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Slashing after dispute and cell phone snatched in Chelsea blotter

The alleged e-bike rider wanted for assault. (Courtesy NYPD)

Bike rider turns violent after argument

An e-bike rider is wanted for assault after an argument with pedestrians turned violent, according to officials. On Jan. 23, at 12:45 p.m., a man, 57, and a woman were walking at Eighth Avenue and West 40th Street, when a man rode past them on an e-bike and nearly struck them, police said. An argument ensued, and the biker allegedly spat on the man, before turning his bike around to confront him. He then got off the bike and allegedly began to fight with the victim. During the fight, police said, he pulled out a knife and slashed the male victim on his face, then fled. The victim was taken to Bellevue Hospital for treatment.

 

Cell phone snatched in subway station

The alleged subway cell phone thief. (Courtesy NYPD)

A woman was robbed at a 42nd Street subway station on Thursday, Jan. 16, police said. Around 4 p.m., a woman, 35, was standing on the platform of the downtown B train, when a man allegedly snatched her cell phone from her hand and then fled the station.

 

Would-be seafood thief caught

A man was caught trying to shoplift seafood from Whole Foods at 250 Seventh Ave., police said. On Saturday, Jan. 25, around 5 p.m., a loss prevention officer at the store saw a man allegedly place two items in his jacket without paying, including a lobster tail and a package of shrimp, with a total value of $62. He was caught when trying to leave the store, and the man, 61, was arrested for petit larceny.

 

Threats made outside a church

A harassment report was filed against a man for allegedly threatening another man outside the Church of Sts. Cyril & Methodius and St. Raphael, at 502 W. 41st St., according to police. On Sunday, Dec. 15, the victim, a 44-year-old man, told police he was attending a church event with his family. He said that while leaving the church, the other man, 53, who was described as an acquaintance, started yelling at him and repeatedly saying, “I’m gonna kill you, you don’t belong here, why are you even here.” The victim said the man continued yelling as he walked and put his family in the car. The victim told police he feared for his safety from the incident.

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