Police Beat: 62nd, 68th and 72nd precinct blotters

February 20, 2014 Heather Chin
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68th Precinct

Between Sunday, February 9 and Saturday, February 15, the 68th Precinct received reports of one felony assault, two grand larcenies and one burglary. The 68th Precinct serves Bay Ridge, Dyker Heights and Fort Hamilton.


On Saturday, February 15 around 4:35 a.m., a woman was riding the S53 bus from Staten Island when she entered into a verbal argument with four other riders. The four riders then allegedly assaulted her by repeatedly kicking and punching her. Cops say the group then dragged the victim off the bus and continued to assault her. During the altercation, according to police, the victim used a cutting instrument to slash the right side of one assailant’s face.

Police officers apprehended and arrested all five individuals involved in the altercation and moved the slashing victim to Lutheran Medical Center where she received 50 stitches.


Cops report that, on Sunday, February 9, a resident parked a 2009 Mercedes Benz near 73rd Street and Fort Hamilton Parkway. Returning around 1:30 p.m., the victim discovered that someone had broken into the vehicle, removing the center console containing navigation and stereo systems as well as a cordless microphone from the rear seat – valued at approximately $2,300.

Upon investigation, police apprehended a suspect – known to the department – two days later.


On Wednesday, February 12 around 9:50 p.m., cops say a victim was scratching off lottery tickets at a bodega near 68th Street and Fourth Avenue when an unknown male reached inside the victim’s front jacket pocket and removed an Apple iPhone 5S, fleeing the bodega in an unknown direction.


On Monday, February 10, a resident living near 73rd Street and Fort Hamilton Parkway left his apartment around 9 a.m. When he returned home around 8:45 p.m., according to police, he noticed that unknown perpetrators had pulled down and damaged the metal window guards in order to gain access to his first floor apartment. The suspects — two white males wearing black ski masks and hoodies while walking towards the residence, according to a witness – removed approximately $2,500 from the apartment.


72nd Precinct

            Between Tuesday, February 11 and Sunday, February 16, the 72nd Precinct received reports of four felony assaults and one grand larceny. The 72nd Precinct serves Sunset Park, South Park Slope, Greenwood Heights and Windsor Terrace.


On Tuesday, February 11 around 9:15 a.m. a 15-year-old student at a school near 37th Street and Fourth Avenue punched her 49-year-old female principal in the face following a breakdown in the principal’s office. The principal – as well as a school safety guard who tried to intervene – was punched in the face several times while trying to stop the student from destroying the office.


On Wednesday, February 12 around 12:30 p.m., officers from the 72nd Precinct were responding to a domestic dispute near 20th Street and Fourth Avenue when the defendant refused to comply with cops. According to police, the defendant, a 23-year-old white male, then swiped an officer’s expandable baton by force and used it to strike the officer in the face.

The defendant was immediately arrested, and charged with both robbery and assault.


On Friday, February 14 around 1:40 a.m., a resident living in an apartment building near 52nd Street and Seventh Avenue heard a loud banging sound coming from the hallway, according to cops. Upon investigation, the resident, a 29-year-old Asian male, reportedly discovered an unknown 22-year-old Hispanic male holding his roommate’s bike and walking out of the building with it without permission.

Upon arrest, the suspect was in possession of four Social Security cards – one of which he tried to use as his identity at time of arrest.


On Sunday, February 16 a verbal dispute reportedly occurred between two strangers eating at a diner near 39th Street and Fifth Avenue. Following the argument, cops say the suspect – a 36-year-old Hispanic female – threw a cup of hot coffee in the face of the victim – a 34-year-old Hispanic male.

Asked to leave the premises, the two continued to argue outside when the female lunged at the victim with a knife, according to police. She was successfully apprehended by police; she has one previous arrest under her belt.


62nd Precinct

            Between Tuesday, February 11 and Monday, February 17, the 62nd Precinct received reports of two burglaries, two felony assaults, two robberies, one grand larceny and zero auto thefts. The 62nd Precinct serves Bensonhurst, Bath Beach and Gravesend.


A 35-year-old Hispanic man allegedly threatened and robbed a 17-year-old Hispanic teen shortly before 11 a.m. on Wednesday, February 12, said police. The teen told cops that he was walking on 86th Street between Bay 22 and 23rd Streets when the suspect grabbed his arm and demanded he follow him southward one block to Benson Avenue and Bay 23rd Street, where he reportedly stated, “I’ll hit you if you don’t give me your money” and then stole $850 in cash from the victim’s back pocket before fleeing.


A masked, gloved and armed man in his early 30s jumped into a parked car at 86th Street and 20th Avenue at around 1:13 p.m. on Wednesday, February 12 and forced the female driver to drive southbound on 20th Avenue while he hit the passenger in the head multiple times while holding a knife, police said. He then had her pull over, at which point he fled northbound on 20th Avenue with the victims’ jewelry and ID cards.


A 45-year-old cashier at a New Utrecht Avenue Waldbaum’s was closing her checkout line when a disgruntled customer began cursing and screaming at her, throwing food items, including a Lipton Iced Tea Box, at her face, resulting in redness and bruising to her lip, police said. The 41-year-old man then fled in a white Mercedes Benz at around 5:30 p.m. on Monday, February 10.


Police arrested a 35-year-old man for reportedly using a knife to pry open the door to an apartment on Quentin Road that he then burgled at around 12:30 p.m. on Monday, February 17. The female resident came home to find the suspect leaving the apartment with her personal items and called the police. The suspect reportedly confessed to officers that he “used a knife to open the door.” A knife and the victim’s passport and other items were found in the suspect’s pocket.


Police arrested a 53-year-old man for allegedly cutting a 58-year-old man in the chest during a dispute inside the lobby of an apartment building at 20th and Cropsey Avenues at around 3:33 p.m. on Thursday, February 13. The victim refused medical attention.

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