Volume 22, Number 19 | The Newspaper of Lower Manhattan | September 18 - 24, 2009
Baruch Houses murder
A Borough of Manhattan Community College student who was stabbed on Saturday evening, Sept. 12 while washing his grandmother’s windows in the Baruch Houses project on the Lower East Side died of his wounds on Monday, police said. His suspected attacker was arrested soon after the stabbing.
Glenn Wright, 21, of 70 E. 108th St., was stabbed in the neck outside the building at 549 F.D.R. Dr. while washing ground floor windows at about 6:30 p.m. Saturday. He was mistakenly identified as the intended target of a revenge attack, according to reports. The suspect and four or five companions fled but police later arrested Joel Herrera, 20, a resident of 7 W. 92nd St. in the Park West Village complex and charged him with second degree murder.
Wright, who helped care for a disabled younger brother at home and tutored students at the East Harlem Tutorial Program, was apparently misidentified as someone who had previously beaten a friend of the suspect’s and his cohorts. Wright’s father, Peter, was in the apartment when the attack occurred and chased the gang, according to news reports. The victim was taken to Bellevue Hospital where he died two days later.
On Tues., Sept. 15, more than 200 East Harlem friends and neighbors of Wright’s honored him in a memorial procession.
Herrera, believed to be a gang member, has prior arrests and was convicted of arson in 2006, according to reports. He was being held without bail pending a Sept. 18 court appearance. Police were seeking the men who were with Herrera during the incident.
“On behalf of the B.M.C.C. community, our hearts go out to the family,” said Barry Rosen, B.M.C.C.’s spokesperson. “This was one of these instances where a young man’s future and his life was snuffed out in a most ridiculous and stupid manner through violence that was absolutely and totally unnecessary.”
Parking lot fakes
A First Precinct detective investigating the theft in July of a car from a woman who was tricked into believing there was a parking lot at the corner of Front St. and Maiden La. arrested two suspects in the incident on Sun., Sept. 13.
Steven Pappas, 48, and Rafael Rodriguez, 16, both of Brooklyn, were charged with criminal impersonation and possession of stolen property for luring the woman owner of a Toyota into the closed parking lot at noon on Sun., July 19, taking her keys, giving her a fake ticket and stealing the car.
The detective arrested the suspects who turned up at the site while he was there investigating the incident, according to charges filed by the Manhattan District Attorney’s office.
Was it fate?
Police arrested Destiny Collier, 17, on a charge of second degree robbery for snatching an iPod from a woman’s hand on Saturday night Sept. 12 at the corner of Maiden La. and Broadway. A teenage accomplice who was not apprehended was with the suspect during the incident, police said. Collier was paroled without bail pending a Dec. 18 court appearance, according to a spokesperson for the Manhattan District Attorney.
Downtown bar theft
The management of Ulysses Folk Bar, 95 Pearl St., told police on Sept. 11 that thieves stole $2,500 from a cash box on the fourth floor of the establishment during the early hours of Sun., Sept. 6.
Robber’s 2nd thoughts
A man walked into a Chase branch on Broadway at Spring St. at 2:30 p.m. Fri., Sept. 11, and passed a note demanding money to a teller, police said. She read it, walked away from the window and the robber, described only as a slim man, 35 to 40, with a light goatee and wearing sunglasses, a maroon hooded jacket and maroon gym pants and sneakers, fled.
— Albert Amateau
with Helaina N. Hovitz