By Maria Rocha-Buschel
Police arrested a fourth teenager in connection with a robbery that took place on East 20th Street outside Peter Cooper Village in July and police are reportedly still looking for five additional suspects.
Police said that the teen was accompanied by eight other people who snatched the victim’s cell phone while hitting him with hockey sticks. Three of the teens were arrested earlier this month, as Town & Village previously reported.
Because all of the suspects so far are minors, no further information is available about where they live and their names are withheld from the public due to their young age. The most recent suspect was charged inside the 13th Precinct last Tuesday at 1:20 a.m.
Although the incident took place outside Peter Cooper Village and not on the property, StuyTown Property Services spokeswoman Paula Chirhart commented on the issue to note that management takes such incidents seriously.
“Public safety does patrol the perimeter of the property in their vehicles in an effort to do what we can to keep residents safe,” she said, noting that the property’s public safety officers do patrol on East 20th Street.
Chirhart confirmed that there are surveillance cameras on East 20th Street and management often works with the NYPD to offer assistance in investigations. She added that management has also recently installed new lights at East 14th Street and Avenue C to improve how the sidewalk is lit, and the work will continue up to East 20th and 23rd Streets carrying into 2018.
In addition to the July mugging, three people were arrested for a theft on East 20th Street near Avenue C last Sunday at 2:17 a.m. Police said that 23-year-old Devon Snowden, 21-year-old Brittney Jones and 21-year-old Osirah Garda were working together to snatch cash from the victim’s hand then fled north on Avenue C, but they were arrested shortly after when police searched the area. They were charged with grand larceny.