Hats off to DNA!

DNA dunk

A man wanted for a February shooting was arrested on Oct. 2 after crime scene investigators linked him to DNA left at the crime scene.

The alleged gunman, who was not named, shot his victim on E. 94th Street, striking his opponent in the shoulder during an apparent drug dispute.

He ran off so quickly he left his baseball cap behind, police sources said. Investigators managed to get DNA from inside the cap and used it to identify the shooter, who was taken into custody after he was arrested on an unrelated charge in Crown Heights.

Detective Anthony Depperman charged the would-be gunman with attempted murder and assault.

Livery looting

A crew of thugs robbed a cabbie as he drove them through Canarsie on Oct. 2.

The cab driver told police he was supposed to pick up just one person at 11 pm, but four men jumped in the car.

When the cabbie took them past the corner of E. 98th Street and Avenue N, one of the thugs pulled a gun, forcing him to hand over his cash.

The thieves went the rest of the way on foot with the victim’s $48, officials said.

Beaten and stabbed

A 47-year-old was arrested after he attacked another man on Sept. 28, leaving his victim with wounds to his face, neck and hands during the bloody Avenue D skirmish.

The two men were arguing between E. 93rd and E. 94th streets at 3:20 pm when the suspect lashed out, hitting his victim with a metal object.

The thief then pulled a knife and stabbed his victim in the hand before being taken into custody, cops said.

Nabbed for robbery

Cops rounded up a gun-toting goon wanted for a July 1 mugging on Remsen Avenue.

Police said the suspect and another apprehended thug pulled pistols on their female victim between Avenue J and Church Lane at 9 pm and ordered her to hand over the $14,500 in her purse.

When the victim refused, the thieves aimed their guns at the woman’s head.

The thugs took the bag by force, removing the money and the woman’s driver’s license so they would be able to find her.

“Get in your f–king car and get the f–k out of here,” the thieves growled at their victim. “Any f–king moves I’m going to shoot you. I don’t give a f–k.”

Cops caught up with the 38-year-old this week, charging him with robbery in the first degree, grand larceny and criminal possession of stolen property.

Cash scam

Two flimflam artists swindled $10,000 from a 78-year-old woman on Sept. 29 during a classic “found money” scam.

The senior was walking on Avenue U near E. 65th Street at 9:40 am when the charlatans approached, wanting to know if she had dropped a bag they found on the sidewalk.

The thieves claimed there was money in the bag, which they were willing to share, as long as the senior forked over some money as an act “of good faith.”

The senior fell for the ploy, giving the thieves the $10,000, but receiving nothing in return.

Stick assault

A punk attacked a 13-year-old boy with a stick on Sept. 28 during a violent exchange in a Flatbush Avenue eatery.

The victim was dining inside the restaurant, which is between Kings Highway and Flatlands Avenue, at 3:50 pm when he got into an argument with the unidentified thug.

Things quickly turned violent when the thug grabbed a stick and started swinging, leaving his victim with a small injury.

Lock breaker

A thief snapped the lock to an Avenue J home on Sept. 28, taking an assortment of pricey items.

The victim left her home, which is between E. 38th and E. 39th streets, at 7:35 am. When she returned several hours later, she realized that someone had broken the lock and ransacked the place.

Laptop swipe

A thief made off with a 40-year-old man’s laptop computer as he typed away in an Avenue N park.

The victim told police he was inside the park, which is near Utica Avenue, at 1:20 pm when the thief rolled by on a bicycle and snagged the pricey item.

Home swindle

He should have known — this was too good to be true.

A man told police that he was conned into paying $8,000 for an Avenue I home.

The 57-year-old victim said the con man approached him back in November, 2009, about the home, which is between Nostrand Avenue and E. 31st Street.

The victim probably thought that he was getting the house for a steal, but soon realized that this would-be realtor was the true thief, since it turned out he never had a deed to the house.

Help wipe out graffiti

As the ongoing war against graffiti vandalism continues, cops are offering a $500 reward to anyone with information that can help them arrest neighborhood vandals.

The hefty reward is part of the city’s ongoing push to rid New York of graffiti, the leading quality of life complaint brought to police.

Anyone with information about graffiti vandalism in their neighborhood is urged to contact either 311 or 911.

Honda hooligan

A thief broke into a 2009 Honda parked on Shore Parkway on Oct. 2, taking a cell phone, as well as the vehicle’s headrests and license plate.

Cops were told the car was parked near Knapp Street at midnight when someone smashed the passenger side window and rifled through the cabin.

Business blues

A crafty charlatan managed to swindle $50,000 from a hapless Sheepshead Bay resident recently after selling him a business he didn’t own.

The victim came to police on Sept. 30, claiming that he bought the business from the con artist back in April, but was left with nothing except the bogus documents used in the scam.

The “deal” was made during a meeting on E. Third Street, police were told.

‘Loca’ motive

A gun-toting thief attacked a 27-year-old woman on Bay 23rd Street during an furious Oct. 3 exchange where he screamed “This is to make sure you don’t mess around with La Raza Loca!”

The woman was between 86th Street and Benson Avenue at 4:20 am when the thief raced toward her with a gun in his hand.

He punched the woman in the face, yelled his statement and ran off with her purse, police were told.

Cops were not clear what the statement had to do with the robbery.

any DNA evidence, police were told.

Benz jack

Two thugs attacked and robbed a 28-year-old of his 2010 Mercedes Benz on Sept. 25 during a furious exchange on Shore Parkway.

The victim had just closed the trunk of his car, which was parked on E. 19th Street, at 12:05 pm when the two suspects attacked, punching him repeatedly.

The thieves swiped the victim’s keys and sped off in his luxury car, officials said. They were still being sought by late Tuesday.

Gravesend goon

A thief pulled a knife on an 18-year-old on Sept. 18, robbing him of his iPod, chain and ring.

The victim told police he was nearing the corner of Avenue P and W. Eighth Street at 11:30 pm when the suspect ran up with a knife in his hand.

“Sit down right here and give me everything,” the thief ordered.

The victim did what he was told and the thief ran off with the loot, cops were told.

Shot on Foster

A gunman shot a man in the back on Foster Avenue during an Oct. 5 skirmish.

Police said the victim was found unconscious and unresponsive between New York and Brooklyn avenues at 1:34 am.

The victim, who was hit multiple times, died at the scene.

Cops are asking anyone with information regarding this incident to come forward.

Calls can be made to the NYPD CrimeStoppers hotline at (800) 577-TIPS. All calls will be kept confidential.

Blades and bruised windpipes

A 23-year-old thug was arrested on attempted murder charges on Oct. 3 for stabbing a 45-year-old during a bloody free-for-all on E. 21st Street.

Police said the two men were arguing in a home, which is between Albemarle Road and Regent Place, at 1 am when the suspect grabbed a knife and attacked, stabbing his victim in the leg and shoulder.

His victim was rushed to Coney Island Hospital suffering from a collapsed lung as responding officers took the 23-year-old into custody.

But cops later learned that the 45-year-old victim had choked a woman.The man was later charged with assault.

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