Creeps Lurk in Heights

The two following stories from the police blotter in this week's Brooklyn Paper make one wonder why police patrols — especially in the North Heights — appear to be so few and far between:

Brooklyn Paper: Drugged Out Robber: The thief promised he meant no harm, but just needed enough money to buy drugs so he could stop the pain of withdrawal.

“Don’t worry, I’m not going to hurt you,” he said as he grabbed a 33-year-old woman on the corner of Orange and Henry streets, around 9 pm on April 16. “I just need something. I’m dope sick.”

The woman handed over $40 and the addict shuffled off. She described him as a white Hispanic man, age 22, with a goatee, 6-foot-2 and 180-pounds, in a grey windbreaker, blue jeans, and a black hat. But she was not able to find him in the police’s photo books…

Gunman Strikes: A man who may have had a gun followed a woman into her Willow Street apartment and robbed her at 11:30 am on April 16, police said. 

The stranger followed the woman into her building, between Cranberry and Orange streets, trailed her upstairs and, when she started to enter her unit, told her he knew someone who lived there. She told him that’s impossible, since she lives alone.

“Just give me $20,” the thief then insisted. When she turned over the cash, the perp started to walk away, only to return and snatch her pocketbook, too.

“I’ll shoot you,” he said as he ran off.

The woman lost $50, various credit cards and her driver’s license. She described the robber as a 5-foot-9, 180-pound black man, with a goatee, a gray jacket, sweatpants and a black cap.



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  • Nigel

    Actually, on this past Wed. the 25th, a guy vaguely matching that description (though he had long, dark hair I think) was caught wandering into my building on Willow and Cranberry – two undercover cops and one uniformed were following him and flushed him out of the building. He claimed to know the super of the building, and his story “seemed to check out” according to the cops, so they let him go. But there was something sketchy going on there. He was also handing out leaflets about a cancer charity or something, while simultaneously asking people on the street for work (according to the cops). Keep an eye open.

  • sickandtired

    Good job! This is what we should be using this forum for!

  • nabeguy

    Well, part of the problem is that no one can seem to come up with a clear description. Judging from the clothes, it certainly seems to be to same perp in both cases, but he’s either 5″9″ or 6’2″ or white/Hispanic or black. I definitely have seen a guy who matches this description lurking/panhandling around the area of Orange/Henry Sts. And what’s up with the couple who were sleeping in the doorway of the vacated bodega next to the nail shop on Henry? With the return of Spring, and the convenience of a scaffold for rain protection, I’m sure we’ll be seeing them again.

  • E G

    During a recent bout of insomnia I started getting out of the house and walking around the neighborhood. I must say I was a little shocked to see so many young, females walking unaccompanied at 3-4 o’clock in the morning. I know the city has gotten safer over the years and the BH is statistically among the safer neighborhoods, however, this still ain’t the small town they likely came from. There is definitely an naivete and false sense of security among many who’ve come to the city during these times of lowered crime rates.

  • E G

    Why doesn’t this board allow one to edit their own comments for silly grammatical/spelling errors?