COURIER LIFE, MARCH 25-31, 2022
FORT GREENE–CLINTON HILL
A scoundrel robbed a man walking
down Classon Avenue on March 16.
The victim told police he left Speedy
Romeo Pizzeria at around 10:15 pm and
started his walk home.
At the corner of Gates Avenue, a
stranger walked up to him with a black
hand gun and demanded his cell phone
and the passcode to unlock it. The victim
refused, and the jerk struck him on
the right side of his head, grabbed the
phone, and fled. Later on, the victim realized
the perp had managed to sign in
to the banking apps on his phone and
had removed more than $1,2000 from
A group of goons
A group of goons attacked someone
on Monument Walk on March 19.
Police said the victim was near
Navy Street at about 3 am when he
was surrounded by a group of nine attackers,
who punched him in the face
repeatedly, knocking him out. Before
he lost consciousness, the victim felt
someone reach into his pocket and slip
out $150 in cash.
Emergency responders brought the
victim to Wyckoff Heights Medical
Center to treat injuries to his head and
Sneak thief at Sisters
Some sneak broke into a Fulton Street
restaurant in the wee hours of March 16
and made off with a chunk of change.
Police said the jerk snuck into Sisters
restaurant at the corner of Washington
Avenue through an open window
at around 5 am, then pried open the
locked front door to make an easy exit
with $200 in cash from the register and
an empty cash box. Surveillance cameras
caught the perp sliding in through
the window, and an employee happened
lay eyes on the thief as he fled.
A lucky brigand stole credit cards
and more from an unlocked car parked
on Willoughby Street on March 14.
The victim told police he left the
car near the corner of Ashland Place
at around 8:30 am and returned early
that same afternoon. When he hopped
in the vehicle, he realized someone had
opened the door and gathered up credit
cards and a gas powered model car,
plus some equipment, all in all worth
nearly $3,000. The perp later tried to
make a purchase with a stolen credit
card at the Fulton Street Game Stop,
but the transaction was declined.
Black market bandit
A jerk picked up a lost bag and decided
to start using the debit card he found inside
rather than returning it on March 15.
Police said the victim had been riding
a CitiBike along Flushing Avenue at
about 5 pm and realized he had dropped
a small bag containing cash, his passport,
and his debit card along the route.
When he called his bank to cancel the
card, they informed him that someone
had charged about $30 to the card to
make a purchase on the black market.
Thief nabs bicycle
A lout stole a delivery worker’s electric
bicycle from Downing Street on
The victim was making a delivery
near Putnam Avenue just before 11 pm
and left the bike unlocked on the sidewalk
for a few minutes, police said.
When he walked out of the building,
some knave was walking away with
the bike.Unwilling to let it go without a
fight, the victim followed him down the
street, but the thief turned, punched
him in the stomach, and asked for
the keys to the bike. When the victim
refused to hand them over, the perp
threatened him with a knife, but ran
off without using it. Officers found the
bike abandoned on Cambridge Place.
— Kirstyn Brendlen
CONEY ISLAND—BRIGHTON BEACH—SEAGATE
A student walking home from school
on West 31st Street was struck in the
face with a cane on March 15.
The victim told police the brute
threatened him further if he called police
to the scene at the intersection of
Avenue U around 2:40 pm after causing
bruising to the victim’s face.
No-food food cart
A savage slashed a fellow straphanger
on a D-train at Surf Avenue on
both sides of her face on March 16.
The victim told police the attacker
had gotten into an argument with her
at the intersection of Stillwell Avenue
because she was eating on the train
around 10:30 pm and pulled out a knife.
Crooks stole $25,000, state inspection
stickers and various car repair
items when breaking into Cropsey Avenue
auto repair shop on March 15.
The victim told police they returned
to their shop between Hart Place and
Neptune Avenue to find the place ransacked
after the robbers broke in
around 1:33 am with the safe ripped
open with all its contents missing.
— Jessica Parks
Man pleads guilty to
armed attack on cops
BY XIMENA DEL CERRO
A 22-year-old Brooklyn man has
pleaded guilty to several charges of
aggravated assault against police
officers. Dzenan Camovic has been
charged of stabbing a cop in the neck,
taking the injured officer’s gun, using
it to shoot the officer’s partner in
the hand and firing at responding officers,
wounding a third cop in a June
3, 2020 attack.
The attacker will be sentenced in
early August and could face up to 30
years in prison, according to Brooklyn
District Attorney Eric Gonzalez.
Camovic said his “religion made
me do it,” when he spoke with federal
prosecutors and authorities the days
after the attack on multiple NYPD officers.
Court filings say the Bosnian
national was motivated by his interest
in and support for violent Islamist
extremism. Information on the terrorist
group the Islamic State of Iraq and
Syria, or ISIS, was found on his phone.
New York City Police Department
officers Yayon Frantz Jean Pierre
and Randy Ramnarine were standing
on the corner of Flatbush and Church
avenues in Flatbush when Camovic
walked up to Jean Pierre from behind
and stabbed him in the neck. He then
rushed Ramnarine with the knife
and threw it at him. The incident was
caught by the officers’ body cameras.
Officer Jean Pierre fired at
Camovic and tripped. Camovic fought
with the officer for control of his gun.
He managed to wrestle it away and
fired at Ramnarine, striking him in
the hand. Camovic opened fire on
more officers as they responded, and
hit one in the hand. Camovic was shot
multiple times in the fray. All injured
officers and attacker have recovered.
The attacker was born in Germany
and has no legal immigration status
in the US, federal prosecutors said.
Camovic also pleaded guilty in federal
court to Hobbs Act Robbery and
Discharging a Firearm in Furtherance
of a Crime of Violence. He is expected
Dzenan Cmovic pleaded guilty to several
charges of aggravated assault after he
stabbed and shot at police officers in Flatbush
in June 2020. File photo by Alejandra
to be sentenced to 30 years in prison for
the federal charges, to be served concurrently
with his state sentence.
“This case highlights the incredible
dangers faced by police officers working
to protect our neighborhoods, and
we have no tolerance for anyone who
attempts to do them harm,” Gonzalez
said. “Today’s guilty plea and the significant
sentence this defendant faces
will ensure he is held accountable for
this vicious and unprovoked attack.”
The incident occurred as protests
motivated by George Floyd’s death at
the hands of a Minneapolis police officer
took place across the city.
At the time of the attack, then-US
Attorney General William Barr released
a statement calling Camovic’s
actions “premeditated and cowardly,”
accusing him of using “the cover of
chaos during recent civil unrest in
New York City” to commit the crime.
“This is Dzenan’s first arrest, and
he comes from a hard-working, loving
family,” said Camovic’s attorneys in
2020. “Like a number of others during
this pandemic, he has been struggling
with untreated mental health issues.
We look forward to defending him.”