The police are asking for the public’s help as they search for the perpetrators of two unrelated Bushwick robberies that occurred last month.
In the first incident, reported on Oct. 11, a man walked into a Myrtle Avenue dollar store just before 7 p.m. and loaded up his bag with candies. As he attempted to leave the store without paying, the robber allegedly became physically combative with the store manager and threatened him with a knife before exiting the store and fleeing in an unknown direction. The perp reportedly made off with more than $100 worth of candy.
Police described the suspect in that incident as a male between the ages of 25 and 45, with a medium build. He was last seen wearing a hoodie with a white design on the front, gray pants, black sneakers, and a black hat.
A few weeks later, on Oct. 24, a 34-year-old man was walking down Woodbine Street near Knickerbocker Avenue at 2:25 p.m. when an unknown man walked up to him from behind. The perp struck the man in the back of the head with the back end of a knife, then forcibly grabbed his backpack and wallet and ran off.
Paramedics transported the victim to Wyckoff Heights Medical Center in stable condition for treatment. The suspected robber was described as standing about 5’8″ tall with a light complexion and a medium build, facial hair, and glasses. He was last seen wearing a blue baseball hat, a black sweatshirt, black pants, and white sneakers.
The NYPD asked anyone with information about the incident to contact the Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782), or to submit tips at the CrimeStoppers website or on X by contacting @NYPDTips.
A whopping 326 robberies have been reported in Bushwick’s 83rd Precinct so far this year, according to the most recent police data. Robberies are up 20% in the precinct compared to last year. Last month, a man struck an 81-year-old man with a brick during an attempted robbery in Bushwick but ultimately fled empty handed. In August, an Uber driver was brutally choked and robbed by a passenger as they drove through the neighborhood.