Robberies Went Bad

Mugger, Gun Shy Bandit Busted By Cops

Punching and attempting to rob a man at knifepoint outside a train station in Ridgewood early on Sunday morning, Apr. 29, proved to be a costly decision for a Bushwick man who was cuffed by police, it was reported.

The suspect was identified by law enforcement sources as Kelvin Mazyck, 47, of Grove Street.

Reportedly, the assault and robbery attempt took place at around 2:40 a.m. Sunday morning at the corner of Palmetto Street and Seneca Avenue, in the area of the Seneca Avenue M train station.

According to information proby vided by the Queens District Attorney’s office, the male victim was approached by Mazyck and an unidentified, unapprehended perpetrator.

Law enforcement sources said Mazyck allegedly grabbed the victim’s front pocket, then pulled out a knife. The suspect reportedly pointed the blade at the victim and demanded money.

When the man refused to comply with the demand, authorities said, Mazyck allegedly punched him in the side of his head.

Officers from the 104th Precinct came upon the incident in progress and stopped Mazyck. The other suspect was not taken into custody.

During questioning, police reportedly found the knife allegedly used in the attempted stickup in Mazyck’s pocket.

The suspect, whom law enforcement sources noted has a previous drug conviction in Brooklyn, was taken into custody by P.O. Robert Swistun of the 104th Precinct and charged with first- and second-degree attempted robbery, third-degree attempted assault and criminal possession of a weapon.

According to court records, Mazyck was arraigned on Sunday in Queens Criminal Court before Judge Gene Lopez, who ordered him held on $20,000 bail. He is scheduled to return to court tomorrow, Friday, May 4.

In a separate robbery case, a 55- year-old Glendale man was picked up by police last Tuesday, Apr. 24, for allegedly attempting to hold up a neighborhood pharmacy at gunpoint, authorities said.

Police identified the perpetrator as Alexander Muchin of 81st Road.

Muchin was caught with a weapon by police outside the CVS pharmacy located at 68-02 Myrtle Ave. last Tuesday morning after he allegedly confronted the store’s manager.

According to the criminal complaint provided by the Queens District Attorney’s office, the manager spotted Muchin loitering in the shop at around 10:30 a.m. Reportedly, the suspect stayed in the shop for about a half-hour before walking out.

Moments later, police said, the manager spotted Muchin standing near the pharmacy while wearing a black ski mask and holding a black plastic bag. Upon further inspection, authorities said, the manager saw what appeared to be the barrel of a gun protruding from a tear in the bag.

Law enforcement sources said the manager went to contact police, but was allegedly told by Muchin not to do so. The suspect reportedly reached into the bag, but did not produce a weapon and instead fled from the scene.

Members of the 104th Precinct responded to the scene. There were no injuries.

Muchin was caught by police a short time later; during questioning, the officers found a racing starter’s pistol in the black bag in his possession, authorities noted.

The suspect was cuffed by P.O. Louis Marinacci of the 104th Precinct and charged with first-degree attempted armed robbery, menacing and criminal possession of a weapon, police said.

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