A gun-wielding thief and an accomplice beat up a man then snatched his iPhone in Prospect Park on July 31, according to police.
Cops say the 25-year-old victim was searching for directions on his smartphone on West Drive near Third Street at 10:50 pm when the crooks ran up and one of them “clotheslined” him, knocking the man to the ground.
The armed perp put the park-goer in a headlock while the other punched him in the face and broke his nose, causing him to drop the phone, police sources say.
Police cuffed two suspects — ages 24 and 19 — for assault and robbery, and hit the younger man with a weapons possession charge as well.
The crime is one of several recent attacks in Prospect Park, some of which occurred on the park’s popular roadway, park advocates say.
“I’ve heard of two or three in last couple weeks,” said Geoffrey Croft of New York City Park Advocates, who first reported the robbery on his blog, A Walk in The Park.
Part of the problem is a lack of full-time police enforcement in Brooklyn parks, Croft said.
The entire borough has only two Parks Enforcement Patrol officers — full-time cops dedicated to keeping city parks safe — according to his advocacy group.
“In Brooklyn, specifically, it’s crazy,” Croft said. “We need dramatically more officers.”Reach reporter Natalie O'Neill at noneill@cn
©2012 Community News Group
By submitting this comment, you agree to the following terms:
You agree that you, and not BrooklynPaper.com or its affiliates, are fully responsible for the content that you post. You agree not to post any abusive, obscene, vulgar, slanderous, hateful, threatening or sexually-oriented material or any material that may violate applicable law; doing so may lead to the removal of your post and to your being permanently banned from posting to the site. You grant to BrooklynPaper.com the royalty-free, irrevocable, perpetual and fully sublicensable license to use, reproduce, modify, adapt, publish, translate, create derivative works from, distribute, perform and display such content in whole or in part world-wide and to incorporate it in other works in any form, media or technology now known or later developed.