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A 20-year-old thief responsible for holding up and nearly killing two Fed Ex and UPS delivery men two years ago was arrested this week.
Prosecutors said the suspect, identified as Michael Donaldson, was nabbed for the two heists, which occurred the same day in Canarsie and Flatlands back on Sept. 28, 2008.
Donaldson and another man reportedly pulled a gun on a Fed Ex delivery man on Flatlands Avenue between E. 79th and E. 80th streets at 11 am, police said. They then rummaged through the delivery man’s packages, but ran off empty handed.
Roughly an hour and a half later, the held up a UPS delivery man on Kings Highway between Hubbard Place and E. 40th Street. They threatened to shoot the delivery man if he didn’t open up the back of the truck, but their victim refused, sparking a struggle, officials said.
The delivery man was shot in the leg during the skirmish, but his injuries were not considered life threatening.
Following a two year investigation, cops nabbed Donaldson, charging him with attempted robbery and attempted murder.
A 27-year-old was arrested for drunk driving on Aug. 21 after he was seen weaving by the corner of Foster and Ralph avenues.
Cops noticed the motorist at about 4:30 am when they saw him make a U-turn on Foster Avenue without signalling.
He appeared drunk when they pulled him over and performed a Breathalyzer test, for which he scored a .162 — well over the legal limit.
Pushing their button
A straphanger was saved by an L train emergency bell on Aug. 23 as a crew of thugs tried to mug him while his subway car rumbled into the Rockaway Parkway station.
The victim said he was sitting on the train at 3 am when the thieves approached and demanded his money.
When he told they thieves he had none, the suspects balked, police were told.
“So when we go through your pockets, we’re not going to find a five,” one of the thieves asked as they pressed forward.
But they were halted in their tracks when their teenage victim hit the emergency button, which sent them scrambling.
Responding officers caught one of the hooligans, charging him with attempted robbery.
Car thief nabbed
A thief who swiped a 1997 Nissan Maxima from Marine Park on Aug. 12 was caught four days later when he was caught rolling through Canarsie with the stolen vehicle.
Prosecutors allege that the 17-year-old stole the vehicle from where it was parked on Fillmore Avenue and E. 37th Street sometime after 7 pm.
Cops were about to give up their search for the stolen car when they saw it on Rockaway Parkway near Shore Boulevard, just outside the Canarsie Pier. The thief was sitting in the back seat when they found the vehicle, and charged him with grand larceny and unauthorized use of a vehicle.
A woman attacked an 18-year-old with a bottle during a Ralph Avenue skirmish on Aug. 20.
The victim told police that she and the other woman were arguing inside an apartment, which is between Glenwood and Farragut roads, at 2:10 pm when the assailant lunged at her with a glass bottle, leaving her with a small injury.
An unhinged customer wigged out on a worker at a Utica Avenue store on Aug. 20, striking him in the face with a piece of wood.
The victim said that he was inside the store, which is between Avenues M and N, when the customer came in at 2:10 pm and began arguing with him.
During the brief spat, the man picked up the wood and struck his victim, leaving him with a small injury.
Cops caught up with the assailant a short time later, charging him with assault.
A gunman opened fire on a group of people on E. 39th Street on Aug. 15, wounding three women.
The victims said they were all outside the address, which is between Avenues I and J, at 4 am following a celebration when the unidentified suspect opened fire. The three victims sustained non-life threatening injuries to their arms, legs and buttocks, officials said.
Attacked on Flatlands
Two thugs jumped a 71-year-old man and robbed him on Flatlands Avenue during a brutal Aug. 12 altercation.
The victim told police he was walking down Flatlands Avenue between E. 46th and E. 47th streets at 1:30 pm when the suspects pushed him to the ground, leaving him with a small injury. They then fled with a small amount of property, police said.
Help wipe out graffiti
As the ongoing war against graffiti vandalism continues, cops are offering a $500 reward to anyone with information that can help them arrest neighborhood vandals.
The hefty reward is part of the city’s ongoing push to rid New York of graffiti, the leading quality of life complaint brought to police.
Anyone with information about graffiti vandalism in their neighborhood is urged to contact either 311 or 911.
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