A pair of scary choking incidents

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88th Precinct

Fort Greene–Clinton Hill


Police arrested two brutes who they say tried to choke women in separate incidents on March 3 and March 7.

One galoot was arrested for trying to strangle a 23-year-old lady in his car on Washington Avenue on March 3.

The victim told police she was in the 26-year-old lout’s car at 11:05 pm between Park and Myrtle avenues when he grabbed her by the neck, tried to break her arm, then threatened her with a handgun.

Cops nabbed another bully for allegedly choking out a 25-year-old woman on Quincy Street on March 7.

The victim told police she was in her apartment between Classon Avenue and Downing Street with the 34-year-old maniac at 2:19 pm when he started trying to choke her. The cretin then shoved a sock in her mouth to stop her from breathing.

The victim said she passed out, and that the suspect punched and slapped her in the face, stomach, arm. When cops arrived, the alleged strangler resisted arrest, flinging his arms and falling on the floor, police said.

Idle hands

Police said a punk stole a teenager’s cellphone at a bus stop on Grand Avenue on March 4.

The 14-year-old victim was waiting for a bus between Greene and Lexington avenues at 4:50 pm when the lowlife came up and said, “Show me what you have,” according to the police report.

The kid got scared and showed him his phone and the goon then grabbed it and scrammed, police said.


Cops cuffed two teens who they say beat up another youth on a D train at 36th Street on March 5.

The 16-year-old victim told cops she was on a Manhattan-bound D train at 2 pm when a group of six or seven bullies got on at 36th Street. She said one of the ladies in the group grabbed her bag and tried to reach inside, but she pulled it away. The posse then surrounded her and told the would-be thief to go ahead and take the purse, but she pulled the victim’s hair and slammed her head against the subway pole instead, according to police.

The whole lousy bunch fled the train at the Atlantic Avenue–Barclays Center station, cops said. The two teen suspects, one 18-years-old and the other 16, were arrested the next day.

Cane vs. crutch

Cops arrested two women for allegedly fighting in a women’s shelter on Tillary Street on March 3.

The boarders got into it at the center between Prince and Navy streets at 9 am, cops said. One of the belligerents, a 44-year-old, picked up a crutch and whacked the other one in the hand, police said. The 62-year-old retaliated by bashing her attacker in the right leg with her cane, according to a report.

Catch a break

Police cuffed a guy who they say broke into a 31-year-old woman’s apartment on Cambridge Place on March 3.

The victim said she went to bed at her abode between Fulton Street and Gates Avenue at 1 am and, when she awoke at 9 am, her laptop, tablet, wallet, purse, and sunglasses were all missing. Police found her credit card on a 44-year-old guy on March 6 and arrested him, they said.

Register, please

A burglar broke into a restaurant on S. Elliott Place and emptied its cash registers overnight on March 4, according to a police report.

Workers told cops they locked up the building between Fulton Street and Lafayette Avenue at 11 pm on March 3 and, when they returned to open at 8 am the next day, the back door had been busted open, and the two money machines had been smashed. The owner lost $350, he said.


A crook posing as a Fed-Ex delivery man stole a sweater from a woman’s home on Grand Avenue on Feb. 28, police said.

The 41-year-old victim reported the imposter gained access to the building between Park and Myrtle avenues through one of the building’s tenants at 1:47 pm.

The thief grabbed a J. Crew sweater from a table inside and took off, police said. The building’s super followed the suspicious fellow outside and did not see a FedEx truck, according to a report.

Miss when you’re gone

A prowler broke into an apartment on S. Oxford Street sometime on March 7, cops said.

The 34-year-old victim told police she left her home between DeKalb and Lafayette avenues at 7 am and, when she returned at 3 pm, her laptop, tablet, and gold necklace had vanished.

Maxed out

Two Fort Greene residents fell prey to credit card fraudsters last week, cops said.

First, a swindler opened a new credit card account in the name of a Clinton Avenue senior and racked up $9,099 in charges, police said.

The 74-year-old victim, who lives between DeKalb and Lafayette avenues, noticed the crime when he opened his bank statement on March 3 and saw the purchases dating back to Feb. 25, according to cops.

Another chiseler managed to accumulate $17,046 in bogus buys with a Willoughby Avenue man’s credit card information on March 6, authorities stated.

House of snare

A couple of con artists tricked a 69-year-old Lafayette Avenue woman out of $6,000 on March 6, cops said.

The victim, who lives between Grand Avenue and Saint James Place, said the swindlers told her the money was for a church in Africa and that they gave her a prayer cloth in return for her “donation.”


Criminals made off with a motorcycle and a bike on March 8, according to law enforcement officials.

First, a bandit stole a 2008 Ducati Hyperstrada motorcycle from in front of a man’s house on Cambridge Place in the early morning, police said.

The 35-year-old victim said he parked the ride inside the gate next to his steps at midnight and came out again at 9 am to find the bike gone, according to a report.

Later that same day, a thief nabbed a road bike from a building on S. Oxford Street, cops said.

The 25-year-old victim told authorities her bike was locked in a rack between Hanson Place and Atlantic Avenue from 1:45 pm to 3:15 pm and that someone broke her lock.

— Matthew Perlman

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