Man's Skull Bashed In After Birthday Party at SoHo's W.I.P. Club, Cops Say
SOHO — A 27-year-old man out celebrating his birthday had his skull bashed in — and $1000 stolen — after leaving SoHo hotspot W.I.P last week, police said.
The young man had spent the night of April 26 drinking with several pals, who told police they all headed to the 34 Vandam St. nightclub, the infamous site of singer Chris Brown and rapper Drake’s alleged bottle-throwing brawl last June over their relationships with Rihanna.
The group of friends, who had reserved a table at the club partied until 4 a.m. without any problems. But once the friends — along with about 500 other clubgoers — exited the bar at closing time, they were all split up, according to police reports.
A pal soon found the dazed, alleged victim, standing on the corner of Varick and Spring St., his face covered in blood.
When he asked what happened, the young man just said, “I want to go home.”
The friend hopped into a cab with his bleeding pal and sped to New York Downtown Hospital. According to police reports, the man has no recollection of what happened after he left W.I.P. All he remembers is waking up in the hospital. Police said he was found with $1000 missing.
A New York Downtown doctor told cops that the right side of the man’s skull was fractured — and the injury was likely caused by “the heel of an unknown person kicking in his head.”
Cops said the alleged victim needs reconstructive surgery, and he may lose sight in his right eye.
Police are still investigating the matter.
Other notable crimes in this week's NYPD blotter in the 1st Precinct include:
►A man stole a $12,440 watch from the Porsche Design store at 465 West Broadway on Sunday afternoon. Police said the man lifted the glass display case, took the black Indicator Chrono ETA watch and concealed the pricey timepiece in his pocket. He then attempted to wipe fingerprints off the display before exiting through the front door.
►A 66-year-old guest at the Trump Soho hotel had his computer bag — and $3,240 worth of electronics — stolen after leaving his luggage with the bellhop in the lobby on May 1. Police said a man grabbed the bag containing an Apple MacBook Pro computer, an iPad and an Amazon Kindle 3G, then fled out of the swanky hotel at 246 Spring St.
►A woman stole a $2,920 bag from the Louis Vuitton store at 116 Greene St., at about 11 a.m. last Thursday. Police said the woman snatched the brown “Artsy” handbag from a table, concealed it under her clothes, then walked out of the store.
►A 35-year-old woman had her wallet, which contained $2,900, stolen out of her bag while she shopped at clothing store New York & Company on Nassau Street, police said. She told police she left her purse on the store counter on Friday at about 6 p.m., walked away, and later discovered her money was missing.
►A 15-year-old had his $500 Nikon D3100 camera stolen as shopped at SoHo shop KIOSK at 95 Spring St. on Friday evening, police said. The teen told police one man approached him, and tried to grab the camera. When he wouldn’t let go, another man appeared, and reached for his waistband, intimating that he had a gun. That’s when, fearing for his safety, the victim turned over the camera, cops said. The two men then fled the store.
►A 30-year-old woman had her wallet stolen out of her bag on Friday evening at Financial District restaurant Delmonicos while she dined at her table, police said. The woman told police the thief charged $1,500 on her credit card at clothing store T.J. Maxx, though she wasn’t sure of the location.