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Man Tried to Bribe Officer After Being Arrested in Equinox Gym, Police Say

By Mathew Katz | December 18, 2013 1:51pm
 Police said Martin Kurzer, 28, offered an officer $300 to drop his arrest.
Police said Martin Kurzer, 28, offered an officer $300 to drop his arrest.
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WEST VILLAGE — A man tried to bribe a police officer after he was cuffed at an Equinox gym on Greenwich Avenue, the NYPD said.

When officers arrived at the gym at 97 Greenwich Ave. at about 5:35 p.m. on Saturday, they arrested Martin Kurzer, 28, for being in the gym's steam room without permission, police said.

After being cuffed, Kurzer offered an officer $300 several times in exchange for his unconditional release before finally offering $400, according to a criminal complaint.

When police searched him, they found two credit cards that did not match his name, according to police.

Authorities charged Kurzer with bribery of a public servant, possession of stolen credit cards and criminal trespass, according to records.

He was being held on Rikers Island on $7,500 bail as of Wednesday.

Kurzer's lawyer was not immediately available for comment. Staff at the Equinox declined to comment. 

Other recent notable crimes in the 6th Precinct include:

► A 16-year-old boy was stopped by police early Saturday morning at the train station at West 14th Street and Eighth Avenue after squeezing through the turnstile with another person to avoid the fare, the NYPD said.

After searching him, police found a knife in his right jacket pocket, according to the NYPD. The teen, whose name was withheld by police because of his age, was charged with criminal possession of a weapon, the NYPD said.

► A man threatened two others with a knife in front of the transit booth at West 4th Street station, police said. 

The man, Dennis Robles, 28, shouted "Damn right, I'm going to cut you" while waving a knife at two men, ages 29 and 27, at 3:18 a.m. on Sunday, according to police.

A transit worker called the police, who arrived on the scene minutes later, according to the NYPD. Robles left the station, but he was arrested when he returned minutes later, police said.

Robles was charged with menacing, criminal possession of a weapon and harassment, according to court records.

Robles' lawyer did not immediately respond to request for comment.

► A man was punched in the face by a stranger while walking down the street near Sixth Avenue and Bleecker Street early Saturday morning, police said. The victim chased the alleged attacker, Jason Black, 25, and called the police, who arrived and arrested him, according to the NYPD.

Black was charged with assault, according to authorities.

Black's attorney did not immediately respond to request for comment.