Josh Rubin, the owner of Whisk Bakery Cafe in Ditmas Park who has been missing since October 31, may have been planning his disappearance, according to some new evidence from his neighbor.
Rubin was reportedly in talks with a neighbor to sublet his room in his Lawrence Street apartment just before vanishing. The neighbor Zach Boyce, told The Brooklyn Paper that he discussed taking over Rubin’s room starting on Nov. 8, and had looked at the place the day before Rubin disappeared. Rubin told Boyce that he was moving out to get a house with some friends, though Rubin's roommates said they didn't know he was planning on moving out.
The circumstances around Rubin's disappearance remain unclear. The "Find Josh Rubin" Facebook page says that Rubin is a diabetic and may be missing his medication, and police are looking into whether Rubin is bipolar or in a "depressed state." He appears to have gone missing on the day that the first rent payment for his newly opened cafe on Newkirk Avenue was due, though NY1 is reporting that Whisk is now closed.
As the Ditmas Park Blog notes, the story has been gaining traction, though as a result, family and friends have been asked not to speak to the media by the 70th Precinct. If you, however, have any information, please contact 70th Precinct detective squad at 718-851-5553.