Ridgewood man drains friend’s bank account at gunpoint and beats him up inside apartment

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Cops cuffed a Ridgewood man last week for robbing and beating up a former friend inside his apartment during a late-night robbery.

Law enforcement sources the trouble began at 12:30 a.m. on Sept. 24 inside an apartment house on Gates Avenue near Cypress Avenue.

According to the criminal complaint provided by the Queens District Attorney’s office, 24-year-old Reginald Wright, who lives on Gates Avenue, and as many as five other unapprehended individuals entered the 24-year-old man’s bedroom and confronted him. Police sources said Wright and the victim were known to each other.

Brandishing a silver revolver and the victim’s cellphone, law enforcement sources said, Wright allegedly accused the victim of taking his belongings. The unapprehended suspects subsequently grabbed the victim’s Macbook computer, a PlayStation Four and $800 in cash from within the bedroom.

Police said that Wright allegedly forced the victim into logging onto his bank account via a banking app and then transferred $2,000 in cash from the victim’s account into his own. While pointing the revolver at the victim, Wright allegedly asked for and received the victim’s debit card and PIN.

The card and PIN were then provided to one of Wright’s alleged cohorts, who then withdrew $400 in cash from the bank account. After telling the victim that he was lucky that he gave them the right PIN, according to the complaint, Wright and the other unapprehended others repeatedly punched the man about the face and body, causing pain and bleeding.


Following an investigation, the 104th Precinct executed a search warrant of Wright’s apartment at 5:10 p.m. on Sept. 25 and found the victim’s MacBook and a loaded Colt 38 revolver that Wright allegedly used in the robbery.

Wright was arrested on Sept. 26 and charged with first- and second-degree robbery, first- and second-degree armed robbery, criminal possession of a weapon, grand larceny and criminal possession of a firearm.

According to court records, Wright was released on $10,000 bond and must return to court on Oct. 11.

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