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Customer Assaults Bodega Worker With Cellphone, Police Say

By Rebecca Fishbein | July 25, 2017 3:41pm

SOUTH STREET SEAPORT — A picky patron threw his cellphone at a bodega employee when he did not like the food the worker served him, according to police.

The victim, a 38-year-old Yonkers resident, told the NYPD that the incident took place on July 18 at 4:15 a.m., inside the Seaport Deli at 64 Fulton St. The suspect got upset with the food the victim served him and started throwing items at him, including his cellphone, police said. The phone hit the victim in the face and caused a minor laceration.

Police said the suspect, described as a 5-foot-9 man wearing a black baseball hat, jeans, and a brown shirt, fled the scene after he threw the phone. An employee at the deli confirmed the incident took place, but a manager was not immediately available to comment further. The NYPD says there were no arrests as of Tuesday.

Other recent incidents in the 1st Precinct, according to police, include:

► A customer at a Juice Press location at 83 Murray St. told police her $1,050 Chanel wallet went missing after she accidentally left it at the store on July 20. The victim told officers she reviewed surveillance video and saw one of the employees take the wallet. In addition to the stolen items, which include the wallet, two debit cards, house keys, and $10 in cash, $244 was charged to the victim’s American Express card, police said. There were no arrests as of Tuesday and a store manager declined to comment. The company's customer service representative did not immediately respond to request for comment.

► A food cart vendor told police a man snatched his cellphone out of his hand while he was serving him at the southeast corner of King and Varick streets on July 18. The 56-year-old Queens man told police he was serving the customer when the customer told him to call the police. He then swiped the vendor’s cellphone and fled south on Varick Sreett, then east on Charlton Street, police said. There were no weapons used and the victim was unharmed, according to police. The victim described the suspect as a 17-year-old male, 6 feet tall, wearing black jeans, black sneakers, and a black shirt. There were no arrests as of Tuesday, police said. 

► A thief swiped a straphanger’s wallet from her backpack while she waited for the northbound C train at the Fulton Street station on July 20, police said. The victim, a 23-year-old Brooklyn resident, told police she was waiting for the train on the platform when she felt someone open her backpack and make sudden movements. When she turned around, she saw a male in his 30s wearing a white T-shirt, dark baseball cap, and blue pants reaching inside her bag and taking her wallet. She told police she screamed and chased the man from the platform up to the subway corridor, but lost him in the crowd. There were no arrests as of Tuesday, police said.

► A shoplifter made off with three pairs of sunglasses, totaling $1,350 in value, from a Sunglass Hut location at 157 Spring St. on July 20, police said. A store employee told police the female suspect put the sunglasses into a brown shopping bag when the employee appeared to be busy, then fled the store. The suspect is described as a woman around 30, 5-foot-6 and about 120 pounds. Police said there were no arrests as of Tuesday. A store employee confirmed the incident but offered no further comment.

► John Immitti, 27, was arrested on July 18 and charged with stealing $1,144.35 worth of over-the-counter medication from a Duane Reade at 250 Broadway on June 18, according to a complaint from the Manhattan District Attorney’s office. The complaint said Immitti was also responsible for swiping $1,059.76 worth of over-the-counter meds from that same Duane Reade on June 27. Immitti’s attorney did not immediately respond to request for comment. A manager at Duane Reade declined to comment on the incident.