Lots of brutality and muggings!

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Taxi nab

A heroic taxi driver had a gun pointed to his head, but later chased down the woman who robbed him near Bartel Pritchard Square on Sept. 23.

The driver told police that he was hailed on Eastern Parkway at around 6:50 pm and told to take the passenger towards the circle at the southwest corner of Prospect Park.

As the cab arrived at its destination, the lady perp pulled out a small silver Colt handgun and said, “Give me all your money — this is a robbery.”

The driver handed over what he had, and the thief fled into Prospect Park — with the driver hot on her trail.

It is unclear what happened next, but the driver emerged victorious, holding his 39-year-old assailant at bay until cops arrived.

She was hit with major felony charges.


At least two fancy iPhones were swiped in similar fashion last week:

• On Sept. 21, a thief grabbed the smartphone out of a woman’s hand on Lincoln Place near Seventh Avenue at around 7:45 pm.

• Two days later, a speedy thief swiped the iPhone right out of a man’s hand as he sat on a bench at the corner of Seventh Avenue and First Street — and the victim tracked the thief with his computer until he finally lost contact.

The man told cops that the thief ran up out of nowhere at around 8:20 pm and fled. After tracking the phone through its onboard navigation system, the victim lost track of the device on Lincoln Road between Flatbush and Bedford avenues.

A canvass revealed nothing.

Clean picks

Several people were robbed cleanly and quickly last week:

• A woman told cops that she was approached by two men on 13th Street at around 3:30 pm on Sept. 23 and ordered to surrender her bag. She complied, and the men ran off a Sidekick phone and $7 from the crime scene near Sixth Avenue.

• A woman told cops that she was pickpocketed on Union Street near Grand Army Plaza on Sept. 18. The victim told cops that the crime occurred at around 2 pm and resulted in the theft a fancy new iPhone and some rings. She did not feel herself bumped or shoved, she said.

• A man playing ball at a playground inside J.J. Byrne Park on Third Street on Sept. 17 returned to where he had put his bag to that a thief had pilfered its contents. The man said he lost lots of cards and $20.

First murder

The 78th Precinct recorded its first murder in more than a year and a half on Sept. 27 when a resident of the Wyckoff houses was slain.

Details of the crime were unavailable, but police said that Victor Zapata, 28, was murdered as he walked on Wyckoff Street between Nevins and Third at around 1:15 am.

Carroll catch

A thief roughed up and mugged a man on Carroll Street on Sept. 21, but he didn’t get far before cops collared him.

The victim told police that he was near Polhemus Place at around 2:20 pm when the suspect punched him in the face and demanded cash.

The victim turned over $24 and a cellphone, and the criminal fled.

But hours later, he was picked up and positively ID’d by the victim, police said.

Lots of burgs

There were at least three burglaries in the neighborhood last week. Here’s a roundup:

• A thief, perhaps one of the men hired by a Sixth Avenue landlord to sweep up, took advantage of basement access to enter a first-floor apartment in the building, near Sixth Street, and steal $40 and a computer accessory on Sept. 21.

• Three men entered Urban Optical on Seventh Avenue on Sept. 24 and stole seven pairs of Prada sunglasses. Cops say that the trio entered at around 3:50 and grabbed the shades, which are worth about $2,100. Cops are hunting for two 6-foot men and one 5-foot-5 man.

• A thief entered a Second Street apartment through an open front door on Sept. 18 and stole a computer, two scooters, a video camera and $50. The victim told cops that the apartment, which is between Eighth Avenue and Prospect Park West, was unoccupied from 3 to 5 pm.

Car toons

At least one motorcycle was swiped and two cars broken into last week in Park Slope, where car crime is quite common. Here’s a roundup:

• A thief stole a locked motorcycle from in front of a building on Lincoln Place near Eighth Avenue on Sept. 24. The doorman of the building told cops that his eyes only left the chopper between 3:10 and 4:10 am.

• A thief stole a navigation system and radio out of a Jeep on Sackett Street overnight on Sept. 21. The victim told cops that he parked the car between Fourth and Fifth avenues at around 8:15 pm, but the damage was done when he returned about 12 hours later.

• Hours later on the same block, thieves stole the tires and rims off of a. The victim told cops that he’d parked the car at about 12:30 am and returned at 8:30 am to find the wheels gone.

— Gersh Kuntzman

Updated 5:14 pm, July 9, 2018
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