By Sabina Mollot
Cops are on the lookout for two muggers who held a resident of Peter Cooper Village up at gunpoint on Tuesday night.
Police said the victim, who is 16 years old, was walking home at about 11:10 p.m. when he was confronted by the pair in the vestibule of 510 East 23rd Street.
One of the robbers pulled out what appeared to be a real gun while demanding his property. The victim then turned over $90 in cash and his iPhone and the muggers fled towards the FDR Drive.
The suspects were described as male and black, one wearing a blue hoodie and black sweatpants and the other wearing grey shoes gray sweatpants and a black coat.
Rick Hayduk, general manager of Stuyvesant Town and Peter Cooper Village, said the pair had followed the resident, first from outside the complex and then into the building where they confronted the teen as soon as he walked into the vestibule.
Following the incident, the public safety department increased its patrols. Hayduk added that public safety officers will also be more visible throughout ST/PCV because crime typically increases during the holiday season.
Anyone with information in regard to Tuesday’s incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto nypdcrimestoppers.com or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential.