Woman Groped by Newsstand Worker at NYU Subway Station, Police Say

By Rosa Goldensohn and Lisha Arino  on June 12, 2014 10:54am

 A woman told police a newsstand vendor groped her after selling her candy early Sunday, the NYPD said.
A woman told police a newsstand vendor groped her after selling her candy early Sunday, the NYPD said.
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GREENWICH VILLAGE — A woman was groped by a newsstand worker after buying candy from him inside the 8th Street-NYU subway station last weekend, police said.

The 22-year-old victim told police that Mohammad Chowdhury, 59, walked out from behind the cash register on the northbound platform of the N/R station and grabbed her breast at about 4 a.m. Sunday, according to the NYPD.

Chowdhury was charged with forcible touching and sexual abuse, the Manhattan District Attorney's office said.

The MTA confirmed that Chowdhury had worked at the newsstand and said he would not be back.

"We made it clear [to the newsstand's owner] that this employee cannot return to work at the newsstand unless the police matter is resolved," an MTA spokesman said in an email.

The spokesman said he could not recall another similar incident involving a newsstand worker but that the MTA more often hears complaints about "surliness and verbal abuse directed at customers."

Chowdhury is due back in court July 22. His lawyer did not respond to a request for comment.

Other notable crimes that occurred recently in the 6th Precinct include:

► Police busted a man carrying 23 bags of marijuana at the Eighth Avenue L station last Saturday night, the NYPD said.

Officers initially stopped Evangelos Georgantiz, 32, after spotting a silver clip on the back of his shorts, which turned out to be an illegal gravity knife, police said. They then searched his backpack, finding the bags of pot, most packed into small cardboard boxes, police said.

Georgantiz was charged with unlawful possession of marijuana, criminal possession of a weapon and false personation, because at first he gave police an incorrect birth date, the DA's office said.

His lawyer did not respond to a request for comment.

► A quick-thinking sales representative at Marc Jacobs foiled a thief who was trying to charge $4,400 on a credit card he didn't own, police said.

David Tripp, 31, called the high-end clothing shop and ordered a bunch of items over the phone, police said. The sales representative told police he grew suspicious when Tripp said he was a member of a band and was buying the clothes for his band-mates.

After hanging up with Tripp, the worker Googled the name Tripp had given him as the credit card holder, found a number for her and called her, police said. The victim said she had not authorized anyone to use her card at Marc Jacobs, police said.

The sales representative then told Tripp to come in and pick up the clothing, and when he got there, he called police, who arrested him, the NYPD said.

Tripp was charged with grand larceny, identity theft and criminal possession of stolen property, prosecutors said.

His lawyer did not respond to a request for comment.

► A clubgoer punched a bouncer in the face at the Standard Hotel last weekend, after the bouncer told him to leave, police said.

The bouncer tried to escort Gregory Watkins, 21, out of the club about 4 a.m. Sunday because he was behaving in a disorderly way, police said.

But Watkins swung at the bouncer, leaving him with a cut bottom lip, police said.

Watkins was charged with assault and harassment, prosecutors said.

His lawyer did not respond to a request for comment.

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