Gunman apologizes for attempting to rob acquaintance

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88th Precinct

Fort Greene–Clinton Hill

Friendly robbery

A gunman apologized after he tried to stick up an acquaintance on Fulton Street on April 8.

The victim told police she was sitting in her car between Washington Avenue and St. James Place at 3:45 am when a man she knew came up to her window and asked her for a MetroCard. When the victim said she didn’t have one, the man pulled out a handgun and put it in the woman’s face, she told cops.

“Give me your money,” the man allegedly said. A moment later, he realized that he knew the woman.

“I’m sorry, please don’t call the police,” he said before running away, according to police.

A half an hour later, a man in a car at the corner of Willoughby and Washington avenues told police that a gunman made him hand over his property.

Smokey the bandit

A robber with a nicotine habit held up a Myrtle Avenue bodega on April 7 and stole cash and cigarettes.

The clerk at the store between Washington Avenue and Hall Street told police that a guy with a handgun approached the counter at 10:40 pm and pointed a gun at him.

“Don’t move. Give me everything,” the robber allegedly said. He then walked behind the counter and filled a plastic store bag with more than $2,000 in cash and demanded that the clerk give him two cartons of Newports, reported cops.

Say cheese

A panhandler who got upset that a straphanger would not give him money and tried to take his picture punched the guy in the face and stole his phone on Flatbush Avenue on April 10.

The victim told police that he was standing on the Q platform at the station near Hanson Place at 4 am when a guy walked up to him and asked him for money. The victim refused and told of the panhandler that he was going to take his picture.

The panhandler then grabbed the phone out of the victim’s hand, punched him in the eye, and ran away, cops reported.

— Danielle Furfaro

Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018
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