PARK SLOPE — A 41-year-old woman was punched in the face and scratched by a thief who stole her cell phone during a broad daylight robbery, according to a police report.
The victim told cops she was walking at the northwest corner of Eighth Avenue and Carroll Street just before 2 p.m. on April 23 when a woman approached and asked to use her phone. When the stranger tried to snatch the phone out of the victim's hands, a struggle followed.
The thief hit the victim in the face and scratched her face and neck, according to a police report. Cops recovered the victim's phone inside the thief's right coat pocket. Cops arrested 22-year-old Veronica Aguilar. She was charged with felony robbery and assault, according to court records.
Other notable crimes in this week's blotter at the 78th Precinct included the following, with details from police reports:
• A worker at New York Methodist Hospital had his wallet stolen from an ultrasound room on the hospital's second floor on April 25. The 30-year-old employee told cops co-workers and three patients had access to the room, where he left his jacket unattended with the wallet inside. The thief used one of the victim's credit cards to buy a $40 subway farecard.
• A burglar's haul at a Warren Street apartment on April 26 included more than $9,000 in valuables. The thief took four laptop computers, an iPad, a Canon camera and lenses, and New Balance shoes.
• A 40-year-old woman was talking on her iPhone near Fourth Avenue and Butler Street on April 25 at about 7:30 p.m. when a man in a black hoodie and black sweatpants snatched the phone out of her hand and fled.