Under group umbrella attack on N. Portland

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88th Precinct

Fort Greene–Clinton Hill

Under their umbrellas

A crew of violent women attacked a 31-year-old lady as she walked near the intersection of N. Portland Avenue and Auburn Place on May 9, cops said.

The victim told police she was walking down the street at 8:30 am when the group set upon her, kicking her and hitting her in the head with umbrellas. The assault left her with a swollen forehead and a cut on her lip, officers said.

Hoist and haul

An intruder pushed his way into a man’s Carlton Avenue house and stole the victim’s wallet and two bicycles on May 2, according to law enforcement officials.

The man told the authorities he was taking the garbage out in front of his building between DeKalb and Lafayette avenues at 4:15 am, when the invader came up from behind and pushed him into his house.

“Give me your stuff,” the goon supposedly said.

The victim forked over his wallet, a report says. Unsatisfied, the villain ran upstairs, grabbed two bikes from the hall, hoisted them on his shoulder, and ran out the door, cops said.

Clerk fights back

Cops cuffed a Fulton Street bodega clerk after they say he hit an unruly customer over the head with a baton on May 7.

The 54-year-old customer told cops he got into an argument with the clerk inside the store between Lafayette Avenue and Fort Greene Place at 1:10 am and started throwing merchandise around the store, then put up his arms as if he wanted to fight, according to a police report.

The 31-year-old cashier took out a club and started banging the counter with it to scare off the angry customer, the report says. The customer continued his tantrum and was trying to climb over the counter when the clerk let him have it, cops said. Authorities took the customer to Brooklyn Hospital Center and arrested the worker.

This guy bites

Police arrested a man who they say punched his girlfriend and nearly bit off her nipple during an argument while driving on May 7.

The 24-year-old victim told police she was riding in her boyfriend’s car at 3:30 pm when they got into it. The suspect started punching her in the face and bit her on the left hand and the right nipple, the authorities said. When the car stopped at a red light, the woman bolted to a DeKalb Avenue hospital, where doctors treated her injuries, which included two black eyes, scratches, bite marks, and a nipple that needed to be re-attached, cops said.

Officers visited the victim at the hospital between Ashland and Fort Greene Place, observed the extent of her injuries, and arrested the boyfriend, according to a police report.

Let himself in

Cops arrested a 56-year-old man for burglary after they say they found him in the hall of a building on Lefferts Place on May 8.

A passerby alerted authorities to a suspicious man trying to force his way into a building between Grand and Classon avenues at 12:43 am, according to a police report. Officers went in to check it out, and found the fellow sitting on the stairs on the fourth floor, the report says.

“I let myself in,” the man supposedly said when the officers approached, but cops soon discovered he did not live in the building and was not invited by anyone who does, the report states.


A jerk stole an armful of packages from the lobby of a building on Clermont Avenue on May 8, law enforcement officials said.

The ill-mannered thief started ringing buzzers outside the building between Myrtle and Park avenues around 2:20 pm and someone eventually let him in, according to the authorities.

A security video shows him rummaging through the boxes and vamoosing with all he could carry, police said. A 33-year-old resident of the building told police one of the packages contained a portable wireless speaker she ordered.

Take her shelter

Cops arrested a 51-year-old woman inside a shelter on Tillary Street on May 5 after they say she stole another lady’s purse.

The 21-year-old victim told the authorities she saw the older woman take her handbag from inside the facility between Prince and Navy streets at 11 pm. Police recovered $24 from the woman’s shoe, according to a report.

Defrauding the elderly

Someone tricked an 85-year-old man on Ashland Place into signing over $100,000 on May 5, cops said.

The elderly victim, who lives between Willoughby Street and Myrtle Avenue, told police the fraudster tricked him into putting the cash on credit cards at noon.

Phone scam

A tricky trio took off with a couple of cellphones from a Myrtle Avenue telecommunications store on May 8, evading an employee’s efforts to stop them.

A worker at the shop between Ryerson Street and Grand Avenue told cops she saw two of the crooks standing near a merchandise counter at 5:13 pm. The third lowlife created a distraction at the register and his partners in crime headed for the door, the report says.

The worker tried to block the exit, but the ruffians pushed her aside and made like a phone signal going into a tunnel, cops said.


A scoundrel smashed his or her way in to a car parked on Hall Street on May 9 and jacked the built-in entertainment system, police stated.

The 26-year-old owner told the authorities he parked his Dodge Avenger near Park Avenue at 8:30 am and, when he returned at 5 pm, the rear window was shattered. The entertainment system included satellite navigation, a television screen, and a camera, according to a police report.

No transfer

A thief swiped a senior’s wallet as she road the bus on Fulton Street on May 9, law enforcement officials related.

The 75-year-old woman reported she boarded the B38 bus at Fulton Street and Lafayette Avenue at 6:35 pm.

On the bus, she felt someone bump into her and, when she got off at Saint James place between Lafayette and DeKalb avenues, the billfold was missing, according to a report.

Grand thefts auto

Police reported two car thefts in the precinct this week.

The first was a 2011 Toyota Camry that an anti-social auto-phile stole off of Clinton Avenue sometime overnight on May 7, cops said.

The 42-year-old owner said she parked and locked her vehicle near Greene Avenue at 4 pm that day and, when she returned at 7 am the next day, it was gone.

The second car stolen was a 2013 Honda CRV that vanished from Washington Avenue in the early morning of May 9, according to law enforcement.

The 39-year-old driver told cops he parked his ride between Greene and Lafayette avenues at 11 pm on May 8 and came back at 8:45 am to find it vanished.

— Matthew Perlman

Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

Peter Engel from Fort Greene says:
Crime reporting is serious business. I don't see how cutesy descriptions of criminal activity are either helpful to the community or to advancing a journalism career. They're just obnoxious.
May 14, 2014, 11:33 am
jjm from c. hill says:
you can pretty much tell that these naive victims are NOT from bk. just sayin....
May 14, 2014, 6:36 pm
nope says:
Really jjm, you think the elderly victims described above are clueless transplants who just moved here from the midwest? It's locals who commit the vast majority of the crimes in Brooklyn and it's mostly locals who are the victims as well.
May 15, 2014, 8:41 am

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