BY JERRY DANZIG
Mugging at KnifepointTwo men, one of them wielding a knife, set upon several teenagers recently. At 5 a.m. on Tuesday, August 14, a 14-year-old male youth and his friends were walking east down East 95th Street from Second Avenue toward First when the pair approached them, according to a police account. One of the men took out a knife and said, “Run your pockets!” The 14-year-old told the knife wielder that he didn’t have anything, and the thug took his backpack and its contents, which included headphones, a phone charger and a bag. The victim said he only had a charger and headphones inside the pack. The two men took off.
Cabbie Arrested FOLLOWING Fare DisputeA 34-year-old woman reported an assault by a cab driver, who she said grabbed her by her arm and wrist, and then by the neck, saying she had not paid her fare, police said. The incident, at about 12:30 a.m. on Sunday, August 12, led to the cabbie’s arrest. Des Raj was charged with assault. The victim refused medical attention at the scene, and the cabbie.
Bank RobberyAn alleged new bank customer turned out to be an old-school bank robber. At 3:12 p.m. on Friday, August 10, a man wearing a blue T-shirt and a blue baseball hat approached a teller inside the HSBC bank at 186 East 86th St. saying he wanted to open an account. The teller was about to redirect him to another employee when he passed her a note instructing her to give him $800 in an envelope. He also told her not to make any sudden moves. The teller attempted to give him some bait money – trackable bills – but he requested eight $100 bills.
Local School BurgledTwo burglars need to report to a certain school principal’s office. When a 44-year-old employee arrived at Saint David’s School at 12 East 89th St. on the morning of Friday, August 10, her computer was missing Surveillance video revealed two men on bikes checking the school for open doors about At 12.20 a.m. the pair left but returned at 2:45 a.m. and managed to get inside. One of the burglars then handed the computer to his accomplice through a window before they both took off on their bikes. The stolen computer was a 27-inch iMac desktop model valued at $2,000.
Gym Goer Helps Nab ThiefThe victim of a theft apparently did some detective work of his own that led to an arrest, according to a police account. At 8:15 a.m. on Thursday, August 9, a 25-year-old man placed his belongings in an unlocked locker inside the Equinox Fitness Club at 817 Lexington Ave. When he returned at 9:45 a.m., his iPhone 6S cellphone and credit card were missing, he told police. Three unauthorized transactions totaling $376 later turned up on the debit card that he still had in his possession. He got the names authorizing the three transactions from a shipping company. One of them was a fellow visitor at Equinox. Police said Gustavo Salazar was duly arrested August 14 and charged with grand larceny.