Captain Mark DiPaolo of the 84th Precinct has increased police presence in the Brooklyn Heights area after two teenage boys were recently assaulted on two separate occasions in the Heights, and asks that anyone with any information please call the precinct at 718-875-6850.
Detectives are investigating the two incidents in which groups of four or five black teens attacked a white 16-year-old boy, but did not take anything, DiPaolo said recently. In one incident, on on Joralemon Street near Court Street at 6 pm, the attackers broke their victim’s jaw. The second incident happened on Montague Street at 3 pm, but more details were not immediately available.
DiPaolo said the five suspects are between ages 13 and 16, and that detectives are still investigating why the assaults took place.
“These are very serious crimes, but there doesn’t seem to be any provocation as to why these events are happening,” DiPaolo told concerned citizens at this week’s 84th precinct community council meeting.
The victims are so far unable to identify their attackers, he added.
“We are sure there are people who saw them, and we need people to come forward,” he said. Any witnesses or anyone with information about the attacks should call the precinct’s community affairs officers, PO Mitchell and PO Ferrante at 718-875-6850.
DiPaolo has stationed more plainclothes and uniformed officers in the area, and the surrounding schools have placed more safety officers on patrols.
On April 1, the Brooklyn Heights Synagogue on Remsen Street will host a community forum where members of their private security company and 85th Precinct officers will offer safety rules and advice to parents and students.