Wednesday Crime Blotter: Attempted Kidnapping in Gravesend, Bed-Stuy Man Plays Real-Life “GTA” & More

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The Thanksgiving Supermarket on 86th Street, where a young boy was nearly kidnapped on Monday (Screenshot via Google Maps)

GRAVESEND – Police are looking for the man who tried to kidnap a 3-year old boy from right in front of his grandmother on Monday.

The incident occurred just before 4:00 pm on Monday, May 7, in front of the Thanksgiving Supermarket at 2239 86th Street in Gravesend, near Bay Parkway, said police. The man approached the child, who was sitting in a stroller, and began to push the stroller away from the grandmother.

Luckily, the woman noticed and gave chase, causing the would-be kidnapper to flee down 86th Street. Surveillance video from the incident can be seen below:

BED-STUY – Police have released additional footage of the suspect wanted in connection with last Saturday’s robbery of a Bed-Stuy bank. The suspect robbed the Roosevelt Bank at 1268 Broadway, near Lexington Avenue, on Saturday, May 5. The new footage can be seen below:

BED-STUY – After a dispute over a taxi fare last weekend, a man assaulted his driver near the Myrtle Ave JMZ stop and briefly stole the cabbie’s car. Now, police are on the hunt.

The assault took place around 6:30 am on Saturday, May 5, in front of 950 Broadway. After arguing over a fare, the unidentified suspect assaulted the 52-year old man driving the cab before exiting the vehicle without paying, said police.

But the suspect wasn’t done there—he then approached the cab while it was stopped at a nearby red light, opening the driver’s side door and punching the victim multiple times, forcing him from the vehicle. The suspect then stole the yellow 2018 Toyota and drove off, said police.

The victim was taken to Woodhull Hospital in stable condition, and the vehicle was found abandoned a few blocks away. A photo of the suspect can be seen below:

CROWN HEIGHTS – Police have made an arrest in the stabbing death of a man in Crown Heights last Friday.

Kyle Mead, 39, of Crown Heights, was arrested yesterday and charged with murder, the NYPD confirmed.

DOWNTOWN – Cops are on the lookout for a bank robber that’s carried out a series of robberies city-wide, including one in Downtown Brooklyn last week.

At 1:45 pm on Wednesday, May 2, the suspect entered the Chase Bank at 20 Flatbush Avenue and passed a note to the teller demanding money, said police. Then, he told the teller he had a gun.

The bank employee complied with his demand, passing the man an undetermined amount of cash, said police. The suspect fled northbound on Flatbush Avenue. Video surveillance of the suspect from another location on his city-wide robbery spree can be seen below:

EAST FLATBUSH – Finally, police are on the lookout for the suspect who robbed a Church Avenue grocery on the first of the month.

Around noon on Tuesday, May 1, the suspect entered the Victor Grocery Store at 4408 Church Avenue, near Troy Ave, and pulled a gun on the 28-year old female employee, demanding money, police said.

The woman handed over about $1,000 in cash to the armed robber, who fled on foot, southbound down Troy Avenue, said police. Video surveillance 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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