Four Brooklyn carjackers stole a BMW from a cousin of slain NYPD Officer Wenjian Liu, officials said Monday.
The 24-year-old victim was walking towards his home when he was confronted on Avenue X near Batchelder St. in Sheepshead Bay about 7:50 p.m. Saturday.
One of the four crooks pulled out a gun and demanded the victim’s keys. The group made off with the keys and wallet and drove off in his BMW, which was parked nearby.
The victim notified police and after the car’s GPS tracker was activated the BMW was found several hours later parked on 133rd Ave. near 84th St. in Jamaica.
The robbers are still being sought. Cops released surveillance images of the suspects Monday and asked the public’s help identifying them and tracking them down.
Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS. All calls will be kept confidential.
Patrick Lynch, head of the Police Benevolent Association, said the carjack is “yet another brazen crime of the kind that has been happening to families all across the city.”
“But this time, it happened to the family of our fallen hero,” Lynch added. “[Officer Liu] gave his life protecting all New Yorkers from victimization and fear. To honor his legacy, we can’t let our city keep sliding backward.”
Liu and Officer Rafael Ramos were executed in December 2014 while sitting in their patrol car in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn.
The gunman, Ismaaiyl Brinsley, 28, who travelled to the city from Baltimore vowing to kill cops, then shot himself to death as cops chased him to a nearby subway station.
There is no indication the carjacking suspects knew of the victim’s relationship to Liu.