Teens threaten senior at knifepoint in PCV, suspects nabbed

Mar31 Peter Cooper sign

Peter Cooper Village

By Maria Rocha-Buschel

Two teenagers attempted to rob a 78-year-old Peter Cooper Village resident outside 420 East 23rd Street last Monday at 5:40 p.m.

Police said that a 14-year-old middle school student from Bethpage on Long Island threatened the resident in front of the Peter Cooper building. The teen reportedly threatened the victim with a blue knife while demanding that he give him a dollar while the other teen, a 17-year-old high school student who attends Thomas Jefferson High School in Brooklyn, was acting as a lookout.

The 14-year-old managed to get into the building’s lobby by closely following another resident and got in before the main door locked, but both teens were outside the building when the middle schooler threatened the victim.

Marynia Kruk, community affairs manager for StuyTown Property Services, said that the victim refused to give money to the suspects and when he called the Public Safety department for assistance, the teens fled. Public Safety officers were on patrol in the area at the time and after chasing the teens on foot and in their vehicle, they caught the suspects at First Avenue and East 25th Street. The officers then held them there until cops arrived.

No injuries were reported as a result of the incident.

Police said that the 14-year-old is a student at Plainedge Middle School and there was a blue knife in his waistband when he was arrested. The older student was reportedly in possession of a pink knife that was in his waistband that was recovered when the pair was arrested.

Correction: The headline of this story has been changed since the incident was an attempted robbery. The original headline said the victim was robbed. Additionally, the incident occurred outdoors, not inside the aforementioned address.


7 thoughts on “Teens threaten senior at knifepoint in PCV, suspects nabbed

  1. theft and crime has risen all through out the city.I often walk by stuy town and PCV and see little or no security.

  2. Obviously she didn’t take the self-defense classes, so this is her fault!

    Rick owes us a report on the security consultant findings, and the TA owes us a follow-up on their statement following the attack a few months ago. I’m not holding my breath.

    Lawsuits are going to start piling up if PS and the TA turn blind eyes to everything.

  3. This incident and many others are the reasons why it is dangerous and reckless to allow 4 visitors per resident, especially on our teen/adult playgrounds. Unvetted strangers put all of us in danger. Change the policy to 1 visitor per resident on the pcv/st playgrounds.
    Stuart levinson

  4. Didn’t PS’s Blue Light cameras pick up this scene? We have cameras all over the place, but I often wonder if they work or are even monitored.

  5. Not a damn peep from Rick or management on this. If it weren’t for this article, nobody would even know this happened. What a joke!

    Priorities in this place are so unreal. But hey, Rick responded to your email, so all is well.

  6. What else is Rick keeping hush-hush? According to the Citizen Safety and Awareness app (actual 911 reported and verified incidents), A LOT:

    Did you hear about the man with a gun on 22nd and 1st on Peter Cooper Road? Happened 3 weeks ago…

    Another incident where a person was attacked 3 weeks ago at 610 East 20th. Did you know?

    Bar fights at Petite A’Beille? You don’t say!!

    I could go on forever, but that is what the app is for. Things here are far worse than most would imagine, and this will show everyone who is willing to look.

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