Category Archives: Crime

Loose-Lipped Girlfriend Leads Police to Alleged Stuy Town Robber

STUYVESANT TOWN — A man who allegedly shoved a woman to the ground and snatched her handbag in Stuyvesant Town has been arrested after his loose-lipped girlfriend gave up his identity, police said.

Jonathan Fernandez, 25, was arrested Oct. 5 after police officers spent a week pursuing the victim’s report of a late-night robbery.

The incident occurred on Sept. 29 at 12:45 a.m. when a man approached the woman from behind, shoved her to the ground and her stole her purse, Deputy Inspector Ted Berntsen, commanding officer of the 13th Precinct, said at a recent community meeting.

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Man Believed to be Serial Mugger Behind 16 Robberies is Nabbed by Cops

Police arrested Dion Whitehead, 38, Thursday night on four counts of robbery. The E. Houston St. resident allegedly began his mugging spree in May, striking every few days.

Cops have nabbed the man they believe is the serial mugger behind 16 robberies in Manhattan’s East Village and Lower East Side.

Police arrested Dion Whitehead, 38, Thursday night on four counts of robbery. The E. Houston St. resident allegedly began his mugging spree in May, striking every few days.

Brandishing a knife or pretending to have a gun, he grabbed cell phones, jewelry, cash, an iPod and other items, sticking to an area between E. 14th St. and E. Houston St.

Whitehead has several prior arrests including attempted murder and drug charges, cops said. Cops tracked him down after receiving a tip based on surveillance photos from a subway station.


NYPD: This Guy Robbed 16 People In LES, East Village, Stuy Town

In July, the NYPD sent out a request for the public’s help in locating a man wanted for 14 robberies in the 7th, 9th and 13th Precincts. Now, the NYPD has added two more to the long list and released a photograph of the suspect.

Police say the man, described as a black male, 30-40, around 5’9″-6″, with a dark complexion, thin mustache and thin beard, typically “approaches victims in various locations, displays or simulates a weapon (firearm or knife), threatens the victims, and demands personal property,” such as cash, jewelry, and cellphones. None of the victims has been injured yet.

The incidents are listed below—the 7th Precinct covers the Lower East Side, the 9th Precinct is the East Village, and the 13th Precinct covers Stuyvesant Town, Gramercy Park and part of Chelsea.

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PCV Woman’s Purse Snatched in Front of Building

Police are on the lookout for a mugger who targeted a 93-year-old woman as she was entering her building at 4 Peter Cooper Road.

According to the police report, which categorized the incident as a grand larceny, the woman’s purse was grabbed and the perp then fled on foot.

The purse snatching, in which the woman lost $90 and her IDs, took place on Friday, July 13 at 4:22 p.m., though the NYPD’s information was released this week.

When asked about the delay in publicizing the crime, one law enforcement source told T&V that the DCPI, which distributes public information about major crimes, doesn’t always get involved until a detective unit decides it isn’t going to catch a suspect on its own.

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Police Hunt Purse Snatcher Who Stole from 93-Year-Old Woman

Police are on the hunt for a cold-hearted crook who snatched a 93-year-old woman’s purse on Friday the 13th.

Cops say the suspected thief approached the older woman as she entered Peter Cooper Village, grabbed her pocketbook, and ran off. The theft happened about 4:22 p.m. on Friday, July 13 near 4 Peter Cooper Road, police said.

Police have released photos of the suspect and are asking for the public’s help in tracking down the thief.

Anyone with information should call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS (8477). The public can also submit tips at or by texting CRIMES (274637), then entering TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential.


Police Search For Man Who Allegedly Stole Purse From 93-Year-Old

Police are searching for a man who they say robbed a 93-year-old woman in Manhattan.

Authorities say this man approached the woman as she was going into a building in Stuyvesant Town earlier this month.

That’s when cops say he grabbed her purse and ran.

Anyone with information on the case should contact the Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS, or text CRIMES and then enter TIP577, or visit


Teen Charged with Allegedly Biting Judge During Break-in Jailed for Leaving Group Home

A 15-year-old girl – charged in a bizarre Stuyvesant Town burglary during which she allegedly bit a Manhattan judge — burst into tears as another judge threw her in jail today for going AWOL from her group home.

“She can’t just do what she wants,” Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Eduardo Padro told a handcuffed Clarissa Burgess, as she turned tearfully to her mom and sister in the audience and was taken into custody.

Burgess remains on the hook for the oddball alleged break-in, during which she allegedly bit the hand of prominent Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Gregory Carro after stealing his laptop.

Carro, who lives at Stuy Town, had left his apartment door ajar to do laundry, and returned to find his laptop missing. The intrepid judge, who presided over the explosive “Rape Cops” case in May, gave chase and grabbed Burgess who allegedly bit him on the hand.


Stuy Town Security Catches Dog Napper

An alleged dog-napper was caught by Stuyvesant Town security on Friday, March 30, after a 19-year-old resident reported that her ex-boyfriend stole the pooch from her apartment. She also told police, later when the suspect was arrested, that he had forced his way into her apartment at 649 East 14th Street as she was opening the door to leave. He then rummaged through her purse for a cell phone, she said, before taking her her dog and fleeing.

Fortunately, Lawrence Persaud was soon caught trying to enter the L train subway station at First Avenue and East 14th Street, according to ST/PCV Security Chief Bill McClellan. The dog was then returned to its owner and Persaud was arrested and charged with criminal trespass.


Site of Jayson Williams’ DWI Crash Gets New Traffic Light

STUYVESANT TOWN — The Stuyvesant Town intersection where disgraced Nets star Jayson Williams crashed into a tree while driving under the influence has gotten a little bit safer.

Last weekend, the Department of Transportation installed a new traffic light on East 18th Street and Avenue C, along with pedestrian crossing signals, a spokesman confirmed Tuesday.

The push for a traffic light where there was once only a stop sign predates even the accident, which left Williams with a year’s worth of jail time. It compounded a stiffer, five-year sentence he received for trying to cover up the accidental shooting of his limo driver.

Mark Thompson, chair of Community Board 6, said residents have been advocating for the light for about a decade. The DOT’s announcement was greeted with a round of applause during a Community Board 6 transportation committee meeting on Monday night.
“When Jayson had his issue, that helped bring it to the forefront,” Thompson said. “Maybe he wasn’t driving in a proper manner, but it really is a dangerous intersection.
Williams smashed his Mercedes SUV into a tree near the intersection early one January morning in 2010, and police found him sitting in the passenger seat, claiming the driver had fled.

After the accident, Larry Scheyer, a member of Community Board 6 and a Stuyvesant Town resident, shot video footage of the intersection and sent it to the Department of Transportation, said Thompson, himself a Stuy Town resident.

“I think what really did it was the video that Larry Scheyer took,” Thompson added, calling the new signal “one of those long-term things where you can make something good happen and improve safety.”


Stuy Town Ice Pick Mugger Gets 18 Years in Elevator Attacks

Even a year later, a Stuyvesant Town mom has harrowing flashbacks of the day a crazed serial mugger pushed into her elevator and threatened to stab her toddler son with an icepick.

“It was terrifying,” the woman, who wishes to remain anonymous, said in an emotional statement read aloud in court today as hulking career crook John Martinez was sentenced to 18 years to life in prison.

“Mr. Martinez seemed off, and unpredictable, and when he looked at my then three-year-old son and threatened to stab him, I believed that he was capable of actually stabbing my little boy,” she said, in a letter read aloud by assistant district attorney James Zaleta.

“To this day, my stomach turns at the idea of what could have happened if our mugging had turned into a home invasion,” said the woman. Martinez had demanded to be let into her apartment, and would have, had the fleet-witted mom not managed to run past him and lock him out after he was distracted by some construction noise in the building.

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