Police Blotter, week of February 15 – 21, 2012

Rape suspect arrested
Police arrested Michael Torres, 29, on Thurs. Feb.9 and charged him with raping a victim, 36, around 1 a.m. the day before on the track of the J train station on Bowery at Delancey St. Torres, who had 27 prior arrests for drugs and assault since 1996, threw the victim onto the tracks and dragged her down the tunnel where he beat and raped her while menacing her with a screwdriver, police said. A Transit Authority track worker heard the victim scream and scared off the suspect, police said. Torres was being held pending a grand jury action on the case.

Fatal head-on crash
A head-on collision on the FDR Dr. near the Houston St. exit shortly before 3 a.m. Sun. Feb. 12 killed two people and injured two others in a third car, according to reports.

The 26-year-old driver of a car headed north on a southbound lane of the drive was killed along with the 62-year-old driver of a southbound car. The 22-year-old driver of another car and her passenger, 31, were injured went she hit the southbound car after the initial collision, according to a New York Post item.

 Delancey/Bowery water main
The 20-inch water main at Bowery and Delancey St. broke shortly before 7 a.m. Tues., Feb.14, flooding the intersection for about five hours. Delancey St. from Elizabeth to Christie Sts. and Bowery from Delancey to Broome Sts. were closed to traffic for four or five hours. The Department of Environmental Protection opened one lane of Bowery and one lane of Delancey St. around noon, restoring the M103 bus service. D.E.P. crews were replacing a section of the 1906 line at 4:30 p.m. when water was restored to all but four businesses.

Shuang Wen Network vandalized
Unknown vandals tore up the Shuang Wen Academy Network office in the P.S. 127 building on Cherry St. at Montgomery St. some time between Tuesday night, Feb. 7 and Wednesday morning. Nothing was stolen from the office of the troubled not-for-profit group that runs the afterschool Mandarin language program. Although the office was not locked, the entire building was closed and there were no signs of forced entry. No other offices in the building were trashed. The Shuang Wen School has had a few administration changes over the past year. The Department of Education is investigating the role of the network, which began charging $1,000 for the afterschool program after it lost city funding.

Giant parade arrest
A football fan from the Bronx got into an argument at 12:50 p.m. Tues., Feb 7 on Church St. near White St. with a group of fans after the New York Giants parade. The argument became violent when someone in the group punched the victim in the face and grabbed his gold neck chain with a gold Teddy Bear pendant and fled. Police soon arrested the suspect, Christian Barahona, 21, and charged him with larceny.

Runaway girl cries rape
The NYPD Special Victims Unit is investigating the claim of a runaway girl, 13, that a man dragged her into a Battery Park men’s room near the gardens at State St. around noon on Fri., Feb. 10 and raped her. She told police she saw her 5’8” assailant, wearing a blue down jacket and dark trousers, follow her out of the men’s room after the rape and run from the scene down State St.

Shoplifting 
Police arrested a shoplifting suspect as he was fleeing from the True Religion clothing boutique at 132 Prince St. around 4:45 p.m. Fri., Feb. 3. The victim was in possession of stolen merchandise with a total value of $1,509 from True Religion as well as the Adidas, Urban Outfitters and Ralph Lauren boutiques in Soho, police said. The suspect locked his arms and refused to be handcuffed when he was apprehended, police said.

Picks bag in bar
A thief got into the bag of a woman patron of Los Feliz bar, 109 Ludlow St. around 3:15 a.m. Sun. Jan. 22 and made off with her cell phone, police said.

Steals phones
A thief with a pair of wire cutters walked into the Verizon Store at 100 Wall St. on Friday evening Feb 10, cut two cell phones from their displays and made off with them.

Teen girl muggers
Five girls in their mid teens attacked two 15-year-old girls on the corner of Nassau and Fulton Sts. around 3 p.m. Wed., Feb. 8, punched and head-butted one of them and grabbed her cell phone and neck chain. The suspects fled into the nearby subway station.

Sleeper awakes
A man who fell asleep on a southbound subway train around 3:40 a.m. Fri., Feb. 10 woke up at the Whitehall St. station when he felt someone going through his pants pocket. The victim, 37, held onto the suspect until transit police arrived and arrested Myles Williams, 22, and recovered the $4 stolen from the victim’s pocket. Williams was charged with larceny.

Car gone 
A city worker who parked his city-owned car at the Bankers Trust Plaza on Greenwich near Morris St. around 5 p.m. Tues., Feb. 7 returned after two hours to find it was gone. Three other cars parked in the same location were also missing but they were found later at the city tow pound.

Not a bargain
Three suspects approached a visitor from Singapore on Mercer and Prince Sts. around 3:30 p.m. Thurs. Feb. 9 and offered him a CD for “a small donation,” police said. The victim took the disc and paid $10 but one of the suspects demanded more and grabbed a $100 bill from the victim before the three of them fled.

Out of the van
A USPS driver was taking boxes from his van and putting them on a hand truck at 89 Greene St. around 1 p.m. Fri., Feb 10 for delivery nearby when a suspect ran by, grabbed the box at the top of the hand truck and fled with it. The box contained Burberry apparel valued at $11,845, police said.

Magazine rack stolen
An employee of Sneeze Magazine received a Twitter message at 4 a.m. Wed., Feb. 8 with a picture of the magazine rack at 101 Prince St, between Greene and Mercer Sts. being removed. The rack, with a credit card reader, is valued at $4,000, police said.

Car break-in
A New Jersey man parked his car on King St. between Sixth Ave. and Varick St. around 1 a.m. Wed., Feb 8 and returned three hours later to find a rear window smashed and a Gucci wallet with credit cards and $635 in cash stolen along with the car’s Global Positioning System and an emerald and diamond bracelet valued at $1,400.

—- Albert Amateau

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