Cops: Suspect grabs woman’s smartphone out of her hands

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90th Precinct


It’s a snap

Police arrested a man who they said stole a woman’s smartphone and broke her purse strap on Graham Avenue on June 14.

The victim told police that she was near Metropolitan Avenue at 4:05 am when a guy grabbed the strap of her pocketbook, breaking it.

He then grabbed the woman’s smartphone out of her hand and ran into the Graham station of the L train, where cops nabbed him, officials reported. They charged him with robbery.

Bus stop

A yahoo robbed a woman who was waiting for the bus on Flushing Avenue in broad daylight on June 8.

The woman told police she was waiting for the bus between Broadway and Humboldt Street at 3 pm when the scoundrel came up behind her and threatened her.

“This is a hold up,” he reportedly said. “Do not make a scene or do anything or I will hurt you.”

The victim handed over $40 in cash and the robber went away, cops reported.

Raise a glass

A bully threw a glass bottle at a guy on S. Fourth Street in the early morning of June 12, cutting him.

The victim told police that he was between Keap and Hooper streets at 5 am when someone suddenly threw a glass bottle at his neck, cutting to his neck and arm.

The victim said he could not give a description of his attacker. Emergency personnel took the him to Bellevue Hospital for treatment.

Power of persuasion

A schemer swindled an elderly Boerum Street woman out of $19,000 by calling her twice and asking her to send money to his bank account in Poland.

The 81-year-old victim told us that she first got a call from the man while inside her apartment between Lorimer and Leonard streets at 1:17 pm on April 30. He asked her to send him $15,000 in cash to his bank account in Poland. She did as he asked.

She said he called her again at 1:09 pm on May 6 and asked her to send another $4,000. She again sent him the money.

She reported the calls to police on June 10, and told officials she sent the money because she was afraid of what would happen if she did not. She told police that the man never threatened her.

At gunpoint

A trio of bullies held up a man at gunpoint on McKibbin Street on June 8 — and got away with his smartphone, wallet, and hat.

The victim told police that he was near Bogart Street at 11 pm when a guy walking with two other punks put a gun in his face.

“Make it easy give me your stuff,” the robber said, according to the police report.

The victim told cops he handed over his phone, wallet, and hat. The three robbers ran off down McKibbin Street, he told authorities.

Grab and run

Cops cuffed a man who they said grabbed cash out of an elderly man’s hands on Debevoise Street on June 9.

The victim told police he was standing between Graham Avenue and Humboldt Street at 7 pm and counting cash when a guy came up from behind and grabbed $15 out of his hand.

The alleged robber walked away and the victim followed him for several blocks, demanding his money back, according to the police report. The victim saw an officer and flagged him down, telling him that the robber took his money, officials said. Cops charged the suspect with robbery.

Small talk

A gun-crazed robber held up a man in the Hewes Street subway station on June 7 and stole his phone and wallet — and then took money out of his debit account.

The victim told police that he walked into the station at the corner of Broadway and Hugh Street at 2 am. A man asked him to swipe him into the station, so the victim did.

The deadbeat then chatted with the man for a while before he pulled out a gun and ordered the victim to empty his pockets, police reported. The victim took $10 in cash, his wallet, and a smartphone out of his pocket, he told cops.

Police say the lout then made the victim go with him to a cash machine and withdraw $540. The robber then took the victim back to same station and waited for him to board the next J train, the report states.

— Danielle Furfaro

Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018
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