Teen mugged in Peter Cooper Village building

Dec6 Robbery suspects

Robbery suspects

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.

9 thoughts on “Teen mugged in Peter Cooper Village building

  1. These crimes on the property are becoming quite frequent. Definitely more frequent than I can ever remember in my 55 years here. Maybe if management would let security do their job, or we had proper NYPD protection, this wouldn’t be an issue. I also expect community man Powers to start getting involved, because this is getting ridiculous.

    Oh, and we should probably shut down playground 11 because of thisrobbery.

  2. I made a suggestion (not taken) to mgt 2 years ago applicable to dog messes which would be applicable to crime. Very simply…keep a database of all reported incidents. Or just a spreadsheet. Do periodic pattern analysis in order to determine where to concentrate security efforts.

    Not a cure-all, but it makes sense. At the time and since then, reports of dog messes were/are just captured in emails…which make the reporting anecdotal and not subject o any analysis.

    The same is true about crime. To think that the crime tracking in our community is only anecdotal and not subject to any analysis is just plain irresponsible.

  3. Unfortunately what will happen is that Management will be protective of…Blackstone and renting here. This sounds (Public Safety increasing their patrols) as the same old same old. Perhaps another self-defense class is in order. And, don’t forget, you chose to live here! And also don’t forget all those awarded monitors that residents are perpetually paying for….

  4. The less unidentified and unvetted teens and strangers allowed on ST/PCV property the better. Playground #11 is right next to Avenue C and should not be used as an open playground area for unknown, potentially dangerous teens and young adults, who then case the area, looking for victims. Shut down Playground #11, turn it into a socially acceptable community garden and relaxation area, for residents only, which would deter unsavory elements from wanting to loiter and hang out there. Hayduk, self-serving, and the TA know it is the proper thing to do, but lack the true concern for tenants.

    • I completely agree with your first sentence, but then you do your normal rambling about playground 11. The problem is that they have no idea whatsoever who actually lives here, and they don’t want to step on the toes of their short-term rental tenants, so they do no vetting at all.

      Also, we pay all this money for the security cameras and that is the best shots they can get of the suspects??? What about the camera in the lobby??? Probably broken.

  5. Let Hayduk and the TA, Steinberg, know that both the security procedures, the identification process, and , Playground #11 , need to change!!

    • I’m all for what you have to say, except for the nonsense about playground 11. Why should you get peace and serenity when everyone around the oval suffers from noise? Maybe they should move the ice rink to playground 11, and then you will be begging for the basketball courts to come back.

      The commercialization of this place is in full force, and that means nonstop noise for everyone, including you! Peaceful gardens dont bring them $$$$, otherwise we wouldn’t have these ridiculous “amenities.”

      • The expectation of quiet enjoyment in a residential community is a legal right provided by law. You and I know Hayduk and mgt. want families, transients, and the highest rents possible. Noise reduction and safety could take place if enough tenants complain. Spread the word!!

  6. If the TA really wanted to exert some leverage on the owners, they could make up a brochure with news clippings of all the robberies and sexual assaults that have gone down here recently, and hand them out to potential renters outside the leasing office.

    But they’d rather “play nice”. Hint: It’s not working.

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