84th Precinct: Bicyclist robbed on Manhattan Bridge

84th precinct stationhouse
The 84th Precinct stationhouse in Downtown Brooklyn.
Photo by Kirstyn Brendlen


Brooklyn Heights–DUMBO–Boerum Hill–Downtown

Bicyclist robbed crossing Manhattan bridge

A bicyclist was robbed at knifepoint by two men while crossing the Manhattan Bridge in the early hours of April. 2.

The 36-year-old victim told police he was riding his e-bike along the bike path at around 3:30 a.m. when two men grabbed him by the shoulders and pulled him from the bike.

One of the men then pressed a knife into his stomach while the other reached into his jacket pocket, taking his wallet and phone. The victim said he was then pushed to the ground before the men rode off on his bike.

Cops said they are checking nearby cameras to identify the men who fled across the Manhattan bridge.

Attempted robbery turns violent

A man was robbed of his cellphone after he intercepted two thieves attempting to steal his bike from a Brooklyn Heights parking garage on April.1.

The 27-year-old victim said he entered the parking garage on Pineapple Street shortly after midday, where he encountered two men in the process of cutting his bike lock. When he tried to stop them, the men punched him in the face several times and grabbed his cellphone worth $1,200, he said. 

Both men ditched the bike and fled down Henry Street, while EMS took the victim to Methodist Hospital.

Schoolboy robbed of bookbag

A 12-year-old boy was robbed of his book bag while walking home from school on April.3 in Downtown.

The student reported that a man approached him from behind in Camden Plaza at around 2:30 p.m. and ordered him to hand over his belongings or “I’m going to kill you.”

The man fled with the boy’s backpack which was later found empty and discarded in Walt Whitman Park. The culprit has yet to be identified.

Smoke shops targeted in Downtown

Two smoke shops in the vicinity of the 84th precinct were targeted by armed robbers in two separate incidents last week.

On April.4, two men entered a Henry Street smoke shop waving a knife at the cashier. They then hopped over the counter and removed $11,800 worth of assorted cannabis products. The store owner also reported that the men caused $1,000 in damage after they smashed several glass display cases during the robbery .

Separately, on April.5, the owner of a smoke shop on Jay Street reported to police that three men came into his store at 10:30 a.m. that morning, flashing firearms hidden in their waistbands.

One of the men guarded the store’s front door while the two other perps helped themselves to cannabis and hookah products with a combined value of $4,650.

Cops said they are reviewing the stores’ cameras to identify the men involved.