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.