Cops: Woman attacked for purse on Mermaid Avenue

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60th Precinct

Coney Island—Brighton Beach—Seagate

Pocketbook brawl

A 33-year-old woman was arrested for attacking and robbing another woman on Mermaid Avenue on July 11.

The victim told police that she was near W. 29th Street at 9:40 pm when the woman punched her in the face, while an accomplice dragged the victim along the pavement. The suspect and her cohort then took the victim’s pocketbook, which contained her keys and a camera, cops said.

Unappealing offer

A 30-year-old man demanded money from a woman in exchange for sex, and then chasing the victim into her Brighton Fifth Street apartment when she refused on July 15, police said.

The victim told police that she was near her apartment between Neptune and Ocean View avenues at 4:45 am when the suspect began to offer sexual services and demanding money for them.

When she refused, the suspect chased the victim into her apartment, where she was forced to hide in a stairwell in order to evade him, cops said.

Smooth criminal

Police arrested a 29-year-old man who they say snatched a woman’s purse off of her shoulder on Stillwell Avenue on July 16.

The victim told police that she was near Bay 49th Street at 11 pm when the suspect grabbed her pocketbook. Instead of running off, however, the suspect rifled through the victim’s bag, removing the cash inside before dropping the bag at the victim’s feet, and walking casually away, cops said.

Police pummler

A 35-year-old man was arrested for striking an officer, and attacking her with a box-cutter on W. 33rd Street on July 15.

The officer was near Mermaid Avenue at 12:20 am when the suspect slashed at her with the razor blade and punched her several times in the face, officials said.

— Colin Mixson

Reach reporter Colin MIxson at or by calling (718) 260-4514.
Updated 11:48 am, January 16, 2019
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