Police Blotter: February 8, 2017
KILLED IN HARLEM
Police found a 22-year-old man with a gunshot wound to his head on January 25 at around 8 p.m. outside of 218 St. Nicholas Avenue, between West 120th and 121st Streets. The man was transported by EMS to St. Luke’s Hospital, where he was declared dead on arrival, police said. The victim’s name was withheld pending family notification and the investigation is continuing, according to the NYPD.
THREE YEAR OLD BOY’S DEATH A HOMICIDE
Police have ruled an incident where a three-year-old boy died in August a homicide. On August 3, Caleb Rivera was found outside his Jefferson Houses home at 2215 First Avenue at East 114th Street in distress and with bruising on his body, police said. Police responded at around 6 p.m. alongside EMS, who brought Rivera to Metropolitan Hospital, according to police. The boy was later transferred to Cornell Medical Center where he died on August 5 at around 12:30 p.m., said police, who indicated the investigation is ongoing.
MASSAGE PARLOR MUGGER
A man was looking for cash, not comfort, when he robbed the Wellness Massage Spa at 232 East 80th Street on January 20 at around 3:30 p.m., police said. According to police, the suspect entered the massage parlor, brandished a knife, and demanded money from a 40-year-old female. The suspect was able to make off with $200 and there were no injuries from the incident, police said.
Police released photos of the suspect, whom they describe as a black male, last seen wearing a gray knit cap, a white T-shirt, a blue jacket with the letter R on the back, blue jeans, and white sneakers with black soles and laces.
BRUTAL BAG SNATCH
Police arrested 18-year-old Souleymane Diaby and charged him with second-degree robbery for an incident at around 3 a.m. on January 26. Police said Diaby, an Upper West Sider, allegedly approached a 72-year-old female in front of 2788 Broadway between West 107th and 108th Streets, and grabbed her purse. When the victim resisted, Diaby allegedly punched her in the face several times before taking her purse with $250, an iPhone, and credit and debit cards, according to police. Police said the suspect fled eastbound on West 107th Street while the victim was transported to St. Luke’s hospital for cuts to her mouth and bruises to her face. She was later released.
A man is wanted for yelling, “I have a bomb and am not afraid to die,” aboard a northbound 6 train on January 5 at around 6 p.m., police said. According to police, the 6 train was heading north from the 86th Street station when the man made the terror threat that caused panic among passengers aboard. The man fled the train and there were no reported injuries, police said.
Police released a sketch of the suspect, whom they describe as an Hispanic male, 25 to 35 years old, between 5’5” and 6’, and last seen wearing a black coat, blue jeans, and a knit hat.
SHOT IN THE HEAD
Police have arrested and charged Malachi Colon, a 21-year-old East Harlem resident, with second-degree murder, criminally negligent homicide, criminal use of a firearm, and criminal possession of a weapon. According to police, Colon allegedly shot Natalie Vasquez, a 24-year-old East Harlem resident, on December 9 at around 2 a.m. Vasquez was found inside the King Tower Houses apartment complex at 1370 Fifth Avenue, between West 112th and 115th Streets, with a gunshot wound to her head. She was declared dead at the scene, police said.
CENTRAL PARK MENACE
(Central Park Precinct)
Shaiquisse Mont, 20, was arrested and charged with robbery, assault, and an attempted criminal sex act in connection with an incident on January 19, police said. At around 3:45 p.m., Mont allegedly approached a female victim walking in Central Park at around West 109th Street and Central Park West and grabbed her by the neck, took her to the ground, and demanded money, according to police. Police said the victim said she had no money and the suspect instead took her phone. Afterwards, Mont allegedly pulled down his pants and demanded the victim perform a sex act on him, police said. Two good Samaritans came to the victim’s aid when she screamed and chased the suspect, who managed to get away fleeing northbound.
Iyonjah Cox, 15, was reported missing and last seen on January 31 at around 7:30 a.m. leaving her home at 240 West 65th Street.
Police released a photo of Cox, whom they describe as a black female, approximately 5’5” and 125 pounds, and last seen wearing blue Timberland work boots and black pants, with her hair in a ponytail.
Police are also looking for 11-year-old Josiah Dejesus, who was reported missing and last seen on February 7 at around 10 a.m. inside his 230 East 115th Street home.
Police released a photo of Dejesus (available at manhattanexpressnews.nyc), whom they describe as a black male, 4’5”, 80 pounds, with brown eyes and black hair, and last seen wearing a black baseball cap, a blue jacket, and black sneakers.
LOCAL POLICE CONTACTS
Midtown North Precinct
306 West 54th Street
Midtown South Precinct
357 West 35th Street
167 East 51st Street
153 East 67th Street
120 West 82nd Street
162 East 102nd Street
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520 West 126th Street
Central Park Precinct
86th Street and Transverse Road