Downtown precinct hit with mayhem spree

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The 84th Precinct experienced a mini–crime wave that featured seven robberies or attempted robberies in only five days — but also resulted in five collars. Here’s a roundup:

• A 31-year-old man was robbed and beaten by three young men in DUMBO on Aug. 6.

While walking near the corner of York and Gold streets, the man was attacked by the trio at 5:10 pm.

The man was punched in the face several times before they stole his phone.

• A man was mugged — possibly at gunpoint — on Dean Street near Smith Street on Aug. 8 at around 3:15 pm.

The man told cops he felt something hard being pushed into his back and then was told, “Don’t move.” When he complied, the perp rifled his victim’s pockets — but luckily, the man was not carrying anything of value, cops said.

• A gang of 10 young men attacked a man near the corner of Henry and Joralemon streets on Aug. 8.

The thieves pounced on their prey at around 11:15 pm — apparently choosing him at random before taking his cellphone and beating him on his chest, side and face.

• Fifteen minutes later, a 20-year-old male was attacked and robbed by two young boys near the corner of Henry and State streets.

One of the boys demanded the victim’s watch, and then punched him in the face, pulled him to the ground, and kicked him in the stomach when he refused.

Though they never got the timepiece from the victim, the two boys, ages 13 and 14, were later arrested.

• A man was carjacked at gunpoint at 12:35 pm on Aug. 9.

The 43-year-old man was waiting in his 1998 Dodge Durango at the corner of Third Avenue and Dean Street when two men pointed guns into the window and ordered him out.

The man left his vehicle and the two men slipped in and drove off.

• A 62-year-old woman and a 46-year-old man were robbed on Aug. 11 near the corner of Sands and Gold streets at around 7 pm by a young man and woman, cops said. One of the assailants — the police report did not specify which — pulled a gun and said, “You’ve got to give it up.”

The victims handed over their belongings, and the robbers fled. But they weren’t on the lam long: Cops say they arrested the 17-year-old girl and her 19-year-old accomplice — both in possession of crack cocaine.

Updated 4:00 pm, November 10, 2010
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