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Killer pleads guilty
The man charged with fatally stabbing a patient at a Lower East Side treatment center in 2011 has pleaded guilty to first degree manslaughter, a District Attorney spokesperson said.
Charles Meredith, 48, pleaded guilty on Nov. 25, and is scheduled to be sentenced on Jan. 15.
Around 3:20 a.m. on May 11, 2011, Meredith got into an argument with Stewart Rhodes, 50, who was being treated for mental illness at Stanton House, located at 190 Stanton St., according to police reports. Meredith then picked up a kitchen knife and plunged it several times into the torso of Rhodes, who was pronounced dead after being rushed to the hospital. Meredith had been patient at the treatment center before the attack, and was reportedly once Rhodes’ roommate.
Police arrested Ibrahim Jalloh, 22, on Nov. 23 after they say he targeted a sleeping man on the subway and stole his bag.
An officer said he spotted Jalloh around 5:30 a.m. on an uptown E train that was being held in the World Trade Center station. Police say Jalloh swiped the sleeping man’s stuff — including his wallet, cell phone and Samsung tablet and charger — and jumped off the train, but he was quickly apprehended on the platform.
Jalloh was charged with grand larceny and criminal possession of stolen property. Cops say he also had two open warrants at the time, for jumping subway turnstiles in Harlem and the Bronx.
FiDi wallet snatch
A woman who works in the Financial District had an unfortunate end to last week, when she was pickpocketed just after leaving the office Friday, Nov. 22.
She told cops that after walking out of her building at 140 Broadway around 5:15 p.m., she was bumped by a stranger near the corner of Broadway and Maiden Ln., but didn’t sense anything wrong. It wasn’t until the woman walked down into the subway at Broadway and Fulton St. that she realized her wallet had been stolen out of her purse.
Fur coats flying off the racks
Two classy Soho clothing outlets that sit just a couple of blocks apart were hit last week by thieves who were fiending for fur coats.
On Nov. 19 an employee of Maje, at 145 Spring St., said an unknown woman walked into the store around 1:40 p.m., grabbed a coat worth $2,260 and ran out. A manager at a nearby store later told cops that she saw the female perp jump into a gold and silver Nissan Altima, driven by an unknown man, that took her away before authorities could arrive.
And the next day, employees of Marc Jacobs at 163 Mercer St. said an unknown man walked in around 1:45 p.m. and looked as though he was shopping intently. But after the workers turned their backs on him, police say the man picked up a coat worth $11,000 and dashed out of the store, turning north on Mercer St. before fleeing out of sight.
Cops didn’t say whether they believed the two incidents were connected.
A Harlem teen told cops last week that he was robbed by three other young men on Halloween, while walking near the border of Soho and Tribeca.
The 17-year-old said that he and his friend were walking south on Sixth Ave., near Thompson and Canal Sts., around 3 p.m. on the holiday, when they were approached by three other teens, two of whom were apparently known by the victim. Police say the three robbers — two were identified only as Jeff and Akeem — punched the victim in the face, ripped the chain off his neck and fled the scene.
— Sam Spokony