Woman Thwarts Cell Phone Robber
A Ridgewood woman gave a wannabe thief a taste of his own medicine on March 23, breaking free from his clutches to save her cell phone – and watching as police put the thug behind bars.
Cops said Alfrede Nelson, 25, grabbed the woman from behind as she was walking home at about 10 p.m. on March 23 and tried to swipe her cell phone.
Nelson shouted, “Give me that phone,” startling the victim who reacted by breaking free and running away from the thief, police said.
Cops responding to 911 calls canvassed the area and arrested Nelson minutes later, police said. The cops recovered a gravity knife and a bag of marijuana from Nelson at the time of his arrest.
Nelson was charged with attempted robbery, criminal possession of a weapon and unlawful possession of marijuana at his arraignment at Queens Criminal Court.
Good Samaritan Whacked By Onlooker
An onlooker went berserk on March 15 and whacked a good Samaritan in the head as the man tried to break up a fight, police sources said.
Sources said the good Samaritan was trying to intervene in the fight between two men on Putnam and Onderdonk Avenues at about 4:45 a.m. on March 15 when Joseph Cruz, 36, came up behind him and punched the victim in the back of the head.
Cops responding to 911 calls of the fight arrested Cruz at the scene and charged him with assault and harassment.
Lookout Busted In Beer Train Rob-Attempt
Cops arrested a 22-year-old Queens man on March 14, who said he was acting as a lookout for a group of accomplices who broke into a train car loaded with cases of beer, authorities said.
Treyvon Samuel said his accomplices broke into the rail yard on Otto Road near 68th Place in Glendale at about 1:45 a.m. on March 14, by breaking a lock on the car that was filled with cases of beer, authorities said.
The gang hauled out 45 cases of Corona, but fled th4 scene empty-handed when they realized someone was coming after them, police sources said.
Cops responding to the scene found Samuels cowering beneath a while car parked in the train yard – with the 45 cases of Corona scattered on the ground, no more than five feet from him, the sources said.
Samuels was charged with burglary, criminal mischief, petit larceny and other offenses at his arraignment at Queens Criminal Court.
Police are still searching for Samuel’s accomplices and are urging anyone with information to call the Crime Stoppers HOTLINE at 1-800-577-TIPS or click on www.nypdcrimestoppers.com.
Hunt Two Men In Attempted Bank Heist
Queens detectives are searching for two thieves wanted in connection with the attempted robbery of a Kew Gardens Hills bank.
Cops said the suspects, in their 20s, walked into a Chase Bank branch on Main Street near 72nd Avenue at about 12:30 p.m. on March 24, where one of them passed a note demanding cash to a teller.
The second suspect waited in a Customer Service area while his accomplice went to the teller’s window, police said.
The teller ignored the demand and walked away from the window, leaving the suspect standing at the window, police said.
The stunned suspects hurried out of the bank empty-handed, police said.
Anyone with information on the suspects is urged to call the Crime Stoppers HOTLIE at 1-800-577-TIPS or click on www.nypdcrimestoppers.com.