Purse snatch in Bleecker Street subway
A woman had her purse stolen inside the Bleecker Street subway station on Jan. 9, according to police. At 12:45 p.m., a 20-year-old woman was standing in the mezzanine area of the station, when a man allegedly reached between the security bars and took her purse. The man then fled the station.
New Year’s group assault in East Village
Three men are wanted for a vicious assault in the East Village during the early morning hours of Jan. 1, according to a police report. Around 4 a.m., a male victim, 25, was allegedly assaulted by three men near East 9th Street and Avenue A. There was no reported motive, and the victim was taken to Bellevue Hospital with a fractured skull and broken nose.
Man wanted for theft pattern in Village: cops
An alleged purse thief is wanted in connection with two incidents in the Village, according to police. On Jan. 18, around 9:10 p.m., at the corner of West 12th and West 4th Streets, the male suspect got out of the passenger seat of a vehicle and approached a 26-year-old woman, and allegedly tried to take her purse. The man was unsuccessful and fled in the vehicle empty-handed. The second incident was on Jan. 19, around 8:15 a.m., when the man allegedly approached a 69-year-old woman at West Houston and Mercer Streets and took her purse, which contained three credit cards, a checkbook and $200 in cash. The man then fled in a vehicle south on Mercer Street, officials said.
Downtown cell phone snatcher
Police are looking for a man after two separate incidents of cell phone thefts, officials said. On Dec. 16, around 5:20 p.m., near 209 East 4th St., a 61-year-old male victim was walking and texting on his phone, when a man allegedly snatched the phone from him, then fled in an unknown direction. The second incident was on Friday, Jan. 10, around 8:40 p.m. At Forsyth and Grand Streets, a woman, 28, was walking when the male suspect allegedly snatched her cell phone and ran north on Eldridge Street with the property.