Volume 16 • Issue 24 |November 11 - 17, 2003



Police Blotter

Mulberry shooting
Police responded to a report of a shooting in front of 32 Mulberry St. across the street from the Columbus Park playground during the early hours of Sunday, Nov. 9 and found a man with a gunshot wound in the back. The victim, 23, was taken to Bellevue in serious condition, and had been in a dispute with five men when the incident occurred at 2 a.m., police said. The assailants were described only as Asian men and police are investigating the case.


Subway stickup
A Queens resident waiting for a No. 2 train at the Fulton St. station at 3 p.m. Oct. 31 felt what she thought was a gun pushed against her back by a robber who demanded her wallet, police said. The victim surrendered the wallet with $300 and identification and the robber, described only as a black male, fled, police said.


Harvey Milk suspects
Five students from the Harvey Milk High School, the city school for gay, lesbian and transgender youth, were arrested last week and charged with robbing five victims in the Village, Chelsea and Lower Manhattan.

Police said the suspects in drag approached their victims, identified themselves as police and handcuffed the victims before robbing and then releasing them. Five robberies occurred after midnight between Oct. 5 and Nov. 6, police said.

The first robbery was on Oct. 5 when two of the teens dressed in women’s clothes approached a 23-year-old man near 71 Greenwich St. across from the Brooklyn Battery Garage and the tunnel entrance, said they were police and then handcuffed him, took his wallet, cash and a bank card and released him, police said. They withdrew $1,200 from the victim’s bank account, police said.

On Oct. 27, two of the suspects victimized a man, 39, at Jane and Washington Sts., and took $600 before releasing him, police said. On Oct. 29, three of the suspects pulled the same caper on a 31-year-old man on 11th St. and Waverly Pl. and took $1,000 from his bank account, according to police. On. Wed., Nov. 5, two of the suspects found another victim at Jane and Washington Sts., handcuffed him to a fence and took his wallet and $105 before releasing him, police said. On Thurs. Nov. 6, three of the suspects found a victim on W. 16th St. between Sixth and Seventh Aves. and took him for $85, police said.

Police from the Sixth Precinct, aware of the suspects’ descriptions, arrested one of the students, Gerald Howard, 17, of Jamaica, Queens, at 3:30 p.m. Thurs. Nov. 6 at 13th St. and Eighth Ave.

The others, arrested later on Thursday, were Kevin Williams, 17, also of Queens; Brian Gonzalez, 17, of Avenue D; Keenan Oliver, 16, of Rodney St., Brooklyn and Kelvin Howell, 17, of Walton Ave., the Bronx.


Canal St. mishap
A car turning west onto Canal St. from Hudson St. struck a pedestrian who was crossing from south to north on Canal St. after dark at 7:15 p.m. Mon Nov. 10. An E.M.S. attendant said the victim sustained a leg injury and was being taken to St. Vincent’s Hospital. Police at the scene said the traffic light was with the driver who failed to see the victim, estimated to be in his 50s, as he was crossing into the westbound lanes on the north side of Canal St.


Motorcycle stolen
A man who parked his Honda motorcycle in front of One Battery Park Pl. on Sat. Nov. 1 returned at 6 p.m. to find the bike, valued at $3,000, missing, police said.


Tools stolen near W.T.C.
Workers at a construction site on the northeast corner of West and Liberty Sts. near the World Trade Center site told police on Friday morning Oct. 31 that someone had forced open the lock on a tool box at the site and made off with the tools.


Stick-up attempt
Police arrested a man and a woman shortly before midnight on Tues. Nov. 4 and charged them with holding up a couple at gunpoint near the corner of Sullivan and W. Houston St. Police said the suspects, Karl Mate, 22, of E. 38 St., and Melissa Butwin, 19, homeless, fled from the scene without taking anything just before police apprehended them.

—Albert Amateau


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