Horror on the J

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J train pain

Crooks rode the rails last week, robbing at least two men on the J train in separate incidents. Here are the grisly details:

• Four muggers stuck up a 26-year-old on a Brooklyn bound J train on Aug. 27.

One of the crooks sat next to the victim as the train left the Chambers Street station in Manhattan at around 3:50 am, and began complimenting the victim’s electronics.

“That’s a nice iPod,” the perp said.

That’s when three accomplices — one of whom acting as if he had a gun — surrounded the victim.

“Calm down and give it up,” one of the perps said. “Don’t worry, we’ve done this to dudes older than you.”

As the train pulled into the Marcy Avenue station, the victim forked over his sunglasses, shoes, earrings, and iPhone.

• Cops locked up two hoodlums suspected of taking part in an Aug. 31 mugging on the elevated train line.

The two thugs and an accomplice asking the 18-year-old victim if he was a member of the Latin Kings gang as he waited for a Brooklyn-bound train at the Essex Street stop in Manhattan at around 3:15 am.

The victim said he wasn’t, and he boarded the train, alongside the perps.

Once the doors closed, the trio attacked, “punching and kicking the victim about the body,” police reports indicate.

The thieves struck the victim with a belt and snatched his gold necklace, as well as $60 from his pockets.

When the train arrived in the Marcy Avenue, the victim chased down one of the suspects, who was promptly arrested. Cops locked up a second suspect at the Halsey Street stop. The third suspect remains at large.

Pocket protector

A would-be mugger tried to rob a jogger on the Williamsburg Bridge footpath on Aug. 27, but her clothing kept her safe.

The crook grabbed the runner on the Brooklyn side of the bridge at around 8 am.

“What do you have in your pockets?” he asked.

When the victim informed him that her workout clothing doesn’t have any pockets, he let her go.


Two masked men held up a 52-year-old while he played Dominos at the corner of Knickerbocker Avenue and Thames Street on Aug. 25.

One of the perps pressed an object that felt like a handgun against the back of the victim’s head and told him to sit still.

“Don’t move,” the mugger demanded in Spanish.

The thieves then ripped the victim’s necklace from his neck and fled on foot.

Stranger danger

A mean mugger called out to a 31-year-old woman before smashing her head against a fire hydrant in a brutal Aug. 23 mugging.

The perp shouted out to the victim as she walked home past the corner of South Fourth and Berry streets at around 3:30 am.

“Hey girl, what’s up,” the perp said, before he grabbing the victim and shoving her into a hydrant.

The attack left the victim with a concussion, and the crook grabbed her Coach bag, which contained her leather wallet, house and car keys, credit cards, debit cards, driver’s license, sunglasses, Metrocard, and $150.

Drive-by mugging

A wheelman and a gunman forced a 52-year-old to get into a car before they robbed him on Aug. 24.

The criminal duo pulled up beside the victim at around 4 pm at the corner of Hooper Street and Broadway and the passenger revealed a gun.

Once inside, the driver ordered the victim to hand over $3,000 and his green card.

No cane do

Police nabbed a 13-year suspected of striking a 30-year-old man in the shoulder with a cane on Aug. 27.

Cops locked up the teen, who allegedly clubbed the victim at around 10:40 pm at the corner of Berry and South Ninth streets, leaving the victim with “pain and redness.” Police were unable to recover a weapon at the scene of the crime.


Cops locked up a 17-year-old suspected of mugging a 28-year-old for his iPhone on Aug. 27.

The perp approached the victim at the corner of Metropolitan Avenue and Rodney Street at around 1:30 am and bullied the victim.

“I’ll punch you in the face,” the perp said, threatening the victim.

The victim handed over the phone, but cops canvassed the neighborhood and cuffed a suspect.

Getting played

A videogame-crazed crook snatched three gaming consoles and a computer from a Cook Street home on Aug. 26.

The thief got into the residence, which is near Graham Avenue, while the 25-year-old victim between 9 am and 6:30 pm. The crook heisted a Nintendo DS, DS games, a Playstation 3, Playstation 3 games, a Nintendo Wii, as well as a Dell mini laptop and jewelry.

— Ben Muessig

Updated 5:14 pm, July 9, 2018
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