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A man heading home late at night was robbed by a pair of thugs who tried to choke him on Water Street on April 5, police said.

The 25-year-old victim was near the corner of Jay Street, around 11:30 pm, when the strangers rushed him from, behind and grabbed his neck in their hands.

When they demanded his valuables, the victim turned over his cellphone, his laptop, a book, a driver’s license, and other computer equipment — valued at nearly $2,000.

The thugs then fled.

The victim could only describe one of his attackers, a black man, 5-foot-11 and 230-pounds, dressed in a blue jogging jacket.

Mac attack

It’s not clear what prompted a pair of thugs to attack a woman with a 32-ounce fountain soda — chock full of ice — outside a fast food restaurant on Court Street near Schermerhorn Street, on April 3, police said.

The 29-year-old victim, a Staten Island woman, was headed into the burger franchise around 11:30 pm when she met her attackers on the way out. One smacked her in the face with the super-sized soda, without apparent reason, and then the pair took off before the victim could see them well.

Benz swiped

Someone stole a 20-year-old Mercedes from a spot on Schermerhorn Street in just over an hour on April 2, police said.

The 64-year-old driver, a Brighten Beach man, left the vehicle near the corner of Bond Street, at 10:15 am. When he returned at 11:20 am, the 1986 black sedan had disappeared.

High kick save

Despite his best kick-boxing defense, a victim still lost his cellphone to a pair of armed thugs who robbed him on the corner of Jay and Fulton streets on April 2, police said.

It was just after 10 pm when the 39-year-old victim, from Queens, was attacked by the pair. But as one thief pulled a gun, the victim managed to high-kick the weapon away.

But that didn’t end his plight. The brutes then set upon him with their fists, threw him to the ground, grabbed his cellphone and fled.

The victim could only get a good description of one of the thieves. He’s a black man, 5-foot-6 and 160-pounds, wearing a black jacket with fur trim, blue jeans and a black hat. His accomplice was also dressed in black.

Knifed revenge

A knife-wielding man, angry about being ejected from a soup kitchen, stabbed one of the charity’s organizers on the hand on Fourth Avenue on April 2, police said.

The victim, a Queens man, had just left a store near the corner of St. Marks Place when the thug sliced his left hand, shortly before 2 pm.

Police said it was part of an ongoing feud over the attacker’s behavior at the soup kitchen. Few details of the knife-man were available.

Smith St. brawl

It seems like a case of “taking it outside.”

When a verbal dispute broke out early on April 6 between two men at a store on Smith Street, near Pacific Street, the violence spread outside and left one man with a knife-wound near his heart, police said.

The squabble broke out around 12:40 am, inside the store. Once on the street, the attacker pulled a pocketknife and thrust it into the left-side of the victim’s body.

Police are now looking for a light-skinned Hispanic man, around age 30, 5-foot-8 and 150-pounds, dressed in all black and walking with a limp.

Big-time bust

This time, 13 certainly proved to be an unlucky number.

Police arrested a man who tried to steal a baker’s dozen of Roca Wear jackets from a department store on Fulton Street on April 6.

A 29-year-old employee at the store, near the corner of Smith Street, saw the thief pull the hip-hop-style jackets from the display and stuff them into a white plastic bag. The witness called the cops, and Officer Jerry St. Louis of the 84th Precinct cuffed the burglar with the popular outerwear, valued at nearly $1,500. The 24-year-old now faces grand larceny charges.

Theater target

Talk about a bad show.

Someone raided the locker of an employee at a Court Street moviehouse on April 5 and made off with hundreds in valuables, police said.

The 19-year-old victim left her items inside her staff locker in the building, which is near State Street. She secured the locker with a hefty lock at 4:15 pm, but when she checked back, 15 minutes later, the thief had unscrewed the bottom of the metal locker and made off with an iPod, two credit cards and $25 in cash.

Updated 4:00 pm, November 10, 2010
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