Coerced out of cash
A crew of thieves threatened to kill a Bensonhurst woman’s child on Oct. 6 if she didn’t take them to her home and fork over her cash and jewelry.
The victim was nearing the corner of 23rd Avenue and 82nd Street at 1:10 pm when the thieves pulled up in a car.
At first, they asked if she knew how to get to 14th Avenue. Then, suddenly, they began threatening her, claiming they had a gun.
The suspects dragged the woman inside the car, then said if she didn’t take them to her home, they would wait outside her child’s school and kill him.
She did what she as told, ultimately giving them $3,000 and some jewelry.
For good measure, the thieves forced her to take them to a nearby bank, where she withdrew $1,000 more, before leaving her at the corner of Avenue O and W. 10th Street in Gravesend.
Thieves tried to break into St. Guadalupe Church on 15th Avenue on Oct. 10, but couldn’t get inside.
Congregants told police that someone shattered a glass panel to the side door of the church, which is at the corner of 72nd Street, at 3:30 pm, but the door was never breached.
A 20-year-old hooligan with an arrest warrant hanging over his head tried to escape his captors on Oct. 6, but soon found out that you can’t outrun the long arm of the law.
Police said the man — who was allegedly responsible for a slew of robberies — was grabbed on Surf Avenue between W. 30th and W. 31st streets at 1:26 pm, but, despite being in handcuffs, he tried to make a run for it right before being put into an awaiting squad car.
He reportedly struck a female cop in the face with his elbow, breaking the officer’s hold on him, before running off to a nearby apartment building.
But his escape was all for nought — cops caught up with him after an hour of searching.
Popped on W. 27th
A scrapper was scraped into a holding cell on Oct. 11 following a bout of fisticuffs on W. 27th Street.
Police said the 18-year-old hooligan was arguing with his victim between Mermaid and Surf avenues at 7:30 pm when he punched his opponent in the face.
He was arrested before he could do more damage, officials said.
Road Rage on Ocean
A motorist went ballistic during a furious road rage exchange on Oct. 9 and attacked a woman’s car following a near miss on Ocean Avenue.
The woman told police she was rolling between Avenues V and U at 12:25 pm when a black Nissan Maxima cut her off.
The Nissan stopped and a man jumped out, screaming at the woman so fiercely that she rolled up her windows and locked her doors.
Enraged, the other driver slammed his fist onto the driver’s side mirror — cracking it — before speeding off.
Three thugs held up a Coney Island resident at knifepoint on Oct. 3 after accusing their victim of “snitching.”
The victim was on W. 8th Street between Neptune and Surf avenues when the thieves approached him at 8 pm.
“I heard you been snitchin’,” one of the thieves said before pulling two knives. The thugs then attacked the teen, while in the process going through the victim’s pockets, taking a cell phone and some money. The teen was left with a bruised face and a swollen lip.
The three hooligans were corralled following a brief investigation, officials said.
A thief “hugged” a 67-year-old man out of his wallet during an odd exchange inside an Avenue V apartment building.
The victim said he was on the fifth floor of the building, which is between Coyle and Ford streets, at 5:40 pm when the female thief grabbed him, pocketing his wallet during the embrace.
Realizing what the woman had done, the victim called police as he followed the would-be thief, who was arrested a short time later.
Late night shopping
Thieves broke into an Avenue Z grocery on Oct. 4, taking $200 and $3,000 in cigarettes.
The thieves ripped up the security shutters to the side of the store, which is between E. 13th and E. 14th streets, sometime after 11 pm, after workers had closed for the night.
Cops are looking for a “dancing thief” — a hooligan who was spotted practicing his routine just before he mugged a woman inside a building elevator on W. 23rd Street.
Police said the 2 am robbery inside the building, which is near Surf Avenue, wasn’t caught on the building’s surveillance camera, but the thief’s dance was.
The victim was already inside the elevator when the thief got on and attacked her, taking a cell phone.
Cops are asking anyone with information regarding this theft to come forward.
Calls can be made to the NYPD CrimeStoppers hotline at (800) 577-TIPS. All calls will be kept confidential.
A 14-year-old graffiti vandal was arrested on Oct. 7 after he was caught scrawling “Hiya” on the rear of a Nostrand Avenue building.
Cops caught up with the teen at 9:30 pm, shortly after he left his tag, police said.
A shopper at an 86th Street mini-mart wigged out on Sept. 29 when he was told the price of beer had gone up.
Workers at the Marlboro Mini Mart, which is between W. Seventh and Eighth streets, said the man entered the store at 7:45 pm to purchase a beer.
But when he was told the price, he flipped out, and began to yell and curse at the employees.
He then lunged at a plastic partition, breaking it, cops were told.
A gun-toting thief attacked a 27-year-old woman on Bay 23rd Street during an furious Oct. 3 exchange where he screamed “This is to make sure you don’t mess around with La Raza Loca!”
The woman was between 86th Street and Benson Avenue at 4:20 am when the thief raced toward her with a gun in his hand.
He punched the woman in the face, yelled his statement and ran off with her purse, police were told.
Cops were not clear what the statement had to do with the robbery.