By Maria Rocha-Buschel
Stuyvesant Town Public Safety helped catch a man wanted for a robbery on Sunday night after the suspect attempted to hide inside a building in Peter Cooper Village, police confirmed this week.
The victim told police that he was standing at the corner of Second Avenue and East 25th Street on Sunday, September 29 around 9:30 p.m. with his bag on the ground near his feet when 23-year-old Mitchell William allegedly reached down and grabbed the bag.
When the victim told William to drop the bag and tried to get it back from him, William allegedly punched him in the face, causing the victim to bleed from his mouth.
Police said that William then fled east and the victim followed him. When the victim confronted William again, police said that the suspect punched him a second time and pushed him to the ground, causing a scrape on the victim’s elbow.
William allegedly continued to flee with the victim’s bag and ran inside 360 First Avenue in Peter Cooper Village, where he reportedly hid from police for approximately two minutes. Police said that he then attempted to flee from the building, but he was stopped near the corner of East 21st Street and First Avenue outside Peter Cooper Village by STPCV Public Safety officers who were nearby.
The Public Safety officers detained him while waiting for NYPD officers to arrive at the scene and he was arrested at 10:04 p.m.
Judge set bail for William at $10,000 cash or $20,000 bond. An attorney for William did not respond to a request for comment by T&V’s press time.