Volume 18 • Issue 14 | August 26 - September 01, 2005

Police blotter

L.E.S. killing
Seventh Precinct detectives arrested Kelly McTiernan, 46, on Mon. Aug. 22 and charged him with stabbing a man to death on Wednesday morning Aug. 17 near Teany, the restaurant at 90 Rivington St. owned by the rock musician Moby.

The victim, George Drescher, 40, of 80 Delancey St., confronted a man rooting through garbage cans on the Rivington St. block between Ludlow and Orchard Sts. at about 9 a.m., police said. Witnesses described the suspect as a thin white man with long blond hair who pulled a knife, stabbed the victim once in the chest and fled.

Drescher stumbled several yards before he fell in front of the restaurant and was taken to Bellevue Hospital where he was declared dead at 9:30 a.m. McTiernan, described as a homeless man who frequented the neighborhood, was charged with first degree murder.
Witnesses said several passersby were in such a hurry on Wednesday morning that they stepped over the Drescher’s bleeding body, while others stopped and stared, according to a New York Post article.

Arrests in overdose deaths
Alfredo Morales, 33, a resident of the Lillian Wald Houses apartment on E. Houston St. where two women college students, both 18, had collapsed on Aug. 12 and later died of apparent heroin overdoses, was arrested Aug. 17 on drug charges in connection with the incident, police said.

The victims, Mellie Nichols Carballo, a Hunter College student from the Upper East Side, and her friend Marta Pesantez, of Queens, a student at New York University, were guests of Morales, a resident of the ninth floor apartment on E. Houston St. and Avenue D, and his friend, Roberto Martinez, 41, an East Village resident.

Martinez, who has a record of arrests for drug-related offenses, was arrested the day before on drug charges unrelated to the two deaths and was still in custody on Tues. Aug. 23, police said. Charges against Martinez related to the deaths of the two women are pending, according to police. Morales is charged with providing the victims with cocaine.

Knifepoint robbery
A man pulled a four-inch-knife on a woman who was walking on Water and Whitehall Sts. across from Peter Minuit Plaza at 5:55 p.m. Sat. Aug. 20, demanded money and fled on foot with her wallet with $250, police said. The robber was described as a black man about 6’1” and 230 pounds.

Conducting hooky?
The City Department of Investigation for schools issued a report on Wed. Aug. 17 charging Dorit Matson, 51, a teacher at Bayard Rustin High School for the Humanities in Chelsea, with falsely calling in sick in order to conduct free noontime concerts at Trinity Church in Lower Manhattan.

The Department of Investigation recommended legal action to compel Matson to repay the school wages she earned during the days she took off to conduct the New York Scandia Symphony’s Trinity concerts.

Memorial arrest
A witness who spotted a woman pickpocket dipping into the fanny pack of a woman visitor from Queens at 5:20 p.m. Sat. Aug 20 near the Vietnam Veterans Memorial across from Four New York Plaza alerted a police officer who made the arrest around the corner on Water St., police said. The suspect, Janine Welch, was charged with grand larceny.

Gold trumpet stolen
A thief broke into a car parked on Murray St. west of City Hall Park at 3:40 p.m. Sun. Aug. 21 and made off with a gold-plated Monette Prana trumpet and mouthpiece valued at $16,000 and other items, police said. The owner, a Manhattan woman, told police she had parked the car in front of 9 Murray St. only 20 minutes before she returned to find the rear window smashed and the trumpet, an electronic keyboard, a laptop computer, an iPod and a CD player missing. Monette Prana trumpets are favored by elite symphony and jazz musicians and the stolen trumpet mouthpiece alone was valued at $1,000.

Motorcycle gone
A man who left his 2005 Suzuki motorcycle at the cycle parking area at Wall and South Sts. at about 4:30 p.m. Thurs. Aug. 18 found it was gone when he returned a half-hour later, police said.

Picked shopper’s pack
A Connecticut woman shopping at Century 21, 22 Cortlandt St., on Sat. Aug. 20 discovered at 4:20 p.m. that her wallet, with credit cards, social security and other identification cards, was missing from her backpack, police said. The victim told police a half hour later that she last saw the wallet at 3 p.m. when she replaced it in her backpack. By the time she reported it shortly after 5 p.m. more than $1,400 in unauthorized charges against two accounts were made at various Downtown locations, police said.

Peddler arrest
A suspect displaying more that 100 counterfeit CDs and DVDs on a white cloth at Fulton and Water Sts. at 2:30 p.m. Sun. Aug. 21 pushed an arresting officer and fled, police said. A sergeant from the First Precinct was slightly injured in the scuffle when police caught the suspect at the corner of Fletcher and Water Sts. Charged with resisting arrest, selling counterfeit discs, and peddling without a license was Aboubakry Kebe, 41.

Robbery on the Downtown express
Two suspects grabbed a man on a Downtown express No. 2 train at 8:05 a.m. Sun. Aug. 21, held him in his seat and demanded money, police said. They took his wallet with $50, credit cards and a MetroCard and stayed on the train when the victim fled at the Chambers St./W. Broadway station. First Precinct and transit police canvassed the line in Manhattan and Brooklyn, but the suspects, described only as short black men, escaped.

Gallery lift
Two men who entered Viet Nam Gallery, Tues. Aug. 16, made off with a laptop computer that was on a table at the back of the gallery at 345 Greenwich St., police said. One of the thieves engaged and distracted two employees while the second grabbed the computer, police said.

--Albert Amateau


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