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Bike Rider Arrested

At 9:45 a.m. on Thursday, February 8, a 68-year-old man struck a 43-year-old man with his bicycle outside 270 Riverside Drive. The victim refused medical attention at the scene, but police said Charles L. Pinsky was arrested the same day and charged with assault, criminal mischief, and related offenses.

Slashing Incident

Yet another argument went from words to wounds. At 7:30 p.m. on Friday, February 9, a 38-year-old man was standing in front of the ISO/IFO Superior Deli & Grocer at 700 Amsterdam Avenue talking to a friend when an individual known to him came up and started arguing, police said. The new arrival then took out a box cutter and slashed the victim across the left side of his head, according to the NYPD’s account. Police searched the area but couldn’t locate the attacker.

Cane Attack

This seems to have been a week for violent arguments. At 2:35 p.m. on Sunday, February 11, a 56-year-old man got into a verbal dispute with a 24-year-old man, an acquaintance, outside 996 Amsterdam Avenue. The dispute escalated when the older man hit the other on the ear with his walking cane, according to a police account. A search of the neighborhood proved fruitless, but officers arrested Rafael Ortiz the following day on charges of felony assault and other counts.

ID Thefts

Two local residents became the latest victims of ID thefts. In the first incident, which occurred between December 1 and February 6 of this year, an unknown perpetrator made multiple purchases, totaling about $15,000, against the Citibank and Capital One checking accounts of a 39-year-old West End Avenue resident by using a cloned card. The unauthorized transactions were made both in New York City and elsewhere. The woman was victimized again on February 6 when an unknown person removed checks from her checkbook. The woman had a guest staying at her place, and it was not known at the time of the police report if the checks had been cashed.

In a second recent ID theft incident, which occurred between February 3 and February 5, an unknown person made copies of checks belonging to a 46-year-old 87th Street resident and used his personal information to steal approximately $3,900, police said. The victim told police that the name used on the checks was Tre‘von Allen. The resident discovered the theft when he was checking his online banking account at home; he noticed the unauthorized transaction and notified his bank.

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