Cops nab alleged Greenpoint pistol-whipper

A robber pistol-whipped a guy in broad daylight on a Greenpoint street corner on Sunday afternoon, cops said.

The 34-year-old robber approached the 32-year-old victim on the corner of Guernsey Street and Norman Avenue at 2:43 pm on Sunday, went through his pockets, and bashed him over the head with a gun several times, according to police reports.

The pistol-whipper then fled as the victim lay bleeding in the street, police said. Officers caught the suspect a few blocks away.

Neighbors say they saw the suspect ask the victim for directions and spare change and that, when the victim stuck his hand in his pocket, the gun-toter started clubbing him.

The victim suffered a broken jaw, several cuts to the head, and other injuries. Emergency services took him to Bellevue Hospital, where he is in stable condition.

Police charged the robbery suspect, who is from Brownsville, with assault, robbery and criminal possession of a weapon.

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