Model jumps to death
A Kazakhstan-born supermodel jumped to her death from her apartment on the ninth floor of 126 Water St. near Pine St. about 2:30 p.m. Sat., June 28, four days before her 21st birthday. The victim, Ruslana Korshunova, left no note but she wrote messages of homesickness and depression over her love life on her computer, according to daily newspaper reports.
Police said netting that covered her ninth floor balcony to protect it from nearby construction had a neat hole and the knife used to cut it was found on the balcony. The door to her apartment was locked when police went to investigate and the Medical Examiner’s office declared the death a suicide.
Police arrested two young Brooklyn men on Thurs., June 26 in connection with the June 24 shooting death of a teenager in front of 206 Eldridge St. near Rivington St.
Ricardo Martinez, 23, was charged with second degree murder and two counts of criminal possession of a weapon and Willi Adanes, 19, was charged with first and second degree manslaughter and weapons possession for the fatal shooting of Vincent Cruz, 17.
The victim, a resident of 40 Rivington St., was shot once in the head at 2:10 a.m. Tues. June 24 after an earlier argument over a girl, police said.
Martinez was being held without bail pending an Aug. 5 court date and Adanes’ bail was set at $200,000 cash and $300,000 bond pending the Aug. 5 court appearance, according to the office of District Attorney Robert Morgenthau.
Police arrested Hassan Taylor, 36, of Brooklyn shortly before 4 a.m. Sat., June 14 and charged him with picking a wallet out of the back pocket of a fellow passenger as the E train they were riding pulled into the Chambers St. station. A transit officer who witnessed the theft arrested Taylor in the station. Bail was set at $2,500 pending an Aug. 20 court appearance on charges of fourth degree grand larceny and possession of stolen property, the district attorney’s office said.
John Mari, Jr. 51, a supervisor of an electrical subcontractor for M.T.A. work at the Chambers St. subway station and at other sites pleaded guilty June 18 to filing false documents to conceal a failure to pay legal wages to six employees. Mari, supervisor for Atlas Electric Contractors, admitted filing the false documents from 2005-2007 and that the six workers were underpaid a total of $211,092. Mari was ordered to pay full restitution to the six workers, according to District Attorney Robert Morgenthau.
Donuts and sandwiches
Police arrested Paul Campbell, 35 and charged him with taking the money from the tip jar on counter of the Dunkin’ Donuts at 11 Park Pl. on Wednesday evening June 18 and then going to the Subway Sandwich Shop next door where an employee grabbed him and held him as he was making off with the money from that tip jar.
Bike in van
Police arrested Ricardo Seales, 21, on Friday evening June 12 at Wall and Front Sts. and accused him of driving a van that had been reported stolen last October. A 2007 Suzuki motorcycle reported stolen on May 6 was in the back of the van, police said.
Downtown deli bash
A man walked into a deli at 88 Greenwich St. near Rector St. at about 1 a.m. Fri. June 20 with a friend and accidentally bumped into a group of four customers who turned and beat him severely, police said. The victim did not report the incident until the next day when he had to have surgery to replace bone in an eye socket that was smashed in the beating, police said.
False tax documents
The real estate firm, 59 Realty Associates LP, owner of a parking garage with other commercial tenants at 59-63 Allen St. between Hester and Grand Sts., pleaded guilty on Thurs. June 26 to filing false city tax documents, according to District Attorney Robert Morgenthau. The partnership reported income from the garage but not from the other tenants, resulting in a lower tax assessment between 1999 and 2005, the district attorney said.
Because of the fraud, the partnership avoided about $30,000 in taxes for each of the seven years, the district attorney said. Nevertheless, under current law, the Tax Commission can only lower and assessment on appeal and cannot increase it even if the appeal has false information. There was no plea from any individual and partnership has agreed to pay the maximum fine of $20,000.
Roughed at Remix
A Queens woman, 33, who was leaving Remix, the club at 27 Park Pl. at 1:15 a.m. Thurs. June 5 was assaulted by a man she did not know who punched her in the face and fled in a car that was parked at the curb nearby, police said.
The surveillance camera at Amalga boutique, 114 Wooster St., caught the image of a woman who took a black Thomas Wylde bag valued at $1,900 and walled out without pay for it on Monday evening June 23, police said.
Murray St. burglary
A burglar got into Portobello 2 at 61 Murray St. early Mon., June 16 by clipping a lock on a basement door and making off with a cash register and $50 on cash, police said.
Stolen truck retrieved
A truck belonging to Big A Ironworks that was stolen from a construction site at 231 Hudson St. near Broome St. at 3:30 p.m. Tues., June 17 was found in the 25th Precinct in East Harlem the next day, police said.
Lost at eatery
A patron of Harry’s at Hanover Sq. told police that his wallet was stolen around 2 p.m. Mon., June 23 when he was paying his bill and had turned away to talk with a friend, police said. The victim, from Queens, lost bank and credit cards and $150 in cash, police said.
A man who parked his motorcycle in front of 64 Mercer St. at Broome St. on Sunday evening June 15, returned at 11 p.m. and found it had been stolen, police said.
Gym locker burglaries
A Larchmont man, 55, who went for a work out at the gym at 14 Wall St. shortly after 3 p.m. Mon., June 23 returned an hour later to find the locker forced open and his Rolex watch valued at $7,500 and credit cards were gone, police said. The following day an Upper West Side man, 37, returned from his workout at the gym at 5 p.m. to find his locker forced open and his Rolex valued at $5,000 and $80 in cash missing, police said.