Thief rips woman’s rent money from hands

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90th Precinct


Cash money

A man ripped money out a woman’s hand in a Flushing Avenue apartment building on Nov. 1 — as she was headed downstairs to pay her rent.

The 51-year-old victim told police that she was walking downstairs from her unit in the building between Humboldt Street and Bushwick Avenue at 8:30 am with $300 in cash wrapped in a plastic bag. A man spotted the cash and grabbed it, running back up the stairs.

The woman could not identify him and police have not caught him.

In the bag

Three men stormed into a Graham Avenue liquor store to get their alcoholic fix on Nov. 5.

The clerk at the store between Boerum and McKibbin streets told police that the three men entered at 6:06 pm. One of them held a gun to his head.

“Don’t move,” said the robber. “I’m sorry, I just want the liquor.”

The other two men grabbed two bottles of vodka and one bottle of tequila off the shelf and ran out into the night.

Subway robbery

A brave teenager subdued a man who shook him down for his cellphone on a G train at Metropolitan Avenue on Nov. 6.

The 18-year-old victim told police that he was riding a Kensington-bound G train approaching the station near Lorimer Street at 12:15 pm when a bigger teen started asking his age and where he goes to school. The teen then started to make demands.

“I have a knife so give me your phone,” he allegedly said. “And if you have any money, give it to me.”

The victim said he handed over his phone, but as the train pulled into the station, the victim chased the alleged robber out of the train and put him in a headlock. As they were wrestling, the phone fell out of the alleged aggressor’s pocket and another passenger gave it back to the victim. Police arrived to find the two still wrestling and arrested the 16-year-old.

Drag and drop

A man on a bicycle snatched a phone from a woman and injured her while trying to steal her purse on Wythe Avenue on Nov. 14.

The victim, a 33-year-old Norwegian woman here on vacation, told police that she was texting on her phone near S. Second St. at 2 am when a goon rode up on his bicycle and grabbed the phone out of her hand.

He then grabbed the bag, which was around her shoulder, and tried to ride off with it, pulling the woman down onto the ground and dragging her. Once he got it away from her, he rifled through the bag and then threw it back at her.

“Stay down or I’m going to shoot you” he told her, before riding away.

Little threat

Police cuffed a 17-year-old who they say ran from a police officer and pushed him down a flight of stairs in a Bushwick Avenue building on Nov. 6.

Officers reported they walked into the building between Seigel and Boerum streets at 6:50 pm to check on a complaint of two guys loitering in the stairwell.

The officers said that when the guys saw them coming, one of the guys grabbed his waistband and ran up the stairs. The officer demanded that the suspect show his hands but he allegedly refused to do so. When the officer tried to handcuff the teenager, he flailed his arms and refused to take his hand off the waistband, cops said. He then allegedly pushed the cop down the stairs. Police charged the teen with assault of a police officer.

— Danielle Furfaro

Updated 10:16 pm, July 9, 2018
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