Home invaders foiled by victim

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60th Precinct

Coney Island—Brighton Beach—Seagate

Vigilante justice

A pair of home invaders attempting to rob a W. 21st Street man on Jan. 28 got a rude awakening when their victim wrestled their gun away and turned it on them.

The 59-year-old man was entering his apartment between Mermaid and Surf avenues in Coney Island at 11:30 pm when the duo attacked him, police said.

One of the punks pistol-whipped the victim, and the pair pushed him into his apartment, where they demanded to know where he kept his cash, a police report states.

But the victim lunged at his aggressors, wrestled away the .22-caliber Ruger handgun, and sent the pair packing, police said.

Wool over eyes

Three rascals pulled the wool over a woman’s eyes and stole $50, credit cards, and a cellphone at Bay 47th Street on Jan. 26.

The 50-year-old victim was near Harway Avenue at 7:20 pm when the trio pulled her hat over her face, knocked her down, and stole her stuff, police said.

Pistol whipped

Two goons robbed a man at gunpoint on W. 15th Street on Jan. 26.

The pair flashed a handgun at the victim between Neptune Avenue and Hart Place in Coney Island at 7:50 pm and demanded the guy’s money, police said.

One of the robbers hit the man in the head with the pistol and the pair took the guy’s cigarettes and undisclosed electronics, police said.

Bite out of crime

Police arrested two suspected shoplifters at a Coney Island grocery store on Jan. 29 after one allegedly took a bite out of the security guard who tried to stop them.

The man and woman attempted to take food from the store between Avenue Z and Kathleen Place in Sheepshead Bay at 6:45 pm, but when a guard confronted them, the woman allegedly bit his hand, police said.

Extortion gone wrong

Police arrested an alleged purse snatcher after he contacted his victim and tried to sell the stolen bag back to her on Jan. 29.

The conniving clutch copper reportedly ripped the purse from his victim’s shoulder at the corner of W. Brighton Avenue and W. Second Street in Brighton Beach at 6:46 pm, police said.

The victim gave chase, but the guy slipped into a gray vehicle and sped off, a police report states. The man allegedly called his victim later offering to return the purloined purse for $100, officials said.

The woman brought a police officer with her, and when the handoff was supposed to go down, cops instead slapped cuffs on the low-life, law enforcement sources said.

— Max Jaeger

Updated 11:48 am, January 16, 2019
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