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Teenager Mugged

A teenager experienced a frightening incident on the street. At 7 a.m. on Monday, January 8, a 16-year-old male youth was walking on West End Avenue at West 80th Street when he was approached from behind by a perpetrator who placed a sharp object in his back and said, “Give me your money.” The victim gave the robber $10, and the thief fled northbound on West End Avenue. The victim refused medical attention at the 24th Precinct.

Bad Bill, Bad Guy

A young man was arrested after trying to pass a counterfeit bill. At 12:20 a.m. Tuesday, January 9, a 22-year-old man ordered $13 worth of food at the Curry King restaurant located at 942 Columbus Avenue. He gave the cashier a $50 bill, and the cashier gave him change but then asked for it back after a counterfeit pen indicated that the $50 bill was fake, police said. The perpetrator said, “Don’t follow me; I’ll kill you!” and then kicked the cashier in the leg. The man left the store and got into a black BMW 535 occupied by three other men. The intrepid cashier took a photo of the car’s license plate, however, and Matthew Wiggins-Hickson was subsequently arrested and charged with burglary, grand larceny, possession of burglar’s tools, criminal mischief, forgery and other harges, police said.

Knife Strife

Two men got the better of a middle-aged man and a Good Samaritan who tried to help him. At 9 p.m. on Thursday, January 11, a 56-year-old man trying to buy a MetroCard at the Cathedral Parkway subway station at 110th Street and Central Park West was approached by two men who asked him for cigarettes, according to police. The man said no, and the two bad guys started going through his bag. When the man tried to call police, one of the two malefactors displayed a knife while the other took the man’s phone. A witness confronted the pair outside the station but was also threatened with by the knife-wielding man. Police searched the area but couldn’t find the pernicious pair, and the phone couldn’t be tracked.

Assault ARREST

At 6:05 a.m. on Thursday, January 11, a 31-year-old man was arrested on felony assault charges after he struck a 48-year-old male acquaintance multiple times on his left arm and leg with a metal pipe, causing contusions, police said. The attacker, later identified as Emmanuel J. Ayer, also destroyed the victim’s groceries with the pipe. The weapon was later recovered by the arresting officer at the location, 319 West 94th Street.

Biter Fighter

Police recently nabbed a violent shoplifter. At 9:15 a.m. on Monday, January 8, an employee in the CVS Pharmacy at 2495 Broadway saw a man in his 20s take makeup items from store shelves before leaving the location without paying, according to a police account. A second employee followed the shoplifter outside, where the miscreant pushed the employee and then took off. Both employees caught up to the man and tried to hold him while they called 911. During a scuffle the man punched, kicked and tried to bite the employees in an effort to break free, police said. The employees prevailed, however, and David Ventura, 28, was arrested and charged with felony assault, burglary, grand larceny, criminal mischief and trespass, and other charges, police said.

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