Police: Man breaks into woman’s apartment and strangles her

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62nd Precinct

Bensonhurst—Bath Beach

Stranger strangler

Police arrested a man who broke into a woman’s Bay 19th Street apartment on June 4 and choked her.

The woman told police that the man entered her apartment between 86th Street and Benson Avenue at 8 pm without her permission and charged at her. He grabbed her by the neck and squeezed to the point where the woman became dizzy and could barely breath, according to a police report. But she somehow manged to break free and phoned police, who sped over and arrested the man, officials said.

Scar face

A goon slashed a man across the face on New Utrecht Avenue on June 8.

The pair got into an argument between 62nd and 63rd streets at 1 pm, said police. But things took a violent turn when the baddie brandished a knife and sliced the man across the face, officials said.

Waking nightmare

A thief crept into a man’s Benson Avenue home on June 4 while he was sleeping on the couch and took his cellphone.

The victim told police that he was napping on his sofa in his apartment between Bay 20th Street and 19th Avenue at 1 pm. But as he caught some shut-eye, a sneaky thief entered the pad through an open window in the back of the apartment, according to footage captured on security camera. When the victim awoke, his cell, which was left charging beside the couch, was gone, said police.


A trio of teens ambushed a woman on 21st Avenue on June 7.

The woman told police that she had just stepped off the bus near Bath Avenue at 4 pm when the delinquents snatched her backpack, glasses, and grabbed at her clothes. A scuffle ensued and the woman injured her knee, according to a police report.

But the baddies managed to flee with the goods, officials said.

— Caroline Spivack

Updated 11:48 am, January 16, 2019
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