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Murdered priest mystery

The dead man found floating in the surf near the Riegelmann Boardwalk last week has been identified as a murdered priest.

Police said that the remains of 30-year-old Ricardo Jose Ferreria Desouza, a resident of East 9th Street in Sheepshead Bay, was found floating in the waters of Brighton Beach near Brighton 4th Street sometime after midnight on September 29.

On October 7, officials from the city’s Medical Examiner’s office identified the victim as Desouza, who had apparently been strangled to death.

Officials said that Desouza was a bishop in the breakaway Vetero Catholic Church and was known to help Brazilian natives with their immigration paperwork. He also helped the homeless, officials said.

Cops are asking anyone with information regarding this case to come forward.

Calls can be made to the NYPD CrimeStoppers hotline at (800) 577-TIPS. All calls will be kept confidential.

Molested and mugged

A 36-year-old man was arrested last week after he groped and then robbed a woman on 16th Avenue near 76th Street, police alleged.

Police said that Jesus Garcia was charged with sexual abuse and robbery in connection with the 4:30 a.m. attack on October 5.

The victim, 35, said that she was walking home from the train when Garcia allegedly came up behind her and grabbed her by the neck.

He then forced the woman to her knees and stuck his hand up her skirt before taking her iPod and cell phone, police alleged.

Cops caught up with Garcia a short time later and arrested him without incident.

Barging in

Cops are hot on the heels of two pistol-packing thieves who raided a 32-year-old Bensonhurst woman’s home after threatening to gun her down.

The woman, a resident of 71st Street near 20th Avenue, said that she was inside her second-floor apartment at 11:30 a.m. on October 1 when the suspects, identified as two white males, kicked in the door.

One of the men put a gun to the woman’s head and threatened to shoot her if she didn’t hand over the money they believe she had.

The thieves then ransacked the apartment, taking cash and electronics.

Their victim was startled, but otherwise uninjured.

Cops were looking for the two thieves as this paper went to press.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is urged to contact the 62nd Precinct at (718) 236-2611. All calls will be kept confidential.

Manhattan Beach marauders

Cops are looking for three thieves who tried to rob a 15-year-old boy in Manhattan Beach last week.

The teen told police that he was walking home from school at 5 p.m. on October 3 when the suspects – all white males about 17 or 18 years old – stopped him on Kensington Street, pretending to ask for directions.

Police said that they changed their tune quite quickly, demanding that the teen fork over his iPod.

If he didn’t, they were going to stab him, the thieves demanded.

“Let’s just rob him and run,” one of the thieves said to the others as the moments ticked by.

Yet time wasn’t on their side.

After a few more seconds, the thieves fled empty-handed into a 1999 Dodge Caravan and sped off. The victim was unharmed.

Cops were still looking for the thieves as this paper went to press.

Anyone with information regarding their whereabouts is urged to call the 61st Precinct at (718) 627-6611. All calls will be kept confidential.

Gravesend deli grab

A delicatessen on Avenue T in Gravesend was the scene of a robbery last week, officials said.

A worker at Carl’s Deli, 120 Avenue T, told police that he was behind the counter at 10:15 p.m. on October 3 when two customers pulled a gun on him and demanded money from the till.

The worker struggled with one of the robbers and was pistol-whipped and robbed of his phone, officials said.

When the thieves ran off, the worker used the store phone to call 911.

Responding officers apprehended the two suspects, identified as a 15-year-old minor and 16-year-old Isaiah Moss, charging both with robbery.

Wrench attack

A 45-year-old man was rushed to the hospital with a deep gash wound to his head after a wrench-wielding thug attacked him outside the Sheepshead/Nostrand Houses, officials alleged.

Police said that the alleged assailant, identified as 36-year-old Trayes Hunt, jumped his victim outside of 2985 Avenue X at 11:10 p.m. on October 3.

After cracking him in the head with a wrench, Hunt allegedly yanked the victim’s chain off his head and ran off into one of the buildings in the housing project.

Cops tracked him down a short time later, charging him with robbery and assault.

The victim was released from the hospital following treatment, officials said.

Up to no good

A 14-year-old boy was robbed of $8 and his cell phone after an older teen walked up to him, asking “What’s good?” officials said.

Police said that the victim was on New Utrecht Avenue near 67th Street just before 9:30 p.m. on October 3 when the suspect walked up to him and his friends, posed his peculiar question, then ordered the 14-year-old to empty his pockets.

When the teen refused, the suspect punched him in the face and ran off with his property, officials said.

Cops were looking for the thief as this paper went to press.

Updated 11:48 am, January 16, 2019
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