Volume 19 | Issue 26 | November 10 - 16, 2006

Police Blotter

Murder charge
Sixth Precinct detectives on Monday arrested a 19-year-old illegal immigrant construction worker and charged him with the Nov. 1 murder of a Tribeca woman in her office on Abingdon Sq. in the Village.

The body of Adrienne Shelly, 40, actress, screenwriter and mother of a three-year-old daughter, was found by her husband, Andrew Ostroy, at about 6 p.m., hanging from a shower curtain rod in the bathroom of the fourth-floor apartment office at 15 Abingdon Sq.

Police first thought it was suicide because there was no evidence of forced entry or trauma to the body except for a bruise on the head. But Ostroy, owner of the family’s loft residence on Varick St., insisted that Shelly was devoted to her daughter and pursuing an active career and would never kill herself.

A Reebok sneaker footprint on the toilet seat in the bathroom that did not match the victim’s shoes prompted police to investigate the construction crew working in the third-floor apartment. They found a print that matched the one at the scene.

The suspect, Diego Pillco, had missed work for several days after the body was found and was arrested on Sunday evening, police said. He confessed on Monday that he had followed Shelly to her office door after she had complained about noise he was making on the floor below, police said. Pillco begged her not to call police, grabbed her and struck her after she had slapped him, according to police. Pillco told police he thought Shelly was dead after she fell to the floor, hit her head and lost consciousness.

Pillco then dragged the victim into the bathroom and hung her from a shower curtain rod with a bed sheet to make it appear like a suicide, police said. The suspect was arraigned on a murder charge Tues. Nov. 7 when a prosecutor told Judge Brenda Soloff that death was caused by compression of the neck.

Shelly, whose real name was Adrienne Levine, appeared in several films, including “Factotum” with Matt Dillon and the popular 1990 film “Trust.” She used the Abingdon Sq. apartment office for screen writing and other film projects.

Domestic club dispute
A Queens woman, 26, having a late lunch at SOB, 204 Varick St., on Sunday afternoon Nov. 3 got into a fight with her former boyfriend, who bit her lower lip, grabbed her bag with her cell phone and credit cards, and fled, police said.

Robbery arrest
Employees in the third floor office of Soho Publishing at 232 Spring St. stopped a man who walked in at 2:40 p.m. Oct. 31, grabbed a woman’s bag from a desk and tried to flee with it after pushing the bag’s owner and two other employees to the floor, police said. The suspect, Pedro Alicea, 38, was charged with robbery.

Snatches earrings
A woman getting out of the Fulton-Nassau St. subway station at 7:45 a.m. Wed. Nov. 1 lost her clip-on earrings to a thief who grabbed them from her ears and fled, police said. The suspect was described only as a black man, 5’4” and wearing a blue cap and a blue jacket. The woman was not injured.

Car break-in
A woman visitor from Philadelphia who parked her car on Sixth Ave. near MacDougal St. at 6:45 p.m. Tues. Nov. 7 returned 15 minutes later and found that the window on the driver’s side was smashed and her laptop computer and iPod were gone, police said.

Bad checks
Police arrested a man who rented an apartment at 55 Wall St. and paid with two checks on Nov. 2 and Nov. 5 totaling $18,750 because the checks turned out to be forgeries and there were no funds in the account. David Koraca, 38, was charged with grand larceny.

Lost bag
A woman, 26, visiting from France, put her bag next to her to try on a pair of shoes while shopping at Aldo Shoes, 579 Broadway on Fri. Nov. 3 and found the bag was gone when she turned to it again, police said. Hotel keys, an iPod, French ID and $250 in cash were in the stolen bag.

— Albert Amateau

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