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Sharp steal: Thieves stab man during mugging • Brooklyn Paper

Sharp steal: Thieves stab man during mugging

Stabbed during robbery

A thug stabbed a young man in the arm during a brutal mugging on Woodruff Avenue on Aug. 16.

Police said the victim was walking between Ocean and Flatbush avenues just after 4 am when two men approached and demanded his money.

The thieves then lashed out with a knife, cutting the victim in the forearm before running off with his cash.

Cops caught one of the thieves, a 54-year-old man, a short time later, charging him with robbery in the first degree.

Shake down artists

Two thieves pulled a knife on a hapless motorist on Aug. 13, demanding he pay them following a car crash on Flatbush Avenue.

The victim said he was nearing the corner on E. 26th Street when he was hit by the suspect’s car.

The thugs exited the car, flashed a knife, then used it to slash the tires of the victim’s Ecoline van so that he wouldn’t go anywhere.

They then pulled the knife on the victim, demanding he fork over his money.

The suspects fled before taking any money, police were told. The suspects, ages 20 and 25, were apprehended a few hours later and charged with attempted robbery.

Burglar search

Cops are hoping that a surveillance image helps them nab a burglar who raided an E. 19th Street home on Aug. 13.

The homeowner, who lives between Beverly and Cortelyou roads, said someone forced his way into the home sometime after 9 pm.

A short time later, the thief used one of the credit cards he palmed from the home at a local store, officials said.

Anyone with information regarding this theft is urged to contact NYPD CrimeStoppers at (800) 577-TIPS. All calls will be kept confidential.

Smashed

A 40-year-old motorist was arrested for drunk driving on Aug. 16 following a booze-fueled crash at the corner of Ralph and Clarendon avenues. The man’s 11-year-old son was in the passenger seat, officials said.

When police arrived at the corner, they found the drunk driver seated behind the wheel to a 1996 Honda Accord that had rear-ended a 1998 Dodge. No serious injuries had been reported.

A Breathalyzer test was conducted and the motorist scored a .209 — well over the legal limit.

Home breaker

A crew of thieves broke into a Lenox Road home on Aug. 16, but their burglary was cut short when their victim returned home.

The victim, who lives between E. 46th Street and Schnectady Avenue, said she left her home at 8 am, but when she returned two and a half hours later, she found three thieves inside removing her Wii and PlayStation game consoles.

The thieves ran off when she screamed, but cops managed to grab one of the thieves, an 18-year-old, after a short search of the area.

Police said the thieves forced open a window to get inside.

Wheely high

A coked-up bicyclist caused quite a stir on Utica Avenue on Aug. 15.

Police said the 32-year-old was found riding his bicycle into oncoming traffic between East New York Avenue and Maple Street at 12:45 am, causing cars to swerve around him and slam on the brakes.

When cops stopped the bicyclist, they found a small amount of drugs in his pocket, officials said.

Shot down

A gunman pumped a 26-year-old with bullets during a skirmish on Aug. 6, killing him.

Police found the victim lying on the ground near the corner of Clarkson Avenue and E. 95th Street just after 1 am with gunshot wounds to his face and right arm.

He was rushed to Brookdale Hospital, where he died.

Cops were still looking for the shooter by late Tuesday. Anyone with information regarding this man’s death is urged to call NYPD CrimeStoppers at (800) 577-TIPS. All calls will be kept confidential.

Wipe out graffiti

As the ongoing war against graffiti continues, cops are now offering a $500 reward to anyone with information that can lead them to the vandals that mark up the community.

The hefty reward is part of the city’s new push to rid New York of graffiti, one of the leading quality of life complaints brought to police.

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

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