Police charged a Brownsville man with murder for allegedly running down a cyclist he claims looted his car in Bushwick on Monday, Sept. 2.
Defendant Korey Johnson, 41, mowed down 47-year-old Fort Greene resident Robert Donald with his Jeep Grand Cherokee following a chase on Broadway near Fayette Street at 6 a.m., according to a police spokesman.
Johnson claims he confronted the victim after spotting the man burglarizing his SUV parked on Marcus Garvey Boulevard near Ellery Street at 6 a.m., but their argument turned bloody when the alleged thief stabbed a second witness in the arm with a screwdriver, according to authorities.
The burglar tried to flee on his bicycle, but the suspect gave chase in his car, pursuing the victim east along the westbound lane of Broadway, where he struck the cyclist, pinning him to a row of parked cars and flipping his Jeep in the process, cops said.
Police and paramedics rushed to the scene, where they discovered the biker dead with severe head wounds, the spokesman said.
Officers held the driver in custody at the 83rd Precinct, before booking him on charges of murder and manslaughter Tuesday, according to the authorities.
The biker is the 15th to be killed by a motorist in Brooklyn this year and the 20th to die citywide, compared to 10 biker fatalities in the Five Boroughs during all of 2018.