Crime Watch: Bad Nap; Unhappy Holiday; Appliances Theft; Christmas Robbery; Roommate Stabbing

Written by NY Press on . Posted in Crime Watch West Side Spirit, West Side Spirit.


Compiled by Paul Bisceglio

BAD PLACE TO NAP
A man at work on his laptop in a coffee shop on Broadway let his guard down for a moment and was robbed. At around 10 a.m. on Sunday, Dec. 23, the 64-year-old New Jersey resident decided to take a 10-minute power nap in the shop with his laptop on the table in front of him. When he woke up, the laptop—an Apple computer worth $1,350—was gone. No one in the shop claimed to have witnessed the theft, and the thief remains at large.

UNHAPPY HOLIDAY
A 43-year-old West 62nd Street resident is wanted for assault after he threw a glass cup at his wife on Christmas. The couple got into an argument in their apartment around 11 p.m. The husband’s anger turned violent when he took a glass and hurled it at the back of the wife’s head, cutting her and causing her to go to the hospital. The husband fled the apartment and has not been tracked down by police. The wife, 46, was not seriously injured, and reportedly has been uncooperative with law enforcement.

THE GRINCH WHO STOLE CAMERAS AND AN iPAD
A private school on Riverside Boulevard was robbed over its holiday break. According to an employee of the school, the last worker in the building before the break left at 9 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 23. When the employee returned to the schoolmi on the following Wednesday, she noticed that cameras were missing from two rooms, and that an iPad was missing from the school’s main office. Police found no signs of forced entry—broken locks, shattered windows, etc.—and note that the robber(s) could have had a key to get into the school’s rear entrance. Video surveillance may have recorded the theft.

FAILED CHRISTMAS ROBBERY
A young couple attempted to rob a 42-year-old woman on the street on Tuesday, Dec. 25. The pair, believed to be in their twenties, approached the woman on West 74th Street at 6:30 p.m., and the female perp jumped forward and began striking the woman on the top of her head and face. The woman asked the pair what they wanted, and the male perp demanded her phone. Instead of complying, however, the woman managed to escape the robbers and ran toward Amsterdam Avenue yelling for help. The pair fled defeated, but have yet to be identified or apprehended.

SUCCESSFUL CHRISTMAS ROBBERY
A man was robbed on Columbus Avenue on Tuesday, Dec. 25. The 39-year-old Upper West Side resident noticed two men following him as he was walking up the street at 1:30 a.m. They came up from behind, put him in a choke hold and threw him to the ground. Though he resisted, they wrestled his $150 HP Touchpad from him, then took off running on West 76th Street. The two thieves are wanted for robbery.

WHEN ROOMMATES ATTACK
A stabbing recently occurred on West 73rd Street. At 7 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 22, the 60-year-old perp followed a 59-year-old acquaintance of his after he was dropped off on the street by a shelter-run bus service. The perp approached the man and stabbed him twice in the arm and once in the side, then lodged the knife in the man’s shoulder. The perp then fled the scene, and the victim was taken to the hospital. Details were not given about the nature of the dispute between the two men, though the police report confirms that they lived together on Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn.

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