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Shoplifter Fleeing DSW Security Shoves 6-Year-Old to Ground, Police Say

By Danielle Tcholakian | February 27, 2015 1:48pm | Updated on March 2, 2015 8:45am
 A man fleeing DSW with stolen sneakers knocked over a little girl, giving her a black eye and concussion, police said.
A man fleeing DSW with stolen sneakers knocked over a little girl, giving her a black eye and concussion, police said.
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UNION SQUARE — A thief who had just stolen a pair of sneakers knocked down a 6-year-old girl and gave her a black eye as he fled, police said.

Andrey Desmond, 21, grabbed a pair of $100 Mizuno sneakers from the Union Square DSW Designer Shoe Warehouse at 40 E. 14th St. on Feb. 21 about 2:20 p.m.

Desmond was initially caught by store security, police said, until he began struggling with a 24-year-old security guard.

Desmond then sprinted away, throwing a 6-year-old girl to the ground as he fled. The little girl was treated at Lenox Hill HealthPlex, police said, and her mother told police she had a minor concussion and a black eye.

Desmond subsequently arrested Desmond. He was charged with robbery and held on $20,000 bail.

Desmond is due back in court on Feb. 27. His lawyer did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Other recent crimes in the 6th Precinct include:

► Undercover security at Le Poisson Rouge on Bleecker Street nabbed a pickpocket who had stolen nearly $2,000 worth of iPhones and wallets, police and club management said.

Amadou Thiam, 31, was caught on Feb. 21 just after midnight at the 158 Bleecker St. music venue, just two days after management hired a new undercover security team to combat a series of iPhone thefts, police and the club said.

Police found Thiam with seven iPhones, three wallets and nine debit and credit cards, including a JP Morgan corporate MasterCard, police said. His total haul was valued at $1,900, and all the victims were between 22 and 26, police said.

"We put extra people in the crowd through the night to try to stop these people," said Brett Tabisel, 32, the general manager at the club. "It was putting more security guards in the space and making them look like they were part of the crowd."

Thiam was charged with criminal possession of stolen property.

He was held on $10,000 bail, according to court records, and is due back in court on March 26. His attorney did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

► A barback at Automatic Slims assaulted a patron after the pair got into an argument, police said.

Bryan Espinal, 24, was working at the 733 Washington St. bar just after 3 a.m. on Dec. 21, when he
started fighting with the 46-year-old victim and punched the man in the face, police said.

The victim, who was not named, was treated by emergency medical personnel on the scene for swelling to his left cheek, police said.

Espinal fled and was not arrested until two months later, on Feb. 20 just before 6 p.m., police said.

A manager at Automatic Slims said Espinal had never been a regular employee at the bar, and was only filling in that day for an employee who was ill. He has not been employed at the bar since then, the manager said.

Espinal was charged with felony assault. He was released without bail, and a temporary order of protection was issued at his arraignment.

His attorney said Espinal denies the charges. Espinal is due back in court on May 18.

Click on the markers on the map below for more information on last week's arrests and other recent crime in the 6th Precinct. The most recently reported crimes are marked with yellow flags.