Soccer fan attacks man over World Cup bet

88th Precinct

Fort Greene–Clinton Hill

World Cup payout

Authorities arrested a 40-year-old after he allegedly attacked a fellow soccer fan for refusing to make good on a $200 World Cup bet on June 17, according to a police report.

The victim told cops he was joking when he made the bet and that he refused to pay up. He started walking home after the game ended at 2:11 pm, and when he got to the intersection of Carlton and Lafayette avenues, the suspect ran up from behind, knocked the cellphone out of his hand, and took it and his wallet, cops said.

Police used the phone’s tracking software to locate the attacker and arrested him, the report says.

Panic in pistol park

A goon held up two people with a silver handgun inside Fort Greene Park on June 18, police said.

A 20-year-old man said he was sitting with a friend in the park near the entrance at Myrtle Avenue and Washington Park at 1 am when the villain flashed the piece and said, “Stand up and give me everything you got.”

The frightened friends forked over a briefcase and purse, and the gunman took off on Washington Park towards DeKalb Avenue, according to a police report. He removed cash, a phone, a wallet, and a credit card from the briefcase before ditching it, cops stated.

Cut and run

A fiend slashed a woman on the arm during a failed robbery attempt on Waverly Avenue on June 18, according to the authorities.

The 41-year-old victim reported she was walking near Flushing Avenue at 9:30 pm when the bandit rode up next to her on a CitiBike brandishing a blade.

“Give me your phone,” the brute demanded, police stated.

When she said no, the cretin grabbed both of her arms and gouged her on the left forearm, cops said.

Caught red-handed

Authorities arrested three men who they said broke into a vacant Park Avenue building and painted graffiti on the walls on June 16.

Cops received an anonymous tip about a break-in at the abandoned building between Clermont and Vanderbilt avenue at 4:16 am, officers stated.

The officers found a hole in the fence surrounding the building, and when they went inside they found the trio of suspects, two 24-year-old men and a 20-year-old man, hiding on the first floor, according to a report. Cops found two cans of spray-paint on the second floor, and a wall wet with paint, they said.

When cops questioned the accused taggers, they said they were just having fun and thought it would be cool to go inside of the building, according to law enforcement officials.

Stolen suds

A thirsty opportunist snagged a full pallet of Bud Light from the back of a truck that was parked on Ryerson Avenue for three days, police said.

A driver locked up the truck he parked between Flushing and Park avenues on June 14 at 8 pm, cops said. A second worker told police he went to pick up the truck on June 17 at noon, and found that the driver’s-side window had been forced open, the back of the truck had been opened, and the brewskis were loose.

Authorities valued the beer at $1,275, according to the authorities.


A sneak stole a sewing machine from the back of a car on Flatbush Avenue Extension on June 19 — while the owner was standing right there, law enforcement officials said.

The 30-year-old seamstress said she had rented a vehicle and was unloading some stuff at 2:15 pm between Willoughby and Fleet streets when the thief snatched the appliance from inside the car.

The machine was inside of a big purple case and was wedged between the front passenger seat and the dashboard, she said.

Other car thefts

Police reported two car thefts in the precinct this week. Here is what went down:

• A man told police he parked his 1992 Honda Accord at the corner of Washington and Lafayette avenues on June 15 at 10:30 pm. When he returned the next morning at 7:30, it was gone, cops said.

• A woman reported that she had parked her 1993 Volvo on Carlton Avenue between Myrtle and Willoughby avenues at 10 pm on June 17. She returned at 10 am on June 19 to find her ride gone, police said.

— Matthew Perlman

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