By Sabina Mollot
Police are hunting a man believed to be responsible for a string of armed robberies, using a gun or knife to get victims’ cell phones and other property.
Most of the muggings occurred in the East Village and Lower East Side, with the most recent ones happening on Friday, July 27 on East 14th Street.
Those incidents both took place at around 10 p.m. at 801 East 14 Street, when the suspect approached a 19-year-old man and demanded his iPod. The victim complied, and the suspect fled. The man then approached a 16-year-girl and demanded her iPhone. The victim handed it over and the mugger fled.
The pattern, as far as police know, began three months ago.
On Saturday evening, May 5, inside of 205 Avenue C, the suspect approached a 59-year-old woman in the elevator. He simulated a firearm and demanded her chain, before fleeing with it.
On Tuesday, May 8, the man returned to the building and again headed to the elevator where he pushed a 22-year-old man against the wall. He simulated a gun and forcibly snatched the victim’s cell phone and charger.
On Friday afternoon, May 11, inside of 1141 Roosevelt Drive, the suspect forcibly took a wallet from a 20-year-old man and his cell phone.
On Tuesday evening, May 15, inside of 643 East 13th Street, the suspect cornered a a 40-year-old man inside of the elevator, and threatened him with a knife. He forcibly took a Sony PSP, cash, and a watch before fleeing the location in an unknown direction.
On the evening of Thursday, May 17, at East River Park, the suspect approached two women, 19 and 20, who were walking along the bike path, and pulled a knife on them. He got away with some personal property.
On Monday evening, May 21, at the corner of the East River and East Houston Street, the suspect returned and pulled a gun on a 19-year-old. He fled with her cell phone.
On Tuesday evening, May 22, at the corner of East River Park and Grand Street, the suspect approached a 26-year-old, simulated a firearm and fled with the man’s cell phone.
Later that evening, he struck again at the corner of East Houston Street and Roosevelt Drive, threatening a 23-year-old woman with a knife. He demanded her cell phone, but ended up emptyhanded.
On Monday evening, May 28, close to midnight, at the corner of Roosevelt Drive and East 10th Street, the man threatened a 19-year-old with a knife and fled with her cell phone.
Slightly after midnight on June 5, the suspect returned to the same location, strolled up to a 22-year-old woman and simulated a firearm. He fled with her cell.
On Wednesday, June 27 after 1 a.m., at 312 Avenue C, he mugged a 22-year-old woman, fleeing with an undisclosed piece of property.
On Monday afternoon, July 2, at the corner of East River Park and Montgomery Street, the suspect approached 46-year-old man. He simulated a firearm, while demanding his cell phone, though he was unable to get it.
On Friday, July 13, slightly after midnight, at East 23rd Street, the suspect robbed a 20-year-old for his headphones and cell phone.
On Friday evening, July 20, the suspect approached a 56-year-old, demanding the victim’s wallet, before fleeing in an unknown direction.
The suspect is described as being black, 30 to 40-years-old and 5 ft 9 ins. To 6 ft 0 ins.
He has a dark complexion and a thin mustache and thin beard. He was last seen wearing a gray hoody, gray pants and black sneakers.
Anyone with information in regard to this incident or the identity and whereabouts of the man is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or by texting tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577.