Police beat: Nov. 20-26

Police are on the hunt for a 43-year-old Brooklyn man wanted in connection with the rape of his girlfriend early on the morning on Nov. 24. The victim, a 42-year-old resident of the Patterson Houses, called police later that night to report that she was raped earlier in the day. She was taken to Lincoln Hospital for treatment.

Bank Robberies
-A suspect ran off with close to $1,500 after a midday bank robbery at Capital One on busy Melrose Avenue on Nov. 19. The man, described as 5 feet 8 inches, 180 pounds, with a goatee and wearing a baseball cap, entered the bank around 3:30 p.m. and passed a note to the teller that announced an armed robbery. The note said he did not intend to hurt anybody, police said, and witnesses reported that he was unarmed. The police are examining security-camera footage retrieved from the scene.
-A would-be bank robber’s second attempt to rob the Emigrant Savings Bank on 149th Street was foiled by a bank teller who refused to read his note, police said. The disheartened suspect ran out of the bank after the teller said “I’m not reading that,” according to police. The incident took place about 2 p.m. on Nov. 20. The suspect, described as 5 feet 10 inches and 190 pounds, is wanted for robbing the same bank in June, when he allegedly made off with $800.

Teens arrested
Police said they apprehended one out of five young men wanted for a robbery inside the lobby of the Mott Haven Houses just after 11 p.m. on Nov. 19. Police report that a group of five males, all in their mid- to late teens, stole an estimated $200 and a Samsung phone. The DA’s office said prosecutors dropped the charges against the suspect, but did not say why.
Three teenagers were arrested in connection with an attempted robbery of a 15-year old walking home from school on the afternoon of Nov. 19. Police said the victim wiggled out of a headlock and approached a stranger on the street for assistance. The victim was able to later identify the suspects, who are all juveniles, according to police.

Thanksgiving Robbery
A livery cab driver was discovered bound and gagged Thanksgiving morning after police impersonators made off with a box of bananas. The cab driver was pulled over just after 2 a.m. by what he assumed was an unmarked police car on the corner of Melrose Avenue and East 154th St. Two men approached the cab, forced themselves inside and drove to a second location on Fulton Avenue in Melrose. Two other men in the imposter police car followed closely behind. Once at the location, the assailants made off with $600 and a box of bananas. A passerby discovered and untied the victim. No arrests have been made.

Family Matters
-Police arrested Jorge Morales, 47 after he stabbed his younger brother and sister Monday evening, Nov. 21. The St. Mary’s Park Houses resident attacked his younger siblings after an argument in their shared apartment. Both the sister and brother were brought to Lincoln Hospital. The sister suffered stab wounds to her legs, while her brother suffered multiple stab wounds to the abdomen. Morales was charged with assault and was released on bail, according to the DA’s office.
-A 17-year-old girl was arrested for allegedly stabbing her sister in a fight over the shower, police said. Dominique Santos, 17, was charged with assault in the second degree after the altercation with her older sister before school on Nov. 19 at a home on East 144th Street, according to authorities. The sister was taken to Lincoln Hospital. Santos pleaded not guilty at her arraignment on Nov. 20, according to the Bronx District Attorney’s office.
-A woman was hit in the head by her cousin with a souvenir bat around noon on Nov. 23 in their apartment on in the Mitchel Houses, police said. The cousin was not arrested. The victim was taken to Lincoln Hospital, according to police.

Domestic Violence
A woman reported that her former boyfriend broke into her apartment on Jackson Avenue and attacked her while she was sleeping on the morning of Nov. 20, police said. The victim said the man – against whom she had an order of protection – slapped and choked her, threw several objects around the apartment and broke them, and then left, according to police. The man left his jacket with his wallet and ID at the scene, police said

Armed Robbery
Two young men robbed a man and a woman at gunpoint in front of the Mill Brook houses on East 137 Street around 10 p.m. on Nov. 25, police said. The suspects demanded the couple’s money, punched them both in the face and took their wallets, which contained $160, according to police.

A man walking down Union Avenue and East 160th Street at 11:50 p.m. on Nov. 25 was approached by a man with a gun, police said. They said the robber took $60, a pair of blue pants, a wallet, credit cards and his phone.

Officer punched
A police officer was assaulted while making an arrest on East 152 Street near midnight on Thanksgiving Day, police said. The officer, who was not identified, was kicked and punched in the left eye. Police arrested Victor Gonzalez, 43, who pleaded not guilty to charges of assault in the second degree and harassment at his arraignment on Nov, 22, according to the DA’s office.

Knife Fight
A man was slashed in the face during a fight on Cortlandt Avenue and East 149th Street at 11:50 a.m. on Nov. 24, according to police. An unidentified man waiting in his car to pick up his girlfriend got into a fight with another man on the street. The second man, Raymond Corchado, took out a knife and slashed the face of the man in the car, than took off in a red Lexus, police said. The victim was taken to Lincoln Hospital with unknown injuries. Corchado was later found and arrested. He was charged with assault in the second degree and he pleaded not guilty at his arraignment, according to the DA’s office. Bail was set at $5,000, the DA said.

Street Fight
A Westchester teen was hit in the face with a bottle, injuring her nose, on Morris Avenue and East 143rd Street around 5 p.m. on Nov. 25, police said. She and her attacker had been involved in a previous altercation and, fearing for her safety, the victim fled the area and was treated for her injuries at Montefiore Medical Center, according to police.

iPhone thefts
-A 27-year-old man reported that 15 iPhones worth $10,000 were missing from a friend’s house at 696 Elton Ave. The victim said he bought the phones on Thanksgiving Day and left them at the home, but found them missing when he returned to collect them two days later. The friend told him that no phones had been left at his apartment, according to the police report.
-Two teenagers were arrested for allegedly stealing an iPhone out of a subway passenger’s bag on the 6 train near Cyprus Avenue about 7 p.m. on Nov. 19, police said. Neither boy has any prior convictions and the crime is seen as one of opportunity, according to police. Both pleaded not guilty at their arraignment, according to the DA’s office. They were charged with grand larceny and possession of stolen property, and released on their own recognizance, the DA’s office said.
-While attempting to hail a cab on 149th Street and Third Avenue in the Hub, a young woman had her iPhone snatched out of her hand by a young man who then took off down the street. The theft occurred around 4:30 a.m. on Nov. 24, police said.

Storage Break-In
An unknown number of people broke into a storage facility at 367 Southern Boulevard and stole clothing and electronics out of people’s storage lockers, police said. The missing items were noticed by the site manager when he made his rounds on the afternoon of Nov. 21.

Tax Return Taken
A 45-year-old woman reported that a friend stole a $26 money order and and an income tax return check for $6,248 from her room at 593 E. 141st St. between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. on Nov 25 while she watched television nearby, police said.