Serial Subway Robber Nabbed

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    Surveillance video captures the man police believe is responsible for a string of subway robberies that began in late February. (Published Thursday, Apr 14, 2011)

    Police arrested a 17-year-old suspect wanted in connection with a string of street and subway robberies that began in late February.

    Cops arrested Devante Scott, of Brooklyn, Wednesday evening and charged him with robbery, menacing, criminal possession of a weapon and criminal possession of stolen property. It wasn't immediately clear if he had a lawyer.

    Police say in each incident, Scott followed victims from the train to the street or the subway platform, engaged them in conversation, and then pulled out a gun or a knife. He allegedly stole the victims’ electronic devices and fled, according to the pattern.

    Scott allegedly robbed victims in the 1st, 5th, 19th 20th, and 28th precincts. Cops say he began his robbing spree on February 23, when he allegedly stole a cell phone from an 18-year-old male at West 127th Street.

    Police said the suspect stole cell phones and iPods from victims on six other occasions. All of the victims have been men younger than 19. He was allegedly seen carrying a switchblade knife and a black firearm.

    The last robbery occurred March 30, when the suspect showed a black handgun to a 16-year-old victim on Broadway and East Houston Street before taking the victim’s cell phone, police say.