Crime Watch


Tony Webster, via flickr

BY JERRY DANZIG

Man cut following subway altercation

At 4:40 p.m. on Tuesday, August 15, a 44-year-old man was walking down the stairs at the Canal Street subway station when another man bumped him on the shoulder, according to a police account. The other man then spat at him, and he spat back. The pair then exchanged punches. As the 44-year-old started to walk away, the other man followed him down the stairs and said, “I’m about to get you.” The pursuer then used a small knife and cut the victim on the left side of his face and left wrist. The man with the knife then fled. Police searched the area but couldn’t locate the knife-wielding spitter. The victim was taken to Bellevue Hospital for treatment.

jewelry stolen when Man passes out

A Los Angeles man was out nearly $20,000 in jewelry and other items when he fell asleep on a downtown sidewalk early Monday, August 14. The 26-year-old fell asleep somewhere south of West Houston Street after having left a local bar with an acquaintance. When he woke up at 5:30 a.m., the bag he had been carrying was missing. The acquaintance told police that he and the victim had left The Monster bar and walked some ways south on Seventh Avenue. The witness was sure they passed West Houston before turning down a side street heading west toward West Street to return to their hotel when they stopped and the victim put his bag down, as he was highly intoxicated. The witness then saw an unknown individual take the victim’s bag. The witness told police he chased the thief but could not catch up with him. He also told police he had no idea of their exact location at the time of the incident. The stolen items included Birch jewelry valued at $14,000, an iPhone priced at $1,200, a messenger bag tagged at $1,200, and other goods. The total value of the missing items was put at $19,670.

Guard Down at Garden Bar

At 4:30 p.m. on Friday, August 18, a 29-year-old man from Staten Island placed his bag down at the outdoors Garden Bar at the South Street Seaport. It was gone when he went to retrieve it about an hour later. The items stolen included a Michael Kors bag valued at $400, a laptop worth $1,500, a pair of headphones tagged at $450, a Lexus car key priced at $400, and other items.

Man scammed out of nearly $5,000

An identity thief claimed another victim. During the period between Monday, May 15 and Tuesday, August 15, several fraudulent withdrawals were taken from the account of a 38-year-old man living at 310 Greenwich St. The victim told police that the bad guys had also tried to open several credit card accounts in his name. The total stolen came to $4,800.

Cargo bike stolen

During the period between 10 a.m. on Friday, August 4 and 6 p.m. on Monday, August 14 someone took a bike attached to the scaffolding in front of 25 Murray St. The stolen bicycle was an Xtracycle EdgeRunner cargo bike valued at $2,500.