Tuesday, January 17, 2017
Cops busted two brothers for the terrifying robbery and beating of a 68-year-old woman in Brooklyn, officials said.
Fernando and Jorge Basantes were arrested Monday for the Dec. 27 mugging of the woman on 16th Ave. near 41st St. in Borough Park at about 7:30 p.m.
Security video released by the Boro Park Shomrim, a Hasidic volunteer patrol group, showed the brutal duo bum rushing the woman as she looked through her bags outside a school yard.
The men wrestled the woman to the ground and grabbed her purse, but she refused to let it go and grabbed onto one thief's leg as he tried to get away, the video shows.
The crooks made off with the bag, which contained her credit cards and $300, officials said.
The woman was not seriously harmed.
Fernando Basantes, 27, and Jorge Basantes, 29, both of Flatbush, were charged with robbery, assault and a host of other crimes.
Fernando Basantes has five sealed arrests. He was also arrested in January 2016 for turnstile jumping.
Jorge Basantes has nine prior arrests, including a turnstile jumping collar in 2016.
Cops received information from the NYPD Crime Stoppers line that led them to the brothers, a police source said.
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