Volume 16 • Issue 48 | APRIL 23-29, 2004



Police blotter

Body recovered and fight
A police Emergency Service Unit clashed with a Fire Department squad on Wed. April 14 after a F.D.N.Y. boat pulled a body from the East River at about 1 p.m. Wed. April14 near the Manhattan side of Manhattan Bridge, according to a Fire Department spokesperson.

The victim, Sze Gem Yee, 54, of 6611 11th Ave. Brooklyn, was declared dead at NYU Downtown Hospital.

The crew of the fireboat brought the man in cardiac arrest to shore where an engine company with a defibrillator was waiting, a fire department spokesperson said. “It was raining and they were bringing him a dry place about 60 feet away when the E.S.U. apparently interposed. They [E.S.U.] didn’t have any equipment as far as we know and a few works were exchanged,” the spokesperson said.

A New York Post article, citing a Fire Department memo obtained by Fox 5 Television, said an E.S.U. detective grabbed a battalion chief by the shirt but the scuffle was broken up. Police reports mentioned the fact that the body was recovered from the water but a police spokesperson said he had no knowledge of the conflict.

East River rescue
A report of a man in the East River at Pike St. at 8:30 p.m. Wed April 14 brought an Emergency Medical Service squad to the rescue, police said. The victim, described as a 38-year-old Hispanic man, was taken to Bellevue in stable condition. Police are investigating the circumstances of the case.

Subway robbery arrests
Two young men and a 14-year-old boy were arrested on Sat. April 17 in connection with a series of robberies, one of them at knifepoint, on subway trains in Lower Manhattan, the Village and Queens, police said.

The trio was arrested at the Willets Point station of the No. 7 line at 2 a.m. and charged with robbing two victims on the same No. 7 train. Police said they also robbed a victim on a No. 1 train at Franklin St. at about 1 a.m. on Mon. April 12 and an hour earlier robbed a passenger on a No. 7 train at 42nd St. and Fifth Ave.

The three suspects are also charged with robbing two victims on a No. 1 train on April 11, one at 11:30 p.m. at Christopher St. and the other about 10 minutes later at Chambers St. Two passengers were robbed on a No. 1 train on April 3, one at 72nd St. and Broadway and the other at 50th St. and Broadway, police said.

In addition to the 14-year-old whose name was not divulged, Farreed Hosein, 19 and Joel Nieves. 18, both of Manhattan, were charged with the robberies.

Counterfeit goods
Police seized 5,000 counterfeit DVDs and 1,800 counterfeit CDs after a search warrant raid at 5:30 a.m. Sat. April 17 in the basement of 325 Canal St. where they arrested two Brooklyn men. Ndiye Mamadou, 40, and Dieng Souleymone were charged with felony trademark counterfeit.

Bank job
A man walked into the Fleet Bank branch at 100 Church St. at 2:40 p.m. Mon. April 19, passed a note to a teller demanding money and fled with an undetermined amount of cash, police said. The suspect was described as a black man with buckteeth, about 5’5” and wearing a gray jacket.

Assault arrest
A naked woman who was being beaten on a tenement roof at 8 Allen St. on Tuesday afternoon April 19 was rescued by two firefighters who responded to a neighbor who rushed into their firehouse at 75 Canal St. around 1 p.m. and called for help, according to police. The firefighters ran to Allen St. and forced the man, later identified as the victim’s boyfriend, to retreat. The firefighters called police and brought the victim to an apartment in the building. The suspect was arrested as he was leaving the building, police said.

Robbing St. Peter
An unidentified man walked into St. Peter’s Church on Barclay near Church St. at 3:15 p.m. Sat, April 17, emptied four donation boxes and fled with an undetermined amount of cash, police said.

—Albert Amateau

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