Louts attack and rob man in playground

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72nd Precinct

Sunset Park–Windsor Terrace

No place to play

A pair of brutes put a man in a choke hold, threatened him with a pocket knife, and stole $170 worth of his property at a 59th Street playground on June 4.

The assault and theft occurred at the playground at Fourth Avenue at around 11:30 pm, when the louts approached two men and said “this is my park” before assaulting the man and stealing his pocketknife, which they threatened him with, police reported. They then fled in an unknown direction, according to the report.

Car chase

A lowlife stole a man’s car from its Fifth Avenue parking spot on June 5 and drove a few blocks before ditching it and stealing electronics and accessories from inside.

The victim told police he left his 2016 Chevrolet Carry-All running at 53rd Street at around 12:30 am and went across the street to get food when he saw a woman hop in and drive away, down Fifth Avenue and onto 54th Street, towards Sixth Avenue.

Police pursued the car with the victim, and found it abandoned between 16th and 17th avenues in Bensonhurst — but without the owner’s camera, iPhone, and designer sunglasses, authorities said.


Police arrested two men who allegedly punched and struck a man in the head with a metal wrench — along with a third man who remains on the run — on Fifth Avenue on June 6.

Cops say the pair smacked the man with the tool near 53rd Street at 1:20 am, before stealing his cellphone. Officers arrested the two men soon after and returned the phone to the man, according to the report.

Wicked woman

Officers cuffed a woman who they say grabbed and pulled another woman’s hair and allegedly hit her with a broom when they were fighting about rent money in their Sixth Avenue apartment on June 6.

The alleged incident occurred between 55th and 56th streets at around 7:15 am, and the victim was left with redness to her arms and complained of pain, according to the report.

Came in like a hurricane

Police arrested a man who allegedly damaged an expensive laptop from his former Third Avenue workplace on June 6.

The former employee was reportedly “irate” when he entered the workplace at 23rd Street around 12:45 pm, according to the report, and threw things around before fleeing in a 2014 Hyundai Sonata, cops said.

Didn’t check out

A liar cashed two checks worth more than $3,700 that a local mailed a year ago from a Fifth Avenue factory, the man reported to police on June 6.

The man told police he mailed the checks around 2 pm on June 26, 2017 from the warehouse at 28th Street.

Knuckle sandwich

A lout hit a man in the face with metal brass knuckles on Vanderbilt Street on June 8.

The pair were at a vigil near Prospect Park Southwest around 11 pm, when the pair got in a fight, police reported. After the perp hit the man, he sped away in a black four-door Sedan, according to the report.

Hit the wrong car

Police arrested a man who they say damaged an NYPD squad car by allegedly throwing a large rock through the driver’s side window on Fourth Avenue on June 9.

The incident occurred at 29th Street around 7:20 am, and there were no injuries, said officers, who arrested the man the same day.

— Julianne McShane

Updated 5:42 pm, July 9, 2018
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