68th Precinct Police Beat: Test drive becomes a carjacking

Between Friday, November 6 and Saturday, November 14, the 68th Precinct received reports of one attempted burglary, one bank robbery, one burglary and one carjacking. The 68th Precinct serves Bay Ridge, Dyker Heights and Fort Hamilton.


A test drive took a distinctly wrong turn on the morning of Tuesday, November 10, when an alleged customer – who had taken a 2012 Honda Pilot out for a spin from a dealership at 88th Street and Fourth Avenue – pushed the salesperson out of the car, after indicating that he had a firearm, and took off with the vehicle.

Cops say they saw the driver – a 21-year-old Hispanic man — speed along Third Avenue, and pass a steady red light, before making for the nearby highway entrance, where the car crashed into several other vehicles as its driver attempted to flee the pursuing officers.

When the pursuing officers attempted to remove the driver from the vehicle, he again sped away, nearly colliding with police officers before ramming a nearby car, according to police reports. He then exited the highway, police say, and almost collided with a pedestrian as he continued to try to escape pursuit.

When cops finally stopped the driver, he refused to get out of the car, and when he was finally removed, refused to be handcuffed. He was eventually arrested and charged.


The resident of an apartment at Shore Road and 68th Street came home to find out that an intruder had entered his home through his bedroom window, which opened onto a fire escape and was unlocked. Nothing was taken, and the unknown trespasser was gone by the time the apartment’s occupant got home.


Unknown intruders cracked the office safe at a social club at 86th Street and 13th Avenue some time between 3:30 p.m. on Friday, November 6 and 9 a.m. on Monday, November 9, removing $1,500, say cops.

The police say that, when the building was opened on Monday morning, both the office door and the safe – which had been drilled so the unknown perps could gain access – were open.

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