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Police Beat: Crime Roundup in Central Brooklyn

79th Precinct covering Bedford-Stuyvesant
By Stephen Witt

77th Precinct covering Crown Heights and Prospect Heights
Man kills his mother
A mentally unstable martial arts student brutally killed his mother with a samurai sword inside her Park Place apartment, according to police.
The suspect, Michael Brea, 31, an actor who once appeared on TV’s Ugly Betty was heard screaming for his mother to “repent” and “You never accepted Jesus” by neighbors, according to published reports.
Neighbors, who called police and were interviewed by reporters, said the victim, Yannick Brea, 55, was screaming for help before being savagely murdered.
Michael Brea was speaking gibberish when police removed him from the apartment on a stretcher, according to reports.
He was taken to Kings County Hospital for a psychiatric exam after his arrest.
Man shot in the hand
     A 35-year-old male was shot in the right hand at about 6:30 am, Nov. 22 in front of 981 Park Place, police said.
    There were no witnesses to the crime and the perpetrators remain unknown.
     Police are asking anybody who might know anything about the incident to call 1-800-577-TIPS.
79th Precinct covering Bedford-Stuyvesant

Man wounded in shooting
A 48-year-old man heard two gunshots in the wee morning hours of Nov. 14, and then realized he was wounded in the hand, police said.
The incident unfolded at about 2 am in front of 423 Tompkins Avenue. Upon realizing he had been shot, the victim hailed a cab and was treated at a Downtown New York hospital.
Police are asking anybody with any information on the shooting to call1-800-577-TIPS.
81st Precinct covering Stuyvesant Heights
Shooting kills one wounds another
A 21-year-old male was gunned down and a 35-yearl-old male was shot in the abdomen in a multiple shooting, police said.
The incident unfolded at about 8:40 pm, Nov. 14 in front of 19 Suydam Place, when 18-year-old Daquan Myers allegedly fired the shots.
The slain victim was shot in the torso, left eye, right heel, left shin and left ankle. He was declared dead on arrival after being taken to a hospital.
Myers is charged with murder, attempted murder, two counts of criminal possession and unlawful possession of a firearm.
Police recovered the alleged weapon in the shooting, a 40-calbre semi-automatic pistol.
Man shot in the back
A 30-year-old black male was shot once in the back following a verbal dispute, police said.
The incident unfolded at 5 pm, Nov. 16 in front of 735A Greene Avenue, when the victim became involved in the argument with three males.
     The next day at 11:50 am, police picked up a 17-year-old youth in connection to the shooting and charged him with attempted murder, criminal possession of a firearm, criminal use of a firearm and assault.

88 Precinct covering Fort Greene/Clinton Hill

Crime on the rise
     Felony crime is up nearly 12 percent for the year in the Fort Greene/Clinton Hill neighborhoods, according to recent police figures.
     Amongst the largest increases is in reported robbery and grand larceny.
Robbery is up 19 percent with 207 reported incidents thus far in 2010 as compared to 174 at this time last year.
     Grand larceny is up about 20 percent with 404 incidents so far this year as compared to 337 at this time in 2009.


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Operation Tarheel ends with gang member collar
     A Bloods gang member was indicted for allegedly trafficking guns from North Carolina to Brooklyn and selling them on the streets, many of them to fellow gang members. 
     Kyle Leonard, 25, a Brooklyn native who relocated to North Carolina Bloods gang member, would get orders via text messages on his cell phone.  When he had enough orders, he would purchase guns in North Carolina and deliver them to Brooklyn, where he would sell them.
     “Murders are committed in Brooklyn with illegal guns almost every day,” said Kings County District Attorney Charles Hynes. “Getting these guns off the streets goes a long way towards stopping these killings.  I would like to thank the NYPD and the Charlotte-Mecklenberg Police Department in North Carolina for their cooperation in this investigation.”
     The indictment follows a year-long investigation dubbed “Operation Tarheel”, in which undercover officers made six buys from Leonard, including one buy in June 2009 in which seven guns were purchased at one time.  Over the course of the year, undercover officers bought 22 assault rifles and handguns.
     Leonard faces charges including first-degree criminal sale of a firearm, which carries a prison term of up to 25 years.