An armed robber is being sought in a string of robberies that occurred in a two-hour span in the Bronx, including one targeting a mother pushing her baby in a stroller, police say.
The suspect robbed the women near Brown Place and East 136th Street in Mott Haven on Friday, according to police.
At about 5:20 a.m., the suspect approached a 26-year-old woman, grabbed her from behind and pointed an object to her side as he threatened her. He got away with her cellphone and ATM card, police say.
Then at about 7:30 a.m., he approached a 28-year-old woman from behind as she was pushing her baby in a stroller, grabbed her by the waist and again stuck a black object to her side, according to police.
The victim handed over her watch, but when the suspect noticed her purse underneath the stroller and tried to take it, she resisted by holding on to the purse and screaming for help, police say.
The robber let go of the purse, and then, noticing a passerby, grabbed her cellphone from her hand and ran away.
The mother who was robbed was not injured but remains shaken, according to her husband, who asked to remain anonymous.
"She's really scared. Imagine you get mugged in your neighborhood," he said.
"It wa a really scary situation. I mean, that is my wife and my son over there," he added.
The husband said he's thankful that his family was not hurt.
"Material is nothing," he said. "You can get a new watch, but just knowing they were safe and home, that's all that counts for me."
Anyone with information on the suspect is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS.
-- Marc Santia contributed to this report