Bike Thief Punched Victim in Face Mid-Ride and Stole Wheels, Cops Say
LOWER MANHATTAN — A man biking in the Financial District was punched in the face and thrown off his ride by a thief who sped away with the bicycle, police said.
The 65-year-old victim told officers he was riding down State Street, toward the Staten Island Ferry Terminal, on Aug. 30 at about 8:30 p.m., when a man suddenly walloped him in the face. The blow knocked the victim off his bike, and within moments, the thief grabbed the bicycle and rode north on Broadway, police said.
The victim was taken to Downtown Hospital.
Police were still investigating the crime as of Wednesday.
Other notable crimes in this week's NYPD blotter in the 1st Precinct include:
► A man was arrested for threatening the bouncer of the Iron Horse bar at 32 Cliff St. with a knife and hitting him with a glass beer bottle, according to police reports.
Buenaventura Garrido allegedly tossed a cooler through a glass door at the bar on Sept. 8 before returning to threaten the bouncer with a knife at about 4 a.m, according to his criminal complaint.
Garrido was hit with several misdemeanor charges, including assault, criminal possession of a weapon and harassment. Reps at Iron Horse did not immediately return requests for comment. Information for Garrido's attorney was not immediately available.
► A man was arrested for punching an NYPD detective in the face at troubled club Greenhouse about 4 a.m. on Sept. 4. According to police reports, Michael Sealey, 24, attacked the detective at the 150 Varick St. hotspot, and then resisted arrest by flailing his arms and twisting his body. The detective's face was left bruised and swollen, police said.
► A man had his $4,500 Giant-brand bicycle stolen after locking it up in Battery Park City, outside of 1 North End Avenue on Sept. 7. The 32-year-old told cops that when he returned to his bike about 2:30 p.m., his white and blue ride, along with his lock, were gone.
► Two unlocked bikes were snatched from a rack outside of 250 Vesey St. on Sept. 1 between 4:45 p.m. and 5:30 p.m., police said. The 39-year-old owner of the $2,000 Felt road bike and another $1,000 bike told officers he left them at the rack while he watched a movie, and when he returned, they were missing.
► A tourist from London had her leather handbag and iPhone 5 stolen as she sat at the bar of SoHo restaurant Peep on Sept. 3 about 9:15 p.m. The 30-year-old told officers that as she sat inside the eatery at 177 Prince St., a man repeatedly bumped into her without apologizing. The man soon ran out of the restaurant, and she realized that her bag, which contained her iPhone 5, was missing.