BY JERRY DANZIG
Punchy PapaRoad rage incidents now appear include strollers. At 6:55 p.m. on Friday, August 24, a 49-year-old man getting off the elevator on the concourse level of the Fulton Street 4 and 5 station was told by a 23-year-old man who was pushing a stroller, “You cut me off with my kids!” The young father then punched the older man, according to police. The victim was treated on the scene by EMS technicians and refused further medical attention, while the father with the stroller fled to parts unknown.
Taxi Passenger ArrestedA man was arrested after hitting below the belt in a dispute with a cabbie. At 8 p.m. on Wednesday, August 22, a 47-year-old male taxi passenger refused to pay for his cab ride, the driver told police. The cabbie said the passenger exited the cab at Park Row and Spruce Street, refused to pay for his $10.30 fare and struck the cabbie in the groin two times. The passenger then ran away, and the cabbie chased him into the building at 30 Park Place, according to account given to police. Jason Walker was subsequently arrested and charged with assault. His explanation to police? “He took me to the wrong place.”
Drummer Pepper-SprayedApparently, a young couple liked a street musician’s cellphone better than his drumming. A man playing drums at the southeast corner of William and Fulton Streets was pepper-sprayed by a man later identified by police as William Martin, 28. When the victim fell to the ground, Martin and a 25-year-old woman, Takira McGee, allegedly kicked and punched him in the face and head. Martin and McGee were arrested by arriving officers on assault charges. Martin was found to be in possession of the victim’s cellphone.
Dolce DoldrumsThere was nothing sweet about a trio of shoplifters who hit up a Dolce & Gabbana store recently. At 2 p.m. on Saturday, August 25, two women and a man entered the designer boutique at 155 Mercer St. and removed merchandise from the second floor. The items stolen included three D&G belts and two bags totaling $5,525.
Tangled WebsterA local Webster store clearly knows the meaning of shoplifting. At 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, August 25, a woman and an accomplice of unstated gender entered the Webster store at 29 Greene St., took a $2,085 Balenciaga handbag off a display shelf, concealed it in a bag and left the store. A search of the neighborhood proved fruitless. The woman apparently had told the store employee, “I’m asking for some socks.”