A clueless mugger attempted to rob a Jewish man at knifepoint on Friday night on Crown Street, in the ‘heart’ of Crown Heights.
The incident occurred on Crown Street between Kingston and Brooklyn Avenues at around 8:15pm. The victim, a Jewish man in his 30’s, was returning home after escorting his guest back to his residence after a Shabbos evening meal.
Speaking to CrownHeights.info he described the harrowing ordeal, “as I was walking back home on Crown Street I suddenly noticed a person running up behind me, and when I turned around I saw a man wearing a mask and gloves come up to me.
“He pulled out a knife and put it up in front of my face and demanded my money, so I said I don’t have any. He then demanded my cellphone, and I told him I don’t have one. So he said that I should show him, and I did, I turned out all my pockets.”
The victim said that the ordeal lasted between one and two minutes and that not a single person passed by the area in that time.
“This [wasn’t] his first time doing this, [he] waited for me to reach the dark [and secluded] area before running up behind me,” said the victim. He described the mugger as black, tall and skinny, saying that it was easily distinguishable through the eye and mouth holes of his mask.
When he realized that he was not going to be getting anything from his victim he turned around and fled towards Kingston Avenue.
When he got home he immediately called Shomrim and 911, “I was worried for the safety of others had he gotten upset that they didn’t have any valuables on then on Shabbos.”
Shomrim dispatched over a dozen volunteer’s to scour the area and police took a verbal report. The suspect was not located and there weren’t any other reports of attempted muggings that night.