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Weekend Crime Blotter: Broad Daylight Shooting in Ditmas Park, Bed-Stuy Box Cutter Robbery, City Employees Rack Up DWIs & More

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BUSHWICK – At 2:21 am on Sunday, April 29, off-duty NYPD officer Miguel Martinez, 38, was arrested and charged with DWI, driving the wrong way and refusing to take a breathalyzer test.

CROWN HEIGHTS – At 3:45 am on Saturday, April 28, NYC Corrections officer James Laraque, 35, was charged with DWI.

FLATBUSH/DITMAS PARK – Shortly before noon on Sunday, a 36-year-old man was shot once in the back. The crime took place on Dorchester Road, between Flatbush Ave and East 21st Street. Police say they have arrested the suspected shooter, a 61-year-old Hispanic man, who fled towards East 21st Street after the shooting. The victim was taken to Kings County Hospital and is in stable condition, according to the police.

The unidentified woman wanted in connection with the theft of a wallet from a Sheepshead Bay restaurant (Via DCPI)

SHEEPSHEAD BAY – Police are looking for the woman who stole a wallet out of a Sheepshead Bay restaurant bathroom last week.

Around 7:30 pm on Thursday, April 26, a 27-year old woman left her wallet on the counter of the ladies room at Momo Hibachi Steakhouse and Bar, said police. Shortly thereafter, another woman removed the wallet and left the restaurant with an unidentified man.

Surveillance video of the two can be seen below:

BED-STUY – Police are looking for a man who robbed a man in an MTA elevator while brandishing a box cutter last week.

Around 3:00 am on Thursday, April 26, the suspect followed his 30-year old victim into an elevator at the Utica Avenue A/C station, said police. Brandishing a yellow box cutter, the suspect demanded the victim’s wallet before fleeing on foot to parts unknown.

Surveillance video of the suspect can be seen below:

CROWN HEIGHTS – Police arrested the man behind the anti-Semitic attack on a 52-year old Jewish man in Crown Heights last week.

James Vincent, 40, was arrested by the NYPD and charged with assault, strangulation and unlawful possession of marijuana, said police. The Bronx man was caught on surveillance video around the time of the attack.

SUNSET PARK – Police also arrested Kosta Kolaci, 61, of Gravesend, for public lewdness. Kolaci was caught on camera pleasuring himself on a southbound N train earlier this month.

(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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