Police Blotter, Week of March 6, 2013

$1,501 a slice
A man frequenting the Roll and Go $1 Pizza paid more than he bargained for when his laptop was stolen out from under his nose.
The man, 29, stopped by the 386 Canal St. establishment for a late-night snack at 9:30 p.m. Fri., on Feb. 22. He told police that he got out his laptop, set it on the counter and then turned away to grab some napkins. When he turned back, the laptop, a $1,500 Macbook Pro, was gone. He did not even see the thief and could not immediately provide his computer’s information.

Car thief scores pricey clothing
Over $7,000 were stolen from the car of a C.E.O. of a successful concierge company and former assistant to Jay-Z while she was at a Downtown photo-shoot.

The woman, 36, reported to police that she had parked her car outside of 60 Greene St. while she was at a photo-shoot at 12:15 p.m. on Thurs., Feb. 21. When she returned to her car, she found it had been broken into and a bag containing $7,369 in property was gone, including a $4,000 black diamond bracelet and a $1,200 gold Chanel belt.

Trio busted for selling pot at the W.T.C.
The World Trade Center transportation hub briefly became a center of crime when three construction workers were arrested Friday morning for selling pot, the Port Authority said. The workers were arrested as they arrived for work at the W.T.C. Transportation Hub between 6:20-7:15 a.m.

Brian McDermott, 34; John Fama, 30; and Cesar Rivera, 25 are facing five counts of drug sale and possession. They are also banned from the W.T.C. site.
The three men, employed by Long Island-based Sorbara Construction Corp. were arrested after previously selling marijuana to several undercover officers, a Port Authority spokesperson confirmed. The arrest is part of a seven-month investigation into drug sales and usage on the W.T.C. site, conducted by the Port Authority Inspector General’s office.

“Sometime in August, we had an integrity monitor on the scene when he smelled the aroma of marijuana and he checked it out and it was coming from the port-a-potties. He reported it to us and we launched an investigation,” said Michael Nestor, director of the office of investigations. Nestor said they had made numerous buys over the past 5-6 months, told Downtown Express.

“The investigation is moving in another direction now,” he said. “We’re looking for the suppliers.” He also said that it was the first time the W.T.C. had had a narcotics-related incident, though there had been several related to smoking and drinking alcohol over the past few years.

Firefighters stop cleaver attack on woman
Chinatown firefighters intervened to stop a man from attacking his wife with a cleaver on the street Sunday morning.

Police arrested Ming Guang Huang, 28, who was charged with attempted murder, assault, criminal possession of a weapon and harassment after injuring his wife, 24, with a cleaver in the middle of Canal St.

The incident occurred around 10:20 a.m. on Feb. 24 on the sidewalk at Allen and Canal Sts., according to a police spokesperson. A security video from a nearby Fong’s Trading store shows a woman rolling on the ground while a man stands over her before he is pushed to the side.
Jose Ortiz, a firefighter who was stationed at the firehouse across the street from where the incident occurred, told NBC New York that he saw a woman crying and screaming while being dragged by a man. As he crossed to intervene, he saw the man pull out a long-bladed knife and swing at her several times.

“He hit her in the head. That was the first shot,” Ortiz said.

Ortiz managed to subdue Huang with the help of his fellow firefighter Shane Clarke and notified the police.

Meanwhile, the woman had fled the scene still bleeding. Clarke caught up to her with a trauma kit, but had difficulty persuading her to calm down due to a language barrier. Police confirmed that she was taken to Bellevue Hospital Center by E.M.S. with lacerations to her back and neck but was reportedly in stable condition.

Security’s car stolen
A security guard at a Soho bar was watching everything but his car, which was stolen during his shift on Feb. 18.

The guard, 29, reported to police that he left his 2004 Nissan Altima car parked to warm up in front of Sway Lounge at 305 Spring St. while he cleared out the bar at about 4:15 a.m. that morning. He had left the keys inside the vehicle and the doors unlocked, and within five minutes, it was stolen. The car is a tan, four-door Sedan with New York plates, valued at about $4,000.

Fight over the street
Two men were attacked in Soho by an angry driver wielding a box cutter as they got into their car on Thompson St., police said.

A 37-year old man, accompanied by his wife and a relative, 40, said he was getting into the passenger side of his car at 2:45 a.m. outside 54 Thompson St. on Sun., Feb. 17 when a white van rolled up beside them. A bald, mustached man yelled out the window for him to get in his car and stop blocking traffic. The two got into an argument and shortly after, the mustached man jumped out of his vehicle, and pulled out a box cutter and cut both of the men. The 37-year-old received a cut to his face under his left eye and the relative sustained a small cut to his arm. Both were taken to Beth Israel for treatment.
The man got back into the car and drove away. The first victim said security footage could be obtained from the Thompson Hotel, which was near where the incident occurred.

—Kaitlyn Meade

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