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A Marine Park man has been charged with brutally beating his 94-year-old mother, leaving her with serious injuries, Brooklyn District Attorney Kenneth Thompson announced yesterday.

Mark Farrell, 65, allegedly left his mother with fractures and lacerations to her face and skull, and two broken ribs and fingers after beating her with a cane, authorities say.

“This brutal assault on a frail and defenseless 94-year woman will not go unpunished. We will hold the defendant accountable for such deplorable acts of violence,” said Thompson.

According to the indictment, police found Dorothy Farrell on Monday morning lying on the floor of her Burnett Street home, near Avenue R, bleeding from her wounds. Beside her was a bloody cane and pillow.

Farrell allegedly told cops he hit his mother with the cane, and covered her face with a pillow to silence her screams. His mother is hospitalized at Kings County Hospital in critical condition.

Farrell is charged with attempted murder in the second degree, three counts of assault, criminal obstruction of breathing and criminal possession of a weapon.

Avenue L and East 5th Street, where the woman was attacked. (Source: Google Maps)

Avenue L and East 5th Street, where the woman was attacked. (Source: Google Maps)

Back in November we reported that a 78-year-old Midwood woman was punched in the head on Avenue L and East 5th Street by a  teenager playing a “knockout” game. The police have arrested a suspect in connection with this and six other assaults in Brooklyn.

According to police reports in a CBS story, the 78-year-old Midwood woman was the first victim. Barry Baldwin is accused of attacking Jewish woman and the attack in Midwood occurred around the time of eight other attacks in Crown Heights. It is unclear which of these other attacks he is being charged with. Out of the seven assaults Baldwin is being charged for, six of them carry hate crime charges since the victims were Jewish women.

Here is more from our post back in November,

While the “game” has surfaced as a possible national trend, it’s taken an ugly racial aspect in Brooklyn. This victim’s case comes on the heels of eight similar attacks in Crown Heights. None of the victims were robbed as part of the attack.

The NYPD’s Hate Crimes Task Force is investigating, as all the victims are Orthodox Jewish.

On the same day the incident became public, Public Advocate-elect Letitia James, Councilman David Greenfield, and Councilman-elect Chaim Deutsch came forward offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those involved in the eight previous attacks.

NYPD handout

NYPD handout

Police are hunting a suspect believed to be behind a brazen, broad-daylight knockout attack in Midwood, in a which a mother was assaulted while she walked with her 7-year-old daughter.

The suspect, above, slugged the 33-year-old woman in the back of the head at 2:45 p.m. on Sunday, at East 12th Street and Elm Avenue, just south of Avenue M. He fled on foot.

The woman suffered minor injuries and was taken to Maimonides Hospital. The child was unharmed.

The suspect is described as a black male, approximately 5-foot-8-inches with short braids. He was wearing a black wool cap, green jacket and dark-colored jeans. Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS (8477).

[Sources: NY Post, Hamodia]

UPDATE (5:24 p.m.): Coucilman-elect Chaim Deutsch has put out a press release regarding the incident, and included with it a list of safety tips worth sharing:

Because the perpetrator(s) responsible for these vicious attacks are still at large, Councilman-elect Deutsch strongly encourages the community to consider the following suggestions:

-Always be aware of your surroundings -Walk in well lit and populated areas
-Be cautious of a suspicious person or group.
-Never allow yourself to become distracted by your cell phone, head phones etc.
-Always know your location in case you need to call for help.

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Police apprehended four individuals last night believed to be the assailants in a second “knockout game” assault in Midwood, according to Councilman David Greenfield, who is calling on the district attorney to make an example out of the suspects.

During the second attack, which happened at approximately 2:00 a.m. last night near 18th Avenue and East 5th Street, a Jewish man was walking when he was approached by four men and punched in the head. No property was stolen during the attack, and police arrested the gang shortly afterwards.

According to Greenfield, it’s the fourth knockout attack this month in Midwood and Crown Heights, with victims ranging in age from a 12-year-old boy to a 78-year-old woman.

Greenfield is now calling on Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes to charge the suspects with participating in a gang assault and hate crime, both felonies.

“It is now time for the NYPD and District Attorney to throw the book at these thugs and make it clear that our city will not tolerate this type of behavior, especially when people are being targeted because of their race or religion,” said Greenfield in a press release.

The councilman is also reminding residents to remain vigilant, report any suspicious activity and avoid walking the streets alone at night.

Avenue L and East 5th Street, where the woman was attacked. (Source: Google Maps)

Avenue L and East 5th Street, where the woman was attacked. (Source: Google Maps)

A 78-year-old Midwood woman is the latest person to come out as a potential victim of a vicious “knockout” game, in which teenagers randomly slug an unsuspecting passerby in the head in an attempt to knock them unconscious.

ABC News reports:

The latest attack, on an elderly woman in Midwood, comes after eight similar attacks on Jewish people in Crown Heights.

Now, that 78-year-old woman is terrified, her daughter told Eyewitness News.

“She was carrying a purse that was in full view and many bags, nothing was taken,” the victim’s daughter, Rita, said. “This was purely a wanton incident, someone wanted to inflict pain onto someone else, no other purpose.”

The incident happened on Saturday, November 9, as the woman walked down her street, but she was too afraid to immediately report the attack.

The incident occurred on Avenue L and East 5th Street.

While the “game” has surfaced as a possible national trend, it’s taken an ugly racial aspect in Brooklyn. This victim’s case comes on the heels of eight similar attacks in Crown Heights. None of the victims were robbed as part of the attack.

The NYPD’s Hate Crimes Task Force is investigating, as all the victims are Orthodox Jewish.

On the same day the incident became public, Public Advocate-elect Letitia James, Councilman David Greenfield, and Councilman-elect Chaim Deutsch came forward offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those involved in the eight previous attacks.

According to Yeshiva World News, the “knockout game” assaults have occurred alongside a rash of bias crimes in the area, including assaults, rock throwing and bias graffiti – all targeting Jewish people.

In one incident on November 10, a group of black males attacked a Jewish pedestrian at the corner of Kingston Avenue and Crown Street. That followed a November 6 attack of a 12-year-old Jewish boy, who was punched and thrown to the sidewalk by a group of 15 black youths, according to media reports.

The $1,000 reward is for information that leads authorities to suspects in any of these cases.

“The reports of unprovoked attacks on our city’s streets are disturbing, especially since it appears the victims are being targeted simply because they are Jewish. We have come too far to tolerate senseless violent attacks against anyone, let alone on the basis of their religion,” said Greenfield.

“The recent ‘knockout’ attacks in the Crown Heights community are an outrage of epic proportions. Everyone, in every community, must stand up to these heinous crimes and denounce them in the strongest way,” said Deutsch.

If you have any information about these incidents, please contact (800) 577-TIPS (8477) or visit NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM.

Jeffrey Babbitt in a recent photo taken by neighbor Robert Pizzimenti, via Newsday.

Jeffrey Babbitt in a recent photo taken by neighbor Robert Pizzimenti, via Newsday.

Sheepshead Bay resident Jeffrey Babbitt was the victim of an alleged hate crime last week when he was assaulted by an enraged man, leaving him brain dead. CBS News reported that the perpetrator of the horrific act attacked two others before surrendering to the police.

Babbitt, 62, is a retired train conductor living with his 94-year-old mother, Lucille, in Sheepshead Bay. CBS described the scene when the assailant, identified as 31-year-old Lashawn Marten, began his attack:

Babbitt was minding his own business as he walked through the crowd near the chess boards in Union Square when a man made a hateful announcement and began his rampage, witnesses said.

“He said ‘the next white person who walks by I’m going to [expletive],’” one woman said. “His fist went in and the man’s head bobbed and he hit the ground and you could hear his skull hitting the ground.”

The man continued his rampage before demanding to see police officers.

“He stood there and hit two more people and asked for the police to come,” Michael Benson said.

Stunned witnesses counted a total of three people attacked. The suspect, Lashawn Marten, 31, remained at the scene until police arrived…

Witnesses said they were amazed at the brazen, public nature of the assault.

“This is such a crowded area. You’d expect it in a back alley, but there are so many people here. That’s the strange part,” Garrett Browning said.

A report by Gothamist described Marten’s violent history as well as his unstable constitution which led to a tense confrontation with the judge setting his bail:

Police say Marten has a prior conviction for assault in NY, and the he has numerous other prior arrests, mostly out of state. When he was arraigned Thursday night, DNAInfo report he mocked the judge and asked that his bail be set at one penny—in response, the judge set bail at $1 million.

While the other victims suffered relatively minor injuries, Babbitt was taken to Bellevue Hospital, suffering from a coma. Doctors have declared him brain dead leaving friends of Babbitt heartbroken and distraught.

“I don’t believe that. I don’t know why that happened. He is very nice,” friend Igor Sapozhnikov told CBS.

Correction (9:34 a.m.):  A previous version of this post stated that Babbitt’s mother was named Hedda and that she was 92-years-old. More recent reports have stated that her name is Lucille and that she is 94-years-old. We have changed the post to reflect this information.

Source: CBS via the NYPD

One of the suspects pictured. (Source: CBS via the NYPD)

Cops are looking for a couple of criminals who stuck up a livery cab in Midwood on Saturday morning. CBS NY is reporting that one of the suspects threatened the driver with a knife while the other pushed the driver’s head into the steering wheel.

The robbery happened around 2 a.m. when a livery cab was called to 1308 East 5th Street. When the driver showed up, one suspect pointed a “sharp object” near the driver’s neck, demanding cash. The second suspect appeared at the driver’s side window and pushed the head of the driver into the wheel and stole $200, the driver’s cell phone and other papers. The crooks then ran westbound down Avenue L towards East 4th Street. The driver was unharmed.

The NYPD described the suspects to CBS:

The first suspect has been described as a black male in his twenties, he was 6-ft tall and weighed 180-lbs, he was wearing a blue hat at the time of the alleged robbery.

The second suspect was described as a black male in his forties, he was 6-ft tall and weighed 240-lbs.

Anyone with information on the crime can call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS or visit the Crime Stoppers website by clicking here.

Source: GerritsenBeach.net / Flickr

Source: GerritsenBeach.net / Flickr

The NYPD is searching for two men who assaulted and robbed a 60-year-old man on the stairs of the Brighton Beach subway station. Brooklyn News is reporting that the suspects are at-large.

The incident happened Wednesday at 1 p.m. when the victim was attacked by two unidentified males. The Brooklyn News described the assault:

As he walked past, the suspects grabbed his legs from behind, throwing him on the steps, causing him to slam his head on the stairs. The suspects then proceeded to kick and punch the victim throughout his body.

The suspects picked up the victim’s cellphone and fled west bound on West Brighton avenue.

The victim was taken to Coney Island hospital and treated for minor injuries.

The NYPD released the following images taken of the two suspects.

Source: NYPD via Brooklyn News

Suspect #1 (Source: NYPD via Brooklyn News)

robbery suspect 2

Suspect # 2 (Source: NYPD via Brooklyn News)

Anyone with information on the crime can call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS or visit the Crime Stoppers website by clicking here.

The barber shop at East 14th Street and Neptune Avenue (Source: Google Maps)

The barber shop at East 14th Street and Neptune Avenue (Source: Google Maps)

A Brighton Beach man turned on his Sheepshead Bay-based barber when he realized that the man who cuts his hair was carrying around some big bills. Brooklyn News reported that 35-year-old Joseph Tabaczek allegedly attacked and robbed the barber before being arrested.

The incident took place on June 30 on East 14th Street and Neptune Avenue, across the street from a barber shop. Tabaczek was smoking cigarettes with his barber and asked if he could borrow some money to go bet on races down at the Aqueduct Racetrack. The barber admitted to be carrying over $1,300 in cash but turned down Tabaczek’s request. Seeing the huge wad of cash that the barber was carrying, Tabaczek punched him several times in the head, grabbed the bills and ran.

Tabaczek was later tracked down by police with all the money stolen still in his pocket. He is being charged with assault and robbery.

Photo by Daniel Cavanagh of GerritsenBeach.net

You’d think after the Halloween shenanigans, Gerritsen Beach parents would learn that “pedophile” blogger Danny Cavanagh of GerritsenBeach.net is unstoppable. He’s forever on the prowl, documenting the warpath of the neighborhood’s hooligans.

But no; they don’t learn. The neighborhood is like the angry aunt that gets drunk every Christmas, tells everyone what’s wrong about them, and then falls down a flight of stairs. We all act horrified and concerned, but, come on, there’s a bit of satisfaction to it. We look forward to next Christmas.

So… they don’t learn, and once again the future inmates of America’s detention facilities rampaged through the streets, destroying public property and harassing neighbors.

GerritsenBeach.net is reporting, “Local kids are throwing ice and snow at cars, bm4 and b31 buses from everrett and devon. Taking one bm4 temporarily out of service.

As the photo above shows, the kids also took out yet another bus shelter‘s glass, and also threw ice at Cavanagh’s car as he filmed them bombarding the bus. He called 911 and received no response from the local precincts, he said.

At least no pedestrians were targeted this time. Cavanagh told Sheepshead Bites that it was only cars and buses, since neighbors thought better of stepping foot outside. It seems someone is learning…

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