An unhinged Brooklyn Avenue resident spent most of his holiday weekend in a hospital psych ward after sparking a Dec. 25 hostage standoff with police.
Things began to unravel shortly after midnight, when the 26-year-old blew a red light and slammed his car into a parked van — right in front of an off-duty cop.
The 26-year-old jumped out of his Nissan and ran to his home, which is between Avenue D and Newkirk Avenue, with the cop in pursuit. Once the suspect reached his house he kicked out the people who had gathered to celebrate the holiday.
After everyone ran out, the man locked himself inside with his 2-month-old son as more police gathered outside.
After surrounding the home, cops demanded the man surrender. Cops said the man continued to open the door and slam it shut, but at one point, opened the door and stood stark naked, holding his naked baby over his head.
A few moments after that, the man set fire to the Christmas tree inside the house, prompting cops to rush inside and take the man into custody. His baby suffered a broken arm during the ordeal, police said.
A 22-year-old was arrested on Dec. 20 after he forced his way into his employer’s home, demanding the money he was owed.
The victim was inside his Utica Avenue apartment near Snyder Avenue at 1:30 am when his employee barreled inside, making his demands.
The employee punched his 30-year-old victim and ran off with more than $12,000, but didn’t have long to enjoy the repayment — cops had him in custody shortly after, charging him with burglary and robbery.
A 25-year-old burglar was arrested on Dec. 21 — a day after he raided a Rutland Road factory.
The owner of the factory, which is between E. 93rd and E. 94th streets, said the thief forced his way into the basement at 1 pm on Dec. 20, knocking the door off its hinges in the process. He then went inside and stole an assortment of comforter sets and skirts.
When cops grabbed him the next day, he admitted to stealing the products, but claimed that the door was already off its hinges when he got there.
Beaten for backpack
Three thugs jumped a 47-year-old man on E. 54th Street on Dec. 16, robbing him of a backpack full of gift cards.
The victim was nearing Avenue I at 6:05 pm when the thieves grabbed him from behind and began punching him.
After landing a few blows, the thieves scooped up the 47-year-old’s bag and ran off, the victim told police.
A sticky-fingered thief made off with a woman’s wallet on Dec. 13 as she dined at a restaurant at the corner of Avenue H and E. 56th Street.
The woman didn’t realize her wallet was missing until she went to pay for her meal at 7 pm, she told police.
Thieves raided a Flatbush Avenue Sprint cellphone store on Dec. 14, taking $3,000 and, of course, a few cellphones.
Workers said the thieves came in at noon, pulled a gun, and ordered them to the back of the store, which is between Church and Snyder avenues.
After tying the employees’ hands behind their backs, the thieves pulled plastic bags from their jackets and emptied the display cases. They also took the day’s deposits, employees told police.
Shot on H
Two goons opened fire on a 38-year-old man sitting in a car parked on Avenue H during a bloody Dec. 13 clash.
The victim told police he was sitting in the passenger side of the vehicle, parked near E. 46th Street, when the suspects walked up and opened fire, hitting him in the neck, torso and thigh.
The 38-year-old was immediately taken to an area hospital, where he was listed in stable condition after treatment.
A gunman opened fire on E. 31st Street on Dec. 12, leaving a man dead.
Police responded to the quiet block between Foster and Farragut roads at 6 pm upon hearing a report of shots fired.
When they showed up, the victim was found lying on the ground, shot in the head.
Cops are asking anyone with information regarding this incident to come forward.
Calls can be made to the NYPD CrimeStoppers hotline at (800) 577-TIPS. All calls will be kept confidential.