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Attempted Assault on Police Officer

Just after midnight on Thursday, May 3, a police officer responding to a 911 call was flagged down by a 23-year-old young man sitting at a bus stop in front of 2664 Broadway. When the officer lowered his patrol car window to speak to the man, the latter threw a full 16-ounce bottle of Snapple at the officer through the open window, according to the police account. The bottle missed the officer, who then arrested the young man, later identified as Edwin Candelario. Candelario told police he had placed the 911 call, intending to harm an officer so he would be incarcerated and could avoid dealing with numerous personal issues. He was charged with felony assault, dangerous weapons, disorderly conduct other charges.

Man assaulted

A middle-aged man sustained a minor injury when he was cut by an assailant in the early morning of Saturday, April 28. The man told police an unknown individual approached the 51-year-old man at Columbus Avenue and 104th Street at about 3 a.m., demanding “What the f*ck are you looking at?” The older man replied that he was minding his own business when the perpetrator cut his left forearm with what the victim thought might be a knife. The victim refused medical attention at the scene.

Hit with Cane

In a kinder, gentler world, canes would be used for walking, not attacking. At 8 a.m. on Wednesday, May 2, a 43-year-old man was having a dispute with an unknown person at 2508 Broadway when the latter grabbed a cane and hit the 43-year-old in the head, police said. The victim sustained no visible injuries and refused medical treatment.

Shoplifter Arrested

A shoplifter was taken into custody after threatening a grocery store employee. At 12:20 p.m. on Saturday, May 5, a 28-year-old man took a sandwich, pineapple cubes, Orangina and baked goods from the Central Markets store at 300 West 110th Street and tried to leave without paying, according to the police account. When a store employee confronted the alleged shoplifter, the man reached into his front right pocket and displayed a black sharp object, saying, “I will punch you in the neck with this if you don’t get away from me.” Dennis Haddock was soon arrested for criminal mischief and additional charges, police said. Haddock was also found in possession of a crack pipe.

Another Altered Check

After a spate of altered check incidents, police urge the public again to write checks using indelible ink and mail them only at mailboxes inside your local post office. On Monday, April 16, a 56-year-old woman placed a check for $18,000 in a mailbox outside of 15 West 98th Street. She later told police that the intended recipient had never received her check, which an unknown person had intercepted, altered, and cashed.

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