84th Precinct: Strangers on an R train

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


Brooklyn Heights–DUMBO–Boerum Hill–Downtown

Strangers on an R train

A bruiser riding the R train sent a fellow straphanger to hospital after smacking her with a purse on July 13.

The victim told cops that she was on a northbound train between Dekalb Avenue and Jay Street shortly after 2 p.m. when she was struck with a heavy-duty purse and sustained a puncture wound to her left collarbone.

The woman was treated for her injuries at Cobble Hill Hospital, while the perp fled in an unknown direction at the Jay Street station.

Cops said they are still looking for the woman who was wearing all black clothing, black sunglasses, and a black bandana.


Some goon thumped a woman with a traffic cone in an unprovoked late-night attack in Downtown on July 12.

The victim said she was walking down Nevin Street at around 1 a.m. when a perp punched her in the face, bursting her lip. The yet-to-be-identified man then picked up a traffic cone and struck her over the head.

The woman told cops that she suffered an acute head injury as a result of the blow from the cone, but did not require medical attention.

The perp is still at large.

Looting lodger

A man subletting his Downtown Brooklyn apartment had over $18,000 worth of his furniture stolen by a trickster tenant on June 20, according to cops.

The apartment owner said his temporary tenant was due to move out on June 30 but he heard from building management that the swindler had left on June 20, helping himself to a fridge, marble table, internet router and oriental rug.

Cops have yet to make an arrest in the case, but the security cameras in the building should aid the investigation.

Sticky gold fingers

Some crafty contractors helped themselves to some gold jewelery while working at a Boerum Hill apartment sometime between July 3 and July 10.

The victim told cops that while he was on vacation, his landlord let some contractors into his apartment to install multiple air conditioning units.

When the man returned home he found his gold watches and pendants had been pinched. No arrests have been made so far.

A taxing driver

A rogue ride-share driver helped himself to a customer’s luggage filled with designer clothes worth over $1,100 on June 21.

According to cops, the victim hailed a Lyft taxi to his Cobble Hill home after work at around 11 p.m.

He said that he noticed one of his suitcases was missing about ten minutes after he got home and contacted the cab company.

The man eventually managed to speak with the dirtbag driver who refused to return his property. Cops said the investigation is ongoing and that the luggage has yet to be recovered.