a grandfather of three, got back into the car and headed south, driving about half a mile before crashing into the center divider near Jane Street, cops said.

Paramedics responded and rushed to Lenox Hill Hospital, where Tolk, who lived in West New York, N.J., was pronounced dead.

Kosugi ran away into the Chelsea neighborhood, but was arrested around 2:40 p.m. and charged with manslaughter, cops said.

Kosugi, 39, had been at Chelsea Piers. Police found him by checking surveillance footage there, CBS 2 reported.

Per CBS 2:

Police have not made it clear whether Tolk was killed by the blow to the head, or whether it disoriented him and he died in the crash. The New York City Medical Examiner’s office will determine the cause of his death.

The Post said that Kosugi lived on East 10th Street, where he apparently wasn't too well-known.

A woman who lives next door to Kosugi on East 10th Street ... said: "I've only seen a woman leave that apartment. I’ve never seen him."

"I wasn't sure why the police have been here all day. We don't talk to our neighbors that much," she said.

"It's scary that…he lives next door to me and the cops have been here all day and I had no clue."

Updated 5:30 p.m.

Kosugi appeared in court today.

To the Post:

Defense lawyer David Jeffries argued in court that the alleged attack came only after Tolk got out of his car, and that prosecutors would have a hard time connecting it to Tolk’s death following the crash about half a mile away.

Bail for Kosugi, who works at the Nakamura NYC restaurant on Delancey, was set at $500,000 cash or $750,000 bond.

In a separate story, the Post interviews Kosugi's teammates who he played hockey with at Chelsea Piers.

Kosugi played in back-to-back games, at 8:30 p.m. and 10 p.m., before Saturday’s fatal incident, the teammate said. He played in two games prior to the altercation. "Kosugi, a center, scored two goals during the first game, in which the Tsunami beat the Wild Turkeys, 5-3."

Meanwhile, the Daily News reported that the victim had his own history with the police.

In January 2012, city marshals were towing Tolk’s car and he refused to get out, police said.

Police arrived and tried to take him out of the car. He took a swing at them, then bit an officer hard enough to draw blood.

He was charged with assault, obstructing governmental administration and resisting arrest. The case is sealed.

Cops busted Tolk again on Oct. 1, 2014 for assault, resisting arrest and menacing as a hate crime. That arrest is also sealed.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Updating: Reports of a shooting on Astor Place

Unconfirmed reports that this happened at the CVS.

The Daily News has a brief report here.


8:35 a.m.

8:40 a.m.

9:05 a.m.

Per the Daily Mail: "A woman has been shot in the stomach while parking her CitiBike in Manhattan before the gunman is believed to have then shot himself."


The woman ... was rushed to hospital with life-threatening injuries. The gunman was also rushed to hospital and his condition is also believed to be serious.

10:30 a.m.

DNAinfo reports that the police haven't provided further information about the circumstances or motive for the shooting just yet.

DNAinfo also reconstructs what happened via witness accounts:

"He didn't say a word. He shot her in the chest both times. It was point-blank range. Her feet went in the air and she hit the floor," [nearby office worker Jerry] Simo said.

The shooter, then kicked the woman's feet to make sure she was shot, witnesses said.

"Then he put the gun under his chin and finished himself," Simo added.

Cooper Union has issued a series of tweets...

10:45 a.m.

ABC 7 reports that the woman and the man were rushed to Bellevue Hospital, where they were pronounced dead. (The NYPD now says the man is still alive.)

The station reports that the 62-year-old man and the 56-year-old woman were a couple.

11:30 a.m.


The post continues here with details on the murder victim, Elizabeth Lee.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

DA: Man sentenced to 40 years in prison for November 2015 rape in East River Park

A man who attacked and raped a 26-year-old woman jogging near the FDR Drive and Cherry Street in November 2015 was sentenced to 40 years in prison today.

Here's part of the news alert from the DA's office:

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., today announced the sentencing of Paul Nies, 30, to 40 years in state prison and 20 years’ post-release supervision for raping and robbing a 26-year-old woman who was jogging in East River Park in November 2015.

On September 12, 2017, the defendant was convicted by a New York State Supreme Court jury of the top counts in the indictment against him, including Rape in the First Degree, Robbery in the Second Degree, and Strangulation in the Second Degree.

“This was a brutal stranger assault, and I commend the victim for her bravery in bringing her attacker to justice, as well as the prosecutors and members of law enforcement who worked tirelessly on this case,” said District Attorney Vance.

As proven at trial, at approximately 7:30 p.m. on November 25, 2015, NILES attacked a 26-year-old woman as she was jogging in East River Park and forced the victim to move to a different area of the park, where the defendant sexually assaulted her. Following the attack, Niles took the victim’s phone and credit card, which he later used at a fast food location in Brooklyn.

As The Lo-Down reported, at the time of the attack, "local residents complained about poor lighting in East River Park." A reader told the Lo-Down today that the new lighting is not working at this time.

Image from November 2015

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

A break-in at Bali Kitchen

The folks at Bali Kitchen at 128 E. Fourth St. arrived at the restaurant between First Avenue and Second Avenue this morning... only to discover that someone had broken in...

A Bali rep said that the thief took the cash register and $350 in cash as well as the owner's reading glasses. It appeared as if someone also tried, without success, to smash into Tac N Roll next door.

The NYPD is investigating.

"Hope this won’t happen again to other restaurants," the rep said.

Bali opened on Sept. 12.

Monday, June 26, 2017

UPDATED: Avenue B resident stabbed during push-in robbery

Updated 6/629

The NYPD said that this was actually a drug deal gone bad.

A 31-year-old resident was repeatedly stabbed when a man pushed his way into her apartment on Avenue B near 13th Street last night, according to published reports.

The woman reportedly heard a knock on her front door at 8:30 p.m.

Per DNAinfo:

She opened her door a crack, but then the stranger shoved his way in, stabbing her repeatedly in her torso, arms and hands, police said.

The suspect then grabbed $500 and fled.

The resident's injuries are not considered life-threatening, authorities said. She was in serious but stable condition at Bellevue.

ABC7 spoke with a neighbor of the victim.

"It's crazy," one building resident said. "They need to focus on those doors and security and locking them."

The resident, who did not want to be named, believes an open security door may have given a suspect access to the building.

"It's always open," the resident said. "And nobody has fixed that security buzzer. There are a lot of issues."

So far, the only description of the suspect is as follows, via DNAinfo: "He's about 18, 5 feet 10 inches and 160 pounds, police said. He was last seen in blue jeans and a red shirt."


The attack happened at 207 Avenue B...

[Photo from tonight]

Friday, April 14, 2017

Report: NYPD looking for suspect who took $60 plumber's snake from 4th Street apartment

DNAinfo has more on the story:

The burglar walked into the back of the building near East Fourth Street and Avenue C at around 10 a.m. on April 7 and reached into an open window, grabbing the plumber's snake, which is valued at around $60, police said.

And there is video...

Anyone with information that could help in the investigation is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477). You may also submit tips online.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Report: Arrest made in Orchard Street beating

Police have arrested one of the suspects wanted in a 2-on-1 beatdown on Orchard Street early last Friday morning.

Per PIX 11:

Nawang Choying, 23, of Queens, is charged with gang assault.

Sources say the beating was over the victim stepping on the attacker's shoe at Piano Bar.

The attack happened around 2:45 a.m.

Police say two men chased a 24-year-old man north on Orchard Street towards Stanton Street. The men caught up to the victim in front of 156 Orchard Street and began to punch and kick him multiple times in his head, face and body, police say.

The victim, 24-year-old William Franco, was taken to Bellevue for his injuries. His mother, who lives a block from the incident, said that her son is OK.

CBS 2 said that the police are continuing to search for the second suspect.

Updated 7:40 p.m.

Police have arrested the second suspect, Shachin Gauchan, 32, of Woodside, Queens, the Daily News reported.

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Report: Video captures beating on Orchard Street early Friday morning

Here's what unfolded via the Post:

The 24-year-old victim was being chased north on Orchard Street by two men who caught up to him between Stanton and Rivington just before 3 a.m. Friday, according to police.

His attackers repeatedly punched and kicked the man before escaping in a black car, cops said.

And from the Daily News:

The brutal beatdown happened so fast that security guards at nearby bars weren't able to break it up in time, said a man who witnessed the aftermath.

"Nobody could help this person. It was over that quickly," said Chad David, 51.

The video shows several people walking by the attack.

Per CBS 2:

The witness and others screamed at the assailants when the violence began.

“And they wouldn’t stop — just going on and on and on, like, and that’s when I was yelling: ‘Stop! Stop! He’s down! Just leave it! Go!’” the witness said.

No one dared to intervene physically.

PIX 11 says the victim is in serious condition.

Media accounts do not provide descriptions of the suspects. Police say they do not know what motivated the attack.

Anyone with information that could help in the investigation is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477). You may also submit tips online.

Updated 3/12

CBS 2 spoke with the victim's mother...

Held to the ground and beaten, surveillance video outside 156 Orchard St. shows the 24-year-old victim, William Franco, trying to cover his head while two men kick, stomp, and punch him into the pavement.

His mother lives about a block away from where the attack happened. CBS2’s Jessica Borg spoke exclusively with her Saturday, getting her reaction to the beating.

“Like any mom would be — worried, that’s it,” she said.

Police sources tell CBS2 Franco and the two men had gotten into an altercation at a nearby bar right before that attack. The police sources say Franco claims he never met the attackers before Friday morning.

“He probably don’t know them,” his mother said.

Updated 3/13

DNAinfo reports that the fight started at Pianos. The victim had reportedly been asked to leave the bar.

Per DANinfo:

The spat started inside the bar and music venue at 158 Ludlow St., where the 24-year-old victim and his attackers got into a fight early Friday morning and the victim was booted from the bar, police said.

The victim then waited outside the bar for the suspects to exit, at which point the brawl started up again, the NYPD said.

Monday, March 6, 2017

[Updated] Police ID suspect in attempted LES rape

Police are looking for a suspect who is accused of shoving a woman into a door at her apartment on Norfolk Street near Rivington and attempted to rape her early Friday morning.

The NYPD ID'd the suspect as Robert Adams, 41.

Updated 3/26

Police have arrested Adams.

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Reports: Brooklyn man suspected of rape arrested at Beauty Bar on 14th Street

Police arrested Brooklyn resident Brenton Maughn-Tulloch after a reported rape early Sunday morning inside a bathroom stall at Beauty Bar on 14th Street between Second Avenue and Third Avenue.

According to Town & Village, "police said that Maughn-Tulloch was ... doing lines of cocaine with a woman when he allegedly raped her."

Here are more details via DNAinfo:

While they were in the bathroom he made a move on the woman, but when she refused he pinned her against the wall, pulled down her pants, and raped her, police said.

Afterwards, Maughn-Tulloch remained inside the bar as the woman called police, they said. Police arrested him at the bar 45 minutes later, a police spokesman said.

The 30-year-old Maughn-Tulloch was arraigned on charges of first-degree rape. He’s currently being held at Rikers. His next court date is scheduled for Friday, per DNAinfo.

The Post reported that Maughn-Tulloch was already facing charges for drug possession and credit-card fraud.

Thursday, September 8, 2016

1 explanation for the shortage of Rogaine and Crest Whitestrips at the Avenue B Duane Reade

Police say that two suspects have knocked off eight Duane Reades throughout NYC, taking 44 boxes of Rogaine and 54 boxes of Crest Whitestrips, among other items, in the process, DNAinfo reports.

The East Village was, unfortunately, not immune to this crime spree, as the Duane Reade on Avenue B and Second Street was hit on Aug. 13. During this early-morning visit, the suspects allegedly stole 15 boxes of Rogaine, two boxes of over-the-counter medication and 14 boxes of Crest whitening strips, DNAinfo reports.

Given the number of Duane Reade locations in the area (800? 9,000?), we thought you should be aware of these incidents and think about backup brands to Rogaine and Crest just in case.

Though not mentioned in the article, it's likely the suspects are taking the stuff to resell (based on previous accounts of these stolen items around the country)... as opposed to making some kind of homemade drug or peroxide-based dessert. (A box of Crest whitening strips cost upwards of $40.) There isn't any ingredient in a teeth-whitening strip that can be considered dangerous. And minoxidil is the active ingredient in Rogaine. It may cause dizziness. This effect may worsen if you take it with alcohol or jump up and down really quickly.

The DNAinfo piece has a description and photo of the suspects.

Thursday, March 3, 2016

City changes way it will treat people drinking or urinating (or both) in public

[Pee Phone™ photo from 2014]

Well, we somehow missed this announcement on Tuesday... via the DA's office...

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., New York City Police Department Commissioner William J. Bratton, and Mayor Bill de Blasio today announced a new initiative to change how individuals who commit low-level offenses are processed in Manhattan.

Beginning on Monday, March 7, 2016, the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office will no longer prosecute most violations or infractions, and the NYPD will no longer arrest individuals who commit these offenses – such as littering, public consumption of alcohol, or taking up two seats on the subway – unless there is a demonstrated public safety reason to do so.

This initiative will enable the NYPD to devote its resources to investigating serious crimes, while further reducing the backlog of cases in Criminal Court. The issuance of summonses instead of arrests is expected to result in the diversion of approximately 10,000 arrests that would be prosecuted in Manhattan Criminal Court.

Public urination is also on the list of low-level offenses, per published reports.

Will the city's new policy make you more likely to urinate in public?
Yes, and when is SantaCon?
If you don't like urinating in public, then move to _____
Beer store!
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Monday, February 1, 2016

Police looking for suspect in a string of area armed robberies

The NYPD has released an image from surveillance video of a suspect wanted in connection with five armed robberies in the West Village and the East Village dating back to Dec. 13.

According to published reports, the man has followed his victims into their apartment buildings... once in an elevator on East 12th Street and Third Avenue. Then per DNAinfo:

He followed a 28-year-old man into an apartment building at 381 East 10th St. about 5:25 p.m. on Jan. 19, threatened him with a knife and demanded his messenger bag, police said, but the victim refused to hand over the bag and the suspect ran off.

The media reports on the robberies did not include a physical description of the suspect.

Anyone with information that could help in the investigation is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477). You may also submit tips online.

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Stuy Town T-Mobile store robbed at gunpoint

Police are searching for two men who robbed the T-Mobile store on First Avenue near East 19th Street on Sunday afternoon.

Here's some narrative via Town & Village:

While one of them waved a gun around, the men ordered two employees and one male customer into a back room. The suspects then forced an employee to turn over 40 Apple and Samsung phones off a shelf as well as approximately $1500 in cash from a safe.

The NYPD released this surveillance video today... the customer, who is carrying a cane, is made to lie down on the floor while an employee hands over the merchandise and money...

Anyone with information that could help in the investigation is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477). You may also submit tips online.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Tall man allegedly steals expensive statue

A man named Kitty Rotolo, who has reportedly been in and out of jail since 1985, walked into Nadaeu Furniture on East 11th Street and University Place on Saturday.

He picked up a gold-plated statue of Tara, the Hindu goddess of universal compassion valued at $39,940, and ran out the door, the Daily News reports.

A store manager followed Rotolo, who, at 6-8, was hard to miss. Someone alerted an NYPD patrol car nearby. As the police approached, Rotolo reportedly stopped, handed Tara back to the manager and apologized.

According to the News, he remains in jail held in lieu of $100,000 bail.

Art is not of actual allegedly stolen Tara