STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — Authorities allege that a 39-year-old man with a lengthy criminal history tried to scam an undercover officer during a drug sting in broad daylight in the defendant’s New Dorp neighborhood.
Anthony Maniscalco of the 200 block of Mill Road allegedly agreed to sell a quantity of heroin for $325 to an undercover officer earlier this month in New Dorp. After the undercover officer handed over the money, Maniscalco supposedly left to retrieve the opioid and did not return with the heroin, according to the criminal complaint.
On the morning of Nov. 16, officers recovered a plastic-twist bag containing a white powder identified as heroin from the suspect in the vicinity of Mill Road and Ebbitts Streets, the complaint alleges.
The suspect has been charged with criminal sale of a controlled substance, criminal possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell, criminal possession of a controlled substance and petit larceny.
Maniscalco also was arrested on Nov. 16 in connection with an incident where he allegedly violated an order of protection against a woman known to him.
The criminal complaint alleges that the episode began the day before when Maniscalco stole the woman’s keys from a bench where she was sitting and then left. On the morning of his arrest, the suspect followed the woman onto a bus, entered her apartment, locked the front door while she was inside and prevented her from leaving through a window, the complaint alleges.
She eventually was able to run away from her apartment and call emergency services.
Maniscalco allegedly flailed his arms and tensed his body to avoid being arrested.
Regarding the domestic incident, Maniscalco faces charges that include burglary, aggravated criminal contempt, criminal contempt, unlawful imprisonment, harassment, criminal trespass, petit larceny, criminal possession of stolen property, resisting arrest and trespass.
Maniscalco is being held at Rikers Island and is due to appear in both Criminal Court and Supreme Court on Dec. 14.
An attorney for the defendant did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
SUSPECT HAS MANY BRUSHES WITH THE LAW
Maniscalco has an extensive criminal record that includes violent encounters with law-enforcement officers and at least 50 prior arrests, according to multiple sources.
In June, he was accused of attacking an NYC Parks cop at Midland Beach just weeks after release from prison. Maniscalco was apprehended at Seaver Avenue and Capodanno Boulevard shortly after the assault, which happened on June 10 around 8 p.m. in the vicinity of parking lot number seven, according to the criminal complaint.
While conducting a patrol on the promenade at Midland Beach, the Parks officer encountered Maniscalco, who was behaving in a disorderly manner, according to the NYPD.
Maniscalco punched the officer one time in the face, causing the cop to suffer redness, bruising and substantial pain, authorities allege.
The officer was transported to Staten Island University Hospital in Ocean Breeze.
The suspect allegedly flailed his arms as he refused to be handcuffed.
Maniscalco, whose last name also is spelled Maniscalo in public records, was indicted on charges that included assault, obstructing governmental administration, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct for the June attack.
He has pleaded not guilty in the June assault and the case is winding its way through state Supreme Court, according to public records.
PRISON STINTS DETAILED
Maniscalco was released on parole from Greene Correctional Facility, Coxsackie, N.Y., on April 28 of this year after being convicted of assault and criminal contempt and sentenced to 51 months to five years in prison. His parole currently is scheduled to last through March of 2027, according to public records.
His most recent incarceration stemmed from assaults with injuries on two NYPD officers who were trying to arrest him on Feb. 14, 2018 for violating orders of protection.
Maniscalco has served multiple stints in prison for convictions of crimes committed on Staten Island.
He was released on parole in 2014 after being sentenced for 18 months to three years on convictions of grand larceny auto and criminal mischief, according to public records.
Sentenced to two years in prison for criminal sale of a controlled substance, he was discharged in 2010 after serving the maximum sentence, those records indicate.
ACCUSED IN HIGH-PROFILE INCIDENT ON STATEN ISLAND.
Maniscalco was arrested on Oct. 11, 2016 after allegedly challenging cops to a fight in the street, and later kicking an officer in the chest in the hospital.
Maniscalco, then 33, was busted in Tompkinsville.
The episode began when the defendant jumped out in front of an unmarked police car driving on Brook Street, police said.
“I’m on PCP. I smoked it all. Fight me, I have guns,” a criminal complaint quoted him as yelling at cops.
Maniscalco refused an order to get out of the street, then tussled with cops when they tried to arrest him, said the complaint.
He flailed his arms, spat at the cops and tried to head butt them, the complaint said.
Maniscalco was taken to Richmond University Medical Center in West Brighton where he kicked the arresting officer in her chest, said the complaint.
He ultimately pleaded guilty to assault in the third degree and was sentenced to six months jail.
In November 2015, Maniscalco was sentenced to four months in jail after pleading guilty to menacing.
Authorities said Maniscalco was high on PCP when he prompted a tense four-hour standoff with police on April 30, 2015, after allegedly attacking his common-law wife at his home, then in Eltingville.
Maniscalco was ordered to stay away from the victim for five years.
He allegedly barricaded himself inside the home and threatened responding police by pointing a car anti-theft device like a gun and saying, “I’m going to kill you cops.”
Maniscalco also was accused of threatening to kill an NYPD detective who phoned the suspect after Maniscalco allegedly sped away when police tried to stop him for a window-tint violation at Hooker and Trantor places in Port Richmond on Feb. 21, 2011.
Maniscalco, according to police, flew off the handle and said, “Now I’m looking for you! I’m going to kill you! You are going to die!”
In another incident, authorities say Maniscalco was caught on video taking off his clothes and acting disorderly on a stranger’s front porch. He allegedly threw a shoe at a Chevrolet Camaro, kicked the railing of a front porch, pulled down the porch light, kicked the front door and launched his shoulder into the door on Nov. 20, 2010 on Hamden Avenue in Grant City.
Pleading guilty to fourth-degree grand larceny and third-degree criminal mischief in May 2011, Maniscalco accepted responsibility for the stripping episode and stealing a car in July 2010.
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