Two women were attacked at gunpoint in separate subway station incidents just days — and blocks — apart, police said.
One victim managed to bargain her assailant down, and the other held onto her belongings, but suffered a terrible beating.
On May 27, a thug with a silver semi-automatic gun robbed a woman leaving the Clinton-Washington G-train station at 11 pm. She stepped off a Queens-bound train and was headed up the stairs, out of the station, at the corner of Lafayette and Washington avenues when she was attacked.
The man in front of her suddenly wheeled around and pointed the shiny 9mm gun in her face. “Give me your purse,” the man said. But the woman stalled, asking, “Can I just give you my wallet?”
When he agreed, she actually pulled out cash from her billfold and handed over the greenbacks — a total of $165.
“Now walk down the stairs,” the thief instructed. She complied, turning and heading back down into the station.
Just two days later, and several blocks south, a 26-year-old woman was beaten bloody when she refused to give up her purse to a gun-toting thief.
The victim was headed to the C train at the corner of Fulton Street and Lafayette Avenue, around 10 pm, when she was attacked. The man in front of her on the stairs suddenly turned around and pointed a large silver gun, wrapped in a towel, in her direction.
“Miss, give me your bag,” he insisted. “Give me your bag or I’ll kill you.”
But the victim didn’t want to play. “No — are you crazy?” she responded. The thief then smacked her on the left side of her head and forced her to the ground, and repeated his threat: “I’ll kill you. Give me your bag.”
But the feisty woman again declined and screamed when the robber rushed her again. He tried to pull the bag from her grasp, but she kept yelling and holding on tight. Eventually, he gave up and bolted from the station — empty handed.
The victim suffered a gash above her eye and was treated by EMS at the station.
A robber used a radio antenna to threaten a man on Myrtle Avenue early on May 30, police said.
The 42-year-old was making his way home, to a block near Washington Park, after a party in the neighborhood. But during his walk, around 1:45 am, he noticed he was being followed.
When he turned around, he realized the stranger pursuing him had an automobile antenna as a weapon. “Be nice to a brother. Share what you’ve got,” the guy insisted. He then demanded the victim’s wallet.
But when the victim reached for his cellphone instead to dial 911, the robber became angry. The antenna man snatched the phone and fled.
Words led to violence in a Myrtle Avenue brawl on June 1. But they also led to jail, for two teenagers.
Police arrested two thugs, ages 18 and 19, after they allegedly beat an older guy with a hammer and a metal pipe near the corner of Waverly Avenue, around 9:15 am.
What began as an altercation between the teens and a 35-year-old man escalated with the younger men picked up the weapons and attacked. The older man tried to defend himself, but suffered injuries on his arms and face.
It’s not clear what started the brawl, but it ended when Officer Evita Poole, with the 88th Precinct, placed the two teens under arrest on assault charges. Poole also took the hammer, pipe and a videotape of the incident into evidence.
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