By Maria Rocha-Buschel
Police arrested three teenagers on Monday for a robbery outside Peter Cooper Village that took place earlier this month.
A 47-year-old man told police that a group of kids with masks over their faces approached him on the sidewalk outside 531 East 20th Street on Wednesday, July 12 around 11:50 p.m. The victim said that the teens whacked him in the head and body with hockey sticks and took his cell phone before fleeing the scene.
Police said that teens were stopped and frisked shortly after the crime but the victim could not positively identify them at the time because the suspects had been wearing face masks.
According to police, the victim lives in the neighborhood but could not confirm if he is a Stuyvesant Town-Peter Cooper Village resident.
Two 16-year-olds and a 17-year-old were arrested on Monday inside the 13th Precinct after further investigation. Police are still looking for additional suspects but the exact number of people involved is unclear because the victim could not remember how many kids approached him. The names of the teens are being withheld due to their young age. The NYPD said that the investigation is ongoing.