Talk about a real-life nightmare.
A teenager awoke on April 28 to find a freak fondling her while she lay in bed inside her Clinton Street home, police said.
The 17-year-old was startled from her slumber around 9:30 am by the feeling of someone grabbing her breasts. When she opened her eyes, a stranger was at her bedside. He fled when he realized she was awake.
But the man’s mad dash from the building, near Atlantic Avenue, led him past the victim’s grandfather, who happened to be in the lobby. When the 60-year-old asked the stranger if he was a delivery person, the man replied that he lived there — but continued out the door.
Police have forensic evidence, and are searching for a black man around age 25. He was described as being 5-foot-6 and 160-pounds, wearing blue jeans, a dark blue jacket and a light blue skullcap.
A woman was thrown to the concrete and robbed by a trio of teens as she tried to enter the subway system at Smith and Bergen streets on April 22, police said.
The 22-year-old was heading to the F train around 10:30 pm when the thieves ran down the stairs behind her. She was headed through the turnstile when they threw her to the ground and grabbed her bag.
The bag held a pair of shoes worth $200, along with a tank top and sweatpants from Victoria’s Secret, valued at $30 together. The victim was only able to describe one of her attackers, a black man, 6-foot-1, wearing a yellow jacket. The other thieves were female.
How low can you go?
A senior citizen lost her pocketbook on April 27 to a thief who snatched it from her shopping cart inside a Goodwill store on Livingston Street, police said.
The 79-year-old victim was examining the clothing at the second-hand shop, at Bond Street, when the thief struck, at around 11:30 am. One minute her bag was in the cart, the next it was gone.
The woman found her purse inside the store’s dressing room, but the wallet inside was gone. The black billfold held her New York driver’s license, various credit cards, $60 and a bank check for $800 more.
Thieves snatched two women’s wallets from their baby strollers — both inside upscale Court Street franchises — in the past week, police said.
On April 25, a Queens woman left her purse on her baby’s carriage when she ducked into a second-floor restroom at a bookstore chain on Court Street, near Schermerhorn Street. The thief took advantage of her 4 pm pit stop and snatched the billfold.
The victim lost $70, a $500 check, her New York driver’s license, and various credit cards, along with the black leather wallet.
And on April 27, a woman suffered a similar fate inside a Court Street coffeehouse franchise, near Joralemon Street. The 35-year-old woman visited the chain shop, at Joralemon Street, around 5:15 pm.
She paid for her beverage, stowed the wallet inside the stroller, and sat down at a table. But by the time she left the store, the wallet had disappeared.
The billfold held charge and credit cards, a Wisconsin driver’s license, Zip Car rental information and $80.
Talk about desperate.
A boy walking home on Warren Street on April 26 lost his dinner to a trio of teenage thugs, police said.
The 14-year-old was near a pet store, between Court and Smith streets, when the trio jumped him, around 9 pm. One thief insisted, “Empty your pockets and drop your food.”
The youngster did so, and the robbers snatched up the food and ran off.
One was a white Hispanic boy, around age 16, 5-foot-9 and 140 pounds, with short hair, a black jacket, black jeans and black sneakers, cops said. Details on the other thieves — or the victim’s dinner — were not available.
A posse of teens held an older boy at knifepoint for his collection of Japanese game cards as they rode in a subway over the Manhattan Bridge on April 28, police said.
The 18-year-old victim got on the Manhattan-bound Q train at Kings Highway. When the other teens boarded the train, at Atlantic Avenue, one of them menacingly flicked open a switchblade. Once the train eased onto the bridge, around 9 pm, the thug opened the blade again.
“Give me the cards. It’s not worth losing your life over,” the armed teen said. The victim had to agree, and turned over multiple packs of the Yu-gi-oh! cards. The teenage thugs detrained at Canal Street and ran off.
The victim could describe only the knifeman in detail; he was a black boy, around 6-foot-1 and 210 pounds, with a red jacket and red hat.
The 80 cards, which are used for a game developed in Japan (and inspired several TV shows and two movies), were valued at $500.