Woman Scammed out of $290,000An East 83rd Street resident gave up a huge amount of money to phone scammers identifying themselves as FBI investigators. The initial caller told the 59-year-old woman on Tuesday, Sept. 11, that her Social Security number had been stolen and that there was a warrant for her arrest and that she needed to follow instructions of another investigator who would soon be calling, according to her account to police. A subsequent caller, allegedly from 9-1-1, gave the woman money-transfer instructions, which she followed by first transferring $100,000 to a Dime Bank account that Tuesday, then $80,000 to a Chase Bank account on the following Friday, and, later that Friday, another $110,000 to a Flushing Bank account, she told police.
Subway Rider AssaultedAt 4:50 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 20, a 35-year-old from Switzerland told police that he was on northbound 4 train when he was told by another rider, also unknown to him, “I’m going to punch you as soon as the train stops.” As the train pulled into the Lexington Avenue 86th Street station and the doors opened, the assailant made good on his threat and struck the victim in the head, cutting his left ear. The victim fled the train while the perpetrator stayed on board.
Pedestrian PunchedJust before 8 p.m. that Thursday, a 19-year-old woman walking with a friend on the north side of East 60th Street was approached by 50-year-old woman unknown to her and punched in the face. The victim, who was cut on the face, told police that her assailant had not said anything to the woman, who had fled westbound on 60th Street.
Burglars hit restaurant 4 timesA local restaurant was burgled four times in just three weeks recently and two men were arrested and charged in connection with two of the incidents, police said. In the first incident, shortly before 2:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 4, a man entered the Sojourn restaurant at 244 East 79th St. after its closing and took $2,600 from a locked safe in the restaurant’s basement office. Dansira Trawally was subsequently arrested and charged with burglary, according to police. On Saturday, Sept. 8, surveillance footage showed a man opening the establishment’s side front door with force at 4:20 a.m. and entering. A second man followed him inside and the pair took two registers downstairs, opened one and managed to remove $250. Besides taking the cash, the men also took several electronic devices worth a total of about $2,500. Abdullah Mamon, 34, was arrested on September 21 and charged with burglary in connection with that burglary, police said. In the third burglary, on Monday, September 17, a man in his 20s broke into the business overnight, entered the basement office and fished out $2,150 from a safe. In the final burglary, on Monday, September 24, a man was seen on surveillance video entering through the service entrance, going into the back office where he was unsuccessful in opening the safe but was able to trawl out $300 from a bar register using forks and scissors.
Restaurant Purse SnatchAt 1:30 a.m. on Sunday, September 23, a 40-year-old woman out to dinner with a friend at Infirmary at 1720 Second Ave. had her purse and its contents taken. The woman was out an iPhone 6, about $60 and several personal items, police said.