Now in its fourth week of being parked on 45th St., this suspicious white van has all the earmarks of being abandoned, or perhaps it was left for some other purpose. The tags indicate it’s an “official” vehicle, yet it has no marking to indicate what, it any, government agency uses it.
It could be from the Dog Pound, or maybe an undercover vehicle (but what undercover vehicle would carry “official” plates?).
Mayor Bloomberg’s 311 has been called (no action) and the local police have been notified on three occasions. No action.
Update: August 11. The vehicle is finally gone. We do not know if our calls to NYPD did the trick or not. We are aware, however, that the NYPD submitted false information to the 311 service. We called 311 on August 6th at 6:07 PM. Only 90 minutes later, at 7:36 PM, NYPD reported that “The Police Department responded and upon arrival those responsible for the condition were gone.” However the vehicle was there until at least August 10th. This is not the first time we’ve noted that conditions get falsely claimed as being resolved by the NYPD. In some cases, the police never even drive by or visit the location, yet within minutes, 311 reports the condition as being resolved.
On Sunday, April 26, 2010, between the hours of 4:00 – 5:00 AM, a male victim in his middle forties was assaulted on Eighth Avenue between 44th and 45th Streets, sustaining injury to his face while the perpetrator made derogatory statements in regards to the victim’s religion.
The perpetrator was described as male white, 6′ 2″, 220 lbs., exited the vehicle photographed, a light grey or silver Lexus, partial plate number 4187 or 4987, that continued from Eighth Avenue on 45th Street towards 9th Avenue after the assault. Anyone with information regarding this crime can contact:
Hate Crime Task Force
The only thing we know for certain is that someone was stabbed. WABC reported that a stabbing, outside some unspecified restaurant, happened in front of 350 West 45th St. But that would be the mid-block parking lot. They also said the fight spilled out onto Ninth Avenue. Another report, from dnainfo.com, claimed the incident was at Eighth Avenue and that five suspects were arrested. Dnainfo.com displayed a photo that clearly was not of West 45th St. WABC reported only had three suspects, but then said four were arrested in the next paragraph.
A wild fight outside a Manhattan restaurant ended with three people stabbed and three people in custody. The victims were attacked outside 350 West 45th Street around 1:30 a.m. Thursday. Police say a 19-year-old woman was slashed on left forearm, a 20-year-old man was stabbed in the lower back and a 20-year-old man was slashed on the left shoulder. The injured people were taken to Bellevue Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries.
Four men — two 19-year-olds, an 18-year-old and a 26-year-old — were taken into custody at the scene. Charges against them are pending. They were all identified as Manhattan residents. A box cutter, believed to be one of the weapons used, was recovered at the scene. It appears the victims and suspects got into a dispute in front of a restaurant and then spilled onto Ninth Avenue. Police closed West 45th Street between Eighth and Ninth avenues for hours as they investigated.
Police have arrested five suspects in a triple stabbing near Times Square early Thursday morning. Police said the suspects, a group of men between the ages of 18 and 20 years old, stabbed a group of victims during a dispute at Eighth Avenue and 45th Street around 1:30 a.m Thursday. The three victims a 19-year-old woman and two 20-year-old men were taken to Bellevue Hospital in stable condition, police said. Charges are pending against the suspects, who are being questioned at the Midtown North precinct, police said. Police recovered the knife used in the attack, they said.