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Couple Robbed at Gunpoint on Bergen Street

A crook “casually” pulled a gun on a husband and wife near Carlton Avenue at around 9:45 p.m., one of the victims said.

 

A gun-wielding mugger stuck up a husband and wife while they were walking along Bergen Street, demanded their wallets, electronics, and then fled on a bike on Jan. 5, officials from the 78th Precinct said.

According to the police report, the victims, a couple in their 30s, told police that they were walking along Bergen Street when at around 9:45 p.m. a man approached them at the corner of Carlton Avenue, pulled out a black gun and demanded their wallets.

The crook, described as a 20-year-old black man, standing about 5-foot-7 and weighing about 160 lbs., also demanded the man’s pin number for his ATM card, but the victim gave a fake number. The crook then hopped on a bike that was leaning against a nearby car and drove away.

The gun-toting criminal stole the couples’ debit and credit cards, a cellphone, an e-reader, and $70 in cash. The victims believe they can identify the crook by picture.

One of the victims, a man who has lived in New York City for 25 years, wrote in an e-mail to Patch that the attack occurred about one block from the 78th Precinct and half a block from Vanderbilt Avenue, where he “could see people walking to bars.”

“This wasn't some god-forsaken hour in the morning. It was 9 p.m. on a Saturday night,” the victim wrote. “I think what was most disturbing was not being shaken down, or threatened, but the casual nature that this individual aimed the gun at us—as revelers were milling about not far from where we were.” 

There have been at least seven gunpoint robberies in the area over the past year:

- A 30-year-old man was robbed by a gunman on Classon Avenue near St. Johns Place just after 5 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 3.

- On Nov. 21, a 21-year-old man was mugged at gunpoint on Washington Avenue near Lincoln Place at about 1 a.m.  

- On Oct. 1, a man was robbed at gunpoint on Classon Avenue.

- On June 13, a gunman pistol whipped a man during a mugging of a couple Eastern Parkway between Vanderbilt and Underhill.

- On May 4, a 30-year-old man was held up by a gun-wielding thief on St. Johns Place between Underhill and Washington.  

- On Feb. 28 a gun-wielding man stole iPhones from women as they walked near the corner of Underhill and St. Marks avenues. last week.

In addition, there have been three violent muggings at the  Franklin Avenue Station in November alone and at least 11 violent attacks reported in Prospect Heights and the western edge of Crown Heights since June. 

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Residents can discuss crime with the head of the head of the 77th Precinct at the 77th Precinct Community Council Meeting, held the second Monday of the month at 7:30 p.m. at rotating locations. January's meeting is at Wesleyan Methodist Church, 1024 Bergen St. bet. Rogers and Nostrand.

Men or women wishing for a bicycle escort via the Brooklyn Bike Patrol can call 718-744-7592 between the hours of Sun.-Thurs., 8 p.m. to midnight, Fri.-Sat., 8 p.m. to 3:30 a.m.

anonymous January 09, 2013 at 04:52 PM
The patch never did an article about the woman who got her head smashed with a baseball bat at Vanderbilt/St Marks in november.
amcole January 09, 2013 at 04:55 PM
If this happened on Saturday, that was during an event at the new Barclay's Center. When it first opened there were police everywhere. Now, they are few and far between. I think we need to put pressure on the owners to take responsibility for the impact on our community. Controlling the traffic to our neighborhood includes not only cars and bodies but criminality too!
Amy Sara Clark January 09, 2013 at 10:08 PM
anonymous, thanks for the information. I can try to get the information from the police. Do you know the date?
Jody Cleveland January 15, 2013 at 03:24 PM
uhh, hanging out on a corner is an old Brooklyn tradition. The cops know your solution is preposterous and thus have taken the correct approach by ignoring your demands.
Bill lombard January 20, 2013 at 08:08 PM
If you care, put your time in, the police can't do it all, volunteer your time with your local pct auxiliary police. Help your fellow citizens and make a diffrence.

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