October 26 – November 1, 2011

Occupy Wall St. arrests
A man, 24, climbed to the top of the 70-ft. red sculpture, ”Joie de Vivre,” on the southwest corner of Cedar St. and Broadway in Zuccotti Park shortly before 6 a.m. Sat., Oct. 22 and refused to come down until 9:13 a.m. when he agreed to descend in an Emergency Service Unit cherry picker. The man, 24, was taken to Bellevue for observation but he was not arrested or issued a summons, police said.

Also on Sat., Oct. 22, police arrested Leslie Garfield, 19, of Marion St., Brooklyn at 8 p.m. for assaulting three victims at the southeast corner of Church and Liberty Sts. in Zuccotti Park. Garfield had been arrested at the site previously for a misdemeanor offense, police said.

Sexual Assault
Police arrested John Joseph, 38, and charged him with sexual abuse and forcible touching for assaulting a woman who was walking to work along Water St. at Whitehall St. at 7 a.m. Fri., Oct. 21. The suspect came up behind the victim, put his hand between her legs and grabbed her genital area, according to the complaint filed with the Manhattan District Attorney. Joseph was also charged with resisting arrest for struggling against being handcuffed, pulling away from the arresting officer and then pushing him.

Armed hold-up
A man walked into the Braccialini clothing boutique at 436 W. Broadway near Prince St. around 3:10 p.m. Thurs, Oct. 20, pointed a silver handgun at a woman employee and demanded money, police said The robber took $35 that was in a white envelope and fled on foot north on W. Broadway.

Boutique arrest
Police arrested Sebastian Papaleo, 30, and charged him with robbery for grabbing a wallet valued at $565 from the Louis Vuitton boutique at 116 Greene St. near Prince St. around 3 p.m. Thurs., Oct. 20.

High tech burglary
The management of Vision On, a video processing and editing service at 333 Hudson St. between Vandam and Charlton Sts. told police that three laptops, three cameras and three lenses with a total value of $27,997 were stolen sometime between 3:30 p.m. Wed., Oct. 19 when they were last seen and 4:30 p.m. when they were discovered missing. Police said there were no signs of forced entry. Employees told police they didn’t see anyone entering or leaving the only door to the business during that hour.

Steals five jackets
A man who walked into the Mango clothing boutique at 561 Broadway at Prince St. shortly after 11 a.m. Sun. Oct. 23 managed to walk out undetected without paying for five leather jackets with a total value of $1,500, police said.

And one more
Employees of the agnès b clothing boutique at 50 Howard St. at Mercer St. told police they discovered at 5 p.m. Fri., Oct., 21 that a men’s suede jacket valued at $1,650 was missing. A surveillance tape showed a man taking a hanger with a suede jacket into a dressing room around 4 p.m. and leaving a short time later with a bag but without the hanger.

Welcome to New York
A woman visiting from Verona, Italy told police she was having a snack at the Au Bon Pain at 80 Pine St. around 3 p.m. Thurs., Oct. 20 and discovered a short time later that her bag, which she had placed on a chair beside her, was gone. She lost ID, credit cards, $1,200 in U.S. cash and 1,100 Euros.

A woman visiting from Chicago told police she was having a snack at Starbucks at 195 Broadway around 3 p.m. Thurs., Oct. 20 when she discovered that her wallet had been stolen from her bag. She lost $250 and credit cards. She discovered later that two unauthorized charges of $50 and $20 had been made on separate credit cards for MetroCards.

Subway theft arrest
Police arrested Desean Irvy, 21,and charged him with stealing a bag of books and a jacket from a man who was sleeping on a northbound No. 1 train around 3:30 a.m. Wed., Oct.19. The victim woke up when he felt the strap of the bag, which had been wrapped around his leg, being cut. The suspect was arrested as he was fleeing the train at the Franklin St, station, police said.

Bottles fly
An argument between two men at the subway station steps on the southwest corner of Franklin and Varick Sts. at 5:10a.m. Sun., Oct. 23 turned violent when one of the men hurled three bottles at his adversary. One of the bottles hit the victim on the left ear, police said. The suspect fled and the victim was treated for cuts at New York Downtown Hospital.

Truck burglary
Two men parked their rental truck at 8 a.m. Sat., Oct. 22 on the southwest corner of Varick and Franklin Sts. and went to work at the construction site there. They returned at noon and found their wallets, which they had left in the vehicle, had been stolen. The victims said they believed they left the truck cab locked but police said there was no sign of forced entry.

Cell phone grab
A woman who was talking on her cell phone while walking east on the northeast corner of Water and Fulton Sts. around 10 p.m. Thurs., Oct.13 had the phone snatched from her hand by a thief who fled on foot west on Fulton St., police said.

Battery Park slash
A Staten Island man was passing a public toilet in Battery Park at South and State Sts. around 12:50 p.m. Fri., Oct. 21 when a woman came out and slashed his stomach with a shard of glass.

Police arrested Angelina White, 44, and charged her with aggravated assault.

— Albert Amateau