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CRIME BLOTTER: Man Found With 20 Bags of Heroin After White Castle Assault

By Rachel Holliday Smith | August 27, 2015 6:04pm | Updated on August 27, 2015 6:09pm
 A man was arrested for assaulting a woman at a Crown Heights White Castle last week, police said.
A man was arrested for assaulting a woman at a Crown Heights White Castle last week, police said.
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CROWN HEIGHTS — A 55-year-old man was arrested and charged with criminal possession of narcotics and assault last week after police found 20 baggies of heroin on him after he punched a woman at a White Castle in the neighborhood.

Tyrone Mingo was arrested shortly after 8:30 p.m. on Aug. 21 for punching a 51-year-old woman in the face at the fast food restaurant on Empire Boulevard and Utica Avenue in Crown Heights.

During a search following his arrest, officers found 20 small bags of heroin labeled “BADBOY” in a pocket tucked into one of Mingo’s socks.

He faces eight charges in total, including criminal possession of a narcotic with intent to sell, a felony, and assault. Mingo was arraigned on Aug. 22 and released with an order of protection, court records show. He is due back in court on Oct. 27.

In response to the crime, a spokesperson for the fast food chain said in a statement: "At White Castle, our top priority is the safety of our team members and customers. We are thankful to the local police officers who arrived on the scene at the time of the incident, and we are continuing to cooperate with them on their investigation.”

Other notable crimes in this week’s blotter from the 71st Precinct in Crown Heights and Prospect-Lefferts Gardens include:

► A 46-year-old man was robbed of his pants, wallet and cash when two men approached him from behind at 4 a.m. on Aug. 19 on Lincoln Road and Ocean Avenue. The pair pushed him to the ground and pulled off his sweatpants, which contained $40 in cash and the man’s wallet.

► A 24-year-old man was robbed of two self-balancing electric scooters on Aug. 19 when he was given counterfeit money for the two-wheeled gadgets by a man he met through Craigslist. The victim told police that the man, who gave his name only as “Ice,” met him on the corner of Eastern Parkway and Nostrand Avenue at 8:30 p.m. and gave him $1,100 in cash for the two scooters, worth $550 each. Two days later, the 24-year-old discovered the money was fake and reported the crime to police.

► Four teenagers stole $1,200 in jeans and T-shirts from a clothing store at 298 Utica Ave. at 11 a.m. on Aug. 20. A 24-year-old worker at the store told police the group came in, grabbed the clothes and tried to leave. When the worker tried to stop one of the boys — all approximately between the ages of 11 and 16, he said — one of them shocked him in the hand with a pink Taser and fled.

► A van and $4,000 in music equipment was stolen off the street on the night of Aug. 20. The owner of the Ford van, a 55-year-old woman, said she discovered it was missing at 7 a.m. on Aug. 21 after she parked it outside of 215 Sterling St. The van had contained two drum machines, two keyboards, a mixer, subwoofer, mic stands and speakers.

► A 75-year-old woman was robbed of her pocketbook as she walked into Kings County Hospital at 451 Clarkson Ave. at 10:25 a.m. on August 22. Police said an unknown man approached her from behind, grabbed the bag and fled south on East 38th St. The woman lost $50, her wallet and passport.

► The windows of two parked cars were shot out by a man who fired a handgun from a passing car around 9:45 p.m. on the corner of Rogers Avenue and Hawthorne Street on Aug. 24, witnesses told police. The shooting broke the windshield of a Chevrolet cargo van and the front and back windows of a Honda Pilot parked on that corner at the time. No one was injured from the gunfire.