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Wednesday Crime Blotter: A Hot-Glue Gun Robbery Foiled, A Random L Train Assault & More

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DOWNTOWN – After receiving a tip from a neighbor, police were able to break up a robbery in progress earlier this week.

Anti-crime units watched Gregory Price, 59, pull a mask over his face and enter Vivi Bubble Tea at 113 Court Street on Monday, April 16, just around noon, brandishing what looked like a gun, said police. Officers entered the store behind him as an employee filled his knapsack with cash, then demanded he put down the weapon. Price tried to flee to the back of the store, but pursuing officers were able to arrest him without further incident, said police.

The officers recovered a hot-glue gun covered in black tape, made to resemble a firearm. The Brownsville man was charged with robbery, criminal possession of a weapon, menacing, tampering with physical evidence and resisting arrest, said police.

The “weapon” used in the robbery was, in fact, a hot-glue gun (Via DCPI)

CENTRAL BROOKLYN – Police are looking for a pair of suspects in series of gunpoint robberies across East Flatbush, Flatbush and Midwood. The suspects have been robbing those that they’ve met using the LetGo app, used for arranging sales of used possessions. The latest two incidents occurred last week, on Wednesday, April 11.

First, around 3:15 pm, the suspects met with their potential victim at 5255 Kings Highway to arrange the sale of an Apple MacBook Pro. At the location, the suspects asked the victim to see the property, then pulled out a gun. The victim refused to hand over his computer and the two suspects fled the location, leaving the victim unharmed.

Shortly thereafter, at 1430 Ocean Avenue, the two suspects met with another victim who had posted an Apple iPad for sale on the app. At the meet, one of the suspects inspected the tablet while the other moved behind the victim, hitting him over the head with a gun and causing a minor laceration, said police.

The suspects fled the second location on foot. A photo of one of the potential suspects can be seen below:

(Via DCPI)

FLATBUSH – A man is wanted for questioning in connection with an investigation into shots fired in Flatbush last Tuesday.

Around 8:00 pm on Tuesday, April 10, the suspect brandished a firearm and fired it off in front of 2111 Albemarle Road, near Flatbush Ave, said police. Surveillance video of the suspect can be seen below:

WILLIAMSBURG – A man is wanted by police after punching a victim in the face in a Williamsburg L train station last month.

On Friday, March 23, around 6:00 pm, the suspect approached his 24-year old male victim near the turnstile area of the Lorimer L train stop and punched the man in his face, said police. A photo of the suspect can be seen below:

(Via DCPI)

Anyone with information in regard to any of these incidents is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782).  The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential.

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