An opportunistic thief stole a man’s Mercedes Benz when he left it running to visit a McGuiness Boulevard movie set on April 14, police reported.
The 38-year-old stated that he left his luxury car running and the door unlocked when he went into a set location parking lot between Green and Huron streets at 9:30 pm. He was inside for about five minutes and, when he came out, he saw a man rummaging through the car.
When the bandit caught sight of the owner, he drove off, speeding down Huron Street the wrong way, a report says. Police later found the car undamaged at the corner of Dupont Street and Franklin Street with the key still in the ignition, officers said.
Cops cuffed a man who they say strangled a woman on Manhattan Avenue on April 14 when she refused to have a drink with him, then stole her purse in an attempt to stop her from reporting the crime.
The 36-year-old victim told police that she was standing on the corner Calyer Street at 7 pm when a man she was with demanded that he come with her to have a drink. The woman told police that when she refused, the man started choking her.
She started walking towards the 94th Precinct station house and the man started trailing her and tried to steal her purse off of her shoulder to prevent her from going to the station, a report says. The woman struggled, got her property back, and reported the man, police said. The 37-year-old suspect was charged with attempted robbery and domestic violence strangulation.
A man was arrested after police say he bear-hugged a woman from behind on Roebling Street on April 18, and then stole her iPhone.
The 31-year-old victim said she was at the corner of N. Seventh Street at 9:50 pm when a stranger suddenly put his arms around her from behind. He held her tight, then pried the gadget from her hands and ran off, she told cops.
Police tracked the accused to the corner of Hooper Street and S. Third Street, where he dropped the phone and ran, according to a report. The 22-year-old was charged with robbery and the woman got her phone back, the report states.
A quartet of robbers attacked a pizza delivery driver on Kingsland Avenue on April 18, severely beating him before stealing his cash, police said.
The 24-year-old victim reported that he was delivering pizza to a public housing development between Frost and Jackson streets at 8:30 pm when a fiend grabbed him from behind and body-slammed him. The lout then punched him in the face and ripped off his back pocket, taking the $90 that was in it, according to a report.
Three other galoots then came up and kicked the delivery man in the face and body, cutting his hand and making his head spin, cops stated. The fearsome foursome ran off and are on the loose, per police.
A man was arrested and charged with assault after he allegedly beat a woman with a wooden stick on Java Street on April 14.
The 46-year-old victim told police that she was in her home between Manhattan Avenue and McGuiness Boulevard at 8:29 am when she got into an argument with the guy.
He threw her to the ground and then hit her on the head and arm with the club, police reported. Emergency services took the woman to Woodhull Medical Center and the suspect was cuffed and charged with assault.
— Danielle Furfaro