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Friday Crime Blotter: Panhandler Pummels F Train Victim, Arrest Made After Attempted Rape & More

The F Train station at Ditmas Avenue (Screenshot via Google Maps)

KENSINGTON – Police are looking for the man who viciously beat a straphanger who didn’t have any money for him on in the Ditmas Avenue F station last weekend.

Around 2:20 am on Sunday, March 4, police said the suspect asked his 28-year victim for money, assaulting the man when he said he didn’t have any. The suspect punched the man in the face, knocking him to the floor, where he continued to punch and kick him, said police. As he assaulted the victim, the suspect emptied his pockets, smashing the man’s phone on the floor and threw his property across the floor, said police.

The victim suffered lacerations to his face, fractured ribs and a broken elbow, and was treated at Maimonides Hospital. The suspect is described as a black man, 18 to 25 years old, about 5’5″. He was last seen wearing a black hooded jacket with a shark’s mouth across its chest, black sweatpants and white sneakers. Video of the assault can be seen below:

CANARSIE – After last week’s police-involved shooting that left one robber dead, police have released video of the second suspect, who fled the scene that night. He can be seen prior to the incident on the video below:

BENSONHURST – Police have made an arrest after the attempted rape in Bensonhurst in mid-February. Sammy Bensabeur, of Bay 19th Street in Bath Beach, was arrested in connection with the incident and charged with attempted rape, sexually motivated burglary and forcible touching, as well as resisting arrest and a marijuana possession charge.

MIDWOOD – Finally, police are looking for the man who robbed a sleeping subway rider on a southbound Q train last month.

The 28-year old male victim was dozing on the train around 3:00 am when he awoke at Avenue J to find he was no longer in possession of his wallet or cell phone, said police. There were 5 credit cards in his wallet, and later that day, a man used those cards to make $2,100 worth of purchases from retail stores in Brooklyn and Manhattan, said police.

Video of the suspect can be seen below:

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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