Volume 19 • Issue 9 | July 14- - 20, 2006

Police blotter

Stabbed in Hudson Sq.

An argument near Don Hill’s, a music club on Greenwich and Spring Sts., during the early hours of Wed., July 5, resulted in a melee among 20 men on the sidewalk and ended when they all dispersed after one man sustained three stab wounds, police said. The victim, Jason Greene, 20, of 995 Myrtle Ave., Brooklyn, was taken to St. Vincent’s Hospital where he was said to be in stable condition after an operation for a collapsed lung. No arrests have been made.

Nicki Camp, manager of the club, said the incident took place between members of two rival gangs from Brooklyn. According to Camp, the men attended a party inside the club, and after the party promoter and club manager shut down the party around 2 a.m., the partygoers walked down the block to Renwick St., where their argument over an earlier gang related episode exploded into the brawl, which left Greene injured.

“The issue was a strictly gang related incident,” said Camp. “It really had nothing to do with the club.” Camp said there were no early indications that the men may later be involved in a fight, and that their security had performed their usual check for weapons when they entered the club. Camp said it was possible that the gang members hid the weapon used in the stabbing down the street.

Camp said that Don Hill’s has been open for at least 13 years, and has never witnessed an incident like this before. “We’ve had nothing even remotely like this before,” he said. “From what I understand, they [gang members] were going to get each other no matter what. This thing was from their neighborhood.”

Brits’ bad day

Two hundred and thirty years after England lost the American colonies, two British visitors lost their possessions on the Fourth of July while watching the fireworks at Battery Park, police said.

A visitor from Whitley Bay, England, had his wallet, camera, pocket calculator, a gold bracelet and 650 pounds (about $1,190) in British currency taken from his bag while in the park with his wife watching the fireworks, police said. A visitor from Glasgow, Scotland, had 300 pounds (about $550) in British currency, an iPod, designer sunglasses and a camera taken from his bag while watching fireworks from the middle of Battery Park, police said.

Bag gone

A Village resident dining at Felix Restaurant at 390 W. Broadway at Grand St. at 8:30 p.m. Sun. July 9 discovered her bag was missing from the table when she returned from the washroom, police said. The designer bag and wallet, a BlackBerry, credit cards and a Texas driver’s licenses were stolen.

D.W.I. bust

An off-duty city Department of Corrections officer, Tony Smith, 40, was arrested at 12:30 a.m. Wed., July 5 on the F.D.R. Drive at E. Houston St., for driving while intoxicated, police said.

Squeegee arrest

Police charged Maurice Womack, 36, with felony assault of a police officer. Police said the officer was arresting Womack for blocking traffic at Thompson and Broome Sts. near the Holland Tunnel by cleaning car windows unsolicited during the evening rush on Thurs. July 6. Police said the officer received a sprained left thumb and right knee when Womack resisted arrest.

Soho cab break-in

A driver who parked his cab on W. Broadway between Prince and W. Houston Sts. on the afternoon of July 7 discovered that his wallet, cab registration, cell phone and credit cards had been stolen from the trunk when he returned later in the afternoon, police said.

Garbage burglary

A Department of Sanitation employee told police at the First Precinct on Saturday afternoon July 8 that his backpack with his wallet, badge, credit cards and $150 in cash had been taken from his truck parked at the depot on West and Spring Sts. The following day, he told police that the backpack and all its contents had been returned to him. Police nevertheless advised him to cancel his credit cards.

Thief in the night

A burglar made his way into an apartment at 2 Gold St. sometime after 11:45 p.m. Sat. July 8 while the resident was asleep and made off with a wallet, $120 in cash, a Virginia driver’s license, a cell phone and credit cards, police said. The victim told police he thought he heard the apartment door open sometime during the night but did not get up to check. He also said he didn’t remember whether he locked the door before he went to bed.

—Albert Amateau and Anindita Dasgupta


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