Crook swipes cash from register
after breaking into Village café
BY EMILY DAVENPORT
The NYPD is looking for a crook who
swiped cash from a Greenwich Village
cafe last month.
According to police, at 6:15 a.m. on Dec.
12 an unknown man entered Café Reggio,
located at 119 MacDougal St., through a
secured front door. Once inside, the suspect
took $125 in cash from the register.
The suspect then fl ed the scene on foot
to parts unknown.
PHOTO COURTESY OF THE NYPD
Mom takes daughter with
her on fatal plunge off Hell’s
Kitchen apt. building
BY ROBERT POZARYCKI
Detectives continue to investigate
the tragic deaths of a mother and
her fi ve-year-old daughter who
took a deadly plunge on Sunday off the top
of a 12-story apartment building in Hell’s
Kitchen in an apparent murder-suicide.
Oksana Patchin, 39, and her daughter
Olivia, 5, fell to their deaths from the roof
of the building located at 540 West 53rd
St. at about 1:45 p.m. on Jan. 10.
According to the New York Post, the
Patchins, who resided on Eastern Parkway
in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn, were visiting
friends at the location. It was reported
that Oksana had asked for access to the
roof, and security cameras nearby spotted
her grabbing Olivia and jumping from the
top of the building.
Offi cers from the Midtown North Precinct,
in responding to a 911 call, found
the two victims on the pavement unconscious
and unresponsive, with severe body
Paramedics rushed them to Mount
Sinai West Hospital, where they were
Police sources said that no suicide note
was left at the scene, but Oksana Patchin
Scammer sought for allegedly swindling
senior in Kips Bay in jailed relative ruse
BY ROBERT POZARYCKI
Detectives hope the public can
help them fi nd a woman who
participated in a phone scam that
targeted a Kips Bay senior and caused her
to lose thousands of dollars in cash.
The NYPD released on Jan. 13 an
image of the female suspect involved in
the Dec. 22, 2020 caper, which began
at about 11 a.m. when the 79-year-old
woman was contacted at her home in the
area of East 31st Street and Lexington
Cops said she received a phone call
from an unidentifi ed man who claimed
that a family member had been arrested,
Cops released photos of the suspect, who
is described as a man between the ages of
30 and 40 years old, taken from the scene
of the crime during the incident:
Anyone with information in regard to
this incident is asked to call the NYPD’s
Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS
(8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA
(74782). The public can also submit their
tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers
website or on Twitter @NYPDTips. All
calls are strictly confi dential.
and that she needed to provide the bail
money for his release. The NYPD said
it’s an all too common scam used by con
artists to swindle individuals, particularly
senior citizens, out of their hard-earned
Law enforcement sources said the
caller instructed the victim to provide
the money to a female courier, who would
come to her residence later in the day to
pick it up.
Soon after the call was received, cops
said, the courier showed up at the victim’s
home. After the victim provided her with
about $5,000 in cash, the suspect fl ed the
scene in an unknown direction.
The incident was later reported to the
As part of their investigation, police
retrieved security camera footage taken
near the victim’s apartment which showed
the female courier walking through the
She’s described as being between 20
and 30 years of age, and wearing a light
blue surgical mask, a blue jacket, light
blue gloves, blue jeans and black boots.
Anyone with information regarding
her whereabouts can call Crime Stoppers
at 800-577-TIPS (for Spanish, dial
888-57-PISTA). You can also submit tips
online at nypdcrimestoppers.com, or on
Twitter @NYPDTips. All calls and messages
are kept confi dential.
PHOTO BY FACEBOOK
Oksana Patchin, 39, fell to her death
with her five-year-old daughter, Olivia,
from the roof of a Hell’s Kitchen
building on Jan. 10, 2021.
had a prior history of mental illness.
If you or someone you love is experiencing
or expressing suicidal thoughts, call
the National Suicide Prevention Hotline
The female suspect involved in the Dec.
22, 2020 grand larceny.
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