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CRIME BLOTTER: Man Ditches Gun, Changes Into Stolen Clothes, Fleeing Police

By Rachel Holliday Smith | July 14, 2017 5:09pm | Updated on July 17, 2017 9:38am
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CROWN HEIGHTS — A Brooklyn man police were after for smoking weed in public, ditched a handgun, then broke into a nearby home and changed into stolen clothes before being arrested, police said.

Galvin Munroe, 26, is charged with burglary, trespass and resisting arrest among other charges stemming from the July 8 incident, court records show.

An officer saw Munroe with marijuana just before 8 p.m. outside of 998 Union St. in Crown Heights and tried to stop him, police said, but the 26-year-old immediately ran to the back of the building.

As he ran, police saw him throw a black handgun into a clump of weeds, then jump over a fence and break into the back of 993 President St. Inside, he stole clothing from an apartment and changed his outfit.

Police caught up with him outside the building and placed him under arrest. He was arraigned on July 8 and was held on $3,500 bail, court records show. His legal representative from the Legal Aid Society could not be reached for comment.

The gun police saw Munroe toss away during the incident was not recovered, police said.

Other notable incidents in this week’s blotter from the 71st Precinct in Crown Heights, Prospect-Lefferts Gardens and East Flatbush include:​​​​​

► A 25-year-old man reported to police that two male suspects came up to him as he was standing in front of 455 Schenectady Ave. on July 10 and hit him on the head with a glass liquor bottle. The man had cuts on the right side of his face that required stitches, police said. No suspects have been identified in the assault and no arrests have been made.

► Police recovered a handgun after someone reported seeing it on a sidewalk, then called 911. The call came in at 12:45 p.m. on July 11. Officers found the Walther .22 caliber handgun on the corner of Crown Street and Troy Avenue, laying next to a magazine with seven rounds.

► A gun-toting man robbed a Nostrand Avenue Crown Fried Chicken, a worker reported to police. The robbery took place just before midnight on July 11 when the male suspect with his face covered with a white T-shirt entered the eatery at 1263 Nostrand Ave., threatened a 24-year-old worker a silver gun and demanded money from the cash register. The worker gave him approximately $550, and he left. No one was injured during the incident. No arrest has been made.

The above list only describes those blotter items compiled by DNAinfo New York between July 6 and July 12, not all incidents that took place in a given precinct. To see all previous crime blotters from this precinct, click here.​​​​