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Volume 19 • Issue 19 | September 22 - 28, 2006

Police Blotter

Woman killed Downtown
A mother of five children was stabbed to death on State St. by her estranged husband on her way to work in the Financial District on Thursday morning Sept. 14, police said.

Karen Ann Allende, 40, was carrying an order of protection from her husband, Richard Allende, 41, in her bag when he encountered her after she left the Bowling Green subway station on her way to work at the Chubb Group at 55 Water St., police said. The suspect stabbed the victim 10 times with a butcher knife, according to prosecutors, whoc filed a second degree murder charge against him on Friday.

She was taken to New York Downtown Hospital where she died and police used the protection order to find the suspect, who had served 20 years in prison for robbery and assault.

The victim secured the court order of protection on Sept. 7, a week after her husband, a parolee, had beaten her after stalking her on the subway, according to published reports. Following up on the subway assault, police went to the victim’s apartment in Baychester, the Bronx, on Wednesday evening Sept. 13, but she wasn’t home. Police told her oldest daughter that they would return the following day but the victim had left for work before they arrived, according to a Daily News article.

The suspect was arraigned in Criminal Court on Sept. 15 and is being held without bail pending a State Supreme Court arraignment in two weeks.


Robbed at gunpoint
Two men, one wielding a handgun, robbed a woman, 42, at about 4:20 p.m. Sun. Sept. 17 as she was entering her apartment on Catherine St., police said. The suspects followed the woman into her building, pushed their way into her apartment behind her and demand money at gunpoint. She surrendered an unspecified amount of cash and the robbers fled after punching her in the face, police said. No arrests have been made


Broadway break-in
One or more thieves forced open a front security gate on a ground floor shop at the corner of Broadway and Park Pl. across from City Hall on Friday evening Sept 15, police said. The thief or thieves took $400 from a cash register and then broke into a safe in the basement and made off with $8,000.


Arrest in bottle assault
First Precinct police arrested two brothers who ended an argument with a man on Spring St. between W. Broadway and Wooster St. around 1 a.m. Sun. Sept 17 by smashing a bottle over his head. Radek Brezinski, 26 and Leszek Brezinski, 27, were charged with assault.


Robbery attempt
A bicycle deliveryman was stopped on Park Pl. at Greenwich St. at 1:30 p.m. Fri, Sept 15 by a man who said, “Give me your bike and your money. I have a knife,” police said. When the victim said he had no money, the mugger, described only as a black man in his 20s, pushed the victim off his bike and fled without taking anything, police said.


Tribeca break-in
A man who parked his 2004 Acura at the curb on Broadway and Franklin St. Sun. Sept. 17 returned at 3 p.m. to find the front passenger side window smashed with $4,000 worth of camera equipment gone.


Subway pickpocket
A man told police on Friday night Sept. 8 that he discovered his wallet with credit cards and a driver’s license was missing after he was jostled by a stranger on the northbound platform of the A train station at Fulton and Nassau Sts.


Bike gone
A man who chained his bicycle to a pole at the corner of State and Pearl Sts. on Tues. Sept. 12 returned at 6 p.m. to find it had been stolen, police said. The bike was valued at $1,000.


Locker room theft
A member of the Equinox fitness center at Wall and Nassau Sts. returned to his locker around 8 p.m. after his workout Monday night Sept. 18 and found his wallet with credit cards and I.D. was missing. The victim told police that he left his locker unlocked when he went to work out.


Sixth Ave. fan belt
A burning fan belt in the cooling system of God’s Love We Deliver at 166 Sixth Ave. at Spring St. brought firefighters to the scene shortly before 11 a.m. Mon. Sept. 18. There was smoke but no damage except to the fan belt, according to a spokesperson for the charity.

--Albert Amateau



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