Muggers steal skater’s copy of ‘Lolita,’ bash him with his board

Suspects: Police are looking for these two suspects who they believe mugged at least one man in Greenpoint last month.
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A crew of vicious crooks mugged a skater for his copy of “Lolita” and Patti Smith’s memoir then beat him with his board in Williamsburg on Sept. 25 as part of a spree of violent robberies they committed around the neighborhood that day, according to a police report.

Four good-for-nothings approached the 26-year-old victim and his pals at a popular skating spot at Jackson Street and Meeker Avenue near the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway at around 3:10 pm and started chatting with them, when suddenly one of the brutes grabbed the guy from behind and forced him to the ground, police said.

One of the other punks grabbed the guy’s backpack — containing copies of “Lolita,” Patti Smith’s “Just Kids,” and “The Philosophy of Andy Warhol,” a Pentax camera worth $100, an iPhone 6, identification, and a passport — while a third took his skateboard, sporting a black grip and white wheels, and whacked the victim on the back with it, before all four ran off with his belongings, police said.

Three of the crew members then attacked a 34-year-old guy at Jewel Street and Meserole Avenue in Greenpoint at 4:15 pm, with one hitting the victim in the face with an unknown object before all three swiped his victim’s iPhone, wallet, $300, identification, and a MetroCard, police said. Paramedics took the victim to a nearby hospital, where it took eight stitches to close up the gash on his chin, cops said.

Not 15 minutes later, two of the dirtbags jumped a 32-year-old as he was walking on Diamond Street at Meserole Avenue, punching to the ground then ripping a Samsung Galaxy 7 phone, a wallet, $80, identification, and bank cards from the victim, authorities said.

And in the last act of the day, two baddies — one carrying a skateboard — approached a 33-year-old at Leonard Street and Engert Avenue at 4:45 pm asking him for the time before flashing a knife and demanding he hand over his property, which included an iPhone 6 and an American Express card, police said. The muggers took the loot and ran off Williamsburg-bound on Leonard Street, cops said.

Police have released surveillance photos of two suspects in the second crime.

Police ask anyone with information about the crimes to call (800) 577–8477, submit tips at, or text 274637 followed by TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential.

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Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

Jjm from C. Hill says:
Not trying to victim-blame, maybe i am, but this is what happens when fools make neighborhoods hip & popular. You really these muggers are that dumb to not scope out that area, considering thats where the vast majority of gentrification is taking place? Its like why waste time robbing people in the hood that are in the same socioeconomic status they can just hop on the train & travel to areas such as greenpoint & w'burg to mug prople who are more then likely to have the latest & expensive electronic gadgets & whatnot on them? 1 1=2 ya know.
Oct. 3, 2016, 4:54 pm
Mike from Williamsburg says:
Yes, Jjm, you are trying to victim blame, and in a stupid way. If gentrification induced crime, you would see more crime in gentrified neighborhoods than in poor ones. "Why waste time robbing people in the hood?" makes some sense as a theoretical argument, but it doesn't fit the evidence. People are still happy to "waste time" robbing people in the hood.
Oct. 4, 2016, 7:46 am
anon from bk says:
Every time a non-lowlife person is robbed in Williamsburg JJM from Clinton Hill makes the same exact idiotic comment about how it's their fault for having "fancy gadgets" and living in a "gentrified" neighborhood. He's not very creative.
Oct. 4, 2016, 8:32 am
Jjm from C. Hill says:
Im just saying, a mugger can still rob people in ENY or brownsville but it wouldnt yield as much financial gain as say mugging people in w'burg. Its a hell of a lot more reward to go rob somebody in NW BK then eastern bk.
Oct. 4, 2016, 10:26 am
Jjm from C. Hill says:
These guys maybe screw-ups but they're not stupid. If i was living that life, i'd be in w'burg & greenpoint every other day mugging yuppies myself. No matter how smart they may seem sitting in coffee shops with their little iphones, macbooks, etc. they lack a certain form of common sense that should make them realize that they are in nyc & it aint all peechy keen. Its more poor & soon-to-be poor living here then well-off ones so for you to flash around a $700 cell phone & whatnot is like a slap in the face to those less fortunate. Sometimes you gotta look things from a different perspective to understand the logic.
Oct. 4, 2016, 10:40 am
Mike from Williamsburg says:
I get your "logic," but it doesn't square with the facts. It's almost a disservice to logic to use that term to your comment. You are simply wishing people who aren't like you will be victimized because you're mad.
Oct. 4, 2016, 11:28 am
Jjm from C. Hill says:
Im not saying they should rob someone who they perceive as well-off. Im just explaining that if you put yourself in their shoes & go through even a fifth of what they go through on a daily basis, only then will you see the root of whats causing it. Lets be honest, most of them dont have or cant get jobs because of a criminal/arrest record, go or went to poor performing schools, have high rent with all of this damn gentrification going on & many other factors. So on the surface, of course you're gonna say "they committed a crime & should go to jail" but you're not looking at whats the driving force behind it.
Oct. 4, 2016, 12:34 pm
old time brooklyn from slope says:
They are going where the money is - that is not victim blaming = that is an urban business plan
Oct. 4, 2016, 2:24 pm
Morris from Mill Basin says:
JJM from Clinton Hill needs a good beating.
Oct. 4, 2016, 8:41 pm
adam from Brooklyn says:
Jjm from Clinton hill is like a broken record, he just keeps repeating himself over and over and over again. Only now he's victim blaming AND asking for sympathy for criminals.
Oct. 10, 2016, 12:47 am
Sarah from Greenpoint says:
It is not unusual to read that someone was robbed, often in the wee hours, of their fancy gadgets and often hundreds of dollars. Wise up! Take a cab home if you've got a lot of cash on you late at night.
Oct. 13, 2016, 3:54 pm

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