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Evil apartment hunters

An area landlord was bound, gagged and robbed of her property as she showed a potential tenant an apartment that she had for rent last week.

The woman, a resident of East 15th Street near Gravesend Neck Road, told police that two Asian males came to her door at 10:50 a.m. on September 11 and inquired about the basement apartment she had for rent.

When the 54-year-old woman took them downstairs to see it, the suspects pulled weapons on her and tied her up.

The thieves then went through her entire home, taking a pricey television, a laptop computer and her Social Security card.

Concerned neighbors called the police, who found the victim still tied and bound in the basement a short time later.

No injuries were reported.

Cops from the 61st Precinct are asking anyone with information regarding this incident to come forward.

Calls can be made to (718) 627-6611. All calls will be kept confidential.

Road renegades

Two men were arrested following a road rage incident in Coney Island, police said this week.

Officials said that 23-year-old Daniel Torres and 39-year-old Babatunz Kassim had never met until the two nearly collided with each other at the corner of Neptune Avenue and West 20th Street on the afternoon of September 11.

Cops were told that the two motorists were driving alongside each other when Torres allegedly tried to cut in front of Kassim’s car.

The two men nearly collided and then pulled over at a nearby gas station to argue, police alleged.

Their argument soon turned violent, police alleged, with Kassim pulling a knife and Torres grabbing an aluminum baseball bat from the back of his vehicle.

The two then charged each other, with Torres striking Kassim’s brother, who was a witness to the debacle, with it, alleged police. Torres also struck Kassim’s brother in the face, police alleged.

Arriving officers charged Torres with assault and Kassim for menacing. Kassim’s brother was taken to Coney Island hospital with a broken wrist.

Country living

Two gun-toting thieves are being sought for raiding the Country Girl Grocery, 370 Avenue P at 65th Street.

A store employee said that he was behind the counter at 6:30 a.m. on September 7 when two black males barged inside.

The suspects pulled a gun and demanded all the money from the register.

The employee handed him all of the cash he had on him, but the thieves said that it “wasn’t enough.”

They then ordered the clerk to turn around and head toward the back of the store before running off.

No injuries were reported. It was unclear just how much was taken as this paper went to press.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is urged to come forward.

Calls can be made to the 62nd Precinct at (718) 236-2611. All calls will be kept confidential.

Nabbed for stabbing

Two men sporting bloody shirts and a box-cutter were arrested Friday night for a stabbing on 21st Avenue near 62nd Street, officials said.

Officials said that a 21-year-old man was attacked near the corner just before 11 p.m. on September 12.

As the victim was taken to the hospital for treatment, a witness agreed to go with the police to look for the two would-be assailants.

Cops toured the area to 86th Street and Bay 31 where the witness saw the two attackers. If the ID didn’t give them away, their bloody shirts did, officials said.

Police took the two men, identified as 26-year-old Pedro Lopez and a 23-year-old man who refused to give his name into custody without incident. Both were charged with assault.

Guns and garages

Workers at a Bensonhurst garage were held up at gunpoint last week.

Cops from the 62nd Precinct were told that employees of Maganelli Auto Group, 1575 86th Street, were inside their garage at 3:30 p.m. on September 7 when three white males came in and pulled a gun.

The suspects then tossed the workers a plastic bag, ordering them to fill it up with their cash.

A worker told the stick-up artists that they didn’t have the combination from the safe, but gave them a few dollars from his own pocket.

The gunmen fled without harming anyone, officials said.

Updated 11:48 am, January 16, 2019
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