Volume 18 • Issue 26 | November 11 - 17, 2005

Police blotter

Arrest after struggle
Housing police who were seeking a man wanted on a federal arrest warrant in the LaGuardia Houses at 45 Rutgers St. during the early hours of Thurs. Nov. 3 found him shortly before 6 a.m. in the lobby of the building with a handgun tucked in his waistband, police said. The suspect struggled with one of the officers, took his gun and fled, leaving the cop with facial wounds, police said.

However, police later found the officer’s gun on the LaGuardia grounds and arrested the suspect, Benjamin Garcia, 31, at 9 a.m.

I.P.N. mishap
Three construction workers hung on and escaped serious injury when their 12-story-high scaffold at 40 Harrison St., Independence Plaza North, partially gave way at about 10 a.m. Mon. Nov. 7, according to the Fire Department. The platform on which they were standing fell two stories but they hung on until it was lowered 10 floors down to the ground. Workers are resurfacing the floors of the outdoor terraces in the 39-story building.

Busted for phone threats
Detectives from the Manhattan district attorney’s detective squad arrested Christopher Brodeur, 38, on Wednesday morning Nov. 2 at his home at 77 Allen St. on an aggravated harassment complaint filed by a reporter, police said. The plaintiff charged that Brodeur made repeated phone calls threatening physical harm.

According to the district attorney’s office, Brodeur repeatedly called and left threatening and harassing voicemail messages and e-mails at the workplace of Ben Smith, a New York Observer reporter. Brodeur, a former mayoral candidate, has been arrested but not convicted for making harassing calls in the past.

According to the complaint, around 8 p.m. on Oct. 24, Brodeur left a message for Smith, stating, in part: “Ben, I have no problem punching your face in. Believe me, I would be a hero like Bernard Goetz. I could shoot you in the [expletive] face, I’d be a hero like Bernard Goetz. I could tomorrow wait outside your work, smash your skull in with a baseball bat…. You have everything to lose. I have everything to gain. I could be the next Bernie Goetz of this city. Is this what you want, Ben?”

Body recovered
Police retrieved the body of an unidentified man at 2:30 p.m. Wed. Nov. 2 floating in the water off the Statue of Liberty slips at the Battery. The medical examiner’s office is investigating the cause of death.

—Albert Amateau


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