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Volume 20, Number 34 | The Newspaper of Lower Manhattan | Jan. 11 - 17, 2008

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Police Blotter

Downtown Express photo by Nick Brooks

Arrest in weapons case
N.Y.P.D. detectives walked Chuang Suwei from the Lower East Side’s Seventh Precinct to a car for transport to Manhattan Central Booking Jan. 3. Police said Suwei was parked at Gold and Spruce Sts. when he was caught with a loaded, semi-automatic rifle with a scope. Suwei was charged with criminal possession of a weapon. A search warrant for his Queens apartment uncovered a cache of weapons, including guns, rifles, ammunition, body armor and police-type radios, according to police.

Tribeca stabbing
Police arrested Andre Greaves, 46, and charged him with stabbing a man he had invited to his Independence Plaza North apartment at 310 Greenwich St. on Thursday afternoon Jan. 3. Greaves was charged with second degree assault that arose from an argument that ended at 1 p.m. when prosecutors say the defendant grabbed a kitchen knife and stabbed the victim, 27 in the head. Police said the injuries were not life threatening but did not say what the argument was about.

Jewelry heist
Burglars broke through a sheetrock wall in the rear of a jewelry store on Canal St. at Greene St. at about 11 a.m. on Jan. 1 and stole jewelry valued at $124,000 from the display cases, police said.

Sentence in D.W.I. fatal
Eugenio Cidron, 28, was sentenced on Jan. 3 to three and a half years to 10 years in prison after pleading guilty to vehicular manslaughter in connection with the December 2006 death of a bicycle rider struck on the Hudson River Park bike path at Clarkson St.

Cidron was driving from an office party on Chelsea Piers when he drove down the bike path adjacent to the West Side Highway and struck and killed Eric Ng, 22, a New York University math teacher. Cidron, a Queens father of two, tested 0.16, twice the legal limit in a field alcohol test, and had driven about a mile down the bike path when he struck the victim. (See related Talking Point, page 13).

Insider trading sentence
Eugene Plotkin, a former associate at Goldman Sachs & Co., was sentenced to 57 months in federal prison last week after his August 2007 plea of guilty to a series of insider trading schemes that netted more than $6.7 million in illegal gains that benefited Plotkin and five other conspirators, according to the U.S. Attorney’s office.

Plotkin, 28, was also fined $10,000 and ordered to forfeit the proceeds from the schemes.

Associated with him in the network were David Pajcin, another Goldman Sachs employee; Stanislav Shpigelman, a Merrill Lynch analyst; Jason Smith, a federal grand juror in New Jersey who provided information about a Bristol-Myers Squibb investigation; Nickolaus Shuster and Juan Renteria, two employees of a Wisconsin printer who furnished pre-publication copies of Business Week’s “Inside Wall Street” column, according to Southern District U.S. Attorney Michael Garcia.

Shpigelman and Smith have been sentenced to prison terms of 37 and 33 months respectively. Shuster, Renteria and Pajcin are awaiting sentencing. Goldman Sachs and Merrill Lynch, both headquartered in Lower Manhattan, were not charged in the case.

— Albert Amateau

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