68 Pct. head says lack of force doesn’t mean there’s no crime
By Paula Katinas
Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Police in Bay Ridge have a Christmas mystery on their hands.
Two days after the New York Police Department (NYPD) put out word that cops were investigating the possible abduction of a teenage boy on a Bay Ridge street, there was no sign of the boy or the alleged kidnapper. There was also no ransom demand issued or any witnesses coming forward to tell what they know.
Dep. Insp. Richard DiBlasio, commanding officer of the 68th Precinct, the precinct that covers Bay Ridge, said his cops are “aggressively investigating” the Dec. 22 incident. The NYPD, which issued a bulletin on Christmas eve day, is looking for the public's help in solving the case.
A video camera aimed at the street on Marine Avenue between Fourth Avenue and Fort Hamilton Parkway captured what appeared to be the image of young man exiting a black car and climbing into the trunk of that car. A man exits the vehicle, walks to the back of the car, and closes the trunk with the boy still inside. The man then re-enters the car and drives off, traveling east on Marine Avenue toward Fort Hamilton Parkway.
The incident took place at approximately 2:20 p.m., police said. Police described the car as a dark-colored Nissan Altima and said the auto was double parked on the street.
The New York Daily News reported on Dec. 24 that police have not matched any missing persons reports to this alleged victim and are unsure if the video footage shows a crime in progress or if it depicts some type of a prank.
DiBlasio said he’s not taking any chances.
He sent out a mass email through the 68th Precinct Community Council’s email notification system, which has thousands of subscribers, to bring Bay Ridge residents up to date on the probe.
“The video obtained gives no appearance of force, struggle, or resistance. However, we are aggressively investigating this incident and looking to obtain any information about the individuals or the vehicle involved in this occurrence,” DiBlasio wrote in the email.
The email from DiBlasio also contained an image of the car taken from the video.
The male seen on the video entering the trunk is described as being between the ages of 11 and 15, 5 foot 2, approximately 140 pounds, wearing a gray hoodie, sweat pants, and white sneakers.
Anyone with any information on the vehicle or the possible victim is asked to call the NYPD’s Crimestoppers hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS or call Detective Brian Meyers from the 68th Precinct at 718-439-4236.