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Volume 19 | Issue 32 | December 22 - 28, 2006

Police Blotter

Downtown Express photo by Tequila Minsky

Canal peddler arrested
Police arrested Kgwu Xiag Dec. 14 and charged him with selling counterfeit jewelry at 323 Canal St. The Peddler and Counterfeiting Task Force also confiscated the merchandise Thursday afternoon.

Run and hit
A First Precinct officer on scooter patrol on Friday night Dec. 15 saw a driver who was involved in a two-car crash on Broadway and White St. get out of his car and flee on foot. The officer gave chase and stopped the suspect who kicked and punched the officer before he could be restrained. The officer sustained a broken hand and the suspect, Brian Barone, 41, was found in possession of a broken crack pipe and a hypodermic needle, police said. Barone was charged with assault, resisting arrest and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Shoplifter arrests
Security guards at Century 21 detained two men at 22 Cortlandt St. for shoplifting on the successive nights of Dec. 14 and 15 in unrelated incidents, police said. Anthony Williams, 19, was charged with burglary on Dec. 14 for trying to walk out of the store wearing a pair of jeans under his pants and carrying another pair under his jacket. Gregory Simmons, 45 was charged with burglary on Dec. 15 for trying to walk out with a jacket and two shirts. Both men had criminal trespass charges that barred them from Century 21 locations as a result of previous incidents, police said. Because they were forbidden to enter the store, police were able to charge the suspects with the more serious crime of burglary.

Hudson Sq. car theft
A woman who parked her 1997 Lexus at the corner of Greenwich and Spring Sts. at 9 p.m. Sat. Dec. 9 returned at 3 p.m. the following day and found it had been stolen, police said.

Soho car gone
A man who parked his 1997 Mitsubishi on W. Broadway between Prince and Houston Sts. at 9:30 p.m. Thurs. Dec. 7 returned at 1:30 a.m. the next morning and discovered it had been stolen, police said.

Insider robbing
Three men entered a parking garage at 45 Wall St. at about 6 a.m. Friday Dec. 15, knocked the attendant down, punched him and fled with $300 from the register, police said. The robbers, two of whom were identified as former employees of the garage, drove off east on Exchange Pl. in a Chevrolet pickup truck

Car stolen on Hudson
A man who parked his 1995 Nissan in front of 350 Hudson St near Charlton St. at about 5 a.m. Sat. Dec. 16 found it had been stolen when he returned to retrieve it a 9 p.m., police said.

Scary scream
A man sitting on a bench listening to his iPod on the northbound R,W Rector St. subway platform at 7:30 p.m. Thurs. Dec. 14 was startled by a man holding his hand inside his jacket as if he had a weapon and was demanding money, police said. The victim stood up, screamed “Are you going to rob me?” and the thief replied, “You’re crazy,” and fled.

Tribeca assault
A woman visiting from Fishkill, N.Y., had an argument with her former boyfriend after a night on the town on Sat. Dec. 16 and began throwing punches when the couple reached Greenwich St. and Duane St., law enforcement officials said. Tracy Vanburen, 32, was charged with second degree assault for punching Andre Greaves and knocking him across the hood of a car parked in front of 310 Greenwich St. The victim sustained a black eye and a bloody nose, police said.

Soho pick pocket
A woman patron of Diva, a club on West Broadway and Grand St., told police that someone had reached into the coat she was wearing at about 3 a.m. Sun. Dec. 10 and made off with her wallet with $60 in cash, a driver’s license, assorted credit cards and I.D. cards.


Pod of iPods stolen
A man walked into the Apple Store at 103 Prince St. at about 8:30 p.m. Thurs. Dec. 7 and shoplifted 35 iPods valued at over $3,000, police said. The thief, described as a black man about 30, wearing black leather pants, a black jack weapon and a Yankees cap, was accompanied by four men, two described as Hispanic and two described as black, police said.

—Albert Amateau

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