Crime is unchanged in the 81st Precinct (34 incidents versus 34 incidents) for the week of December 3 – December 9, compared to this same time in 2011. For the month, crime is down (112 incidents versus 131 incidents), compared to this same 28-day period last year. And year to date, crime is up 6 percent (1,456 incidents versus 1,377 incidents), compared to this same time period in 2011.
Incidents 12/10/12 – 12/19/12
On Tuesday, December 11, at approximately 1:35 a.m. a man was robbed on Malcolm X Boulevard. According to police, the man was walking eastbound down Malcolm X Boulevard. When he reached the corner of Halsey, started following him from behind. The man eventually approached him, then punched in him his face and asked “Where’s my $40.” The perpetrator reached into the victims left pants pocket and removed $50. The victim could not provide a description of the suspect, and police are still trying to determine whether the two were acquaintances. No arrest has been made, and the investigation is ongoing.
On Wednesday, December 12, at approximately 6:15 a.m., a man was robbed in front of 1605 Fulton Street. According to police, the 43-year-old victim said that he was walking through the park from the subway talking on his cell phone when an unknown man approached him from behind, began choking and then snatched his cell phone and fled on foot in an unknown direction. The victim said he never got a good look at the suspect. No arrest has been made, and the investigation is ongoing.
On Wednesday, December 12, a 24-year-old man was robbed in front of 455 Pulaski Street. According to police, the man said he was walking home from, began walking up the stairs to his building and as he approached his door, an unknown man approached him from the rear, displayed a gun and demanded money. The perpetrator took the victim’s cell phone and $50 and then fled westbound down Pulaski. The victim could not I.D. the suspect because the suspect’s face was covered. Police canvassed the area. But no arrest has been made, and the investigation is ongoing.
On Wednesday, December 12, at approximately 10:00 a.m., there was a home invasion on Sumpter Street. According to police, the victim, 36, reported that when he returned to his home on 166 Sumpter Street, he noticed the lock was broken on his front door and his front door had been left open. Upon inspection of his home he discovered he had been robbed of three boxes of linoleum floor tiles. The investigation is ongoing.
On Wednesday, December 12, there was one car break-in and one car theft in front of Interfaith Hospital. The first victim, a hospital employee, reported he parked his car in front of 49 Utica Avenue (between Fulton and Atlantic) at around 2:00. When he finished work at around 11:30 p.m., the lock on his vehicle had been forcibly removed and a Pioneer stereo system, including 2 amplifiers and a sub-woofer were missing. Also missing was his duffel bag of clothes. The second victim, 35, also was an employee of the hospital. He said he parked his 2006 Honda Civic in front of Troy Avenue at 6:00 p.m. When he returned from his shift, his car was missing. The tow pound had no record of the car. Both cases are under investigation.
On Monday, December 17, a school crossing guard was robbed in broad daylight on Bancroft Place. According to police, the victim, a 31-year-old woman, reported she was walking to northbound on Bancroft place preparing to begin her shift as a elementary school crossing guard in front of 9 Bancroft Place between Herkimer Street and Atlantic Avenue at approximately 7:15 a.m. when an unknown man approached her from behind, grabbed her and said, “I know you work for the city. Don’t look back or I’ll shoot. Give me everything.” The suspect took the woman's black Nike bag containing her social security card, MasterCard, cell phone and crossing guard vest. Police canvassed the area, but the woman could not provide a description (since he approached from behind. So far, no arrest has been made, and the investigation is ongoing.
On Monday, December 17, at approximately 8:30 a.m., 52-year-old man was robbed on Herkimer Street. According to police, the victim reported he was walking in front of 830 Herkimer Street when an unidentified male approached him from behind, pushed him into a fence and demanded, “Give me what you got.” The victim handed over his wallet, which contained $30 and his cell phone. The suspect then ran eastbound down Herkimer. Police believe this incident might be related to an earlier incident of a robbery of a crossing guard that happened only blocks away. No arrests have been made, and the investigation is ongoing.
On Monday, December 17, at approximately 7:45 p.m. a 34-year-old woman was robbed on the corner of Howard and Madison avenues. According to police, the woman reported she was walking down the street when an unknown woman pulled up to her in a black SUV, jumped out of her vehicle, pointed a knife at her and demanded money. The victim handed over $50 and immediately called the police. Police arrived on the scene and, with the victim, canvassed the area. The woman was able to identify the suspect and police arrested Najiyyah McCrae, 33, of Bed-Stuy.
On Tuesday, December 18, a 74-year-old woman was raped inside her apartment at 153 Marcus Garvey Boulevard. According to police, the victim’s granddaughter was visiting her grandmother at the Roosevelt Houses at approximately 8:00 p.m. When she entered the apartment, located in the senior resident building of the housing project, she noticed her grandmother’s bedroom door was locked shut. When the granddaughter opened the lock, she found her grandmother in bed naked from the waist down in an unresponsive state. Also in the room was a male acquaintance of her grandmother, who was trying to quickly get dressed. The granddaughter took photos of the scene with her cell phone and called the police. The victim was removed and admitted to Woodhull Hospital and agreed to press charges. Police arrested David Brown, 51, for rape.