Cops are trying to identify the remains of a man who washed ashore on Brighton Beach last week – a man who, police said, may have been murdered.
Officials said that the victim, described only as a Hispanic male in his 20s, was found floating in the surf off the Reigleman Boardwalk near Brighton 4th Street just after 1 a.m. on June 18.
When police pulled the body ashore, they noticed that the victim had suspicious hemorrhaging to the eyes, as well as bruising to the neck – which are both signs of foul play.
As of this writing, cops had handed the case over to the City’s Medical Examiner to determine the exact cause of death as well as help identify the victim.
Cops are asking anyone with information regarding this incident to come forward.
Calls can be made to the NYPD CrimeStoppers hotline at (800) 577-TIPS. All calls will be kept confidential.
Stabbed for meal
A knife-wielding bandit stabbed a clerk at a Sheepshead Bay store as he demanded a free meal last week, cops from the 61st Precinct alleged.
Workers at the store, located at 1420 Sheepshead Bay Road, said that Avenue W resident Javier Solis, 21, entered the store just before 9 p.m. on June 13 and allegedly began waving a knife around, demanding “free food.”
When a worker tried to escort him out of the grocery, Solis pushed him away and stabbed him in the shoulder, police alleged.
Another worker suffered a cut to his hand as they tried to subdue Solis long enough for police to arrive and charge him with attempted robbery.
Cops were called to the Chase Bank at 722 Brighton Beach Avenue last week, where they learned that someone had passed a set of phony bills to a teller.
Workers at the bank told police on June 20 that three counterfeit $100 bills were discovered during a routine counting.
The money was either deposited in the bank, or handed in for change, sometime on June 19, officials said.
Police were trying to track down the person responsible for the deposit as this paper went to press.
Teen thugs sought
Three teens ages 13 and 14 are being sought for swiping a cell phone from an 11-year-old boy last week.
The child told police that he was walking home from the bus at 2:15 p.m. on June 20 when the fiendish threesome stopped him at the corner of Bay 35th Street and Bath Avenue.
The teens threatened to beat the boy up if he didn’t hand over his Sidekick cell phone.
The 11-year-old complied and the thieves ran off with his property, officials said.
Cops were still looking for the teenage terrors as this paper went to press.
Bike thief bust
A 25-year-old thief was arrested last week when he tried to steal a BMX bike from a free-wheeling cyclist at Bath and 20th avenues, police alleged.
Cops from the 62nd Precinct said that Anthony Digerolamo was charged with robbery following the 8 p.m. robbery on June 19.
The victim, 19, claimed that he was rolling past the corner when Digerolamo allegedly stopped him.
The two began arguing with Digerolamo pushed him and tried to run off with his wheels, police allege.
Cops rolled up and arrested Digerolamo without incident, charging him with robbery.
Conned by Con Ed players
A 78-year-old woman from 81st Street told police last week that thieves posing as Con Edison employees ran off with her purse after they conned their way into her home.
The woman said that she was inside her home, located near Bay Parkway, when the two thieves, described only as black males, stopped by.
Police were told that the duo was jabbering on about how she should switch to Con Edison – even though she probably had Con Edison anyway – when one of them asked for a glass of water.
When the senior left the living room, the thieves grabbed her purse, which was hanging in the hallway, and high-tailed it out of the home before the woman returned.