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Two assaults at same UWS building

A 56-year-old man was arrested on assault and other charges following an April 22 confrontation with a person unknown to him, police said. According to the police account, at 9:41 p.m. on that Sunday, the 56-year-old man, later identified as Robin Fuentes, ripped open the shirt of a 48-year-old male stranger inside 316 West 97th St. and then hit him with a wooden mop handle on his head and body, cut the victim’s forehead. Fuentes was later arrested and charged with felony assault, disorderly conduct, harassment, and other offenses.

Two days later, a 55-year-old woman was heading to the elevator inside that same building after slamming a hallway door when a 60-year-old male neighbor complained about the noise, and engaged in a verbal dispute. Then, while the woman was waiting for the elevator, the man went to his room, grabbed a baseball bat, approached the woman and swung at her upper torso, cutting her right elbow, according to the account she gave police. The victim refused medical attention. James Powell was arrested and charged with assault, criminal mischief, disorderly conduct, and additional offenses following the early afternoon incident, police said.

Roach Clipped

It wasn’t enough that a taxi passenger refused to pay his fare; he also got violent. At 4:40 a.m. on Tuesday, April 24, a 59-year-old male cabbie picked up a 24-year-old man at West 117th Street and Lenox Avenue. The passenger asked the cabbie to take him to W. 104th Street and Columbus Avenue. When they arrived at that location, the two men had a verbal dispute, and the passenger refused to pay the driver. The passenger then became aggressive and twice slapped the cabbie in the face. Police were called to the scene, and at the time of his arrest the passenger was found to be in possession of a plastic bag containing 11 small glassine envelopes of marijuana in his left front pants pocket. Robert E. Roach was arrested and charged with robbery, felony assault, disorderly conduct, dangerous drugs and other counts, police said.

Patio Burglary

A patio is usually the site of good times and relaxation but not for one local resident recently. Sometime between 2:06 and 2:20 a.m. on Saturday, April 21, unknown perpetrators entered the back patio of a 38-year-old man living at 710 Amsterdam Avenue using an unknown point of entry. They made off with a number of the man’s belongings, including Ducati motorcycle parts, spotlights, DJ music equipment, plus glassware and trays worth a total of $4,000.

Mailed Check Altered

Police remind the public again to write checks using indelible ink and then mail those checks only at mailboxes located inside your local post office. At 4 p.m. on Tuesday, April 24, a 72-year-old woman living at 235 West 102nd St. received a call from Citibank automatic message stating “fraud account.” The victim later told police that she had written out check for $1,750 on April 15. However, a Citibank representative stated that the victim’s check 504 had been cashed at an unknown location for $9,637.36. The victim subsequently closed her account before opening a new one. She told police she had mailed the check using the mailbox outside the post office at 215 West 104th Street, and apparently a thief had intercepted and altered it.

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