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Yehuda Sadok (Source: LinkedIn)

It seems a Manhattan widow should have taken a cue from the theme song of the 1960s television show, Secret Agent: “Beware of pretty faces that you find. / A pretty face can hide an evil mind.”

Except his face ain’t all that pretty. But, according to the now deceased widow’s daughter, it hid a mind evil enough to nearly dupe the vulnerable woman and her family out of $20 million, and sparked a change in her will that caused her daughters to lose their inheritance.

Brighton Beach resident Yehuda Sadok, 48, is accused in a lawsuit filed by the widow’s daughters of posing as an Israeli spy who pals around with Vladimir Putin and Robert De Niro. The purpose, they say, was to get the widow, Emilie Martin, to hand over $20 million in jewelry for a deal with a Saudi sheikh.

From the Daily News:

Using the name Oody Geffen, Sadok “convinced my mother that he is a former intelligence officer from Mossad (the Israeli Secret Service), keeps a cyanide capsule in his mouth, has a close personal connection to Russia’s Vladimir Putin and the Israeli Prime Minister, and is a friend of film actor Robert De Niro,” DiFabrizio said in court papers.

… Oody — who also claimed to be a movie producer — convinced Martin in the fall of 2009 to let him sell her jewelry in Dubai, telling her she should hand over $20 million in inventory from her business so he could have a “private sale” for Sheikh Mohammed, his family and friends, according to court papers.

He convinced Martin they’d use the profits to buy “a fancy condominium in Abu Dhabi where they would live happily ever after,” court filings say.

According to DNAinfo, that deal came on the heels of another one, in which Sadok had successfully pursuaded Martin to sell $1.4 million in jewelry to a company serving as an agent of the Sheikh of Dubai. The daughters say Sadok took home a $420,000 commission on the deal, even though the business lost $170,000.

Ultimately, the daughters, who own a portion of the business, successfully stopped the $20 million Saudi jewelry deal in court in 2009. The elder Martin died in 2011, but as a result of the bad blood caused by the deal, the daughters say, they’ve been cut out of the will and her estate has been split up between the mother’s estranged siblings.

The current lawsuit seeks to get the existing will tossed out of court, saying that it was written up under “an insane delusion.”

Sadok said the daughters have got the story all wrong, and that his relationship with Martin was nothing more than a close friendship.

Sadok, a married father of six, told DNAinfo New York on Friday that he was a close friend to Emilie but never claimed to be a spy or have famous friends.

“Robert De Niro, Mossad, who says something like that?” Sadok asked. “I never met Robert De Niro in my life.”

When asked how he met Emilie, Sadok said that a former FBI agent had introduced him to her. Sadok said he was helping the FBI agent retrieve jewels for Emilie.

Sadok also said that he had a platonic friendship with Emilie and that his whole family, including his mother, got to know her.

“I heard all these stories. I’ll be honest with you. Does it make any sense? I think it’s very silly to say something like that,” Sadok said when asked if he tried to romance Emilie.

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Avenue I and East 16th Street, the scene of the shooting. (Source: Google Maps)

A 23-year-old Canarsie man was killed and another man seriously injured in what appears to be a drive-by shooting in Midwood early Saturday morning.

At approximately 4:00 a.m. the two victims were in a 2011 Toyota Camry at Avenue I and East 16th Street when a gunman opened fire.

The Daily News reports:

“I was riding my bike when I heard, ‘Bang! Bang! Bang!’ ” said a 45-year-old area resident. “It was so loud I thought they were shooting at me at first.”

[Gerard] Grant, who was driving, was shot four times in the chest and died, slumped over the steering wheel, police said. His friend suffered two wounds to the left side of the head and shoulder and was rushed to Kings County Hospital.

Grant’s family said they didn’t know about the shooting until police called.

“For us it’s impossible to say what could have gotten (Grant) involved in this because he’s a pretty good kid,” said his uncle Wallace Grant, 65. “He’s not a gang member of any type.”

The Yeshiva World News has a little more speculation from cops at the scene:

Sources tell YWN that the murder is an isolated incident, and the victims as well as the perpetrators are not from the area. It appears the victims were followed for quite some time before they were shot. It’s possible that the perpetrators shot the victims on that particular street, after the victims’ vehicle entered the block – which is a dead-end, with no way for them to exit.

In the first meeting of the 61st Precinct Community Council of 2014, the 61st Precinct’s executive officer, Captain Faison, reflected on the past year, focusing on the increase in domestic violence.

Filling in for precinct’s commanding officer, Captain John M. Chell, Faison noted that crime was down overall, but that instances of domestic violence were still on the rise.

“We ended the year below 2012 [figures] in all categories with the exception of felony assaults, mainly due to domestic violence,” Faison said.

Currently in charge of the traffic program, Faison talked up year-end reductions in road accidents. “We are down in collisions,” he said.

For the month, all crime was down as well, except robberies, according to Faison.

“We had a couple of bank robberies,” Faison said, citing Chase as one of the banks that was targeted.

“One individual went to two banks; one bank he hit twice,” he said.

The perpetrator was identified and arrested, Faison added.

Other robberies, he said, included attacks on Chinese food delivery men throughout the area.

– Steven Volynets

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.

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A man is in the hospital after being shot in the stomach by an unknown assailant in Brighton Beach on Saturday.

The shooting occurred at a gas station at Coney Island Avenue and Neptune Avenue, at approximately 5:45 p.m.

According to News 12, the man is in his 20s and was taken to Lutheran Hospital in serious condition. Police had not made an arrest by yesterday afternoon, but were seen searching a white van near the crime scene.

Sheepshead Bites has sent a request to the NYPD for more information on the incident, and will update this post when we hear back.

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.

Gravesend Houses (Source: Google Maps)

Gravesend Houses (Source: Google Maps)

A 17-year-old was shot dead across the street from a Coney Island playground on Christmas Eve.

Police responded to a 911 call at approximately 7:00 p.m. to find a male shot on Bay View Avenue, near the corner of Neptune Avenue.

The victim, 17 year-old Yaquin English, had multiple gunshot wounds to the leg and torso and was pronounced dead on the scene, according to the NYPD. No arrests have yet been made.

English was gunned down in front of the Gravesend Community Center building of the Gravesend Houses at 3144 Bay View Avenue, across the street from the Leon S. Kaiser Playground in Coney Island.  It is the seventh murder of 2013 in the 60th Precinct, which includes Coney Island, Brighton Beach and Gravesend.

– Steven Volynets

Dmitriy Kanarikov, the father, is seen here on the Canal in Manhattan Beach

A father threw his toddler son off the roof of a 52-story Manhattan building on Sunday before also leaping. Both were pronounced dead on the scene.

The father was a resident of Sheepshead Bay and had recently gone through a bitter divorce, according to the Associated Press.

Dmitriy Kanarikov, 35, landed on 425 West 59th Street and his son’s body landed on 455 West 59th Street, according to an article by DNAinfo.

Kanarikov picked up his son, Kirill Kanarikov, Sunday morning at the NYPD’s 17th Precinct in Manhattan. He was supposed to return his son to the boy’s mother that same day but instead went to the roof of a relative’s building just before noon, where he took his fatal plunge.

Kanarikov’s Facebook features photos of the family on a beach. In one of the pictures, the father is carrying his ex-wife in his arms and in another the sand is imprinted with the father, mother and son’s feet.

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A room available in the Sheepshead Bay Houses (Source: Craigslist via Post)

A New York Post report released over the weekend claims that residents of the Sheepshead Bay Houses on Nostrand Avenue are illegally subletting their taxpayer subsidized apartments for as little as $350 a month.

The Post reports:

Several ads for nightly or monthly sublets were posted on Craigslist last week, including a $650 room in Brooklyn’s Sheepshead Bay Houses — which was swooped up in a few days.

“Huge room available immediately in a 3-bedroom apartment for rent,” the ad says. “Females only . . . no drugs, no smoking, no drama.”

The tenant, who listed a cellphone number and a New York City Housing Authority address, declared that two people could also share the room for $350 each.

… Meanwhile, another Sheeps­head Bay tenant posted “$400 public housing room for rent” on Craigslist on Dec. 11.

“If you are looking for a cheap furnished room then here you have it,” the resident wrote, adding, “[Two] month rent required to move in. First come first served.”

Only people authorized by the New York City Housing Authority may live in a NYCHA apartment, and those who break the rules can be fined and given the boot.

Meanwhile, 160,000 families are on NYCHA’s waiting list, and 55,000 tenants have been places in apartments that are too large for their needs.

Scene of the explosion

Scene of the explosion (Source: Google Maps)

The explosion that rocked a Marine Park block yesterday was caused by two teenagers’ attempts to make marijuana hash, the Daily News reports.

The duo, a 19-year-old man and a 17-year-old high school student, were critically injured in the early morning blast and were taken to Staten Island Hospital, where they were in stable but serious condition.

The incident happened at approximately 2:30 a.m. on Marine Parkway near Quentin Road. Cops told the Daily News that the two were attempting to make marijuana hash by dousing it with butane gas and allowing it evaporate. One of the teens lit a cigarette, causing the gas vapors to ignite.

The 17-year-old girl is a student at Rachel Carson High School in Brighton Beach.

According to the paper, cops found a “large amount” of marijuana, including plants. They had filled a 30-gallon tub with pot and covered it in butane.

Criminal charges are pending.

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