Men Booted From Union Square's Coffee Shop Return to Steal Cash, Police Say

By Heather Holland on May 6, 2014 5:44pm 

 A man was arrested after he was chased down by a bus boy for stealing cash from the bar.
A man was arrested after he was chased down by a bus boy for stealing cash from the bar.
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UNION SQUARE — Two people who were kicked out of Coffee Shop after they refused to order food later returned to steal money from the bar, the NYPD said.

Germaine Parham, 21, and another man were told to leave the cafe and bar at 29 Union Square West, but they returned at 10:25 a.m. on May 4, lifted cash from the bar and fled, police said.

The restaurant's bus boy chased Parham, while a manager flagged down police officers who were driving by, police said.

Police caught up with Parham at Ninth Street and Fourth Avenue and arrested him, but not before he attacked the officers, biting and spitting at them and throwing an officer's cellphone on the ground, police said.

Parham was charged with assault of a police officer and resisting arrest, according to court documents.

He is due back in court on May 9. His attorney did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The other man who was with him had not been arrested as of Tuesday.

Other notable crimes that occurred in the 13th Precinct include:

► A man was arrested for trying to break into Mira Sushi & Izakaya at 46 W. 22nd St. near Sixth Avenue, police said.

Police spotted 52-year-old Roderick Capehart trying to pry open the door of the eatery using a screwdriver at about 4:20 a.m. on April 29, police said.

After searching him, police found Capehart carrying a crack pipe, several burglars’ tools and a piece of the restaurant’s doorframe, police said.

Capehart was charged with attempted burglary. Information regarding his attorney was not immediately available.

► A 35-year-old New Jersey man had his Mercedes-Benz stolen after he parked it in front of 36 W. 20th St. near Sixth Avenue, police said.

He had the car locked on May 3, but it was missing when he returned to it the next day just before 3 p.m., police said.

► A 52-year-old man was arrested at the Papaya Dog at 239 First Ave. near East 14th Street after he pushed a cash register off the counter, causing it to break, police said.

Cruz Cardenas walked into the eatery at about 10 a.m. on April 29 and pushed over the register for no apparent reason, police said. He was charged with criminal mischief.

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