LOWER MANHATTAN — A man socked an MTA station agent in the face while he was giving directions to another customer at the Fulton Center, police said.
Michael Bozier, 52, was arrested on Aug. 12 after punching the 55-year-old agent, according to a criminal complaint provided by the Manhattan District Attorney’s office. The agent told police he was helping a tourist with directions at around 3 a.m. that morning when the defendant came up to him and punched him on the right side of his face.
The agent, who was in full uniform at the time, experienced dizziness, pain and redness, according to police.
Bozier was charged with felony assault. Neither the MTA nor Bozier’s attorney was immediately available for comment.
Other recent incidents in the 1st Precinct, according to police, include:
► A 72-year-old man was arrested on Aug. 9 and charged with robbery after stealing $500 from the Citibank location at 200 Varick St., police said. Bank employees told police he entered the bank that day and passed a note to a bank teller stating, “I have a gun give me all your money.” When police arrived at the scene, he was in the bank holding $500 in cash. Employees at the Citibank branch were not immediately available for comment. The Manhattan District Attorney's office did not immediately provide a criminal complaint for the case.
► Andrew Liu, 25, was arrested on Aug. 12 for breaking into a construction site inside of 188 Fulton St. and taking photos from the top of a construction crane, according to a criminal complaint from the Manhattan District Attorney’s office. Liu was arrested on the scene and charged with burglary and reckless endangerment, according to the complaint. His attorney did not immediately respond to request for comment.
► A Jersey City resident says his Apple MacBook was stolen from a Starbucks location at 32 Avenue of the Americas, according to police. The victim told officers he was seated in the rear of the Starbucks on Aug. 10 when he went to go to the bathroom, leaving the laptop on a table. When he returned, the laptop was missing, he said. The victim told police that while he did not see who removed the MacBook, worth $1,300, there were two men drinking coffee next to him who left while he was in the bathroom. Police said there were no arrests as of Tuesday, and Starbucks employees were not immediately available to comment.
► A Jersey City man says his Apple MacBook was stolen out of a locker at the Planet Fitness location at 25 Broadway, police said. The victim told officers that he left his Macbook Pro, worth $1,200, inside a locked locker at 9 a.m. on Aug. 11, and when he returned at 5 p.m. to retrieve it, the lock was clipped and his belongings were missing. There were no arrests as of Tuesday, police said, and a manager at the location declined to comment.
► A 29-year-old Brooklyn woman says her wallet was stolen from a bathroom counter at the iPic Theater at 11 Fulton St., police said. The victim told officers she was washing her hands inside the crowded bathroom on Aug. 6 and put her wallet, containing her debit cards, credit cards, bank card, and ID, on the counter. When she tried to retrieve it, it was gone, police said. There were no arrests as of Tuesday, police said, and employees at the theater were not immediately available for comment.