Police Blotter, Week of July 28, 2016

The Upper West Side crime blotter

Wrenching robbery

A 63-year-old woman was robbed on the street in front of 354 Sixth Ave. last Wednesday afternoon, police said. At around 2 p.m. on July 20, a woman walked up to the victim and told her to fork over $10 or $20, but the victim said no. The woman then placed a wrench to the victim’s stomach, took hold of her bag and said, “Are you going to make me get my boyfriend?” The victim then handed the woman a $20 bill.

Police arrested Yashira M. Perez-Rios, 33, for felony robbery.


Gaslight ‘gun’

On Tues., July 19, at 3:55 a.m., a man was asked to leave the Gaslight bar, at 400 W. 14th St. But he then returned, re-entering the longtime Meatpacking District watering hole and remaining there. Upon further investigation, police said, it was discovered that he was in possession of a toy gun.

Police arrested Ernest Lala, 29, for felony criminal possession of a weapon.


Farm felony

Three men allegedly attempted to rob Bleecker Farm, at 272 Bleecker St. near Morton St., on Thurs., July 21. At around 5 a.m., according to police, the trio removed property from the store. When the storeowner approached them, they struck him multiple times in the head and body, causing substantial pain and bruising.

John Doe 1, 18; Wyatt Luong, 18; and John Doe 2, 18, were arrested for felony robbery.


Wireless assault

A couple got into a dispute that ended in assault early Friday morning. The man told police that on Fri., July 22, at 2 a.m. inside an apartment at 49 Grove St., he and his live-in girlfriend got into a verbal dispute. While arguing, his girlfriend picked up a wireless speaker and threw it at his head. It caused a large bruise to his left eyebrow and nose, requiring medical attention. He was removed to Lenox Hill Hospital.

Alicia Hauge, 34, was arrested for felony assault.


W. 4th bank job

Police said that on Sat., July 23, at 12:30 p.m., a man entered the Chase bank at 204 W. Fourth St., approached a teller, and passed a note demanding money. The teller complied and the robber left with an undetermined amount of cash.

Police described the suspect as white, around age 30 to 35, 5 feet 10 inches tall, 210 pounds, and last seen wearing a sleeveless white T-shirt and blue shorts.

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.

Investigators from the New York Police Department's Special Victims Unit removed sexual assault suspect Sean Walker, 45, from their E. 124th St. command. Photo by C4P
Investigators from the New York Police Department’s Special Victims Unit removed sexual assault suspect Sean Walker, 45, from their E. 124th St. command. Photo by C4P

Sex-abuse arrest

A Queens man was arrested for an attempted rape on the Lower East Side on Wed., July 20.

Police said that on that day around 3 a.m., in the vicinity of Suffolk and Stanton Sts., the suspect was observed taking off his pants and underwear. He then reportedly lay on top of an unconscious 21-year-old woman who was at the location, whose shorts he was attempting to remove. When a passerby stopped to yell at the suspect, he fled the location, according to police.

The victim was taken to Beth Israel Hospital in stable condition, where she was treated and released.

As a result of an investigation, police arrested Sean Walker, 45, charging him with first-degree sex abuse.


E. 14th burglary

It was reported to police that on Fri., July 22, at 1:37 p.m., an unidentified male gained entry to an apartment on E. 14th St. and Avenue A by picking the lock. Once inside, he removed a white iPad 4, a Canary security system and other electronics/accessories with a combined value of $964. The occupant of the apartment, a 29-year-old male, was not home at the time of the incident.

The suspect is described as Hispanic, wearing a blue baseball cap, a striped polo shirt, gray cargo shorts and black sneakers.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Police Department’s Crime Stoppers Hotline.

— Emily Siegel
and Lincoln Anderson