Two teens arrested for Blue Smoke robbery

The five robbery suspects seen at Blue Smoke restaurant in Flatiron

By Maria Rocha-Buschel

Police arrested two 15-year-old boys in the last week in connection with a robbery at Blue Smoke that took place on the evening of Sunday, March 18.

As Town & Village reported last week, police have been looking for five men in connection to a robbery at the Danny Meyer-owned barbecue joint in Flatiron who have been going up to victims while pretending to solicit donations for a basketball team that doesn’t actually exist.

In the incident at Blue Smoke, the suspects approached a host inside the restaurant and grabbed cash out of his hands before fleeing, and when the victim chased after them, one of them hit the host in the back of the head.

Police said that one of the teens was arrested on Friday, March 23 and the second boy was arrested on the morning of Tuesday, March 27.

Although police said that the boys might be tried in criminal court as adults due to the nature of the crimes, their names have been withheld due to their young age and police did not make further information about them available.

Police are still looking for three men in connection with this incident.

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