By Sabina Mollot
Police are looking for a man they say robbed five Manhattan locations of the Game Stop store, most recently in Union Square.
In the most recent incident, on Tuesday at 1:40 p.m., the man went to the store west of the park at 32 East 14th Street and asked the cashier for a Play Station 4. When the cashier stated he would retrieve one, the robber grabbed him by the shirt, and demanded the money in the register. He snatched about $800 from two cash registers before fleeing into the Union Square subway station.
Police say the man started his robbery spree on Sunday, May 6 at 5:40 p.m. at the store at 128 East 86th Street. There, he approached a 29-year-old cashier and put a dark colored duffle bag on the counter and placed his hand inside of the bag. He then told the worker that he didn’t want to hurt him and demanded all the cash from the register. He got away from that store with $1,100.
He returned to the same store on Tuesday, May 22 at about 1:15 p.m., approached a 21-year-old employee and did the same thing as he had previously. After putting his bag on the counter, he threatened to hurt the employee if he didn’t empty both registers. This time he got away with $600.
On Friday, May 25 at 7:30 p.m., the robber went to the store at 2232 Broadway and West 80th Street. After putting his bag down on the counter, he demanded cash, saying “I don’t wanna have to shoot.” The robber then put the victim into a headlock and threw him to the ground and another employee turned over $1,100 from the cash register. The victim got a scrape on his right arm during the scuffle and was treated by EMS at the scene.
On Monday, Memorial Day, at 12:30 p.m., the robber did the bag routine at the Game Stop at 682 Avenue of the Americas. He then swiped $285 from the register and fled north.
The suspect is described as black, in his 40’s, 5’11” tall with gray hair and approximately 200 lbs. and has a scar on the left side of his face. He was last seen wearing a dark colored sweatshirt and dark pants.
Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477). All calls are strictly confidential.