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More Fun with Crime, Prospect Heights Edition

September 17th, 2008 · 6 Comments

Yesterday, we had quite a bit about Park Slope crime. Today, we’re turning to something from Prospect Heights. It comes via Brooklynian and is about a mugging in the neighborhood:

So I just witnessed a mugging and I am all shook up and have to vent. Actually, I’m pissed off. First, I’m pissed because I didn’t do more. Second, I’m pissed because this happened right in front of where I live. And finally, I’m pissed because it is so fucking stereoTYPICAL that it feeds the worst thoughts in all of us.

I leave my front door (I dont want to be too specific, but I’m very close to Flatbush) and start walking my dog down the block. I notice 2 YBMs running down the opposite side of the street. My first impression was “what the fuck are they up to?” then I think “whatever, just goofing off”. About 5 seconds later, I hear a yell from behind me. I turn, and there are the 2 guys standing over someone who’s laying on the sidewalk.

So, I start walking toward them and yell something like “What are you doing?”. One of them runs off and the other, older guy (mid 20s?), Starts sauntering towards me yelling “Ya want some too?” When he gets closer I notice he doesn’t have a weapon. He shrugs and crosses the street. I think they got in a car and sped off, but I’m not sure because I went to go check on the guy laying in the pool of blood.

When I get to the victim, he’s bleeding from his nose and his lip. He’s an average sized white male in his early 30s. He’s dazed and bloody, but seems ok, considering. They took his wallet with 42 bucks in it. He still had his cell phone on him. He calls a friend, I call 911. My wife comes out with papertowels, ice and a cup of water. The cops come en mass.. like 4 cars and 10 guys plus an abmulance and ask questions. Of course, what can we say? 2 YBMs, one in a red hoodie jumped him and got away. So fucking typical it’s sad.

I wish I had gotten a look to see where they went, license number etc.
I wish I had the courage to stomp the macho one that came up to me.
I wish my dog was a pitbull, not a mini schnauzer
I wish the 3-4 people standing on the sidewalk on the other side of the victim had stepped in too.. maybe we could have held the guys.
I wish the cops came sooner so they had a chance of catching someone
I wish the perps weren’t black and the victim wasn’t white
I wish this had never happened

And, that is today’s installment.

Tags: Crime · Prospect Heights

6 responses so far ↓

  • 1 david // Sep 17, 2008 at 11:50 am

    don’t get to het up on the “typical” thing. could have been white muggers, too. either way, i understand the urge to want to do violence upon them. that’s understandable. just don’t start thinking that all ybm’s a hoods…

  • 2 Kyle // Sep 17, 2008 at 4:57 pm

    My roommates girlfriend got the crap kicked out of her a month ago and then 2 days ago got mugged at knifepoint, BOTH TIMES on the same block in Bushwick while walking her pitbull. The pitbull thing seems to be not be working…

  • 3 Brenda from Flatbush // Sep 17, 2008 at 6:02 pm

    David, dear, don’t be dense. What we have here is a presumably white New Yorker agonizedly wishing that they WERE white muggers to avoid having to reinforce negative stereotypes through the very description of the event. This smacks of the sin of scrupulosity, but never mind. I have a more convenient context for processing such incidents: I have invented a club called The Society to Reinforce Ethnic Stereotypes. All black muggers are given free membership, along with all my alcoholic Irish ancestors, all mobbed-up Italians, and if there are actually any money-grubbing Jews out there, in you go, too. I’ll bet we all know some members of the Society. They make us virtuous diversity lovers wince, and stoke the fury of the idiots for another generation.

  • 4 Esolis // Sep 18, 2008 at 8:48 pm

    What’s up with these people of the corn they move to Brooklyn and don’t expect to see a mugging or get mugged. YBM’s are not going to vanish from the planet, nor are all young black males muggers.

  • 5 rick // Sep 18, 2008 at 10:20 pm

    brenda I read the police blotter and it’s always ybm’s doing this shit,,, i’m white and have a black girlfriend but cut the bullshit and face facts, do whites go into flatbush and rob blacks?

  • 6 James // Oct 6, 2008 at 12:52 pm

    where in PH was this?