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CRIME BLOTTER: Officer Arrests Man Caught With Knife in Hand After Stabbing

By Rachel Holliday Smith | August 11, 2017 4:26pm | Updated on August 14, 2017 8:30am
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PROSPECT-LEFFERTS GARDENS — A 43-year-old man was arrested this week after police caught him red-handed holding a knife he'd used to slash a 27-year-old man during a fight, police said.

The altercation took place at 1:10 a.m. on Aug. 6 in the lobby of 135 Ocean Ave. where Darren Kelly, 43, had been physically fighting with the younger man before stabbed him in the back.

An NYPD officer responding to the incident walked into the lobby and saw Kelly holding the knife used in the slashing. He was then arrested, police said.

The 27-year-old victim was treated for cuts on his back, but was otherwise uninjured in the attack.

Kelly has been charged with assault, menacing, harassment and criminal possession of a weapon. He was released from custody with a order of protection for the victim, court documents show.

He faces charges in two other open cases: one in Brooklyn for attempted assault and another in Manhattan for assault, both from earlier this year, according to court records. His legal representative from the Legal Aid Society could not be reached for comment.

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

► An 84-year-old man was robbed by a pair of suspects who jumped him as he walked home from a friend's house at 5:10 a.m. on Aug. 3. The man was walking near the corner of Midwood Street and Rogers Avenue when two strangers walked up behind him and grabbed his arms and hands, then patted down his pants and took his cellphone, $50, his passport, a plane ticket and his wallet. The man was uninjured in the robbery, police said. There have been no arrests.

► A 28-year-old man was Tasered in the neck during an attempted mugging as he left the Winthrop Street subway stop on Nostrand Avenue. The man was walking home at 9:25 p.m. on Aug. 3 when an unknown man approached him and said “give me your money,” then Tasered him in the back of the neck. The man fell to the ground and the suspect fled southbound on Nostrand Avenue without taking anything. The victim was treated at Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center for a cut on his arm from the fall and a burn on his neck from the Taser. There has been no arrest.

► An 18-year-old man was shot in the arm by a unknown man on Winthrop Street. The teen was walking on the north side of the street just west of New York Avenue at 11:06 p.m. on Aug. 4 when the suspect fired a gun at him, hitting him once in his left arm. The suspect fled on foot. The victim was treated at Kings County Hospital. A shell casing was recovered at the location, but no suspect has been identified in the shooting.

► A 27-year-old woman was robbed at gunpoint just outside her apartment building as she walked home on Montgomery Street. The woman was walking near Dearborn Court around 1 a.m. on Aug. 5 when two men approached her from behind and one pressed an unknown object to her head and said “don’t move I have a gun.” The other man then said “take the bag,” and the first suspect removed her bag containing a laptop, wallet, keys, a sweater, driver’s license and a bottle of prescription antidepressants. The suspects fled and have not yet been identified. The woman was uninjured in the robbery, authorities said.

The above list only describes those blotter items compiled by DNAinfo New York between Aug. 3 and Aug. 10, not all incidents that took place in a given precinct. To see all previous crime blotters from this precinct, click here.​​​​