Robber Put Men in Central Park in Chokeholds, Tossed Them to Ground: NYPD

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    Police are looking for a man they say robbed two men walking in Central Park late at night this week, putting both victims in chokeholds before stealing the bags they were carrying. Lori Bordonaro has more. (Published Friday, Aug 22, 2014)

    Police are looking for a man they say robbed two men walking in Central Park late at night this week, putting both victims in chokeholds before stealing the bags they were carrying.

    The victims, both 47, were approached by the robber while walking in the park near 74th Street and East Drive, police say.

    In the first robbery early Monday, the suspect approached the victim from behind and brought him to the ground. The robber stole the man's backpack, which contained $7 and several debit and credit cards.

    The robber struck again on Wednesday, this time chatting with the victim before putting him in a chokehold. The suspect also stole that victim’s bag, which contained $140 in cash.

    The suspect is described as being about 6 feet, 5 inches tall and was last seen wearing a bucket hat.

    Police released a composite sketch of the man (above) and asked anyone with information about the suspect to call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS.

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