Update: Three Robberies at Gunpoint: One Victim Fights Back, Flings Iced Coffee

Reports from the 76th Precinct

Update, September 12, 9:58 p.m.:

It has been determined that Robbery 2 was originally reported with the incorrect address, police have stated. The robbery did not take place at Sackett Street. The correct address for that incident actually occurred at the intersection of Henry Street and Summit. The article has since been revised to reflect that information.


The following information was supplied by the 76th Precinct. It does not indicate a conviction.

Robbery 1 

While walking along Dyckman Street between Dwight and Richards Streets on Saturday, August 25 at 12:05 p.m. a woman, 33, was approached by a strange man who immediately pointed a black revolver at her head. The victim threw her iced coffee in the face of the assailant, tossed her cell phone and bag on the ground, then fled, police said. The thief—described as a male, black, 5 foot 9, with braids and a dark complexion—took an HTC Android Incredible phone ($350), a Hurley wallet ($20), $128 cash, debit cards, two Moleskin notebooks ($40 each) and a Chrome messenger bag with a silver seatbelt buckle ($150). The case is still under investigation.

Robbery 2

Another woman was robbed at the corner of Henry and Summit Streets in the middle of the afternoon, last week, according to police. On Tuesday, August 28 at 4:55 pm, the female, 28, was approached by two unknown individuals from behind. “Hey, b****” one called out to her, then displayed a firearm and pointed it in her direction. The crooks took a red Coach purse ($250), a grey Coach wallet ($100), an iPod ($100), an MTA card and other miscellaneous items, said police. The assailants are described as two males, both age 16, about 5 foot 10 and weighing between 110 and 115 pounds.

Robbery 3

At the corner of Columbia and Luquer Streets at 5:02 p.m. on Friday, August 24, two women, both 25, were walking when they were approached by a male and a female bearing a firearm. The thieves then demanded their belongings. Items taken: a Morocco wallet ($10), two credit cards, a social security card, a Canadian citizen card, $14 in cash, an iPhone ($10O), iPod mini ($125) and a Massachusetts state driver’s license. Police are searching for one male, black, age 13, approximately 5 foot, weighing 120 pounds, who was joined by a female, black, also 13. The pair was last seen carrying a green Whole Foods shopping bag, which police say criminals sometimes use for stashing loot.

Anthony September 07, 2012 at 01:50 PM
How can you assume the guys in the social club saw something and didn't do anything or report anything. Where you there to see if they were out? Bad job by you, Danielle to assume that. I thought you were better than that.
Jerry Romano September 07, 2012 at 03:12 PM
the hell with the cops and the camera's back in the 70's when they came in this neighborhood like that they left in bandages. I know its not politically correct but what would you rather have ? BRING BACK THE WISE GUYS
Rebecca G September 07, 2012 at 05:33 PM
Hi, David: I posted some info about the 76 pct meeting on the BOCOCA parents board (at least a 1,000 people on the board I think). I got some positive responses and interest in attending the meeting. I need to confirm the time and address of the meeting, but then will post a reminder and details, so as many people in the neighborhood can make it. The march sounds good too. I have no idea how to organize that one though... Also, I love the locals. It's the first reason I moved here. I loved there was still some old NY here. And, I DO take comfort with them hanging out side and having there eyes open. I WOULD prefer the wise guys back a bit!
DavidBK September 07, 2012 at 08:21 PM
Thanks Rebecca - I plan to attend the meeting at the 76th on 9/11. I wonder if it would be useful to set up a table on a Sunday when the Farmers' Market is on? That way we could get a sense of whether our neighbors share our concerns and ideas to do something? I'm all for the wise guys so long as everyone keeps within the law :)
Danielle September 07, 2012 at 08:28 PM
I'm happy to help at the Farmer's Market as well as contacting local reps (Millman, Lander, etc.). Why don't we pick a date? I currently can do 9/16, 9/23, 9/30, etc. This Sunday is possible, as well, but I will have to juggle a few things first.
DavidBK September 07, 2012 at 08:35 PM
Great! I can do this Sunday or any Sunday in September except 9/16. Anyone else posting on here care to join? We could set up a table or comandeer a bench, have a big sign that says "SHARE YOUR IDEAS ABOUT CRIME HERE" or something? We can explain that we are concerned about the uptick in crime, that we are looking for ideas and share our ideas i.e. lobby politicians, a march, lobby the police. I was wondering if it would be useful to organize an online presence maybe with a map of where all the attacks are happening etc.
Danielle September 07, 2012 at 09:23 PM
I just called the offices of Joan Millman, Daniel Squadron and Brad Lander. Joan Millman's office suggested that we speak with the President of the Community Precinct Council, Jerry Armer (who also sits on CB6) and they are getting back to me with his contact info. They also mentioned that we might want to attend the 9/20 CB6 meeting about transportation and public safety (separate issues). It's taking place at 41 1st Place between Hoyt & Bond at 6:30pm. I left vm with Squadron's and Lander's offices.
Danielle September 07, 2012 at 09:24 PM
Why don't we schedule something for 9/23? That way, it will give us time to possibly get organized and/or have politicians stop by, etc.
Frank Cuomo September 08, 2012 at 12:11 AM
I am a lifelong resident of Carroll Gardens and I don't ever recall reading so much news pertaining to local crime within the Carroll Gardens / Cobble Hill area. I grew up when the social clubs and the "old way" was dominant within the community. It provided a sense of comfort for everyone and that was one of the reasons why folks from outside the community who moved in. Most of the crimes now seem to have been committed by young adults / teenagers with some of the crimes occurring on very public streets in broad daylight. This has never been the case in the past. I am concerned about the safety of my family as they travel to and from our home during the course of a given day living their lives but my greatest fear is that a Good Samaritan looking to prevent a crime by these criminals gets injured or worse while the criminal escapes or gets a slap on the wrist because they are underage. It seems that the criminals have more rights than the victims in our present society. I am all for taking back our community away from the criminals thru a peaceful process but if that doesn't work than I am open to a more visible / aggressive approach. We need to force our local politicians and police to take our community back from the criminals. I am willing to get my extended family and friends to attend any police or local political meeting to address this issue. Hopefully, this news media can communicate any upcoming meetings to their subscribers.
Rebecca G September 10, 2012 at 02:42 PM
A table at the Farmer's market sounds great. I have a 3.9 year old and will need to figure out what to do with him, but I am in. I can also try to make the CB6 meeting. Also, I am a publicist and specialize in media relations. I can make a few calls to local TV that we are having the booth if you all agree it would be a good idea. It would certainly help us get the word out.
Danielle September 10, 2012 at 03:01 PM
Rebecca, that sounds great. I spoke to the community affairs officers at the Union St. Fest on Saturday and got the name/number of one of the men for future reference. They didn't have many specific answers about specific crimes in the nabe, but they mentioned that there has been a reduction in the force which may have contributed to an increase in crime (8,000 police officers). I also asked them what the procedure was for which precinct should respond on"border" streets (something i thought Patch was following up on). According to the officers, the procedure requires that one of the bordering precincts show up because each call has to be resolved in one way or another. I asked them about having a cop on the precinct stoop at all times and have some officers walk the beat ad create relationship with business owners. They said that they don't have enough officers to do that.
Prettybones September 10, 2012 at 03:23 PM
I'm sorry, but I find it really difficult to believe someone was robbed at gunpoint in the middle of the afternoon at Henry and Sackett. That is a busy, well-populated corner with benches and people usually sitting on them on 3 of the 4 corners and tons of street-level businesses. Are we sure this is true or accurate? I can't imagine anyone pulling a gun in front of at least 10 or 15 bystanders and no one noticing.
Danielle September 10, 2012 at 04:42 PM
The article says, "According to police.."
Joanna Prisco (Editor) September 10, 2012 at 04:47 PM
Danielle is correct. All information was provided by the 76th Precinct. I apologize for the delay on that follow-up story re: precinct border protocol. It is on the way.
Prettybones September 10, 2012 at 06:29 PM
Still don't buy it. Must be an inaccurate police report. There is *no* way someone is pulling a gun on someone on that corner at that time. Again, it's a block from the police station, on the same block as a busy supermarket, and there are 3 popular businesses on those corners, all with benches outside that people are always sitting on. Two of the businesses have big picture windows that look onto the street. There's a wine shop with attentive ever-present owners. There's a karate school with classes that let out around that time. There are 2 social clubs with guys leaning out the front all day long less than half a block away. There are tons of people, kids, cyclists, scooters and plenty of foot traffic at this time. Just not believable.
c k dexter-haven September 10, 2012 at 06:44 PM
i agree with you. i'm hopeful that joanna will attend the meeting on tuesday, and that others in the neighborhood will as well.
c k dexter-haven September 10, 2012 at 06:45 PM
i think it's entirely plausible and consistent with an experience that my neighbor on union street had over three months ago. he was robbed in the afternoon on the same corner, by three young men. they punched him repeatedly and stole his wallet and phone. happened right outside maybelle's.
Joanna Prisco (Editor) September 10, 2012 at 06:49 PM
I will be there, c k dexter-haven.
Danielle September 10, 2012 at 07:14 PM
See the response to your post above from C.K. Dexter-Haven. Apparently, it has happened more than once in the last few months (unfortunately). The men at the social club next door to Maybelle's told me that they are closed at 5pm so they would not have been there to see anything happen. Also, as an example, it could be that that the incident described in the above article happened one door over from Maybelle's on Sackett and so those on the corner or on Henry St. could not see it happening. Just a thought.
Prettybones September 10, 2012 at 07:49 PM
That's terrible, ck. Maybe I'm just really sheltered, but I find this so shocking. Have lived in the neighborhood for many years and have never heard of or seen anything like this in this area. South of Hamilton, on the other side of the BQE, or maybe late at night I could imagine, but in broad daylight? Just wow. I can't imagine a camera would make a difference since these people were obviously seen, but police should definitely step up patrols.
Amy Holman September 10, 2012 at 11:43 PM
Would it be wrong for me to suggest that a more peaceful action on the Tuesday would be to stand up against the violence in the community now? In many ways September 11th can be recognized and commemorated. At this juncture, fighting this spate of thieves is more productive.
Amy Holman September 11, 2012 at 12:01 AM
My dog's vet is on Henry near Carroll and it can be quiet over there in the afternoon. Actually, today I was relieved that her office was closed and I had to take my dog to the vet emergency on Warren, instead. I was concerned about the teens with guns, although perhaps a dog is a deterrent. Anyway, it seems a very stupid move to rob someone near the police station, but thieves are often stupid, even when they are lucky. I just think that you can't be sure that it didn't happen just because you have seen it to be busy on certain afternoons. As for the social clubs, they do offer an extra layer of neighborhood watch. Perhaps we can work on tightening gun laws so that teens and/or their casual parents can find it hard to carry one.
Sara September 11, 2012 at 01:36 AM
FYI: I believe Maybelle's closes at 4 on Tuesdays.
Danielle September 11, 2012 at 09:23 PM
I am hoping to make the meeting tonight but, if not, if those who do attend could report back, that would be helpful.
Joanna Prisco (Editor) September 12, 2012 at 01:33 PM
I attended the meeting last night. It lasted for 3+ hours. I will begin recapping the topics covered this afternoon.
Rebecca G September 12, 2012 at 03:50 PM
Thanks, Joanna. I do feel like they heard us, but I think we shoudl still move forward and keep pushing until we really see some difference. The stories of the police officers brushing people off when they wanted to make reports seemed like a little epidemic and worrisome to me. David/Danielle: I am going to start pulling together a write up for the TV reporters about our table. Can we agree on a time the table will be there and exactly what we will be doing/talking about to people abot at the table. Will they be signing some sort of petition or anything like that? Do we want to include an local political reps with us at the table?
Rebecca G September 12, 2012 at 03:53 PM
Also, the details the police captain gave about the two gangs and the fact that they were losing revenue in their hood, so they have sent some tweens to rob BOCOCA to get revenue else where was shocking, but clarifying. Holy cow! That's scary.
Prettybones2 September 17, 2012 at 06:13 PM
AHA! I was right. BIG BIG BIG difference between Summit St and Sackett St. Still awful and still something that demands police attention, but not as shocking.
Danielle September 17, 2012 at 07:00 PM
Rebecca - I did not receive notice of your previous post so apologies for the delay in responding. I think we should definitely move forward with the table. A petition sounds good. Also, we should have a list for complaints, as well, I think (what issues people see, if they have been having a problem filing complaints, etc.) So that we can work with the police re rectifying these issues. I have been involved heavily with politics in the past and would be happy to continue following up with our local reps.
Danielle September 17, 2012 at 07:32 PM
Yes, but C.K.'s friend (above) got beaten up and mugged on that same corner in the afternoon so that corner is not immune to muggings and/or crime.


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