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Police Beat: Crime blotters for the 62nd, 68th and 72nd Precincts


68th Precinct

Between Saturday, January 11 and Sunday, January 19, the 68th Precinct received reports of three burglaries, one grand larceny and one assault felony. The 68th Precinct serves Bay Ridge, Dyker Heights and Fort Hamilton.


On Sunday, January 19 at approximately 3:20 a.m. on the corner of Third Avenue and 88th Street, a witness reported that a large crowd of people broke into a fight and that an unknown male slashed a victim twice with an unknown object, causing lacerations to the lower left chest area and the middle left abdomen area.


On Wednesday, January 15, an unknown male came to the front door of a home near 72nd Street and Seventh Avenue claiming to be with the state and saying that he had to check the heating conditions of the basement. Upon “examination,” the perpetrator stated that something was wrong and that the victim needed to pay $2,500 to fix it.

Before leaving, cops report that the suspect asked to use the bathroom and, on his way, went into the bedroom and removed $300 then fled the scene.


Sometime between Monday, December 30 and Sunday, January 12, an unknown perpetrator entered into a home near 72nd Street and Ridge Boulevard while the victim was away on vacation. The suspect broke the front locks and removed miscellaneous jewelry valued at approximately $3,100 and $5,000.


72nd Precinct

Between Tuesday, January 14 and Monday, January 20, the 72nd Precinct received reports of four robberies, one burglary and one grand larceny. The 72nd Precinct serves Sunset Park, South Park Slope, Greenwood Heights and Windsor Terrace.


On Tuesday, January 14 around 9 a.m. police say that a 31-year-old Hispanic male was approached by a 31-year-old Hispanic female who was 5’10” with black curly hair. The woman offered sex to the male for $50; he declined and was then approached from behind by an unknown male. The second perpetrator put his arms around the victim’s neck and pushed him to the ground.

The suspects then allegedly went through the victim’s pockets and belongings, removing one Macbook Pro laptop, one wallet with $100, a debit card and an iPhone 5.


On Monday, January 20 at approximately 4:15 p.m. a victim parked his blue 2008 Ford van in front of Sun Laboratories near 51st Street and Third Avenue, leaving his key in the ignition.

Upon return, the car was missing. The suspect, a 29-year-old Hispanic male known to the business and later apprehending by acting officers., was observed on camera removing the vehicle without permission or authority according to police.

At the scene, officers observed that the defendant had a strong smell of alcohol on his breath, slurred speech, red, bloodshot and watery eyes, and sagging balance. The suspect was taken to the 72nd Precinct where cops said  his blood alcohol level, when tested, was.221.


On Monday, January 20 at approximately 4:30 p.m. a 26-year-old white female entered a large hardware store on Hamilton Avenue, where an employee allegedly observed her take $109.70 worth of laundry pads and put them in her backpack.

When the suspect exited the store, the employee attempted to apprehend her when he reportedly noticed a knife in her right hand. The suspect told the employee to leave her alone but the employee continued to struggle with her.

She was later arrested; the employee received no injuries.


On Friday, January 17 at approximately 4:25 p.m. near 33rd Street and Fourth Avenue, cops say a 27-year-old black male approached a 61-year-old Asian male and punched him in the nose and face. The suspect reportedly asked the victim for his money and, while he was knocked down, searched his jacket pockets.

No money was taken but police found the victim bleeding and an officer noticed the defendant running northbound on Third Avenue against traffic. The suspect was stopped at 27th Street and Third Avenue where he was identified and arrested.


62nd Precinct

Between Sunday, January 12 and Monday, January 20, the 62nd Precinct received reports of three burglaries, four felony assaults, eight robberies, eight grand larcenies and three auto thefts. The 62nd Precinct serves Bensonhurst, Bath Beach and Gravesend.


An 86th Street McDonald’s was the site of a dry water bottle fight on Friday, January 17, according to a 63-year-old man who told cops that he was trying to go down the eatery’s stairs when a group of teenagers blocked his path and threw an unopened plastic bottle of water to the back left side of his head. The man filed a complaint with the store and was treated at Maimonides Medical Center for pain and bumps to the head.


Police are searching for the now ex-boyfriend of a 41-year-old woman who claims he tried to strangle and stab her during an argument in her 20th Avenue home on Monday, January 13. The 45-year-old suspect allegedly put his hands around her neck, pushed her onto the bed, and pushed scissors against her stomach before the victim grabbed at the scissors, cutting her fingers in the process, and prompting the suspect to flee.


Police are searching for the masked man who allegedly robbed a 66-year-old man at gunpoint in the middle of the afternoon on Sunday, January 12, on West Fourth Street near Avenue S. The suspect reportedly waited for the victim at the entrance to his apartment building and said “Don’t make me kill you” before forcing him to lay on his stomach. He allegedly fled with $500 in cash and credit and debit cards.

Another suspect in a suspected armed robbery got away at around 1 a.m. on Sunday, January 20, said police. The man allegedly came up behind a 39-year-old Hispanic woman on Avenue P near Dahill Road and said “Give me your purse or I’m going to shoot you,” prompting the victim to comply. The suspect fled with $80 in cash and credit and debit cards. It is unknown whether he was actually armed.

Two cousins chased and caught the 18-year-old man who reportedly attempted to threaten and rob one of them at around 1:46 p.m. on Friday, January 17 at 20th Avenue and 86th Street, police said. The suspect is said to have targeted a 16-year-old boy and demanded he “run your pockets.” Instead, the teen ran across the street into McDonald’s to get his cousin. Together, they chased the alleged perp two-and-a-half blocks onto Bay 22nd Street.


Police are searching for the 20-year-old man who allegedly dragged a 47-year-old woman for around 10 feet along 70th Street while attempting to get her bag off her shoulder. It was 8:10 p.m. on Thursday, January 16, when the suspect reportedly came up from behind the woman and assaulted her. He was reportedly unsuccessful and fled on foot towards 20th Avenue. However, he dropped his cell phone along the way.


When two men in their late teens or early 20s reportedly rode their bicycles up to him and asked for the time at around 4 p.m. on Sunday, January 12, a 24-year-old man took his phone out and was promptly assaulted. One suspect allegedly grabbed the phone out of the victim’s hand and then went for his jacket, as well, pulling it off of his body before both men rode off on 63rd Street towards 15th Avenue.


Shortly after 8 a.m. on Monday, January 19, police arrested a 23-year-old woman on a Bath Beach-bound B82 bus at Cropsey Avenue and Bay Parkway after she was positively identified by another woman as the person who tried to steal her cell phone out of her hand a few blocks away at 86th Street before fleeing onto the bus.

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