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Man Arrested at Burger Village After Posing as Underage Police "Informant"

Here's an interesting one: Nick Yadav, the manager of Burger Village (on the corner of Seventh Avenue and Third Street), reached out to me Tuesday night with a curious story. Here it is, repeated in full with his permission:

As the Manager of Burger Village, a family operated restaurant in Park Slope, Brooklyn, I would like to report an incident that occurred on Saturday April 16th in the evening around 4 pm. A gentleman walks into the restaurant, sat at the bar, ordered food with beer.  After finishing his meal with two beers he was presented with the check/bill which was approximately $45 and change.  He returned the check without any payment, but he wrote the following on the back of the check:

'I'm an informant for NYPD, that’s up to you to call the police but you have just given two drinks to a minor.

We are cracking down restaurants and businesses who give drinks to minors.'

As I read the note, he looked at me and asked if I had read the note.  Then I asked him for his ID/badge but he had nothing on him. So, I told him to settle the bill which he did not.  Eventually I called 911 and he was arrested by the cops from 78th Precinct.

By no means did he look like a minor to me or my staff because we always ask for an ID if a customer asks for beer or wine and seems underage. 

Restaurants, please beware and look out for customers like the above who pose as a cop or informant like the above and misuse this regulations and rules to their advantage."

If you're going to dine and dash, why not just dine and dash? This seems like a rather elaborate prank to pull to just end up waiting around to be arrested.

Photo via Nick Yadav.


The Murder that Gave Lincoln Place its Name

And no, it wasn’t the murder of Abraham Lincoln. Ephemeral New York dug up an interesting bit of history, explaining the reason why Degraw Street suddenly becomes Lincoln Place on the east side of Fifth Avenue.

In March of 1873, 41-year old Charles Goodrich was discovered dead inside his house at 731 Degraw Street, between Fifth and Sixth Avenues. He had been shot three times, and his body was cleaned of all blood. The case made citywide headlines, and investigators soon learned that he shared the house with a young lady who he was frequently seen with, so they set about tracking her down.

They searched for the woman, a 20-something Massachusetts native named Kate Stoddard, for months, and she was finally captured after Goodrich’s ex-roommate spotted her on the Fulton Ferry. She confessed after detectives found some of his personal items in her High Street boarding house room. She also gave them her true name: Lizzie Lloyd King, and told the investigators that she had met Goodrich via personal ad and that they were married.

Turns out that Goodrich wanted to leave her for another woman, and that the wedding was actually officiated by a doctor, Goodrich's friend, as opposed to a minister. An argument ensued, and King murdered him. She spent the rest of her life in an upstate insane asylum.

The block’s residents were, needless to say, horrified to be associated with the crime, so they petitioned successfully to have the street renamed in honor of the recently fallen President.  


The Seventh Avenue Crime Spree


If you've walked down Seventh Avenue at any point within the past week or so, you've probably noticed these signs in lots of storefront windows.

The search is on for the man who's committed a string of armed robberies in the area; reportedly the Tasti D-Lite between Ninth and Tenth has been robbed repeatedly, as well as the laundromat on the corner of Seventh and 12th.

And yesterday I received a tip from a reader about their recent experience, a separate incident:

"There have been an increasing number of robberies and assaults in our neighborhood. Last night at 1:45 am I was followed home from the Union Street stop and assaulted with a loaded gun in the vestibule of my apartment building on the corner of 7th Ave and 1st Street by a man who didn't want my wallet. Thankfully there was a man who happened to be walking down 7th Ave who saw it and heard me screaming. He called 911 and also started screaming for help; which scared the guy enough to run away. The police arrived and they actually caught the guy. Please be careful when walking home alone from the subways late at night, don't have headphones in, don't be on your phone, be aware of your surroundings. If you think someone is following you, call 911 and keep walking towards well-lit areas and other people until the police come. If you see anything suspicious, call 911. Scream for help. The only reason my incident last night was cut short was because I would not stop screaming and someone else didn't just walk by, keeping to himself. Whoever you are random passerby, thank you so much."

Be careful out there, folks! And if you have any tips about the identity of the bandit, call 1-800-577-TIPS. There's a $2,000 cash reward.

UPDATE: I just received the following email, from the man who helped save the day:

"I was so pleased to read that the perpetrator was caught after the incident on 7th Ave and 1st Street earlier this week. I am in fact the Park Sloper who came upon this attack and intervened. I had forgotten something in my office which is on Union and 7th and was walking down the Avenue when I saw this attack in progress. As the father of a young daughter, my protector instincts kicked into gear. I am glad that I was at the right place at the right time."