Police search the backyard of a Sheepshead Bites reader living near the scene of the crime.

Residents watch the search efforts unfold from East 23rd Street and Avenue Z. (Photo by nolastname)

Two thugs allegedly assaulted a man on Avenue Z between East 21 Street and East 22nd Street this evening, sparking off a police pursuit lasting nearly an hour.

According to police officials, the assault happened at approximately 9:13 p.m. It’s unclear what led to the fight, but after dealing out blows to their victim, the suspects fled on foot as police arrived on scene.

NYPD began searching after they arrived, with several low flying helicopters lighting up streets, backyards and roofs as police hunted for their suspects. The focus of the search appears to have been around East 24th Street, between Voorhies Avenue and Avenue Y.

All three people involved were taken into custody before 10:00 p.m., and no suspects remain on the loose.

The victim did not appear to have any major injuries and was taken to the 61st Precinct to be interviewed, where EMS responders met him to tend to his wounds.

The heightened police activity sparked numerous messages to Sheepshead Bites, with various accounts describing the chaotic scene as it unfolded. Some of those witness accounts can be read on our previous post.

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  • http://www.vmwareinfo.com ccostan

    Great reporting!

  • Anonymous

    Good job 61st. you grabbed all 3 of them.  Now figure out what went down and let us know why 2 guys jumped one.
    We are nosy and what to know why people get beatings in our neighborhood.

    • Anonymous625

      This article is bullshit. These “thugs” were wrongfully accused. They acted in self defense

  • Andrew Kent

    So, if all three were taken into custody, was it an assault, mugging, payback, or just a fight?  Was it some kind of drug deal gone bad?  Were there weapons involved?  If this is just punks beating up on each other, is it worth all the helicopter fuel?  My guess is that they’ll be back on the street before the cops who arrested them are.  But, yes, good job NYPD!

    • http://www.brucebrodinsky.com Bruce B

      i always wondered about this too. If it’s two sets of criminals, hey, let them at, save the taxpayers money, if only the place could be cordoned off so no innocents get hurt in the hassle.

      • Anonymous

        If two of you would be right then ghettos would be safest places to live and would have no violence, instead they would be full gardens, unicorns and rainbows.
        Now get back to reality and stop saying dumb shit.

        • http://www.flickr.com/photos/lisanne001 Lisanne!

          Well, soon there will be no ghettos in New York City. An increasing population of young people living on remittances from Mommy and Daddy in Duluth are coming here, and they see ghettos as opportunities to exploit. At this very moment one of these insects is putting down a security deposit on an apartment in a converted factory building in Bedford-Stuyvesant. Eventually they will manage to get all the vacant apartments that become available. And what will become of the poor people that have been living in these areas? Your guess is as good as mine.

          • Truth

            If only this would happen faster.  Where do I go to put down by own deposit

          • http://www.flickr.com/photos/lisanne001 Lisanne!

            You wouldn’t want to live there. It’ll be crawling with hipsters.

          • Cabbie

            move over L!

    • Local Broker

      In the last year or so you got the chinese guy stabbing someone on neck rd., gelman, mother daughter on e 13th., kid gets stabbed on one of the east teen streets i forgot which one, girl shot on boardwalk, stabbing on sheepshead bay rd. this just of the top of my head. So better safe than sorry. I would rather they spend money doing real police work than get paid to sit in their cars eating donuts waiting for someone not wearing a seat belt.

      • http://www.flickr.com/knightmare6 Knightmare6

        The problem is a lot of those were personal disputes (or started off as such), where police patrols wouldn’t have been able to even deter such events in the first place. Also with the cutbacks for whatever B.S. reasons Bloomberg uses, the 60th and 61st are doing a good job compared to many areas with spikes in crime.

        • Local Broker

          Thats not what he said. He said they were wasting tax money on helicopters. I would rather they spend the money and find whoever needs to be found as soon as possible than wait and let something crazy happen like in the past. I am not saying that they should be able to prevent every random crime that happens but i would rather them be driving around wasting gas than sitting on a corner waiting for a driver on a phone. The 60th and 61st have it easy here its one of the safest areas in the city and its not because of them. If you take away domestic disputes that turned into murder we really dont have that much violent crime here. Our biggest problem is theft and if there are patrols out that actually paid attention to whats going on in the area maybe they can stop a few more from happening. Next time your out walking or whatever and see a cop car take a look at what they are doing. I see cops on the phone or bullshitting all the time not paying any mind to their surroundings. Are all of them bad no but a lot are. I wish they would understand what Protect and Serve was not busting balls and intimidation.   

          • http://www.flickr.com/knightmare6 Knightmare6

            I agree with the not sitting and waiting part, but I didn’t see him commenting about helicopters, at least not in the post I responded to. Still helicopters can help flush out criminals in a state of panic, so there’s pros and cons to their use in a manhunt.

            As for the old police motto of “To Protect and Serve,” yeah good luck with that. It seems to no longer be the case with the amount of lawsuits over the years regarding such incidents with the common defense being, “cops enforce the laws, not protect each individual.”

            So kudos to the officers that risk their lives out of duty to society and honor!

          • Admin

            You are absolutely right about your in your observation
            specially this…. Next time your out walking or whatever and see a cop car take
            a look at what they are doing. I see cops on the phone or bullshitting all the
            time not paying any mind to their surroundings. Are all of them bad no but a
            lot are. I wish they would understand what Protect and Serve was not busting
            balls and intimidation.

            (Editor’s Note: While this user uses the name “Admin,” he or she is not a member of Sheepshead Bites staff or affiliated with Sheepshead Bites in any way)

        • Local Broker

          Thats not what he said. He said they were wasting tax money on helicopters. I would rather they spend the money and find whoever needs to be found as soon as possible than wait and let something crazy happen like in the past. I am not saying that they should be able to prevent every random crime that happens but i would rather them be driving around wasting gas than sitting on a corner waiting for a driver on a phone. The 60th and 61st have it easy here its one of the safest areas in the city and its not because of them. If you take away domestic disputes that turned into murder we really dont have that much violent crime here. Our biggest problem is theft and if there are patrols out that actually paid attention to whats going on in the area maybe they can stop a few more from happening. Next time your out walking or whatever and see a cop car take a look at what they are doing. I see cops on the phone or bullshitting all the time not paying any mind to their surroundings. Are all of them bad no but a lot are. I wish they would understand what Protect and Serve was not busting balls and intimidation.   

  • JR

    two thugs = black people… 

  • Allanb

    Great job Sheepshead Bites! Getting the news on this first before anyone else!

  • Superhero

    good job sherlock homles

    • BigBadLandlord

      ha!!

  • Rygirls

    An assault sparked such action? 4 helicopters hovering for 20 minutes, dozen of police cars. There has to be more juice to this story.

  • Rygirls

    And yes, great reporting!!!! It never made it on the news and untamed curiosity was driving me crazy.

  • mike hunt

    great job catching those knee grows.

    • Cabbie

      where’s mike hunt?