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For the second time in two weeks, a woman showing an apartment to two potential tenants was held up at gunpoint, officials said.
Police said that this time, the victim had a newborn baby in her arms during the entire ordeal.
Officials said that the victim in the September 15 apartment raid was not the landlord of the 18th Avenue address near 71st Street, but another tenant who was asked to show a vacant apartment to an interested party at 12:30 p.m.
The new mom had her baby with her when she opened the apartment for the two strangers and had a gun stuck in her face.
The suspects ordered her to take them to her apartment where they ransacked the place of $3,000 in cash, a cell phone and some jewelry.
They then locked the woman and her baby in the closet as they fled.
No injuries were reported.
Cops said that a week earlier, two men – possibly the same suspects – entered a man’s Sheepshead Bay home by pretending to be apartment hunters.
During that robbery, which took place on September 11, a 54-year-old landlord took the suspects into the basement apartment and was then held up at gunpoint.
The thieves then went through her home, taking a laptop computer and a pricey television.
Investigators said that the thieves could be using a Chinese language newspaper to guide them to their targets.
Anyone with information regarding either of these two robberies can contact the 61st Precinct at (718) 627-6611 or the 62nd Precinct at (718) 236-2611. All calls will be kept confidential.
A 77-year-old woman died last week after she was struck by a Toyota 4 Runner on Brighton Beach Avenue.
Officials said that Raisa Avetikyan, a resident of Brightwater Court, was crossing at the corner of Brighton Beach Avenue and Brighton 3rd Street just before 5:30 p.m. on September 17 when a 2007 Toyota traveling westbound on Brighton Beach Avenue barreled into her.
Police said that Avetikyan died of her injuries at Coney Island Hospital.
No charges had been filed against the 44-year-old woman driving the Toyota 4 Runner, who remained at the scene, police said.
Fight over bag
A 30-year-old woman kicked a mugger during a violent struggle over her bag on a Bensonhurst street last week, officials said.
Cops from the 62nd Precinct were told that the victim was walking down 19th Avenue near 86th Street just before 4 a.m. on September 21 when an unidentified man grabbed her from behind.
The woman screamed and kicked the mugger, who let her go.
She then ran screaming to a home on 19th Avenue – dropping her bag in the process.
When the owner of the home ran outside to see what was wrong, the thief had scooped up the woman’s bag and fled.
Cops were still looking for the thief as this paper went to press.
Cops are investigating a road rage incident that exploded over a double parked car in Bath Beach last week.
A 28-year-old motorist told police that he was rolling down Bay 16th Street nearing Bath Avenue when he couldn’t get past a double parked car.
The victim honked his horn, encouraging the other motorist to either get closer to the parked cars or move on, but the suspect had other plans.
Wielding an unidentified object, the stranger bashed in the victim’s car window. He then struck the victim with the object, leaving him with a cut to his head.
Police said that the menacing motorist sped off and hasn’t been seen since.
Cops are asking anyone with information regarding this incident to come forward.
Calls can be made to the 62nd Precinct at (718) 236-2611. All calls will be kept confidential.
Prince of placards
An alleged parking placard counterfeiter was busted on Ocean Parkway last week, police said.
Officials allege that 46-year-old Jerome Knauer, who lives on Ocean Parkway near Ocean View Avenue, was taken into custody September 18 after cops allegedly found fake NYPD, FDNY and state judicial parking placards in his bedroom following a raid.
Cops also found fake Major League Baseball All Star game passes, National Basketball Association press passes and fake National Football League press passes to boot, officials alleged.
The search also turned up computer software that allowed him to make the fake placards and badges, police alleged.
As this paper went to press, it was unclear if Knauer used the placards or if he sold them to interested parties.
It was also unclear what led police to Knauer and his apartment.
Cops charged him with 12 counts of forgery in the second degree, criminal possession of forged instruments and forgery.
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