Mugging Suspect Arrested
A 51-year-old woman from New Jersey said that she was walking to her hotel at 12:30 a.m. on Saturday, November 20, when her sister-in-law was assaulted by a 33-year-old man at the southwest corner of Eighth Ave. and West 24th St. The New Jerseyite tried to prevent further harm to her relative but lost her balance in the process and fell to the ground. When she fell, her iPhone 11 tumbled from her pocket, and the man picked it up. He said, “Your drunk ass fell on your face. That’s how you lost your phone!” and fled the scene. The suspect was later apprehended with the phone on his person, and Paul Drayton was arrested and charged with petit larceny. The iPhone was valued at $750.
Someone Throws Rock at Man on Bench
According to police, at 2:05 p.m. on Thursday, November 18, a man was sitting on a bench in front of 428 West 26th St. between Ninth Ave. and Tenth Ave. when someone threw a rock at him from a nearby building - possibly 420 West 26th St. - with the apparent intent to annoy or alarm him. Fortunately, the rock missed him, and he refused medical attention at the scene.
Cellphone Stolen in 7-Eleven Store
A 57-year-old man told police that at 1:25 p.m. on Friday, November 19, he was getting soda from a machine inside the 7-Eleven store at 368 Eighth Ave. at West 29th St. and left his gray Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra cellphone with black case by the machine. He walked away before realizing he didn’t have his phone, so he went back and saw a 50-year-old man put his phone in his pocket. When the victim asked for his phone back the other man said, “Go f*ck yourself; I’m not giving you back the phone!” and left the location. Police searched the neighborhood but couldn’t find the suspect or the stolen phone. The Samsung was valued at $1,699.
Property Looted from Parked Car
Police reported that at 3 a.m. on Friday, November 19, a 37-year-old man from Brooklyn parked his black 2006 Lexus IS 250 in front of 441 Ninth Ave. near W. 35th St. When he returned at 6 a.m. he found that property had been taken from the back seat of the vehicle. There were no signs of forced entry. The stolen belongings included a MacBook Pro valued at $1,000, an iPad Pro worth $900, an iPhone 11 Pro Max selling for $900, an Oakley military book bag priced at $150 and a pair of Bose headphones costing $350, making a total stolen of $3,300.
A 52-year-old female employee of Tod’s clothing at 20 Hudson Yards near West 32nd St. told police that at 3 p.m. on Friday, November 19, a man entered the location, asked “How much do these cost?” and then made off with two pairs of sneakers totaling an eye-opening $1,650.