Cops have released more details about the recent carjacking at Senator Street and Fifth Avenue in Bay Ridge, in the 68th Precinct, which they are connecting to an earlier incident on the border of Victorian Flatbush.
The Bay Ridge incident occurred on Monday, January 16, when a 62-year-old local businessman was victimized after a pair of vans blocked his 2013 Chevy in at about 9:15 a.m.
According to the police, first a person in a light colored minivan drove in front of the victim’s car to stop him from passing. Then, a second white van pulled up behind the victim’s car.
At this point, cops say, the victim was forcibly removed from his car by a person who came up to his vehicle on foot, and who threw him to the ground before taking off in the victim’s car, accompanied by the two vehicles that had blocked the victim’s way.
While the victim’s car was recovered 12 blocks away, $9,000 in checks and more than $12,000 in cash were missing.
Cops said at the time that the incident did not appear to be a random act as the victim had also been robbed about two months earlier.
In the incident that took place at Coney Island Avenue and Slocum Place, in the 70th Precinct, on Monday, November 28 at about 6:05 a.m., the 62-year-old victim was held up by two men as he was about to get into his car.
Cops say that one of the assailants held a gun to the victim’s head and demanded his money, while the other took keys, a cell phone, $5,000 in cash and $40,000 in checks from the victim’s van. The duo then got into an SUV being driven by a third person and took off.
One of the assailants is described as a black man between 25 and 35 years of age. The second assailant is described as a Hispanic man, approximately 5’6” tall, in his 20s. He was last seen wearing a gray hooded sweater.
A light colored Honda Odyssey and a white Ford Passenger van are being sought.
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