Armed mugger flees when he’s spooked

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A man with a silver pistol held two women at gunpoint on Jan. 7, but the gunman got spooked twice and walked away empty-handed, police said.

The thug grabbed the first victim, a 33-year-old woman, as she was walking along Clinton Street, near Degraw Street, shortly after 8 pm. He wrapped his left arm around her and held the gun to her cheek with his right hand

“Give me your purse,” he insisted.

But for some reason, the thief pushed the victim away and dashed down the street before she could respond. Still, his mugging spree wasn’t over yet.

The gunman ran down Degraw Street and, as he neared Court Street, grabbed another victim. He held the 28-year-old woman tightly, jammed the gun into her side, and again demanded her purse.

But, once again, something spooked the thief. He pushed the victim away and bolted. A witness saw him jump into a silver car and speed away.

Police described the scaredy-cat mugger as a white Hispanic man, 5-foot-6, in a black snorkel jacket. Neither of the victims was injured.

Cleaned out

A burglar ransacked a First Place apartment and stole $1,675 in valuables on Jan. 5, police said.

The 42-year-old victim left his home, near Court Street, around 2:30 pm. When he returned, around 8 pm, he couldn’t get inside his own apartment. A chair wedged up under the doorknob prevented his entry.

Once he got inside, he also discovered the bedroom window wide open — he had just left it cracked slightly.

Purse snatch

A thief followed a woman from the ATM and stole her purse with $180 on Jan. 2, police said.

The 42-year-old victim was walking along President Street, near Hoyt Street, shortly before 11 pm when a man ran up alongside her. Before she could react, the mugger grabbed her bag and bolted with the credit cards, ID and $180 inside.

“Don’t turn around,” the thief sad, as he ran. She described him as a Hispanic man dressed in a red hoodie.


Parking is tough in Downtown Brooklyn. But is a spot worth clubbing someone for?

Apparently, the answer was yes for one 25-year-old man who attacked another driver with a pipe after the man refused to move his car quickly enough, police said.

The argument, over a spot near Bergen Street, sparked around 8:40 am. The assailant ordered the victim and his 22-year-old passenger to move their car immediately.

When the victim urged him to chill out, the angry man lost his limited cool. He went into his Fourth Avenue home around the corner, and returned moments later with a metal pipe.

Swinging the weapon, he slugged the victim several times in the face. The victim was left with serious cuts, bruises and bleeding. The thug then jumped in a 2004 Toyota sedan and sped away.

Police have the man’s name and the plate number on his car, and are now investigating the charges.

Pass the mayo

Police charged a man with breaking his roommate’s ribs after she asked him to pay the back rent he owed on their Jay Street apartment, police said.

An argument broke out when the 33-year-old victim first asked the suspect about “his plan” for paying the outstanding rent, around 2 pm on Dec. 29. The freeloader became aggressive and threatened to beat her up. He then pushed her back against the wall, and she threw a bottle of mayonnaise at him in self-defense.

But that only made things worse. The suspect attacked full-force, slamming her into the wall. She suffered a broken right rib and many bruises. Police Officer Trudy Fung of the 84th Precinct arrested the 27-year-old man on assault charges.

School rob

They literally took the jacket from his back.

Two thieves stole a teenager’s leather 8-ball jacket, jewelry, PlayStation and Metrocard as he walked to school on Fourth Avenue on Jan. 5, police said.

The thugs rushed the boy near the corner of Dean Street, around 11 am. They forced the victim up against a wall, stripped him of his clothing and valuables, and ran off along Fourth Avenue. The stolen goods included the red leather jacket with a black 8-ball on the back, worth nearly $300, silver earrings and a silver chain, worth $250 together, and a PSP with a speaker, valued at $250.

Police are looking for two black men. One is 5-foot-7 and 130 pounds, with short hair, blue jeans and a blue snorkel jacket, while the other is 6-foot-1 and 15- pounds, with a black jacket with fur trim, black jeans and a black skullcap.

Knife mug

Police arrested one teen and are seeking two others after an armed mugging on State Street on Jan. 5.

The 28-year-old victim was walking near Bond Street when the trio rushed him, shortly before 2 pm. One man opened a knife and threatened the victim, asking for his cash. The man turned over $12 and the trio fled.

When police searched the area they found one of the thieves. A 16-year-old now faces robbery charges.

Mob rob

A quartet of thugs robbed a teenager on Fulton Street at dusk on Jan. 7, police said.

The four young men rushed the 19-year-old victim as he neared Hoyt Street, around 5:10 pm. One held the teen from behind while another grabbed the victim’s wallet, and the other two kept watch.

“What’s in your pocket?” the first thief asked.

Police are searching for four black men, all 5-foot-7 and between 18 and 24-years-old. One had short, close-cut hair, a red jacket, blue jeans and black sneakers. Another had a red jacket and blue jeans. The third man was dressed in all black, but he couldn’t describe the clothing on the fourth man.

The wallet, worth $120 itself, held $150 and various ID cards.

Nab Goldfinger

Police arrested a 21-year-old man after he allegedly tried to slip a gold chain worth $9,500 into his pocket in a Dekalb Avenue jewelry store on Jan. 6.

The clerk, also 21, said the thief walked into the store, near Bond Street, around 6:30 pm. He asked to look at a costly gold chain, and the employee handed him the necklace.

But once he held the jewelry in his hand, the temptation proved too much. The thief slipped the gold links into his pocket and tried to flee. He didn’t get far before Police Officer Ismir Radoncic nabbed him on larceny charges and recovered the gold chain and pendant.

Updated 4:00 pm, November 10, 2010
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