Volume 22, Number 21 | The Newspaper of Lower Manhattan | October 2 - 8, 2009
W. Thames Park muggers
Four teenagers who were playing basketball in the playground on W. Thames and West Sts. around 5:45 p.m. Fri., Sept 18 were stopped by three older youths, one of whom lifted his shirt and displayed the handle of a gun in his waistband, police said. The robbers demanded their cell phones but two of the teens fled. The two remaining victims gave up their phones and a backpack, and the three robbers fled.
Canal St. robbery
A visitor from Wilkes-Barre, Pa. told police he was shopping on Canal St. near Church St. around noon on Wed., Sept. 16 when three muggers surrounded him, one of them armed with a knife, who said, “Give me what you got.” They took $450 from him and fled south on Church St. The victim, 38, called police who arrested Frederick Young, 37 in connection with the case. Young was carrying a razor in his back pocket, police said.
Phone store robbery
A man who entered a cell phone store at 102 Fulton St. shortly after the place opened at 8:30 a.m. Thurs., Sept. 17 told the woman behind the counter, “I have a knife. Open the cash register or I’ll [expletive] you up,” police said. He put her in the bathroom, took $1,277 from the register and fled, police said.
South St. assault
John Carter, 50, was charged with hitting a woman tenant of a 111 South St. building on the head with a wooden club at around 11:15 p.m. Fri., Sept. 25. Carter, a resident of E. 10th St., was identified as the owner of the South St. building in daily press reports. Carter and the victim, 41, were arguing prior to the assault but police did not say what the subject was. Carter was released on his own recognizance pending a court appearance on a second degree assault charge.
No Parking garage
A man who set up his own phony parking service in a Department of Transportation towing garage at 31 South St. around noon Sun., Sept. 20 fled out of a back door shortly before 1 a.m. when police arrived. The suspect, described as a white man about 35, with short hair, 5’8” and weighing 160 pounds, had entered an hour earlier through a side door, put up a parking sign, open the garage door and started doing business for himself. It was not known how many motorists he victimized.
A man entered the McDonald’s at 167 Chambers St. at 11:45 p.m. Sat., Sept. 19, put a plastic cup under a soda dispenser and drew himself some soda without permission, police said. When the manager told him to get out, he hit him in the face with an unknown metal object and fled, police said.
Assault on officer
Three men were arrested at 2:30 p.m. Sat., Sept. 12 for fighting with police on Church St. between Barclay St. and Park Pl. and hitting an officer in the back of the head. Charged with second degree assault was Leonid Kashnirsky, 21, of Staten Island. Anthony Dolce, Alfonso Carlino and Brian Grant, all 21 and Staten Island residents, were charged with attempted third degree assault.
Car burglary arrest
Police arrested Peter Rodriguez, 50, on Sat., Sept. 26 in connection with the June 15 break-in of a car parked on Stone St. near Whitehall St. The suspect was charged with smashing the window of the BMW parked in front of 6 Stone St. and stealing a Prada wallet from the car. Police say Rodriquez, a resident of E. 101st St., was arrested after he admitted to police that he was the person on a videotape of the break-in.
— Albert Amateau