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Armed Robbery Thwarted by Shomrim

This morning, in the heart of Crown Heights and in broad daylight, a group of teenagers attempted to mug a Jewish man with a firearm. A volunteer for the Crown Heights Shomrim witnessed the mugging, and successfully put a stop to it.

The incident occurred near the corner of Kingston Ave. and Crown Street at around 11:30am. A Jewish man was surrounded by five African-American teenagers, one of whom brandished a firearm and demanded that he hand over all his money.

The man had no cash on him at the time, and attempted to stall them while frantically trying to figure out what to do. Just at that moment, a volunteer for the Crown Heights Shomrim was driving by and noticed that something wasn’t right.

He exited his vehicle and asked loudly “what is going on here?” The five teens immediately fled in all directions.

The victim quickly pointed out the ringleader – the one that had made the threat and brandished the weapon – and the volunteer gave chase to him and called for backup, as well as 911.

The teenager fled through that alleyway between ‘Everything but the Baby’ and Sterling Electronics, and emerged on the other side on Albany Ave. He then fled up Albany, and entered the alleyway that is between Carroll and President Streets and Albany and Troy Aves.

While he was fleeing, the perpetrator dropped his weapon, and removed his bright red sweatshirt in an effort to throw his pursuers off his trail. Thankfully, he was unsuccessful, and he was cornered in the alleyway by Shomrim volunteers, who held him until police arrived.

Other volunteers canvassed the area and found his red sweatshirt, but were unable to recover the weapon.

Police arrived shortly thereafter, and the victim was brought to the scene, where he identified the suspect as the one who demanded his money.

The suspect admitted that he had approached the man, but claimed that he had only “asked him if he could spare a dollar.” The victim told the officers that he had actually said “Give me all your money.”

After hearing both accounts and conducting a brief investigation, police took the suspect into custody, where it was discovered that he is only 15 years old. He was charged with various crimes relating to the incident, including attempted robbery, and taken to the 71st Precinct for booking.

The Shomrim volunteers expressed thanks to the NYPD for their quick and professional response to the emergency.

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#1 Comment By Thank you !! On March 25, 2015 @ 1:40 pm

Thank you Shomrim for keeping us safe!!

#2 Comment By CHLEAKS.COM On March 25, 2015 @ 1:40 pm

PC police alert:

Its offensive and very racist to show a photo of the criminal, especially if he’s black. In fact the mere mention of ‘black’ is racism.

No wonder they hate use!


#3 Comment By Wow On March 25, 2015 @ 2:35 pm

That sounds nice if you think they read this website.

#4 Comment By Yossi A On March 25, 2015 @ 1:47 pm

To # 2
Your 1000% correct.
Just show his hoodie and all is understood…

#5 Comment By only 15 On March 25, 2015 @ 1:51 pm

a 15 year old can shoot and kill just as well as a 35 year old…..

#6 Comment By Uncle Mendel On March 25, 2015 @ 2:00 pm

When will the racial profiling stop?
Maybe he was just collecting money for the poor?
Did anyone ASK him????

#7 Comment By Anonymous On March 25, 2015 @ 3:24 pm

do you actually think he did this just to collect money for the poor?
dude, he had a GUN on him!!!!!!!!!

#8 Comment By Yitzchok On March 25, 2015 @ 2:03 pm

They did not stop him and take him to school like they did to a 15 year old Yiddishe girl when she was walking late to school? That’s where he belongs… In school!!!!

#9 Comment By CH Watcher On March 25, 2015 @ 2:08 pm

Wow what a voice, with just the mere words “what is going on here?” he immediately scarred the five teens. Hopefully those scars will discourage any further criminal behavior.

#10 Comment By Moishe On March 25, 2015 @ 2:50 pm

Another Obama’s son

#11 Comment By Zalmy Schapiro On March 25, 2015 @ 2:59 pm

I agree for sure thank you and NYPD and Shomrim

#12 Comment By no.11 On March 25, 2015 @ 3:53 pm

i cant believe that this happened at 11:30 in the morning, crown heights is not safe anymore

#13 Comment By Agreed On March 25, 2015 @ 5:03 pm

Move to Israel, it’s safe. Crown Heights is a jungle – and if that’s a racist remark, I apologize to all the parrots & lions out there.

#14 Comment By To number 2 On March 25, 2015 @ 5:12 pm


#15 Comment By Out of towner On March 25, 2015 @ 6:32 pm

I was right there at that same time with my young baby. It is very scary that these hoodlums have no conscience and will just do that and pull a gun on someone.

#16 Comment By Thank you! On March 25, 2015 @ 6:50 pm

Thank you Shomrim for your quick action!!

#17 Comment By To Number 14 On March 25, 2015 @ 6:52 pm


#18 Comment By #13 On March 25, 2015 @ 9:47 pm

Isreal is definantly the safest place, but that is exactly what these people want us to do, to move out of ch

#19 Comment By boring On March 25, 2015 @ 10:23 pm

probably charged him as a juvy & will be given a slap on the wrist already back out on the street to cause more mayhem!

#20 Comment By vicki s On March 25, 2015 @ 11:45 pm

see, the police are also african-american, it’s not a racial thing

#21 Comment By unreal! 15 yrs old! On March 26, 2015 @ 1:15 am

in the middle of the day !!!on kingston ! These criminals have no fear. y should they….. nothing happens to them It is a joke! put them away NOW because they will only get worse and end up killing someone !

#22 Comment By Neighbor-Hood On March 26, 2015 @ 5:30 pm

Unbelieveable this happens 11:30 in one of the busiest places in CH. This thug will give up the names of the other accomplices and get a reduced sentence. Probably no jail timebecause he is a minor. They all should be judged on their actions alone and be taken away from society for a long time.

#23 Comment By Millhouse & Citizen Berel On March 29, 2015 @ 12:19 pm