Hard Hat Hard Time
A construction worker was arrested after allegedly pulling a box cutter on a coworker. At 12:20 p.m. on Tuesday, August 20, a 34-year-old male construction worker got into an argument with a 39-year-old male coworker at the southeast corner of Park Ave. and East 67th St. According to the police report, the older man then took out a box cutter and advanced on the younger man, swinging the blade. The younger man used his construction hat as a shield and moved out of the older man's way to avoid the attack. The victim later told police he was in fear of injury or death. The man wielding the box cutter was arrested and charged with assault.
Garage Attendant Mugged
Police are looking for two men who were reported to have held up a parking garage attendant. At 11:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 17, two 25-year-old men entered the Park Time garage at 225 East 63rd St. between Third Ave. and Second Ave. and allegedly demanded money from a 61-year-old male employee. Police said that one of the men displayed a knife while the other patted down the employee. The two intruders then removed property from the victim’s desk. They also took currency belonging to the garage from a desktop before fleeing in an unknown direction. Fortunately, no unauthorized charges turned up on the stolen credit cards.
Store Employee Scares off Robber
Never underestimate the power of a scream to deter a robber. At 4:05 p.m. on Tuesday, August 20, a 53-year-old man knocked on the door of the Knockout Beauty store at 1031 Lexington Ave. at East 74th St. telling a 36-year-old female employee he wanted to buy a gift for his wife. When he got inside the shop, the man asked the employee if she knew what was going on. At that point, she later told police, she looked up from what she was doing to see the man put his hand inside a Starbucks bag and point it toward her as he demanded all the money in the register. She told police she feared for her life, believing he had a weapon, and began to scream. The man fled without getting any cash. Police searched the neighborhood and found the thwarted robber inside the 77th St. Lexington Ave. subway station. The suspect was arrested and charged with robbery.
At 4:25 a.m. on Sunday, August 18, a 48-year-old man pulled over his newspaper delivery van opposite 150 East 85th St. at Lexington Ave., leaving the keys in the ignition and the engine running while he delivered the papers as he does every day. He told police that when he came back at 4:40 a.m. he found his van was missing. Video at 1269 Lexington Ave. showed an unknown man wearing a blue hoodie, black pants and yellow sneakers get into the van at 4:31 a.m. and drive off in an unknown direction. A license plate camera later caught the vehicle heading outbound over the Madison Ave. Bridge at 4:44 a.m. The items stolen included a red 2010 Dodge Journey van valued at $15,000, 2,000 newspapers worth $12,000 and a cellphone selling for $200.
No Blarney at Barney’s
Police arrested six youths who they said tried to use forged credit cards at Barney's flagship store. At 1:14 p.m. on Tuesday, August 20, two 24-year-old men, a 25-year-old man, a 29-year-old man and two women ages 25 and 18 allegedly entered the Barney's New York store at 660 Madison Ave. at East 61st St. and used forged credit cards in sequence in an attempt to make purchases. All the suspects were arrested and charged with grand larceny. The merchandise they tried to steal were Givenchy slides valued at $295.