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West 23rd Street and Mermaid Avenue, the scene of the shooting (Source: Google Maps)

West 23rd Street and Mermaid Avenue, the scene of the shooting (Source: Google Maps)

Gunshots rang out on Mermaid Avenue yesterday afternoon, when Coney Island resident Ronnell Bradley, 21, was gunned down outside of a bodega as children played nearby.

Cops were called to the scene just after 4:00 p.m. for a person shot outside of 2327 Mermaid Avenue. They arrived to find Bradley with several gunshot wounds to the torso and legs. He was taken to Coney Island where he was pronounced dead.

There were no arrests and police had no suspects as of early this morning.

According to NBC, two young girls were also nearly clipped by bullets until a member of the Guardian Angels volunteer crime patrol pulled them to safety.

“The two little girls were shouting ‘Mommy, mommy,’” the Guardian Angel, Jose Colon, told the outlet.

Colon also spoke to NY1, telling them that violence remains a serious problem in the community and neighbors are afraid to speak out.

“Too much, a lot of people and they see something suspicious—they be quiet. And they say, ‘You snitch, you get…’ You know what I mean,” Colon told NY1.

The intersection where Bradley was gunned down is the same corner where a 10-year-old boy and 25-year-old man were struck by stray bullets in June. In May, another double shooting on Mermaid Avenue led local pols to call for more cops in the residential portion of Coney Island.

As of August 10, that latest date for which there are statistics, there have been 13 shootings, with 15 victims, in 2014 in the 60th Precinct, which patrols Coney Island, Brighton Beach and Gravesend. That’s a decrease from the same time period in 2013, which saw 17 shootings and 23 victims. Though shootings are down in the 60th Precinct, citywide gun violence is surging, with a 10.3 percent increase in incidents.


Authorities are seeking neighbors’ assistance in tracking down David Evanson, 25, who is accused of raping a Dyker Heights woman over the weekend.

Cops say Evanson broke into a 21-year-old woman’s apartment through a window at 3:00 a.m. on Saturday, choked her as she lay in bed, dragged her into the living room and sexually assaulted her.

He then fled in a sedan.

The woman was treated at a local hospital and released.

The attack happened at the woman’s home near 15th Avenue and Bay Ridge Avenue. The victim knew her attacker, although cops declined to say how.

DNAinfo reports that the woman and her assailant had a previous relationship:

Authorities said the rape was not Evanson’s first attack on the woman, and an order of protection forbid him from seeing her.

He pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 6 months in 2012 for assaulting the girlfriend, according to police. A judge ordered him to stay away from her for 2 years after the attack.

Evanson is 6’2″ and weighs 150 lbs, and lives on Long Island.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) and then entering TIP577.

Source: NYPD

Source: NYPD

Cops are hunting a brazen quinquagenarian woman who threatened to shoot a bank teller at the 1901 86th Street branch of Chase bank during a failed heist Saturday, and are turning to the public for their assistance.

A woman who appeared to be between 50 and 60 years old walked into the bank at approximately 10:44 a.m. on August 16. After a wait in line, she approached the teller and demanded money. The woman then passed a note that read, “Fill envelope with 100′s or I will shoot. You have 60 seconds.”

The teller called her bluff and refused to give the woman any money, and the suspect fled the bank.

Cops say the woman was black, approximately 5’9″ tall and 160 lbs. She was last seen wearing a purple t-shirt, dark pants and a blue Yankees baseball cap.

Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) and then entering TIP577.

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A 10-year-old girl was digging through the sand on Coney Island Monday afternoon when she uncovered a loaded handgun.

The girl and her mother were at the water’s edge near West 19th Street at approximately 2:15 p.m. on Monday when they found the .9mm pistol loaded with one bullet, according to the Daily News.

They brought it to a lifeguard who called police. The cops came, recovered the weapon and then destroyed it at the stationhouse.

The incident has local Councilman Mark Treyger reiterating his call for more Parks Enforcement Patrol officers on area beaches.

“Hearing that a child came across a loaded handgun while simply playing in the sand was shocking and concerning to say the least. I am very relieved that nobody was injured or killed as a result, and I am not willing to keep taking chances when it comes to the public’s safety in Coney Island. This must serve as a wakeup call to City Hall and the Parks Department regarding the need to provide additional Parks Enforcement Patrol officers to our community, especially given the increasing number of New Yorkers and tourists visiting Coney Island,” said Treyger, via press release.

Treyger also called for more PEP officers earlier this summer after 10-year-old Takara McDuffy drowned in Coney Island. The girl fell into the water after the beach was closed, and their were no lifeguards on duty. Treyger said PEP officers should be hired to patrol the beaches when they’re closed to ensure no one goes near the water.

The pol says that having more PEP officers on the beach would ease the burden on the 60th Precinct.


Source: NYPD

Cops are turning to the public in their hunt for an alleged groper, who pinned a woman to a public bench and slid his hand up her skirt before running off into the night.

The attack occurred just before 11 p.m. on Wednesday, July 16. As the 35-year-old woman walked down 3rd Avenue near 95th Street in Bay Ridge, the attacker came up behind her. He grabbed her, threw her onto the bench, pushed his hand up her skirt and touched her over her underwear. He then fled on foot.

Cops say the suspect is a male Hispanic in his 30s, and he was caught on nearby surveillance cameras as seen above.

Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) and then entering TIP577.

Forgetta's Facebook photo shows him donning his phony badge (Source: NYPD)

Forgetta’s Facebook photo shows him donning his phony badge (Source: NYPD)

Cops tracked down and cuffed Jason Forgetta, 37, at 17th Avenue and 62nd Street on Friday, less than 48-hours after the convicted sex offender was accused of posing as a police officer and violently raping a 26-year-old woman in Sunset Park.

Forgetta, who also goes by the name Jason Torres, is charged with rape, robbery and criminal impersonation of a police officer. Cops also fear he may have preyed on other women, and are asking any further victims who recognize Forgetta from photos to call detectives at (212) 741-8401.

Cops say Forgetta encountered his latest victim on Wednesday, July 30 just after 2:00 a.m. The two struck up conversation in front of the Sunset Park hotel where the woman was staying, and Forgetta pulled a gold shield and told the woman he was a lawman.

The victim invited Forgetta up to her room. Once there, Forgetta’s charm soured. The woman said he beat, raped and sodomized her before swiping her cell phone, cash and pocket book and fleeing the scene.

According to the Daily News and information distributed by the police, as badly beaten as the victim was, she pursued Forgetta to the parking lot, where the quick-thinking victim scribbled down the license plate of the car he drove off in.

She was taken to an area hospital, where police interviewed her and obtained a detailed description of the attacker and the vehicle information.

It didn’t take long for cops to identify their alleged perp; Forgetta was already known to cops as a Level 3 sex offender with a rap sheet that spans more than two decades.


Forgetta’s mugshot (Source: NYPD)

Using information from his past arrests and computer checks on the vehicle, detectives worked through a list of phony addresses until they located his car. On Friday, cops made their bust at 9:30 a.m. at the Bensonhurst intersection. His fake badge, with which he also posed for photos posted on Facebook, was found inside the car.

The Daily News has more on his criminal history:

Police said Forgetta has a criminal record dating to 1992 and has been arrested on charges of robbery, car theft and driving with a suspended license. In 2002, he was convicted of first-degree sexual assault for punching and raping a woman and got a year and three months in prison.

He was also deemed a Level 3 sex offender — the worst of the worst — and ordered to undergo aggression and anti-violence counseling.

… Roughly a year after his release, he was charged with sexual abuse again, this time in the molestation of a 15-year-old Williamsburg girl. The outcome of that case was unclear.

He allegedly lured the girl into a dark alley by pretending to have a knife then told her that he “didn’t want to hear about the attack on TV or in the newspapers,” according to sources.

He was also a suspect in the molestation of a 7-year-old girl, officials said.

Forgetta was required to report to a sex offender monitor every 90 days to confirm his address, listed as a building on Lewis Street in Ditmas Park. Neighbors – including a person who lives in the apartment unit where he claims to live and the superintendent of the building, said he doesn’t live there and they weren’t aware he was a registered sex offender.

It’s not yet clear how Forgetta managed to dupe monitors. He had previously been arrested in 2010 for failing to report to the sex offender monitor.

If you recognize Forgetta and have information about others he may have harmed, please call detectives at (212) 741-8401.

17th Avenue and 58th Street, Brooklyn (Source; Google Maps)

17th Avenue and 58th Street, Brooklyn (Source; Google Maps)

A swastika and other hate-filled messages were found scrawled along several properties near 58th Street and 17th Avenue in Borough Park yesterday, leading to the quick arrest of three suspects.

The anti-Semitic graffiti included messages that read “you don’t belong,” and “get out.” The perps broke into a residential construction site and a yeshiva to leave their unwelcome marks, as well as spraying it on the side of a yeshiva school bus.

The graffiti was first found and reported by contractors at the construction site, where it was found on different walls within a second floor room.

An administrator of the yeshiva helped make the bust. School authorities found the graffiti inside of their building. Unknown to the perps was that their hate-fueled graffiti spree inside the school was caught on surveillance cameras, and the footage was shared with police.

Councilman David Greenfield, whose office provided the information for this post, notes that the investigators identified the three suspects from the footage, and arrested them yesterday evening.

“I am very pleased that the NYPD Hate Crimes Task Force has made quick arrests of young punks trying to intimidate our community by scrawling messages of hate. It’s appalling that these guys would come into our neighborhood simply to spread their anti-Semitic views. I trust that they will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law for their despicable crimes,” said Greenfield.

Source: mikey k/Flickr

Source: mikey k/Flickr

Police took a 54-year-old man into custody on Saturday after finding the body of his 62-year-old brother in the bathtub of his Luna Park co-op, with chemical burns to his chest and leg.

Cops were called to the scene at 8:46 a.m. following a 911 call for a man in need of help. It’s unclear who called the police, but when they arrived at the ninth floor apartment at 2819 West 12th Street the man attempted to block their entrance.

After a struggle, they restrained the man who authorities described as emotionally disturbed.

Once inside, cops discovered the unconscious and unresponsive body in the bathtub and called EMS. Medical responders declared him dead at the scene, and told the police that the male had chemical burns to the chest and leg.

The 54-year-old was taken to Staten Island University Hospital for psychological evaluation and treatment of chemical burns on his arms.

Neither of the men were identified by police, and the 54-year-old has not been charged with a crime.

The New York Times identified the two as brothers, and police told the paper that they’re struggling to get answers from the surviving sibling.

“Some of the stuff he’s saying doesn’t make sense,” a police department spokesman said.

The medical examiner will determine the cause of the death, and police are still investigating.



Congressman Michael Grimm faces a 20-count indictment for tax evasion and illegal employment practices stemming from a restaurant he operated before running for Congress, charges he said are because the nation’s commander-and-chief wants to see him gone.

Grimm made the allegations against the Obama administration on Tuesday before a gathering of Republican supporters rallying for gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino. He also compared the United States to oppressive regimes in Iran and North Korea.

New York Observer reported on the statements:

“They change policy, they use regulation to legislate, they circumvent the Congress–this is now the norm for the Obama administration,” Mr. Grimm fumed at the Bay Ridge Manor in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn.

“And when you look and see why they come after me so hard, every day another negative story [against] the only Republican in New York City, it becomes obvious: they don’t want any opposition. This administration wants to do what it wants to do and they want you to forget about the America that you grew up in,” he said.

… “Sometimes I wake up in the morning and I’m not sure what country I’m living in,” he said. “Four Americans are killed and murdered in Benghazi–no one’s held accountable …. The IRS, arguably the most feared agency in our entire government targeting people because of their political views. Now this happens in Iran, this happens in North Korea, but this is the United States of America.”

The site reported that the statements “drew loud cheers.”

Grimm has long maintained that the investigation against him, which began as a probe into his 2010 campaign fundraising, was a “political witch hunt” by Democrats looking to see the city’s lone Republican congressman unseated. Prosecutors, however, have submitted paperwork to the court suggesting that Grimm’s own documents show he kept two sets of books and paid employees – some of which were undocumented immigrants – in cash to avoid taxes.

Grimm’s assertion that he is the subject of political retaliation has sparked snark from colleagues, including State Senator Diane Savino. The pol, whose district is largely within Grimm’s, let forth a tirade on Facebook about Grimm’s conspiracy theory back in April:

[G]et a grip folks, Mikey is not that important, he is no threat to the power structure, he is a slick talker with a nice resume who seems to be in trouble. he was not on track for greatness as a national leader, not on track to upset the national scene. Conspiracy, please….

Grimm pleaded not guilty to the charges.

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While others are fighting to make ferrets legal to own again in New York City, one Bensonhurst man is fighting to keep his pet alligator, Dino.

Victor Alexandria was cuffed, fined and saw his alligator confiscated last Tuesday, after authorities learned that he had been keeping the reptile in his home and in a shared backyard.

The Daily News reports:

A 3-foot-long gator was confiscated from a beastly Brooklyn man who sometimes kept the reptile with razor-sharp teeth in a wading pool in a shared yard behind his Bensonhurst digs.

Victor Alexandria, who dubbed the gator Dino and claims he’s raised the three-year-old reptile “since he fit in the palm of my hand,” was charged improper precaution of a wild animal, a misdemeanor, and with disorderly conduct for creating a hazardous condition.

Alexandria, 45, was released Thursday after a brief appearance in Brooklyn Criminal Court. He faces a $500 fine and up to year in jail if convicted.

The paper reports that Alexandria, who lives on Bay 40th Street,  is vowing to fight the city.

“It won’t cause bodily harm to anybody if you treat him the right way and you give him goldfish,” Alexandria told the paper.

Apparently, few of his immediate neighbors knew of the toothie pet kept next door. And despite Alexandria’s protestations, the paper reports he has a lengthy rap sheet for taking his pets to the boardwalk, where some, like his birds, have bitten people.

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