Gangs of BK
Police arrested nine men who attacked an off-duty cop and three of his friends on Hanson Place on Oct. 13.
The brawl started at 11:35 pm between Ashland Place and St. Felix Street, when the accused men, aged 22–29, pounced on the policeman and his pals after they left a nearby barbecue restaurant.
The officer said he identified himself as a cop, but the raging gang pummeled the victims with their fists, glass bottles and other unknown objects. Three of the victims, including the policeman, were cut and bruised from the beating. All four men were transported to a hospital for treatment.
Motorcycle-riding bandits shot a man sitting in front of his St. Felix Street house on Oct. 15.
Two bullets struck the 28-year-old victim in the buttocks at 11:20 pm in front of his home between DeKalb Avenue and Fulton Street.
The wounded man, taken to Long Island College Hospital for treatment, told police the shooter, who rode the hog behind another man, was a stranger.
There were a string of burglaries across Clinton Hill last week that took place while residents were home to witness the intrusions.
In one break-in on Putnam Avenue on Oct. 14, the 29-year-old resident told police that he foiled a prowler who climbed in his back window at 3:20 am. The burglar hopped back through the window without taking anything from the home between Irving Place and Classon Avenue.
Three days later on Washington Avenue, a woman who had been watching television, encountered a man in her home at 11:50 am. She told police that the burglar took her laptop, her printer, a pair of Nike sneakers, a book bag, jacket and a stack of books from her building between Fulton Street and Atlantic Avenue.
The third face-off happened on St. James Place on Oct. 19. The 28-year-old resident told police he had been resting in bedroom at 4:10 pm when he heard a noise in the living room. He confronted an unknown man who had the improbable explanation that, “I’m here to fix the TV.” Then the burglar ran out the front door of the building between Gates Avenue and Fulton Street.
A man and woman impersonating police officers defrauded a man out of $20 on the corner of Fulton Street and Lafayette Avenue on Oct. 17.
The 20-year-old victim told real police that he walked out of a bodega when a black Chevy Impala abruptly pulled to a halt halfway on the sidewalk in front of him at 6:30 pm.
Then the con artists hopped out of the car and demanded to see the young man’s identification. They sat in their vehicle for a couple of minutes, giving the impression they were checking his record, and reappeared to say that he was “clean,” and returned his wallet to him.
Moments later when he boarded a city bus, the victim realized he had been duped, because his ID and $20 were gone from the wallet.
R&R and B&E
A man vacationing from Oct. 9–14 returned to discover that his Carlton Avenue apartment had been burgled.
The 36-year-old victim, who left his abode between Willoughby and DeKalb avenues at 12:45 pm on Oct. 9 and returned at 12:30 pm five days later, said the thief busted in through his back window. Before scooting out the front door, the hooligan snatched up jewelry, an engagement ring, a laptop and his rare coin collection.
Dine and dash
A quick-handed criminal scooped a man’s wallet off the al fresco table where he sat in a DeKalb Avenue restaurant on Oct. 14.
Police caught the 21-year-old man whom the diner said stole his iPhone and wallet, containing $200. But the alleged thief no longer possessed the property and perhaps handed it of to one of his friends who had run down the street with him after swiping the billfold at 7:45 pm between Clermont and Vanderbilt avenues.
Five teens beat up another teenager to steal his cellphone in the stairway of the Lafayette Avenue subway station on Oct. 16.
The 15-year-old victim hurried away from the quintet after they tried to surround him and asked to see his mobile phone near the corner of So. Oxford Street and Greene Avenue at 2:53 pm.
But the pack caught up to him in the subway entrance, where they unleashed a barrage of punches and kicks, before reaching into his pocket to steal the cellular phone.
Police broke up a fracas between two women on Tillary Street on Oct. 17.
Officers arrested an irate 38-year-old lady who had allegedly nailed the 46-year-old victim with a combination lock and also hurled a garbage can at her at 12:30 am near the corner of Prince Street. Police reported that the assailant repeatedly said, “I’m gonna kill that b—th, just wait.”
— Mike McLaughlin