Police Blotter, Week of Aug. 4, 2016

The Upper West Side crime blotter
A blurry surveillance camera image of a man police say groped, then punched a woman in the face on Sat., July 23, on First Ave. at E. 13th St.

Gropes, slugs her

Police said that on Sat., July 23, around 1:45 a.m., in front of 208 First Ave. near E. 13th St., a man grabbed a 37-year-old woman’s buttocks. When she confronted him about it, the suspect punched her in the face numerous times, then fled northbound on First Ave.

The suspect is described as white, 20 to 25 years old, 5 feet 8 inches tall and 140 pounds, and last seen wearing a dark-colored shirt and blue jeans.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Police Department’s Crime Stoppers Hotline, at 800-577-TIPS, or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). Tips can also be submitted by logging onto the Crime Stoppers Web site, www.nypdcrimestoppers.com, or by texting them to 274637 (CRIMES) and then entering TIP577. All tips are confidential.


A surveillance camera image of a man police say followed a woman to her apartment at E. 13th St. and Avenue B on Wed., July 27, mugged her, then tied her up.

Mugs, ties her up

Police said that on Wed., July 27, around 12:30 a.m., in the vicinity of E. 13th St. and Avenue B, a man followed a 33-year-old woman into her apartment building, told her he had a gun and demanded her property. The victim complied and gave the mugger her cell phone, debit card, jewelry and $35 in cash. The suspect then ordered her to lie face down and tied her hands behind her back, before fleeing the building in an unknown direction.

The individual is described as Hispanic, 30 to 40 years old, 5 feet 10 inches tall, weighing 200 to 225 pounds, and last seen wearing a yellow shirt, black jeans and a black baseball cap, and with a black backpack on.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Crime Stoppers Hotline.


5th Ave. rape attempt

Police said a man tried to rape a woman right on the sidewalk on Fifth Ave. early last Saturday morning.

A 20-year-old woman was walking southbound along the avenue toward W. Eighth St. on July 30 around 4 a.m., when a stranger approached her and engaged her in conversation, police said. The suspect then grabbed the victim from behind, and sexually abused her by forcibly touching her in an apparent rape attempt. But the victim was able to fight off the man, who fled to an unknown location.

The suspect is described as Hispanic, 5 feet 6 inches tall, with a medium build and wearing a dark-colored baseball cap and backpack.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Crime Stoppers Hotline.

Human roadblock

A man got in the way of traffic near the northeast corner of W. Fourth and Greene Sts. on Thursday night. Police said that on July 28 at around 10:30 p.m., an officer instructed a man multiple times to get out of the street so that traffic could proceed. He refused to move while also yelling and causing a disturbance for nearby pedestrians, police said.

Niko Rosa, 24, was arrested for disorderly conduct, obstructing traffic and creating a hazardous condition.


W. Houston hoopla

A man reportedly had a lot of trouble leaving Bar Veloce at 146 W. Houston St. early Thursday morning. Police said that at 12:30 a.m. on July 28, the man was removed from the bar after initially refusing to leave. Once outside, he remained on the sidewalk screaming, yelling and shouting obscene language at bar staff and patrons.

A police officer attempted to serve the man with a summons for disorderly conduct, at which point he grabbed the officer by the shirt collar, “causing alarm and annoyance,” according to police.

Police arrested Michael L. Fitzsimmons, 35, for misdemeanor obstructing government administration.


Pizza perp

People can get very worked up about their pizza. Ben’s Pizzeria at 123 MacDougal St. was the scene of a dispute around 11 p.m. on Sunday night July 31, according to police.

An employee of the establishment, told cops that a man entered the pizzeria and got into a verbal dispute him. The man then brandished a box cutter and stated, “I’m gonna f— you up and kill you!” He then slammed the blade on the counter, causing the victim to fear for his safety.

Willow Hall, 42, was arrested for misdemeanor menacing.


Bad beating

Police said a 22-year-old man was assaulted by two other men early Fri., July 29, around 4 a.m. in front of 169 Bleecker St., after getting into a verbal dispute with them.

The duo caused him serious damage by punching him numerous times in the face, police said. The victim was removed to Lenox Hill Greenwich Village, where the emergency department doctor confirmed that he sustained a significant deep wound laceration, requiring numerous sutures. The injury would likely cause permanent scarring and possible facial fractures, according to the police report.

Sebastiab Buitrago, 22, and Christian B. Quiceno-Jacome, 21, were arrested for felony assault.

— Emily Siegel
and Lincoln Anderson