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CRIME BLOTTER: Drunk Bar Patron Smashes Man With Bottle During UES Brawl

By Shaye Weaver | May 16, 2017 8:17am
 Inside Ethyl's Alcohol and Food.
Inside Ethyl's Alcohol and Food.
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UPPER EAST SIDE — A fight got out of hand at Ethyl's Alcohol and Food — known for its go-go dancers and $5 burgers — when a drunk patron smashed a glass bottle on another man's head, according to police.

The suspect, a 51-year-old Upper East Side resident, got into an argument with a 33-year-old man from Massachusetts on Friday at 1:11 a.m. at the bar, located at 1629 Second Ave. near 84th Street.

The dispute escalated when the suspect pushed the victim, according to police. When the victim pushed back, the assailant took a glass bottle and clobbered the man on the forehead, cutting him, police said.

He tried throwing another glass bottle, but bar security stopped him and escorted him off the property, according to authorities.

The man was "highly intoxicated" when he was arrested, police said.

He was arraigned on an assault charge but released without bail. The bar declined to comment on the incident.

Other notable crimes in this week’s blotter from the 19th Precinct include:

► Two men from Queens were arrested May 10 for shoplifting at the Barneys New York at 660 Madison Ave., police said. Security cameras recorded the men putting a pair of Balmain jeans — one valued at $1,596 and another at $1,375 — into their respective backpacks and leaving without paying. Store security stopped them at the doors, police said. They were both arrested at 8:15 p.m. and charged with grand larceny and criminal possession of stolen property, police said.

► A Brentwood woman was arrested May 8 after making a credit card purchase using someone else's identity at Bloomingdale's at 1000 Third Ave. at 3:30 p.m. The 32-year-old was arrested when security witnessed her trying to buy items with a credit card she opened with an ID belonging to a 48-year-old woman from Long Island, police said. During a police search, officers found narcotics in her bag, including one plastic baggy of marijuana, five envelopes of cocaine, and one envelope of Xanax, police said. She was charged with grand larceny, ID theft, possession of a forged instrument, criminal possession of a controlled substance and unlawful possession of marijuana, police said.

► A 26-year-old woman tried using someone else's credit card to buy items at the same Bloomingdale's on May 7 and was arrested two days later when she tried to pick up her purchases, according to police. The woman ordered two pairs of sandals for $195 each, and a Kate Spade clothing item for $54. When the woman tried picking them up at the store around 2 p.m. she was arrested and charged with grand larceny and forgery, police said.

► Detectives found and arrested a woman wanted for attempting to cash a fake check at the TD Bank at 1504 Third Ave., police said. On Jan. 19, the 19-year-old used another person's bank account to try and cash a fraudulent check for $3,000, police said. The bank contacted the victim, and the suspect fled the bank, leaving an ID card behind. Detectives found the woman and arrested her at the precinct May 8 at 8:45 a.m. She was charged with grand larceny, they said.

► A 38-year-old Queens man was arrested for drunk driving on the morning of May 11. Between 2:40 and 3 a.m., the man was recklessly driving southbound on First Avenue near 62nd Street and didn't use any signals to turn onto 59th Street, police said. He was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated.

► Police are looking for a 23-year-old man who assaulted his friend over a pair of shoes May 11, between 1:30 and 1:55 a.m. on the northeast corner of Third Avenue and 88th Street. Police said the 21-year-old victim got into an argument with his friend when trying to return a pair of shoes he'd bought from the suspect a month earlier. The suspect accused the victim of stealing a second pair of shoes from him, reaching into the victim's pants pocket and asking, "Where's my money. I want my money." When the victim tried to leave, the suspect put him in a choke hold and gave him a cut on his lip and his left hand. The victim walked into the precinct and reported the incident afterward, police said.

► An 84-year-old woman wired $25,000 to a phone scammer May 10 around 10:30 a.m. after he called pretending to be her grandson in jail, police said. The scammer said he was arrested in another state and needed his grandmother to wire bail money. The woman was transferred to a man pretending to be a police officer and another man pretending to be a public defender on the same call, police said. The woman wired the $25,000 and then later called her grandson only to find out that he wasn't in jail at all, police said.

► A 33-year-old Upper East Side resident parked his Audi Q5 in front of 70 E. 90th St. on May 5 and returned on May 8 at 7:30 a.m. to find that someone had ripped off the car's side mirrors, police said. The car also had electrical damage from the dangling wires. The value of the mirrors was $2,272, police said.

► A 26-year-old woman left her wallet in a cab after traveling from the Lower East Side to the Upper East Side on the morning of April 22, and found that $5,127 in purchases had been made with her Chase debit card at locations across the city. She didn't report the incident until May 9, police said.