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Seaport vendor assaulted
Police arrested Same Hing, 48, after she allegedly attacked a street vendor near the South Street Seaport.
The vendor, 50, told cops that Hing has a history of annoying him while he’s tending his food cart on Water St., between John and Fulton Sts., and said that she shows up practically every day to curse and yell at him. Hing, according to police, walked up to the vendor when he was stocking his cart around 5 a.m. on Nov. 14, then pushed him and picked up one of his milk crates and began beating him with it, leaving the man with a cut on his arm.
Hing fled west on Fulton St. after the alleged attack, but the vendor reported the incident immediately and the suspect was caught shortly afterwards when police canvassed the area. She was charged with assault and harassment.
Car break-in nets 25K
A Long Island woman learned a lesson the hard way on Nov. 17, when an opportunistic thief stole nearly $25,000 worth of jewelry from her parked car in Tribeca.
The woman, 52, told cops that she parked her Ford Explorer near the corner of Church and White Sts. around 4:30 p.m., and then attended a party located on nearby Laight St. for the next hour and a half. She apparently left a briefcase, containing the jewelry — several gold and pearl necklaces and a diamond engagement ring — and other pricey items, sitting in plain sight on her car’s front passenger seat.
When she returned from the party, the woman found that her front passenger side window had been shattered, and the briefcase had been swiped by an unknown thief.
Crime of the Century
A shifty wallet snatcher struck at a Century 21 department store on Nov. 13.
The victim, 45, told cops she was shopping in the store at 22 Cortlandt St. around 6 p.m. when a stranger bumped into her and walked away. The woman didn’t think about the incident until about three hours later — after she had eventually left the store without buying anything — when her credit card company called to say that several fraudulent purchases had been made on her card.
Apparently the thief had swiped the wallet out of the woman’s purse, and quickly made the purchases inside that very same Century 21 store before fleeing the scene, police said.
Sleeping on the bus
A woman was targeted by a thief as she slept on a Downtown city bus late on Nov. 15.
The woman, 28, told cops that she was carrying her handbag when she boarded a southbound M-15 bus at the corner of E. 23rd St. and Second Ave. around 11 p.m., and then promptly began snoozing. When she woke up half an hour later, as the bus stopped at the corner of Water and Fulton Sts., the woman realized that the bag — containing seven credit cards and more than $2,600 worth of personal belongings — was gone.
The woman was able to cancel all of her cards before any unauthorized purchases could be made.
Semi-auto shooter gets 22 years
A man convicted of shooting and wounding three people on the Lower East Side in 2010 has been sentenced to 22 years in prison, Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance announced Nov. 7.
Mario Rodriguez, 25, was found guilty of second degree attempted murder, first degree assault, criminal possession of a weapon and reckless endangerment in May.
Around 8:45 p.m. on Oct. 26, 2010, Rodriguez was arguing with another man in front of 195 Stanton St. when Rodriguez pulled out a 9 mm semi-automatic pistol and began firing at him, according to court documents. The man was shot in the torso, and two bystanders — a 44-year-old man and a 52-year-old woman — were also struck by Rodriguez’s bullets, the D.A. said.
After the attack Rodriguez fled to Jersey City, but he was later arrested there by officers from the Police Department’s Seventh Precinct Detective Squad.
— Sam Spokony