Mercedes Driving Robbers Offer a Ride, Then Flash a Badge and a Gun

Pitkin Place and Rockaway Ave in Brownsville, where the victim was picked up (Screenshot via Google Maps)

BROWNSVILLE – Police are looking for two men who flashed a badge and a gun before robbing a man of his cash, all while pretending to give him a ride home.

On Friday, November 3, the 39-year old victim was walking home in the early afternoon, when a black Mercedes SUV stopped near the Chase Bank at Pitkin and Rockaway to ask him for directions. The occupants of the vehicle then offered the man a ride, which he accepted, said police.

The two men drove the victim to another location, where the driver pulled a gun and the passenger displayed a shield, demanding the victim’s money. The victim handed over roughly $600 cash and the robbers dropped him off unharmed at Prospect Place and East New York Ave, said police.

The suspects and their vehicle were caught on security cameras, and the driver has been described by police as an Asian man in his forties, about 5’10” and 200lbs., with black hair and a medium complexion.

Anyone with information in regards to this incident 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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Paul Stremple

Paul was a staff reporter at Bklyner, responsible for covering Northern and Eastern parts of Brooklyn between August 2017 and January 2019.

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