114th Precinct Crime Watch
Teen Busted In Assault
Detectives at the 114th Precinct last week arrested an Astoria teenager who allegedly tried to swipe a woman’s purse last month.
Cops said Demetrios Polychronopoulos, 17, crept up behind the 28-year-old victim as she was walking on 36th Street and Broadway at about 12:30 a.m. on January 28.
The victim told police she sensed something was wrong and turned to see Polychronopoulos walking behind her, moments before he lunged and grabbed her purse, law enforcement sources said.
Polychronopoulos tried to wrestle the purse from the woman, who held on tight and fell to the ground during the struggle, police said.
The woman screamed for help and the teen fled on foot in an unknown direction.
Polychronopoulos was arrested on February 9 and charged with attempted robbery at his arraignment at Queens Criminal Court, where he was released on $10,000 bail.
Police in Astoria arrested a hotheaded food vendor on February 7 after he head-butted a colleague and bashed the man in the back with a wooden chair, authorities said.
Cops said Mahmoud Ahmed, 28, attacked the victim at about 9:45 p.m. on February 7 at 28th Avenue and 37th Street in Astoria.
The victim was taken to a local hospital where he was treated for a bloodied lip, back injuries and an injury to his left knee, police said.
Ahmed was charged with assault and harassment at his arraignment at Queens Criminal Court.
Law enforcement sources said investigators are still trying to determine what sparked the attack.
LIC Man Nabs Knife-Wielding Attacker On ‘N’ Train
A dispute between two straphangers on a Manhattan-bound “N” train turned deadly on February 20 when a woman pulled a knife, police said.
Police said a 52-year-old straphanger started mocking a 35-year-old female panhandler as the train waited at the Queensboro Plaza station at about 6 p.m. on February 20.
The angry panhandler spat at the straphanger – who spat back at the panhandler, police said.
The panhandler pulled a knife from her pocket and rushed the woman as other passengers looked on in disbelief, law enforcement sources said.
A 33-year-old man spotted the knife and grabbed the panhandler, police said. He held the woman until the train arrived at the Lexington Avenue station in Manhattan, where city Transit police arrested her on assault and weapons charges.