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Women Cuffed for Assaults at Lesbian Bar and PATH Station, Police Say

By Andrea Swalec | September 5, 2013 7:10am
 A woman was robbed and beaten outside the Hudson Street lesbian bar Henrietta Hudson Sept. 1, 2013, police said.
A woman was robbed and beaten outside the Hudson Street lesbian bar Henrietta Hudson Sept. 1, 2013, police said.
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WEST VILLAGE — Three young women were arrested in the West Village early Sunday morning after they violenty robbed a woman outside a lesbian bar and then attacked a middle-aged couple inside a PATH train station, police said.

A 24-year-old woman was standing outside Henrietta Hudson, on Hudson Street at Morton Street, about 3:45 a.m. when her cell phone was snatched out of her hand, she told police.

When she approached the three young women who she said took it, they denied they had the phone, yanked at her arm and knocked her glasses off her face, bouncer Dot Katsias said, noting she tried to pull the 24-year-old away from the trio.

"You guys can kiss my ass," one of the attackers said as she mooned Henrietta Hudson workers and the alleged victim, Katsias said. The three women then fled.

Fifteen minutes later and just three blocks away, the women got into an argument with a 39-year-old woman and 45-year-old man in the Christopher Street PATH train station. The three women punched the couple and pulled them to the floor by their hair, injuring them, the victims told police.

The three women ran again, this time with a Droid Razr phone worth $550 and an Invicta watch worth $500, police said.

Police conducted a canvas of the area and one of the victims identified the attackers, cops said.

Cristal Mojica, 23, Samanthal Pena, 21, and Crystalin Vega, 24, were arrested for both incidents, police said.

All three women were arraigned Sunday on felony charges of robbery, attempted robbery and gang assault, court records show. Pena and Vega were released without bail. Mojica, a New Jersey resident, was being held on Rikers Island on $1,000 bail as of Wednesday, according to court and Department of Correction records. All three women are due in court Friday.

Vega's lawyer did not immediately respond to an inquiry, and it was not immediately known who is representing Mojica and Pena.

Other notable crimes in this week's NYPD blotter in the 6th Precinct include:

► A 60-year old security guard at NYU was beaten early in the morning of Aug. 27 when he told a trespasser to leave university property, police said.

The guard told a man found outside 8 Washington Place about 1 a.m. that he needed to leave NYU property. The man responded by putting his hands into his bag as if reaching for a gun, the guard told police.

"Motherf---er, you want some of this?" the man asked, cops said.

The man then hit the guard in the right arm with a plastic shopping crate, injuring him, cops said.

Johnathon Weber, 38, was arrested and charged with assault with intent to cause physical injury — a felony charge — court records show.

The Tennessee native was being held at Brooklyn Detention Complex on $3,500 bail as of Wednesday, records show. He's due in court Sept. 19.

Information on his lawyer was not immediately available.

► A patron of the popular Mexican restaurant Caliente Cab Co. was arrested Saturday afternoon after he tried to pay with a credit card that was not his, police said.

Vadim Davivov, 40, ate lunch and ordered drinks at the 61 Seventh Ave. South restaurant and then offered up a credit card about 2:30 p.m. Saturday, police said.

After the card was declined, workers saw it was in a woman's name. The woman could not be reached to determine if Davivov was authorized to use the card, police said.

Davivov was arrested and charged with intent to use a forged object, a misdemeanor. He was released without bail and is due in court Oct. 8.

Neither Davivov's lawyer nor the restaurant immediately responded to inquiries.