Police impersonators zip-tie man, pistol whip another while robbing Brooklyn home

BROWNSVILLE, Brooklyn — A pair of police impersonators forced a man into the back of a van and then robbed his Brooklyn home, pistol whipping someone inside, police said Wednesday.

The attackers zip-tied the 58-year-old victim in the back of a a gray van near Amboy Street and Newport Street around 7:30 a.m. on May 25, officials said. They went into his home and told the two people inside — relatives of the man shoved into the van — that they were police officers.

While inside the home, the robbers took $7,000,  several pairs of sneakers and two cell phones, an NYPD spokesman said. They pistol whipped a 20-year-old man in the house in the back of his head. A 14-year-old relative in the house was not injured.

One of the robbers fled on foot toward a white SUV and the other fled un an unknown direction, police said. No arrests have been made. Officials released a description for one of the attackers. He has black hair in dreadlocks and was last seen wearing dark clothing.

Police have asked for help identifying him.

Submit tips to police by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477), visiting http://www.nypdcrimestoppers.com, or texting 274637 (CRIMES) then entering TIP577. Spanish-speaking callers are asked to dial 1-888-57-PISTA (74782).