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GUNMAN! Man in easy-to-spot jacket pulls gun on two

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Two Park Slope women had run-ins with the same style-challenged gunmen in separate incidents on March 4, cops said.

The first story had a happy ending, when a 29-year-old woman refused to hand over her bag to the gunman, a teenager in a black jacket with a white bull’s-eye on the back, who then fled.

She told cops that she had been walking on Carroll Street between Third and Fourth avenues at around 10:30 pm when she noticed that the man was following her. When she turned to confront him, he pulled out a pistol and said, “Give me the bag.”

She did the Nancy Reagan, and the would-be perp fled. But minutes later, the same man jumped a woman on Butler Street.

Cops say the 35-year-old Butler Street resident had just gotten to the door of her building, also between Third and Fourth avenues, when the man in the fairly conspicuous jacket pounced. This time, he didn’t say much, preferring to let the black handgun do the talking.

But even after seeing the gun, the victim refused to hand over the bag, which contained her expensive cellphone and passport. The thief again let the gun do the work, pistol whipping the woman into releasing the bag.

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Jessica from BK says:
"Did the Nancy Reagan"?!?! These write-ups need to stop. This is terrible reporting. Editor: Your reporters are taking way too much liberty with the facts. This needs to stop. Plus, the attempted "wit" just serves to re-victimize the alleged victims. This needs to stop!
March 14, 2008, 10:33 am
Gersh Kuntzman (Brooklyn Paper) from Park Slope says:
I must respectfully disagree. Our Police Blotter items never blame or "re-victimize" the victim — indeed, unlike many papers, we do NOT give the victim's name in our items. As with all things, our primary goal is to provide our readers with lively, informative, factually accurate stories.

The reference to Nancy Reagan met that standard. Thanks.

Gersh Kuntzman
Editor
The Brooklyn Paper
newsroom@BrooklynPaper.com
March 14, 2008, 5:07 pm
Jessica from BK says:
I find it hard to believe that much of what is included in the write-ups are taken from the official police blotter. Furthermore, I find it appalling that some of these scenarios are described in such a light-hearted fashion. I consider that to be a re-victimization.

March 17, 2008, 10:50 am

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