A gun-wielding mugger stuck up a husband and wife while they were walking along Bergen Street, demanded their wallets, electronics, and then fled on a bike on Jan. 5, officials from the 78th Precinct said.
According to the police report, the victims, a couple in their 30s, told police that they were walking along Bergen Street when at around 9:45 p.m. a man approached them at the corner of Carlton Avenue, pulled out a black gun and demanded their wallets.
The crook, described as a 20-year-old black man, standing about 5-foot-7 and weighing about 160 lbs., also demanded the man’s pin number for his ATM card, but the victim gave a fake number. The crook then hopped on a bike that was leaning against a nearby car and drove away.
The gun-toting criminal stole the couples’ debit and credit cards, a cellphone, an e-reader, and $70 in cash. The victims believe they can identify the crook by picture.
One of the victims, a man who has lived in New York City for 25 years, wrote in an e-mail to Patch that the attack occurred about one block from the 78th Precinct and half a block from Vanderbilt Avenue, where he “could see people walking to bars.”
“This wasn't some god-forsaken hour in the morning. It was 9 p.m. on a Saturday night,” the victim wrote. “I think what was most disturbing was not being shaken down, or threatened, but the casual nature that this individual aimed the gun at us—as revelers were milling about not far from where we were.”
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Residents can discuss crime with Deputy Inspector Michael Ameri of the 78th Precinct at the 78th Precinct Community Council meeting, held on the last Tuesday of every month at 7:30 p.m. at the station house on 65 6th Avenue near Bergen Street.
Men or women wishing for a bicycle escort via the Brooklyn Bike Patrol can call 718-744-7592 between the hours of Sun.-Thurs., 8 p.m. to midnight, Fri.-Sat., 8 p.m. to 3:30 a.m.