2010-02-25 / Front Page


By Charles Rogers

A Flatbush resident whose car was stolen right from under him at gunpoint last Friday as he parked in Can-arsie, was also kidnapped during the carjacking incident, police said. The victim later got away from his kidnap-pers uninjured.

Police from the 69th Precinct said the incident happened last Friday, Feb-ruary 19 at about 8 p.m. when they responded to a call that a car had been stolen and met the car’s owner on East 49th Street and Foster Avenue.

The victim, whose name was not released, told the officers he had been driving in Canarsie and pulled to the side of the road at East 83rd Street and Avenue M to text a message when a man walked up to the driver’s side window and punched him in the face.

The man pulled a handgun from his belt and then pulled the victim out of the car. At the same time, another man entered the passenger side of the car.

The victim said he was then forced into a Ford van and saw the second man get into the driver’s side of his car and drive away in an unknown di-rection.

The victim said he faced three other male accomplices sitting in the van with him, and the first man turned to him and said, “I’ve seen you flashing your money. Where is it?”

Police said the victim pleaded with the gunman to take him to his father’s place of business to get more money and he was driven to Foster Avenue, where the man told him he had “exactly two minutes” to get some additional money from his father.

However, the victim’s father called 911 instead and patrol officers from the 67th Precinct were sent, arriving within minutes.

The four remaining men waiting in the car for their “additional” money fled on foot in unknown directions.

Emergency Medical Technitions re-sponded to the scene but the victim refused treatment for a few lacerations to the side of his face.

The 69th Precinct Detective Squad has taken over the case and reported the victim’s car was found abandoned in Canarsie at East 91st Street and Schenck Street.

Anyone with information on the case is asked to contact the Detective Squad at (718) 257-6215 or Crime Stop-pers at 1-800-577-TIPS.

All calls will be kept confidential.

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