Police Blotter, Week of Sept. 12, 2012

Possible Pier 15 sex attack
Police are looking for a man who may have sexually assaulted a 45-year-old woman near the South Street Seaport on Mon., Sept. 10.

The woman was found at the corner of South and Fletcher Streets at around 4 a.m., after being thrown off an approximately 20-foot-high balcony close to Pier 15, police said. The attack is believed to have been sexual in nature, because the woman’s pants and underwear had been removed before she was spotted.

She was taken to Bellevue Hospital in serious condition, and was treated for a fractured pelvis and right arm.

The suspect is described as a black male in his 50s, approximately 5’8’’ and 230 pounds, with dreadlocks.

The Daily News reported that both the injured woman and the suspect are involved in the Occupy Wall Street movement.

Triple-team robbery
A man was attacked and robbed by a group of thugs while walking home from the South Street Seaport on Sat., Sept. 1.

The victim, 25, had just finished a night of drinking at around 4 a.m. and was leaving the Seaport when three male cyclists surrounded him, jumped off their bikes and began punching him in the face, police said. The perps then stole his cell phone and $280 in cash from his wallet before hopping back on their bikes and fleeing the scene.

The man — who was extremely intoxicated, officers realized, once spoke to him after the robbery — was taken to New York Downtown Hospital and treated for minor injuries to his face. All three alleged thieves were only described as Hispanic.

Stolen from the stroller
A husband and wife weren’t able to enjoy a quiet afternoon in the park with their toddler on Sat., Sept. 1, because a thief stepped in and swiped the wife’s wallet.

The woman, 31, had left her Louis Vuitton wallet, which she later valued at $800, in the child’s stroller while the three of them were sitting in Titanic Memorial Park, by the corner of Fulton and Pearl Streets. At around noon, an unknown perp — who moved so quickly that no description could be given — snatched the wallet and ran away, according to the police report.

The thief immediately used one of the woman’s credit cards to make a purchase at the Sunglass Hut store in the South Street Seaport, but when he tried to buy an iPad later that day at a Radio Shack on Fulton Street, the card was denied due to its credit limit. The victim cancelled her cards the next day, but the suspect is still at large.

Smacked her with a cane
Police arrested Gary Johnson, 54, on Tues. Aug. 30 after he struck a woman with his walking cane inside the Staten Island Ferry terminal on South Street.

Johnson and the woman, 31, were in one of the terminal’s retail stores at around 12:30 a.m. when a heated verbal argument broke out between the two, police said. The woman eventually spat in Johnson’s face, and he returned the gesture by hefting his cane and whacking her on the left arm. The man was arrested for assault.

Phantom phone thief
A woman, 19, was shopping in the H&M store at 515 Broadway on Sat., Sept. 1 at around 6 p.m. when she realized that her cell phone was gone.

She thought she had placed the iPhone 4 securely within her purse before entering the store, she told police, and couldn’t provide a description of whoever took the phone because she never even saw the thief.

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