Crime Watch

Written by Paul Bisceglio on . Posted in Crime Watch West Side Spirit, West Side Spirit.


WEST 81ST ST RAPE

An older male friend allegedly sexually assaulted a young woman on Nov. 3 when she invited him to her West 81st Street apartment for a drink. The pair had been with other friends at a bar earlier in the night and returned to the 23-year-old’s apartment around 2 a.m. According to the victim, the 35-year-old began to make advances on
her against her consent. He removed her clothing and forced her to perform various sexual acts. The man reportedly left the apartment saying he would call the victim later in the day. The victim declined to give police her friend’s identity, as well as refused transportation to the Manhattan special victims office for further investigation.

GOODBYE TO WALLET

A 62-year-old smooching with her boyfriend on Friday evening ended up with a missing wallet. The couple stopped around 7:45 p.m. for an intimate moment on the steps of the Lincoln Center plaza. After a bit of kissing, they resumed their romantic evening, but realized later that the woman’s wallet was missing from her bag. According to the woman, two of her credit cards were used to purchase MetroCards, totaling $250. She canceled the cards, but the perp remains at large.

RUDE AWAKENING

A 34-year-old reported being struck on the forehead by a lamp in her West 70th Street apartment last Thursday, Nov. 8. The attacker was her 38-year-old boyfriend. The exact details of their interaction were not given, but the attack happened at about 9:30 a.m., shortly after the victim woke up. The boyfriend, who did not live in the apartment, fled the scene in an unknown direction. The victim developed a small bump on her head but sustained no serious injuries.

SUBWAY BRAWL

A dispute ended in bruises on the platform of 66th Street Station on Friday. At around 6:45 in the morning, a 31-year-old commuter who was sitting on a bench while waiting for the train got into a shouting match with a 51-year-old man. The argument escalated, and the verbal dispute turned physical when the older man decided to end the fight by smacking the younger man with an unidentified blunt object on the back of his head. The attack cut the victim’s head, and he was taken to a nearby hospital. Police arrested the attacker and charged him with assault.

SAD HOMECOMING

An elderly couple returned to their Broadway apartment after a vacation at their California summer home to find that they had been robbed. They stayed on the West Coast sun from the end of August to mid-October, and realized only last week that valuables from a white storage box in the 77-year-old wife’s closet had gone missing. The items stolen were an antique gold snake necklace with rubies and emeralds, an Egyptian white and yellow gold necklace, a ruby and diamond rope necklace, a diamond ring that was a family heirloom and $4,000 in cash. The items’ total monetary value was unreported. The victims told police they had allowed four close friends to stay in their apartment during their vacation, and also gave keys to a cleaning woman and a gardener for tending to the home in their absence.

IDENTITY THEFT

A West 49th Street resident reported that an unknown perp stole over $1,000 from her by creating a fake ID with her name and address on it. The perp used her information to get a debit card to her bank account, which she only used for deposits. The bank provided the perp with a pin number for the card, and the perp used the card to make several purchases throughout October. Police have not found the thief.

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