Volume 18 • Issue 23 | October 21 - 27, 2005

Police blotter





Chinatown stabbing death
An argument between two men at a single-room-occupancy hotel in Chinatown on Monday afternoon Oct. 17 ended in a stabbing death, police said.


The suspect, Sen Feng Lin, 28, rushed into the lobby of the Sun Hotel, at 140 Hester St. at the corner of Bowery, with bloody hands at about 1 p.m. and told residents that he had stabbed a man on the fifth floor, police said. A Fire Department ambulance crew found the victim, Jen Hua Yung, 40, dead with stab wounds in the face, neck and arms.


Police said a 4-inch folding knife was recovered from the scene. Lin, who appeared dazed, quietly put his hands out to be handcuffed by police, witnesses told reporters.


Neighbors said the two men, both restaurant workers who spoke little English, quarreled frequently. The argument began Monday when Lin complained that the victim was making too much noise, according to news reports.


Robbery arrest
Police arrested one of three men who they said walked into Unique Wireless at 349 Broadway at Leonard St. shortly before 5 p.m. Sat. Oct. 15 and stole $800 worth of cell phones.


The suspect, Bryant Entzminger, 25, was apprehended after an attendant at the store struggled with the suspects, police said. The other two, both described as black men of medium build, one 5’5” and the other slightly taller, fled with the phones, police said.


Knitting Factory assault
A conflict between two women patrons at the Knitting Factory, the music venue at 74 Leonard St., at 10:15 p.m. Thurs., Oct. 13 ended with a second degree assault charge against Maria Gomez, 22, police said. Gomez hit the 32-year-old woman in the face with a glass cup, police said.


Political issues
First Precinct police said “a debate over political issues” between two employees at an office at 1 West St. on Friday morning Oct. 14 turned hostile when one of the disputants grabbed two kitchen knives and menaced his rival and a witness.


The angry man barred the door, and then threw the two knives at the victim and the witness who made their escape when the suspect left the door unguarded to find another knife, police said. Officers arrested Gurpret Singh, 27, shortly after 10 a.m. and charged him with second degree assault. Police did not say what political issues provoked the incident.


Break-in attempt at Sheriff’s office
Employees of the city Sheriff’s office told police at the First Precinct that they returned to the office at 253 Broadway on Monday morning, Oct. 17, after the weekend and found the office door hinges had been removed. But the locked door remained in place and stopped the intruders.


Check the checks
The clerk at Church St. Check Cashing Co., 112 Duane St., handed $1,583.49 in cash on Saturday afternoon Oct. 15 to a man who presented three checks from Century 21, police said. The man said he worked for the department store and showed the clerk a driver’s license that identified him as Kenric Gray. But the clerk became suspicious after a closer look at the checks, each for $527.83 and dated Oct. 13, so she demanded the money back and said she would call the police.


The man refused to return the money but said he’d wait for police outside. He fled before they were even summoned.


Century 21 told police that no one named Kenric Gray worked for the store and that no checks had been written on Oct. 13. Detectives are investigating the case.


Soho truck break-ins
The driver of a van for Urban Express, a delivery service, parked in front of 441 Broadway between Howard and Grand Sts. shortly after 1 p.m. Tues. Oct. 18 and returned at 1:30 p.m. to find that burglars had entered the van and made off with four garment bags of clothes, police said.


A short time later, the driver of a FedEx truck who parked at the northwest corner of Broome and Wooster Sts, to make a delivery returned at 1:45 p.m. to find that thieves broke a lock on the truck door and took several packages, police said.


Motorcycle theft in B.P.C.
A New Jersey man who parked his 2004 red Honda motorcycle in front of 200 North End Ave. in Battery Park City at 5 p.m. Tues. Oct. 18 returned at 5:45 p.m. and found it was gone, police said.


Bike racer dies
Kurt Marino, 47, member of a bicycle team taking part in a charity ride for multiple sclerosis on Sun. Oct. 17, died soon after he set out from the starting point on F.D.R. Dr. at E. Houston St.


Doctors at the scene tried to revive Marino, who was taken to Bellevue Hospital where he was declared dead at about 8:30 a.m., according to a Newsday article. Team members said doctors thought Marino might have suffered a brain aneurism. Marino, a Cos Cobb, Conn., resident and leading member of Paxar, a team sponsored by a Connecticut label manufacturer, was an expert bicycle racer, teammates said. About 4,000 riders took part in the 100-mile charity event.

—Albert Amateau


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