Man Caught With Fake Check Hid Evidence in His Butt, Police Say

By Danielle Tcholakian on March 20, 2014 9:36am 

 A man arrested for trying to trade in a fake check hid it in his butt while he was being strip-searched at the 6th Precinct, police said.
A man arrested for trying to trade in a fake check hid it in his butt while he was being strip-searched at the 6th Precinct, police said.
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WEST VILLAGE — A man who was caught trying to use a fake check hid the evidence by shoving it up his butt, police said.

Joshua Garner, 19, was arrested at the Bank of America at 36 E. 14th St. on March 5 after he tried to trade the forged check for cash inside the ATM area, police said. A security guard told responding officers that Garner did not have permission to be in the bank because he did not have a Bank of America account.

Police took Garner to the 6th Precinct, where they strip-searched him, uncovering some marijuana stashed under his clothes, in the small of his back, according to court documents.

During the search, an officer saw Garner take a white check from his boxers and "shove" it "up and into his rectum" to stop officers from getting it, according to the police report.

The check had been made out for $710, police said. They were unable to retrieve it.

Garner was charged with trespassing and marijuana possession. His attorney did not immediately respond to a voicemail left for comment.

Other notable incidents in the 6th Precinct include:

► Police were called to the Ninth Street PATH Station on March 11 when a man reportedly exposed himself in front of a teenage girl.

Police arrived about 4:40 p.m. to find a 17-year-old girl who told them that Ivan Garcon, 28, exposed himself to her in a train car. The girl told police she moved to a different car but Garcon followed her.

Garcon was arrested and charged with public lewdness. Garcon's lawyer declined to comment.

► A 30-year-old woman tried to convince staff at the HSBC Bank at 354 Sixth Ave. that she was a 20-year-old man whose bank account had been frozen, police said.

Joyce Diaz walked into the bank on the morning of March 7 with a wallet containing the man's ID, debit card and credit card and told a bank employee that she was the person named on the cards, police said. Diaz said she wanted to have the account unblocked so she could use the account.

Police said the bank employee asked her security questions, which she couldn't answer, and then called the man named on the card. He told the bank employee he lost his card in December 2013, police said.

Diaz was arrested and also confessed to having stolen a cellphone from someone at the restaurant Karavas Place at 162 W. Fourth St., police said.

Diaz was charged with identity theft, criminal possession of stolen property and petit larceny. Information on her attorney was not immediately available.

► A 20-year-old's joyride in a stolen BMW 7 Series came to a halt when he crashed into two parked cars at a Ninth Street parking garage, police said.

Jacob Barashick, 20, confessed to police that he had taken someone else's BMW 7 Series from the parking garage about midnight on March 8, the NYPD said. When he crashed, he tried to run away but was nabbed by a civilian, police said.

Officers patted Barashick down and found a small amount of cocaine in his shirt pocket. They took him to a nearby precinct, where police said he blew a .151 on a Breathalyzer test, well above the .08 legal limit for driving. 

Barashick was charged with criminal mischief, police said. His attorney did not immediately respond to a voicemail left for comment.

► A man pulled over at the Houston Street checkpoint in the early morning hours of March 7 was covered in heroin, police said.

When Lynn Walker, 55, was pulled over at the checkpoint at 334 W. Houston St. about 12:15 a.m., an officer smelled marijuana wafting from the car and saw Walker squirming around in his seat. Walker appeared to be covered in white powder, and when the officer asked what it was, Walker replied that it was heroin, police said. Walker had a suspended license because of a prior drug arrest.

Walker was arrested and charged with tampering with evidence, police said. His attorney did not immediately respond to a voicemail left for comment.

► A young man with a Venezuelan fake ID ripped a lamp off the wall at 675 Bar when he was being kicked out on March 8, police said.

Police said a security guard was trying to get Daniel Gonzalez, 20, out of the bar on March 8 about 2:40 a.m. when Gonzalez ripped the light fixture off of a wall and swung it into the crowd, hitting one of the bar's employees, police said.

Police said Gonzalez tried to run away but the security guard chased him and held him until police showed up.

The bar told police that the damage would cost between $1,400 and $1,800 to repair.

Gonzalez was arraigned on charges of criminal mischief, criminal possession of a forged instrument, reckless endangerment and harassment. Information on Gonzalez's attorney was not immediately available.

► Officers stopped a 33-year-old driver in the Village who was carrying two fake licenses allegedly produced in Queens, police said.

Andre Comini was pulled over in front of 148 Leroy St. about 12:40 a.m. March 9, police said. When police asked to see his driver's license, Comini first gave them a fake Pennsylvania license and then handed over a fake New Jersey license, police said.  Comini then told police he did not have a real driver's license.

Court records indicate Comini told police he got both fake licenses "in Queens someplace."

Comini was arrested and charged with criminal possession of a forged instrument and unlicensed driving. Information on his lawyer was not immediately available.

► Police responded to a fight at the Hangar Bar on Christopher Street about 9:15 p.m. on March 6, where they said Kevin Fleming, 50, bashed a 51-year-old man in the forehead with a pool cue. Police said the victim was taken to Bellevue Hospital.

Fleming was arrested and charged with assault, police said. His attorney did not respond to a voicemail left for comment.

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