Robbery On Train Platform
By Joan Ward George
T hree Brooklyn men found their way to the Beach 67 street elevated train platform early Monday evening, October 4, and roughed up and robbed a Rockaway man of $47. 100 Precinct police officers Michael Tremblay and James McAndrews are being credited with quick action and good police work in apprehending their suspects without having to use any violent action.
Arrested and charged with robbery and harassment were John Mackie, Eddie Bates and William Meritt, all of Brooklyn. Mackie was additionally charged with criminal possession of stolen property.
According to the police, the victim, whose name is being withheld by the police, was waiting for a train in the mezzanine area of the station when he was allegedly grabbed around the neck from behind by Eddie Bates and William Meritt, while John Mackie punched him about the head and torso and removed his wallet from his pocket. Mackie allegedly took the cash out of the victim’s wallet and tossed the wallet aside.
According to witnesses, the perps fled on foot across the train tracks west toward Beach 67 street, where they reportedly then jumped from the platform onto the roof of Loeb and Mayer meat manufacturers.
The three perps were witnessed by Police Officers Trembaly and Andrews runnning from the scene of the robbery along the tracks. All three were arrested without incident by the officers and taken to the 100 Precinct, where they were booked prior to being transported to Central booking to await arraignment. An amount of U.S. currency consistent with the amount robbed from the victim was found in Mackie’s pocket. A court date was to be set later on in the week after The Wave went to press.
The victim, although shaken, escaped without any major injuries.