Man Struck, Baseball Cap Stolen
A 52-year-old man told police that at 4 p.m. on Sunday, May 1, he got off a bus at the southwest corner of Second Ave. and East 96th St., when a 41-year-old man struck him from behind, took his baseball cap and fled. Louis Trinidad was soon arrested and charged with robbery. The baseball cap that was stolen and recovered was valued at $45.
Arrest Made in Forcible Touching Incident
According to police, at 1:20 p.m. on Thursday, May 12, a 36-year-old woman was talking to her husband in front of 1616 Third Ave. at East 91st St., leaning on the driver’s-side door of his car, when a 43-year-old man came from behind and grabbed her buttocks with both hands over her clothing, without her consent. The victim sustained no injuries and refused medical attention. Bilal Haamid was arrested and charged with forcible touching. Police said the suspect was a parolee.
Witnesses Help Police Nab Tip Jar Looter
A 36-year-old male employee of Ella’s Café Espresso and Wine Bar at 1465 Second Ave. between East 76th St. and East 77th St. said that at 9:25 a.m. on Friday, May 13, a 65-year-old man sat down inside the location, and when the employee offered assistance the man said he was waiting for his wife. The man then took the café’s tip jar containing $25. The suspect fled the location, but two witnesses – a 35-year-old man and a 56-year-old man – followed him and called 911. Officers responded and arrested King Willie, charging him with petit larceny. The tip jar and its contents were recovered.
FedEx Thief Collared
At 10:58 a.m. on Wednesday, May 4, a witness observed a 34-year-old man take packages off a FedEx dolly in front of 1529 Third Ave. near East 86th St. and flee the location. Hector Mercado was duly arrested and charged with grand larceny. The items stolen and recovered included packages containing various items of clothing, totaling $1,076.
Criminal Possession of Stolen Motorcycle
At 1:10 a.m. on Tuesday, May 10, a police officer observed two 19-year-old men traveling northbound on First Ave. at East 96th St., riding a motorcycle without wearing helmets. Upon further investigation it was discovered that the motorcycle had been reported stolen. Edwin Mateo Diaz and Albertson Heredia were arrested and charged with criminal possession of stolen property. The suspects were also found in possession of two screwdrivers at the time of their arrest. The motorcycle was a black 2011 Canoe III 50 belonging to a 36-year-old man in the Bronx. No value was listed for the vehicle.