Volume 20, Number 49 | The Newspaper of Lower Manhattan | April 20 - 26, 2011
Seek sexual predator
Police are looking for a man who sexually attacked two women at knifepoint in the elevators of their buildings on the Lower East Side. The suspect, described as Hispanic, 17 to 25 years old, between 5’8” and 5’10” with a dark complexion and heavy-set, followed his victims into elevators in the La Guardia Houses on Clinton Street, drew a knife and attacked them in stairwells, police said. The suspect attacked his first victim, 19, at 7:30 a.m. last Jan. 18. His recent victim, 17, fought off the attack at 10 p.m. Thurs., April 14. Anyone with information should phone crime stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS (8477), go online at 222nypdcrimestoppers.com or text to 274637 (crimes) and enter TIP577.
Holland Tunnel crash
Five people were injured in a four-car accident in the Holland Tunnel north tube near the New Jersey side around 1 p.m. Sat., April 16. The victims were treated at the Jersey City Medical Center. The north tube was closed until 2:45 a.m.
Police arrested Adrian Wynn, 42, for stealing four Gillette fusion cartridges valued at $66 from the Rite Aid at 495 Broadway near Broome Street on Friday morning, April 15. The suspect was charged with robbery because he punched a security guard and another employee who tried to stop him from walking out of the store without paying for the shaving products.
Two men walked into American Apparel, 121 Spring St., at 6 p.m. Mon., April 11, and walked out with 18 men’s shirts with a total value of $1,068, police said. At closing time, employees discovered that 17 sweaters and 13 flannel shirts had also been stolen that day.
Employees at Glory Chen boutique at 121 Greene St. told police that an unknown suspect walked off without paying for four handbags valued at $2,813 sometime before 4:30 pm. Thurs., April 14.
An employee of Stella, 138 W. Broadway between Thomas and Duane Streets, saw a man who entered the shop at 12:40 p.m. Wed., April 13 fleeing from the place without paying for a blue cashmere throw valued at $1,245.
A visitor from Denmark told police that she was in Soho on Sunday afternoon, April 17, when a stranger told her she had a stain on her jacket and led her to the outdoor café at Antique Garage, 41 Mercer St. near Broome to help her clean up. Before she knew it, the stranger fled with her bag that she had just put on a chair. She lost Danish credit cards and driver’s license, a camera, her hotel card key and $150 in U.S. currency.
A Brooklyn man parked his Acura TSX model on the southwest corner of Rector and Greenwich Streets at 4:20 a.m. Sat., April 16, and returned at 1:45 p.m. after finishing his work day to discover the car, valued at $25,000, had been stolen.
An employee at J & R Music at 23 Park Row stopped a man as he was paying for a CD with three credit cards around 2 p.m. Sun., April 17 and discovered the suspect’s ID did not match the name on the credit cards. Irving Adams charged with ID theft, told police he found the cards.
Police arrested Devante Scott, 17, and charged him with robbing seven teenage male victims between the ages of 15 and 18 in Manhattan subways in the East Village, Lower Manhattan, Harlem and on the Upper West Side in the past eight weeks. Scott confronted the victims with a knife or a handgun before stealing their cellphones and iPods, police said.
— Albert Amateau
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