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Bed-Stuy Man Arrested For Gunpoint Robbery In Front Of 9-Year-Old Boy

By Paul DeBenedetto | July 9, 2016 1:18pm | Updated on July 11, 2016 8:30am

BROOKLYN — One of two men responsible for pistol-whipping and robbing a Crown Heights man in front of a nine-year-old boy and 36-year-old woman has been arrested, police said on Friday.

Bed-Stuy resident Darrell Mackins, 36, was charged with robbery for his alleged role in the June 19 afternoon break-in. According to police, Mackins and another man showed up to an apartment at Utica and Atlantic avenues around 1 p.m. that day and threatened the man inside with a black handgun.

The two suspected robbers struck him in the head with the gun, made their way inside the apartment, and forced the woman and boy to lay on the ground while the two men stole a cell phone, wallet and $325 from the 40-year-old man before fleeing the apartment, according to police. 

The man suffered minor injuries. Both the boy and the woman were relatives of the victim, police said.

Mackins has at least two convictions on his record, including one for a 1999 robbery and another for criminal possession of a weapon in 2008, according to the state Department of Corrections and Community Supervision.

The NYPD last week released video footage of one of the suspects, who was seen walking with a limp and wearing a white T-shirt, blue jeans and white sneakers. A second suspect was not pictured in the footage, but was last seen wearing a dark T-shirt, blue jeans and white sneakers, driving a dark sedan that police said is possibly a Dodge Avenger.

A police spokesman on Saturday could not immediately identify whether Mackins was the man in the video or the man in the car.

Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call the NYPD's Crime Stoppers hotline at (800) 577-TIPS or for Spanish (888) 57-PISTA (74782).