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Wage argument leads to arrest

A dispute over a claim of unpaid wages led to the arrest of one man, police said. According to police, two men, both 56, got in an argument on the evening of May 24 at the southwest corner of East 60th Street and Madison Avenue regarding payment for services, when the other man, later identified as Cheikh Dious, grabbed him, ripped his shirt and then picked up a wooden stool and struck him in the arm, leg and back with it. The victim refused medical treatment. Dious was arrested and charged with assault.

Cellphone Dispute

At 4:30 a.m. on Tuesday, May 29, a 24-year-old man lent an older teen boy his cellphone outside a grocery store at 1672 York Ave. While the latter was making his call, the older man tried to grab his phone, inciting the younger man to punch him in the face, cutting his lip, police said. The assailant then gave the victim his phone back.

Motorist vs. Pedestrian

A dispute between a motorist and pedestrian turned violent. At 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 23, a 67-year-old man crossing the street at the northeast corner of East 62nd Street and Madison Avenue was confronted by a motorist who got out of his vehicle and shoved the pedestrian to the ground before getting back in his vehicle and driving away, police said. The victim refused medical attention.

Not-So-Sweet Charity

In the early afternoon of Friday, May 25, a police officer saw an 18-year-old male youth and three accomplices on the northwest corner of East 86th Street and York Avenue soliciting passers-by for money to support their alleged basketball team. The quartet would stop their people by surrounding them and/or placing their arms around them, police said. The officer and his partners confirmed this behavior with witnesses, but when the police approached the suspects, they ran down East 86th Street, discarding the clipboards and envelope they had been using to collect money. The officers apprehended one suspect, later identified as Dylan Garcia, 18. Police said when Garcia arrived at the 19th Precinct, he threatened violence. He was arrested and charged with terrorism.

assault on vehicle

A driver’s mistake led to a group assault on his vehicle. At 9 p.m. on Sunday, May 27, a 23-year-old motorist changed lanes at the southwest corner of East 62nd Street and York Avenue in front of four cars that he told police he thought were parked. He was wrong, however, as eight men got out of the cars and began to pummel his vehicle, according to a police account. The victim told police he saw a black firearm on one of his attackers. The men damaged the motorist’s passenger’s-side window, mirror and rear quarter panel, causing $500 worth of damage. The eight men then got back into the four cars — three Honda Accords and an Infiniti — and fled, two heading northbound on the FDR Drive and two heading southbound on York Avenue.

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