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STABBED DURING ROAD RAGE INCIDENT: A 43-year-old man was stabbed in the stomach as he and another motorist argued over a parking spot in Bensonhurst, police alleged. Police said that the victim and his alleged attacker, identified as 32-year-old Herbert Momplaisir of the 1900 block of Avenue H, were arguing over the spot at 6:45 p.m. on February 20 when the two allegedly began to trade blows. After the brief fistfight, Momplaisir ran back to his car, pulled out a knife and attacked the 43-year-old with it, alleged authorities. The victim, officials said, was not seriously injured. Momplaisir was charged with assault in the second degree, menacing, harassment and disorderly conduct. *** TOO MUCH TOUCHY-FEELY AT THE TURNSTILE: A 27-year-old woman was allegedly groped by the man waiting behind her as she left the Sheepshead Bay Road train station, officials alleged. Police said that a suspect, identified as 49-year-old Ralph Bernett of the 1400 block of Ocean Avenue, was arrested shortly after the incident, which took place just before 11 a.m. on February 17. The victim told police that she was exiting the station when Bernett allegedly grabbed her buttocks. When she turned to protest, Bernett allegedly hit her with a small object, possibly an umbrella, officials said. The victim, police said, was not seriously harmed. Bernett was charged with menacing in the third degree and sex abuse in the third degree. *** MAN FOUND DEAD UNDER BELT PARKWAY: Cops from the 60th Precinct were called to the corner of Shell Road and Shore Parkway under the Belt Parkway Saturday afternoon after a suicide victim was found hanging from a fence. Police said that the gruesome discovery took place just after noon on February 18. The unidentified victim was found hanging from a rope tied to a fence lining the vacant lot, officials said. *** SNOW DAZE: Two teens were arrested recently for allegedly robbing a 54-year-old woman of her purse and then burying the spoils of their raid in a snow bank. Police from the 60th Precinct said that the teens, ages 15 and 13, grabbed the victim in a bid to get her pocketbook on the 150 block of Corbin Place. The victim was on her way home from work at 7:30 p.m. on February 13 when the teens jumped her, officials said. After a brief tug of war over the woman’s purse, the teens ran off with the bag, which contained $2,350 in cash. Responding officers found the two teens a few blocks away from the robbery, burying the woman’s purse in a pile of snow. Cops charged the two teens with robbery. *** ROBBERY BOTCHED BY UNWANTED GUEST: A gun-toting bandit was thrown off his game Friday when a customer nonchalantly walked into the florist shop he was robbing, cops from the 62nd Precinct said. After subduing a worker and ordering him to a back room, the masked mugger, described only as a 30-year-old Hispanic male, was forced to flee the Artistic 86th Street Florist, 1584 86th Street, after a someone walked in, interrupting the robbery. Workers said that the man entered the store at about 7:30 p.m. on February 17, pulled a mask over his face and then pulled a gun, announcing a robbery. The suspect was escorting an employee to the back room when the door chime jingled and the unsuspecting customer entered. The gunman ordered the new witness to the floor and ran off without a penny, officials said. Cops are asking anyone with information regarding this incident to come forward. Calls can be made to CrimeStoppers at (800) 577-TIPS. All calls will be kept confidential. *** ALL KEYED UP: Cops are looking for a former employee of a Sheepshead Bay apartment building who was seen breaking into the address with a key he palmed. Police said that the suspect was seen trying to use the key to enter a second door inside 3030 Emmons Avenue at 12:30 p.m. on February 15, not knowing that the management had changed the locks. When a witness called the former worker by name, he ran off, officials said. Police are investigating. *** THREE NABBED FOR EARLY-MORNING ATTACK: Cops from the 62nd Precinct arrested three men allegedly implicated in a brutal beating at the corner of 16th Avenue and 72nd Street. Police said that 31-year-old Wu Young, 25-year-old Bantong Zhan and 30-year-old Liang Fu Cheng, all of Manhattan allegedly attacked a 23-year-old Asian male with a mini baseball bat and a “mag” flashlight during a confrontation at 2:30 a.m. on February 18. Cops did not disclose the motive behind the attack. The victim told police that he was walking to his car with a friend when the suspects allegedly jumped him. All three suspects were charged with assault and menacing, said officials. *** SENIOR WAKES TO FIND STRANGER IN HOME: A 69-year-old Sheepshead Bay woman told police that she woke up to find a stranger in her home. Police said that they are currently looking for the knife wielding burglar, who shoved the woman to the ground before spiriting out of the house, located on the 2250 block of East 2nd Street. The woman told police that she woke up at 1 a.m. on February 18 to find the unidentified man in her apartment. The thief, officials said, entered the home through the front door. As of this writing, nothing had been reported taken. *** CAUGHT ROLLING AND PACKING: A 21-year-old bicyclist was arrested last week for “packing and pedaling” at the same time, police alleged. Cops from the 60th Precinct said that Rosando Ronero was allegedly seen riding his bicycle in a haphazard fashion, weaving in between residents near the corner of Neptune Avenue and Brighton 1st Street just after 11 p.m. on February 18. Cops stopped Ronero and placed him under arrest when he couldn’t produce any identification. That’s when cops found a .25 caliber pistol in his pocket, officials alleged. Police charged Romero with reckless endangerment and criminal possession of a weapon. *** MUGGER CAUGHT ON MERMAID: A would-be mugger was arrested on Mermaid Avenue when he was caught with his victim’s stolen cell phone, officials allege. Police said that 17-year-old Miguel Torres was taken into custody at 2 p.m. on February 15 for a purse-snatching that took place in the back of 2819 West 12th Street. Officials said that Torres allegedly grabbed a 66-year-old woman from behind, pushed her to the ground and ran off with her purse. He was last seen running westbound on West 12th Street, police alleged. But, a short while later, cops from the 60th Precinct found Torres standing in front of 1720 Mermaid Avenue with the victim’s cell phone allegedly in his hand. Cops charged Torres with robbery and criminal possession of stolen property. *** ROOFER BY DAY, THIEF BY NIGHT: Cops are looking for a red “roofing” van in connection with a robbery that took place at the corner of 86th Street and Bay 29th Street, officials said. Police said that a 32-year-old man was passing the corner at 10:50 p.m. on February 20 when a black male bum-rushed him from behind, knocking him to the ground. The thug robbed the victim of $100 and ran off. He was last seen jumping into a red van with the word “Roofing” emblazoned across the side, said authorities. Cops are asking anyone with information regarding this robbery or the van in question to call the 62nd Precinct at (718) 236-2611. All calls will be kept confidential. *** LOOKING FOR “FAMILIA”: A man was shocked awake Monday when a stranger barged into his Bensonhurst home, looking for “Familia.” The victim said that he was napping at 2 p.m. on February 20 inside his home on the 1650 block of 74th Street when the suspect, described only as a 35-year-old white male, kicked in the door, nearly taking it off his hinges. The suspect said that he was looking for a person named Familia. When he realized that that the one he was looking for wasn’t inside, he left, taking nothing. Police are investigating if Familia lived in the apartment before the victim moved in. *** SHOT IN MILL BASIN: Cops from the 63rd Precinct rushed to the corner of East 58th Street and Avenue U last week upon hearing a report that a man had been shot. Officials said that the victim, 18, was hit sometime after 1 a.m. on February 18. His injuries were not considered life-threatening and he was released after treatment at a local hospital. As of this writing, cops were trying to track down the shooter. At the same time, they were following evidence that may reveal that the wound was self-inflicted. Cops are asking anyone with information regarding this incident to come forward. Calls can be made to the 63rd Precinct at (718) 258-4411. All calls will be kept confidential.

Posted 7:08 pm, October 10, 2011
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