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Man Arrested for Robbing Residential Basement on UES

A man who police say is “certainly no stranger to crime” was recently arrested after committing a residential robbery on the UES.

It happened on Sunday, Feb. 18 at about 2 p.m. at a building near East 89th and Third Avenue.

The report states that the victim, a 54 year-old man who lives in the building, entered its basement to discover that “an unknown suspect by unknown means entered and removed [his] two electric bike batteries valued at $160.”

The victim confronted the suspect outside the building, at which point police say the suspect โ€“ 52-year-old James Gallardo โ€“ displayed a knife and threatened to injure him.

Gallardo fled but was apprehended at East 86th and Third Avenue where he was taken into custody. The victim’s property and Gallardo’s knife were both recovered.

“No stranger to us & certainly no stranger to crime โ€” knife wielding ๐ฉ๐š๐ซ๐จ๐ฅ๐ž๐ž arrested!” the 19th Precinct shared on X (formerly Twitter).

NYPD officials say Gallardo resides at 4 East 107th Street, part of a four-building complex known as Lakeview Apartments. According toย New York Housing Conference, the complex is home to over one-thousand low- to moderate-income New Yorkers.

Gallardo was arrested on charges ofย Robbery, Menacing, Criminal Possession of a Weapon and Criminal Possession of Stolen Property.


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