Man Caught on L Train With Box Cutter and Someone Else's Wallet, Police Say

By Danielle Tcholakian on April 2, 2014 4:10pm 

 Officers roused a sleeping man on an L train only to discover he was carrying a box cutter, police said.
Officers roused a sleeping man on an L train only to discover he was carrying a box cutter, police said.
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GREENWICH VILLAGE — Officers who roused a sleeping man on an L train discovered that he was carrying a box cutter and someone else's wallet, police said.

Police said they spotted Anthony Syville, 62, asleep, stretched out across several seats on an L train near Eighth Avenue in the middle of the afternoon on March 31.

They woke him and found a wallet in his right front jacket pocket with two debit cards and an ID card belonging to someone else, and a box cutter in his left jacket pocket.

Syville was arrested about 2:50 p.m. and charged with criminal possession of a weapon, police said. His attorney did not immediately respond to a voicemail left for comment.

Other notable incidents in the 6th Precinct include:

► Police stopped a young man riding a Citi Bike on the sidewalk and found out he had stolen it, they said.

Jafar Ashshaheed, 18, was caught on the sidewalk at Washington Place and Washington Square East at 2:59 p.m. on March 28, and was arrested on charges of criminal possession of stolen property.

Police said the bike was supposed to be docked at a station at West Broadway and Spring Street.

Police said Ashshaheed told them his friend Vinnie gave him the bike and told him he had 10 more minutes on it. He told police he doesn't have a Citi Bike card or account, according to court documents.

But a Citi Bike employee told police that no one named Vinnie had checked out the bike.

Ashshaheed's attorney, Andrew Whitcup, said he expects the charges to be dropped.

"It's likely that Jafar was stopped unlawfully in the first place," Whitcup said. "But in any event, he certainly isn't guilty of a crime."

► Jeff Prevot, 31, was arrested on drunken driving charges at Sixth Avenue and West 11th Street, police said.

Police said they spotted Prevot failing to signal while changing lanes in his black 2001 Acura about 4:30 a.m. on March 27. When they pulled the car over, they smelled alcohol on his breath and said his eyes were watery and he was slurring his words. He refused to take a breathalyzer test, police said. He was charged with a DWI.

His attorney did not respond to a voicemail left for comment.

► Robert Johnson, 49, and Thomas Wilson, 28, were spotted "casing" Bill's Bar and Burger at 22 Ninth Ave. about 5:55 p.m. on March 28, police said.

Officers said they saw the pair chatting, then after a few minutes, Johnson went into the building through a basement door while Wilson lingered at the top of the basement door "looking around constantly," turning his head from side to side.

Police said they asked them what they were doing, and the men couldn't give a reason for being in the restaurant and mentioned trying to steal from the restaurant. Police said Johnson has committed other burglaries in the area and had two active warrants.

Both men were arrested and charged with burglary, police said. Johnson's attorney did not respond to a voicemail left for comment, and Wilson's attorney could not immediately be reached.

► Police said they found Kareem Ousmane, 34, asleep on a bench about 2:35 p.m. on March 29 inside the PATH station at 510 Sixth Ave. When they woke him up, he started throwing punches at the officers, until an officer pepper sprayed him, police said. When police searched him, they found a small bag of what they believed to be cocaine.

Ousmane was arrested and charged with assault. His attorney did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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