39-year-old Nissan Ben Shitrit was arrested Erev Shabbos in connection with an attempted carjacking, with children in the car, Erev Pesach. A witness to the carjacking attempt spotted the man and immediately called Shomrim.
The original incident occurred early afternoon on April 14th, Erev Pesach, in front of Wine by the Case on Empire Boulevard. A Long Island Shliach was loading boxes of wine into his minivan while his child was in the car.
Suddenly, a man jumped into the driver’s seat and attempted to drive off. Fortunately, a truck had just stopped and blocked the would-be-carjacker from driving off. The Shliach immediately began wrestling with the would-be-carjacker. Once he successfully removed him from the car, the carjacker fled.
The suspect was described as a white male, possibly Israeli, in his late 30s or early 40s, of average height and build.
Shomrim were called a short while later and helped ensure that a police report was filed.
On Erev Shabbos, April 25th, Shomrim received a call from a witness to the carjacking attempt who said that he spotted the suspect. Dozens of Shomrim volunteers flooded the area and began following the suspect, while one called 911.
At one point the man ducked behind houses on Empire Boulevard between Kingston and Albany Aves., and as Shomrim volunteers followed him back he managed to disappear. A quick search revealed that he had broken into an abandoned house and attempted to hide on the first floor.
Police officers arrived on scene and immediately took the man into custody; after speaking with the carjacking witness he was placed under arrest.
When officers searched his pockets they found that he had mail from many different addresses with names that were not his, as well as identification cards of local residents and credit cards.
The suspect was identified as 39-year-old Nissan Ben Shitrit, who is originally from Israel and has been living in Crown Heights for a number of years.
Police sources said that Ben Shitrit will be charged with breaking and entering, trespassing, identify theft, possession of stolen property and was also being held on the attempted carjacking charge.
Police officers thanked and congratulated Shomrim for their great work, and praised them for their professionalism in handling the matter.