POLICE BLOTTER • Brooklyn Paper


Domestic disturbance

An estranged area couple was arrested last week after they lashed out at each other, officials said.

In two separate incidents, police said that 47-year-old Frank Montija and 38-year-old Linda Dosdis were both charged with criminal mischief.

Prosecutors were told that Montija allegedly ran up to Dosdis at the corner of Sixth Street and Seventh Avenue at 7:40 p.m. on September 22 and grabbed her purse out of her hands.

Dosdis told police that not only did Montija rob her, but he also violated an order of protection that she had filed against her former beau back on September 21.

The order of protection was in effect until September 24 – two days after cops nabbed Montija for petit larceny.

After Montija grabbed Dosdis’ purse, she reportedly pursued him to his apartment on Third Street and Fourth Avenue, where she flew into a rage.

According to a complaint filed with the Kings County District Attorney’s office, Dodis toppled over Montija’s dresser and television, breaking both of them.

Dosdis was charged with criminal mischief.

Bike thief busted

A 37-year-old man was arrested on Ninth Street last week when he was caught trying to speed off with someone else’s wheels – bicycle wheels, that is.

Cops were told that the bike was sitting in front of 239 Ninth Street near Third Avenue at 2:10 p.m. on September 18 when the thief, identified as William Wong, was seen getting on the bike and pedaling off with it.

The owner of the bike managed to chase Wong down and hold him until police could arrive and charge him with petit larceny and criminal possession of stolen property, officials said.


Area cops were called to 11th Street last week after a 64-year-old man was lashed with a chain, according to police and published reports.

Officials said that the unnamed suspect, who is believed to be in his mid-30s, attacked his victim near Seventh Avenue at 3:30 p.m. on September 20.

Police were told that the two men were arguing when the younger man grabbed a chain and swung it at his victim, hitting him in the head.

No serious injuries were reported.

It was unclear what sparked the argument as this paper went to press.

Idle threats

A thief took a pizza deliveryman’s car to go last week as he dropped off an order.

The deliveryman said that he parked his car at the corner of Eighth Avenue and Sixth Street as he dropped off an order on the night of September 19.

A few moments later he walked back to his car – but it wasn’t there.


A thief who was “dressed like a bumblebee” was being sought for trying to take a 23-year-old man’s wallet on West 9th Street near Hamilton Avenue, officials said.

The victim told police that he was nearing the corner at 1:45 a.m. on September 13 when a young black male wearing a black baseball cap, yellow T-shirt and black jeans and sneakers stopped him in the street and grabbed his wallet, which he had in his hand.

The 23-year-old man, however, wouldn’t give up his wallet.

After a brief standoff, the thief buzzed away empty-handed.

School stab

Police are continuing to probe the gang connection in the bloody clash between teens near the former John Jay High School building – a melee that landed one of the teens in critical condition.

Officials said that three teens attacked another teen on Fifth Street near Seventh Avenue just before 3 p.m. on September 15.

The victim, a student at the former John Jay High School, said that he was on his way home when the three suspects pounced.

During the ensuing fight, one of the suspects stabbed him in the side, officials said.

Responding paramedics rushed him to Lutheran Medical Center where he was listed in stable condition.

Two of the suspects, including alleged stabber James Maldonado, 16, and another teen were identified shortly after the attack and were arrested when they showed up for school the next day.

Prosecutors allege that Maldonado recognized the victim as being in a “rival gang” just before the attack. It was unclear which gangs the two teens allegedly belonged to as this paper went to press.

Maldonado was charged with assault, gang assault, menacing, harassment and criminal possession of a weapon.

As of this writing, the third assailant was still at large.

Anyone with information regarding his whereabouts is urged to contact the 78th Precinct at (718) 636-6411. 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 his or her neighborhood.

The hefty reward is part of the city’s new 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.

Belated apology

A crook’s conscience got the better of him last week, prompting him to return to a Luquer Street home he attempted to burglarize and apologize to the woman he had nearly stolen from, officials were told.

Police said that the ordeal began just before 7:30 a.m. on September 12 as the 39-year-old homeowner was in her back yard.

The woman said that her dog began barking and when she went to see what was the matter, she found a 5’7”, 150-pound black male coming through her front window.

As soon as the thief saw the woman, he leapt back out of the window and ran off down the street.

A short time later, however, he returned, rapped on the window and said he was sorry for what he did.

The woman didn’t take the apology and instead called police, who were still looking for the thief as this paper went to press.

Open invite

A booze-filled night may have been the catalyst that led to a Douglass Street home being ransacked last week.

A 38-year-old man told police that he was intoxicated when he returned to his home near Court Street at 1 a.m. on September 15.

He was so blitzed, in fact, that he admits that he forgot to lock the front door.

When he woke up ten hours later, he was surprised to discover that someone had crept into his home, taking a laptop computer, his credit cards and money clip.

Cops were looking for the opportunistic thief as this paper went to press.

Jewelry taken

An assortment of jewelry and a laptop computer were among the items taken from an Atlantic Avenue apartment recently, officials said.

The 31-year-old tenant told police that she left her home, located near Clinton Street, at about 9:30 a.m. on September 10.

Her roommate returned to the apartment at 11:30 a.m. to discover that someone had raided the place.

Police were told that a laptop computer was missing and the woman’s jewelry box was found tossed on the bed, open and empty.

It’s believed that the thief made off with a $60 Fossil watch and a $1,000 gold nameplate that reads “Donna.”

It was unclear just how the thief entered the apartment as this paper went to press.

Checked out

An undisclosed amount of cash and an assortment of checks were removed from a Red Hook business during a recent burglary, cops from the 76th Precinct said this week.

Investigators were told that someone snuck into Ahava National Food, 110 Beard Street, sometime between 9 p.m. on September 13 and 1 a.m. the next morning.

Once inside, the thieves broke through an office door and cracked open the safe, where the money and checks were kept.

Police are investigating the theory that the thieves entered the building through a skylight entrance, which was found damaged after the break-in.

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

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

Barred at the door

A man returned to his home on Smith Street last week that a thief had tried to pry open his front door.

The 32-year-old woman said that she left her apartment, located near First Place, at 9 a.m. on September 4.

The tenant returned at 6 p.m. that evening and noticed that her lock had been tampered with.

She also found pry marks on her door.

Police said that despite the attempt, no entry was made and nothing was taken.

Cherry pickers

Thieves broke into Dell’s Cherries, 81 Ferris Street, in Red Hook last week, where thousands of dollars in jewelry was taken from a safe.

Cops were told that the cherry wholesaler was closed for the night at 10 p.m. on September 7. Workers opened up at 4 a.m. the following morning to find a set of office drawers opened and rifled through.

A safe inside the office was also broken open. About $90,000 worth of property inside, which included a pricey $40,000 watch, the 51-year-old business owner told police.

Investigators said it was unclear just how the thieves got into the office, although the security alarm had been found ripped off the wall.

A DVR where the surveillance camera footage for the night stored had also been removed, officials said.

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

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

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