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3 Arrested in Violent Mugging on Butler Place

Teens charged with punching and trying to rob a man in the middle of the day near Grand Army Plaza.


Update, Oct: 8: At Monday night's 77th Precinct Community Council meeting, the precinct's c/o, Deputy Inspector Elvio Capocci, provided some additional details on the mugging. 

One of the muggers put the victim in a choke hold and another punched him. They then tried to take his phone but the man fought back and the teens "got spooked and left," Capocci said. 

Someone called 911, and the cops came quickly enough to catch the teens as they were running off. The victim identified all three teens. One of the teens was also charged with two other muggings, Capocci said. 


Three teens were charged with punching a man and trying to rob him in the middle of the afternoon near Grand Army Plaza.

A 44-year-old man was on the corner of Butler and Sterling places at 12:30 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 24, when three teens came up to him from behind, according to a police report.

One of them punched him on the chin. Then the teens tried to take his cell phone go through his pockets for his wallet. However they fled before taking anything. The report did not say what interrupted the mugging.

The teens, ages 15, 16 and 17, were arrested around the corner on Sterling place and at 12:40 p.m. and charged with assault and robbery.

Although the report didn’t say how the teens were caught, police said that when a victim reports a crime right away, police usually drive the person around in the squad car to look for the suspects, which is what most likely happened in this case.

There have been 11 violent attacks reported in Prospect Heights since June. There is no indication they are done by the same person. In most, the victim is attacked before being asked for any property and in some no property was taken at all. 

In July, a teen was charged with two of the attacks plus a non-violent gun-point hold up, but attacks have continued.

- In September, a woman was punched repeatedly and choked in a late-night attack on Eastern Parkway.

- On August 25, a 23-year-old man was beaten at the corner of Underhill Avenue and Bergen Street at 10:30 p.m.

- On August 23, a 34-year-old man was beaten and robbed in a late-night mugging on Eastern Parkway between Underhill and Washington in which three men kicked and punched the man after knocking him to the ground.

- On August 6, a 23-year-old woman was pulled to the ground and repeatedly punched in face on Grand Avenue near Pacific Street, before a resident called the cops;

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- On August 4, a man was beaten and robbed by two attackers on Washington Avenue near Lincoln Place. 

- On July 30, three muggers punched and kicked a 26-year-old man in the head during a robbery on St. Marks Avenue between Carlton and Flatbush.

- On July 14, a 23-year-old man was taken to Methodist Hospital after a man attacked him on Bergen Street between Washington and Underhill.

- On June 29, a group of men used a golf club to attack and rob a 23-year-old as he was riding his bike on Dean Street at Grand Avenue.

- On June 13, a gunman pistol whipped a man during a mugging of a couple Eastern Parkway between Vanderbilt and Underhill.

- On June 4, a 24-year-old man went to the hospital after someone attacked him with a padlock at the intersection of Washington Avenue and Bergen Street.

Residents can discuss crime with the head of the head of the 77th Precinct at the 77th Precinct Community Council Meeting, held the second Monday of the month at 7:30 p.m. Call the 77th Precinct community affairs office at (718) 735-0634 to find out each month's location.

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.

The Truth October 06, 2012 at 03:41 PM
Hey, never said it wasn't a criminal act...it was as they tried to take the guys watch. But it wasn't a violent crime involving an assault. The victim made the shit up as I watched the entire thing on video and what difference does it make if the video clip is from a cheap surveillance camera or not. It was in the middle of the day and very easy to watch...they didn't surround and terrorize the guy...it was actually just one kid who ran up to the guy and grabbed for his watch. Hey, I'm glad they got caught and are in trouble with the law...but this WAS NOT A VIOLENT CRIME ON BUTLER PLACE THAT INCLUDED ASSAULT. The victim obviously exaggerated....CLEARLY! Its also obvious there was no verbal assault and the entire incident took less than 2-3 seconds...so not sure what your point is. I also saw the kids running away in person, laughing all the way up the block...definitely a crime...but not the "violent crime" that was reported and just want to keep it real. and where did you get this stuff about them surrounding him w verbal threats. I've had my pocket picked in Central America and had a radio taken from my hand many, many years ago and would never consider them violent crimes....At least not this native New Yorker and Brooklynite!
Amy Sara Clark October 06, 2012 at 07:17 PM
Next week I will see if I can get any additional details on the crime from the police to clear things up. -Amy
Joseph Blow October 07, 2012 at 11:57 PM
Truth, thanks for chiming in. The story itself didn't make sense to me. Why would they take the time and risk violently attacking someone and then not take anything? Why would they run to the corner and then wait many minutes for the police to be called, show up and drive the victim around the corner? Hope they picked up the right suspects, but I wouldn't bet on that. And Brady, if verbal threats to a person's life or punching a lone person walking down a public street counts as violence, 5-10 police officers should have been arrested for committing violent crimes against me on many occasions.
The Truth October 08, 2012 at 01:19 AM
Amy, no worries...impossible to verify these things especially if the victim makes things up. May have thought the police would be more aggressive if he told them the kids assaulted him.
BRADY October 08, 2012 at 02:55 PM
Alright ,alright,i'm just going by what i read ,i was'nt privy to any security footage (which like i said come from cheap cameras and tell no real story)and yes punching a person is assault the verbal threat part was just supposition ( a large mistake on my part of which i appologize) but verbal threats are usually part and parcel in a strong arm robberyand joseph if 5-10 police officers have verbally threatened your life and and punched you, a lone person walking down the street on many occasions i hope you've followed through with NYPD'S I.A.D. OR NYC'S C.C.R.B.


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