He’s Mugged for His Guitar

Cops Catch Two For Ridgewood Border Robbery

Two individuals were arrested for allegedly attempting to mug a man on the Brooklyn/Queens border in Ridgewood last Friday, July 18, law enforcement sources stated.

The defendants, Luis Hernandez, 18, of 62nd Street in Ridgewood and William Huertas, 31, of Stockholm Street in Bushwick allegedly confronted the victim some time after 4:10 a.m. last Friday while he was walking on St. Nicholas Avenue towards Gates Avenue, police stated.

The victim reportedly tried to step around the two men, but the defendants blocked him.

According to police, he was then punched in the face multiple times by the defendants.

Hernandez and Huertas then allegedly attempted to grab a cell phone from the victim’s hand, and at his guitar, which the victim had carried on his shoulder.

The victim reportedly fell to the ground and suffered bruising and swelling to his face.

A pair of brass knuckles was reportedly recovered from Hernandez’ pocket, according to police. P.O. Sean Christian of the 104th Precinct made the arrests.

Huertas was charged with fourthdegree criminal mischief, third-degree assault and seconddegree attempted robbery, law enforcement sources stated.

Hernandez was charged with second-degree attempted robbery, third-degree assault, fourth-degree criminal mischief and fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon, police stated.

Hernandez and Huertas were arraigned on Friday, July 18 by Queens County Criminal Court Judge Suzanne Melendez, law enforcement sources stated. Both were ordered to reappear in court on Aug. 6.

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