Crime Watch

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Compiled by Megan Bungeroth & Amanda Woods Ride Home Gone Wrong Last Sunday, a 26-year-old woman got into a taxi on East 62nd Street and York Avenue and asked the driver to take her home. The problem arose when the driver said he didn't know how to get to her address on Webster Avenue in the Bronx. The two argued, and the woman demanded to be let out of the cab. As she was exiting, the driver allegedly got out and kicked her in the groin area and left leg, causing bruises and substantial pain. Police arrested the 35-year-old driver when they arrived on the scene. Pushover Robbery Police apprehended and arrested a 32-year-old man last Sunday evening for felony robbery. The man had been following his victim, a 26-year-old woman, as she walked on East 67th Street (she later told police she could tell she was being followed). Before she could get away, the perp threw her to the sidewalk and forcefully grabbed her purse, causing lacerations and bruises on her knees and shoulder. He got away with her purse, which she said contained $517 worth of valuables, but police were able to catch him, and the victim positively identified him before he was arrested. Food Fight Two employees at a Third Avenue Asian restaurant were arguing last Saturday over stolen food. One man accused the other of pilfering food from their place of work and, as the fight escalated, the accuser punched the other man in the face with a closed fist. The 55-year-old victim was taken to Lenox Hill Hospital for treatment, and the 45-year-old assailant was arrested. Prankster on the Loose A 23-year-old woman came home last Sunday to her East 83rd Street apartment to find that she couldn't get into her door. An unknown perpetrator had filled the lock with silicon glue, damaging it and preventing her from using her key. Doggie Debacle Sometimes, even puppy love can go too far. One Upper East Side woman's desire to protect her pooch recently got her into trouble with another passerby. On the evening of May 28, the 55-year-old woman argued with a man she claimed had almost stepped on her dog as she was walking on East 83rd Street near Park Avenue. The dispute escalated into violence when the man punched the woman on her right cheek, bruising her face. The man fled the scene and police are on the lookout for the suspect. Wallet Gone Missing An 18-year-old man was walking on the corner of Third Avenue and East 59th Street on the evening of May 28 when he felt someone bump into him. When he checked his back pocket, he noticed that his $200 Ralph Lauren wallet, containing his New York State learner's permit, Citibank debit card and school MetroCard, was missing. No suspects were found.

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