Cops are on alert for a blue jeep used in a disturbing incident in which the man driving tried to lure three 10-year-old girls to his vehicle.
The girls, all students at P.S. 255, said that they were leaving school at 1 p.m. on January 4 when the unidentified male from the jeep called out to them at the corner of Avenue R and East 17th Street.
“Hey babes, come here,” the man said. “Yeah, I’m talking to you.”
Startled, the girls ran home, said officials, who added that the incident wasn’t reported until last week — after a frighteningly similar incident happened in nearby Flatbush.
Police there are also on alert for a man harassing young girls, officials said. The man, who was in a black van, reportedly offered rides to young girls in different parts of the neighborhood four times over the past few weeks, officials said.
One of the incidents took place on Webster Avenue, when the would-be predator called out to an 11-year-old walking down the street.
“I have something for you,” the man said.
Cops are asking anyone with information regarding either of these incidents to come forward.
Calls can be made to the NYPD CrimeStoppers hotline at (800) 577-TIPS. All calls will be kept confidential.
Cops are looking for a pair of gun-toting thieves responsible for two hold-ups in Marine Park — one of which involved a 16-year-old boy.
The teen told police that he was near the corner of Avenue S and East 37th Street at 11 p.m. January 15 when two black males approached and flashed a gun.
“Put your stuff on the ground,” one of the men demanded as they robbed him of a $1 and his cell phone.
The thieves ran off, leaving the victim unharmed.
But an hour and a half later, the two suspects resurfaced, police said.
This time they jumped a 50-year-old man on East 34th Street between Avenue P and Quentin Road, putting a gun to his head.
The thieves made off with $10, officials said.
Cops are asking anyone with information regarding these two incidents to come forward.
Calls can be made to the 63rd Precinct at (718) 258-4411. All calls will be kept confidential.
Close, but no entry
Cops are searching for the thieves who attempted to tunnel their way into Kings Gourmet Food, 1508 Kings Highway.
Workers said that they were in the process of opening the business at 7 a.m. on January 18 when they noticed water leaking from the roof.
When they investigated, they learned that someone had tried to cut their way through. The attempt was thwarted by the roof’s metal frame work, however.
Whoever made the attempt ran off empty-handed, leaving the Kings Gourmet Food crew with a busted roof, officials said.
Short-lived crime spree
An 18-year-old bandit was arrested Friday after he and a friend held up two men in the space of 15 minutes, police alleged.
Police alleged that Dady Michel and his associate jumped a man on Utica Avenue and Avenue K at 8:45 p.m. on January 22, putting a knife to his neck and robbing him of his cell phone, earring and $73.
About a quarter of an hour later, the two allegedly accosted a second man at the corner of Flatlands Avenue and East 49th Street, police said.
In a repeat performance, the two allegedly put a knife to their victim’s neck and robbed him of $90.
While the thieves ran off, Michel didn’t get far.
He was taken into custody a short time later, charged with two counts of robbery in the first degree, grand larceny, menacing and criminal possession of a weapon.
Neither victim was seriously harmed, officials said.
Michel’s accomplice was still at large as this paper went to press.
Hijacked off street
A 63-year-old man was robbed of $220 after he was kidnapped off of Ralph Avenue.
The senior told police that two thugs approached him between Flatlands and Bergen Avenue at 11:30 a.m. on January 16 and pulled a gun on him.
The suspects then forced the man into their van and drove him around the neighborhood, stealing his cash during the terror trip.
After an hour, the thieves dropped the now penniless victim off in the neighborhood unharmed.
Cops were still looking for the thieves as this paper went to press.
Robbed of phone
A 33-year-old was robbed of his cell phone as he walked down East 29th Street between Avenues T and U last week.
The victim told police that he was on his way home at 9 p.m. on January 22 when two males stopped him and flashed a silver colored pocket knife.
“Give me the phone,” one of the men demanded.
The victim did what he was told and was left unharmed, said police.
A 55-year-old Flatbush man was in custody last week following a burglary in Midwood.
Police said that Patrick Vincent, a resident of Argyle Road, allegedly forced the rear door to a home on East 4th Street between Quentin Road and Kings Highway.
Vincent reportedly ran off after being caught in the act. Police caught up with him on Kings Highway, officials said.
A 61-year-old man is facing DWI charges following a car accident on the Belt Parkway.
Cops from the 63rd Precinct told prosecutors that they found Peter Gatto allegedly behind the wheel of a 2008 Lexus E Class that had collided with a highway divider at 7:10 p.m. on January 22.
When cops began to question him, they discovered that he allegedly exhibited “signs of intoxication: to wit, red watery eyes and the odor of an alcoholic beverage on his breath,” according to a complaint filed with the Kings County District Attorney’s office.
A woman was robbed of her handbag just seconds before she was safe inside her Quentin Road home.
The victim, 62, said that she was in the process of opening her door between East 19th Street and Ocean Avenue when an unidentified thief snapped up her bag and ran off with it.
Cops were still looking for the thief as this paper went to press.
An area woman was taken to the hospital last week after a 44-year-old man allegedly attacked her with a cane.
The woman said that she was on Avenue N near East 45th Street at 7:40 p.m. January 18 when she clashed with alleged cane swinger Brian Hull.
Hull allegedly struck the woman in the body repeatedly and bit her hand during the ensuing struggle, officials said.
Cops took Hull into custody the next day, charging him with assault in the third degree, menacing in the second degree and criminal possession of a weapon.
It was unclear just why Hull attacked his victim as this paper went to press.
Eight on one
A 13-year-old girl was accosted by up to eight teenage muggers as she neared the corner of Avenue M and East 52nd Street last week, police said.
The victim told police that she was at the corner at 5:30 p.m. on January 14 when the teens surrounded her and threw her to the ground before running off with her cell phone and some other electronics she had in her possession.
Cops rounded up three of the teens — two 13-year-olds and a 15-year-old — shortly after the mugging, said officials. All three were charged with robbery.
Punched and robbed
Cops have arrested half of a robbery crew involved in a mugging on East 49th Street in Mill Basin.
A 24-year-old woman told police that she was nearing Avenue M at 8:40 p.m. on January 15 when two men grabbed her from behind.
The suspects whirled her around, punched her in the face and ran off with her purse, officials said.
An unidentified 22-year-old was arrested in connection with this crime a short time later. His associate was still at large as this paper went to press.
Knocked down and robbed
A 47-year-old woman was shoved to the ground and robbed of her purse as she walked through Flatlands last week.
Two unidentified males reportedly grabbed the woman on Glenwood Road near East 59th Street at 7:45 a.m. on January 17.
They ran off with the woman’s purse and $20 in cash after bowling her over, officials said.
Cops were still looking for the thieves as this paper went to press.
Back door man
A rear window became an open invitation to a thief who wormed his way into a home on East 59th Street recently.
A 43-year-old woman said that someone entered her home near Avenue J sometime after 2 a.m. on January 12, taking an undisclosed amount of property.