A friend riding her bike in Brighton Beach today paused at her usual pit-stop, the Brighton Bazaar, 1007 Brighton Beach Avenue, to pick up smoked fish and other picnic supplies, only to discover the gates pulled down and the place closed up. When she inquired in a nearby Russian bakery, La Brioche, she discovered that the owner of the mega-Russian market, Vlad Tolstykh, had been attacked in a parking lot near the store on Saturday afternoon around 2 pm by a pair wielding a hammer and an axe. He was taken to Coney Island Hospital, according to the bakery’s proprietor, and expired soon thereafter. The motive for the robbery may have been money. The funeral is set for today.
photo courtesy of KPbIMc on flickr