Volume 20, Number 46 | The Newspaper of Lower Manhattan | March30 - April 5, 2011
Subway push arrest
Police on March 18 arrested the man accused of pushing a woman Transit employee onto the tracks in the E. Broadway IND subway station on Feb. 4. The suspect, Ismael Acevedo, 41, was being held on charges of assault and reckless endangerment. A passerby brought the victim, 39, to the platform unconscious from the tracks. Acevedo was ranting and menacing the victim, grabbed her coat and hit her in the head and pushed her onto the tracks when the passerby, Derrick Oakes, intervened. The suspect fled and Oakes pulled the victim to the platform. She sustained a concussion, head lacerations, a broken thumb and bruises to her legs.
Homicide suspect murdered
Julio Locarno, 28, arrested Feb. 18 in connection with the July 18, 2010 shooting death of Jason Green in a fight over a parking space near Greenhouse, 150 Varick St., at Vandam St., was himself shot to death around 10:40 p.m. Wed., March 23, on Parade Pl. in Brooklyn, police said. Locarno had been released on $125,000 bail the previous week, according to a New York Post article. Locarno’s death was apparently not connected to the shooting of Green last July. In the July incident, Locarno faced manslaughter and gang assault charges.
A 14-year-old boy boarded a train in Brooklyn around 8 a.m. Tues. March 22, got off at Bowling Green and was walking to the Governor’s Island ferry slip when a 20-year-old suspect who followed him from the train stopped him and demanded his cellphone and money, police said. The suspect had a switchblade knife, unopened, in his hand while making the demands, police said. After the victim gave up his cellphone and said he had no money, the suspect fled into the South Ferry subway station, police said.
Phony credit cards
An employee at J & R Music on Park Row near Broadway spotted what looked like a phony credit card offered by a customer buying a $1,958 laptop computer at 10: 27 a.m. Fri., March 25 and called police. Daniel Espinal-Zorrilla, 19, was charged with attempted larceny and possession of forged instruments. He had five other fake credit cards in his possession when he was arrested, police said.
A man left his bag on his table at the Starbucks at 190 Broadway near John St. around 4:20 p.m. Sun., March 27 while he went for sugar and found the bag stolen when he returned, police said. There were surveillance cameras in the store but none pointed at the table where the theft occurred, police said. The victim learned later that several unauthorized charges were made at Macy’s and Men’s Warehouse on his credit card, police said.
A woman patron of the Starbucks at 405 Broadway near Lispenard St. hung her bag on the back of her chair at 5:p.m. Tues., March 22 and learned it had been stolen when witnesses told her they saw a man take it, put it under his jacket and flee.
Six men walked into the Rick Powers clothing boutique at 260 Hudson St., near Spring St. shortly after noon on Wed., March 23, grabbed two pairs of sneakers and fled, police said.
Police arrested a 17-year-old girl around 1:30 p.m. Sun., March 27 in the Louis Vuitton boutique at 116 Greene St., between Spring and Prince Sts and charged her with larceny for trying to walk out of the place without paying for a shirt valued at $1,410 that she had taken from a display and put in a shopping bag.
A Staten Island woman who parked her 2004 black Honda in front of 80 Thompson St. south of Spring St. at 8 p.m. Tues., March 22 returned to it at 1 p.m. the next day and found it had been stolen, police said.
A woman, 28, visiting from Japan, forgot her backpack when she left the Soho Café, 489 Broadway at 9:30 a.m. Mon., March 21, remembered it an hour later and returned to find it had been stolen, police said.
Fitter but poorer
A patron of New York Sports Club, 503 Broadway between Broome and Spring Sts told police he put his wallet down beside him at the weight training section at 2 p.m. Sun., March 27, and found it was gone when he looked for it a half-hour later, police said.
- Albert Amateau
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