There was an attempted robbery at
the Chase Bank at 340 Sixth Ave., police
On Tuesday, Oct. 15, at 2 p.m., a man
approached a window in the bank and
held up a sign that read, “2000 large
bills,” police said.
No money was turned over to the
would-be thief, and the man fl ed southbound
on Sixth Avenue.
Police searched the area with negative
results, but three days later, Spencer
Heelan, 32, was arrested for the attempted
— Gabe Herman
Phone thief harasses victim
A man had his cellphone stolen at the
corner of Sullivan and Bleecker streets,
according to police.
On Tuesday, Oct. 15, around 10:50
p.m., the 24-year-old male victim was
on his cellphone in front of 165 Bleecker
St. when he said he was approached
by a man who started to argue with
When the victim tried to walk away
from the man, the stranger ran up to
him and pushed him against a wall, police
The suspect then took the victim’s
Crook sought for pilfering offi ce
Cops are looking for the thief who
recently pilfered the offi ce of an East
Law enforcement sources said the
larceny occurred at 3:15 p.m. on Oct.
1. at the New York Sports Club at 20
According to police, the perpetrator
allegedly entered the offi ce and
took a wallet belonging to a 32-yearold
woman, which also contained
several credit cards. He then bolted
from the scene.
Authorities said the suspect later
cellphone, valued at over $1,000, from
his hand, according to police.
The victim asked for his phone back
but the man refused and walked away.
The victim suffered redness and pain
to his right elbow from being pushed
and went to the bar JoJo’s Philosophy at
169 Bleecker St. to get help.
The alleged robber followed him inside.
Bouncers escorted the suspect out
of the location.
Renato Pareja, 31, was arrested that
day for felony robbery
— Gabe Herman
made several attempts to charge items
to the cards, but was unsuccessful.
Police released surveillance images
of the man wanted for grand larceny
in the 9th Precinct, and anyone with
information about his identity can
call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS
(for Spanish, dial 888-57-PISTA),
visit the Crime Stoppers website,
nypdcrimestoppers.com, or send a
direct message on Twitter @NYPDTips.
All calls and messages are kept
— Gabe Herman
9/11 victim identified through DNA
The 1,645th person killed in the 9/11 attacks at the World Trade Center
in 2001 has been identifi ed, according to the City’s Offi ce of Chief Medical
On Friday, Oct. 18, OCME announced that it has identifi ed a man through
DNA testing of remains recovered in 2001. The man’s name is being withheld
at the request of his family, however.
The identifi cation is the third to happen in 2019 — the other two were
announced in June (a man) and in July (a woman). Their names were also
The OCME’s discovery is part of an effort, which started in 2011, to identify
all 2,753 people reported missing from the disaster. There are still 1,108 victims
(40 percent) who remain unidentifi ed.
— Shaye Weaver
on 34th Street
Police are looking for a man wanted
for a break-in at the Smile To Go restaurant
on Friday, Oct. 18.
Around 7:15 p.m., offi cials say a man
entered through a side door of the eatery
at 22 Howard St.
Once inside, the man allegedly entered
the restaurant’s offi ce and took
$200, before fl eeing in an unknown
— Gabe Herman
Police are asking for the public’s help
in fi nding an assailant who attacked a
man at a Midtown subway station and
left him with a fractured skull.
At 12:30 p.m. on Oct. 3, authorities
said, the suspect punched a 28-year-old
man in the face during an argument
inside the 34th Street and 8th Avenue
subway station mezzanine.
According to police, the blow
knocked the 28-year-old off his feet
and caused him to fall to the ground.
During the fall, the victim struck his
head on a station handrail, causing him
to black out.
Police said that the assailant then
ran out of the subway station in an unknown
The victim later sought medical attention
at Good Samaritan Hospital in
West Islip, New York. Once admitted,
he was found to have a fractured skull
and brain swelling.
The incident was reported to the
14th Precinct. Police offi cers were unable
to give an update to the victim’s
Anyone with information in regard
to the identity of this male is asked
to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers
Hotline at 800-577-TIPS (8477) or for
Spanish, 888-57-PISTA (74782). The
public can also submit their tips by logging
onto the Crime Stoppers website,
nypdcrimestoppers.com, or on Twitter
All calls and messages are kept confi
— Alejandra O’Connell-Domenech
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