Punks ask man for directions to L train, rob him on Manhattan Avenue

90th Precinct


Bad directions

A pair of tough guys robbed a man on Manhattan Avenue on Jan. 10 after asking him for directions, cops said.

The 24 year-year-old victim said he was near Stagg Walk at 12:10 pm when the pair of punks came up and asked him how to get to the L train, and one made like he had a gun in his pocket.

“Give me your stuff,” the goon supposedly growled.

The victim handed over his cellphone, headphones, cellphone case, debit card, credit card, Colombian driver’s license, school identification, and medical card, and the scoundrels scrammed, according to the authorities.

Grab and go

A mugger grabbed a woman on White Street on Jan. 11 and stole her cash, law enforcement officials said.

The 32-year-old victim said she was near Siegel Street at 11 pm when the villain grabbed her by the arm and shook her.

“Hand over your money,” the brute supposedly said.

The victim handed over $80 in cash and the robber ran off, officers said.

Altered take

A gang of galoots followed a drunk man and beat him Montrose Avenue on Jan. 11, police said.

The victim said he was very drunk between Humboldt Street and Bushwick Avenue at 4:40 am when he noticed the four lugs following him.

One ran up and bashed the victim in the face with a blunt object, then the whole quarrelsome quartet hopped into a gray sedan and drove off down Bushwick Avenue, according to a report. The victim suffered a cut to his face and emergency personnel took him to Woodhull Medical Center for treatment.

Ghost in the cellar

A burglar broke into a Metropolitan Avenue restaurant’s basement office on Jan. 11 and ran off with a wad of cash, officers said.

The manager of the eatery near Havemeyer Street said he encountered a suspicious character in the basement at a few minutes past midnight. The sketch-ball told him he was there to apply for a job, but the manager told him to scram, according to an official account.

Video footage shot the next morning at 6:30 am shows the sneak entering the basement again, prying open the office door, and holding a stack of cash a few seconds later.

The manager told police that approximately $2,000 was taken from the basement office.


Police arrested a 28-year-old man who they say held up a Graham Avenue shoe shop on Jan. 8.

The manager of the shop between Cook and Debevoise streets said that the suspect walked in at 12:30 pm and pointed a gun at his head. The manager handed over more than $160 in cash and police caught the suspect on his way out of the building, according to a report.

The suspect is facing charges of robbery.

— Danielle Furfaro

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