Police searching for three men in connection with string of muggings

Police searching for three men in connection with string of muggings

The police are asking the public to help identify two of three men who are wanted for questioning in connection with a string of four violent robberies between December and January in the Brighton Beach area.

The first incident took place on Dec. 20, when three men approached a man walking near Brighton Sixth Street and Ocean View Avenue around 9:40 pm. Police say one of the perps punched the man in the face while the other two grabbed his cash and headphones, worth about $140 total. They fled on foot on Ocean View Avenue towards Brighton Fifth Street.

On Christmas day, three men came at a man from behind as he was walking near Brighton Avenue and Brighton Fourth Street at around 6 am. One punched him in the back of the head, causing pan and swelling, and another took his cell phone and wallet, worth $900 total. The group fled on foot, and the victim sustained minor injuries, according to police.

And on Dec. 30, police say a trio of men approached another man walking near Neptune Avenue and Brighton Fourth Street around 2 am, when one struck the man’s face with an unknown object — causing cuts and bruising — while two others took his wallet with $70 inside before fleeing on foot.

Then, almost a month later — on Jan. 26 — a pair of perps punched a man who was walking near Neptune Avenue and Brighton Fourth Street in the face, causing bleeding and swelling, just before 1:30 am, according to police. The other took the man’s wallet, which had about $100 inside, and both fled on foot, police said.

Police describe all three men as in their 20s, and released surveillance of who they believe to be two of the suspects in the hope the public can help identify them.

The first is about five feet nine inches tall and 150 pounds, and was last seen wearing a dark jacket and pants with white sneakers. The second is about five feet ten inches tall, 160 pounds, and last seen wearing a white hoodie, dark jacket and pants, and brown shoes.

Police are asking anyone with information regarding the incident to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577–8477, or for Spanish, (888) 577-4782. The public can also submit tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website at www.nypdcrimestoppers.com or by texting tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then entering TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential.

Reach reporter Julianne McShane at (718) 260–2523 or by e-mail at jmcshane@cnglocal.com. Follow her on Twitter @juliannemcshane.