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A man’s friend tried — but failed — to tie him up, gag his mouth and stuff him in the trunk of his own luxury car on N. Elliott Place on Aug. 21.

The 26-year-old driver picked up his friend, and then two more men, both strangers to the driver, at 10 pm.

When all four were nestled in the car, the friend, 23, brandished a gun and ordered the victim into the back. They drove to the desolate block, between Park and Myrtle avenues, where the gang unveiled rope and tape, evidently to restrain the victim in an apparent kidnapping

He freed himself from the Jaguar and the skirmish took to the streets where the brutes tried to force him into the car’s trunk. But a witness began yelling and the men fled.

The friend was later arrested, but details were not provided by police.

Swinging pipe

Police arrested a 57-year-old man who allegedly hit another man, 54, with a six-foot-long pipe during a murky dispute on Park Avenue and Navy Street on Aug. 20.

The victim told police that he was merely looking for a place to park his car at 11 am, but soon found himself on the receiving end of a beat down for unclear reasons.

Stomach pain

Two bandits, one with a knife, robbed another man in an elevator on Monument Walk on Aug. 20.

The victim, 30, said one of the thugs pressed a knife to his stomach while his accomplice took $100, an iPod, a watch and his prescription medicine in the attack at 5 pm between Myrtle and Park avenues.

Armed and dangerous

Gun-toting hoodlums robbed a man near Fort Greene Park on Aug. 20.

The rogues sneaked behind the victim, 41, near the corner of Myrtle Avenue and Washington Park at 5 am. One of the culprits brandished a firearm before taking the man’s wallet, which contained $20 and banking and credit cards.

Bauble heads

A man laden with jewelry that he said was worth tens of thousands of dollars was robbed by a trio of armed stickup goons on Carlton Avenue on Aug. 20.

The marauders accosted the victim, 52, as he approached his car parked between Park and Myrtle avenues at 5:40 pm. One of the bastards pulled out a weapon, forcing the bejeweled individual to surrender two necklaces, a bracelet, a wristwatch, wedding band, pinky ring and $1,200.

Updated 12:11 am, August 26, 2009
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