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POLICE BLOTTER

Evil apartment hunters

An area landlord was bound, gagged and robbed of her property as she showed a potential tenant an apartment that she had for rent last week.

The woman, a resident of East 15th Street near Gravesend Neck Road, told police that two Asian males came to her door at 10:50 a.m. on September 11 and inquired about the basement apartment she had for rent.

When the 54-year-old woman took them downstairs to see it, the suspects pulled weapons on her and tied her up.

The thieves then went through her entire home, taking a pricey television, a laptop computer and her Social Security card.

Concerned neighbors called the police, who found the victim still tied and bound in the basement a short time later.

No injuries were reported.

Cops from the 61st Precinct are asking anyone with information regarding this incident to come forward.

Calls can be made to (718) 627-6611. All calls will be kept confidential.

Road renegades

Two men were arrested following a road rage incident in Coney Island, police said this week.

Officials said that 23-year-old Daniel Torres and 39-year-old Babatunz Kassim had never met until the two nearly collided with each other at the corner of Neptune Avenue and West 20th Street on the afternoon of September 11.

Cops were told that the two motorists were driving alongside each other when Torres allegedly tried to cut in front of Kassim’s car.

The two men nearly collided and then pulled over at a nearby gas station to argue, police alleged.

Their argument soon turned violent, police alleged, with Kassim pulling a knife and Torres grabbing an aluminum baseball bat from the back of his vehicle.

The two then charged each other, with Torres striking Kassim’s brother, who was a witness to the debacle, with it, alleged police. Torres also struck Kassim’s brother in the face, police alleged.

Arriving officers charged Torres with assault and Kassim for menacing. Kassim’s brother was taken to Coney Island hospital with a broken wrist.

Country living

Two gun-toting thieves are being sought for raiding the Country Girl Grocery, 370 Avenue P at 65th Street.

A store employee said that he was behind the counter at 6:30 a.m. on September 7 when two black males barged inside.

The suspects pulled a gun and demanded all the money from the register.

The employee handed him all of the cash he had on him, but the thieves said that it “wasn’t enough.”

They then ordered the clerk to turn around and head toward the back of the store before running off.

No injuries were reported. It was unclear just how much was taken as this paper went to press.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is urged to come forward.

Calls can be made to the 62nd Precinct at (718) 236-2611. All calls will be kept confidential.

Nabbed for stabbing

Two men sporting bloody shirts and a box-cutter were arrested Friday night for a stabbing on 21st Avenue near 62nd Street, officials said.

Officials said that a 21-year-old man was attacked near the corner just before 11 p.m. on September 12.

As the victim was taken to the hospital for treatment, a witness agreed to go with the police to look for the two would-be assailants.

Cops toured the area to 86th Street and Bay 31 where the witness saw the two attackers. If the ID didn’t give them away, their bloody shirts did, officials said.

Police took the two men, identified as 26-year-old Pedro Lopez and a 23-year-old man who refused to give his name into custody without incident. Both were charged with assault.

Guns and garages

Workers at a Bensonhurst garage were held up at gunpoint last week.

Cops from the 62nd Precinct were told that employees of Maganelli Auto Group, 1575 86th Street, were inside their garage at 3:30 p.m. on September 7 when three white males came in and pulled a gun.

The suspects then tossed the workers a plastic bag, ordering them to fill it up with their cash.

A worker told the stick-up artists that they didn’t have the combination from the safe, but gave them a few dollars from his own pocket.

The gunmen fled without harming anyone, officials said.

Corso culprits sought

Two hooded thieves are being sought for a gunpoint robbery at a Gravesend corner.

The 64-year-old victim told police that he was walking along Corso Court toward Van Sicklen Street just before midnight on September 12 when the suspects, described only as black males, pulled a gun on him.

The thieves took the victim’s wallet and fled in a car toward Avenue V, but not before their victim put up a fight.

During the mismatched struggle, the victim suffered a cut to his left hand and was taken to Coney Island Hospital where he was listed in stable condition after treatment.

Bottom feeding

A 48-year-old man was arrested for allegedly threatening a security guard who had caught him trying to pocket eight bags of shrimp from the Cropsey Avenue Pathmark.

Officials said that Raymond Moody was charged with petit larceny and harassment in connection with the arrest on September 9.

Witnesses told cops from the 60th Precinct that Moody had allegedly put the shrimp in a shopping cart and tried to wheel the items past the cash register in the store, located near Bay 53rd Street, when the guard stopped him in his tracks and called 911.

Cops from the 60th Precinct took him to their stationhouse on West 8th Street, when Moody allegedly said that he was going to “F—k up” the guard who had stopped him, officials said.

Toothy response

The superintendent of a building on 65th Street near 23rd Avenue was arrested for assault last week after he allegedly attacked a tenant complaining about his work.

Officials said that Binali Sahin did some work on the tenant’s apartment back on September 8.

When the 50-year-old tenant claimed that didn’t like the work and was going to complaint to the building manager, an enraged Sahin grabbed a pipe and hit the tenant in the face, shattering two teeth, police alleged.

Instead of calling the building manager, the tenant called police, who took Sahin into custody a short time later.

Six packing

A 61-year-old was forced to use whatever was at his disposal to fend off two thieves last week.

His weapon of choice? A six-pack of beer.

The victim said that he was walking past the corner of West 11th Street and Avenue U just after 1 a.m. on September 6, carting his six pack home, when two thugs on bikes charged at him.

In defense, the victim swung the sixer at his pursuers, striking one of them in the face.

He was about to sling his suds at the second victim, but the thug got the upper hand and cut him in the arm with a knife before speeding off, cops were told.

Cops were looking for the thugs as this paper went to press.

Kidnapped and robbed

Two thugs are being sought for grabbing a 22-year-old man off the streets of Bensonhurst only to take him to a nearby home where he was beaten until he gave up his debit card and PIN number.

The victim said that he was walking down New Utrecht Avenue near 71st Street at 2 a.m. on September 4 when he was jumped by two white males walking past him.

Police were told that the suspects punched the victim and then threw him into a blue minivan with tinted windows.

The suspects then took him to a private home near the corner of 79th Street and 17th Avenue, robbed him of his debit card and beat him until he gave them the card’s personal identification number.

The victim said that he managed to escape the home two hours later – after his kidnappers got what they wanted from him.

He suffered some bruises and swelling, but was otherwise unharmed, officials said.

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.

Double teamed

Two young couples are being sought for ganging up on a 20-year-old woman at the corner of 16th Avenue and 63rd Street recently.

The victim said that she was walking toward the corner when the two female suspects walked past her. The two male suspects were trailing behind the women, officials were told.

When the victim was in between the foursome, they sprang their trap.

The two males grabbed the woman, threw her to the ground and pinned her wrists down while the two women took her purse.

All four then jumped into an SUV, officials said.

Cops were still looking for the four thieves as this paper went to press.

Nabbed for murder

A 25-year-old was arrested for killing a beloved neighborhood Emergency Medical Technician last week.

Police said that Enrique Pizzaro, a resident of 60th Street near Fifth Avenue, was charged with murder and criminal possession of a weapon in connection with the September 14 slaying.

Witnesses said that 30-year-old Jason Ruiz, who lived just up the block from Pizzaro, was inside an address at 5914 Fifth Avenue at 1:30 a.m. when he answered a knock on the door.

When Ruiz opened it, someone stabbed him two times in the torso.

As the assailant ran off, EMTs rushed Ruiz to Lutheran Medical Center, where he died of his injuries.

Cops tracked down Pizzaro the next day.

Sources alleged that Pizzaro may have killed Ruiz over a woman.

Sent packing

A would-be thief was chased down the street by his victim’s father during a botched robbery on 83rd Street near Colonial Road Monday afternoon, officials said.

Police were told that a 22-year-old man was standing in front of his address, looking through his bag for his keys when a 17-year-old black male ran up to him and grabbed the iPhone out of his hand.

The victim tried to fight the thief off and started to yell, alerting his father inside.

When the victim’s father interceded, the thief threw his victim to the floor and ran off to an awaiting black-colored SUV.

The victim’s dad chased the SUV, breaking the right side view mirror as he did so.

The thief and his driver fled empty handed. No serious injuries were reported.

Cops are asking anyone with information regarding this incident to come forward.

Calls can be made to the 68th Precinct at (718) 439-4211. All calls will be kept confidential.

Horrific wake-up

A 93-year-old woman was startled awake last week by a thief found rooting through her dresser drawers.

The woman, a resident of 81st Street, said that the senior woke up at 9:50 p.m. on September 13 when she heard a noise.

She immediately spotted the thief, who was in her bedroom.

The thief ran downstairs and out a first floor window, officials said.

No injuries were reported. It was unclear if anything was taken as this paper went to press.

Robbed and dragged

A 63-year-old Fourth Avenue woman suffered scratches to her left side when she was dragged across 73rd Street during a recent purse snatching.

The woman told police that she as on 73rd Street near Fifth Avenue at 10:50 p.m. on September 14 when an unidentified male approached her from behind and grabbed her pocketbook.

The suspect reportedly pulled the woman to the ground and began dragging her across the street when she refused to let go.

The thief finally won the tug of war over the bag, running off with $150 in cash, some credit cards and a cell phone.

The victim said she suffered scratches to her arm, as well as suffered pains to her hip and left side, officials said.

Bauble burgle

A jewelry collection that took 25 years to cobble together disappeared in just a few short hours during a recent burglary.

Police were told that a 45-year-old resident of 74th Street near 11th Avenue left his home at 12:30 p.m. on September 14.

He returned to his home at 10 p.m. only to discover that someone had forced their way through a back entrance.

Thieves removed a laptop computer, a digital camera, a $500 watch and $20,000 worth of jewelry, officials said.

Kidnapped and robbed

Two thugs are being sought for grabbing a 22-year-old man off the streets of Bensonhurst only to take him to a nearby home where he was beaten until he gave up his debit card and PIN number.

The victim said that he was walking down New Utrecht Avenue near 71st Street at 2 a.m. on September 4 when he was jumped by two white males walking past him.

Police were told that the suspects punched the victim and then threw him into a blue minivan with tinted windows.

The suspects then took him to a private home near the corner of 79th Street and 17th Avenue, robbed him of his debit card and beat him until he gave them the card’s personal identification number.

The victim said that he managed to escape the home two hours later – after his kidnappers got what they wanted from him.

He suffered some bruises and swelling, but was otherwise unharmed, officials said.

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.

Help wipe out graffiti

As the ongoing war against graffiti vandalism continues, cops are now offering up to $500 in reward money to anyone who can offer up information that can lead to graffiti vandals.

The hefty reward is part of the city’s new push to rid New York of graffiti vandals.

Graffiti is one of the leading quality of life complaints brought to police.

Officials said that cleaning up graffiti is essential to the plan, to show that the community is no longer going to tolerate marred and tagged-up walls and street corners.

According to police there is a perception that if a community will tolerate graffiti, they will tolerate other criminal activities, such as drug dealing and prostitution.

Anyone with information about graffiti vandalism is urged to contact either 311 or 911.

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