Police Blotter


Volume 76, Number 19 | September 27 – October 3, 2006

Police Blotter

‘Armed and dangerous’

On Friday police were in Tompkins Square Park showing a wanted poster offering a $2,000 reward for information on Rebekah Johnson, described as “armed and dangerous.” Johnson, 43, white, 5 feet 5 inches, 210 pounds, of 131 Jersey St. on Staten Island, is wanted for a May 29, 2006, incident on Staten Island in which she allegedly shot a person five times. Apparently, she may have been spotted around Tompkins Square. A film crew from “American’s Most Wanted” tagged along with the police.

Murder trial outburst

Jury selection, which began Mon. Sept. 25 for the trial of Rudy Fleming for the Jan. 28, 2005, murder of Nicole duFresne, 28, who was killed during a street robbery on Clinton and Rivington Sts., was delayed when Fleming began shouting and acting wildly in the court room. Fleming was removed from the courtroom and the judge ordered jury selection to proceed.

Fleming, 19, at the time, is charged also with having beaten the bouncer of a neighborhood bar shortly before the holdup during which duFresne, 28, an actress who also worked as a waitress at a new Lower East Side club, was shot to death.

Bashed with bottle

First Precinct police arrested two brothers who ended an argument with a man on Spring St. between W. Broadway and Wooster St. around 1 a.m. Sun. Sept 17 by smashing a bottle over his head. Radek Brezinski, 26, and Leszek Brezinski, 27, were charged with assault.

Shot outside school

A gunshot fired by an unknown shooter struck a man walking in Chelsea Park on the path between P.S. 33 and the Department of Health district station at 303 Ninth Ave. at 2:45 p.m. Tues. Sept. 27, police said.

The victim was hit in the buttocks and the shooter, described only as male, fled. An Emergency Medical Service team treated the victim at the Ninth Ave. entrance to the park and took him to St. Vincent’s Hospital where his condition was described as good.

Stabbed on train

An argument between two men that started at about 3:20 a.m. Sat. Sept. 23 at the 14th St. and Seventh Ave. station on a northbound No. 2 train, turned violent when one of them stabbed his adversary in the abdomen and fled from the train, which was traveling on the local track, at 23rd St., police said. The victim, Antonio Ramirez, 33, managed to get off at the 28th St. station and phoned 911.

He was taken to Bellevue Hospital where his wound was stitched up and he was released.

One charge dropped

A second-degree manslaughter charge was dropped on Sept. 19 against Denzell Fell, 14, one of four teenagers charged in the death last April of Broderick John Hehman, 20, a New York University student who was hit by a car while fleeing the four teenagers trying to rob him on a Harlem street.

The dropping of the manslaughter charge was the result of a plea bargain that Fell would plead guilty to a single second-degree murder charge. It could reduce Fell’s sentence to 18 months. Humberto Guzman, 14, and Andre Johnson and Clarence Hassan Mayfield, both 15, also pleaded guilty to single murder charges and are likely to receive 18-month sentences in the Family Court case.

Fifth Ave. frenzy

Police arrested Michael Harvey, 25, of Hempstead, L.I., at about 2:35 a.m. Sun. Sept. 24 for beating a victim on Fifth Ave. near Ninth St. Harvey punched the victim in the head until he fell and was kicking him in the face when police arrived, according to the assault charges. The cause of the argument was not disclosed.

Upstairs downstairs

A man and a woman who were patrons of the second-floor V.I.P. lounge of Sol, a club at 609 W. 29th St., at 3:45 a.m. Sun. Sept. 24, got into an argument with another patron who pushed the woman down the stairs, police said.

Anthony Bruneti, 23, of Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, was arrested by Officer Peter Volaric of the 10th Precinct and charged with assault. The victim, Dana Hodges, was taken to St. Vincent’s Hospital with neck and back injuries.

Sol has had 19 violations of State Liquor Authority regulations since the beginning of the year, according to Captain Stephen Hughes, 10th Precinct commanding officer.

Ave. D gun/drug bust

Ninth Precinct Street Narcotics Enforcement Unit police early last Friday morning executed a search warrant at an apartment at the Lillian Wald Houses on Avenue D. They recovered two “defaced firearms” — with the serial numbers obliterated — and a quarter ounce of apparent cocaine, according to Deputy Inspector Dennis De Quatro, the precinct’s commanding officer. There were four arrests, including two residents of the apartment and two visitors. De Quatro declined to provide the exact address. He said the substance will be tested to verify if it is an illegal narcotic.

Albert Amateau and Lincoln Anderson