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Police are seeking the public’s help in their search for two people reported missing over the last week.

Betty Don, 66, was last seen at her home on Bridgewater Court in Brighton Beach at noon on October 14 and hasn’t been seen since. Don is described as 5’7”, 160 pounds with blue eyes and red/grey hair.

In an unrelated case, cops are also looking for 13-year-old Francisco Hernandez, who hasn’t been seen since October 15.

Hernandez, a resident of Bensonhurst, is about 5’7” tall, 170 pounds and was last seen wearing a long-sleeved red sweater, black pants and brown sneakers.

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of these two people should call the NYPD CrimeStoppers hotline at (800) 577-TIPS. All calls will be kept confidential.

A 23-year-old Kingsborough Community College student was arrested last week after charges surfaced that he had groped a female student on the Manhattan Beach campus.

Tyfayel Wadud was charged with forcible touching after the alleged attack on the afternoon of October 21.

The 18-year-old victim told police that she was walking through the campus at 3:20 p.m. when Wadud allegedly crept up behind her and grabbed her breasts.

He then committed a lewd act on himself and fled, according to published reports.

Cops caught up with Wadud a short time later, taking him into custody without incident.

Cops are investigating the death of a 53-year-old Coney Island man who drowned in his bathtub early Saturday morning.

Officials said that the man, a resident of the Surf Manor Home for Adults at 2316 Surf Avenue, was found facedown in the tub just before 3:15 a.m. on October 24. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

As of this writing, cops have listed the death as suspicious and were awaiting the results of an autopsy to determine the exact cause of death before proceeding further.

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

Calls can be made to the NYPD CrimeStoppers hotline at (800) 577-TIPS. All calls will be kept confidential.

Three masked gunmen made off with a 27-year-old woman’s car following a daring robbery in Bath Beach.

The woman told police that she had just entered the lobby to her building at 3 a.m. on October 20 when the suspects approached.

The trio swiped the woman’s keys, which were still in the front door, and ran off, officials said.

A short time later, the woman’s 2007 Mazda 6 was removed from its parking spot.

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.

This is taking the popular federal stimulus program a bit too far.

A 35-year-old alleged car thief was arrested last week for swiping cars from across the borough and then cashing them in at a Canarsie junk yard.

Officials from the Kings County District Attorney’s office charge that Paul Rao took two cars from Sheepshead Bay and Flatbush back in June.

Both vehicles ended up at Plakos Scrap Processing on East 95th Street near Avenue D with forged paperwork that identified Rao as the owner of both vehicles, police alleged.

Officials allege that a 1995 Lincoln Town Car was plucked from where it was parked at the corner of Avenue V and East 21st Street sometime between 4 a.m. and 7 a.m. on June 7.

Just before noon that day, Rao allegedly took the Lincoln Town Car to Plakos Scrap Processing, filled out a statement of ownership, had a photocopy of his driver’s license taken for their records, and had the vehicle crushed.

Prosecutors said that Rao returned to the crusher on June 25 with a 1993 Toyota Corolla that was allegedly taken from McDonald Avenue near Caton Avenue two days earlier.

Once again, workers at Plakos had the appropriate paperwork identifying Rao as the owner of the vehicle, officials said.

Cops arrested Rao earlier this week, charging him with grand larceny, criminal possession of stolen property, criminal possession of a forged instrument and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.

A 19-year-old was arrested last week in connection with a hold-up involving a gun on Neptune Avenue.

Police alleged that Keribert Guerrero and a handful of others grabbed their victim near West 15th Street at 5:11 p.m. on October 23.

The crew of malcontents allegedly shoved their victim and demanded his money, prosecutors were told.

“We know you have money,” one of the thieves said as a firearm was flashed.

The thieves ran off before getting any money, officials said. Responding officers rounded up and arrested Guerrero, who the victim identified as one of the suspects.

Cops charged him with attempted robbery, menacing and harassment.

A 26-year-old man was surrounded and robbed of his property as he celebrated at a Bensonhurst restaurant last week.

The victim said that he was winding down the night at Las Americans Restaurant, 1912 86th Street, at 4:05 a.m. on October 24 when two men walked up to him and demanded his money.

The suspects then rifled through the man’s pockets, taking $40 and a cell phone, officials said.

Cops from the 62nd Precinct arrested the alleged thieves -- identified as 29-year-old Hilaric Orta and 22-year-old Augustin Santamar -- a short time later, charging both men with robbery.

A 20-year-old man was arrested last week in connection with a brutal attack on Neptune Avenue this past summer.

Prosecutors said that Carrigan Diaz was arrested last week for allegedly not only breaking another man’s jaw during a dust up on July 24, but for tossing away a .40 caliber pistol as cops tried to take him into custody.

Cops alleged that Diaz was arguing with another man in front of 3395 Neptune Avenue at 4 p.m. that summer afternoon when he punched his victim in the face, breaking his jaw.

He then showed his victim a gun that he had hidden in his pants, scaring the victim off, police alleged.

Arriving at the scene minutes later, cops spotted Diaz, as well as the bulge of the pistol on his waistband. Diaz allegedly chucked the gun into the bushes as he ran off.

Cops recovered the pistol, but Diaz eluded them until last week when he was charged with assault in the second degree and criminal possession of a weapon, police said.

A thief made the most of a Friday afternoon when he hit two apartments in one West 10th Street building %u2013 including a home in which an 81-year-old woman was inside sleeping.

Cops from the 62nd Precinct said that a first-floor and second-floor apartment inside the building between Avenues O and P were broken into on the afternoon of October 23.

The thief entered through a rear door and swiped some jewelry before fleeing, officials said. No one witnessed the break-in, including the senior victim who reportedly slept through the entire ordeal, police were told.

Cops are looking for a gun-toting goon responsible for robbing a 16-year-old at a Sheepshead Bay corner.

The teen told police that he was nearing the corner of Avenue X and Bragg Street at 10:40 p.m. on October 15 when the suspect, described only as a black male in his early 20s, approached.

The thief flashed his gun, ordered the victim to empty his pockets and ran off with the teen’s cell phone, said police.

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

Calls can be made to the 61st Precinct at (718) 627-6611. All calls will be kept confidential.

Some late-night diners busted their way into Perry’s Restaurant, 3482 Nostrand Avenue, recently, officials said.

Police were told that $400 in receipts was removed from the restaurant sometime between 4 a.m. and 5:15 a.m. on October 18.

The thieves entered after breaking a side window, but exited in a more genteel way, according to officials: they reportedly unlocked the front door and closed it behind them as they left.

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