If You Give Directions, You Might Get Robbed at Gunpoint — Even in Williamsburg and Bushwick


Hey, New Yorker! Yeah, YOU! Now you finally have good reason to be that asshole — you know, that guy or gal who doesn’t want to give directions. It could be dangerous!

Cops say the four scumbags pictured here are preying on the city’s good Samaritans — they’ll stop and ask you for directions and rob you while you’re distracted.

The first time these luxury-loving thugs hit a victim was around 2:40 p.m. on Nov. 30, at the intersection of Himrod Street and Knickerbocker Avenue. They ripped a 16-year-old’s chain off his neck and then fled.

The next instance occurred at 12:15 on Jan. 24, at the corner of Varet Street and Graham Avenue. At that time, the hooligans yanked the chain off a 72-year-old male’s neck before fleeing.

On Jan. 28, the suspected perps pointed a gun at a man in front of 31 Rockaway Parkway. The next two incidents took place on Jan. 29 at 5:50 p.m. — in front of 2814 Fulton Street — and on Feb. 2 at 6:10 p.m. — in front of 1142 Willoughby Avenue (also with a gun.)

Cops are on the lookout for four indivduals — a black male in his early-to-mid 30s, a hispanic male in his early-to-mid 20s, a light-skinned black female in her early-to-mid 20s, and a dark-skinned black female.

Know these jerks? Then call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477). You can also submit tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website at or by texting tips to 274637 and then entering TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential.

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