Spirit crime watch 1/26

| 21 Jan 2023 | 01:09

    Ex-Boyfriend Breaks into Woman’s Home and Attacks Her

    A 22-year-old woman told police that at 8:30 p.m. on Friday, January 13, her ex-boyfriend entered her residence in the Douglass Houses at 865 Amsterdam Ave. near West 103rd St. using burglar tools. He then kicked her with his feet, causing her visible bruising and swelling. Next he used a hammer to break one of her two iPhone 12’s and threatened to take the other one. The two iPhone 12’s were worth a combined $1,600.

    Police Nab Strangler Boyfriend

    Police stated that at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, January 13, a 46-year-old woman and her 41-year-old boyfriend got into an argument inside 206 West 92nd St. between Broadway and Amsterdam Ave., when he put his hands around her neck, choking her, before slamming her against a door. She received visible injuries to her neck and told police she had almost lost consciousness. Karl Roland was arrested and charged with strangulation.

    Suspect Sought in Douglass Houses Shooting

    According to police, at 6 p.m. on Saturday, January 14, officers responded to a report of an assault in progress inside the Douglass Houses at 845 Columbus Ave. near West 100th St. When police arrived on the scene, they found a 28-year-old man lying in the lobby with a gunshot wound in his left thigh. One bullet fragment was recovered. Police described the victim as being highly uncooperative, and he was transported to Mount Sinai Morningside for treatment. A search of the neighborhood failed to turn up the suspect.

    Senior Victimized by “Daughter in Trouble” Scam

    A 78-year-old woman living on West 90th St. told police that at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, January 12, she received a call from an alleged police officer saying that her daughter had been in a car accident and hit a pregnant woman while texting and driving. The caller said a lawyer named David Bell would call in ten minutes. Bell called and told the woman to put $18,000 cash in a shoebox and a silver Honda would pick it up. He said if she paid in cash the incident wouldn’t go on her daughter’s record. The Honda arrived, and the senior handed the cash to the woman driver. Only later did the victim speak to her daughter and realize that she had been scammed.

    Arrest for Weapon Possession After Tip from Amazon

    A 58 year old man identified as Joseph Coutino was arrested and charged with “criminal possession of a weapon--firearm” after a raid on his apartment at 32 W. 86th St., following a tip to police about suspicious purchases by retailing giant Amazon. Police told one area resident that numerous weapons were seized including guns, flamethrowers and knives. A spokesperson for the DAs office, however, said the “weapons” turned out to be legal air soft guns which are considered a kids toy gun, and “torch props” --as opposed to flamethrowers. He was given a misdemeanor desk appearance ticket for Feb. 7.