Crackhead panhandler turns robber in early-morning encounter

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84th Precinct

Brooklyn Heights–DUMBO–Boerum Hill–Downtown

Hood Samaritan

Cops cuffed a 30-year-old woman who they say tried to steal a personal audio player from a guy who was about to give her money on Gold Street on March 20.

Police said the suspect stopped a 23-year-old at the corner of Sands Street at 3:20 am and asked him for money. As he looked for cash to give her, the lady reached into his pocket and took his music player, according to a report.

Cops showed up, slapped bracelets on the lass, and found the device on her along with a crack pipe, officers said.

Stand clear

A 47-year-old man was arrested for fighting with a police officer who asked him not to hold the train doors at the Borough Hall station on March 17, according to authorities.

The cop was on the 2 and 3 train platform responding to a call about a suspicious package at 4 pm, when the train conductor of a Manhattan-bound 2 train called for assistance, according to a police report. The conductor told the cop that a man was holding the doors, and when he asked him to stop, the accused refused, a report said.

“I will f--- you up, officer, if you try and take me off,” the fellow supposedly said.

As the lawman approached, the guy kicked him in the wrist, then resisted arrest when the cop tried to take him into custody, officers stated. The cop was treated at New York Methodist Hospital, a report says.

Nap attack

Cops busted a man who they said tried to fight them at the DeKalb Avenue subway station when they ordered him to leave a train on March 22. The man later put his head through the back window of a patrol car, according to cops.

Officers found the 33-year-old stretched across the seats of a Coney-Island-bound D train at 3:02 am while the train was stopped, a report states. The badge-wearers told the man to scram and he refused, grabbed onto the train pole, and fought them off, according to the report.

The cops eventually wrangled the guy into cuffs and, as they carted him to the station house he bashed his head through the rear window of the squad car, authorities reported. Police say they found a switchblade in the fellow’s pants.

Gun grab

Police arrested two teens for a robbery on March 23, but not before one of them tried to grab an officer’s gun during a struggle inside the Farragut Houses, cops said.

Officers were investigating a robbery in a building on York Street between Navy and Gold streets at 2:15 pm when they saw two youngsters who fit the description of the jackers, authorities said. When the officers approached, the teens tried to run, according to a report.

The cops caught up to the pair and the 18-year-old tried to grab the firearm during a scuffle while the 15-year-old refused to be handcuffed and lashed out at them, the report says.


Police arrested a 23-year-old woman after a courtroom outburst inside the halls of justice on Livingston Street on March 18, cops said.

The lady yelled curses in the courtroom between Smith Street and Boerum Place at 12:53 pm, officers reported. When cops responded, she resisted arrest, flailing her arms and punching at the officers, according to a report.


A pickpocket snagged a guy’s wallet aboard a crowded F train on March 15, cops said.

The 34-year-oldvictim reported he boarded the train at W. Fourth Street at 2:55 pm and, just before the Jay Street–MetroTech station he got bumped hard. The shove made him feel uncomfortable, but he could not turn around to see who did it because the train was too crowded, he said.

The unlucky sap exited the subway at Smith–Ninth Street at 3:23 pm and received a notification on his phone saying that his bank card was being used near Jay Street, according to a police report. That is when the poor fellow noticed his wallet missing and, with it, $400 cash and debit and credit cards, cops said.

Loosey Vuitton

A brand-aware bandit snagged a pricey Louis Vuitton bag from an unlocked car on Montague Street on March 17, cops said.

The 58-year-old victim told cops he parked his 2011 Lincoln between Clinton and Henry streets at 7:20 pm and ran into a nearby pharmacy, leaving the auto unlocked. When he returned 20 minutes later, the designer bag was gone, he said. The bag is worth $3,200, cops reported.


A crafty crook stole a a man’s car after taking an official tone on Water Street on March 17, police said.

The 22-year-old victim said he was sitting in his 1997 Toyota Camry between Pearl and Jay streets at 3:20 am when the swindler came up to the window.

“What are you doing over here?” he supposedly demanded.

The victim replied that he was working and then the trickster asked him to step out of the vehicle, according to a police report. The confused car owner stepped out, leaving the engine running, and the two got into a “slight tussle,” cops said. The victim went around the corner for help and, when he returned, the car was gone, authorities reported.

Rude return

A burglar broke into a woman’s State Street apartment on March 18, police stated.

The 24-year-old woman reported she left her house between Willow Place and Hicks Street at 8:45 am and did not return until 6 pm. When she got home she noticed the door tampered with and items missing, police said.

The prowler made off with a laptop, a tablet, sunglasses, and a sapphire ring, according to authorities.

Sands of crime

A teen robbed a lady at gunpoint in broad daylight on March 19 on Sands Street, cops said.

The 23-year-old-victim told cops she was walking in the Farragut Houses complex, between Navy and Gold streets, at 12:15 pm when the young goon came up from behind and stopped in front of her. The rascal flashed a silver handgun, police stated,

“Give me everything,” the scalawag supposedly said.

The woman gave over her cellphone and headphones, but the punk wanted more, according to a report. The scoundrel demanded money, or, else, but fled without it, cops said.

Night at the movies

A burglar broke into a woman’s parked car on Livingston Street and stole her purse while she was at the movies on March 20, police reported.

The 22-year-old victim said she left her 2000 Hyundai Accent at the corner of Clinton Street at 11:05 pm and went to catch a flick. When she came out at 2:10 am, her rear driver-side window was smashed and her handbag was nowhere to be found, police said.

The the bag contained a digital reader, a pair of Armani Exchange sunglasses, and debit and credit cards, according to authorities.


A rapscallion stole a lady’s wallet off her lap while she rode a B41 bus on March 20, police said.

The 60-year-old victim told authorities she boarded the bus at 5 pm, leaving her purse open after paying the fare and placing it on her lap. She rode the bus for an hour, exited at the corner of Nevins and Livingston streets, and noticed that her wallet was gone, according to a report.

— Matthew Perlman

Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018
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