Pier 40 pack snatch
A young man was mugged on Tues.,
Aug. 13, near 353 West St., at Pier 40
on the West Side, according to police.
Around 10:20 p.m., an 18-year-old
man was walking at the W. Houston St.
pier, when a group of men surrounded
him and demanded his property. The
victim tried to fl ee, but he was assaulted,
and the group took his backpack
containing personal property.
The perps fl ed in an unknown direction.
The victim had minor injuries
from the incident. Anyone with information
should contact Crime Stoppers.
Could kick himself
Two male friends were inside a residential
building at 202 W. 24th St., between
Seventh and Eighth Aves., when
one punched the other in the face,
causing swelling and bleeding to his
right eye, nose and mouth, according
caused subway panic
BY LINCOLN ANDERSON
Police said they had made an arrest
Saturday morning of a homeless
man in connection with Friday’s
incidents where two rice cookers were
left in the Fulton St. subway station and
another one was left in Chelsea.
Larry Griffi n, 26, originally from
West Virginia, was collared in a Bronx
apartment after police responded to
a call for “an apparent overdose,” the
New York Post reported. A second
man was also taken into custody there,
the Post said.
Police said Griffi n was charged with
three counts of placing a false bomb in
the second degree.
One rice cooker was left on the platform
of the 2 and 3 lines at the Fulton
St. station in Lower Manhattan and another
was left on the mezzanine level.
Police were notifi ed by a 911 call of the
cookers around 7 a.m. As the Bomb
Squad responded, straphangers were
sent scrambling and the morning commute
to a police report. There was no reason
given why the assailant, 33, punched
his pal, 49, who refused medical attention.
The attacker was searched by police
and found to be in possession of an
alleged controlled substance, individually
bagged glassine envelopes, a scale
with residue and a hypodermic needle
Gilroy Rogers was arrested for felony
criminal possession of a controlled substance.
A harassment violation was fi led after
an incident on Aug. 15 at Crunch
Gym, at 220 W. 19th St., between Seventh
and Eighth Aves., police said. According
to a report, a 40-year-old man
told police that last Thursday, at 5:15
p.m., another guy, 50, shouldered him
“with the intent to annoy, threaten and
alarm” him. The victim said the other
man had been verbally harassing him
over the past year, and told him, “You
think you are so entitled.” There were
no injuries reported from the incident.
and Lincoln Anderson
A third rice cooker was found about
an hour later in Chelsea, at W. 16th St.
and Seventh Ave., reportedly near a
Police determined all three devices
were safe. As they were searching for
the suspect, cops released photos of
Griffi n in the Fulton St. station with a
shopping cart allegedly containing one
of the cookers.
According to news reports, he has
previous arrests in West Virginia for
drug and weapons possession and also
for showing a sexual video to a minor.
The Post reported that the video “involved
him having sex with a chicken.”
The tabloid quoted a West Virginia
police source saying, “There is some
type of deviant behavior there, obviously.
In technical terms, there’s something
that ain’t right with him.”
Three years ago, a pressure cooker
bomb that was left by an Islamic terrorist
in Chelsea on W. 23rd St. between
Sixth and Seventh Aves. exploded,
injuring 31 people. A second similar
undetonated device was found four
A delivery guy was robbed of his
bicycle at gunpoint in the Chinatown
area on Thurs., July 25, police said.
Around 9:45 p.m., the victim was
approached in front of 120 Walker St.
by a male and female who demanded
his bike while displaying a silver fi rearm.
The female rode off with the bike
and the male fl ed with a third person in
an unknown direction. There were no
Anyone with information should
call the Police Department’s Crime
Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS
(8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA
(74782). Tips can also be submitted on
the Crime Stoppers Web site at WWW.
on Twitter @ NYPDTips. All tips are
strictly confi dential.
Seeking cell phones
Police said a group of young toughs
have been mugging solitary males in
the early-morning hours in the Downtown
area and also on the Upper West
Side and in Central Park.
On Fri., Aug. 2, around 3:50 a.m.,
a 22-year-old male victim was walking
near Bowery and Delancey St. when
the group approached and pushed
him down the subway staircase.
They punched him several times, took
his cell phone and fl ed. The victim was
transported to Beth Israel Hospital in
Police said that on Wed., Aug. 7,
around 4 a.m., the same group of several
males mugged a 25-year-old in front
of 150 Lafayette St. They approached
and one asked him for the time, after
which they proceeded to punch and
kick him in the body before snatching
his phone and AirPods. They fl ed up
Lafayette. The victim was uninjured.
The same perps, police said, mugged
a 20-year-old at 66th St. and Central
Park West on Wed., Aug. 7, around 5:05
a.m., knocking him to the ground and
kicking him, and stealing his phone.
Ten minutes later, they assaulted another
man in Central Park on the West
Drive, knocking him to the ground and
stealing his wallet and backpack.
Anyone with information is asked to
call the Crime Stoppers Hotline.
Chelsea woman dies
after pickup-truck hit
BY LINCOLN ANDERSON
A Chelsea woman died of her injuries
on Tuesday after being
hit by a turning pickup truck
three days earlier.
Police said Melissa McClure, 67, of
117 W. 15th St., and another woman,
age 59, were crossing W. 15th St. at
Sixth Ave., in the west crosswalk, from
north to south, on Sat., Aug. 10, around
9 p.m., when they were hit by the front
of the vehicle, knocking them down.
Police said the blue 2011 Chevrolet
Silverado was traveling up Sixth Ave.
and trying to make a left turn onto
westbound 15th St.
Offi cers found both women with
head trauma. E.M.S. responded and
transported both victims to Bellevue
Hospital. The younger woman was
treated for a laceration to the back of
the head and was in stable condition.
McClure was admitted in critical
condition and succumbed to her injuries
on Tues., Aug. 13.
The pickup truck’s driver remained
at the scene and was not injured. There
are no arrests and the investigation remains
The Daily News reported that Mc-
Clure grew up in Mississippi and moved
to New York in her early twenties. She
attended Parsons School of Design and
later worked in fashion. She had two
cats, Momo and Sriracha, who lived
with her at her apartment in Chelsea.
The News ID’d the other woman who
was hit as McClure’s sister, who was
Two days before McClure was hit,
Iris Crespo, a 77-year-old Upper West
Sider was fatally struck by a yellow cab
when she was crossing in the crosswalk
at W. 22nd St. at Eighth Ave.
On Aug. 5, Michael Collopy, 60, of
170 W. 23rd St., succumbed to his injuries
after he was hit by a cyclist on
July 31 while standing in the bike lane
at Sixth Ave. and 23rd St. The cyclist
did not remain at the scene.
On June 24, Robyn Hightman, a
20-year-old bike messenger, was killed
near the same spot as Collopy when the
cyclist was hit by a truck while riding in
traffi c at Sixth Ave. and W. 23rd St.
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