Gunman robs couple outside Gramercy Park

By Maria Rocha-Buschel

A man and woman walking around Gramercy Park were mugged by a man who turned a gun on them before demanding they hand over cash and jewelry.

This was around at 11 p.m. on Sunday night, according to Gramercy Park Block Association President Arlene Harrison, who shared news of the robbery in an email to neighbors on Tuesday.

The couple, who Harrison said do not live in Manhattan, had just left the nearby Pete’s Tavern after a date when they decided to take a walk around the park. After walking up Irving Place and almost making a full loop around the park, they came across a man who looked lost at the corner of East 21st Street and Gramercy Park West.

The couple said that he initially brushed past them but then stopped on the corner of the park and asked if they knew where Lexington Place was. The woman said that she didn’t know but could take out her phone to check, but the man then pulled out a gun and said, “I want all your money and jewelry.”

The victims didn’t have any valuable jewelry to hand over to the mugger but the suspect made off with one of the victim’s wallets, which contained multiple credit cards.

According to Harrison, the mugger was a well-dressed white man who was wearing glasses.

Harrison, who started the GPBA in 1994 after her son was attacked along the park, said that she met with detectives from the 13th Precinct on Tuesday morning to go over surveillance footage to get a better look at the suspect.

“While most of our buildings have cameras inside and some have them facing the entrance cops are encouraging us strongly to have cameras that go into curb and the street so if there’s a getaway car they can see it,” Harrison said after speaking with the detectives.

“It’s their only tool to get an idea of what the criminals look like.”

No arrests have been made in connection with the incident.

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