Eight 45-Caliber Shells, One Fired Round and a Baseball Cap: This Week's Police Blotter

Details emerge in last week's shooting at Whitman Houses that sent one man to the hospital with serious injuries.

It was an incredibly busy week at the , which covers Fort Greene and Clinton Hill, with 33 reported felonies including on Aug. 16 and two sets of burglaries at two different buildings on Vanderbilt Avenue on Aug. 17.

Please note: This blotter is based on information provided by the New York Police Department. It does not indicate a conviction.


  • Shots rang out at Whitman Houses on Aug. 16 at 12:10 p.m. when an unknown perp unloaded several 45 caliber rounds into a 29-year-old man, hitting him in the left hip, right wrist and two times to his left ankle. The man was transported to Kings County Hospital for treatment. A canvass of the area found eight 45-caliber casings, 2 bullet fragments, 1 fired round and a baseball hat. 
  • In the latest bout of violence at Tillary Street Women’s Shelter, a 27-year-old woman was arrested for following another woman into the bathroom and striking her from behind with an unknown object on Aug. 13 at 12:10 a.m. 
  • A woman attacked her husband with a butter knife after he poured beer on her during an argument at their apartment at Whitman Houses on Aug. 17 at 2 p.m.


  • The resident of a ground floor apartment on Vanderbilt Avenue near Park Avenue arrived home on Aug. 17 at 3 p.m. to find his place ransacked and a Macbook and Powerbook missing. A neighbor told police she saw a slim Hispanic man approximately 5-foot-9 standing in front of the location.
  • At the same time and location on Vanderbilt Avenue (see above), another resident came home to discovered several drawers  in the bathroom disturbed and an iPad and Macbook missing. The victim said the rear door was closed but not locked before she left for work.
  • A resident returning to his building on the same block of Vanderbilt Avenue through a side alley spotted broken dishes, potted plants removed from a rear window and screen removed on Aug. 17 at 3:30 p.m. Once inside, the man discovered a jewelry box disturbed and a Macbook Pro missing. A witness said she heard a noise and saw a man with shorts, white sneakers and white socks enter the first floor apartment.
  • At the same time and location on Vanderbilt Avenue (see above), a woman returned to her apartment to find her Macbook Pro missing.
  • A resident of an apartment on Carlton Avenue near Lafayette Avenue reported a break in sometime during Aug. 11-13 that resulted in a cut power cord to an air conditioner and the removal of a wooden dowel. 
  • Kwane Johnson, 35, and Dianna Grizzle, 42, kicked down the front door and attempted to enter a residence on Putnam Avenue near Downing Street on Aug. 14 at around 8 p.m. Police arrested the duo at Franklin Avenue and Pacific Street later that evening.
  • A Parks employee had his HTC cellphone stolen from a vehicle parked near Park Avenue and St. Edwards Street on Aug. 15 at 11:50 p.m. The burglar(s) smashed the passenger side window to gain entry.
  • The resident of a building on Adelphi Street near Park Avenue returned on Aug. 18 at 5:20 p.m. to find the screen for a window loose and a Macbook Pro, jewelry and watch missing from her bedroom.
  • An 83-year-old woman attending Sunday church services returned to her Clinton Avenue home on Aug. 18 at 4:30 p.m. and discovered a gold chain, earrings, diamonds and a white gold Bullova watch, all worth $1,445, gone from her bedroom dresser. Possible mode of entry was through an open first floor window. Police believe the perp then exited the house through the basement level.
  • A Macbook Pro, Panasonic DVX camera, Toshiba notebook and PS3 were stolen from a residence on Adelphi Street near Dekalb Avenue on Aug. 15 sometime between the hours of 1:30 p.m. and 7:45 p.m. The owner thinks the burglar(s) entered the home through an outside trap door that leads to the basement.
  • Police arrested a 44-year-old man for breaking into a house under construction on Fort Greene Place and stealing a gas generator worth more than $1,000 on Aug. 16 at around 1 p.m.


  • A 28-year-old got more than he bargained for when he accepted an invitation from three men to go hang out at their apartment at Ingersoll Houses on Aug. 15 at 3:30 a.m. When the victim got to the apartment, the men hit him in the back of the head with a 9mm Ruger. The victim then staggered out to the street leaving a trail of blood.
  • Two perps robbed a man shortly after he boarded a southbound C train at Lafayette Av station in Fort Greene on Aug. 16 at 7:15 a.m. The men, one of whom was armed with a handgun tucked into his waistband, stole an iPhone, a Nokia cellphone, $160 in cash and several credit cards.
  • Darius Rucker, 29, approached a woman from behind on his bicycle near 286 Vanderbilt Ave. on Aug. 17 at 12:26 a.m. and tried to grab her purse. The woman received injuries to her elbow and finger and a cut to the right shoulder and leg during the attack. Police captured Rucker about an hour later after a search of the area.
  • A security guard at the on Myrtle Avenue was stabbed in the right arm by a 16-year-old knife-wielding perp who was trying to steal several cans of Axe bodyspray on Aug. 17 at 1:20 p.m. The guard was taken to Brooklyn Hospital for treatment. Police arrested the male suspect at the scene.
  • At Washington and Lafayette avenues on Aug. 17 at 10:05 p.m., a 21-year-old man had his iPhone snatched by an unknown perp who then reached into his jacket to simulate a weapon, saying, “I’ll shoot you.”
  • While riding the No. 4 subway near Atlantic Av-Barclays Center station on Aug. 18 at 8:15 p.m., a woman was forced down into her seat by a man who told her to “sit down.” The man then took $135 in cash out of her wallet and then fled the train at the next stop at Nevins Street station.


  • A man who put his bag in a locker at Pratt Institute on Aug. 1 returned two weeks later to find it removed. There are cameras in the lobby of the building that may have recorded the theft.
  • An Apple laptop, two Sony cameras and an iPad were stolen from the trunk a car parked in the vicinity of Willoughby and St. Edwards streets on the evening of Aug. 13.
  • A 20-year-old woman riding a crowded Q35 bus from Riis Park station arrived at Atlantic Terminal on Aug. 12 at 8:30 p.m. to find her wallet missing from her pocketbook. One of her debit cards was later used to make fraudulent purchases.
  • While a 31-year-old man stood in front of 54 S. Elliott Place on Aug. 13 at 1:30 a.m., a pep riding a bicycle snatched his iPhone and raced down the street.
  • A $90,000 Bobcat T-3000 Track Skid Steer was stolen from a construction site at Atlantic and 4th avenues sometime during the night or early morning of Aug. 12-13.
  • After leaving his car parked at 129 St. Felix St. on Aug. 14, a man returned at 4:30 p.m. to find an iPod, black bag, harness, rope and pedal rig taken from his vehicle.
  • A woman enjoying a day of shopping with friends on Aug. 14 came back to her car parked on S. Oxford Street near Atlantic Avenue at 7 p.m. and found her GPS, handbags, Kindle Fire and IDs missing.
  • A 24-year-old woman stole a phone, sunglasses and laptop from a male friend’s apartment while she stayed at his place from Aug. 13-15. The man later called the woman who admitted, “I got your stuff.” Police arrested her on Aug. 16.
  • After getting rear-ended by another vehicle on Grand and Park avenues on Aug. 17 at 11:30 a.m., the driver exited the car to call 911. As he tried to make the call, the occupant of the other car snatched his phone and drove off. The victim told police that he could remember only the last four numbers of the scofflaw’s license plate.
  • A man helping out his mother with groceries returned to his parked car to find his Toshiba tablet, laptop, Norelco shaver and keys missing from a space at 161 S. Elliott Place on Aug. 17 at 4 p.m.
  • While shopping at Victoria’s Secret at Atlantic Terminal Mall on Aug. 18 at noon, a 55-year-old woman placed her wallet on the counter only to find it stolen as she turned back to retrieve additional items.

Grand Theft Auto

  • A motorcycle was reported stolen from a street spot at Clinton and Willoughby avenues on Aug. 13 at 2:30 a.m.
  • After parking his 1997 Mazda on the street near 67 Cambridge Place, the owner returned Aug. 15 at 2 p.m. to find the legally-parked car missing.
Vic August 21, 2012 at 11:16 PM
I'm the woman who was robbed at 286 Vanderbilt on August 17th. I truly want to thank all of those pivotal in capturing this guy. You really stuck your neck out for a stranger and I'm forever grateful. And to those who comforted me in my shocked and hurt, your consolation and care meant the world to me! I don't know who any of you are, but I know you all are courageous, caring and good-hearted people. I really don't know what would have happened without you. I cannot thank you enough! I'm banged up some, but I'm getting better. To the cops, EMS and staff at Brooklyn Downtown Hospital, thank you so much for your great care and kind and comforting words. It got me through all the pain and shock. Please keep up the amazing job!


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