Welcome to a special Thanksgiving edition of the police blotter. (Just by calling it that I’ve made it a special Thanksgiving edition.) I think I’ve mentioned this before, but it’s interesting how the blotter will sometimes take on a theme—sometimes it’s Bank Fraud Week, or Hot Sedan Week. This time it’s Charles Bronson Week (a subset of Special Thanksgiving Blotter) because there are three incidents of near-vigilante justice. The first was Saturday afternoon; while riding one of those faboo MTA shuttle buses, an 18-year-old woman was pushed by a man and then given the old “sorry I pushed you, the bus is crowded” line. When she realized she was not only pushed but robbed, the perp jumped out at the stop while she chased him two blocks up Smith Street until she lost him, along with $200.
The day before, a man on Flatbush and Nevins was approached by a thug who asked to borrow his cell phone. Because he wasn’t wearing a sign that said, “THUG,” the man lent it to him. You can figure out what happened next, though this time the man chased and caught the suspect, who then took out a knife and said, “Back up or I’ll stab you.” The man let go and the suspect ran off.
The third incident happened Monday at the Borough Hall station, where a 31-year-old woman was mugged by a 19-year-old woman and a 14-year-old girl. A man chased the suspects to Livingston St., where he was punched for his troubles, though police arrested the elder suspect. The teen got away.
The Borough Hall station was the site of a strange and violent occurrence earlier that day—a teenage boy was slashed in the head on the northbound 5 platform. No motive was released and the victim was not robbed.
On Fulton Street later that evening, two victims met up with a perp to try and exchange 12 pairs of Nike Jordans for cash. But the perp had other ideas, and he pulled a semi-automatic handgun on them and asked for their sneakers and their money. The two complied, and the man and his partners ran off.
More subway iPhone thefts— one on a southbound C, one on a northbound R, and a third on a northbound F.
Around 3:15 Wednesday, an incident at George Westinghouse High mirrored one that took place a month earlier. In this case, two teenage girls got in an altercation, but a teacher ended up getting punched in the chest. A 15-year-old girl was arrested.
Finally, a woman was mugged last Wednesday night at Water Street in Dumbo. Our pals at dumbonyc.com have a post about the incident and whether crime is on the rise in the neighborhood. For that, you be the judge.
Happy Thanksgiving to all from the BHB and (probably) from the 84th precinct!