POLICE BLOTTER - Brooklyn Paper


Police said that this man is wanted for a string of bank robberies in Brooklyn Heights and Williamsburg.

Banking on an arrest

Armed with a surveillance photo, cops are hot on the heels of a bank robber responsible for hitting branches in both Brooklyn Heights and Williamsburg.

Officials said that the thief, described as a 5’8”, 150-pound black male in his twenties, has robbed at least four banks in the last month. Three of the banks were in Williamsburg, but his last heist – which took place on May 30 – took place at the HSBC Bank at 342 Fulton Street.

Police said that the thief began his spree on the afternoon of May 13 when he passed a threatening note to a teller at a Banco Popular at 15 Graham Avenue.

The thief fled with an undetermined amount of cash, officials said.

A few days later, on May 23, he returned to the same Banco Popular, officials said. His ploy worked again and the thief fled the bank with $440, according to some estimates.

A few hours later, he sauntered into another bank just down the block from Banco Popular, a Washington Mutual branch at 12 Graham Avenue, and robbed a teller of an undetermined amount of money.

Finally, on the morning of May 30, the thief surfaced at the HSBC Bank on Fulton Street where he again passed a note and ran off a bit wealthier than he was coming in.

Police said that no one was injured in any of these heists.

During the robberies, the thief would usually wear a white T-shirt and blue jeans, officials said.

Cops are asking anyone with information regarding this thief’s identity to come forward.

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

Rolling violence

Cops are looking for a hit and run driver who left an 88-year-old man clinging to life.

Police said that the senior was crossing the corner of Montague Street and Cadman Plaza West at 3:41 p.m. on June 2 when an unidentified vehicle slammed into him.

He was rushed to Bellevue Hospital where he was listed in critical condition after treatment.

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.


A 34-year-old woman is lucky to be alive following a 100-foot drop from the Brooklyn Bridge Monday, area police said.

Not only did she survive, but she wasn’t even scratched, according to published reports.

Officials said that the suicidal woman leaped from a low end of the bridge at about 11 a.m., landing close to the Manhattan shoreline.

Responding to the 911 calls of panicked witnesses, NYPD harbor units were dispatched and removed the woman, who was still conscious after drop of about 100 feet.

The woman was taken to an area hospital suffering from water in the lungs, but not much else, officials said.

She was under a doctor’s care as this paper went to press.

Shots fired

Cops are looking for the trigger-happy firecracker that let off a few rounds near the corner of Baltic and Hoyt streets last week.

Police said that they responded to a report of shots fired at about 4:10 p.m. on May 29.

Cops said that they discovered shell casings from an automatic weapon, but no shooter or victim.

Anyone with information regarding this shooting – a rarity for the area — is urged to come forward.

Calls can be made to the 76th Precinct at (718) 834-3211. All calls will be kept confidential.

Weighted-down wax

A DUMBO woman needed six stitches to close a wound she suffered when an intoxicated relative chucked a wax candle at her forehead, cops from the 84th Precinct were told this week.

Cops said that they arrested a 36-year-old man in connection with the assault, which took place at the Bridge Street home at 6:10 a.m. on May 24.

The victim claimed that she was inside her apartment when the suspect – who is not being named because of his relationship to the woman – came home in a drunken stupor.

The 36-year-old allegedly began punching walls and throwing items, including a large wax candle that he beaned off the woman’s head.

Prosecutors said that the woman had to be taken to an area hospital, where she received six stitches.

Her assailant was picked up a few days later, charged with assault, menacing, harassment and criminal possession of a weapon.

Raid and ransom

A 43-year-old swindler was arrested last week after he allegedly raided another man’s car and then offered to sell the items back to him.

The victim told police that his 2004 Ford Explorer was parked at the corner of Gold and Front streets between 10 p.m. on May 30 and 5:15 a.m. the following morning, when Darren Stone allegedly bashed in the driver’s-side window and removed some pricey electronics.

Believing that Stone had broken into his vehicle, because he had allegedly done so before, the victim confronted Stone about the recent theft, officials said.

Stone reportedly admitted to the theft and said he was willing to give the items back for the right price, police said.

The victim bought the property back and then called police, who charged Stone with criminal mischief, criminal possession of stolen property and coercion.

Video vixens

A 22-year-old budding director was robbed of $3,000 worth of video equipment as he went to an area apartment to film a late-night bachelorette party, officials said.

Police sources said that investigators were looking into the theory that the victim may have been lured to the Baltic Street apartment building between Court and Smith Street, since no bachelorette party was being held at the address.

The victim said that he was in the building, waiting for the elevator just before 5 a.m. on May 18 when four black males surrounded him.

One of the thieves pulled a gun and hand over his satchel bag, which contained all of his video equipment, as well as his cash.

The victim told police that he immediately went to the apartment where the party was supposed to be held so he could call police, but no festivities were found.

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

Calls can be made to the 76th Precinct at (718) 834-3211. All calls will be kept confidential.

Wipe out graffiti

As the ongoing war against graffiti continues, a $500 reward is being offered to anyone with information about graffiti vandals in their neighborhoods.

The hefty reward is part of the city’s ongoing push to rid New York of graffiti vandals.

Graffiti is one of the leading quality of life complaints brought to police.

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

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