By Joy Bergmann
On Thursday night, NYPD officers seized multiple unregistered vehicles – four mopeds, one motorcycle and one scooter – plus nine bicycles that NYPD said were illegally “chained to a pole” near the Stratford Arms Hotel at 117 W. 70th Street.
A video posted on the Citizen website showed officers loading vehicles into an NYPD truck at 70th and Broadway at around 10:20 p.m.
The action was in response to “community complaints regarding mopeds/scooters and bikes parked in the area,” an NYPD spokesperson said via email to WSR. [NYPD conducted a similar operation on August 20th as part of a citywide sweep.]
One woman allegedly confronted police during the seizure of an unregistered motorbike. NYPD said Baibaia Rodriguez, 20, tried to prevent an officer from taking the motorbike and allegedly “hit an officer with an open hand. She also fought and refused to be cuffed after she was taken into custody.”
On Friday, Rodriguez was charged with resisting arrest, third-degree assault and disorderly conduct. She was released on her own recognizance and is due back in New York Criminal Court on October 19th.
NYPD said Rodriguez is a current resident of the Stratford Arms. Since mid-June, the former SRO building has housed approximately 400 adult migrants as a Humanitarian Emergency Response and Relief Center (HERRC) for asylum seekers.
WSR previously reported on community concerns with some Stratford Arms residents’ behavior.
Update 9/3/23 7:30 a.m.:
WSR has corrected the type of vehicle involved in the alleged Rodriguez incident to “unregistered motorbike” following subsequent reporting, including video, from the New York Post.