Park Slope Man Mugged for $4, Police Say
PARK SLOPE — A mugger robbed a man of just $4 during an early morning confrontation on Lincoln Place and Seventh Avenue, police said.
The 47-year-old victim told investigators he was walking up his front stairs after returning from a store at 5 a.m. on Oct. 16, when someone grabbed him from behind, put him in a choke hold, and said, "Give me what you got," according to police report.
The victim handed over $4 in cash, then went inside and drank beer for about half an hour before calling the police, according to the report.
Other notable crimes in this week's blotter at the 78th Precinct include the following, with details from police reports:
• Three people were robbed at gunpoint on Fifth Avenue and Eighth Street on Oct. 16 about 10:20 p.m. The three victims — a 29-year-old woman, a 30-year-old woman, and a 29-year-old man — were on their way home from a nearby bar when a man approached them. He pointed a gun at them and demanded their cell phones and wallets. Police arrested two men, 20 and 24, the next day in connection with the crime.
• A man was stabbed when an argument turned violent about 11 p.m. on Oct. 13. The 27-year-old victim was with a group of friends who got into a disagreement with a 30-year-old man on Union Street and Seventh Avenue. The victim said he and his pals tried to walk away, but the man followed them and pushed the victim. When the victim told the man to go away, the man pulled out an orange box cutter and cut the victim on the neck. He was treated at New York Methodist Hospital. Police arrested the attacker after he was found with an orange box cutter inside the Tea Lounge on Union Street.
• A woman walking home from a bar spotted a burglary at a nearby restaurant. A 35-year-old customer of the bar High Dive on Fifth Avenue and Carroll Street was walking home about 3 a.m. on Oct. 18 when she saw a planter overturned outside El Pollito, a Mexican restaurant on Fifth Avenue and Sterling Place. A few steps later, she came across an empty cash register drawer. A thief had stolen $200 in cash and 10 bottles of booze from the restaurant.
• A 24-year-old woman was arrested after allegedly stealing more than $1,100 in merchandise from Target while shopping with her sister and her 10-month-old baby. The woman piled the stolen goods into her stroller, and into two other bags. The woman was arrested when she left the store, and her sister took the stroller and baby home.
Overall in the 78th Precinct, major crimes have dropped 2.57 percent this year compared with the same period in 2012, according to the most recent statistics from the NYPD.