Teen Arrested in Brooklyn Dart Attacks

Three men were hit Sunday night

By Brynn Gingras and Shimon Prokupecz
|  Tuesday, May 22, 2012  |  Updated 6:57 AM EDT
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Police are looking for an attacker firing darts at people in Brooklyn, after three men were struck Sunday evening in Bath Beach. Brynn Gingras reports.

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Police are looking for an attacker firing darts at people in Brooklyn, after three men were struck Sunday evening in Bath Beach. Brynn Gingras reports.

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Police say they arrested a 15-year-old boy in connection with a series of attacks in which three men were struck by darts in Brooklyn Sunday evening, sources told NBC 4 New York.

Police say the teenager was arrested Monday as a juvenile on assault charges.

Law enforcement sources said crime scene investigators were able to trace the path of the darts in Bath Beach to a nearby building, from where it's believed the suspect fired the darts. 

Police say one man in his 60s was struck in the back and leg, another man around the same age was hit in the stomach and another man in his 40s was also hit, although it was not clear where.

The darts appeared to come from a blow gun. The attacks were all in the area of Bay 32nd Street and Bay 36th Street.

The victims were taken to Coney Island Hospital to be treated.

One of the victims, Georgiy Ostrozhnyuk, told NBC 4 New York he was sitting in his friend's car, parked on 86th Street, when he felt two sharp pains. He looked down and saw the needles.

"I feel ... pain," Ostrozhnyuk said. He said one of the needles, which he said drove two inches into his flesh, had a blue head and the other was green.

Witnesses believe the suspect was sitting on a roof of a nearby building, shooting darts into the street.

No charges have been filed against the teenager being questioned. Sources said the teenager's mother allowed detectives into her apartment while they were canvassing the area and knocking on doors.

That's where detectives recovered additional darts from the teen's room.

The teenager has not offered an explanation for the attacks, and told police a friend had the blow gun, sources said.

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