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Still from video shot by Instagram user boobjones.

Still from video shot by Instagram user boobjones.

A Q train struck and killed a man at Avenue M in Midwood Thursday evening.

The man was hit by a southbound Q train shortly before 7pm, the MTA told CBS News.

It was not immediately clear if he fell onto the tracks or if he jumped.

The outlet reports:

A witness, Joey Baghdadi, took an Instagram video at the scene.

He reported that he was on the train and it stopped suddenly when only two cars had reached the platform.

The victim’s identity had not been made public by yesterday evening.

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CompStat reports are produced by the New York Police Department on a weekly basis. We summarize the week’s statistics for the 61st Precinct reports every Friday. The 61st Precinct is the police command responsible for Sheepshead Bay, Gravesend, Kings Highway, Homecrest, Madison, Manhattan Beach, and Gerritsen Beach.

Photo submitted by Steve Kushner

Photo submitted by Steve Kushner

Officials are investigating a three-alarm fire that ripped through a commercial building near Luna Park in Coney Island last night.

The blaze started at a grocery store at 2900 Stillwell Avenue at 7:53pm, it quickly spread to Bykush, a Turkish cafe and pizzeria in the same building, and consumed at least one apartment, fire officials said.

All three floors were consumed by the flames by the time firefighters arrived on the scene, though fire officials believe the building was vacant.

“It was pretty much an exterior operation almost immediately, the building was fully involved when we got there,” a spokesperson for the FDNY told us.

There were reports that one hydrant was broken, prompting firefighters to set up a water relay from a further location. There were a total 140 firefighters on the scene. They got the blaze under control by 10:21pm.

Two minor injuries were reported. One was a civilian who refused medical attention, and the second was a firefighter who was treated at Lutheran Hospital.

The owner of Bykush, who also owns Sheepsead Bay’s Rocca Cafe, told News 12 that he had opened his restaurant only two weeks ago, and now it was destroyed.

Witnesses told NBC that they saw the neon lights from the store signs exploding.

“All of a sudden we saw the wires popping,” Jose Alicia told the news outlet.

The cause of the fire is currently under investigation.

Many dramatic photos of the blaze were posted on Twitter last night:

Reader Simon Wong sent us this footage of the fire:

Neptune Avenue and West 6th Street, the scene of the accident. (Source: Google Maps)

Neptune Avenue and West 6th Street, the scene of the accident. (Source: Google Maps)

A 55-year-old man is dead after being struck by an Access-A-Ride van on Neptune Avenue on Sunday.

The man, who has yet to be identified by police, was crossing Neptune Avenue at West 6th Street on Sunday at 5:44pm when the van heading eastbound on Neptune hit him.

EMS transported the pedestrian to Lutheran Hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival.

The driver, a 30-year-old man, stayed on the scene. The investigation is ongoing, but police told reporters that no charges are expected.

East 29th Street, the scene of the fire. (Source: Google Maps)

1836 East 29th Street, the scene of the fire. (Source: Google Maps)

A fire ripped through a two-story semi-detached house in Marine Park early this morning, killing the 66-year-old homeowner.

First responders rushed to the scene of the two-alarm blaze at 1836 East 29th Street at 3:51am today. Firefighters battled the flames for about an hour and a half, finally bringing it under control at 5:20am.

When they entered the home, they found Shewming Seto collaped on the floor. He was pulled out of the building and pronounced dead at the scene by EMS responders.

The fire began on the first floor, and quickly spread to the rest of the home. Neighboring homes were evacuated until the flames were tamed.

Seven firefighters were treated for minor injuries.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Source: NYPD

Source: NYPD

Police are searching for a man and a woman suspected of slashing dozens tires in Midwood over the weekend.

The slashing spree took place on December 14, 2014 between midnight and 2am, on the blocks between Quentin Road and Avenue S, from East 17th Street to Bedford Avenue, cops said.

Approximately 40 cars were vandalized, and now Councilman David Greenfield is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible.

“We must have zero tolerance for this rampant crime spree in our neighborhood. A single tire costs hundreds of dollars, not to mention the time and energy that must be expended to replace it,” said Greenfield in a statement. “That’s why I am offering this reward – this kind of behavior is outrageous and quite frankly it doesn’t go unnoticed that this happened in a predominantly Jewish community.”

Police say they are not currently looking at it as a bias crime.

The suspects, described by police as a white male and a white female, were captured on two separate security cameras. Detectives believe that the man observed slashing the tires is the same person walking with the female in the first video.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS (8477). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website, or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) and entering TIP577.

Update (1:35pm): Police verified that they have a suspect in custody. The name has not been released as an arrest is still pending.

Councilman Greenfield released this statement:

My deepest thanks to Chief of Detectives Robert Boyce, Captain Mark Magrone of Hate Crimes Task Force and Deputy Inspector Carlos Valdez of Brooklyn’s 61 precinct for their outstanding work along with their respective teams in quickly catching the alleged criminal who caused tens of thousands of dollars in damage to Brooklyn residents’ vehicles. This quick arrest proves once again that we truly have NYPD’s finest serving our neighborhoods and that goes a long way in calming the nerves of  the community. The message is very clear: New York City has zero tolerance for these quality of life crimes.

Update (7:00pm): Police have arrested and charged Eduard Ivashcenko, 21, in relation to the crime.

Update (December 16, 12pm): Councilman Chaim Deutsch also praised the NYPD for the swift arrest:

I thank the 61st Precinct Commanding Officer, Deputy Inspector Carlos Valdez, for his leadership in apprehending a suspect in the mass tire-slashing incident that occurred yesterday. I am grateful to the 61 Precinct Detective Squad and the Hate Crimes Task Force for their swift work, and my colleagues in government, State Senator Simcha Felder and Assembly Member Helene Weinstein, for their support.  I want to commend residents for providing the NYPD access to security footage that assisted the NYPD in tracking the suspect. This incident highlights the importance of reporting every crime to the police, and the value of police and community working together.

Source: mikey k/flickr

Source: mikey k/flickr

Chaos ensued when a 9-year-old girl was struck by a car Thursday on Avenue U near McDonald Avenue.

The girl – identified the New York Daily News as Katrina Wang - was walking with her grandmother at around 5:34pm, when she ran into the street, getting stuck by an eastbound 2010 Chevy Malibu, cops said. Wang crossed against the traffic light and was not in the crosswalk, according to police.

Witnesses told us they heard a loud noise, and turned to see the girl fly 20 feet into the air.

“It was hectic with the grandmother yelling and not speaking English. We had to get workers from nearby Chinese restaurant to come and translate,” said tipster Yury.

The traumatized driver remained on the scene and was not charged. The Daily News reports:

The girl’s tiny blue glove remained on the windshield of the car as police investigated the crash. Witnesses said the driver initially ran down the street, but returned in tears minutes later.

“He left the scene, he came back later and he was crying. I asked him if he wanted me to pray for him, he said ‘yes’. He was pale as a ghost,” said witness Stephanie Rios.

Wang was rushed to Lutheran Hospital, accompanied by her mother, where she is listed in critical but stable condition.

The roads were closed off from McDonald Ave to West Street on Avenue U Thursday evening and the B3 bus was re-routed.

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CompStat reports are produced by the New York Police Department on a weekly basis. We summarize the week’s statistics for the 61st Precinct reports every Friday. The 61st Precinct is the police command responsible for Sheepshead Bay, Gravesend, Kings Highway, Homecrest, Madison, Manhattan Beach, and Gerritsen Beach.

Our bandbox bandit enters the stage upon which he commits his dastardly deed. (Source: NYPD)

Our bandbox bandit enters the stage upon which he commits his dastardly deed. (Source: NYPD)

Coppers are on the prowl for a villain of ritz and class who did indeed (allegedly) spy on a little old lady as she used an ATM at Kings Highway’s HSBC Bank, ultimately employing the ill-gotten information to steal $500 – presumably for more fresh threads and fly braids.

According to officials, the suspect entered the 1602 Kings Highway bank on Sunday, November 9, at 3:30pm. He took his place in line behind a 67-year-old woman, then, without scruples or true cunning, peered over her shoulder as she entered her pin number. Hobbled, perhaps, by faith in society due to her attachment to a bygone era, when such things could be done without the expectation of malice, our tragic victim did not log off the ATM upon finishing her transaction. The suspect put in the PIN and withdrew $500 in cash.

The suspect is described as a black man, approximately 6’0″, weighing 170lbs and with braided hair. Also, of rakish conceit.

Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477).  The public can also submit tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577.

Amen Hamdi (Source: NYPD handout)

Amen Hamdi (Source: NYPD handout)

Authorities are turning to neighbors for help in their search of Amen Hamdi, 18, a Bragg Street man who went missing on Friday.

Police say Hamdi was last seen at 10:00am on December 5. He was leaving his home on Bragg Street near Emmons Avenue wearing a black jacket with white stripes on the sleeves, a red shirt, blue jeans and blue and grey sneakers.

Hamdi is described as 5’7″ and weights 170 pounds.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477).  The public can also submit tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577.

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