BY MARIA ROCHA-BUSCHEL
Woman scammed by sham MTA employeeA 39-year-old woman reported that she was scammed by a man inside the 28th Street 1 train station on June 22 at 10 a.m. The victim told police that a man approached her while she was trying to buy a MetroCard and told her that the MetroCard vending machine was broken. He then reportedly told her, “I work here, follow me.” The victim said that he opened the exit gate with a key and let her into the station, then told her that she could buy MetroCards from him. The victim then gave the suspect $46 in cash and he gave her three MetroCards that she later learned were empty. The suspect fled before police arrived at the scene.
Tip jar stolen from MomenTeaAn employee at MomenTea reported that someone stole the tip jar from the cafe at 64 Seventh Ave. on Saturday, June 23 around 6:30 p.m. The employee said that he saw a man take the tip jar, which contained about $30, from the cashier counter and run out of the location, fleeing south on Seventh Avenue.
Teen harassed by middle-aged manA 14-year-old boy told police that he was harassed by a man in his 40s after he left work at Chelsea Piers on Wednesday, June 20 around 7 p.m. The victim told police that the man approached him and started a conversation, asking if the victim wanted to make $15,000. He also asked the victim for his cell phone number, which he gave to the suspect, and the man reportedly remained on the same train as the victim until he got off in Brooklyn. Once the victim got home, he said that the suspect started calling and texting him numerous times, asking for the victim to send shirtless photos. No arrests have been made.
Man threatened with knife on W. 43rdA 34-year-old man reported that he was threatened by a woman while in front of 450 West 43rd St. on Wednesday, June 20 at 11:25 p.m. The victim told police that he was walking in front of the building when the suspect, who is a friend of his, displayed a knife and threatened him with it. Police said that the suspect then crossed the street and damaged the victim’s car.
construction workers Fight on W. 19thA 53-year-old construction worker reported that he was assaulted by a coworker inside the construction site at 445 West 19th St. on June 18 at 7:30 a.m. The victim said that he got into an argument with his coworker a few days before on June 15 and on June 18, the coworker punched him from behind. Police were unable to determine the primary aggressor at the time. Both men had injuries on their face and both men refused to press charges, but the older man reportedly changed his story on June 22, wanting the other worker arrested because he had been fired from his job as a result of the fight but the younger man hadn’t been. He told police that the younger man had said that he hated white people.