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Car stop cracks
It was a car stop that Irving Mathieu will never forget — the one in which all he and his friends could have received was a ticket if he had just kept his mouth shut and did what he was asked.
Cops said that they pulled over a 1997 Lexus near the corner of Conklin Avenue and Rockaway Parkway at 10:20 p.m. on February 26. The driver was driving without a seat belt, they noted.
But, because the windows in the back were so tinted, they couldn’t see everyone inside so they asked them to lower all the windows.
Everyone did so except 24-year-old Mathieu, who was sitting the back and opened his window just a crack.
The officers repeatedly demanded that Mathieu lower the windows, but he refused. He ultimately went ballistic when the officer threw opened the door and began pulling him out.
Amid curses, Mathieu and a friend, identified as Cecily Arroyo, tried to close the doors on the officers. When the cops finally got them out of the vehicle, they struggled with police as they were handcuffed.
“That’s how cops get shot,” Mathieu threatened, daring the officer to take the cuffs off and fight him. He also threatened to sue.
Cops did not rise to the challenge, instead charging Mathieu with resisting arrest and disorderly conduct, as well as several traffic violations.
Off the wall
Some kids just don’t have any table manners.
A 16-year-old girl was taken into custody last week after she allegedly ripped a light fixture off the wall and began swinging it around during a blow up at a neighborhood McDonalds.
Police said that the young woman was munching away with friends inside the restaurant on Flatlands Avenue and East 76th Street at 4:10 p.m. February 25 when she got into an argument with another patron.
That’s when she threatened to beat up the other person, jumped on the top of the table and ripped the light fixture off the wall.
She then threatened to use it as a weapon, witnesses told police, who took the young woman into custody without incident, charging her with criminal mischief in the fourth degree, menacing and disorderly conduct.
Cigarette hunter busted
A 24-year-old thief was arrested last week when he went into another person’s room in an apparent hunt for cigarettes.
Police were called to the East 78th Street home near Farragut Road just before 5 p.m. on February 25 when one tenant said that another tenant had broken into his room.
The victim reportedly saw the tenant, identified as Randolph Baker, in the first floor hallway right before he went inside the room and found that someone had forced open his door. His cigarettes and jewelry scattered all over the bed.
He also found some damning evidence — Baker’s cell phone.
Baker also had some damning evidence of his own — a handful of the stolen Newport cigarettes in his pocket.
Cops took Baker into custody without incident, charging him with burglary in the second degree, criminal trespass, petit larceny and unlawful possession of marijuana.
Three on one
Cops are looking for three thugs who pounded on a 19-year-old until he gave up his cell phone outside Kings Plaza last week.
The victim said that he was on Avenue U approaching East 55th Street at 3 p.m. on February 28 when the three males attacked him.
The trio punched their victim to the ground and then ripped the cell phone from his grasp, said officials.
Cops are looking for the tunnel rats who dug their way into Sneaker Palace on Rockaway Parkway early Tuesday morning.
Workers told police that an alarm inside the sneaker store went off sometime around 6 a.m. on February 23.
When they investigated the alarm, they learned that someone cut a hole through a back wall. It’s believed that a hacksaw was used to make the hole.
Despite their efforts, the thieves only ran off with just a few boxes of sneakers — only $300 in merchandise was taken, cops were told.
Anyone with information regarding this incident is urged to come forward.
Calls can be made to the 69th Precinct at (718) 257-6211. All calls will be kept confidential.
$12G offered for missing boy
The city is offering $12,000 for any information that will help lead them to a seven-year-old boy who has been missing for nearly a month.
Officials said that Patrick Alford was last seen leaving the lobby of his Vandalia Avenue foster home in Spring Creek at 9 p.m. on January 22 after threatening to run away.
At the time the 4’8”, 65-pound child, was wearing a red T-shirt, blue jeans and black sneakers.
It was first believed that Alford had run off to his biological mother, Jennifer Rodriguez, but the woman was let go after being questioned and undergoing a lie detector test. It was also believed that Alford may have run off to relatives as far away as Baltimore and Florida.
Rodriguez lost custody of Alford after she was arrested for theft and the city’s Administration of Children’s Services (ACS) deemed her to be an unfit caregiver.
Alford was put into foster care until he was placed with his current foster family in Spring Creek.
Cops are asking anyone with information regarding this incident to come forward.
Calls can be made to the NYPD CrimesStoppers hotline at (800) 577-TIPS. All calls will be kept confidential.
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