Snowtacks! Brownstone Brooklyn under assault by ice-wielding thugs

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Winter has bred a new kind of criminal in Brownstone Brooklyn — roving packs of teens so cold-blooded they’ll attack a pregnant woman and laugh about it.

Just ask Eve Hobgood — a 33-year-old mom who was attacked by a teen wolf pack on Jan. 25 at around 5:30 pm as she was walking home.

Hobgood initially noticed the group of 10 on Dean Street between Hoyt and Bond streets throwing snowballs at passersby.

“I never thought they’d attack me,” confessed the North Carolina native.

When she passed, the crew taunted her with a slang term for female genitalia — then punctuated the vitriol by pelting her with snow and ice.

She turned around to inform the dopey dectet that she was three-months pregnant, thinking that might curb their obnoxious behavior. Wrong.

“One of them laughed and mimicked me, pushed me, and threw a massive chunk of ice in my face,” she recalled.

The incident has rattled her so much that she’s thinking of leaving the borough — for good.

“If something like this happens again, I’ll probably move out,” she said. “I don’t need to deal with punk kids. This is not normal teen behavior — it’s a mess.”

Hobgood filed a complaint with the 84th Precinct, but she said the precinct lost her report.

Deputy Inspector Mark DiPaolo, the precinct’s commander, said he could not comment about the specific report because he did not see it.

But he did say that he has deployed more cops on the beat throughout the precinct, which encompasses Boerum Hill, Vinegar Hill, DUMBO and Brooklyn Heights.

“We are out there,” he said.

But area leaders remain on heightened alert.

“I think everyone enjoys the decrease in crime no matter where they live, but these things hearken to a day when people felt much less safe,” said Howard Kolins, president of the Boerum Hill Association.

And the incident does not appear isolated:

• Leslie Lewis, the president of the 84th Precinct Community Council, said he witnessed a near- attack on Wyckoff Street in Boerum Hill just days before the Hobgood incident.

“A pack of teens ran down my block chasing another teen all the way to his house,” he said. “They were about to rob him,” said Lewis, who yelled before the posse scattered.

“They were wilding,” Lewis said, using the term coined in the 1980s for roving bands of marauding teens.

• A group of four thugs surrounded a 40-year-old man on Hoyt Street near Butler Street on Jan. 30, pelting him with snowballs and then robbing him.

• The same day as Hobgood’s attack, Karen Zebulon, the owner of the children’s store Gumbo on Atlantic Avenue, said that she saw the crew standing on the corner near her store and throwing snowballs at people and cars.

“I waited on the other side of the street — I didn’t want to be in the midst of all that, it was pretty disturbing.”

• Even our street-smart reporter Andy Campbell was victimized on Warren Street in Cobble Hill on his way to cover an important story on Monday night. Campbell was railroaded by a pack of young thugs, rudely driven into the snow, and unceremoniously given a frosty facial. Undeterred, he covered the meeting without additional suffering (save the lengthy meeting).

Updated 5:23 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

shacklzflamazo from williamsburg says:
Does anyone know how to either join (or start) a neighborhood watch?
Feb. 3, 2011, 9:07 am
Dad from Clinton Hill says:
84th, it is far easier to "lose paperwork" than to own up to pregnant women getting attacked on your watch. Gods forbid your CopStat get impacted! Inspector DiPaolo, get your people out of the freakin car and in the slush with us. You are missing things ~keeping warm~. Actually get "out there," or we will have to do it for you. Trust me, you don't want that.
Feb. 3, 2011, 2:47 pm
Mac from Metrotech says:
The 84th? Actually do something? Not likely. They can't even park their cars right. But they got plenty of high-priced police dogs crapping everywhere. They don't pay for parking either, check out Duffield St. No parking, No standing zone completely full of cars with police parking placards. The 84th should be the model for what's wrong with this city. Hear that DiPaolo???
Feb. 3, 2011, 3:25 pm
Vito from Dyker Heights says:
why aren't these being categorized as Hate Crimes? where's Rev. Sharpton?
Feb. 3, 2011, 5:39 pm
Joe Z. from Greenpoint says:
"i bet they were black"

"Sneaker Pimps" on work-release from the projects.

"why aren't these being categorized as Hate Crimes? where's Rev. Sharpton?'

I'm not disagreeing with your sentiment; but, "hate crime' is a riduculous term. Crimes, by their comisssion, are acts of deviant behavior which are deemed injurious to the public welfare or morals. Crimes are commited predicated on the concept that hate, for various reasons known to the perpetrator, is involved. Crimes aren't commited because the perpetrator likes you.

Re Sharpton, he's busy shaking down stupid, intimidated white people. He's got a mortgage payment to make on his Trump Place apartment. Besides, he doesn't protest when the temperature is below 60°. Cold temperatures cause the pomade in his hair coagulate. That's something that no race card carrying extortionist could live down.
Feb. 3, 2011, 9:32 pm
mans best friend from the kennel says:
Uhm, Mac, I think you are confusing the Transit Canine Unit with the Eight-Four.
Feb. 4, 2011, 4:54 pm
Cynthia from Clinton Hill says:
Why didnt anyone stop them from pelting her with snow balls?. im sure i wouldv called the cops then gotten a mob of local bystander and jumped theses pieces of S***s.
Feb. 5, 2011, 3:48 am
Cynthia from Clinton Hill says:
Feb. 5, 2011, 3:49 am
Joe Z. from Greenpoint says:
Why didn't anyone stop them? Because, the average interloping-transplant-from-America's-heartland, who currently resides in the neighborhood, are cowards. If they see a group of two or more blacks walking toward them, they'll cross to the other side of the street just to avoid them. These cretins are like any other predators. They know who to target by the body language exhibited by the potential victims. Most of the targets (which they are perceived as) look like they're in fear when walking through the neighborhood. These targets prefer to use reason and conflict resolution, when confronted (talking someone into submission); because violence doesn't solve anything. They prefer to be intimidated and humiliated by these wolfpacks instead of smacking the sweet bejesus out of the closest one they could get their hands on. This ain't Omaha or Danville.

As far as getting a mob of bystanders to help, forget it. They're the same as the victims. They'll stand around telling each other what a bummer it is to be that person.
Feb. 5, 2011, 12:30 pm
Lisa from Sheepshead Bay says:
This whole situation is digusting. These are kids, since when are we allowing a bunch of loud mouth kids to take over a neighborhood. I agree with Joe Z, someone needs to take the initiative to smack the kid that is closest to them. Then push them into the snow and pelt them with ice. Or better yet we should do that to their mom or dad who deserve it for sticking us with these horrible kids they have raised or not raised for that matter.
Feb. 5, 2011, 1:50 pm
mikeyg from brooklyn says:
I think you should move it only gets worse.
Feb. 6, 2011, 1:26 am
PV from Flatbush says:
Most of the problems emanate out of the Gowanus Houses (and the other public housing nearby.) I lived there in the 70's, 80's & 90s on Butler Street near Hoyt. Hassling, thievery, drug use, holdups, fights, mugging has always gone on. Some years are worse than others. There are always going to be some problems and it's a small group who make it really bad for everyone else trying to get by in public housing. But for your sake try to avoid making yourself a target and become more street aware. Also try being a little more friendly to folks on the street not just your own little circle. I realize you're the victim but you need to armor yourself socially if you're going to live near public housing. You just can't depend on the NYPD.
Feb. 6, 2011, 4:46 pm
Trell Brown from Alexander City says:
Sounds like a pack of ——s were doing the wilding....goddamn chimp ass apes!
Aug. 5, 2011, 6:24 pm
Jeanette Sena Muhlmann from Crown Heights says:
folks, it is not helpful to curse these kids and give them names - it is helpful to have the courage to find out who they are and TALK to them as if they are your own kids.
Please be responsible and loving grown ups. Kids need role models. ALL Kids need them. So be one!
Do create an atmosphere that makes the neighbourhood livable. It is just kids! They are out of control because nobody loves them and nobody teaches them respect. In order to be respected you need to be a loving and understanding teacher. Please, folks, think about that!
Empathy is the only way to make positive changes!
Jan. 26, 2016, 10:45 am

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