Twenty questions, one mugging

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90th Precinct

Southside Williamsburg—Bushwick

Too many questions

A suspicious line of questioning turned into a robbery of a 16-year-old who was playing in the park.

The teenage victim told police he was playing in Cooper Park near the corner of Sharon Street and Morgan Avenue at 4:15 pm on April 22 when two men started asking a lot of questions. Then the conversation changed.

“Clear your pockets,” one of them said to him.

The teen pulled his Galaxy Blaze phone out of his pocket. The men grabbed it and ran off.

Not a work of art

A MacBook laptop computer was stolen when left it in the front room of an art gallery.

The victim told police she left her computer in a black nylon backpack on a table in the front room of the gallery on Roebling Street between Metropolitan Avenue and Hope Street at 3 pm on April 22. When she came back a half hour later, the computer missing from the bag. Stairwell cameras captured two men coming into the workspace and leaving as one put a laptop into his backpack. Police have not caught the thieves.

Bad singing

Someone attacked a man as he sang karaoke at a bar. His choice of song might have been the cause.

The 20-year-old victim was celebrating at a bar on South Fourth Street between Roebling and Havemeyer streets at 1:35 am on April 22. He told police that he had been arguing with someone earlier in the evening. That assailant hit the victim over the head as he sang, causing a cut to his head. The victim took a cab to the hospital. Police have not arrested a suspect. No word on what song the victim was singing.

Poor sports

Two very unsportsmanlike thieves snatched a backpack from a kid playing basketball at a public court on the corner of Bushwick Avenue and Seigel Street. The 16-year-old victim told police that he had left his backpack in the corner of the court while playin. At 3:15 pm on April 24, a pair of thugs ran up, grabbed his backpack, and ran out the door. The victim chased them, but the thieves got away with his backpack, iPhone, Gucci men’s wallet, $31 in cash and his credit and debit cards.

Penny Wise Pound Foolish

A beggar turned violent when his victim wouldn’t hand over $20.

The victim told police he was walking home drunk from work at 6:05 am on April 28. He was walking down Keap Street between Ainslie and Hope streets when the creep walked up to him.

“Papi, can you give me $20?” the man asked.

When the victim refused, the beggar pushed him to the ground, took the victim’s wallet out of his back pocket and ran off. The thief got away with $210, which is way more than the $20 he had asked for.

— Danielle Furfaro

Reach reporter Danielle Furfaro at or by calling (718) 260-2511. Follow her at
Updated 9:35 am, May 1, 2013
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Reasonable discourse

gimme from yours says:
Papi got owned son
May 2, 2013, 12:56 pm
Karma's from Gonna Get You, Reporter says:
You think you're funny writin this stuff? Can't wait to see folks laghin at you!
May 2, 2013, 5:25 pm

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