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Cops Slap Cuffs on a Robber

He Held Up Man At R’Wood Corner

An alleged bandit from Brooklyn was busted by police early last Saturday morning, Feb. 4, for allegedly holding up a man at a Ridgewood intersection, law enforcement sources reported.

Police identified the suspect as 21-year-old Alex Esdelle of Clark Street in downtown Brooklyn.

According to information provided by the Queens District Attorney’s office, the trouble began at around 2:25 a.m. Saturday when Esdelle allegedly approached the male victim at the corner of Palmetto Street and Myrtle Avenue.

Reportedly, the suspect asked the victim if he had a lighter. When the victim reached into his pocket, police said, Esdelle demanded the man’s money and cell phone.

Law enforcement sources said the victim handed the suspect a $20 bill; seconds later, it was reported, Esdelle grabbed the victim, reached into his own waistband and threatened to knife the victim if he did not reply his request.

Members of the 104th Precinct arrived at the scene and stopped the suspect. During questioning and a search, it was reported, police found the stolen $20 bill and several bags containing quantities of marijuana in Esdelle’s possession.

Esdelle was taken into custody and charged with first-degree rob- bery, criminal possession of stolen property and criminal possession of marijuana.

Court records noted that the suspect was arraigned in Queens Criminal Court on Sunday, Feb. 5, before Judge Carmen Velasquez, who ordered him held on $10,000 bail. Esdelle is scheduled to return to court on Feb. 21.

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