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20th Ave. murder
A heavy-handed thug beat a 37-year-old to death in the street on Aug. 3, but was arrested 24 hours later.
Witnesses said the victim, who had only been in the United States for six months, was nearing his home, which is on 20th Avenue near 84th Street, at 5:20 pm when the 36-year-old suspect attacked him, leaving him with multiple injuries to his head and face. The man died a short time later at Coney Island Hospital.
Detectives from the 62nd Precinct said they apprehended his killer after linking him to an earlier dispute.
A man arrested last month for winging a 19-month-old girl during a Coney Island shoot out was shot dead on Aug. 7.
Police said a gunman shot 24-year-old Vincent Carmona twice as he rode a bicycle past the corner of West 32nd Street and Mermaid Avenue just after 3:18 pm. He later died of his injuries at Lutheran Medical Center.
Cops are still looking for the shooter, although they have not ruled out that the killing could be connected to the July 25 shooting outside the O’Dwyer Houses on West 35th Street between Mermaid and Surf avenues.
Police said that Carmona and 17-year-old Devin Dortch were involved in a fire fight, but the only person wounded was a 19-month-old standing by her mother as she unloaded groceries.
The toddler was hit in the arm and rushed to Lutheran Medical Center for treatment.
Carmona and Dortch were arrested, but released on bail a short time later.
Police said that Carmona had been arrested eight times before injuring the 19-month old, most recently for threatening a police captain.
Cops are asking anyone with information regarding this incident to come forward.
Calls can be made to the NYPD CrimeStoppers hotline at (800) 577-TIPS. All calls will be kept confidential.
An NYPD Air Sea Rescue team was called to the waters off of Kingsborough Community College on Aug. 6 to rescue three swimmers in distress.
The call for support went out just after midnight, said police. When they arrived, they found the three people in the water.
Two divers jumped into the drink and placed the three victims onto a life raft, which was later met by an NYPD harbor boat.
The victims were then taken to Gateway Marina, where paramedics were on hand to treat them.
Shot in the leg
Cops responding to a shots fired call on Avenue X on June 25 found a man with a bullet in his right leg, police said.
The victim told police he was on Avenue X between Brown and Haring streets at 10 am when he heard several shots.
He ran home, only to find that he was hit.
Robbed of cell
A thief bluffed his way through a robbery on Benson Avenue Aug. 3 after claiming to have a gun hidden under his shirt.
The thug jumped a 14-year-old near the corner of near 25th Avenue at 2:20 pm, forcing him to hand over his cell hone and $20, police said.
A 46-year-old thief was arrested on August 9 after he was caught breaking into a van.
Police said that the suspect was found trying to insert a screwdriver into three of the van’s door locks as it sat near the corner of Neptune Avenue and West 6th Street at 6:30 pm.
When that didn’t work, he broke the passenger side window and removed a voltage meter.
That’s when cops charged and took him under arrest.
A quick moment of carelessness cost a Staten Island man a car on Aug. 6.
The 46-year-old victim told police he pulled up in front of a store, which is on Emmons Avenue near East 19th Street, at 3:15 am and left his 2009 Infiniti unlocked with the keys in the ignition when he ran inside.
When he returned, his car was gone.
A man was arrested on Aug. 6 after cops found a gravity knife and an assortment of hard drugs in his car.
Police said they passed the 44-year-old man’s 2010 Chevrolet Impala at the corner of Avenue Z and East 13th just before 9:30 pm when they saw the weapon, as well as some Heroin and Xanax on the man’s passenger seat.
Side door man
A snake sneaked into a 77th Street home on Aug. 5, taking $7,000, a safety deposit box key and a pricey statute.
The 37-year-old homeowner said the thief entered the home, which is between 18th and 19th avenues, after forcing open a side door sometime after 9:15 am.
A man crept into his ex-wife’s apartment on Aug. 3, but beat a hasty retreat when she called 911.
The woman told police that her 37-year-old ex entered her 21st Avenue home, which is between 76th and 77th streets, through a fire escape window in an attempt to talk to her.
Frightened, the woman, who has an order of protection filed against her former mate, grabbed a phone and called police, which sent her ex-hubby scrambling.
How do you beat the heat this summer? With a stolen freezer!
Workers at Quality Frozen Foods, which is on 62nd Street between 16th and 17th avenues, said the store’s refrigeration system was swiped between June and Aug. 5, when someone finally noticed it was missing.
A thief broke into a car on 20th Avenue — right in front of the car’s owner.
The 40-year-old motorist told police that he left his car outside a shop between 86th Street and Benson Avenue at 6:30 am and ran inside to buy something.
When he came out, he found the thief inside his car rummaging through his cabin.
Caught in the act, the thief ran to an awaiting vehicle with stolen plates that was last seen speeding off down the street, police said.
Two cars were left on their rotors last week. Here’s the rundown:
• A 2010 Honda Accord parked on Bay Ridge Avenue overnight on Aug. 3 lost all four tires and rims. The owner said he’d parked between 16th and 17th avenues at 9 pm.
• Thieves swiped the rims and tires off a 2010 Nissan Maxima on Aug. 2.
The 42-year-old owner told police he had parked his car on 70th Street between 16th and 17th avenues.
A Queens resident was stabbed in the chest on July 26 after an argument with an unidentified male on the Reigelmann Boardwalk.
The victim told police he was arguing with the assailant on the pier near West 17th Street at 1:50 am when he was attacked.
His injuries, which were not determined to be life threatening, were treated at an area hospital.
A gunman let loose a barrage of bullets on West 33rd Street on July 28, striking a 14-year-old boy in the leg.
The victim told police he was near Neptune Avenue at 1:34 am when he heard several gunshots. Seconds later, he realized he had been hit with a stray bullet, a wound that was later treated at Lutheran Medical Center.
Cops were trying to determine if the teen had been targeted by the gunman as this paper went to press.
Cops are hoping to get their hooks into the thief who broke into a boat docked near Kingsborough Community College on July 28.
Educators from the New York Harbor School said the thief removed a $400 brass bell from the boat, which was floating off the college pier, sometime after 2 pm.
Wipe out graffiti
As the ongoing war against graffiti continues, cops are now offering a $500 reward to anyone with information that can lead them to vandals who are marking up the community.
The hefty reward is part of the city’s new push to rid New York of graffiti, which is one of the leading quality of life complaints brought to police.
Anyone with information about graffiti vandalism in their neighborhood is urged to contact either 311 or 911.
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