Cell phones and stitches
Cops have rounded up a third of a nine-member crew that allegedly left two men needing stitches following a robbery at the corner of Neptune Avenue and Brighton 6th Street last month.
Police said that 18-year-old Miquel Gonzalez was the third of three suspects taken into custody for the bloody August 4 mugging.
Gonzales was arrested last week along with Juan Herrara and Christian Vidals, police said. All three were charged with assault, gang assault, menacing, grand larceny robbery and criminal possession of stolen property.
Six other suspects were still being sought as this paper went to press.
Their two victims – brothers – alleged that they were walking down Neptune Avenue at 7:20 p.m. when the nine suspects attacked, hitting them with their fists and a stick. One of the suspects allegedly had a knife, the victims told authorities.
The thugs robbed one of the victims of his cell phone, police alleged. The other man lost his gold chain in the fray, said police.
Both had to be taken to area hospitals, where they needed stitches to close the deep gashes they received in the attack.
Cops are asking anyone with information regarding the other assailants to come forward.
Calls can be made to the 60th Precinct at (718) 946-6611. All calls will be kept confidential.
Sheepshead Bay Rd. rob
Two motorists were robbed of their cash as they idled on Sheepshead Bay Road near Voorhies Avenue, officials said.
The victims, ages 36 and 23, told police that they were sitting in their car at 9:30 p.m. on August 30 when Alfonzo Garcia-Torres, 18, and Jose Vazques Paston, 23, allegedly walked up to them, asking for some money.
When the victims refused, the two men pulled a knife and demanded their money, running off with $300 in cash, police alleged.
Responding officers caught up with the two suspects a short time later at the corner of East 3rd Street and Avenue X, officials from the 61st Precinct said.
Paston, who police said lives on Brighton 6th Street, and Garcia-Torres, a resident of Coney Island Avenue, were charged with robbery and criminal possession of a weapon
A 27-year-old Bensonhurst man suffered a small cut to his face after being attacked by a beer swilling – and beer swinging – assailant.
Cops were told that the victim was approaching the corner of Avenue Z and East 22nd Street at 12:40 a.m. on August 30 when an unidentified male perpetrator ran up to him and hit him in the face with a beer bottle.
The victim said he didn’t know where his attacker fled to or why he was attacked in the first place.
A not-so-subtle thief is being sought for bashing his way into the Caspiy Restaurant, 1309 Avenue Z, where hundreds of dollars in electronic equipment was taken.
Police said that someone busted through the front window of the restaurant between 3 a.m. and 11 a.m. on August 30.
Once inside, the thief took several pieces of DVD equipment and a microphone and exited the eatery through a rear door that leads onto a side street.
Cops were still looking for the thief involved in the heist as this paper went to press.
Anyone with information regarding this incident is urged to contact the 61st Precinct at (718) 627-6611. All calls will be kept confidential.
A 53-year-old Sheepshead Bay man lost hundreds of dollars in jewelry as a sticky-fingered burglar paid his home a visit while he took a two-day trip.
The victim said that he had left his home near the corner of Avenue Z and East 12th Street to go on a short trip between August 27 and August 29.
When he returned, he found nothing out of the ordinary, except that a jewelry box that he kept on his dresser was missing.
The box contained some gold rings and a pair of diamond earrings had been taken, although police could not find any indications that the thief forced his way inside.
The burglar, it was later determined, entered and exited the apartment through the front door, officials said.
Car theft busted
A 23-year-old Coney Island man was arrested last week when he was allegedly caught driving a stolen car right past the corner where it was swiped from.
Prosecutors said that Melvin Rodriguez was charged with petit larceny, grand larceny, unauthorized use of a vehicle and criminal possession of stolen property in connection with the theft of the 1989 Toyota.
The owner of the car said that he had parked the car near the corner of Neptune Avenue and West 27th Street.
On the morning of August 28, the owner reported his car missing.
Then, just before noon Rodriguez was allegedly seen rolling by in the victim’s vehicle and was taken into custody without incident.
Date killers sought
Cops are continuing their search for the two muggers who killed a 24-year-old man after using an online dating site to entice him to drop by Coney Island’s Sea Rise apartments, where they were waiting to rob him.
Officials said that Daniel Brandt, a resident of Williamsburg, visited the apartment building, located on West 33rd Street near Neptune Avenue, just after 1 a.m. on August 24 under the belief that he was going to meet a woman he had been corresponding with on Craigslist.org.
But when he arrived on the fourth floor of the building, he was reportedly confronted by two armed males who robbed him of his belongings and then shot him in the head. Brandt reportedly went to the Coney Island apartment building with a friend who was also robbed, but not shot.
Brandt, a car salesman who claimed to be a part time model on his MySpace page, was rushed to Coney Island Hospital where he died of his injuries.
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.
Lured and looted
A 19-year-old deliveryman for the New Dyker Diner was held up at knifepoint as he dropped off an order at a Bay Parkway building near 86th Street, officials said.
Police were told that the victim had just stepped into the building at 5 p.m. on August 21 and was heading for the elevator when a white male in his 30s stepped into the lift with him.
When the elevator doors closed, the stranger drew a knife to his throat, demanding all of his money.
The thief robbed the delivery man of $130 and got off on the next floor.
The victim told police that he immediately went to the apartment that had called the diner, but no one answered, leading him to believe that the thief had lured him here with a fictitious order.