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101 Precinct Busts ‘One Man Crime Wave’

By Joan Ward George

101 Precinct Busts
‘One Man Crime Wave’

Detectives from the 101 Precinct arrested Edward Brown on Tuesday, October 10, putting an end to what they believe was a "one man crime wave" that police say resulted in at least five, and as many as 10, recent robberies and home invasions in the Far Rockaway area.

According to Detective Cashen, of the 101 Precinct, Brown, 39, is a five foot, 10-inch, 180-pounder who allegedly gains access to people’s homes through unlocked windows, and strong arms them into giving him cash and personal items. As described by police, Brown, of Far Rockaway, is a "career criminal" who often preys on victims who are asleep in their homes when he invades in order to commit these robberies.

Several items described by victims as having been robbed during late September and early October were recovered soon after Brown’s arrest. He remained in detention at the 101 Precinct on Wednesday awaiting several line-ups that detectives had set up throughout the day. According to Detective Cashen, Brown will be charged with five robberies, of which two are being described as definite "home invasions". He is also being looked at in connection with at least five more robberies within the confines of the 101 Precinct during the past several months.

"This arrest was the culmination of some really great detective work," said Captain Gary Scirica, commanding officer of the 101 Precinct. "This perp was only out of prison since August for a prior robbery. He went on this one man crime spree over the course of seven days, constantly changing his motus operendi (m.o.), making it extra difficult to pattern him. Despite this, the detectives were able to put all the pieces together and arrest Brown and stop the crime spree. I give them a lot of credit."

Brown was just released from prison in August having served time on a robbery charge. He has also been in prison in the past for another robbery, assault and rape.

The five robbery counts are considered felony charges. Brown is also being charged with criminal possession of stolen property, assault, and with resisting arrest, for what police described as a "violent struggle" during his apprehension.

According to Detective Cashen, Brown is what the justice system calls a predicate felon and could be looking at a life sentence on these current charges.

Brown, who was positively identified at police line-ups on Wednesday, is currently incarcerated awaiting a court date. The police were fairly certain that bail would be denied in this case.

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