The victim was shoveling out his car on 75th Street in the 106th Precinct on Friday evening when 18-year-old Genero Placenia offered to help. Once the car was out, Placenia asked for a ride to 75th Street and Pitkin Avenue in Brooklyn. Once there, Placenia pulled out a gun and stole the man’s iPhone and $60.
Police from both the 106th and 75th precincts reviewed video footage from near the scene of the crime that showed the suspect fleeing on Logan Avenue toward Dinsmore Avenue. Police traced the route, and along the way found the black 9mm used in the holdup.
Then they interviewed a man who said he same someone run into a body shop at 250 Richmond Street, discard his black jacket and leave wearing a red hooded sweatshirt with white cow-printed sleeves. While canvassing the area for additional video footage, officers saw a man in a laundromat at 204 Chestnut who matched the description.
When they entered the location, Placenia fled out a backdoor, leaving his shoes behind. He was later found in the basement of 115 Logan Street with most of his clothes off. After he was identified by the victim, Placenia was taken to Jamaica Hospital for treatment.
His sweatshirt and the victim’s cellphone were later found in a garbage bag. Placenia has been charged with robbery, criminal possession of a weapon, possession of stolen property and resisting arrest.