Bouncer suspect in murder
Police this week were questioning Darryl Littlejohn, 41, a man with a long criminal record working as a bouncer at The Falls, a Soho bar at 218 Lafayette St., in connection with the rape and murder of Imette St. Guillen, 24, the graduate student whose naked body was found Feb. 24 off the Belt Parkway in Brooklyn.
Identified as the cases only suspect, Littlejohn is being held on Rikers Island for a parole violation. He has not been charged in the murder of St. Guillen.
Littlejohn was seen ushering St. Guillen from The Falls at 4 a.m., closing time on Feb. 24 and was the last person to see her alive, according to police. He told police that he had joked with the suspect and saw her walk away from the bar, but other witnesses said they heard shouting and a muffled scream after Littlejohn led St. Guillen out the side door of The Falls.
The management of The Falls reportedly did not tell police about the encounter until after St. Guillen was traced to the bar by cell phone records.
Littlejohn was picked up for questioning March 6 at the home of an aunt, with whom he lives in South Jamaica, Queens.
St. Guillen, a graduate student in criminology at John Jay College, had been at Pioneer Bar, 218 Bowery with a friend on Friday night Feb. 23, but did not leave with her friend at 2:30 a.m. Her whereabouts after that were traced through cell phone records to The Falls three blocks west of Pioneer and to South Jamaica near Littlejohns home.
Littlejohns criminal record includes at least seven arrests, beginning at the age of 17 for robbery. He was last released from prison on parole in 2004. Police are also investigating Littlejohns possible connection to three unsolved rape cases in Nassau County, according to the district attorneys office in Brooklyn, which is investigating the murder.
Littlejohns employment at The Falls was a violation of his parole conditions, which prohibit felons from working as bar bouncers, according to police.
The Falls is owned by Michael Dorrian, owner of several bars including Dorrians Red Hand, an Upper East Side place prominent in the news nearly 20 years ago in connection with the case of Robert Chambers, who pleaded guilty to killing Jennifer Levin in Central Park after the couple left the Red Hand bar.
Teens body found in river
Police divers recovered the body of Sydney Hatchett, 14, from the East River off South St. on Sunday morning March 5. The boy, who lived with his family in the Rutgers Houses, was walking to school with his six-year-old sister at 8:30 a.m. Fri. March 3 when he took off his jacket and plunged into the icy water after telling his sister that he would jump, police said.
Transit police arrest two suspects who are charged with taking part in the beating and robbery on Thursday afternoon, March 2 of a man in the Fulton-Nassau St. subway station.
The victim was apparently defending himself with a knife from a group of several men who menaced him, police said. One of the suspects punched him in the face and the other took the knife, threatened the victim with it and said, Give me what you got. Two Transit Division officers who observed the incident made the arrests and the victim fled.
Art book heist
An undetected thief carried off eight large art books valued at a total of $6,500 on Monday afternoon March 6 from the Franklin Bowles Galleries at 431 Broadway between Spring and Prince Sts., police said.
A thief who walked into a Tribeca office at 361 Broadway at Franklin St. on Monday afternoon March 6 walked out with a laptop computer from a work station, police said.
A man who parked his 1993 Range Rover on Mercer St. just north of Spring St. on Friday morning March 3 retuned at 8:15 a.m. to find it missing, police said.