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Vicious New Year’s beating

Fatal punch

A 26-year-old man was arrested on Jan. 2 for beating a Carlton Avenue man on New Year’s Eve, then leaving him to die.

Suspect Angel Diaz was arguing with 51-year-old Michael Ketter in his victim’s building between Fulton Street and Atlantic Avenue at 10:47 pm when he pushed and punched his opponent, causing the older man to suffer a heart attack.

Instead of calling for help, Diaz ran away, police said. Paramedics rushed Ketter to Brooklyn Hospital, where he died an hour later.

Diaz surrendered to investigators on Sunday, cops said.

Ball dropped

Two far-from-cheerful New Year’s Eve revelers were arrested on Jan. 1 for sparking a catfight on Fulton Street and knocking a woman’s teeth out.

The female brawlers, ages 31 and 29, were leaving a bar between Vanderbilt and Clinton avenues at 3:50 am when they jumped the 26-year-old with whom they were arguing, witnesses told police.

Bag boob

A thief swiped a woman’s handbag at the corner of Lafayette Avenue and Ashland Place on Jan. 2, but didn’t have long to enjoy the goods.

The victim was approaching the corner at 7:25 pm when the thief pushed her to the ground and ran off with her bag — only to be grabbed by cops a short time later.

Snow devils

Two goons jumped a 36-year-old woman at the corner of Greene and Clinton avenues on Dec. 28, taking her handbag after throwing her face-first into the snow.

The victim was nearing the corner at 7:30 pm when she was attacked.

iPhone grab

A quick-moving thief snatched an iPhone from a 31-year-old woman as she rode the A train into the Lafayette Avenue station on Dec. 29.

The victim was sitting on the train at 12:05 am when the crook grabbed the pricey smartphone and exited the subway car — pulling the struggling woman to the floor as he made his escape.

Filling up

A gun-toting thief held up a Vanderbilt Avenue gas station on Dec. 27, taking $700.

Workers at the filling station between Park and Myrtle avenues said that the thief entered at 5:40 pm, pretending to get a coffee.

But when the only other customer left, the thief stormed up to the window and flashed his gun, ordering a worker to the floor.

Crate carnage

A group of thugs jumped two men on Ashland Place on Dec. 24. Their weapons? A set of milk crates they had found on the street.

The victims were nearing DeKalb Avenue at 10:50 pm when they began arguing with the crate-wielding crew, who left one man with cuts to his face and the other with a broken arm.

Vanderbilt loot

A thief raided a Vanderbilt Avenue apartment while the homeowner spent the holidays traveling.

The woman returned home at 7:15 pm on Dec. 29 to learn that someone had ransacked her home, taking a 42-inch television, three laptop computers and $1,000.

Car raid

A thief broke into a 2007 Dodge Charger parked near the corner of Atlantic Avenue and S. Oxford Street on Dec. 29, taking an iPod, radio amplifier, credit card and debit card.

Rotten apple

A wormy thief swiped a handbag from a woman celebrating inside the Applebee’s on Flatbush Avenue Extension early on Dec. 31.

The woman hung her bag off the back of her chair inside the restaurant between DeKalb Avenue and Fulton Street at 12:30 am. But, 45 minutes later, it was nowhere to be found, she told police.

Purse pinch

Last week’s snowpacalypse slowed everyone down — including the thieves who work the embattled Atlantic Center mall.

A 16-year-old filched a woman’s handbag inside the Flatbush Avenue Target on Dec. 26, but was arrested before she could get away with the stolen loot.

The victim was perusing the aisles inside the store between Hanson Place and Atlantic Avenue at 2:15 pm when the teen plucked the handbag from her shopping cart — only to be grabbed by store security guards a few minutes later.

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