A carjacking took place near East 8th Street and 18th Avenue on December 31 around 7pm, according to police.
A man impersonating a police officer stopped a car on East 8th Street and proceeded to tell the driver to get out of the blue minivan and kneel in front of him. The carjacker also had the driver’s 13-year-old son get out of the vehicle. He then took the car and fled the scene.
Captain Kenneth Quick of the 66th Precinct said that 18-year-old Sabbir Miah was found driving the stolen Pontiac on Avenue O and had been apprehended, but said that the carjacker was still on the loose. Miah was charged with criminal possession of stolen property and unauthorized use of a vehicle.
A woman in Bensonhurst also had her car taken and was briefly kidnapped by the perpetrators. The woman, who lives near 26th Avenue and Bay 41st Street was parking her car after work when two men approached her and grabbed her from the back. They took her car and kidnapped her for about 15 minutes before they dropped her off about three blocks from her home. She was taken to the hospital with multiple facial fractures.
Police say the two Bensonhurst carjackers have been arrested and the vehicle found destroyed.
Assemblyman Dov Hikind urged the community to remain alert and to report criminal activity to police after learning of the car jacking and kidnapping.
“We have to unite as a community, we cannot tackle this alone. Everyone needs to do their due diligence in reporting criminal activity. Let’s give our police force and our Shomrim all of the help they need to catch these criminals for these heinous crimes,” said Hikind in a statement.