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Abusive Husband Arrested

A man was arrested on numerous charges after he allegedly attempted to choke his wife early on Christmas morning, police said. Ulises F. Trinidad 44, of 70 West 93rd Street, was taken into custody after his wife managed to get free from her husband’s grasp shortly after 5 a.m. and ran into the building lobby to ask for help, police said. Trinidad was arrested later in the same day and charged with felony assault, criminal mischief, dangerous drugs and weapons, and other counts.

Unfair Fare

A man arriving at John F. Kennedy International Airport was taken for quite a ride recently. At 11:30 p.m. on Thursday, December 28, a 41-year-old air traveler was approached at the airport by two men who offered him a taxi ride to his destination. The passenger told the drivers where he was headed, and the two men said they knew the location well. The two drivers then took the passenger to 891 Amsterdam Ave. in a black Lexus. When they arrived the passenger tried to pay his fare with $100 in cash. The drivers said that was not enough and the passenger owed an additional $977. The passenger responded he did not have that much cash on him, and the drivers asked if he had a credit card he could use to pay the fare. He said he had a bank card instead, so the pair took him to an ATM inside the TD Bank at 2400 Broadway and waited for him to take out $1,100. The victim told police he did not think he could leave and felt fearful and intimidated, although the drivers had made no overt threats. The passenger paid the drivers the fare they requested, but the police want the pair for questioning.

Shoplifting Turns Violent

A would-be shoplifter was arrested on robbery and assault charges after assaulting two police officers while trying to escape arrest, police said. At 10:10 p.m. on November 22, officers responded to a radio call about a larceny inside the Duane Reade store at 775 Columbus Ave. Officers approached the alleged shoplifter as he was leaving the store, but the perpetrator, later identified as Devon Bratton, 25, head-butted one of the officers on the chest, police said. The other officer grabbed Bratton to keep him from fleeing and both fell to the ground, where Bratton punched and flailed his arms, cutting the second officer’s forehead. That officer was taken to St. Luke’s hospital for treatment, while the first officers refused medical attention at the scene. Bratton, a resident of the 67th Precinct, was arrested and charged with robbery, felony assault, burglary, grand larceny and other counts, police said.

Intercepted Checks

Police again urge the public to write checks using permanent ink or mail them only inside a post office station. At 6 p.m. on Saturday, December 9 and at 4 p.m. on Friday, December 22, a 59-year-old woman mailed four checks using a mailbox located on Springfield Boulevard and 61st Avenue in Queens. She later received a phone call from TD Bank saying that two of the checks had been fraudulently altered and cashed at the TD bank located at 2831 Broadway, one for $8,853.56 and the other for $6,125.71. In addition, a third check had been cashed online for $4,900 and a fourth deposited into a retail account in the amount of $2,488.64. In all, the forged checks totaled $22,367.91.

Forging Former Employee

A man stole money from his previous place of employment, according to police. A manager of Miss Mamie’s Spoonbread Too restaurant at 364 West 110th St. told police that between December 16 and December 28, a former employee had stolen two checks from her office and cashed them for $3,400. She contacted the employee, and he told her that the checks were in an envelope with his name on it posted on the bulletin board so he took them. She replied that she had never put the envelope there or approved such a payment. It was later discovered that the stolen checks had forged signatures of the diner’s payroll bookkeeper, and an employee had seen the perpetrator inside the manager’s office where he was not allowed. The forged checks had been cashed at the PLS check cashing location on Roosevelt Boulevard in Jackson Heights, N.Y.

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