Officers prepare to transfer Mamontov from the 61st Precinct to Central Booking.
Mom always told me not to get too close to the swans in Sheepshead Bay. She said they look pretty, but they can take your fingers off if you get too close. Well, mom, if they like fingers, they got a free meal some time last week.
Sergey Mamontov, the 50-year-old Nostrand Avenue resident suspected of killing his roommate, has confessed to detectives, telling him that he not only killed the man on March 25 for being too noisy, but chopped him up, attempted to dissolve the remains in bleach, and tossed his fingers into the waters of Sheepshead Bay.
“He was very matter of fact,” a police source told the Daily News. “He didn’t want to say anything at first, but once he started talking, he wouldn’t shut up. He said he decided there was no other way to take care of (the victim).”
The victim has been identified as Aleksandr Zilbergleyt.
Mamontov was transferred from the 61st Precinct to Central Booking last night.
The following is from the Friends of Brooklyn Public Library-Gerritsen Beach Branch:
…and also by the keen-eyed photographer who happened to have captured Mother Nature’s funky sand art during low tide at Kingsborough College.
Photo by Randy Contello
Roy’s Sheepshead Bicycle Shop (2679 Coney Island Avenue) is expanding, having taken over their next door neighbor’s storefront.
The new wing will open in early May, the business’ owner told us, and will be a showroom exclusively for Cannondale Bicycles equipment and merchandise. Cannondale helped pay for the expansion and set up of the new location.
The owner tells us that by securing the new location and moving all their Cannondale products there, they’ll be able to expand their lineup of other manufacturers’ products in the main store.
Congrats to Roy’s Sheepshead Bicycle Shop, one of the city’s oldest and most respected cycling establishments.
Photo by Neil Friedman
Workers are on the scene of the 40 Frank Court home that collapsed in Gerritsen Beach yesterday, tearing down the remains and securing the site.
Our Neil Friedman stopped by and snagged the above photo at around 2:00 p.m. Demolition started around 11:00 a.m., he reports, and the debris will be hauled away later today.
The building keeled over at around 11:00 a.m. yesterday, trapping 25-year-old Santos Garcia, who later died from his injuries.
Three other workers sustained minor injuries, and the homes on either side of the site were temporarily evacuated.
The cause of the collapse has not yet been identified.
We missed it when we wrote on Monday that the campaigns of State Senate hopefuls David Storobin and Lew Fidler are going to court this week to settle their neck-and-neck race for Carl Kruger’s seat, but an eagle-eyed reader noted an interesting bit in the court documents: Councilman Lew Fidler alleged that a paid consultant for David Storobin’s campaign submitted at least 120 fraudulent votes.
According to the court documents, which we’ve embedded below (allegations begin on page 6), Fidler’s team claims Alla Pometko – a resident of Brighton Beach’s Oceana condos – submitted 177 absentee ballot applications to the Board of Elections. Almost all of them claimed to represent disabled home-bound voters, and named Pometko as their agent to submit their ballots.
So far, that’s fine and dandy. Where it starts to get really suspicious, according to the campaign, is that of the 120 that were completed, every one of them appeared to be written in the same handwriting, and the voter signed the envelope with a mark instead of a signature – with Pometko again named as the witness to the mark.
And of those 120 “home-bound” voters, 16 still managed to show up on election day and cast a vote in person. According to the court documents, Fidler’s campaign thinks this is a sign that those voters were not aware that the document they signed was a ballot.
Pometko, herself not a registered voter, was paid at least $1,470 for her work as a consultant to the Storobin campaign, financial disclosure reports indicate.
The court documents also indicate Fidler is considering suing the Board of Elections for not returning up to 200 unsigned absentee ballots to the voter for a correction, despite receiving them with ample time to do so, and thereby disenfranchising them of their vote.
View the documents.
Photo: Erica Sherman
THE BITE: Mexican food is sprouting, slowly but surely, in the neighborhood. And they’re taking an interesting path into the food scene.
Don’t look for traditional “restaurants.” Look instead to the back of bodegas, like El Jarochito, or, strangely enough, in doughnut shops.
At Shaikh’s Place, though you may not know it, you can find some of the tastiest tacos in the neighborhood alongside their beloved doughnuts. Just up Avenue U, at El Mexicano Restaurant Y Panaderia Mexicana (1607 Avenue U) they find their toughest competitor. Located in back of Doughnut Connection, El Mexicano Restaurant Y Panaderia Mexicana kicks the game up a notch.
Unlike Shaikh’s Place, where the tacos are just part of the menu, El Mexicano Restaurant Y Panaderia Mexicana has dedicated a large portion of the floor space to a Mexican fast food counter. A true Mexican restaurant lurks here in this mini-food court of Avenue U.
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Street cleaner by Banksy. Source: Dan Brady / Flickr
A reminder for all the automobile-endowed readers of Sheepshead Bites: Alternate side of the street parking regulations will be suspended for street cleaning, April 5 to 7 (Thursday through Saturday) for Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Passover. All other regulations, including parking meters, will remain in effect.
The murder we first reported on yesterday has taken a sick twist. Police reportedly found body parts strewn throughout the apartment unit at 3395 Nostrand Avenue, with several pieces in buckets of bleach and more in the suspect’s refrigerator.
Police have now taken the suspect into custody, and has told police he killed his roommate and tried getting rid of the evidence.
New York Post reports:
A Russian immigrant told cops yesterday that he killed his Brooklyn roommate in a fistfight during a wild party, chopped up his body and tried to dissolve the dismembered corpse in vats of bleach, sources told The Post. Sergey Mamontov, 50, who was in custody last night, said the victim, 55, died during a March 25 blowup in their Sheepshead Bay apartment, the sources said.
His death went unnoticed until yesterday, when a friend of the victim went to the fourth-floor apartment on Nostrand Avenue looking for the man.
The suspected butcher told him he was gone — for good.
“You’re not going to see him anymore. He’s not around anymore,” Mamontov allegedly told him. “I cut him up.”
The pal then told cops, who walked into the grisly scene at around 1 p.m.
They found vats of a bleach-acid combo containing what appeared to be human body parts inside the apartment and in the suspect’s refrigerator, the sources said.
The fridge was filled with a five-gallon bucket and eight smaller Clorox bottles.
“There isn’t even room for an egg” in the refigerator, one source said.
Another source said, “We have body parts. We have a rib cage there. We don’t know how much of the body is there.”
Outside, cops collected a pair of Goodwill donation boxes that gave off a stomach-churning odor of decaying flesh.
Investigators were also going through every piece of trash in the building by hand as they searched for more human body parts.
Mamontov, who has two prior DUI busts and one for grand larceny, told cops he’d taken the victim in as a roommate six months ago, but the two did not get along.