Police Blotter, November 24, 2011


Supper club murder
Gunfire brought police to Juliette Supper Club at 539 W. 21st St. around 2:22 a.m. Tues., Nov. 15, where they found two victims. One of them, described only as a black man, age 43, had a gunshot wound in the chest and another in the back. He was taken to Bellevue Hospital where he was declared dead on arrival. The other victim, a black man, 28, had a gunshot wound in the arm, another in the back and a third in the buttocks. He was taken to Bellevue in stable condition. Police are investigating but have made no arrests. The name of the dead victim was withheld pending family notification.

Sleepy cat burglar
The owner of a third-floor dance studio at 55 Chrystie St. between Canal and Hester Sts. found a stranger sleeping at her desk around 5:30 p.m. Sat., Nov. 12, and woke him up, police said. The stranger tried to flee with a T-shirt and an empty camera case, both belonging to the studio, according to the complaint filed with the Manhattan district attorney.

When police apprehended the suspect, Hafess Folajaiye, 27, he told them he got into the place by a fire escape because the front door of the studio was locked, court papers say.

iBurglar busted
Police arrested Bruce Lopez, 48, and charged him with stealing $128 and an iPhone from an employees’ room in a furniture store at 117 Mercer St. between Prince and Spring Sts. on Oct. 10. On Nov. 6, the store manager, who had confronted the suspect just before he fled the furniture store, spotted him on a train and trailed him to the Apple Store at Mercer and Prince Sts., according to reports. Lopez stole an iPad from the Apple Store and fled, according to the complaint filed with the Manhattan D.A. Police arrested the suspect at a nearby subway station and recovered the iPad. Lopez was charged with burglary, larceny and possession of stolen property.

Eating evidence, dude
Police were watching a man suspected of marijuana possession sitting against the New York University Tisch Building at 283 Mercer St. at Waverly Place around 6:45 p.m. Thurs., Nov.17. They moved in and arrested the suspect, Victor Grady, 19, when he began eating the weed out of its folded paper container. The charge was tampering with physical evidence.

Sharp suspect
Passengers and passersby told Sixth Precinct and Transit police officers that a man with a large knife was terrorizing them around 3:32 a.m. Sat., Nov. 19, in the IND subway station at Sixth Ave. at W. Fourth St. Kirill Kirnos, 44, was arrested and charged with weapons possession. A large, black-handled knife was found in his back pocket and a gray-handled knife and two box cutters were found in the bag he was carrying.

Knockoff vending
Private trademark investigators told police that a vendor with a table on the southeast corner of University Place and E. 14th St. was displaying 400 samples of cosmetics with counterfeit high-end brand names around 6:10 p.m. Fri., Nov. 18. Police did not say what brands were involved in the knockoffs.

Public alarm
Police arrested Tatiana Awer, 19, in front of 72 Christopher St. near W. Fourth St. at 4:49 a.m. Mon., Nov. 21, when a woman victim, 24, told them the suspect punched her in the mouth. Police said Awer “was loud and boisterous and causing public alarm.”

Meat Market rage
A man, 24, told police that a suspect punched him and knocked him unconscious in front of 37 Ninth Ave. at 14th St. around 4:15 a.m. Sun., Nov. 20, and then grabbed his head and slammed it on the pavement. The victim was taken to Bellevue for head lacerations and the suspect, Arnold Okhanskey, 24, was charged with assault.

High-end bag theft
A man and two women walked into the Louis Vuitton boutique at 116 Greene St. near Prince St. around 5:50 p.m. Sat., Nov. 19, where the women took a Vuitton bag valued at $3,050 and put it into a bigger bag they brought with them while the man acted as lookout. They walked out unobserved without paying but a surveillance camera taped them, police said.

Organic breakthrough
Burglars broke into Souen, the macrobiotic organic food restaurant at 28 E. 13th St., on Monday night Nov. 14 and fled with an undetermined sum of cash, police said.

Not her cell phone
A woman shopping in Mystique, 547 Broadway between Prince and Spring Sts., on Wednesday afternoon felt what she thought was her cell phone vibrating around 4:15 p.m. When she went to check the call she discovered that someone had stolen her wallet from the bag, police said.

Subway phone snatch
A woman who got on an uptown A train at Chambers St. at 8:20 p.m. Tues., Nov. 15, took out her cell phone and lost it to a man who snatched it and fled the train at the Canal St. stop at Sixth Ave.

A.T.M. hacking ring
Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance Jr. last week secured a new indictment against three Canadians charged with skimming debit card data from 11 bank branch A.T.M.’s within a mile of Union Square and stealing more than $285,000 from hundreds of victims.

Two of the suspects, Nikolai Ivanov, 31, and Dimitar Stamatov, 28, Bulgarian immigrants to Canada, were arrested May 24 at a bank branch on Broadway and E. 10th St. retrieving skimmed data. A third suspect, Jordan Ivanov, 24, Nikolai’s brother, had fled to Canada and is being sought in extradition proceedings.

The 81-count indictment handed up on Nov. 16 supersedes a three-count indictment filed in May.

The three are charged with using green plastic lips that fit over A.T.M. card slots and skim data from users’ cards. In addition, the defendants installed hidden pinhole lens video cameras at the sides of A.T.M. keypads to record PINs. The data was used to steal money from accounts in Canada, Arizona and Illinois, in addition to New York, according to Vance.

During one five-day period in January of this year, the defendants are accused of skimming data from more than 1,100 A.T.M. cards. Most of the money was wired to Bulgaria.

Albert Amateau