Western Brooklyn

Crime Blotter: Pool Cue Assault, Hat Thief, Social-Media Trickery

Photo by Ned Berke
The 62nd Precinct station house, 1925 Bath Avenue. (Photo by Ned Berke)

Here’s our roundup of some of the crime reports that happened in and around Bensonhurst in the last two weeks, courtesy of the NYPD’s 62nd Precinct.

  • A man walking down 18th Avenue near 70th Street on May 1, at 1:30pm, was attacked by a man coming towards him with what police describe as a pool stick. The assault was aided by two other perps who began assaulting the victim about the head as he fell to the ground. Cops say he violent men then beat the man on the ground and then took almost $2,500 from him as he lay defenseless, according to police.
  • Also on May 1,  police tell us, a man was savagely robbed while walking home on West 6th Street from the Mixteco Bar on Avenue U. The 11:53pm assault started when multiple assailants came behind man and began to punch him around the head and neck. The aggressors then took approximately $500 in cash from the man who was treated for lacerations at Methodist Hospital.
  • Always remember to lock your car. Police report that on April 29th a woman went inside her home at Bay 31st Street without locking her car. She woke up to discover that thieves had stolen her credit cards, debit cards and medical equipment valued at a whopping $15,600. The car was not damaged, according to the report.
  • Keep your hand on your hat. On May 1 at 8:50pm, a man was walking on Bay Parkway near 62nd Street when a stranger ran up to him, stole his hat off his head, and ran towards 21st Avenue, say cops.
  • Never fall for the Nigerian prince story. A woman living on 16th Avenue was contacted over Facebook on April 25t by a man who, police tell us, called himself “Edward Leo”. This man said he needed financial help and requested money be sent to him. The woman was tricked and sent via Chase to Accra, Ghana, $5,100 US. The woman only realized she was being had when the man requested more money, according to the NYPD.
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  1. this neighborhood has turned into a pig pen. bunch of drinking, pill popping losers and illegals stealing, assaulting and leaving filth all around the neighborhood. I have tried to stay here as long as possible because I loved it. I don’t mind living in a multicultural community. But when it starts affecting my way of life as in I am afraid to go out past 9 at night, I have to constantly spray roach spray around my house because of garbage all outside my neighbors houses, and fear fo my kids walking alone to and from school because they could get robbed or attacked for five dollars, that’s it for me.

  2. Who brings a pool cue and two friends to a random mugging? Both assaults resulted in the perpetrators getting away with sizeable sums of money. I’d bet the victims were targeted. Either they are known to carry large sums, or inadvertently flashed their money around the wrong people.

    I’d love to know what kind of hat it was.

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