August 3, 2012 / Brooklyn news / Meadows of Shame

Armed robbery in Prospect Park

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A gun-wielding thief and an accomplice beat up a man then snatched his iPhone in Prospect Park on July 31, according to police.

Cops say the 25-year-old victim was searching for directions on his smartphone on West Drive near Third Street at 10:50 pm when the crooks ran up and one of them “clotheslined” him, knocking the man to the ground.

The armed perp put the park-goer in a headlock while the other punched him in the face and broke his nose, causing him to drop the phone, police sources say.

Police cuffed two suspects — ages 24 and 19 — for assault and robbery, and hit the younger man with a weapons possession charge as well.

The crime is one of several recent attacks in Prospect Park, some of which occurred on the park’s popular roadway, park advocates say.

“I’ve heard of two or three in last couple weeks,” said Geoffrey Croft of New York City Park Advocates, who first reported the robbery on his blog, A Walk in The Park.

Part of the problem is a lack of full-time police enforcement in Brooklyn parks, Croft said.

The entire borough has only two Parks Enforcement Patrol officers — full-time cops dedicated to keeping city parks safe — according to his advocacy group.

“In Brooklyn, specifically, it’s crazy,” Croft said. “We need dramatically more officers.”

Reach reporter Natalie O'Neill at or by calling her at (718) 260-4505.
Updated 5:35 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

slipperyslope from park slope says:
They should set up something like 'Bait Car' in the park, with iphone carrying hipsters as the bait, to pick off some of these ghetto ass thugs.
Aug. 3, 2012, 8:27 am
manhatposeur from brokelyn says:
The cops should focus more these thugs instead of ticketing cyclist.
Aug. 3, 2012, 9:01 am
BunnynSunny from The Hill says:
It's an excellent to have two undercover cops posing as hapless hipsters with iphones as bait. They could catch a ——load of thugs in my neighborhood using that strategy.
Aug. 3, 2012, 10 am
ty from pps says:
I can't wait for the enlightened comments from the "locals" suggesting that this person deserved it and it serves them right etc. etc.
Aug. 3, 2012, 10:27 am
Joey from Clinton Hills says:
the cops are too busy hiding in the bushes trying to catch some folks on the DL.
Aug. 3, 2012, 10:34 am
Kalahari Dessert from Brooklyn says:
"In Brooklyn, specifically, it’s crazy,” Croft said. “We need dramatically more officers,"......

Not according to Bloomberg in of his his recent nasty billionaire (safe in his castle on the Upper East Side) tizzy fits:
Aug. 3, 2012, 12:07 pm
ty from pps says:
Kalahari -- There's a difference between needing more cops *in general* and needing more cops in certain areas of doing different things (i.e., like active street patrols on foot or bicycle instead of cruising behind a windshield.
Aug. 3, 2012, 12:27 pm
Louise Hainline from the Penthouse apartment says:
Damned bike lane.
Aug. 4, 2012, 6:47 pm
flatbushfred from Flatbush says:
If cars were once again allowed into the park, there would be many more eyes on what's happening on and near the roadway. But alas, cars are evil, and the park is deserted.
Aug. 5, 2012, 2:54 am
Deepak from Park Slope says:

It's true. If we made Prospect Park more like the BQE it would cut way down on muggings because joggers and muggers would stop coming to the park so much.

Heck, it would be just like the old days, back in the early '80s when cars freely roamed the park and Prospect Park was oh so safe and pleasant. You hardly ever stumbled across dead bodies in the park in those days. Maybe just once every two months or so.

Park attendance has gone through the roof in the eight years since the cars were banned during weekday hours. There are more eyes-on-the-street than ever in Prospect Park. The park is safer than ever.
Aug. 6, 2012, 10:24 pm
george from manhattan says:
as these two criminals were,evidently, not minors, one wonders why their names were not published, so that they could be tracked thru the courts??
Aug. 13, 2012, 10:42 am

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