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Man Pushed Woman Into Traffic Then Urged People to Fight Police, NYPD Says

 A man was arrested for pushing a woman into moving traffic in the West Village.
A man was arrested for pushing a woman into moving traffic in the West Village.
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MANHATTAN — A man was arrested for pushing a woman into traffic in Greenwich Village — and then urging a crowd of bystanders to attack the police officers who responded, the NYPD said.

Police saw Elijah Ellis, 27, push a woman 3 feet into the street in front of 44 West Eighth St. about 4:10 a.m. Oct. 17. She was almost struck by a car, according to a police report.

When police moved in to arrest Ellis, he began yelling profanities and swinging his arms, fists and legs at the officers as they tried to push him up against a wall, the NYPD said.

Ellis then yelled at a crowd of about 20 people, saying “Get these motherf---ers!”

Some of the bystanders formed a circle around the police officers who were trying to arrest Ellis, and two of them were arrested as well for pushing police officers and encouraging others to be violent, according to the criminal complaints.

Ellis was charged with reckless endangerment, resisting arrest, harassment and inciting a riot, according to the Manhattan District Attorney's office. He was also charged with unlawful possession of marijuana after police found a small bag of the drug in his right rear pocket, police said.

In addition, Deshawn Bailey, 20, was charged with violent behavior and obstruction of government administration. Raymond Reyes, 24, was arrested as well, but the charges against him were not immediately clear.

Ellis was also arrested in April for robbery and assault, according to court records.

Information about lawyers for Ellis, Bailey and Reyes was not immediately available.

Ellis is due back in court on Nov. 8, and Bailey and Reyes are due in court on Dec. 5.

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

► A driver was arrested after he tried to pick up passengers without a chauffeur's license and then fled when officers tried to stop him, according to the NYPD.

Police saw Hassan Syed, 37, dropping off paying passengers and trying to pick up new ones at the corner of Seventh Avenue and Christopher Street about 12:40 a.m. on Oct. 20, police said.

After Syed changed lanes several times without signaling, police tried to stop him, but he hit the gas, traveling 55 mph along 17 blocks, police said. He stopped at the entrance to the Holland Tunnel, where he was arrested.

Syed was charged with reckless driving, reckless endangerment and fleeing a police officer.

His attorney did not immediately respond to a call for comment.

Syed is due back in court on Feb. 26, 2014.

► A woman was arrested after she unsuccessfully tried to cash a forged $2,490 check in the Chase Bank at 32 University Place about 3:45 p.m. Oct. 18, police said.

Kathryn Zeleny, 37, was charged with attempted grand larceny, after the check's owner told police Zeleny did not have his permission to cash it, police said.

Information regarding Zeleny's lawyer was not immediately available.

► One man punched another in the face during an argument at Ninth Avenue and West 12th Street last weekend, police said.

Guillermo Reyes, 32, was arguing with a 50-year-old man about 3:40 a.m. Oct. 20, when the dispute escalated and Reyes punched the man in the head, cutting the right side of his face, police said.

The victim refused medical attention.

After police searched Reyes, they found a small bag of marijuana in his right front pocket. Reyes was charged with assault, possession of marijuana, harassment and recklessly causing an injury, police said.

Reyes’s attorney did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

He is due back in court on Nov. 25.