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Patron Smashes Club's Glass Door After Forgetting Coat Inside, Police Say

By Mathew Katz | January 8, 2014 4:38pm
 Police said Ivan Osoianu, 25, kicked and broke the glass door entrance to Le Poisson Rouge.
Police said Ivan Osoianu, 25, kicked and broke the glass door entrance to Le Poisson Rouge.
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GREENWICH VILLAGE — An enraged clubgoer who left his coat at a Greenwich Village club behind on New Year's Eve kicked in the club's glass door when staff wouldn't let him back in to get it the following morning, police said. 

Ivan Osoianu, 25, tried to get back into Le Poisson Rouge at 158 Bleecker St. at 7:30 a.m. on New Year's Day to get his coat from the coat check, the NYPD said. But the bar was closed and Osoiano didn't have his coat check ticket, so staff wouldn't let him in. 

In response, Osoiano kicked the glass door until it shattered, causing $500 worth of damage, police said.

He was arrested and charged with criminal mischief with intent to damage property, records show. He did not get his coat back, police said. The club hosted a dance party for New Year's eve with a 5-hour open bar from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m.

An attorney for Osoiano and staff at the club could not immediately be reached for comment. 

Other notable crimes in the 6th Precinct include:

► Police arrested a man on a northbound F Train at the 14th Street station after he grabbed a 35-year-old woman by the collar and threw her against the wall of the car, according to the NYPD.

The man, Hakeem Lockett, 36, and the victim both boarded the train at West Fourth Street and began to argue in the car at about 5:10 a.m. on Jan. 1, its conductor told police. 

The woman hit her head but refused medical attention at the scene, police said. Lockett was taken to Bellevue Hospital for psychological evaluation and charged with attempted assault, harassment, criminal mischief with intent to damage property and resisting arrest, records show. 

Lockett was also charged last week in a separate assault on Jan. 13, records show. His attorney was not immediately reachable.

► A security guard at Pink Elephant was arrested while the club at 40 W. Eighth St. was being inspected by the NYPD at 1:15 a.m. on Jan. 5, police said. Officials determined that Hubert Merchant, 36, had an active warrant for his arrest and when he was searched, officers found a metal knuckle inside his right jacket pocket.

He was charged with criminal possession with a weapon, a charge he had previously been convicted of in a separate incident, police said. 

Both Pink Elephant and Merchant's attorney did not immediately respond to a request for comment. 

► Police arrested a man after staff discovered him trying to break into Spice Market at 403 W. 13th St. at 2:30 a.m. on Jan. 3. Officers found that the man, 28-year-old Jamal Lynch, was carrying two stolen cellphones and a Chase Visa card bearing a woman's name. 

Officials charged Lynch with criminal possession of stolen property and trespassing. His attorney was not immediately available for comment.