Police Blotter Special Report: Thug Robbing People In Broad Daylight In Brooklyn Heights

An item in the police blotter over at The Brooklyn Paper matches up with an email we received over the weekend about an attack in Brooklyn Heights.

The original email, posted on SBKSprouts listserv gave this detailed account, reportedly from the victim (we’ve removed the name of the child):

I was attacked and robbed this afternoon – at 535… Walking the block near
me with — asleep I’m the stroller. The guy is a young black guy (18-26) with a roundish face and biggish block nose and wears all black – beanie and hood up. About 5ft 10.

He came up behind me on Willow Place (between State and Jorolemon one block away from Henry) and got close but then asked me if I knew where Jay St was. I was on the phone to my dad. He then walked on ahead. I turned left and up State St and left to Garden Place. Half way down there he ran me from behind, hit me heavily in the head to off balance me (into the
stroller) and stole my phone.

I am just back from the police station and this is the third attack in the area in 3 days. One of the other attacks was the same format – he asked directions to Jay St and the description is the same.

They are taking it really seriously as he has become more violent when robbing me. They are pretty sure he will do this again and it seems to be around 530…they are also confident they will get him and will have people in the area.

Please be super careful ladies and aware of whose behind you if on the more quiet streets and stay off the phone until you’re somewhere busy.

It’s shaken me up and was scary for —-.

Please forward to all the mums in the area.

And here’s the B’Paper’s account:

Brooklyn Paper: An scallywag mugged a woman on Henry Street on March 2 after pretending to be lost, cops said.

The 32-year-old victim told cops the cretin asked her for directions while she was between State and Joralemon streets at 5:40 pm. The lowlife walked away for a few seconds, then doubled back, grabbing the woman by her hair, and snatched her phone from her hand, cops said. The goon took off running on Henry Street towards Atlantic Avenue, they said.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Joey-Boots/690621350 Joey Boots

    I see the Brooklyn Paper was too scared to actually describe him so resorted to 19th century folly.

  • carvedstars

    “Thug”? I think “man” would be better.

  • Philip Galindo

    When I lived there back in the sixties State St. and Joralemon St. were very popular with the lowlife scum. My advice ladies is bring a buddy or Smith and Wesson.

  • Andrew Porter

    I am stunned by the number of people I see, walking while distractedly talking on their phones. I think I’m pretty observant. I also very seldom use my “dumb” phone (which is unlikely to be stolen).

  • TeddyNYC

    I really wish wireless carriers would implement a “kill switch”, but the money they make on replacements and insurance looks just too damn good to them. Until they do that, unsuspecting people who just want to talk, text, listen to music, check their FB newsfeed, tweet, get directions, purchase something, get the latest news, play games, etc. will continue to fall prey to the opportunists walking our relatively quiet streets. I hope the police catches him soon.

  • Eddyde

    What’s wrong with “Thug”?

  • Bartmann_van_Ghent

    I agree! When I step out of my building and walk the streets of Brooklyn Heights I never talk on a cell phone. In every interaction I have in New York City i assess the level of personal threat.

    Threats include: speeding cars, people biking on sidewalks, a flower pot balanced on a windowsill, pothole, people who demand directions, groups of teenagers who don’t go to St Anne’s or Packer, or mentally unstable people.

    Criminals view Brooklyn Heights residents as prey. We are easy to subdue and are rich in goods.

  • MonroeOrange

    “teenagers who dont go to St. Ann’s or Packer”….

    yeah you better watch out those Brooklyn Friends teens are the real trouble makers?!

  • Bartmann_van_Ghent

    Perhaps because I never venture that far east I didn’t include them. But yes they could be assessed at a low threat level too.

  • MonroeOrange

    I think you missed my point….but oh well

  • Kenji Takabayashi

    My friend that lives in dumbo got involved in the knockout game by some punks from the housing projects across from the navy yard. Stay aware when you walk down the street – where do you think the criminal element are going to steal from? Why do you think the neighborhood was on lockdown and shuttered in the 80s and early 90s?

    Back then they had to rob your money. Now? when you walk around with your $400-$500 smart phone, it’s easy prey. Pay attention.

  • Antonio Pires

    De Blasio will take care of all this. He lift the stop and frisky, so the thugs now can really do the job. Liberals love the less advantage people, if you get my drift. They call it shared the wealth without taxing you. You know, jobs are really hard to find, so why not give the less unfortunate take from the bad and mean riche people.LOL.

  • David on Middagh

    Whoa, Mr. Pires! Spoken like a stingy Samsung/Android man. Try strutting daround with an iPhone—your heart might just grow a few sizes. After a while, you won’t even mind losing it!

  • Antonio Pires

    Would you please translated it for me? Sasung guy here, duno n much of the hood linguage. Thanks?

  • Bb

    How is animal?

  • Eddyde

    No, that would an insult to animals.

  • Joe A

    Oh, we get your “drift” alright. It is quite pungent I might add.

  • ellymay

    I looked up definition of thug and it is a criminal, someone who commits a crime. So in this case where someone was attacked the word thug was appropriate. When it is not correct to use is when it is to describe people as thugs based on the way they dress, swagger, or speak- that is defined as prejudice.

  • Eddyde

    Thank you for clarifying that.

  • brooklynheightsrealist

    So these de Blasio supporters are getting mugged by a young black male? Am I the only one who sees the irony here? Welcome to the future you voted for.

  • Joe A

    Incredibly stupid comment. Well done. Impressive.

  • Eddyde

    Oh yeah, it’s clearly de Blasio’s fault. No doubt he was down in the “hood” rallying all his “homies” to go out an rob “the man”

  • LoveLaneLovely

    So was she hit on the head or was her hair pulled?