Arrest in late-night Slope slashing!

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Cops have arrested the ex-con they believe viciously slashed a woman as she walked home along Sixth Avenue after finishing her shift at the Park Slope Food Co-op on Sixth Avenue on June 17.

Thomas Russo — who officials said was out of jail even after violating his parole — was arrested on Tuesday for slashing the 39-year-old Fort Greene woman as she was walking near Lincoln Place at just before midnight.

That’s when she noticed that a man was walking a few steps in front of her. He bent down and pretended to tie his shoe — only to pounce on her and slash her head, arm and leg with his blade.

He also struck her in the head, fracturing her skull.

Cops say the victim remembered seeing Russo earlier at a bodega — and, sure enough, surveillance footage from the deli allowed authorities to ID the suspect as an ex-con who violated his parole with an April bust for marijuana, the New York Post reported on Thursday.

That bust should have sent him back to jail, but parole officials sent him to drug treatment instead, the Post reported.

Clean streets

At least one car owner has become a victim to this summer’s alternate-side-of-the-street parking suspension after leaving her car on Second Street for 18 days.

Because the city has allowed Park Slopers to skip the weekly or twice-weekly ritual of moving their cars, the owner of the 1993 Honda, who left it on the block between Sixth and Seventh avenues on June 3, didn’t even know that her car had been stolen until she returned to it on June 21.

In an unrelated swipe, another car thief stole a 1998 Nissan Maxima from a spot on St. Marks Avenue between Fifth and Sixth avenues on June 19. In this case, the car had only been in the space for about three hours.

Mystery burg

This one is for Agatha Christie.

A man told cops that an iPod and a digital camera were stolen from his Fifth Avenue apartment while he slept on June 20 — but there was no sign of a break-in or even a slip-in.

The man, who lives between 12th and 13th streets, told cops that he went to bed at 7:20 am and left the electronic equipment on a table inside his front door. When he woke up at 1 pm, the stuff was gone.


A new Fifth Avenue barbecue joint didn’t live up to its name when a burglar broke in after hours on June 16 and stole $600 from a safe.

The owner of Lookout Hill told cops that the restaurant, which is at President Street, was unoccupied from 2 am to 8 am, when the break-in occurred.

Double burg

Two 11th Street apartments were broken into by the same thieves who got away with electronics and jewelry on June 17.

Cops say the team entered the building, which is between Second and Third avenues, at around 2 pm. First, they hit a 34-year-old woman’s apartment, taking a $6,000 engagement ring and a fancy watch.

Next, they broke into a 33-year-old’s unit, taking a laptop and some jewelry.

Cops are looking for two 19-year-olds. One is 5-foot-8, 150 pounds and the other is 5-foot-5, 140 pounds. Both have short, Caesar-style haircuts, cops said.

Updated 4:01 pm, November 10, 2010
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