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Three young hooligans who had just mugged a man — on his birthday no less! — tried to evade police by hiding in Park Slope’s Berkeley Carroll School on June 3.

The perps, a 17-year-old and two 15-year-olds, allegedly attacked the 45-year-old man on First Street between Fourth and Fifth avenues at 9 am. The victim told cops that one of the boys punched him, threw him to the ground and took some items from him.

The thugs fled, turned left onto Fifth Avenue, then right onto Carroll Street — on a course towards the private school, cops said.

Trying to avoid police capture, the boys hopped a fence and attempted to enter the pre-K and kindergarten building.

But a school security guard spooked the crooks and they turned back. Within a half-hour, police had collared all three.

Administrators sent out a mass e-mail to parents soon after the school grounds were breeched to explain why nearly a dozen cop cars — and two helicopters — were hovering around the building.

“It was important to reassure parents that we have an emergency plan we’re able to use at a moments notice,” said Jodie Corngold, director of communications at the school. She added that at no point did the threesome encounter any students.

Updated 4:01 pm, November 10, 2010
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