No arrests in Gayborhood cases
by Angela Thomas
Mar 13, 2014 | 765 views | 0 0 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend | print
There are no new leads in three recent incidents involving firearms in the Gayborhood.

No arrests have been made in a March 1 incident outside Woody’s Nightclub & Bar or in a Feb. 27 armed robbery at Spruce Street Video. There was also an armed robbery Monday at Scorpio Adult Boutique that police believe may be related to the video-store holdup.

Shots were fired outside of Woody’s at 1:30 a.m. following an altercation inside the nightclub, at 202 S. 13th St. No one was injured in the shooting.

The report, which was filed by two males who were initially involved in the fight, does not indicate who the alleged shooter was. The men said the altercation involved a 25-year-old Hispanic male in a gray tank top, but it is not clear if that man was the shooter.

Woody’s co-owner Michael Weiss told PGN last week that the club is working closely with police on the investigation.

Public Affairs Officer Leeloni Palmiero said surveillance from inside the bar showed a disturbance involving the complainant and an unknown male, and outside video shows the crowd reacting to a gunshot. That camera was pointed away from the incident.

No witnesses have come forward in the Woody’s or Spruce Street Video cases, which police say don’t appear to be connected.

Spruce Street Video, 252 S. 12th St., was robbed at about 3:30 p.m. Feb. 27 by a light-skinned black male with a thick build, 6 feet, wearing brown sweatpants and a gray coat. The culprit got away with approximately $200 in cash, according to owner Franny Price. He also broke a gate and the cash register.

Price and another employee were in the store and were not injured.

Sixth District Capt. Brian Korn told PGN this week that no video of the incident has surfaced.

At 4:30 p.m. March 10, a 6-foot black male held up Scorpio, 205 S. Juniper St., stealing cash and fleeing south. He was wearing gloves and a tan jacket, and police said he may be linked to the video-store incident.

Korn said police consistently patrol the busy area.

“Police deployment to the 13th Street corridor is constantly maintained at a high level,” he said. “It is a densely populated mixed-use area with a bustling daytime and nighttime business and hospitality economy that attracts a lot of people to the neighborhood. But yes, there is an increased police presence in the form of bike-patrol officers (that had been limited in their bike patrols due to all the hazardous weather conditions), as well as plainclothes officers specifically assigned to the immediate area.”

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