Crime Report: Subway Showdowns, Cell Swipes, Purse Pinches, and More


Here’s the latest installment of “Police And Thieves,” The Local’s regular roundup of crime. What follows are the latest reports from March 12 to 18, sorted by the type of incident. Plus: Our map of all of crime since Jan. 15.

Trouble on the Trains

Astor Place Subway Station, East Village, New York City 2Vivienne Gucwa The Astor Place station.
  • A thief chucked two sneakers at a man and robbed him on March 12. The 44-year-old victim told the police he was sitting on a bench on the northbound platform in the Astor Place station at around 6 a.m. when a man sat beside him and said, “I’m going to kill you if you don’t give me your money.” After getting what he asked for, the suspect reached into his jacket, pulled out the shoe and threw it at the victim, hitting him in the back. The victim alerted a booth clerk, and re-approached the suspect, who had moved up the platform, only to get a shoe hurled at him again.
  • A guy asked a woman for directions in the Second Avenue subway station and then snatched her cellphone on March 17. The 23-year-old victim said that after she gave the suspect directions at around 9:50 p.m., he grabbed her iPhone 4S from her hand. She gave chase but lost the thief on the street.
  • After drinking till closing time at Double Down Saloon on March 18, a 27-year-old from Wisconsin passed out on a subway platform. He woke up four hours later and was missing his cellphone as well as the iPhone that he used for browsing the internet. To add insult to injury, when he awoke and tried to report the crime to a booth clerk at the station she wouldn’t help him out.


  • A 37-year-old woman caught a man swiping her wallet from the counter of City Gourmet at 7 a.m. on March 12. She confronted the thief, and he gave her the wallet back — minus the cash and card.
ourhousebestDaniel Maurer The Village Pourhouse
  • A thief swiped a woman’s purse from the back of her chair at the Village Pourhouse on March 10. She lost a pair of Ray-Ban sunglasses, an iPod and credit cards.
  • A woman realized her wallet was missing while she ate dinner at Otafuku on March 12. A $178 transaction had already been made on her credit card by the time she canceled it.
  • A thief snatched a 26-year-old woman’s iPhone right out of her hand while she ate dinner at La Palapa on March 13, at around 7:40 p.m.
  • An opportunistic thief swiped a 29-year-old woman’s purse, including her cellphone and credit cards, during a 1:30 a.m. melee at La Linea on March 18.
  • A woman’s purse went missing from Webster Hall on Jan. 1. The victim decided to report the crime on March 7 after she was alerted by her bank that she had a negative balance of $5,196 due to the suspect writing numerous bad checks.
UntitledPhillip Kalantzis-Cope Webster Hall
  • A thief was caught stealing stuff from a woman’s purse at Slainte on March 15, but he managed to escape in a getaway van. The 36-year-old victim told the police the suspect set his pea coat on top of her bag at around midnight. When the perp removed his jacket the victim noticed her purse was open and her wallet missing. She confronted the man, who said, “I don’t know what you’re talking about.” He then ran away, hopped in a grey minivan on Second Avenue and escaped, but not before his victim cracked the windshield and noted the license plate.
  • A pair of 22-year-old victims told the police that two men stole their phones on Bowery near East Fourth Street at around 3:20 a.m. The suspects were caught a short time later.
  • Someone stole a band’s equipment on March 17. The 39-year-old victim told the police he had parked his car on Avenue B near East 10th Street at around 3 a.m. Hours later he discovered that his rear passenger window and been broken and his musical equipment was gone.
  • A thief snatched an iPhone from a 28-year-old man at Bowery and East Second Street on March 16 at around 3:15 a.m.


  • A son robbed his own mother on March 10. The 52-year-old victim told the police her son came to visit her in the Jacob Riis Houses and at around 1 a.m. he took her purse from the living room table and fled. The victim tried to stop her son from leaving but he pushed her against a wall and said, “Get out of my way.” She lost $100.
  • A man followed a woman into her apartment building and took her cellphone on March 15. The 20-year-old victim told the police she was at Avenue C near East Ninth Street at around 3:30 a.m. when she first realized the man was following her. He asked her name and she answered, but otherwise tried to ignore him. When she reached her building nearby he barged in behind her, put his hand over her mouth, told her to be quiet and ran her pockets.
  • An undisclosed number of robbers took a woman’s cash and cellphone on March 18 but were later arrested. The 18-year-old victim said the suspects made their move on East 11th Street between Third and Fourth Avenues at around 3:40 a.m. The victim resisted and one of the suspects punched her in the chin.
  • A 25-year-old woman told the police that a man snatched her phone as she was checking directions at Avenue A and East 14th Street at around 8 p.m. on March 18. After a struggle, the robber got away.

Unattended Items

La VieStephen Rex Brown La Vie
  • A woman’s bag was swiped from a couch in La Vie on March 14 at around 1 a.m. When the 23-year-old victim realized her bag was missing she alerted a bartender, who found her bag an hour later, minus an iPhone, cash and credit card.
  • Someone swiped a woman’s purse while she shot pool in Doc Holliday’s on March 15 at around 1:05 a.m. The thief got her iPhone and credit card.
  • Someone swiped cash and credit cards from a man’s jacket inside of The Urge on March 16 at around 2 a.m.
  • Surveillance cameras inside of The Smith restaurant caught a thief digging around in a woman’s purse on March 17 at around 12:30 a.m. The 30-year-old victim had set her purse down on a stool beside her. She lost $200, an iPod Nano, three credit cards and a Blackberry.
  • Someone stole a D.J.’s bag from Affaire on March 17 at around 10:40 p.m.

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