Cops Nab Suspects After Armed Robberies in Brooklyn Bridge Park

Update: Thanks again to Mary Frost we now know that all four suspects have been arrested; that they were likely involved in two robberies on Tuesday night, and that they may have been involved in a third on Saturday evening. This is a developing story; we will add new information here as it becomes available.

As reported by Mary Frost in the Eagle, one or more people were victimized by robbers, at least one of whom was armed, while walking in Brooklyn Bridge Park last (Tuesday, June 7) night at about 10:45. The robbers ran off in different directions. Police from the 84th precinct responded quickly and were able to arrest one suspect who was hiding in the parking garage at 200 Cadman Plaza West.

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  • nomcebo manzini

    Think there’s a typo w/ the word “April.”

  • Claude Scales

    Thanks! I was having momentary calendar dyslexia.

  • fultonferryres

    Mary has edited the article. The robbery took place in Brooklyn Bridge Park, not Cadman Plaza Park.

  • fultonferryres

    At the Sector A NCO meeting today on Montague Street, the police indicated that all four suspects were arrested.

  • fultonferryres

    Additional details from Deputy Inspector Rana: Fortunately for us, the TD30 Transit Officers were on post at the nearby High Street train station. They were actively listening to the radios and knew what they were looking for. They observed the individuals fitting the description and immediately attempted to stop the individuals. They were able to apprehend one individual who later was found to be in possession of a firearm (which after Evidence Unit processing was discovered to be a BB Gun) and the victim’s stolen cellphone. They also transmitted the description and direction of flight of the other individual. The patrol officers immediately responded and set up another permitter. With the help of witnesses, they were able to locate another perpetrator inside a parking garage. Another male was stopped by the TD30 unit trying to exit the train station. The fourth perpetrator was stopped while walking in the street by patrol officers.

  • Mike Suko

    Should either of both parks be closed at some point every evening? If it’s really not possible to do that – and I suspect it’s not, I’ve seen plenty of signage elsewhere that states that they should not be used during certain hours.

    Noise may or may not be a problem, but safety definitely is. I think Mary’s original article (there’s still a photo mis-identitying the crime site as Cadman Park) mentioned that while usage is heavy most days, it’s much less so at night.

    I’m less concerned about NYC’s liability – but maybe, as a taxpayer, I should be – than I am about tourists and others who maybe/probably should be alerted to the risks.

    And yes, I know this may sound alarmist, but mugglings gone wrong have cost lives, so probably, it’s just overdue. For all that Cadman is a way above average non-showcase park, the lighting has always been a cause for concern. In warm months. It’s probably impossible to eliminate hiding places, so I’ll bet the community relations officer at the 84th would just plain advise against 10 PM use, say, probably even including small dog owners. [Having the Mayor extend his condolences – as happened in the case involving a Barnard student – is right up [DOWN!] there with “our thoughts & hopes…” after gun violence.]

    I don’t know whether or how BBP is patrolled, but its landscaping is wonderful most days & problematic most nights!

    It is not a “dog whistle” to say that at least 1% of male teenagers anywhere are likely to test legal and social boundaries at some point, and the NYPD has the impossible job of NOT profiling … but still recognizing that high spirits, perhaps accompanied by cannabis use, raises real risks. Candidly, there are many teens in BBP who feel that they are being surveiled – that just might stoke understandable anger that could end tragically!

  • CassieVonMontague

    BBP and Cadman Plaza Park are open from 6am-1am

    BBP has these additional hours.
    Pier 2: 8am-11pm
    Pier 5: 7am-11pm
    Pier 5 Picnic Peninsula Grills: 6am-10pm
    Pier 6 Volleyball Courts: 8am-11pm
    Squibb Park & Bridge: 8am-10pm
    Playgrounds: sunrise to sunset
    Education Center: 3-5pm (TUE & THU), 1-5pm (SAT)

  • Jorale-man

    In my many years of living in NYC I’ve always adhered to the simple rule: Don’t go in the parks at night. The only exceptions might be for a concert or Shakespeare in the Park where there are a lot of people around.

    Not that anyone deserved this but 10:45pm is pretty late – BBP has probably long since cleared out by then.

  • nomcebo manzini

    Thanks for that. It’s “good to know,” I suppose, because it’s a beautiful dream – people SHOULD be able to enjoy a walk in the park after dark.

    Now let’s try to preserve our own and others’ life, limb & iPhones –

    As Jorale-man says (in effect) above or below this, “It’s far from prudent for almost anyone not in a police uniform.”

    Common sense is often the best guide, but given how guidebooks tell tourists, “The view of Manhattan from BBP is to die for,” you can hardly blame someone getting off at either ferry station in the park for taking a stroll.

    ONLY THEY SHOULDN’T! The recent incident is not just a wake-up call for BHB readers. It should result in curtailed park hours, effective immediately. BOTH parks, too!

  • gc

    Maybe change closing to 11pm across the board. Then there isn’t any confusion about whether the park is open or not.

  • Arch Stanton

    8 Years of de Blasio’s ineptitude and now at least another 4 under Adams clueless mismanagement, will bring NYC straight back to a circa 1990 level of street crime. Remember 1990? Over 2,600 murders that year. In those days, an incident like this would get zero coverage, no one shot, a BB gun, laughable.
    Now we have had a 20 year taste of a relatively crime free NYC, do we want to go back to that nighmare? Of course not, so remember what you are actually voting for, at the next election.

  • B.

    It’s worth remembering that for my parents’ generation, pre-air conditioning, families sat and strolled in our parks at night without fear. And when I was a child, we rarely locked our doors.

    The present situation is the result of well-intentioned social policies and justice reforms based not on common sense but on wishful thinking. When we vote for politicians who believe that armed perpetrators of violent crimes, even those caught on camera, should be released after the 5-6 hours it takes to book them, this chaos is what we get.

  • A neighbor

    Nice police work. Kudos – and thanks.

  • CassieVonMontague

    Who did you vote for last election?

  • CassieVonMontague

    You didn’t lock your doors in Brooklyn Heights in the 60s and 70s?

  • Bornhere

    Life on one of the east-west access/egress streets has changed dramatically since the park has been built. The loud groups leaving after midnight argue that there are a LOT of people using the park at 10:45. (And I know, the “get off my lawn” jokes about a park almost write themselves … but it is really, really noisy well into the late hours.)

  • Mike Suko

    I just looked more carefully at CVM’s official hours details, and – not for the first time – I wonder about the sanity of whoever set them.

    TWO HOURS – 11PM-1AM where BBP is open but “there’s nothing to do.” I’ve observed the turning out of the lights on Pier 2 – where basketball is the major draw at night. Sending hundreds of teens – some of them energized more than fatigued – onto paths (some narrow & secluded) well into the night?? As they say – but I’m not smiling – “What could go wrong?”

  • Andrew Porter

    How soon they forget: the 1960s were when many thousands installed gates on their fire escape windows, and bars on windows accessible from streets and roofs.

    In the early 1970s, a woman in my building whose windows were accessible from our garden was raped.

    If anyone wants to see what NYC looked like pre-A/C—and pre-television!—watch the 1948 film The Naked City, with many scenes filmed on the then-teeming streets.

  • Effective Presenter

    Joralemon Street?

  • B.

    Try the 1950s and early 1960s in Windsor Terrace, Cassie. We didn’t do basement-window bars until maybe 1968, and that was only just in case.

    Sorry, Andrew — I haven’t forgotten. I remember the first time I saw trash on a sidewalk: Church Avenue c. 1969. But true, broken bottles strewn on our side of the park arrived around 1965. I date these observations from family events.

    For other reasons, I was in Brooklyn Heights regularly from the mid-1950s on. That’s why I remember the enormous Quonset hut on Atlantic Avenue. And throughout even the bad days, the Heights was in good shape. You don’t see too many holdover bars in the Heights, or in Windsor Terrace.

    I actually remember the first time my mother asked my father whether he’d locked the front door. And my aunt, who’d be about 103 by now, remembered taking her children into Prospect Park to escape the nighttime heat.

  • B.

    (For the record, there was a large tag on Smith Street, in mid-1960s Carroll Gardens: RED HOOK BOYS. It stood out from otherwise unblemished brick.)

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  • Andrew Porter

    I remember the tremendous change after the 1967 riots: suddenly gates on all the stores, lots more trash on Flatbush Avenue. The sidewalks became much darker, without the light from window displays spilling out.

    I remember seeing that Quonset Hut on Atlantic, but I don’t remember where it was. Maybe where the jail is now?

  • Arch Stanton

    My Dog.