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Front Page November 16, 2012  RSS feed

HIS TRAIL TO A JAIL

Crook Collared After Pursuit In R’Wood
by Robert Pozarycki

There was no running from the law for a Bushwick man who was cuffed by police early on Sunday morning, Nov. 11, for allegedly robbing a man at knifepoint on a Ridgewood street, law enforcement sources said.

Authorities identified the suspect as 21-year-old Anthony Aponte of Linden Street, who was booked after leading police on a brief foot pursuit.

According to information provided by the Queens District Attorney’s office, the trouble began at around 4:50 a.m. Sunday morning in front of a home on Himrod Street near Woodward Avenue.

Reportedly, the male victim was approached at the location by Aponte, who brandished a long knife and demanded his cell phone and money.

Police said the victim complied with the alleged robber’s request and handed over his phone and wallet. Aponte reportedly took the items, then fled from the scene.

The incident was quickly reported to the 104th Precinct; the victim was not injured.

A description of the suspect was reportedly obtained by police and transmitted to other officers in the area.

Moments after the holdup, law enforcement sources noted, Police Officers Mark Bublin and Kevin McElligott were on patrol in the area when they spotted Aponte—who fit the description of the robber—in the vicinity of Greene and Seneca avenues.

Reportedly, the officers told the suspect to stop, but Aponte ignored the order and sped away on foot, with the officers giving chase. As he ran, authorities said, the suspect allegedly dropped numerous items on the ground.

Authorities said Aponte was finally stopped in front of a home on Bleecker Street near Cypress Avenue and taken into custody by police. As part of their investigation, 104th Precinct officers inspected the path in which Aponte took in his unsuccessful run from the law.

During their canvass, law enforcement sources said, police recovered a kitchen knife, a cell phone and credit cards bearing the victim’s name in front of locations on Seneca Avenue, a block away from where the suspect was stopped.

Aponte was charged with first-degree robbery, fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon and fourthand fifth-degree criminal possession of stolen property.

Court records noted that the suspect was arraigned in Queens Criminal Court the next day, Monday, Nov. 12, before Judge Barbara Jaffe, who ordered him held on $10,000 bail. He is scheduled to return to court on Dec. 26.

The investigation is ongoing.