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Armed Robbers Targeted Pedestrians in Midtown: Police

The robbers targeted four people in a 24-hour period earlier this month



    (Published Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013)

    Police say a pair of armed robbers targeted four different people on the streets of midtown in a 24-hour period, getting away with cell phones, cash and jewelry. 

    The first robbery was reported at about 4:15 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 2, on the corner of Park Avenue and East 46th Street, police said. The robbers approached two people, showed a gun and demanded their property before running away. 

    The next day, at about 3:25 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 3, the robbers approached a man sitting on the steps in front of a Starbucks at West 35th Street and Seventh Avenue and tried to grab his laptop, according to police. They showed a gun, then took the victim's bag and ran away.

    About a half-hour later, just after 4 a.m. the robbers approached a man who was setting up his food cart at the corner of West 43rd Street and 11th Avenue, put him in a headlock and punched him in the face, police said. They showed a gun and took the victim's cell phone and wallet, then fled in a white four-door sedan toward the West Side Highway.

    The food cart worker was cut in the mouth but refused medical attention. The other robbery victims were not injured.

    Anyone with information on the suspect pictured is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS. 

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