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Slash & slurs
A subway rider was cut in the face by a woman who used racial and homophobic slurs against him, police said.
The victim, a 33-year-old black man, was on a Downtown A train Friday night, June 20 at about 11 p.m. when he said a 25-year-old white Hispanic woman got on at Spring St., sat down next to him and complained that he didn’t slide over to make room. She used the N-word and also called him a ”faggot,” then pushed his arm, knocking his watch to the floor, police said. The suspect picked up the watch and threw it at the man’s face, causing what was described as a large cut between his eyes, police said.
The victim was taken to Bellevue Hospital and the woman was arrested and charged with assault. Police did not refer the crime to the bias unit.
Death threat over Red Bull
A robber made off with 10 4-packs of Red Bull last Tuesday then threatened to kill the 7-Eleven store clerk who tried to stop him, police said.
The clerk saw the thief put one of the 4-packs in his jacket before the employee followed him outside the Tribeca store at 311 Broadway at 6:30 p.m., June 17, police said. It was there that the thief pulled out a knife and told the clerk, “I will slit your throat and [screw] your family,” according to police. The drinks were valued at $100.
Gateway Plaza car break-in
A $4,300 accordion was stolen out of a car parked at the Gateway Plaza garage, police said.
The victim, 61, said he parked his Nissan Pathfinder in the Battery Park City garage on Sun., June 1 5:15 p.m. – 8:30 p.m., and then drove back to his Queens home only to discover his instrument was gone. He did not report the crime for three weeks.
Porsche trouble comes in 3’s
For the second time in two weeks, three shoplifters stole a $2,000 bag from Soho’s Porsche Design store on W. Broadway.
In both cases, the trio consisted of two women and one man, but police have apparently not linked the crimes. In the latest incident June 22 just after 1 p.m., the man removed one bag near the entrance, and then one of the women took a bag in the window, while the third suspect acted as a lookout.
Employees chased the thieves outside and were able to recover one of the bags, but the trio got away with the other one worth $2,250. The shoplifters sped off in a gray Nissan sedan with Virginia license plates. The car was recorded entering Manhattan from the Brooklyn Bridge less than an hour before the crime.
The first shoplift, as Downtown Express reported previously, was on June 10, when three suspects stole a bag in the window at the 465 W. Broadway store and fled.
Galaxy crime on the mainland
A 20-year-old woman in a hurry to get to the Governors Island ferry last Sunday morning had her Samsung Galaxy 3 phone picked from her back pocket as she was walking down South St. June 22 at about 10:55 a.m.
The crime occurred near 116 South St., police said. The woman was listening to music on her $400 phone when the man grabbed it and ran up South St., turning on Peck Slip. The woman gave chase but could not catch the thief.
Grab & run Lauren
A shoplifter grabbed a $1,750 bag from the counter of the Ralph Lauren store at 109 Prince St. Sat., June 21 at 3 p.m. then fled to Soho parts unknown.
It was a bad week for caffeine connoisseurs at at least for two Downtown customers.
A 49-year-old Arizona woman in a Tribeca Starbucks felt a bump last Tuesday morning at around 9 a.m. She later realized someone lifted her wallet in the 405 Broadway location. The culprit used her credit cards to make over $200 in purchases at Duane Reade, CVS and 7-Eleven.
In another crime, A 25-year-old woman enjoying a coffee at Aroma in Soho last Saturday at 5:30 p.m., put her bag on the floor near her, but when she got up to leave June 21, she noticed it was gone. She lost over $500 worth of property including a $250 wallet, a $112 MetroCard and a $100 pair of sunglasses.
— Josh Rogers