Man punched and robbed for refusing to give suspect a cigarette


Bank St., 1800 block, May 22, 4:50 a.m. A man said that while he was walking, another man approached and asked for a cigarette. The victim told the man to go away and that he didn’t want to speak to him. The suspect made a fist and hit the victim in the face. The victim fell to the ground; the suspect removed his property from his pockets.

Eastern Ave., 1800 block, May 20, 4 a.m. A man told police he was walking home from a friend’s house when the suspects, two men and a woman, approached and attacked him. The victim was knocked out during the assault. He lost three teeth and sustained a deep laceration on his chin; his personal property was taken.

E. Fayette St., 3400 block, May 21, 9:15 a.m. A man told police that he was sitting at the bus stop when two suspects approached. They began a conversation to distract him, and then one of the suspects told him to “give it up,” placed a knife to his neck, and said, “give it up,” again. They took his cell phone and fled; a warrant was issued, and one of the suspects was arrested.

S. Linwood Ave., 200 block, May 21, 9:50 p.m. A man told police that a woman called and told him to meet her inside Patterson Park, where she was walking a dog. The man, along with a witness, arrived and parked on S. Linwood Ave. Two male suspects then approached and one of them told him to lie down and give him his money. As he complied, the suspect stabbed him in the upper body. The suspects then took the property from his pockets; the report ends here.

E. Baltimore St., 2300 block, May 21, 10:16 p.m. Two teen boys told police that they were walking in Patterson Park when the suspect approached on a white bike. He waved a silver revolver at them and stated, “Freeze up; empty your pockets; get down on the ground, or I’ll shoot you.” Another suspect approached on a black mountain bike. The victims complied with the first suspect’s demands. The other suspect then hit one of the victims in the face and went through his things. The suspects took the victims’ property.

N. Milton Ave., 600 block, May 23, 1:40 a.m. A man told police he was standing outside his friend’s house when the male suspect approached and asked for a cigarette. The victim gave him one. The suspect then asked for a bag for his stuff, and also asked the victim if he wanted to buy anything he had. The victim and his friends told the suspect that they were going inside. The suspect pushed past them and sat in a chair which had the victim’s wallet and phone on it. The report ends here.


N. Glover St., 500 block, May 19, 12 a.m. Unknown suspects opened a rear window to the property and stole two TVs, two laptops, jewelry, and $1,400 in cash. The rear window had been left unsecured.

N. Luzerne Ave., 400 block, May 19, 8 p.m. Stolen from the unoccupied property were 20 cases of tile, a router, chop saw, power saw, power sander, disc sander, cordless drill and various hand tools. The complainant told police he had secured the property. The rear window was ajar and the deadbolt had been unlocked; there were no signs of forced entry.

O’Donnell St., 3100 block, May 21, 8:30 a.m. An unknown suspect entered through the front door, which showed no signs of force. Stolen was a TV, a laptop and diamond earrings, as well as various Tiffany jewelry, a Gucci watch and, according to the report, a “Jim Kraft bag.”

N. Kenwood Ave., 500 block, May 21, 11 a.m. An unknown suspect stole copper wiring from the vacant house. Entry was made through an unlocked rear window.

Youngstown Ave., 6700 block, May 21, 3 p.m. Unknown suspects damaged the rear lock to gain entrance to the vacant property. They damaged the basement ceiling in the process of stealing copper pipe.

Orleans St., 2700 block, May 22, 12:10 a.m. The reporting person told police that she was loaned a gun from a friend for protection. She apparently kept it unsecured under her couch. She said that she was sitting on her front steps when she heard a noise from the kitchen. She went inside and found her window open, table moved, and rear gate open. The gun was gone.

N. Luzerne Ave., 500 block, May 22, 2:30 a.m. A woman told police that her ex-boyfriend knocked at her door. She refused to let him in; he kicked in the door causing $700 in damage. He ran away without making entry and was later arrested.

Dundalk Ave., 1600 block May 22, 6 p.m. An unknown suspect broke out the rear window to get into the garage. A grinder, socket set, metric wrenches and sockets were stolen.

N. Glover St., 200 block, May 22, 7 p.m. An unknown suspect entered via an unsecured rear window and took a Playstation 3, loose change, debit card, Movado watch, gold jewelry, Garmin GPS, cell phone, car keys and house keys.

Boston St., 4900 block May 22, 10 p.m. An unknown suspect entered the victim’s wife’s car, which was parked, unlocked, behind the house. The suspect used the garage remote to gain entry to the house and stole a shotgun. There may have been other property missing.

O’Donnell St., 4500 block, May 24, 4:50 a.m. The store manager received a call from the alarm company about a possible break-in. He responded and found that a suspect had used a car jack to try to open a bay door, damaging the door and frame. Unsuccessful, the suspect threw a concrete block through the window of the business and entered. Items inside were disturbed but nothing was immediately reported missing.

N. Collington Ave., 100 block May 24, 6 p.m. An unknown suspect entered via an unsecured side window and stole an X Box and games, Comcast router, iPod, GPS unit and laptop.

N. Lakewood Ave., 100 block, May 25, 12:45 p.m. A man reported that he heard a noise in the kitchen and went downstairs to investigate. He found a man is 40s standing inside the kitchen. The victim ordered him to leave; the suspect fled. Nothing was reported missing.

N. Bond St., unit block, May 25, 6:45 p.m. An unknown suspect forced the door out of the frame to gain entry. The complainant returned home to find her front door ajar and a Macbook missing.

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