2009-04-24 / Front Page

A Muggy Night In Neponsit

By Nicholas Briano

An armed mugger was captured by police shortly after allegedly robbing four people within one hour last week in Neponsit, ending a short-lived crime spree in a relatively crime free neighborhood.

Last Thursday night, however, one woman out for her usual nighttime walk and three people enjoying a night on the beach were mugged for their belongings, according to police.

Devictor Ouedraogo, 22, of Brooklyn, allegedly spotted his first victim, walking near Beach 141 Street and Newport Avenue at around 9:30 p.m. According to the victim, she spotted someone following her and shortly thereafter was approached by the thief, who kept his hands in his pockets and asked her for directions to Mott Avenue. But, instead of getting on the bus to Mott Avenue, he allegedly demanded her iPod, which she gave him and ran away to call police.

Ouedraogo fled west and found his next victims shortly after 10:00 p.m. on the beach at Beach 147 Street, where he approached the three friends, pulled a gun on them and demanded their belongings.

One victim was initially approached by Ouedraogo and was asked to surrender his cell phone, but when the victim refused and began walking away, he allegedly pulled out the gun and asked him and his two other friends to empty their pockets. In all, the thief nearly got away with three iPods and two cell phones, but was observed by police leaving the scene and arrested.

The defendant was charged with third degree robbery and criminal possession of stolen property in the first attack and first degree robbery, second degree criminal possession of a weapon and resistance of arrest in the beachfront offense, according to Queens District Attorney Richard Brown's office.

He was arraigned last Friday and released on $20,000 bail. He is due back in court May 4.

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