By COLlive reporter
Two gunpoint muggings in Crown Heights on Tuesday morning appear to be part of a larger crime pattern, the NYPD says.
The first incident occurred at 6:40 am Tuesday, when a 24-year-old Hispanic male was walking on Franklin Avenue and Eastern Parkway and was approached by two black males who displayed a gun and demanded his cell phone.
The muggers then fled into a dark-colored sedan, making their getaway driving eastbound on Montgomery Street.
At 7:00 am, the second incident occurred, when a Jewish male who was walking on Montgomery Street was approached by 2 black males, police said.
The alleged muggers demanded the victim’s cellphone, but the victim fought back and attempted to punch the muggers, who then ran off into a dark sedan.
The muggers did not manage to steal any property from the victim.
The victim was able to take a picture of the car’s license plate, which was traced to a car stolen in New York City.
The 71st Precinct is investigating both incidents, and they believe they may be part of a larger citywide pattern of recent robberies, a police source told COLlive.com.
“Thank G-d, nobody was injured during the incidents in Crown Heights,” they said.
Update: Speaking on behalf of the victim, community activist Yaacov Behrman told COLlive, “No words were exchanged by the attackers. They approached the victim and displayed a gun, without saying anything or demanding property. The victim fought back because he thought his life was in danger. Not to protect property.”
Crown Heights hero fights off alleged muggers on Montgomery Street, earlier today. According to victim, one of the attackers displayed a gun during the incident. Jewish victim was wearing white sweatshirt. No words were exchanged. Alleged muggers arrive and leave in black Honda pic.twitter.com/zsssS3MxzY
— Yaacov Behrman (@ChabadLubavitch) November 16, 2021