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Jason Itzler, who served two years in jail for promoting prostitution through his New York Confidential Services at 79 Worth St., was arrested again on W. 14th St. on Thurs., Sept 8 for the same crime plus money-laundering and sale of cocaine. His new venture has been running since the summer, according to District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. At his arraignment Fri. Sept. 9 he denied the charges.
Seek Bergtraum killer
Police are seeking two suspects in the shooting death Sun., Sept. 11, of Tayshana Murphy, 18, the Murry Bergtraum High School senior who was killed in the Grant Houses project in Morningside Heights where she lived. Murphy was a star on the Bergtraum girl’s basketball squad.
A person of interest in the case, Terique Collins, 24 was arrested Monday and police are seeking Robert Cartagena, 20 and Tyshaawn Brockington, 21.
The shooting is believed to be connected to rival gangs in the Grant Houses and another nearby New York City Housing Authority development.
Five suspects attacked a Brooklyn man, 20, who was walking up Broadway from the Staten Island Ferry terminal at 2:15 a.m. Wed., Sept. 7.and made off with his two cell phones, police said. A canvass of the area led to the arrest of the suspects, Ernesto Remirez, Garsan Melancon, Andrew Robles and Brandon Gonzalez, all 17 years old, and Steven Altruz, 18. The victim identified them and was then taken to Bellevue Hospital for cuts on the left side of his face.
South St. bag snatch
A Brooklyn woman, 20, was walking east on Dover St. to the South St. Seaport at 5:50 p.m. Sun., Sept.11 when an unknown suspect grabbed her bag, police said. She resisted but the thief wrested the bag away and fled south on South St.
A woman walking up the stairs from No. 2 subway station at William and Fulton Sts. around 6 p.m. Thurs., Sept 8 felt someone behind her pull at her bag. She discovered a short time later that her wallet, with her drive’s license, credit cars and $60 in cash had been stolen from the bag.
A man grabbed a cell phone from a Bronx woman, 22, while she was standing on the northbound No.5 train platform at Broadway and Fulton St. around 5:30 a.m. Sun., Sept. 11, police said.
A visitor from Florida was in Maguire’s Bar, 28 Cliff St. around 4a.m. Tues., Sept. 6 when an argument between two women patrons attracted his attention. A male patron demanded of him “What are you looking at?” and then punched the visitor in the face, police said. After a witness broke up the altercation, the victim left the bar but the suspect followed and began punching him again. The suspect fled before police arrived.
A man who parked his car in front of 261 Water St. at Peck Slip at 10 a.m. Thurs., Sept. 8 returned an hour later to find that his white 2011 Hundai sedan had been stolen, police said.
Baruch Houses suit
Petra Montanez, 70, the mother of Jomali Morales, 42, who was found murdered in an elevator of the Baruch Houses where she lived on the Lower East Side February 2011, has filed a lawsuit against the New York City Housing Authority recently. Markeece Dunning, 19, a Baruch Houses tenant, is charged with second degree murder in the case. The lawsuit for unspecified damages charges that the Housing Authority failed to evict tenants “with vicious properties [drug dens], violent outbreaks and prior violent acts, criminal backgrounds, gang affiliations and criminal behavior.”
She needed makeup
An employee of Sephora, 555 Broadway near Prince St. spotted a woman taking 23 cosmetic items from the shelves and stuffing them into a shopping bag, police said. Kim More, 23, was charged with larceny when she tried to leave without paying for the items, valued at $1,618.
Grabs taxi fare
Police spotted a man who tried to make off with a $20 bill that he snatched from the carb driver who let him off in front of 124 Sullivan St., near Prince St. around 10:30p.m. Thurs., Sept. 8. Jefferson Moore, 35, whom police described as drunk at the time was soon arrested and charged with larceny.
Broad St. shoplift
An employee of Canali, the clothing boutique at 25 Broad St., looked at the store surveillance tape for Aug.24 and spotted a man walking out with a jacket valued at $16,125 without paying for it. Deshawn Davis, 36, was arrested for the theft on Fri., Sept.2 and charged with larceny.
An employee of Century 21 at Cortlandt and Church Sts. spotted a man snapping cellphone pictures under the skirt of a woman shopper around 3 p.m. Fri., Sept 9.and arrested him. Darryl Williamson, 46, was charged with unlawful surveillance.
Seek Allen St. mugger
Police are seeking two men who accosted a victim, 53, around 9:45 a.m. Tues., Aug. 30 on Allen St. near Grand St., rifled the victim’s pockets and fled with an undetermined sum of cash, according to published reports.
— Albert Amateau