Killed by slab

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A 47-year-old man died Monday in an apparent freak accident involving a granite slab.

Officials said that Yuqan Chen, 47, was working at the First Choice Supply warehouse on 61st Street near 13th Avenue when a number of slabs used to make kitchen and bathroom counter tops rained down on him. One of the slabs struck him in the head.

Workers told police that the slabs had been stacked up on top of each other prior to the 9:30 a.m. accident.

While the death is being treated as an accident, members of the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) was investigating to see if there were any workplace safety violations, officials said.

A 29-year-old man was the victim of a blitzkrieg knife attack as he exited his Dyker Heights home last week.

The victim said that he had just opened the door to his 80th Street home near 13th Avenue at 6:11 a.m. on December 1 when an unidentified male jumped him.

The stranger began hacking at the victim with a blade in his hand, leaving him with deep cuts to his face.

The assailant fled as the victim was removed to Lutheran Medical Center for treatment.

Was he snoring too loudly? A 27-year-old man found snoozing in his car was reportedly beaten and robbed by two evil insomniacs, said police, who are still looking for the two muggers.

The victim said that he was taking an early morning siesta in his car parked on 89th Street near Third Avenue at 5 a.m. December 4 when two strangers approached and ordered him out of his vehicle.

When he did so, the wake up crew struck the victim in the face with an unknown object and made off with his credit cards, driver’s license and Blackberry.

A 45-year-old woman returned home to learn that a thief had made off with her laptop.

Police were told that the woman left her 68th Street home between Eighth Avenue and Fort Hamilton Parkway at noon on December 4.

She returned a few hours later and determined that a Grinch had paid her a visit, although police do not know how the thief got inside.

A U.S. Passport was also removed from the home, continuing an ongoing trend in the area.

Last week, this paper reported that burglars swiped four passports from two homes over Thanksgiving weekend. The homes were located on Sixth Avenue near 69th Street and 79th Street near 10th Avenue, officials said.

Armed with surveillance footage, cops are trying to find the uncharitable church-goer who rifled through a woman’s purse during a recent mass at St. Anselm’s.

The 62-year-old woman said that she left her purse in her pew as she went to receive holy communion at 1:30 p.m. on November 21.

That’s when the thief, described as a white male in his 20s, made a bee-line for her bag, removing $300 and some credit cards before running out of the 82nd Street house of worship.

The victim, a resident of Long Island, did not report the theft until December 2. Before doing so, she made sure that the thief was snapped up on the church’s surveillance camera which, by some miracle, they still had.

It’s a sight no one wants to see during the holidays -- a depleted bank account that was no fault of their own.

But that’s just what happened to a 58-year-old Fourth Avenue resident back on November 28 when he checked his HSBC Bank account statement and learned that $5,000 had been siphoned from his savings.

Investigators later learned that someone had got their hands on his account numbers and slowly withdrew the money over the last month. The money was withdrawn from both Brooklyn and the Bronx, officials said.

Updated 11:48 am, January 16, 2019
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