Thursday, December 11, 2008

Man Shot Following Ridgewood Street Robbery

Chased Perps Who Robbed Sister

By Conor Greene

A 25-year-old man was shot several times after chasing down four men who robbed his sister minutes earlier in Ridgewood.

Anthony Alvarez, of 71st Avenue, suffered gunshot wounds to his left foot and leg at the corner of Grove Street and Seneca Avenue just after midnight last Sunday. According to police, the victim had left the McDonalds restaurant on Myrtle Avenue with his sister and uncle when they were approached by four Hispanic men.

The men got into a verbal dispute, at which time one of the suspects grabbed 25-year-old Emily Alvarez’s handbag. As the perp turned to flee, Emily Alvarez ripped a gold chain off his neck. As the men ran from the scene, the Alvarez siblings and their 50-year-old uncle, Claudio Alvarez chased them.

The victims caught up with the four men near 589 Seneca Avenue, at which point one of the suspects pulled out a 9mm handgun and fired several rounds, hitting Anthony Alvarez. He then chased Emily Alvarez into the building to retrieve his gold chain, said police, before fleeing on foot.

Officers from the 104th Precinct and the NYPD Emergency Services Unit responded to set up a crime scene and search the area. Despite recovering several spent 9mm shells and a black jacket possibly belonging to the suspect, no arrests have been made.

Anthony Alvarez, who was found lying in the street by responding officers, was taken to a local hospital and treated for his injuries, which were considered non life-threatening.

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