Volume 17 • Issue 3 | June 11 - 17, 2004

Police blotter

Guitarist dies
Well-known guitarist Robert Quine, 62, was found dead of a drug overdose in his fourth floor apartment at 96 Grand St., near Mercer St., at 9 p.m. Sat., June 5. Police said a suicide note was found in the apartment. The drug was described only as “a controlled substance.”

Quine was part of the New York the 1970s punk scene, playing with Richard Hell and the Voidoids, with Lou Reed on Reed’s “Blue Mask” album and with Marianne Faithfull, Material, Tom Waits and Brian Eno.

He got involved with the rock scene after taking a job in 1975 at Cinemabilia, a Village bookstore where Richard Hell also worked. Quine, born in Akron, O., earned a law degree at Washington University in St. Louis. His wife, Alice, died last year. He was the nephew of the distinguished philosopher W. V. Quine who died in 2000.

Downtown swastika
A swastika was found scratched on an elevator door of a William St. office building on Friday morning June 4, said police, who are investigating the bias-related incident.

Canal St. fakes
Federal customs agents raided a shop at 248 Canal St. on Thursday night June 3, and seized what they said were counterfeit handbags. Seventeen people were arrested 17 in connection with a ring that imported counterfeit bags and jewelry from China and sold them to retailers in a multi-million-dollar operation, police said. The defendants, who have been under investigation for a year, were also charged with paying about $500,000 to undercover agents posing as corrupt Customs agents to release containers of counterfeit goods that were held by Customs in Port Elizabeth, N.J.

Body recovered
The body of a woman, 75, was taken from the water at Battery Park at 8:50 p.m. Thurs. June 3, police said. The victim was identified as Jang Kim of Queens.

Chinatown brawl
Police said they arrested two men, one armed with a cleaver and the other with a baseball bat, who were fighting on East Broadway on Thursday night June 5. Yi Wen Li, 31, of Manhattan, told police the fight started when Ziyuan Zhang, 32, of Brooklyn, armed with a cleaver, tried to rob him. Li sustained a gash in his left side and Zhang sustained fractures of his left leg, ankle and skull, police said. Charges are pending further investigation.

Soho theft
A man entered a jewelry shop at 116 Prince St. near Mercer St. at 1:30 p.m. Sun. June 6 and picked up a glass case containing 120 platinum and gold rings and fled, police said. The thief was described as a “Middle Eastern man wearing jeans,” police said.

—Albert Amateau

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