Crime watch

17 Sep 2018 | 01:53

BY JERRY DANZIG

Bicyclist attackedA bicyclist reported to police that he was set upon by four people at Madison Avenue and East 60th Street at about 12:30 a.m. on September 10. The 20-year-old man was on his bike when two men and two women, all in their early 20s, knocked him off his bike and then kicked and punched him, he told police. The victim kept his wallet and bike, but one of the quartet took his cellphone, he told police. The man suffered no injuries and refused medical attention at the scene.

Couple assaultedPolice arrested a pushy panhandler. At 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, September 8, a 65-year-old man and a 78-year-old woman standing at the northwest corner of Fifth Avenue and East 82nd Street were asked for money by a 71-year-old man nearby. The two men got into an altercation with the 65-year-old man pushing the beggar away, and the older man then returning the shove to both the man and woman, knocking both to the pavement. The fight grew more violent when the panhandler, later identified as James Jones, allegedly punched the man in the face. Arriving officers arrested Jones, charging with assault.

Couple scammed out of $8,000An East 88th Street couple were scammed out of $8,000 when they twice complied with a caller requesting $4,000 to presumably get their son out of jail, police reported. The first call, around noon on Wednesday, August 29, the 83-year-old man, received a phone call from an unknown person telling him his son had been arrested and the senior needed to send $4,000 immediately using Home Depot gift cards. The man complied with then request. Later, a 79-year-old woman at the same location received a similar call. She also complied. The scammer called the couple a third time, requesting another $6,000 in gift cards, but this time the victims did not comply.

Stolen Scooter FoundA 44-year-old man who had his parked Vespa stolen from its parking spot in front of 3 East 68th St. sometime between the evening of Sept. 4, eventually found the Lxv 150 on the following Friday morning a block away on East 67th Street. The Vespa’s front panel had been damages along with some wiring. He also had a parking ticket to contend with.