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BY JERRY DANZIG

Teens arrested on assault charges

Two teens were arrested on assault charges following an afternoon run-in with a 52-year-old man at Park Avenue and 86th Street on May 31, police said. The 4:15 p.m. incident began when the man was hit by a tree branch held back by one of a pair of teenaged boys. One of the teens then asked the man to apologize for bumping into him, according to the police account. The man replied that he had not bumped into the boy, at which the teen punched the man in the mouth. The two then accosted the man. Plainclothes officers nearby witnessed the incident and arrested Rahsaun Fort and Deime Moore, charging them with assault.

Van Driver Sought

Police are seeking a motorist for questioning after an incident occurred involving the driver and a pedestrian. At 5:15 p.m. on Wednesday, May 30, a 30-year-old woman was crossing the street at the northeast corner of Third Avenue and East 88th Street when a man driving a blue 2004 Toyota Sienna with New York plates made a right turn and cut her off, police said. She slapped the back window of the vehicle, inciting the driver to get out of the van. He then punched her in the back of her head, causing pain. He also twisted her arm before driving away.

Car Window Broken

Police are also looking for a pedestrian suspected of breaking a car window. At 10:48 a.m. on Friday, June 1, a 53-year-old male sitting in his car at First Avenue and 70th Street when he was cut on his forehead after a 23-year-old man punched the car’s driver’s-side window, breaking the glass. The perpetrator then fled in an unknown direction, while the victim refused medical attention at the scene.

Man Punches Bus

This was quite a week for irate pedestrians punching vehicles. At 5:18 a.m. on Saturday, June 2, a 45-year-old male bus driver saw a 56-year-old man strike the glass door of his MTA bus, breaking the glass, at the southwest corner of Second Avenue and East 74th Street. Eldrich W. Cofield was later arrested and charged with criminal mischief. At the time of his arrest a box cutter was also found in his front right pants pocket.

Cleaners Clean Out Home

One or more of a cleaning crew is suspected of taking cash and jewelry from East 93rd Street resident’s apartment, police said. Returning to his apartment after the May 30 cleaning, the man found that cash and various items were missing. The missing goods included $8,000 in cash, a necklace valued at $3,000, a Social Security card, passport, birth certificate and marriage license.





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