Police: Suspect pulls fire alarm, bites officer

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78th Precinct

Park Slope

Hate alarm

A man was arrested when he allegedly unleashed a tirade of racial epithets at a police office who caught him pulling a fire alarm at the Long Island Railroad station on Hanson Place on Jan. 28.

The officer told the Kings County district attorney’s office that he caught the 32-year-old man pulling the fire alarm on the platform at 1 pm. When the officer approached, the suspect started screaming, allegedly calling the cop racial slurs and telling him to “go back to Africa.” When the officer attempted to arrest him, he started flailing his arms and then bit the officer on the hand, police reported.

He was charged with several counts of assault, including assault as a hate crime, reckless endangerment, and disorderly conduct.

Battery of errors

Police arrested a man who they say stole batteries from a Flatbush Avenue store on Jan. 28.

A clerk at the store between Hanson Place and Atlantic Avenue told police that the 61-year-old man came into the store at 11:50 am, put the batteries in his pockets, and tried to walk out.

He was charged with petit larceny and trespassing.


A man was arrested after a building super saw him go into a basement on 16th Street with a backpack and come back out with a bicycle on Jan. 12.

The super said he saw the alleged thief enter the building between Fourth and Fifth avenues at 5:50 pm. According to police, the bike belonged to a tenant who had locked it inside a storage container in the basement.

The 50-year-old man was charged with burglary, criminal trespass, and petit larceny.

— Danielle Furfaro

Reach reporter Thomas Tracy at or by calling (718) 260-2525.
Updated 11:48 am, January 16, 2019
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