Teens busted for armed ‘robberies’ near Stuy Town and in Gramercy Park

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Robbery suspects (via NYPD)

By Maria Rocha-Buschel

Police arrested three teenagers for multiple armed robberies throughout Manhattan last Wednesday, with one incident taking place on East 20th Street near Stuyvesant Town and another along Gramercy Park North within the last month.

In post-Miranda statements, the 14 and 15-year-olds who were arrested told police that they had committed two to three robberies each night multiple times when they came into Manhattan from Brooklyn in an SUV allegedly driven by 18-year-old Daniel Jean-Louis, who was also arrested in connections with the robberies last Wednesday.

According to the District Attorney’s office, the two younger teens mugged one victim on November 7 at around 1 a.m. near 346 East 20th Street, west of First Avenue. The victim told police that one of the teens hit him from behind while reaching into the victim’s pocket to swipe his cell phone and ID. Police said that the victim suffered injuries to his face, hands, elbow and knee from running after the two suspects.

Police said that the 14 and 15-year-olds held up a woman at gunpoint in front of 45 Gramercy Park North last Sunday at 2:28 a.m., mugging her and her friend.

In one incident in Chelsea near 331 West 21st Street on November 7, one of the teens simulated a gun and stole a victim’s wallet around 2 a.m. In another incident in Chelsea on November 15, the 14 and 15-year-olds approached a man at 1:40 a.m. in front of 439 West 22nd Street and threatened a man with a silver-toned gun. A third incident in Chelsea took place in front of 416 West 20th Street last Sunday at 2:30 a.m. when the two younger teens pointed a silver handgun at the victim and demanded her property. The victim told police that she asked for help from a person who was parked in a white SUV nearby and he told her to get away from the car. The 15-year-old who was arrested later told police that it was Jean-Louis who told the victim to move.

Police said that the two younger suspects were seen on surveillance footage from the McDonald’s on Park Avenue South using stolen credit cards to buy food after robberies on both November 7 and November 15.

Police said that the 14-year-old also ordered items off of Nike.com using his own address, his mother’s cell phone number and the stolen credit card number of a card he stole last Sunday.

Jean-Louis, of East 29th Street in Brooklyn, was charged with nine counts of robbery, while the younger teens were each charged with five counts.

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Muggers attacking victims, snatching phones and cash

Robbery suspects (via NYPD)

Robbery suspects (via NYPD)

By Sabina Mollot

Police are hunting a pair of violent muggers who’ve so far struck three times in two days, attacking victims and snatching cash and cell phones. One of the attacks happened near Stuyvesant Town.

The string of robberies started on Friday, November 6, when two men approached a 24-year-old man in the elevator of his apartment building on 18th Street. The suspects hit him repeatedly with a blunt object in the face, head, and neck. Then, they stole $200 in cash from the victim and fled. The victim was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment.

On Saturday, November 7 at 1 a.m., the suspects approached the 36-year-old man as he was walking in front of 346 East 20th Street, west of First Avenue. One of the suspects repeatedly struck the victim, causing injuries to his face, both hands, as well as his right elbow and right knee. The attackers then swiped the victim’s Samsung cell phone and ran off.

An hour later, the suspects approached a man and woman as they were walking together on 21st Street.

One suspect simulated a weapon at the victims, a 30-year-old man and 35-year-old woman, before snatching an iPhone 6 and multiple credit and debit cards from them.

Police declined to share the avenues the first and third incidents took place, because the locations are the victims’ addresses. However, both incidents happened on the West Side.

The suspects are described as being black, between 18 and 25 years old and between 5 ft. 8 ins. and 5 ft. 10 ins. tall. One was last seen wearing all black. The other was last seen wearing a blue Adidas hooded sweatshirt.

Anyone with information in regards to these incidents is asked to call Crime stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477).  The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime stoppers website at www.crimestoppers.com or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential.

Stuy Town mugger Henry Huggins sentenced to 38 years to life

Surveillance photo of Henry Huggins

Surveillance photo of Henry Huggins

By Maria Rocha-Buschel

Henry Huggins, the mugger convicted of assaulting and robbing two elderly men in Stuyvesant Town in 2011, was sentenced to 38 years to life in state prison last Friday.

Huggins, considered a career criminal, insisted at his sentencing that he was not the one responsible for the attacks and said that he objected to the way his trial had gone.

“My previous attorney didn’t argue any evidence on my behalf,” Huggins said. “I have been convicted based on my previous run-ins with the law. There is no direct evidence that proves I committed these crimes.”

Huggins had been convicted of every count listed in his indictment in November, 2013 at jury trial and found guilty of one count of burglary in first degree, one count of robbery in first degree, one count of robbery in second degree and assault in the second degree.

Judge Marcy Kahn sentenced him to 20 years to life for burglary in the first degree and 18 years to life for robbery in the second degree to be served consecutively, for a total of 38 years to life. He was also sentenced to 20 years to life for robbery in the first degree and 16-years-to-life for assault in the second degree, to be served concurrently with the rest of his sentence.

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