Another crime in Fort Greene Park

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88th Precinct

Fort Greene–Clinton Hill

Bad advice

Two hulking brutes jumped a 21-year-old in Fort Greene Park on Aug. 10 — then brazenly told their victim that he’d “be safe” if he stayed away from the popular urban oasis.

The victim was walking through the park near the corner of Myrtle and N. Portland avenues at 11:55 pm, listening to his headphones, when the thieves jumped him, ripped the earphones off his head and demanded his cash.

The victim handed them $20 — and the thieves offered something in return: “If you stay away, you’ll be safe,” one of the goons said.

iPhone grabs

Thieves in Fort Greene and Clinton Hill grabbed up a half-dozen iPhones last week. Here’s the rundown:

• A thief on a bicycle swiped an iPhone from an unsuspecting 31-year-old woman on Quincy Street on Aug. 7.

The victim was between Classon Avenue and Downing Street at 10:35 pm when the suspect rolled up behind her and plucked the $600 smartphone right out of her hand.

• A group of teens mugged a woman waiting for the bus on Flatbush Avenue on Aug. 12 — running off with her iPhone.

The woman was at a bus stop between Pacific and Atlantic avenues at 9 pm when the suspects swarmed her.

• A crook swiped an iPhone from a 30-year-old woman’s hand as she sat on a 3 train leaving the Fulton Street station on Aug. 12.

The victim was sitting by a subway car door at 7:20 pm when the thief reached inside, grabbed her phone and fled.

• A not-so genteel pair jumped a 34-year-old man at the corner of Greene Avenue and Cambridge Place on Aug. 14, taking his iPhone.

The suspects approached the victim at 2:38 pm, greeted him with a “What’s up” then proceeded to punch him in the face until he gave up his pricey communication device.

• A thief took an iPhone off a 22-year-old woman at the corner of S. Elliot Place and DeKalb Avenue on Aug. 10.

The thug jumped her from behind at 12:15 am, taking her property.

• A goon jumped a man at the corner of Willoughby and Carlton avenues on Aug. 11, taking his iPhone and wallet.

The victim was approaching the corner at 10:30 pm when the suspect forced him to give up his property.

Bad day

Talk about a bad day on the rails!

Four goons jumped a 20-year-old man visiting from Virginia at the Atlantic Avenue station on Aug. 8 — mere moments after a cop gave the tourist a summons for smoking on the subway!

The fearsome foursome struck up a conversation with the victim on a 2 train rumbling into Brooklyn at about 2 am.

The victim and the four suspects had just exited the train at Atlantic Avenue when he lit a cigarette — and was promptly stopped by a cop and given a summons.

Once the cop left, the victim’s new companions jumped him, leaving the 20-year-old unconscious.

When he woke up, his wallet, cellphone, $500 and a pair of pricey shoes were missing, he told police.

Purse snatch

A brute jumped a 42-year-old woman at Adelphi Street and Greene Avenue on Aug. 8, ripping the purse from her arm.

The victim was on her way to a friend’s home at 1:15 am when the thug attacked, snatching her bag, as well as the cellphone, digital camera and credit cards inside.

Washington burg

A bloodied-up crook broke into a Washington Avenue apartment on Aug. 10, then surprised a woman inside by nonchalantly telling her that she could come into the living room if she wanted.

The thief, who had an open gash on his head, forced open a bedroom window at the apartment between Gates Avenue and Fulton Street at 8:25 pm. He was rooting around the living room when the victim, who had been sleeping, woke up. When she showed up at the living room door, the thief promptly welcomed her into the room, then fled, taking nothing.

Target swipe

A thief snagged the mother lode during a visit to the Flatbush Avenue Target on Aug. 10: a woman’s bag containing a laptop computer, ipod, cellphone and credit cards.

The 30-year-old victim left her bag unattended in a shopping cart as she perused the aisles at 7:02 pm. When she returned two minutes later, her bag was gone.

Bike rock

A group of goons chucked a rock at a 44-year-old bicyclist rolling past the corner of Myrtle Avenue and Navy Street on Aug. 12, striking him in the face.

The victim was rolling toward the corner just before 6:30 pm when he was hit. A group of teenagers he spotted nearby were to blame, the victim told police.

Bra bilker

A thief swiped more than $1,600 worth of “Dream Angel” bras at the Victoria Secret inside the crime-ridden Atlantic Terminal mall on Flatbush Avenue on Aug. 13.

The unidentified goon pulled the uplifting undergarments — which cost between $45 and $58 apiece — from store shelves at 1:20 pm, putting them in a Target bag. He then scurried out a back door before anyone knew what had happened.

Subway collar

Two goons were arrested on Aug. 14 after they jumped a 16-year-old inside the Lafayette Avenue subway station.

The victim was waiting for the train at 2:10 am when the thieves asked him what was hanging out of his pocket.

When the teen looked down to see, the thieves attacked, beating him mercilessly before running off with his cellphone and charger.

But they didn’t get far: cops picked up the two suspects a short time later, charging them with robbery.

Metal menaces

Three thieves robbed a 29-year-old of his suitcase on Aug. 14 during a furious exchange on Cumberland Street involving a unique weapon — a heavy iron skillet.

The suspects jumped the victim between DeKalb and Lafayette avenues at 8:55 pm. After hitting their victim twice in the head with the skillet, the suspects ran off with the suitcase.

But the joke was on them — the victim had emptied the suitcase before leaving his house.

— Thomas Tracy

Updated 5:25 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

Sam from Bk says:
Why would you go into FG park that late? Just asking for it aren't ya?
Aug. 16, 2011, 8:42 am
Joey from Clinton Hills says:
Kids were throwing rocks at people last night on Myrtle in front of the Walt Whitman Projects. A bunch of worthless adults stood around and did nothing. HELLO 88th PRECINCT!
Aug. 16, 2011, 9:47 am
Prop Joe from Brownsville says:
Time to lock these porch monkeys up!
Aug. 16, 2011, 12:38 pm
Avon Barksdale from Baltimore's West Side says:
—— be damned, yo!
Aug. 16, 2011, 12:42 pm
mw from fg says:
Hey 88th precinct, you know where the crimes are and where they live, why don't you do something!!?? Stop blaming the victim ! You sit around the precinct and make fun to each other, showing off like teenagers, asking the victim "why do you live here, why don't you just move out?, ha, ha, ha" The taxpayers, who pay your salaries, would like you to get off your asses and start walking around undercover, day and night, instead of sitting around the precinct with the good ole boys making fun of the people you are supposed to protect ...remember?? that's your job?! Hope someone in the higher-ups will read this, I can tell them your badge numbers...I am sure the good cops are sick of you too!!!
Aug. 16, 2011, 1:15 pm
Cynthia from Clinton Hill says:
Figures if you think about it, people doing most of the crime here are the animals near or around the Projects its obvious.. target, FG park,? guess who hangs out there even more???
Aug. 16, 2011, 3:11 pm
gimme from around says:
yo yupsters, you live by the iPhone you get jacked (and maybe die) by the iPhone, ya heard son!
Aug. 16, 2011, 5:13 pm
Cynthia from Clinton hill says:
@gimme.see we talking about you jigs.
Aug. 17, 2011, 12:17 am
FGster says:
So the people who are drunk or high (on God knows what) who decide to go into FG park at all hours of the night, and those who don't work during the day......
want the cops to protect them from the ppl in the projects? smh.
Aug. 17, 2011, 1:15 pm
Kalahari Dessert from Nooklyn says:
Ever notice the luxury $30,000 and $40,000 brand new SUV's in the parking lot of the Walt Whitman Houses? Next time you walk by talking on your iphone, take a look. I want subsidized rent too! (Though I'd probably buy a Tesla).

PS. People that talk and mean it like "Gimme from Around" will meet their match, for sure. I guarantee it. People like that are walking ghosts. And for the unfortunate ones who don't end up lying face down in the street, hopefully more and more of them will get even better housing deals with lifetime leases upstate.
Aug. 17, 2011, 6:41 pm
MG from Bed-Stuy says:
Nobody steals Blackberries. Use a Blackberry.
Aug. 17, 2011, 8:04 pm
Atlanci from Atlanic says:
Got a ticket for smoking a cigarette and then mugged to unconsciousness by 4 dudes. Rough day.
Aug. 18, 2011, 2:05 pm
Taxpayer from Clinton Hill says:
88th Precinct is 100% worthless. They need a complete overhaul over there.
Aug. 18, 2011, 2:05 pm
Wow.. Really? from Fort Greene says:
Wow... People here see fit to take out their frustrations by calling the alleged perpetrators of these crimes, Porch Monkeys, Jigs, Animals and Ghost. It's safe to assume they mean "Black" people.

Just to be clear most of "those people" and their families have lived in FG since the 1930's. I was born here and have lived here my entire life. When 99% of the white people in the area decided to move to the suburbs in the late 60's, early 70's (white flight), the blacks remained. Unfortunate, the blacks did not have the social economic opportunity to flee to the suburbs, they stayed. During the recessions, the wars, the crack epidemic of the 80's and 90's they stayed. And those that tried to leave to white areas were greeted by the burning cross of the KKK on their front lawn and corrupt racist law enforcement. So before you decided to live in this area, "those" people were here and lived through everything.

So now that the race issue is in proper historical context, let's move on to the crime issue. On any given day, the overwhelming majority of crime victims in FG are Black people. Criminals look for the opportunity to rob the easiest victim regardless of race. If your life in the suburbs or wherever did not prepare you for the dark side of the real world, then that's unfortunate.

My life growing up in FG prepared me for everything. I've travelled to over 36 countries and lived in London, England; Moscow, Russia; Munich, Germany and Reykjavik, Iceland The crime and violence rate in London dwarfs NYC. Moscow in 1994 after the collapse of the Soviet Union was like Mad Max beyond Thunderdome and Munich is no model German city. In all of my travels, I have always travelled completely alone, with little money and was NEVER the victim of any crime! Nothing! Because, I was not naive or confused about the world I lived in. Brooklyn taught me how to stay the hell out of trouble and when trouble found me how to deal with it.

There are predators and opportunist all over the world and when "Haves" choosing to live in close proximity to "Have Nots" the HN's are going to make a move. This is NOT blaming the victim or excusing the actions of the criminal. This is the fact all over the world. That's why when Americans travel to 3rd world countries, the locals who live in crushing poverty often choose us to prey upon.

There is not a week that goes by when I don't go out of my way to help some lost tourist or confused new comer out on the street. Mostly white people. I do it because it the right thing to do and just accept that the demographics of the area have changed. I prejudge no one and will assist anyone who needs my help.

I'm a man, 6'2" and 180 lbs of solid muscle and know how to fight. I would never do what some of the things the victims in this report did.


*Listen to headphones when I'm walking on the street. (You need to hear what going on around you)

*Listen to headphones on the Bus or Train.
(Same reason as above)

*Walk through any park after dark.
(It's isolated, dark and full of places to hide)

*Take out my iphone 4 in public unless I have to use it.
(It only takes a second to draw attention to yourself)

*Leave ANY of my possessions unattended in public.
(It takes 1 sec for someone to take your stuff)

*Ride the subway at after 11 pm unless you MUST.
(Less people around means more trouble.)

*Let someone sneak up behind me.
(Know what the heck is going on around you)

The list could go on for pages....

There is a Russian proverb that says,
"A pessimist is a well informed optimist"

Take responsibility for your own safety and see the world as it is, not as you want it to be. It's cowardly to voice your sad and racist views on a website. The truth is non of those words would dare come out of your mouths if you were face to face with the people you are attempting to insult. You know this. This is the only place you can safety say these things. Cowards and victims crying behind the computer. Sad.

When you walk past the pull bars in Oxport Park on Flushing Ave or Tillary Street and Jay and see a bunch of ripped black men displaying super human strength on the pull up bars, we are not in there working out like Spartans to look good. We are training to live in the real world and taking responsibility for our own safety because, we have to be ready for criminals, corrupt cops and racist who wish to do us harm. Becoming a victim of a crime is a life or death issue for us, not an inconvenience. You can get another iphone. We just have to keep going forward because, no one cares what happens to us.

If you're so ignorant and filled with racist hate that you want to tell me about it. You are welcome to come to the pull up bars and tell me to my face. You have the locations. Somebody will be there to give you the truth. So much for the "post racial society". LOL. You gotta love it.
Aug. 20, 2011, 7:31 pm
Rodney K. from Fg says:
Can't we all just get along??
Aug. 21, 2011, 11:14 pm
Katrina from FG says:
Why wouldn't you list the brutal murder of the 19 year old mother at Walt Whitman housing that just happened. The Patch reported on it-- how could you miss this?
Aug. 24, 2011, 12:39 pm
Common sense from FG says:
*Listen to headphones when I'm walking on the street. (You need to hear what going on around you)

*Listen to headphones on the Bus or Train.
(Same reason as above)

*Walk through any park after dark.
(It's isolated, dark and full of places to hide)

*Take out my iphone 4 in public unless I have to use it.
(It only takes a second to draw attention to yourself)

*Leave ANY of my possessions unattended in public.
(It takes 1 sec for someone to take your stuff)

*Ride the subway at after 11 pm unless you MUST.
(Less people around means more trouble.)

*Let someone sneak up behind me.
(Know what the heck is going on around you)

The list could go on for pages....

Hipsters Guide to Living in Brooklyn. True NYers know this.
Aug. 24, 2011, 10:02 pm
otto from flatbush says:
The 88th precinct isn't worthless. The Police needs to be employed. If they do anything about crime then they would be laid off i.e numbers reduced, because they would be no need for them.
It's kind of like what they do in the subways. If there are a lot of people jumping the turnstyles at a given station,nothing would be done. But if several complaints are made,then the transit police will step in and make "public" arrests and after that things will go back to the normal farebeating.
The police are all for homicides , terrorist cases and letting stereotypes and fears run rampant in the public mind.
Sept. 4, 2011, 8:23 pm

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