Three men walked into the 810 60th Street of JJ Wireless, a cell phone shop in Borough Park, assaulted the clerk and made off with a safe containing $30,000 at approximately 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, according to police.
The incident was caught on surveillance camera. It shows the first suspect enter the shop, walk straight to the clerk and wrestle him to the ground. As he kept the 26-year-old employee busy, the second and third suspects entered the store.
One stepped over the employee, grabbed the safe, and pulled it to the front of the store. He appeared to have a black handgun tucked into his waistband, although the firearm was not pulled during the crime.
The third suspect helped the first subdue the employee.
The suspects are shown below, followed by descriptions distributed by the police:
A male black in his 20s, 6’00″-6’04″ in height, with a slim build and a cornrows hair style wearing a gray sweatshirt.
A male black in his 20s, 5’07″-5’10″ in height, with a slim build wearing a black hooded sweatshirt.
A male black in his 20s, 5’07″-6’00″ in height, with a medium build wearing a red sweatshirt. The suspect had a black firearm in his waistband.
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.
The NYPD is turning to the public in their search for Damei Liang, a 72-year-old woman who went missing from 54th Street and 8th Avenue in Sunset Park yesterday morning.
Liang suffers from dementia, diabetes and high blood pressure. She’s 5-foot-5-inches tall and 130 pounds, with short black hair. She was last seen wearing a white and green shirt, brown pants, a blue backpack and black Nike sneakers.
A resident of Bay Ridge, at 83rd Street and 5th Avenue, Liang went missing at approximately 9:15 a.m. on Tuesday.
If you see Liang or have information regarding her whereabouts, please call 911 immediately.
Rendering of the proposed Eighth Avenue Center by Raymond Chan. Source: World Journal via Voices of NY
A group of Chinese developers are looking to erect a mall, office building, hotel and residential complex on the border of Sunset Park and Dyker Heights, where they recently plunked down $51.5 million for the land.
The project, tentatively named Eighth Avenue Center, is slated for 6208 8th Avenue. The 160,700-square-foot site is currently a parking lot abutting the N line. When construction wraps up, the owners expect to see five buildings packing in a total of 1.1 million square feet of space.
World Journal, translated by Voices of New York, reports:
Raymond Chan, a co-developer whose architecture firm will design the project, said that because of zoning restrictions, this piece of land is the only lot in the Eighth Avenue neighborhood in Brooklyn that can be used for large-scale development. The project will not only alter the skyline of the neighborhood but also bring great changes in the dynamic of the Chinese community in Brooklyn.
“Today’s Eighth Avenue is like Flushing 15 years ago,” said Chan. He said that as a rapidly establishing Chinese neighborhood, the Eighth Avenue area has huge potential for development. So he and several other Chinese developers pooled together $50 million to purchase the land from Jewish developer Andy Cohen. They plan to build one mixed-use building of three floors of underground parking space, three floors of shopping area, and an activity center for community organizations, one 17-floor office building, one seven-floor and 150-room hotel, and two 15-floor residential condos.
Chan said for the only lot that is zoned C4-3 for large-scale development in the neighborhood, the price of $50 million was reasonable. He said the deal closed May 21. The plan is subject to change pending community board approval.
The lot appears to straddle the jurisdictions of Community Board 7 and Community Board 10, so they may need joint approval.
The owners told the publication that they hope to begin construction in the spring.
An aerial view of 6208 8th Avenue. (Source: Google Maps)
Police are on the hunt for two men believed to be behind a violent home invasion that occurred late last month in SunsetPark.
On February 27, just before 2:00 a.m., the suspects followed a 28-year-old man into his apartment building on 39th Street and 10th Avenue.
The suspects bound the victim’s hands with a cell phone charger cord and stole $150 and an iPhone 5.
They then fled the location.
Police have released a photo of the suspects, seen above.
Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (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) then enter TIP577.
An example of the infection in its earlier stages. These spots can grow into lesions and spread into the muscle tissue, making surgery necessary. (Source: CDC)
At least 30 people have been diagnosed with a bacterial skin infection after handling raw fish at Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens Chinese markets, spurring the New York City Department of Health to warn residents to take precautions.
The department is urging anyone who handles live or raw fish to wear waterproof gloves and to avoid direct contact with the seafood. There is no risk from consuming the food once it has been cooked, the agency notes.
The bacteria that causes the infection, Mycobacterium marinum, leads to symptoms including tender swelling and red bumps, as well as pain and difficulty moving fingers. It enters the body through cuts or injuries while handling live or raw seafood. Although easy to combat early on, if left untreated it could significantly worsen and require surgical treatment.
So far, cases have been linked to all three boroughs. The case found in Brooklyn was traced back to a Sunset Park market.
If you believe you have symptoms of the infection, you can call the Health Department’s Bureau of Communicable Disease at (347) 396-2600 and ask to speak to a physician.
Source: Google Maps
Neighbors of the 36-year-old pregnant woman struck and killed by a snow plow-equipped Bobcat vehicle last week are outraged at what they say is a meaningless penalty for the vehicle’s operator, and are calling for criminal charges.
Min Lin was visiting Fei Long Market at 6301 Eighth Avenue to stock up on groceries on Thursday morning. While in the parking lot, a Bobcat vehicle being used to remove snow struck her. She was rushed to Maimonides Medical Center where she died.
Doctors performed an emergency Caesarean section, successfully saving the child – but they fear the baby might suffer brain or organ damage after going 17-minutes without oxygen. The child remains in critical condition.
The Daily News reports:
“He should have been fingerprinted, then jailed with a high bail,” Faizi Javaid, 20, said of Wu Wu, the owner of Fei Long Market in Dyker Heights [sic] who backed his plow-equipped Bobcat into tragic mom Min Lin.
… Wu was hit with three summonses because his Bobcat lacked an inspection sticker, a headlamp and a license plate light, police said.
“It’s not enough,” said Magda Sadowski, Lin’s neighbor in Sunset Park.
“He should be punished for this. Three tickets? Come on! It’s a joke!”
Meanwhile, Lin’s husband is seeking to raise money to bring relatives from Canada and China to her funeral. DNAinfo reports:
The husband, Jin Feng Lin, a restaurant worker, hopes that he can raise enough money through acrowdfunding website to bring relatives around the world for the memorial service.
Supporters are hosting a fundraiser for the funeral and travel expenses on Friday from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Pacificana restaurant at 813 55th St. in Borough Park.
The website notes that the boy’s condition has not improved, and that the family has not received an apology from the store’s owner.
Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams issued a statement yesterday afternoon urging fellow Brooklynites to “take extra precautions” for their safety. The statement came hours after a second death in Brooklyn to be caused by a snow removal vehicle in just 10 days.
“Today, Brooklyn mourns the passing of Min Lin, who was fatally struck by a snowplow vehicle in Bay Ridge, as well as prays for the health of her newborn child. Death is always a tragic occurrence, and it is heightened here because, just ten days ago, our borough lost Stanislav Chernyshov when a backhoe pushing snow fatally struck him in Brighton Beach,” said Adams. “These incidents underscore the need for motorists, as well as cyclists and pedestrians, to take extra precautions in hazardous weather conditions, such as we have experienced this winter. Additionally, we must further impress the importance of safe driving and operation of snow removal vehicles, which must include proper training for operators.”
Both incidents occurred in Southern Brooklyn, and the vehicles were both privately operated plows clearing snow from private property. In yesterday’s incident, 36-year-old Min Lin, who was pregnant, was hit by a plow clearing the parking lot of Fei Long Market at 6301 8th Avenue. The unborn child survived the accident but is in critical condition at Maimonides Hospital.
On February 3, Stanislav Chernyshov was killed by a CAT vehicle removing snow from the Oceana condominium complex in Brighton Beach.
In another incident on February 5, a man suffered minor injuries after being knocked down on Coney Island Avenue by a wall of snow as a speeding Department of Sanitation snow plow passed - an incident caught on video that went viral. The driver has been disciplined by the agency, according to reports.
A privately owned CAT vehicle clearing snow out of a parking lot near the Borough Park-Sunset Park border struck and killed a pregnant woman this morning, the New York Post reports.
The plow was removing snow from the parking lot of Fei Long Market at 6301 Eighth Avenue when it hit the 36-year-old woman at approximately 10:44 a.m.
The baby survived the incident, but is in critical condition at Maimonides Medical Center.
The incident is the second death caused by a privately operated snow plow in Southern Brooklyn in the last week and a half. On February 3, a man was killed by a CAT vehicle removing snow from the Oceana condominium complex in Brighton Beach.
Mark Treyger (Source: Facebook)
The following is a press released from representatives of Councilmen-elect Mark Treyger (Coney Island, Gravesend) and Carlos Menchaca (Sunset Park, Red Hook, Borough Park).
Amid concerns over the slow pace of Superstorm Sandy recover efforts, and waste, fraud and abuse in the billions of dollars of recovery spending, Councilmen-elect Mark Treyger and Carlos Menchaca have called for the creation of a City Council committee dedicated to oversight of Superstorm Sandy Recovery efforts. The two incoming members represent Brooklyn districts that suffered tremendously in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy.
“It has been over a year since Superstorm Sandy devastated Coney Island, Sea Gate, Bensonhurst, Gravesend, Bath Beach and costal communities throughout New York City. I have students in my classes who were displaced for over half the year by Sandy,” said Treyger, who teaches Civics at New Utrecht High School in Bensonhurst. “Our families deserve transparency and accountability. Creating a City Council committee dedicated to Sandy recovery will increase oversight of money coming in, make sure those dollars are helping our communities rebuild, create good paying jobs, improve local infrastructure and prepare our costal communities for future storms. This committee, along with Councilman Richards’ bill that creates a mechanism for tracking recovery spending, will go a long way towards ensuring our communities recover as quickly as possible and have a voice in the process. I am proud to partner with Councilmember-elect Carlos Menchaca – who has been a visible, vocal advocate for Sandy impacted families in Red Hook and throughout New York City – in calling for the creation of this incredibly important committee.”
“We must increase the level of organized attention to each of the communities impacted across the City. Small businesses, public housing residents, home owners and apartment renters continue to feel the impacts of Superstorm Sandy today more than a year later. A City Council committee will provide the necessary oversight over our city agencies and ensure federal aid reach the hands of our impacted residents who deserve a just, equitable and sustainable recovery. Councilmember-elect Treyger and myself are committed to ensure that our districts and other areas affected by Sandy receive the aid and oversight they require,” said Councilmember-elect Carlos Menchaca.
Screenshot from surveillance video.
Authorities are turning to the public for help in tracking down three thugs believed to be behind 11 robberies over two months in Bensonhurst, Borough Park, Windsor Terrace and Sunset Park.
The three men approach their victims on the street, threatening or assaulting them before running away with their personal property, police say.
Surveillance video in a Nov. 1 robbery shows a suspect approaching the victim on the street and cornering him against a gated storefront. The two other suspects, wearing baseball caps and scarves over their faces, quickly surround the victim and appear to demand property from the victim. The victim complies, and the robbers run off.
All 11 victims have been men, between the ages of 23 and 57, according to the report.
If you recognize the men in the video or have any more information regarding these incidents, please contact (800) 577-TIPS (8477) or visit NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM.