By Maria Rocha-Buschel
A man and a teenager were charged with robbery on Saturday morning, soon after allegedly threatening a woman with hammers near the FDR Drive across from Waterside Plaza.
Police said that 23-year-old Thomas Blyden and a 16-year-old boy approached one of the victims at about 6 a.m. while she was walking west on East 25th Street between the FDR and First Avenue.
The victim said that Blyden and the teenager rushed her from behind, both of them allegedly wielding hammers while telling her, “Don’t say anything. Give me your money.”
The victim told police that she gave them all the cash she had before making a run for it towards First Avenue and headed north, while the suspects fled south on First Avenue. Police, however, caught up with the two suspects on First Avenue near East 22nd Street about 15 minutes later.
According to the district attorney’s office, Blyden and the teen also tried to rob another woman near East 33rd Street and Third Avenue earlier that morning around 5 a.m. Police said that Blyden and the teen demanded that the woman give them her bag and both allegedly attempted to grab her bag from her arm before fleeing the scene emptyhanded.
Both were also charged with weapons possession and possession of stolen property and the teen was additionally charged with possession of marijuana.
The name of the teenager is being withheld due to his age. Attorneys for Blyden and the teen suspect could not be reached for comment.