Police Blotter, Sept. 12, 2013

Officer assaulted at Greenhouse
A police officer was struck by a patron at a notorious Soho club last week.

According to police, Michael Sealey, 24, was observed striking a detective inside the Greenhouse bar and nightclub at 150 Varick St. on Wed., Sept. 4 at about 3 a.m. He was arrested shortly after and charged with three counts of assault. Police said that Sealey resisted arrest, refusing to be handcuffed and flailing his arms and body.

The club has had a number of violent incidents in the past few years, including an incident in which a bar patron smashed a bottle in the face of a 21-year-old woman who was working there.

Bouncer hit with bottle
A man was arrested early Sunday morning for assaulting a bouncer at a Downtown club, according to the N.Y.P.D.

Police arrested Buenaventura Garrido, 29, accusing him of striking a bouncer in the head with a bottle outside the Iron Horse, a bar at the northwest corner of Cliff and Fulton Sts. in the Financial District. The assault took place just after 4 a.m. on Sept. 4. The unfortunate bouncer, 33, told police that Garrido hit him in the head with a glass 12-ounce bottle of beer and then returned to the scene with a knife before he was apprehended.

Police stated that the bouncer refused medical attention on the scene even though he complained of pain in his head. Video footage of Garrido swinging the bottle is available, according to police.

Downtown bikes stolen
A series of bicycle thefts rolled across Lower Manhattan in the past weeks, and one biker was also assaulted.

On Fri., Aug. 30, a man was the victim of a hit-and-ride crime, as he was riding toward the Staten Island Ferry on his way home on a pink bicycle. The man, 65, told police that he was riding southbound on State St. in the Financial District that Friday at 8:35 p.m.

Suddenly, a man struck him in the face with a closed fist, causing him to topple off his bicycle on the corner of Bridge and State Sts. The robber grabbed the fallen bike and rode away on it. He was last seen riding northbound on Broadway. According to the police, the victim did not get a good view of him, so no description is available.

Another two bicycles were stolen right off the rack opposite 250 Vesey St., police said. The bikes, a $1,000 blue Specialized road bike and a $2,500 blue Felt road bike, were left unattended and unsecured on the rack from 4:25 to 6:30 p.m. on Sun., Sept. 1, according to the owner, a 39-year-old New Jersey man. Police said there was no video of the incident available.

A different bicycle burgling incident was caught on camera Tues., Sept. 3. A 42-year-old man told police that his bike was stolen from the southwest corner of Watts and Greenwich Sts. at 6:35 p.m. The bike had been parked on the sidewalk but not chained up when police said a man and woman, both about 30, came by in a red and white box truck, loaded up the bike and took off. The bike was a Babboe City Cargobike valued at $1,500. The duo was caught on multiple surveillance cameras in the area, but had not been apprehended by press time.

A brand new bike went missing on Saturday in Battery Park City, police reported. A Jersey City man, 32, told police that he had locked his bike in front of 1 North End Ave. on Sept. 7 at 2:25 p.m. When he returned for it at 2:45 p.m., the bike was gone. He said he had only purchased the white bike with blue trim one month earlier, for $4,500.

Pet store pocketbook purloined
A pet shop interview went drastically wrong for the employer when the candidate walked out with her interviewer’s wallet instead of a job.

The woman, who owns Petropolis at 91 Washington St., said that she had set up an interview with a potential employee on Thurs., Sept. 5. She said she stepped out of her office at 11:35 a.m. for about three minutes, leaving her belongings alone with the interviewee, Kaka Crespo, whom police say walked away with them.

Police reported that Crespo, 22, could be seen in the security footage reaching into her no-longer-potential-boss’ pocketbook and pulling out the woman’s wallet, containing credit, debit, insurance and social security cards as well as her New York State driver’s license, registration and $80.

iPhone snatchers caught
Police arrested two robbers who were nabbed after attempting an iPhone grab in the South Street Seaport.

Their victim, a 45-year-old man, told police he was walking down the street while talking on his cell on Wed., Sept. 4 from 2 a.m. to 3:40 a.m. The man said he was accosted on the corner of South and Dover Sts. by two people on bicycles, who hit him with an open hand, causing him to drop his phone. One of them scooped it up and rode away.

He contacted the police and a canvass was conducted. Police then arrested Terence Pugh, 21, and a 15-year-old boy for robbery.

— Kaitlyn Meade

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